New Beginnings in a Wanderlust Nation

Hello loves! Thank you so much for all the love and support you’ve given Taylor’s Titillating Travels over the years. It’s been amazing and I’ve loved sharing all my stories with you. I will still be bringing you fun little stories, but I’m broadening my horizons. Soon we will launch Wanderlust Nation, a new website-based travel blog with more videos and varying media. I enjoy sharing my personal stories, but I really want to bring the focus on to inspiring others to travel in new ways. I am very sad to let go of my slightly suggestive title, but I think Wanderlust Nation is going to capture a whole new realm of traveling. It’s going to be slow going at first, but I hope you all hang in there! I’ll leave you with a little something I wrote. For me it’s hopeful, it’s saying goodbye to one chapter and opening another.

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These Days

I keep a suitcase packed by the bed
Ready to go at a moment’s notice, passport in hand
I’m nearing thirty and I’m still a teenage runaway
But I guess they just call it leaving these days

Most days the real world stagnates around me
And I escape to far off lands
Just a little movement to keep myself from atrophy
But I guess they just call it surviving these days

You tell me jetlag is a myth
But how do you know if you never leave the zone?
You stay tethered to the still life you’ve created
But I guess they call it stability these days

I’ve missed a funeral, weddings, and a birth
I miss the late nights at The Pub, paying for our youth
Those moments that remind us of what we all have in store for us
But I guess that’s what they call reality these days

I keep my family and friends close to my heart
Yet I keep stepping out, always leaving them behind
In hopes of forgetting the one thing I’m missing
But I guess that’s what they call loneliness these days

The rhythm in my soul keeps beating
A drumming pulling me on at an invisible pace
Away from the known into the expanse of the lives I haven’t lived
But I guess that’s what they call wanderlust these days

So I’ll see you when my feet hit the ground
And be gone before you can remember my face
Leave you with the memories of girl once etched in your mind
But I guess they just call me a gypsy these days

I just want you to remember my name

 

xoxo Taylor

Review: Connemara-Galway via Extreme Ireland Tours

Traveling with Extreme Ireland Tours/ Irish Day Tours from Dublin through Galway on to Connemara was a somewhat lengthy ride. The first half of the journey took us through small suburbs of Dublin and eventually thinned to countryside villages and towns. We bypassed Galway and made our first stop somewhere in Connemara (a region in Galway County) to see the picturesque Quiet Man Bridge where John Wayne filmed scenes from his movie “The Quiet Man.”

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Keeping with the theme, we also made an impromptu stop at the replica house from the same movie. Even if you’ve never seen the movie the views in these locations are beautiful and well worth the stop.

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After that we traveled through country back roads to the Killary Sheep Farm, which I detailed in the previous post. I will say it is the best stop on the whole tour and an experience that actually feels authentic. So click here for a for account of our experience there.

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From there you stop at Kylemore Abbey for lunch. Their cafe boasts mediocre food and an attitude of general disdain from its staff. I recommend bringing a picnic to enjoy at one of the benches and take in the view of Kylemore. We didn’t have enough time to see the interior, but I’m told the tour price isn’t a great value so save the Euros for Galway.

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Following Kylemore are various scenic stops in Connemara and throughout the Inagh Valley. The scenery here will stop the breath in your lungs.

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Galway is the final stop before heading back to Dublin where I picked up a new Claddahg ring from Thomas Dillon‘s. The city itself is very youthful as it’s mostly a college town. Also, they were setting up what looked to be a splendid Christmas Market so if you’re in the area around Christmas time (which begins earlier there than in the States since they don’t have Thanksgiving to wait for) give it a gander. Galway

Overall, I would give Extreme Ireland Tours a four and a half out of five stars simply because I would have liked more time in Galway, but if you give them notice you can stay the night and take the next day’s tour van back. Our guide was both entertaining and informative. Due to our small tour size we were able to make quite a few impromptu scenic stops. I definitely recommend going during the off season.

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One Night Stands with Christina and Taylor

Hello one and all! I am so excited to announce the launch of my newest travel project. Today marks the launch of the web series One Night Stands with Christina and Taylor. It is a travel-themed web series and your hosts, myself and Christina, have just 24 hours to show you the best places to visit in a city. Of course, we always end up getting a little silly and show you a good time. Please take a moment to visit the website and follow our social media pages.

One Night Stands with Christina and Taylor

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Top Stops on the Freedom Trail

I had the option to either go to a Red Sox game (vs. Detroit) at Fenway Park or wander around Boston following the Freedom Trail. Given that baseball games aren’t as fun alone and I was limited on time I decided to walk the Freedom Trail. I could walk you through each of the stops on the Trail but I didn’t finish the whole thing and that wouldn’t be as much fun as it sounds.

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The Freedom Trail is a series of historic pre-Revolutionary and Revolutionary War sites around Boston connected by a red line with official sites denoted by seals. The walk itself is about a half day trek altogether. I hit all the spots around Boston Common and the North End in about 3 hours, but only hit one museum. It’s a great walk with lots to see and do along the way.

My top 5 stops, in no particular order, were:

Boston Common

Boston Common

Boston Common is now a beautiful park with plenty of running trails and benches to sit to muster up your energy for the long trek ahead. It was formerly a field where everyone took their cattle to graze. It is said that John Hancock’s wife and professional hostess, Dorothy Quincy Hancock, was entertaining the French troops and ran out of milk so she sent servants to the common and just took the milk from everyone else’s cows.

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Granary Burying Ground

The Granary Burying Ground holds the remains of many of our country’s founding fathers, including Paul Revere, John Hancock, and the parents of Benjamin Franklin. The victims of the Boston Massacre are also buried here. It is also rumored that the mythical Mother Goose is buried here as well.

King’s Chapel Burial Ground

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The oldest cemetery in Boston with some beautiful headstones is the resting place of Mary Chilton Winslow, the first woman off of the Mayflower, as well as William Emerson, father of one of my favorite transcendentalists, Ralph Waldo Emerson. Speaking of literature, Elizabeth Pain is also buried there and her tombstone is said to have inspired the tombstone of the infamous Hester Prynne of The Scarlet Letter.

The Old State House

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The Old State House is the oldest public building in Boston and has a spectacular museum inside. It is also the site of the Boston Massacre. To stand outside gives you a chill, knowing that many years before events were unfolding that would spark a revolution and inside the Declaration of Independence was read aloud for the first time. It is the place where men and women gathered and gave birth to the fundamentals of what it means to be American.

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 Paul Revere’s House

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Please be aware that if you’re going to visit the Revere House to bring cash for admission. They do not accept credit and you will be very sad, like me, when you can’t get in. The house is a lot smaller than I expected, given that Mr. Revere lived there with his mom, wife, and up to nine of his kids. The feeling of historical prominence is palpable even outside. This is the place from which Paul Revere disembarked on his infamous “Midnight Ride!” Its preservation allows you to feel like a real part of the history.