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Babcia and Yia Yia!, Travel With Terri: USA 101

Texas 101: Road Trip, Dallas!

YeeeeeHaw!!!!! We’re going to Texas!!! Recently my podcast bestie, Terri, shared her great trip to Dallas, Texas on our podcast. Her picks were so great that I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to share them with you! So, let’s take a trip to one of the great American cities the US has to offer. It’s time to travel to Dallas.

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Dallas Treats

The Lone Star State has plenty to offer any traveler, regardless of personal interests. From history and arts to sports and ranching culture, Dallas does not disappoint. Both stadiums in Dallas offer amazing tours for the sports lover (and perhaps their reluctant travel partners as well). While Daley Plaza takes you back to the events of November 22nd, 1963 when JFK was assassinated here. Meanwhile, not far away, the Fort Worth Stockyards give you a taste of the Texas ranching tradition that thrives outside of town.

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Local Eats

Like many metropolitan cities, Dallas is realizing the value of local food venues. With plenty of mom and pop set-ups that serve up great tex-mex as well as regional dishes like BBQ and chicken fried steak. Dallas has it’s share of yummy indulgences- they created the deep fried Oreo– so you will not be at a loss for local treats while you are in town.

Y’all Come Back Now, Ya’ Hear?

Beyond things to do and places to eat, Dallas offers the traveler the very thing we all search for- the people. The Lone Star State is famous for their down to earth attitude and friendly hellos to visitors. Soak in the great accent and the cozy feeling. So, whether it’s your first visit to Dallas or you’re back to enjoy more, Dallas wants you to explore and settle in!

Travel With Terri: USA 101

Florida 101: Rainy Days in Palm Beach

It doesn’t happen often but it does happen. You’ve planned and planned the perfect weekend get away from the unbelievable cold of the remains of a dreary wet winter. You’ve dreamed of fun in the sun and perhaps a little sand and surf. As your plane lands and you quickly commandeer a place in the aisle to get your carry-ons, you hear it: “Welcome to Palm Beach International Airport! The current weather is a lovely 81 degrees and raining. Thank you for flying uncomfortable airlines we hope you enjoy your stay.”

“Rain! What about the sand?! What about my day at the beach where I planned to let the kids run free in the surf as I supervised them on a lounge chair preferably with an umbrella drink?” I’m with you! I promise! But what can you do when Mother Nature shows up when you do? Here are four kid friendly Palm Beach finds to enjoy in the rain.

Grab a rainy day treat while you watch the rain come down! Kilwins Ice Cream is a favorite local spot right on Lake Worth Beach, Palm Beach’s boho little sister. Located on the main promenade, there are plenty of outdoor seats under an awning so you can enjoy the beach view, rain or shine.

Kilwins Ice Cream

10 S Ocean Blvd.

Lake Worth, FL 33460

Ahh! the beach!

Check out the underwater locals at the South Florida Science Center and Aquarium. The hands-on center has lots to do and plenty of fish to learn about. Talk about the best way to live up to that old adage: If you can’t beat ’em, join ’em!

South Florida Science Center and Aquarium

4801 Dreher Trail N
West Palm Beach, FL

South Florida Science Center and Aquarium

Take in a show! Sometimes referred to as the Kennedy Center of the South, The Kravis Center is a top notch theater complex with plenty to do for every age and interest. On the calendar these days is, among many other offerings, The Lion King and Willy Wonka Kids.

Kravis Center for the Performing Arts

 701 Okeechobee Blvd.

West Palm Beach, FL 33401

Kravis Center, Palm Beach

Grab some wellies and an umbrella and go puddle hopping at the zoo! A rainy day at the zoo could be lots of fun especially when there are not many other people there. Most animals aren’t affected by the rain and you may get a bit up close and personal with a few friends. So throw a change of clothes and your beach towels into the car and splash through the zoo!

The Palm Beach Zoo

1301 Summit Blvd.

West Palm Beach, FL 33405

The Palm Beach Zoo

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Babcia and Yia Yia!, Travel With Alex: Europe 101

Ireland 101: The Wild Atlantic Way

So, what can you do in Ireland with 5 days? As it turns out a lot! TGC is looking at different locations both near and far to see what great opportunities are out there to share with your family.

Western Ireland is an amazing corner of the globe that holds more surprises than you might expect. The Wild Atlantic Way is one of Europe’s best kept secrets. It’s windy, rainy, and often cold. It is untamed. But more than anything, it is stunning. There is no view or vista that doesn’t make you catch you breath. Like any involved traveler, though, scenery is not the only thing one wants to experience. So, what is there to do? It turns out, there is a lot!

Be sure to join us for the conversation! We are talking about this very topic on our podcast, Babcia and Yia Yia Travel The World. Click here to join in the fun!

Sheep dog demonstrations: All along the coast from Donegal to Dingle, you can find small farms that offer demonstrations on how their cool dogs keep control over their unfenced flocks. The partnership between man and dog is astounding and much more interesting than first meets the eye. Pictured here is champion, Jack. TGC’s Pick? Atlantic Sheepdogs in County Sligo. Find them on Facebook.

Did you know that the term “wrapped around my little finger” comes from falconry? Ireland’s National Falconry School is located in Cong, County Mayo and is an experience like no other! Meet up in the school yard to learn the basics and then go on a hike with some feathered friends to experience flight like you never have before. While Falconry schools exist in other places, even here in the States, there is nothing quite like the thrill of enjoying it in the shadow of a great castle. Check it out at here.

Donegal

Horseback Riding is a great activity for most families but add in beaches that are wider than football fields, crashing waves of the Eastern Atlantic, pristine dune paths, and epic Irish draft horses, you have a memory that will last forever. The beaches that you get to ride on are also known for its surfing. TGC’s stable pick? Check out Donegal Equestrian Centre.

The expansive beaches of Donegal
The Beaches of Donegal

Westport

Sometimes, you’ve got to get out and explore on your own and there is no better place for that in Western Ireland than Westport. This holiday town is picturesque town is bustling with all kinds of activities that speak to the family traveler. Check out the charming toy store on the main drag then rent some bikes and explore the Greenway. The Great Western Greenway is a 42 km trail that connects several towns together along Clew Bay. Check it out here.

Green paths in Westport, Ireland
The Greenway

Blarney Castle

As you go further south, you can check in on the famous Blarney Castle. I know, I know, you think it’s so cliche to go kiss that rock but trust me. Blarney is more than a rock to kiss! The grounds are expansive and include so much more than the castle. Peek in on the Poison Garden to learn a bit about medieval medicine, walk around the lake to take in the outer reaches of the castle grounds. Then, yes, climb the steep stairs up to the top and kiss the stone! You won’t ever forget it!

Blarney Castle, Ireland

Ireland’s western coast has so much to offer besides the small list here and it’s all worth it! So, go. Go travel. Go do. Go and explore that great Irish frontier, The Wild Atlantic Way.

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