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2017 Travel Diary

2017 has been one for the books! We traveled to two new countries, explored a new state and visited our home state. My favorite travel memory of 2017 was that we found out we’re having a baby while on one of our favorite trips yet (our Iceland adventure)! This little lady isn’t even on the outside yet and she’s already been on 8 flights, so we’re hoping we have a mini traveler in the making. 😉 Here’s a look back on our adventures from 2017! And here’s my travel diary post from 2015 and 2016.

1. Dublin, Ireland: We loved this quaint city, because we could easily walk around the streets and find fun things to do. Here’s my city guide and here’s our video.

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South Coast Tour (Iceland Part 5)

For the last of my Iceland posts, I thought I’d share about our South Coast Iceland tour. It was a really cool tour, because like the other tours, it showed us a very different part of Iceland. We used GeoIceland for this tour. One of my favorite things on this trip was getting to see a real life glacier and touch it. Glaciers are such rare things for people to see (at least where we live ;). We experienced some wild Icelandic weather that day and got drenched on our walk to the glacier, which is why we don’t have a ton of photos from that part of the day. My iPhone had so many water spots on the camera lenses, haha. We saw several more waterfalls and another beach with what we were told are basically killer waves. They actually warn you not to go too close to the shoreline, because these waves will actually kill you. Apparently, there are a lot of natural phenomenons in Iceland that can kill you, so just something to remember. 😉 Also, this is another reason I think it’s worth it to have a tour guide, because Iceland’s weather, nature and roads were VERY foreign to us. Enjoy a few photos of our last Iceland post!

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So many pretty waterfalls everywhere you look!

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Snaefellsnes Peninsula Tour (Iceland Part 4)

Our Snaefellsnes Peninsula tour through Discover Iceland was one of our most magical adventures in Iceland! If you missed my other Iceland posts, you can find the Golden Circle post here, Reykjavik City Guide here and Iceland travel video here. The Snaefellsnes tour was a small tour, just us and two other people from London. Our tour guide was a local who ended up introducing us to his brother and having us over for afternoon coffee. On this tour, we were hit with a much darker gloomy day and so much ice that I often thought my toes were dying (haha, Florida girl at heart). Half the time I felt like I was in a snow globe or some made up magical winter wonderland. We saw places where they filmed Game of Thrones and touched what looked like the arctic. We even got to see black sand beaches and explore all sorts of natural Icelandic landscape that was so different from our other tours. And perhaps the coolest thing we did on this tour was adventure into a lava cave. I’ve never seen such a magical place in my life! Here are a few photos so you can see for yourself.

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One of our first stops on the tour was getting to see this famous church called Búðakirkja.

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Golden Circle Tour (Iceland Part 3)

Well, this post is definitely long overdue! A lot happened between April and the current end of summer, so I kept putting off posting the rest of these Iceland photos. Honestly, we still haven’t even gone through the Iceland photos on our nicer camera. Turns out getting ready for a baby is really quite busy. 😉 So, before I forget all of our Iceland tips, I figured I’d go ahead and share the rest of our Iceland photos from my iPhone for those wanting to travel to Iceland in the near future. In this post, I’ll talk about our Golden Circle Tour, which tour company we used and specific stops along the way. If you missed Iceland Part 1 or Part 2, check them out!

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Mirror Lake Exploring (Utah Part 2)

If you didn’t catch my first Utah post, be sure to check it out for my recommendations on what to do in Salt Lake City and Park City. One of my favorite things we did in Utah was take a trip to Mirror Lake. It was a gorgeous 45-60 minute drive, easy for all of our family members (who were a variety of ages) and so much fun. We were able to walk around the lake and get some beautiful photos of the scenery. On our way to Mirror Lake, we stopped at the Samak Smoke House for a bathroom break, beef jerky and other goodies. We took our time on the drive up to Mirror Lake, admiring the scenery, stopping for photos and getting out to explore Upper Provo Falls.

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View from the Deer Valley Grocery Store Cafe

Salt Lake & Park City Guide (Utah Part 1)

At the beginning of August, we spent about a week in Park City with a day trip to a National Park and a day trip to Salt Lake City. Matt’s cousin lives in Utah, so we brought most of Matt’s family along for this adventure. This was new for us, because we’re used to traveling just the two of us, so it was fun to have others along with us. We absolutely loved Park City and thought it was a nice break from the blistering blazing Georgia heat that we experience in August. The weather in Park City was perfect. We found tons to do and lots of other cool places to access from Park City. Here are a few tips for a budget friendly, summer adventure in Utah! :)

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St. Augustine City Guide

Two weeks ago, Matt and I headed south to Florida for a weekend getaway in St. Augustine. One of our friends was getting married there, so we figured it would be  a good mini babymoon. I’ve been coming to St. Augustine for school trips or with my family since I was a kid, but hadn’t been back in three or four years. The beaches are beautiful, the downtown is cute and there are lots of things to do. We decided to stay at the adorable and cozy At Journey’s End Bed & Breakfast. If you’ve never tried out a bed and breakfast, I highly recommend giving one a try. There’s something about staying in a cute old home and having an incredible breakfast prepared for you in the morning. I’m a big fan! Also, my favorite part of this weekend getaway was that we got to see my parents and brother for the afternoon on one of the days we were in St. Augustine. Living away from family is hard sometimes, so these times we get to see each other are all the more special. :)

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Reykjavik City Guide (Iceland Part 2)

If you missed our Iceland video and big family announcement, it’s posted here! This post is all about Reykjavik, Iceland’s capital and only actual city. It’s quaint, charming and wonderfully friendly. When we were there, it was freezing (as you can see from photos), but so worth the visit and we’d happily go back again. Here are a few of my recommendations on places to stay, things to do and restaurants. IMG_8055 Continue reading

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Big Announcement (Iceland Part 1)

Hi everyone!

We finally got around to posting our video from our Iceland adventures. We waited to post it for a very special reason….but you’ll have to watch all the way to the end of the video in order to see what we have to say. :) I promise to post photos and recommendations from our Iceland trip soon, but in the meantime, enjoy my all time favorite travel video!!

Cheers!

Aubrey

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Galway City & Cliffs of Moher (Ireland Part 3)

Hi everyone! I haven’t been on the blog lately with finishing up the school year and a couple of other weekend trips. I always say things will slow down, but they never do. 😉 Here’s the last of our Ireland photos! Before we left Ireland to head to Ireland, we decided to take a tour from Dublin to the Cliffs of Moher and Galway City. We did our tour through Wild Rover Tours. If you don’t have enough time to rent a car and drive around Ireland, these day trips are wonderful. I love them because someone else does all the work and you just enjoy your day. Hope you enjoy our last few photos…can’t wait to share our Iceland travel tips and photos!

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