Tuesday, August 3, 2010

My Son's Trip of a Lifetime

My son John, 24 and my nephew Billy, 18 just went on the trip of their life. They have been saving and planning for the last 5 years. They have always been very close and when Billy was 12 years old they decided that when Billy turned 18, they would go on a trip to Europe together. Well time flew, and he is now 18. They just got back from a 17 day trip through Europe. I'm very proud to say that they each worked very hard and payed for their entire trip themselves. The trip started out flying to Dublin. From there they took a ferry to Wales to go mountain climbing on Mount Snowdonia. Then to London...Paris...Nice....

This is a shot out of their Hostel window in Dublin.


On the ferry to Wales.

Here they are at the peak of Mount Snowdon, 3560 feet above Wales. All in all, my son said that this was the highlight of his trip. (Although I know he had fun on the rest of the trip).

Here they are in Wales at a very low-key hostel, that they obviously bonded with the owners and workers.

Then after 3 days, off to London. This is Abbey Studios where the Beatles recorded. Sure has changed a lot.

Abbey Road

They made it to Paris. See the huge Ferris wheel behind them?

People watching in Paris.

My son with another friendly tourist at the Louver Museum.

Not many pictures from Nice, but here are some fireworks. Spent 3 days here, then flew back to Dublin for another night and then home.

P.S. My son also got to see one his favorite singers, Diane Birch, in a small place in London. They had a great time! I missed him terribly, but the fun is over and it is back to work.

Happy August!



  1. How cool for them! The trip looked so fun and I am also impressed that your son and nephew generously shared with you. That is so rare these days with the young people... mine keep me in the dark and/or guessing all the time. I wish I had the closeness you so enjoy. Hugs and love to you! xoxo

  2. Yes Ina, they did share and some of the pictures I would have rather not seen! (Like standing on a phone-booth and mooning the camera)!

  3. Wow..two good kids right there!! Looks like a great time
    Benny & Lily

  4. Memories that will last forever! My son also saved all year and went to Europe this Summer- alone! I was worried but he did connect with folks a long the way. ( frau in Germany and my other son spent some days with him in Spain...)

    I love living vicariously through my kids as a trip to Europe at that age SHOULD have been something I did!

  5. So happy to read this post about their trip and such wonderful memories. I really enjoyed my visit to your blog. Wishing you happiness, Katherine