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Make Hope Float – Join the Boat & Breakfast Kickstarter Crew!

Operation, charge this barge! When I was young, I learned that my aunt and uncle cashed in their retirement early to buy a Dutch barge and call the canals of Europe their home for two years until they sold it to move back to the U.S. It seemed more like a fairytale, something unattainable. Ever since, the idea stuck with me. Now in my 30s, the thought continues to surface – imploring me to act, so I decided to start looking at Dutch barges for sale to get a sense of the pricing and logistics. First, it was internet window shopping for some time and drooling over houseboats on Airbnb. I continued going about my business. Then one day over Thanksgiving weekend November 2017, I came across the dream boat. The recently refurbished 1929 has four cabins (sleeps 8), three bathrooms, spacious lounge area with a full bar, large sun deck space for entertaining, and a Jacuzzi. The boat measures 125 ft x 17 ft. My idea has been to own a Dutch barge, so I could host small groups to have a “Bikes & Barges” experience through the French countryside and guests can enjoy the local wineries. I found the perfect marina in Strasbourg, France to do just that. I have 35 days to make this Kickstarter float – oh yes, all the boat puns coming your way! Be apart of the Kickstarter crew and learn more about this story:
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✨ High Tea Magic at Ashford Castle ✨

After a long road trip around Ireland this September with my family, we regaled ourselves to an Afternoon High Tea at the fairytale-like Ashford Castle, a medieval castle from 1228 and formerly owned by the Guinness family in County Mayo. The newly renovated, 5-star hotel was on full display in all it’s glory when we pulled up to the grand stone gateway across a small bridge. Twinkling chandeliers and exquisite antique decor greeted us along with the friendly footman. It was the best finale to our trip.

As we sat down to a table for four, I was immediately attracted to the whimsical and colorful Wedgewood China. Modern, yet chic. Perfect for the occasion. I was in heaven, snapping photos and not allowing anyone to touch or disturb the presentation of tea-sized sandwiches until sufficient photos were taken while indulging in a glass of bubbly.

The delectable small sandwiches were followed by an array of picture-perfect desserts and warm scones. It was topped off by our complimentary Ashford chocolates for the road. In a nutshell, you need to treat yourself to this when you visit Ireland.

Cheers!

Afternoon tea starts with bubbles 🌺 @ashfordcastle

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The hotel is included in the Leading Hotels of the World portfolio and owned by the Tollman family who founded The Travel Corporation.