Picking the best travel bag

Which carry-on bag is the best for travel around Europe without being too heavy?

Learning to travel light with a carry-on is key. On a recent trip to Dublin, we were left for three days without our checked bag. It was tough, especially when the person with our bag called us while we were on a tour of the Wicklow Mountains and there was nothing we could do. Continue reading

Living in history: Williamsburg, Va.

Colonial Williamsburg

A trip to Colonial Williamsburg is like stepping back in time to an era where people worked together to survive and things were simpler. Not simpler because they didn’t have hard times, but simpler because they didn’t have everything from the outside world bombarding their lives every day.
Our trip started with a long walk around the area taking in the sights and the people. Our dog, Piggy, even enjoyed meeting a new friend. Continue reading

Traveling to Austria/Germany without leaving Myrtle Beach

**EDITOR’S NOTE: This story is from 2015. The restaurant quality and its dishes may have changed.**

The Sauerbraten is one of my favorite dishes at Cafe Old Vienna.

With red hair and a name like Heather Gale, most people would think I am Irish. It makes sense. I have the pasty white skin, my first name is an Irish flower and my last name is an Irish wind. Continue reading

Making dreams come true: a trip to Dublin, Ireland

Wicklow Mountains

For as long as I have known my husband, he has talked about getting to Ireland some day. I kept that in the back of my mind and when we were saving for a big vacation, I made sure to save just enough more so that we could go to Ireland sooner rather than later.
The “sooner” came earlier this year with a week in Dublin. Continue reading

Hiking a huge hill in Howth, Ireland

Scary stairs

Every once in a while, my husband gets the crazy idea that we should go hiking. Most of the time, I am 100 percent on board and mentally prepared for it. However, on our day trip to Howth, about 20 minutes by train from Dublin, I had NO idea that we would be hiking up a very large hill on the other side of the peninsula, but we did and it was magnificent. Continue reading

A day in the Wicklow Mountains

Wicklow Mountains in Wicklow County, Ireland
DunLaoghaire Harbour

When I think of Ireland, I think of green grassy hills, beautiful valleys and fields of Heather growing wild. Well, when we headed to the countryside near Dublin, that is exactly what we saw and it was absolutely stunning. We went on the Wild Wicklow Tour that took us to the coastal area of DunLaoghaire Harbour and past the richer parts of the area called Dalkey and Killiney. Continue reading