Herndon, Virginia

To finish our time in the USA we spent a long weekend with my Uncle Joe, Aunt Anne, and cousins Aidan and Christopher. It was really special to spend family time with them.  On the Saturday we went to Aidan’s ice hockey game and then went apple picking at Stribling Orchard before taking part in…

Monuments and Memorials

We spent a day touring the most famous monuments in Washington D.C, including: The Washington Monument     World War II memorial   Vietnam war memorial Lincoln memorial         Korean war memorial   Franklin Delano  Roosevelt memorial (our favourite for its words and design)     The new Martin Luther King Jr…

Washington D.C

We had a great three days in the USA’s capital city.  My mum is from this area and as children my brother and I really enjoyed visiting here. I was eager to share it with Reuben!  We stayed with my friend Sam and his wife Jean, and really appreciated their hospitality.  Some of our highlights…

New York City – Part Two

Our second two days in New York City were as fun as the first two. On Saturday we walked up the river and onto the Highline, a relatively new raised walkway that extends for a couple of miles throughout the city.  We came off the Highline to check out the Chelsea Market and buy street…

New York City – Part One

We spent four days in New York City and had an amazing, busy time.  We stayed outside the city in New Jersey at another Airbnb place, but had the whole apartment to ourselves. I have been to New York multiple times as we lived close to the city for six months when my family lived…

Salem

We decided to take the T and a bus to Salem, Massachusetts, which is a small town about an hour from Boston. Salem is mostly famous for its Witch Trials where 20 people were put to death after being accused of Witchcraft.  It was also a historical port town, and was the location for Nathaniel…

Boston

We had three and a half days in Boston.  I had been there once before and Reubs had never been so we were excited to visit this historic city.   We decided to try a new style of accommodation – AirBNB. It’s a cross between couchsurfing and traditional bed and breakfast. We stayed with a great couple…

Fort Wayne, Indiana

  From Chicago we headed to Fort Wayne, Indiana for a weekend of catching up with Reuben’s friends.  We stayed with Stephen, Becky and four of their children – Aleshia, Tiffany, Tyler and Trevor.  We had lots of fun catching up with them and going to the Johnny Appleseed festival.  This festival is a historic…

Eating our way around Chicago

Chicago Food Tour – the unauthorised version. We had heard about food tours from our friends Jeff and Janet and really wanted to do them, but when we looked at them online realised that they were quite expensive. However, the food tour website listed the places that they were going – so we decided to…

Chicago

We spent four days in Chicago – one before our trip to Costa Rica and three after.  We stayed with my mum’s best friends Carolyn and Dan, which was fabulous and like visiting family.     On our first day in Chicago we went to a free jazz concert and art exhibitions at the Chicago…

St Louis, Missouri

While staying with Jeff and Janet, Reuben and I took a day trip to St Louis, Missouri.  Our main purpose was to see the St Louis arch, the tallest man-made monument in the United States. We watched a really interesting movie about the explorers Lewis and Clark, took a tiny elevator up the side of…

Morton, Illinois

We stayed for four nights with Reuben’s good friends Jeff and Janet and their awesome kids Cameron, Cosette, Conner and Calvin. We had so much fun hanging out with them as a family, going to an Irish festival, going 10 pin bowling, playing Settlers of Catan, eating amazing food cooked on their grill and reconnecting…