Weddings and Kissing Stones in Ireland

Just 2 weeks after our weekend in Switzerland, we boarded a plane to Ireland to celebrate our friends’ wedding. We arrived in Cork, got into our rental car, and drove through the Irish country side to a cute little coastal village called Skibbereen.

The wedding was held at Liss Ard Resort where we also stayed. It was a gorgeous property with tennis courts, lots of little trails to walk, and the Sky Garden.

Liss Ard

Liss Ard

Liss Ard

Matt was on Best Man duty along with Jono so while they were off making sure the groom got to the ceremony on time (he did, good job boys), Cath and I got to spend the morning napping and watching trashy TV while lazily getting ready.

Cath and I

The ceremony was beautiful and I loved how they were able to have a couple minutes after Gerrie walked in to talk to each other while the band finished the song. You could just see their nerves calm and they were just so happy. I have very strong opinions of taking photos during wedding ceremonies (that’s the photographer’s job) so I didn’t take any but you can see some here: Gerrie and Craig’s Wedding by Liam Kidney Photography.

After the ceremony, the boys and bridal party went to have photos taken so Cath and I were left to drink prosecco and eat yummy appetizers…and I think we did a very good job at that. I was very aware that this was the last wedding I’d be at before my own so I took full advantage of not having any responsibilities!


With the happy couple

Soon it was time for dinner and it was clear that Gerrie had put a lot of thought into the Kiwi/Irish menu. All the food was delicious and I even tried black pudding for the first time! It wasn’t bad, but I don’t think it would be something I’d willingly choose to order. It was at this point that things started to get a bit silly thanks to the prosecco, wine, and an unexpected hot and sunny day.

Table settings

Matt and Cath

Dinner turned into speeches which turned into dancing until the wee hours of the morning.



When I looked over my photos the next day, I found that I had only taken a couple which didn’t involve Matt dancing with Gerrie’s little niece. Excuse me while my heart (and ovaries!) explodes.




All in all it was a very fun and amazing wedding which we all paid for the following day. Good on Jono for being able to drive us to Kanturk while Cath and I hung our heads out the car windows…it was not a fun couple hours but we made it without any incidents. Little did I know, the night after a wedding is actually a bigger night for drinking in Ireland but I was definitely not up for the challenge. Instead, I sipped my water and ate jaffas, whittakers and other kiwi treats while listening to the Irish band.


The only picture I managed to take on the drive.

On our way back to London, we realised we were very close to Blarney Castle so we had to make a stop to kiss the stone!

Blarney Castle

Blarney Castle

Blarney Castle

We rushed to the airport and made our flight in the nick of time. It was a very long 3 days that caught up with me on the flight and in the hazy blur that was my brain, I left my passport on the airplane. I noticed pretty quickly, raced back to the gate and told the security guard who then told me the gate was already closed and the flight was gone. Again, in the haze, I had told him the wrong gate number and after a few nerve racking minutes, in which I told myself I was not leaving the gate until I had my passport, the security guard came sauntering back with my passport in his hands.

And with that, the weekend came to an end but that didn’t mean we were able to relax because the following weekend was our trip to Norway…


The Year That Was and the Year Ahead

2013 was quite a busy travel year – 10 new countries, 10 more things crossed off our 100 Things List, and countless new memories and stories. The saying is true – Travel is the only thing you buy that makes you richer.

We went to Bruges then Mons to visit my cousin, Carrie. We had a great time drinking fruity beer, climbed the Belfry Tower, and toured some of the Canadian and NZ war memorials and cemeteries.

Belfry and Grand Palais

Caterpillar Cemetery

Vimy Ridge

Quiet month around London – went to Viva Forever with some girlfriends, Matt’s work moved into the West End and I upgraded my camera!

I finally went to Ireland for the first time even though I’m a citizen with a passport. We went to the Guinness Storehouse where I managed to get through a 1/4 of a pint before handing it over to Matt and spent the rest of time with friends, eating potatoes and celebrating St Patrick’s Day.

Guinness Storehouse


Two weekends later we spent Easter weekend in Copenhagen and did a day trip to Malmo.


Little Mermaid

Hot Chocolate

Turning Torso


Paris totally won us over with the great weather, amazing sites, and the best baguette we’ve ever had.

The Louvre


Notre Dame

Picnic at the Eiffel Tower
We moved into our very own flat and while we’ve had a few issues with it, we still enjoy living in it. Shortly after moving, we went on a trip that I’ve looked forward to my entire life – Egypt (part 1, 2, and 3) – and it didn’t disappoint. Each trip has been so different that it’s hard to compare them all but this was definitely in my Top 3 (so far!). So many amazing sites it’s hard to pick only a few photos!

Camel riding at Giza

Sunset at Kom-Ombo


This month was spent hanging around London as we both settled into new jobs/roles. I surprised Matt with dinner at Amaya for his birthday, we went to London Zoo late night, and saw the musical, Once.

Using his hands at a fancy restaurant....


Date Night

Lisbon will forever be known to us for it’s food. We ate some pretty amazing meals as well as cupcakes and gelato. Between the eating, we did manage to see a few sites – the aquarium, Cascais (dipped my toes in the Atlantic for the first time), Sintra (later found out our favourite show, The Amazing Race, used this spot as a check in a few weeks before we were there), and walked all around the city itself.






One of my favourite months because my Mommy came all the way from Canada to visit and be with me as I tried wedding dresses on for the first time (and got to see me in the one I eventually bought). I didn’t realise how important it was for me that she be here for that experience until it was actually happening. We took this opportunity to go to Glasgow for the weekend to see the house where my Grandma and Great Aunts grew up.

The house my Grandma and Aunts grew up in

A week after Mom left, we made our way to Spain for an epic 10 day trip in Barcelona, Valencia, and Ibiza. There were water & wine and tomato fights, amazing sites, and very late nights. Also, the most amazing food and sangria. It was a good trip but we were so tired by the end of it!

Sagrada Família

La Tapas

Water and Wine

La Tomatina


Oh, Croatia. This was one of our favourite trips because we were able to totally relax. We spent some time hiking Plitvice Lakes and taking in the incredible scenery before heading to the coast to spend a week on a yacht. I would go back and do the same trip every year if we could. It was the perfect end to our summer…I can’t even describe just how awesome and relaxing it was. Croatia wins as my favourite European country.

Plitvice Lakes

Plitvice Lakes

The Crew






October and November
All this travel does catch up with you eventually, mostly in the form of extra weight from all the delicious food. So, we took on the Whole30 challenge for the month of October. It was hard but awesome and it’s safe to say, we’re converts. We’re currently on Round 2 and I’m left wondering why we ever ate processed crap in the first place. I could really go on and on about the benefits but I’ll let you read my guest post on Naturally Leah instead!

Work Christmas parties were both a hit with air guitar at Matt’s and winning employee of the year at mine. This was our first Christmas just the two of us and we had a great day watching movies, opening presents, and eating fudge and gingerbread men. Cath and Jono came over in the evening after spending the day at her sister’s so it was nice to have their company.

Oh my word. We are awesome

I won employee of the year. I was so surprised that I could barely get out a thank you. Going to save this for a very special occasion...

Port, chocolate, and our Christmas tree. #goodday

Our last trip of the year was to Vienna for the Christmas markets and they did not disappoint! I have no idea what you’d do in Vienna if you didn’t go in Winter – there were Christmas markets everywhere!

Mulled wine at Am Hof



This next year won’t be nearly as trip-filled as we have our wedding in August to save for look forward to! Hard to believe we only have 6 months until we kick off our Epic Wedding Trip….time sure does fly.

In addition to our wedding, we will be spending Easter weekend in Luxembourg, Cologne, and Amsterdam. Yes, you read that right – 3 countries in 4 days. We had to make up the lack of new countries this year somehow! We’ll also be attending a wedding in Ireland in May, might spend a long weekend in Paris, and are looking at having Christmas in Finland. So, a little bit quieter than we’re used to but it will also be the best year yet!