Day Trip to the Cliffs of Moher | Ireland

Written by Brian Callender | Photography by Brian Callender and Julie Boyd

While planning our time in Ireland, we had given ourselves a very open schedule so that we could relax and enjoy the last days of our trip. After spending the rest of the trip constantly on the move, our pace slowed down when we reached Dublin, and it was a welcome change. Aside from exploring the city, the only other item on our must visit list was the Cliffs of Moher. It’s nearly impossible to think about Ireland and not envision the striking views from the cliffs. Arguably the most popular tourist destination in the country, the cliffs are a tremendous draw for tourists looking to soak in the Emerald Isle.

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Exciting Changes to the Blog!

Written by Brian Callender

Some exciting thing are changing on the blog, so I thought a post about it would be a good idea! 🙂

I originally created this site to share the travels of Julie and I, with some travel hacking mixed in. I started with the name The View From Cube 74, because well, I worked in cubicle 74 in my office. I enjoyed the name because from my cubicle, I can see out to the local airport, assuming I turn my chair around. While that name suited my original purpose, I wasn’t thinking long term when I created it.

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Three Days in Dublin | Ireland

Written by Brian Callender | Photography by Brian Callender & Julie Boyd

We touched down in Dublin close to 10:00 p.m. on Monday night after a short flight from Brussels. I had pre-booked our transportation taking the 700 Route with AirCoach which came out to about $25 roundtrip for two people. Not bad considering it can easily be booked online and you ride in a comfortable coach bus. The Airlink Express is another option that runs between the airport and city centre for around the same cost and is more similar to a regular city bus (double decker).

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Day Trip to Bruges | Belgium

Writted by Brian Callender | Photography by Brian Callender & Julie Boyd

One of my favorite things about Europe is the ease and efficiency of travel within countries, particularly public transportation. When I was studying abroad in Oxford, I knew there were three busses that consistently went into the City Center and that if I missed one, the next bus would not be far behind. Train travel in Europe is also something that I really enjoy as there are so many different places you can visit. Though at times the trains can be pricey, especially if you normally have access to a car (like we do at home), it’s always nice to be able to relax and and enjoy the scenery outside your window. So, when I decided to add Belgium to our agenda, it was with the idea in mind that we would take a day trip to either Bruges or Ghent. Both cities are easily accessible by train, so it was simply a matter of picking which one we wanted to visit. After careful consideration, we settled on Bruges.

Bruges is popularly known as being a well preserved, medieval town. Similar to Amsterdam, the city lies on a series of canals making it incredibly scenic and a popular destination. In 2000, the historic city center became a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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A Day in Brussels | Belgium

Written by Brian Callender | Photography by Julie Boyd & Brian Callender

Belgium was, admittedly, a late addition to our itinerary. We had planned to visit the British Isles, but not the continent of Europe on this particular trip. However, having already been to the three countries on our agenda, I was eager to see a new place. With only a short window of time to visit, we needed somewhere that was in close proximity to London, so Belgium won out over Paris as our choice. Julie was quickly sold on the idea by way of the country’s well known exports: chocolate, waffles, beer, and fries.

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