More In Ireland…

We did some math and realized we needed to get out of Schengen

In order to come back in time for Christmas and what not.

So far the Emerald Isle has been pretty beautiful. We lucked out and got a really nice location for an air B and B. We can see harbor seals swim in the bay from time to time! More to come!

Here is our view for the next few weeks! We live a very wonderful life!

France and Italy whirl wind!

Hi Friends!  It has been a while since our last post.

We are now in Slovenia and are settled in our nice country cottage, nick named the Apple Tree Cottage.

10 Things to do when staying in an Air B and B:

  1. Video the place when you get there, pictures work too
    • Take pictures of dishes, glasses, to get a count etc
    • Anything that is already broken
  2. Ask for specific directions on washer and drier, appliances.
    • Driers in Slovenia have condensers for the water not vents, who knew!
  3. Ask for directions before you get there for how to use the door lock
    • “Lift up on the handle and then use the key”, who knew!
  4. They don’t actually want you to use the wood fired oven, even though they promote it on the listing…
  5. Internet Access doesn’t always mean internet access, sometimes it just means they have a router and you must do the rest to set it up.
  6. Bring your own knives
  7. Bring your own food storage, Tupperware…
  8. Sometimes sofa cushions are called sofa beds
  9. Ask for a discount ahead of time, weekly and monthly discounts are significant
  10. All communication should go through the Air B and B app, this way if there is a dispute, Air B and B can see the progression.

Paris is so charming.  We had a whirlwind tour.

Food, Food, Food!!  Louvre, Catacombs, Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame:

Sarah Fell in Love with Italy!

Parma Cheese, except nothing less than the DOP Parma!

Balsamic:  Anything less than 12 yrs isn’t Balsamic… don’t be fooled…

Pasta, Pasta, Pasta, Whit was in heaven.

Warm people. Very clean, hospitable and we can’t wait to get back.

Sarah said she felt like she could half understand what people were saying!

A Guide to being a good Slovenian team player (mostly sourced from a snarky Slovenian, I am just the conduit, not poking fun at Slovenia)…

  1. Wood, have lots of it!  Use it to heat your house as needed, but definitely pile it up neatly and in good order.
  2. Mow lawn, as frequently as your neighbor mows their lawn.  Preferably right before your neighbor mows.
  3. Vegetable Garden: as big and well kept as your neighbors.
  4. Flowers: in the garden and around the house, well kept and colorful
  5. Have a wine yard, not quite a vineyard, but some vines for making home vino
  6. If you don’t have #1-5, have a job that pays for 1-5
  7. Conserve: fuel, water, everything
  8. Sort your garbage: paper, plastic rubbish, compost
  9. Skip shower a few times per week, have a beer or wine instead of showering.
  10. Have a hay rack or at least a picture of one, Kozolec

pictures to come….

Turkey’s Done!

We’re headed to Paris tomorrow morning for a few days and then Slovenia for 3 weeks.  As we wrap up Turkey I can’t help but thing that we’ve learned A TON in the past 21 days.   A quick recap of the highlights:

  • Always carry the address of the place we are staying, ALWAYS!  You just never know when you’re going to head out for a quick run and get lost while in Germany!
  • The boys can really only travel for about 4 days straight before hitting a wall.
  • Whit can subsist on pasta alone.
  • We are no longer a hot mess going through security lines at the airport.  It’s not streamlined per se, but more along the lines of organized chaos.
  • The Turkish people will invite you to tea, and they actually want and expect you to accept.  Nevermind that you speak zero Turkish.
  • In Izmir, there’s no chance you will find a place to get laundry done on Saturday and get it back Sunday.
  • Izmir Independence Day is September 9th.  Yesterday.  Expect lots of police surrounding the area as well as plenty of pomp and circumstance.  And by police I mean riot gear ready with tear gas and water cannons.IMG_4322.JPG
  • People litter all the time, Reece was exasperated and appalled that a woman in full burka dropped her trash on the ground as she was walking with her kids.
    • Surprisingly, trash collection happens seemingly all the time, there are always garbage trucks on the roads
    • There are few garbage cans, and the cans that are around are very small and usually overflowing.
    • And then there are the vacuum guys:IMG_4325.JPG

Turkey was a great jumping off point for out family.  Plenty of interesting food, the experience of not speaking the language at all, different customs and religion, and learning to not drink the water.  The beaches were great, the weather was warm, and the people were incredible welcoming.  We saw exactly 2 sets of Americans and we can’t figure out why?!  More people should come see what Turkey is all about!

Here are a few of the locations where we were:

A few more pics of the fun:

Ataturk is a big deal, we sat on his lap:


9.5.2017 Izmir

Today we we started in Izmir.  The Air B and B was bigger and drier than our last one, but not as clean.  It was right on the strip.  There was a nice little seafood restaurant in the street that our back windows faced.  They love totally ’80s every night.

Sarah observed that Migros, the grocery store is busy right before dinner time, just like HyVee.

We were the only people with kids at the store, and our kids were bouncing all over the place, like usual.

Teleferik, Denizli

We spent 2 days in Denizli with a friend  Inci from Servas.  Inci is a Prof of Ancient Architecture and an archeologist in Denizli.  She was fantastic with our boys.  Her laughter and patience with Whit, Norm and Reece was continuous.  She also refused to let the boys not eat Turkish Eggs, “eating the food of the culture is the crux of the matter” regarding traveling abroad….  perfect!

On our way out of town we hit a super cool cave Inci told us about.  The water was everywhere.  It was like Pamukkale but underground.  IMG_2017.JPG