5 Places I Long to Visit Again

5 Places I Long to Visit Again

People are always asking me, “Which place has been your favorite?” But I have no way to answer that!! Every place is my favorite for different reasons. Of course, I do have places that I want to go to again (and again and again)! That’s usually the list I try to give people. Mrs Ayla's [...]

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Feeling 22

Feeling 22

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AgFeZr5ptV8 My birthday TOMORROW, August 29th, and I'll  be turning 23!!!  With the arrival of another birthday and the passing of another year, I am forced to look back on the one that's just gone. I cannot believe that I've spent 11 of the 12 months of my 22nd year here in Ireland. It was [...]

The Cantrell’s Take Europe Part 2

The Cantrell’s Take Europe Part 2

The next morning we set out to take London. After another trek through the Tube, we arrived close to Trafalgar Square and awed at the massive lion statues. In the distance through the towering buildings, Mama spied Big Ben. “Look!” she said out of excitement! The rest of us turned and in Griswold fashion said, [...]

The Cantrell’s Take Europe Part 1

The Cantrell’s Take Europe Part 1

My parents arrived in Dublin early on a June Thursday morning. I had to work, so my sister, who had come back to Ireland with me a week earlier, met them at the hotel. At noon we met for lunch, and I got my first good look at my parents since arriving in Europe. Daddy [...]

Golden Rule of Travel: Be Flexible – Part Deux

Golden Rule of Travel: Be Flexible – Part Deux

I wrote a post on what I consider to be the Golden Rule of Travel back in January. In that post, I discussed the importance of being flexible while on the road. Things go wrong all the time and most of the time, they are out of our control. We cannot help it if a [...]

Getting to London

Getting to London

In the last few hours since leaving Dublin, my mama was searched twice, we lost my dad, and saw people "even Hell would refuse." Goodness y'all. It's been an adventure. Mama was searched twice while trying to get through the Dublin security. She was so mad at the girl for patting her down and feeling [...]

Things You Hear on Your Parent’s First Day in Ireland

Things You Hear on Your Parent’s First Day in Ireland

1. "Why am I blinking? I used to never blink." - Jet lagged Dad on why he can't keep his eyes open. 2. "That's just the fashion Dad." - Payton explaining skinny jeans. 3. " The hair dryer looked like a vacuum tube!" - Mama on the hotel hair dryer. 4. "I just want to [...]

Money and Sherbet Ice Cream: Monaco

Money and Sherbet Ice Cream: Monaco

The only way to describe Monaco is Money and Sherbet Ice Cream. Monaco, a sherbet ice cream color town, is the 2.02 km2 playground for the world's rich and famous. The walls of the buildings radiate pastel pinks, yellows, and greens while Lamborghinis and Rolls-Royces speed along the famed Monaco Grand Prix. I fell in love with this [...]

Things I Never Travel Without

Things I Never Travel Without

Packing for a trip is a ritual. The process begins in my head well in advance of the trip. I go over every detail of what I could possibly need - clothes, gadgets, medicine. But somehow, the actual packing process doesn't begin until the night before the trip. I'm that person who runs around like [...]

Doomed from the Start

Doomed from the Start

I was doomed from the start. My parents would plop mine and my sister's butts in the backseat of the car, and we would take off on long road trips across the States. From my hometown of Carrollton, Georgia, we have driven as far north as Canada, as far south as Tampa, Florida, and as [...]