💦💦💦 Pacific Ocean 💦💦💦 We couldn't leave Peru without me taking my first ever dip in the Pacific Ocean.

It was bloody cold and the waves were huge so I settled for just a paddle.  But it felt great!

After being a bit grumpy (I was worrying about our tsunami exit route) a dip in the sea proper cheered me up.

Miraflores has some great beaches for surfing and their are surf school right on the beach that will sign you up there and then.

I was tempted but didn't fancy trying to squeeze on a wetsuit with an audience. ❤️ #pacificocean #oceansoftheworld #ilovethesea #swimallday #familybloggers #travelblog #photooftheday #kidsthattravel #worldschool
🐮🐮🐮 Pucara Bulls 🐮🐮🐮 You'll find miniature versions of this bull all over Peru.  In a variety of colours too.

Some of the houses in the countryside will have two little bulls on the roof.

They arrived in Peru in the early years of the Spanish colony and were originally crafted as a cup.  They would be filled with chicha, a drink made from corn and mixed with blood.  This would be consumed by the priest in a cattle blessing ceremony.

Now, they are used as a blessing to Apus, the Inca mountain god, to bring health, wealth and unity to the owner. ❤️ #pucarabull #exploreperu ##travelwithkids #familytravelblogs #familytravelblogger #travelbloggerfamily #suitcasefamily #backpacker_pics
🍫🍫🍫 Hot Chocolate and Churros 🍫🍫🍫 The food in Peru is soooo good!  We didn't have one bad meal and the snacks are incredible.

Dan made it his personal mission to try everything and he did pretty well.  He did go back for seconds on some though, and that held him back.

Anyway, we had read about a place in Miraflores that did hot chocolate and churros and decided it was an absolute must.

Churros are a big thing in Lima.  People sell them everywhere and they are amazing.  But Manolo's is like the best.

You can get 6 churros and a mug of hot chocolate for S/16, which is less than £4.  Dan and the kids loved them.  Let's face it that drink looks more like melted chocolate. ❤️ #manolo #churros #miraflores #travelwithkids #familytravelblogs #familytravelblogger #travelbloggerfamily #suitcasefamily #backpacker_pics #Flytographer #kidstravelblog #travelblogger #familytravel #travelfamily #familytravelblog #viajefamiliar #travelphotography #beautifuldestinations #kidstravel #adventurehood
🏜️🏜️🏜️ The Desert 🏜️🏜️🏜️ I hadn't ever been to the desert before.  And if I'm being completely honest, I didn't know that Peru had any desert.  I'm learning, OK?

It is an amazing place!  We set out early in the morning to climb the sand dunes that surround Huacachina. 
Dan carried Alice but Emily walked to the top of a small peak all by herself.  We were super proud as it was hot and hard work.

We then took it in turns to look after the kids while the other climbed right to the top.

I thought I was going to die.  It was a hard climb.  It got steeper and hotter the closer you got to the top too.  But we both did it.  And boy, was it worth it?! ❤️ #explorethedesert #seizetheday #topoftheworld #travelfamily #suitcaselife #kidsthattravel #worldschoolers #worldschooling #Flytographer #kidstravelblog #travelblogger #familytravel
🌴🌴🌴 Huacachina 🌴🌴🌴 After a night's stop at Paracas, we boarded another bus (only an hour this time) to Ica.

From Ica, we hopped in a taxi that took us to Huacachina.  A desert oasis!

This is a completely incredible place with a funky little vibe going on.  Surrounded by restaurants and hostels, this is a great place to hang out for a couple of nights.

It was here that we got to stay in our first hostel and we loved it.  It had a gorgeous garden with hammocks and a swimming pool.  It actually felt kinda luxurious.

We also got to catch up with a friends and have a spot of dinner too.  So sophisticated. ❤️ #huacachina #exploreperu #desertoasis  #traveltheworld #familytravel #travelfamily #familytravelblog #viajefamiliar #travelphotography #beautifuldestinations #kidstravel #adventurehood
🐧🐧🐧 Paracas 🐧🐧🐧 As part of our stay in Peru, we wanted to get out of Lima and at least explore some of the many amazing things that the rest of the country has to offer.

One of the places we really wanted to go to was Paracas, as from here you can take a boat trip to the Ballastas Islands.

Now the Ballastas islands are excellent!  Home to a shed load of loads, some very rare but also a great place to see sea lions and PENGUINS.

The place was full of sea lions lounging about on rocks.  There were baby sea lions too with mummy sea lions that looked like they just wanted some peace and quiet.

Seeing penguins was a big one for us though, as this was on Emily's bucket list. 
We were all so happy to be able to seeing such beautiful animals living in their natural habitat. ❤️ #peru #penguins #ballastas #travelblog #travelwithkids #familytravelblogs #familytravelblogger #travelbloggerfamily #suitcasefamily #backpacker_pics #Flytographer #kidstravelblog #travelblogger #familytravel #travelfamily #familytravelblog #viajefamiliar #travelphotography #beautifuldestinations #kidstravel #adventurehood
📚📚📚 Travel stories 📚📚📚 I'm going to tell you a story now.  I'm writing this and scheduling it to go out later so I'm hoping by the time you read this the story will have an ending.

This is the story about why we bought the kids alpaca wool cardigans.

It starts in the USA, where we managed to gather a small collection of coins.  This included a one cent coin.

Fast forward to our last day in Colombia, where Alice finds this coin on the floor and decides to eat it.  I mean full on swallow it.

This led to major panicking from Mummy and Daddy.  Lots of Googling happened including
⛲⛲⛲ Parque de la Reserva ⛲⛲⛲ I had read about this park before heading to Lima and wanted to check it out.

This park contains 13 water fountains, all of them impressive and many of them interactive.  It holds the world record for the largest water fountain complex.

The kids loved this feature.  A 35m long tunnel that you could walk through and stay fairly dry.

Others include the Fuente Magica which has a jet of water that goes up 80m into the air and the Fuente de los Ninos which is a children's fountain that you can play in.

At night they all light up.  Then the Fantasia fountain comes to life with a light projection show, spanning its 120m length.

We had a magical evening walking around the fountains, drinking coffee and eating churros.  Another must-see in Lima! ❤️ #parquedelareserva #lightshow #lima #peru #seetheworld #familytravelin #familytravelers #travelblog #travelwithkids #exploretheworld
🏯🏯🏯 Huaca Pucllana 🏯🏯🏯 Turns out there's not an emoji for Incan pyramid ruins, so you ended up with that.

Anyway, that's what this is.  Actually, it pre-dates the Inca period (200AD ish) and was a sacred place or place of worship at the time.

We didn't get to do the full tour unfortunately.  Kids were going a bit loopy in the sun, but we did get a pretty good look anyway.

The entire structure is made from mud and is assembled in a bookshelf formation.  The slabs stand on end with small gaps that allow for movement whilst retaining its strength.

It was here that I learnt that Lima has an average annual rainfall of less than 30mm.  Which is lucky otherwise this would have washed away a long time ago.

A great find in the heart of Miraflores, Lima! ❤️ #huacapucllana #miraflores #incaruins #exploreperu #loveperu #familytravels #travelphoto #travelblogger #familytravelblog
👒🧣👜 Inka Market 👜🧣👒 Immediately on arrival in Peru, I had a huge urge to spend all my money on brightly coloured clothing and accessories made from alpaca wool.

Therefore, we had to head to Inka Market.  This colourful market is an absolute must see in Miraflores.

Emily loved it!  She borrowed Dan's phone and wandered around snapping pictures of everything she liked.

The bag in this picture was a particular favourite early on and she kept talking about it.

The shop owners kept enticing us in by shoving knitted hats on the kids, scarves around my neck and generally waving around toy llamas.

I loved it!  I nearly spent all of my money there and then bought a ticket home.  It was beautiful!

If you are heading there my advice would be to take cash and remember that the prices are VERY flexible.

SPOILER ALERT:  We went back and got Emily the bag the next day! ❤️ #inkamarket #perusouvenirs #alpacas #photooftheday #lima #kidsofinstagram #travelfamily #familiesaroundtheworld #worldschoolers
🎨🎨🎨 Painting in the park 🎨🎨🎨 After our initial walk down to the sea, we decided to explore the parks closer to our apartment.

Turns out the park is brilliant.  As well as being a place for local artists to sell their work, food stalls to dispense delicious treats and cats to wander freely, there is a play area for kids.

We all sort of lost our minds at finding this play area.  We hadn't visited a proper play area since Central Park in New York.

This park has swings and slides, climbing frames and seesaws and, of course, those wibbly wobbly horse things.

On top of that, it had some added bonuses.  Our favourite was that you could do painting in the park.

A couple of (rather entrepreneurial) women had set up some easels and had a selection of pictures that the children could paint.

For S./5 (a little more than £1), the kids sat and painted happily for the first time in a long time.

We had such a lovely evening watching our kids just be kids. ❤️ #kidsbeingkids #kidsaroundtheworld #familytravel #familytravelbog #advetnuretravel #slowtravel #letkidsbekids #lima #peru #miraflores
Iceland Honeymoon Reykjavik from Hallgrimskirkja

Iceland Honeymoon? Tips For A Perfect Romantic Getaway

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When deciding our honeymoon destination, Dan immediately put Iceland on the table.  He said “this is a once in a lifetime holiday for us.  Let’s make it a once in a lifetime destination!”  And oh, what a good choice he made!

 

Although it is relatively close to the UK, Iceland becomes a once-in-a-lifetime deal because of the sheer amount it has to offer.  To truly do it justice, it deserves a big commitment.  You’ll want to spend some time there and you’ll want to see all there is to see.

 

Why choose an Iceland honeymoon?

Iceland has it all!  Snow, black sand beaches, mountains, waterfalls, volcanoes, glaciers and bucket loads of Nordic charm.  But it is a world away from your classic sun, sea and sand honeymoon.  For us though it was perfect!

 

Once you step away from the classic model for post-marital retreats and start thinking about the best way to start the rest of your life together, you begin to form a different list.  One of shared experiences, adventures and togetherness.

 

Iceland is the perfect setting for this.  The colder weather encourages hand-holding and snuggles under blankets.  With its quirky little coffee shops, you’ll be able to hide away together and talk about your experiences from the day.

 

And with some of the most impressive geography, the planet can offer, you’ll have all the adventures you want on your hotel doorstep.  Making Iceland a truly unforgettable experience.

 

What to see?

What to see all year round?

Golden circle tour

Iceland Honeymoon Gullfoss on the Golden Circle Tour

If you do one thing when you are visiting Iceland then make sure it is this.  The Golden circle tour takes all day but takes in many of the most remarkable geographical phenomena in Iceland.

 

You will get to visit Thingvellir National Park and crossover the tectonic plate line seeing the fissure they create.  It is quite remarkable to drive along one road with the Eurasian plate one side and the North American plate the other.

 

Then includes a stop at Gullfoss (the Golden waterfall) which is breathtaking! We walked up as far as we could and looked across the waterfall with the glacial spray on our face.  It is a wonderful and humbling sight!

Iceland Honeymoon Golden Circle Tour Strokkur

Following this, you’ll head on to look at some geysers.  Strokkur is Iceland’s most active geyser and it goes off every few minutes.  Crowds will gather around waiting for the big shot of warm water rising up into the air and to feel the spray on their faces as it comes back down.

 

The Golden Circle tour gives you so much in just one day.  You’ll need a nice long bath together when you get back to your room to talk it all over.

 

Blue Lagoon

Iceland Honeymoon Blue Lagoon

Not far from the airport is the misty haven that is the Blue Lagoon.  A much talked about destination in Iceland this is not one you want to miss.  Plus it makes the perfect addition to an Icelandic honeymoon.

 

With white bathrobes and slippers lining the edge and swim-up-to bar in the middle, the Blue Lagoon has turned this strange geothermal reservoir into a luxurious spa experience.  Complete with cosy, steamed up corners that you can hide in.

 

Not only is it a beautiful place to spend a few hours but the minerals that naturally occur there are good for your skin too.  I recommend stopping off here immediately you jump off the plane.  Relax, warm-up and get in a facial!

 

Whale watching

The chance to see these majestic creatures in the wild is rare.  There aren’t many places where you can hop on a boat and expect to catch a glimpse of one.

 

Taking a boat from Reykjavik harbour, or several other places around Iceland will give you a good chance of seeing them though.

 

Not only will you see whales, but also dolphins and porpoises swimming alongside the boat.  Plus it is great to look back at Iceland from the sea to truly capture the beauty of the geography.

 

Waterfalls

Iceland Honeymoon Destinations Behing Seljalandsfoss Waterfall

Iceland is an absolute goldmine of waterfalls.  If like me you love waterfalls then you will be completely smitten with Iceland.

 

Taking the ring road along the south coast will provide you with a selection of magnificent waterfalls, including Skogafoss, Seljalandfoss and Svartifoss.

 

The Golden Circle tour mentioned above includes the huge Gullfoss, which is not to be missed.

 

Geothermal pool

We visited Laugardalsaug.  This was approximately a 45-minute walk from central Reykjavik.  Heated by geothermal energy, it is an unusual place to swim.

 

With a 50m swimming pool, outdooor pool and paddling pool for children, along with waterslides and hot tubs, you could easily make a day of it.

 

We spent half a day there, enjoying the different pools and appreciating swimming outside when the weather was less than its best.

 

What to see in Winter?

Northern lights

Iceland Honeymoon Northern Lights

Iceland is the ultimate location if you are looking for a Northern Lights honeymoon experience.  However, it is very much a seasonal event.  To see the lights, you need complete darkness and this only happens in the Winter months.

 

We went to Iceland in April and this is the end of the season for the northern lights.  Desperate to see them, we went out a few days in a row trying to chase the lights.  We saw a couple of shows, but it wasn’t until the final days that the sky truly lit up.  And wow, is it spectacular.

 

Therefore, I recommend signing up for a northern lights tour at the first opportunity as it may take you a couple of nights to get the right weather and solar conditions to see them.  Wrap up warm, take drinks and snacks and put your trust in the tour guide to hunt them down.

 

What to see in Summer?

Puffins

Although puffin spotting season technically runs from early April through until September, we missed them when we went.  And I wish we had made more of an effort to search some out.

 

These gorgeous, colourful birds with their soulful little eyes are one of the main reasons that I would head back to Iceland again.  To see and explore Iceland in the summer, experience the midnight sun and to catch a glimpse of these beautiful birdies makes me want to start planning a take back again now.

 

Where to stay

Seltjarnarnes

If seeing the Northern Lights on your honeymoon is top of your to do list then this town to the North of Reykjavik might be your ideal location.

 

Away from the centre of the capital, you can experience a quieter getaway.  Plus, with a better geographical location as well as reduce light pollution your chances of seeing the aurora borealis is greatly increased.

 

With a selection of hotels and cottages in the area, there is bound to be a venue to suit your needs.

 

Akureyri

North Iceland’s biggest town has plenty to offer on your Icelandic honeymoon.  With a selection of nice hotels and various attractions in is most definitely worthy of consideration.

 

If you want to catch the Northern Lights, fancy a bit of whale watching or are just looking to see an alternative part of Iceland, then Akureyri should be on the list.

 

South Coast

The south coast of Iceland is littered with waterfalls.  With the addition of the black sand beaches, glacial lagoon and generally stunning views it is an idyllic place to stay.

 

Hotel Ranga has an excellent reputation amongst honeymooners.  Oozing with Icelandic charm and boasting outstanding views of the Northern Lights you’d be silly not to consider it.

 

The Blue Lagoon

Iceland Honeymoon Location Blue Lagoon Spa Main Building

If your Iceland honeymoon is all about relaxation then it does not get much better than staying in the Blue Lagoon.

 

The views across the Blue Lagoon and the surrounding areas are amazing.  Watching the steaming water rise across the rugged volcanic landscape will make you never want to leave.  Not to mention have you wanting to jump straight in.

 

Reykjavik

We stayed in Reykjavik and I would thoroughly recommend this.  Being the capital city if offers lots to see as well as providing a good platform for adventuring out to the rest of Iceland.

 

Transfers from Keflavik to Reykjavik are easy to come by and takes about 45mins to an hour.  However, you can arrange to stop off at the Blue Lagoon on the way to break up the journey.

 

We stay in “Room with a view” apartments on the main street through Reykjavik, Laugavegur.  This was a top choice as we were surrounded by restaurants, cafes, bars and shops.

 

From here, it was easy to access many of the other attractions in Reykjavik, and the coast was only a few minutes away.

 

Exploring Reykjavik on your Iceland Honeymoon

Iceland Honeymoon Reykjavik from Hallgrimskirkja

Iceland’s capital city is worthy of thorough exploration.  We spent a few days of our trip wandering around Reykjavik and enjoying everything it had to offer.

 

As well as being aesthetic interesting with its colourful buildings, stunning coastline and mountain views, there is something in this city to capture anyone’s interest.

 

Perlan

A 30-minute walk from the centre of Reykjavik and a top of a big hill, the Perlan is a unique landmark.

 

It has been converted from several hot water tanks and is now open to the public to enjoy a restaurant, an observation deck looking over Reykjavik and a planetarium.

 

The views from the top of the Perlan are well worth the walk up there.  You will get to see Reykjavik from above with its spectacular mountain backdrop.

 

Hallgrimskirkja

Iceland Honeymoon Hallgrimmskirkja

If being high up and looking down over Reykjavik are your ideas of fun then you’ll love Hallgrimskirkja.

 

Impressive from internally and externally, Hallgrimskirkja is one of Reykjavik’s most prominent landmarks and is easy to find in the centre of the city.

 

The best part of this Lutheran church is that you can take a trip to the top (some 70m high!) and look out over the rest of Reykjavik.

 

Harpa

Iceland Honeymoon Harpa Concert Hall at night

This stunning concert hall is unavoidable on any trip to Reykjavik.  It’s impressive architecture immediately captures your attention and lures you inside.

 

Unless you are seeing a performance, there’s not much to do inside on an average day.  However, it is worth a visit to enjoy the views out of the odd shaped glass walls across the harbour.  And there is a café for a coffee too.

 

Coffee shops

Coffee is a big part of Icelandic culture.  Icelander’s typically like their coffee strong, black and in ready supply.

 

Therefore, there are several beautiful cafes around Reykjavik, where you can lose yourself in a comfy chair and sit and drink endless coffee.

 

With the cold weather and expensive alcoholic beverages, we found ourselves seeking out new places for a hot drink almost daily.  Reykjavik has many.  You’ll enjoy trying them out with skyrkaka as further motivation.

 

Restaurants

Like all capital cities, Iceland boasts an excellent selection of restaurants.  Each serving up the local delicacies.

 

Iceland has a bit of a reputation for serving up some strange dishes including rotten fish.  But they are also very good at making delicious lamb and fish dishes.

 

We were in Iceland for 10 full days and ate out in Reykjavik twice most days.  We were able to eat at a different restaurant each time.  Some were cute and romantic, some vibrant, some overflowing with the sights and smells you would expect from Icelandic restaurants.

 

On top of this, a trip to Iceland wouldn’t be complete without trying a pylsa or Icelandic hot dog.  Icelander’s are proud of these and they come with an array of toppings.  I recommend going for all of them and enjoying the full taste experience.

 

What is the weather like?

There is a bit of a joke in Iceland that says “if you don’t like the weather, give it 10 and it’ll be completely different”.  And it is so true.

 

During our time there, we had large amounts of snowfall followed by days when we were walking around in just a t-shirt.  There were some days when both happened within an hour.

 

Although Iceland sounds cold, it is warmer than you might expect.  This is largely due to geothermal activity warming the island.

 

That said, it is still cold.  Iceland in winter will get down to as low as -10C but is typically closer to 1-2C.  Iceland in summer will be around 10-12C but can go lower or higher depending on the weather specifics at the time.

 

My best advice is to be prepared for all weather.  On a drive back from an excursion one day, we were admiring the beautiful clear skies and an amazing sunset over the beach.  Next minute it was a blizzard outside.

 

How much it costs?

One of the many reasons that we chose to spend our honeymoon in Iceland was because we knew it would need to be a special trip.  It is expensive.

 

By way of an example, we ordered an on-tap lager and a spirit and mixer in a bar one evening.  It totalled over £15 and this was a few years back.

 

Along with the expensive costs, there is also the fact that there is so much to see and do.  You will need to spend money to truly embrace everything that the country has to offer.

 

Is Iceland your perfect honeymoon?

For us, Iceland was the seed that grew into our love of adventures.  It was the moment that we knew we would travel as a family.  We had so many amazing adventures while we were there that we knew we wanted to get back out into the world and see it all.

Iceland honeymoon? Think snuggling blankets, steamy baths and big adventures. Iceland is the perfect location for couples looking for excitement and exploration together on their first trip as a married couple. #icelandhoneymoon #honeymoondestinations #familytraveltips #honeymoontips #honeymoonideas

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