Castletown #TT2015

I know right, surely the hashtag on this title is wrong? Surely that should say 2016?
Well no. Little Miss Lazy Pants here just became so overwhelmed with life last year that I didn't get round to posting about all the beautiful places we went.
One of my total favourites, and one we didn't manage to visit again this year, was Castletown.

Jumping on the back of my brothers bike I always put my trust in him to take us somewhere cool. He has this fantastic knowledge of the island and never wants to waste a day. We'll pull up somewhere, I'll pause and say "Off?" and he'll park the bike up and we discover wherever it is we just landed.
Castletown was one of those places. I immediately fell in love with the quayside/dock area. It was kind of eerie as it was so quiet and almost felt deserted.

We went for a short walk by the water, walking around the corner by some cute cottages and then towards the sea wall.
Being the wimp that I am I couldn't get onto the sea wall, however, my brother could and I will always love the photos I took of him up there.
We stood/sat for a while, just watching the sea roll in and crash against the rocks. All that was missing was a pint (and one/both of the Dunlop brothers) and it would have been even more perfect.



An Irish Roadtrip | Ireland 2016

For the second time in a month I drove to the Premier Inn at Stansted airport to enjoy an overnight stay before yet another early morning flight.
For the second time in 3 months I sent a message to my brother "See you tomorrow" as I looked forward to spending another holiday with him away from England.

In June we went to the Isle of Man together. My brother is more than aware of my obsession and love for the Dunlop family and in July he messaged me asking if I fancied a trip to Ireland for our birthday. Part of the plan was to visit the memorial garden for two of the Dunlops, Robert and Joey, and to also visit a bar run by Joey's family in their hometown.

Of course I said yes, and although I felt some level of guilt at not spending my birthday with my children I also knew I couldn't turn this down. 
Not only have I not seen my brother for our birthday for a long time now, but I also didn't have the best 30th birthday last year and felt like this would make up for it. 

We planned to hire a car and tour the east coast, going into Northern Ireland.
We were due to watch some road racing the weekend we arrived, which happened to also be our birthday weekend but it got cancelled, annoyingly, although it gave us an excuse to have a head start and start our tour.
We didn't really have a plan. There were a few places we wanted to visit but other than that we just went where the road took us.

And thank goodness we did.
The views, scenery and landscape were amazing. The coast, the sea and the cliffs took my breath away and at one point I felt like my passion for the Isle of Man was being transferred over to Ireland.
I fell in love. Big time.
And I didn't expect it at all.

And the time with my brother was amazing. Typically people at first assume we are a couple, and when they find out we are twins going on holiday together we got comments about how "I couldn't go on holiday with my brother/sister".
It made me feel proud that we have that kind of relationship where not only are we happy to go on holiday together but we have no problem with sharing a room.

It really was such an amazing week, and exceeded my expectations.
Not only did I take photos to capture the week but I made a video too. I'm going to write separate posts for the places we visited because it would all be too much for one post. Watching the video gives me goosebumps and makes me want to go back.
And one day I definitely will.



#TT2016 The Video

When I went to the TT last year I regreted not taking as many photos and in particular not taking any videos.
This year I treated myself to a new camera, with the intention of using my DSLR for photos and my compact for videos. 
Annoyingly the battery life on my compact wasn't amazing so I didn't get quite as much footage as I'd hoped but I think I captured enough of the island and the racing to at least show why I love it so much.



#TT2016 | Instagrammed

I am usually quite "anti-phones" and "anti-social media" when it comes to holidays but when it comes to the TT and visiting the Isle of Man I break my own rule.
I think due to the fact I am away with my brother it's nice for my mum to be able to see what we are getting up to and also for the boys to be able to look at the photos too.

Instagram, for me, seems to be the best form of online photo diary. In fact I think I take more photos using Instagram than the general camera app on my phone.
Looking back at these photos makes me smile so much. Once again I had an amazing experience on this island. Another one I will never forget.

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