Bray to Greystones Cliff Walk

What a lovely Saturday! We decided to try and see how we get on with the kids on the Bray to Greystones cliff walk. It’s about a 6k trail around Bray Head and I had a feeling the Little Messers should be well able for it. Missy Messer has a tendency to… Well… moan a bit if we are walking somewhere further but I hoped I would be able to distract her! 

It was cloudy but according to the rainfall radar it wasn’t supposed to rain…

About half-way through it started drizzling. Then the drizzle started to get heavier and heavier. I hadn’t packed our raincoats so when we found a tree to hide under, we decided to stop and have our picnic there. It was almost quite romantic eating sambos under the tree watching the rain! 

Eventually the rain stopped and we even got to see seals!

The Little Messers did amazingly well walking the whole way and we even played tag at the end!

Look, there it is! Greystones!

Two hours and 20 minutes later it was time to sit down for some food and ice creams. The kids were tired but happy! It was a fantastic adventure with the kids, we must do another one soon. 

Day Trip in Helsinki

Last Friday seemed like a nice enough day (it wasn’t raining!) so we decided to do a day trip to Suomenlinna, a sea fortress built across six islands just outside Helsinki city centre. The construction started during the Swedish era in 1748 and it’s now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. We got married there six years ago and we try to visit every time we come to Finland. So Friday morning we packed our picnic blanket along with some coffee and snacks and made our way to the ferry on the Market Square (Kauppatori).

church

Us in 2016

58693_488483676678_4165619_n

Us in 2010

cian siun

My Little Messers

After visiting the church and some strolling around, we found a nice place for our picnic.

picnic

Fart gun!!

me

That’s me, enjoying myself. Hello!

We did a lot of walking and exploring on the islands and even visited an old submarine! There are plenty of tunnels to get lost in as well, the Little Messers were very excited.

ciansiun.jpg

submarine

suomenlinna.jpg

kauppatori

On our way back, heading towards the Market Square, Kauppatori

After hours and hours of exploring and generally just running around, it was time to head back. We had seen the SkyWheel Helsinki over on the other side of the Market Square and the kids were asking if we can go on it as the ferry was docking. We promised to go and see if we can get on it and how much it costs. Well, once you’re there you can’t really turn back and we thought the €38 for the family ticket might just be worth it. And it was, if not only for the views but again, the kiddies excitement was contagious. The only thing I was wondering was why on earth had they used blue tinted glass?!

skywheel cian

Up over Helsinki – Katajanokka behind Mr Messer

skywheel siun.jpg

The Excitement!

over helsinki

Kauppatori, Rooftops of Helsinki, and Helsinki Cathedral to the right

After all of that we were all starving and didn’t really fancy cooking. It was Friday night after all so we decided to find a place to eat and have a sneaky glass of wine (for me!).

santa fe terassi

Did not know they are family friendly in these places!

We found a perfect spot at a courtyard between Aleksanterinkatu and Mikonkatu. The whole courtyard is reserved for the three restaurants located around it and you can order from any of the restaurants, you can even mix your orders between the restaurants, but if you do that the food might arrive at different times. They also had colouring for the kids! The last time I was there, probably around 10 years ago, the experience was vastly different…

I must say this day is one of the best memories from this summer!

 

Day Trip to Tallinn

It’s Friday morning, the Little Messers are playing with water in the bathroom and I’m enjoying a (fairly) peaceful cup of coffee after a much needed long sleep last night. You see, yesterday we took the ferry across to Tallinn and it was a loooong day for all of us with over 24,000 steps taken and bucket-loads of excitement…

28184310500_d255942d9b_k

We took an early morning ferry (8am departure, it felt like I had to get up in the middle of the night!) and the kids were obviously beyond excitement. I would have needed a cup of coffee. We took the tram to the harbour and by 7.30 we boarded Silja Europa. We had booked ourselves a cabin, even though it’s not necessarily needed, but I felt with the two kids in tow it might come in handy and it did. It was well worth the extra €20 as we were able to leave our belongings there and also sit down and rest for a little while between food and play areas! I must say the facilities on the ship are fantastic when travelling with kids. There are so many play areas and so much entertainment that the 3.5hrs flew by.

28467763715_ccfd94607b_k

We arrived in Tallinn at 11.30 and headed to town. It was overcast and we didn’t see the sun all day, but it was warm and didn’t rain so I’m happy with that! It was also quite a nice day for walking around, had it been over 25 degrees, the step count would have been far less… We spent the whole day strolling around the Old Town. Almost as soon as we hit the Old Town of Tallinn, the kids were starting to look like they will need a snack sooner rather than later. We walked down Uus and found a lovely little coffee shop serving delicious Italian ice cream near The Broken Line monument.

27850940214_7c6bf75600_k

27850926754_7b3f7c579f_k

From there we continued to explore the Old Town along Pikk and saw many wonderfully old and magnificent buildings and churches. I do love old towns and I must say Tallinn’s Old Town is right up there competing with Nice and Lisbon or Cascais!

27850928254_d8c70058ed_k

28184353310_c22c47e0ad_k

We finished our visit at a restaurant called Lounge Deja Vu on Vana-Viru with some pasta and wine before we strolled back to the ferry with our bellies full and happy to have made some lovely memories with Vaari.

27850913274_8f93945427_k

27850933284_a82be055cc_k

27850893214_804b7f92a0_k

For more pictures, please visit my Flick album here.

Adventures and Excitement

It’s a weekend filled with adventures and excitement. Today we decided to “climb a mountain” and took off to Killiney Hill between the showers. I know, it’s not exactly a mountain, but it was good enough for us. 

Why take the path when there’s an adventure track right beside it?!

We go to Killiney Hill every so often. It’s a great spot with handy parking, forest paths, amazing views and let’s not forget the playground and tea rooms! It’s perfect for a little adventure. 

And the excitement? One more sleep until we take off to Finland for five weeks!! Me and the kids for the first three weeks and then Daddy Messer will join us for the last two weeks. I can’t wait!!

To the Obelisk!!

Streets of Dublin

St Patrick’s Day came and went and we’re halfway through the longest-Easter-holidays-in-history. Two and a half weeks, seriously?! Not that I’m complaining (much), I’m having a week and a bit off work myself. We were pampered with good weather on this Good Friday so we decided to head to the Big Smoke to take a look at the much talked about bullet holes in the General Post Office on O’Connell Street. It seems they have talked about the 1916 events in Mr Messer’s school.

gpo Continue reading