So I continue my journey though life and today I am remembering my favorite holidays (vacations) from my past. I have traveled to numerous countries, and seen nearly every county back home in Ireland, with Giants Causeway the one big omission, but my favorite place has always been the Isle of Man. 

My first trip there I was no older than 11 or 12 and it started a love of everything on the island. A few hours by ferry from Dublin the trip over was always done very early in the morning, arriving on the Isle of Man as morning started, around 7am. This lead to some early morning fun when I would return to the island as a adult with 2 friends and my brother, but that’s a story for another day. 

As I said, my first trip was when I was 11 or 12, and it was with the local scouts. It was quickly followed by a trip with my parents, sister and brother as we had a family holiday together there. I would go again twice more with the scouts, once as a leader and once as a scout. 

So what is it about the Isle of Man I love? Well you put steam trains, old electric trams and horse drawn trams in one place and I am a captive audience. My love of trains is no secret and it was in the Isle of Man I was able to get close up to real working steam engines. 

My best trip to the Isle of Man was in 2011 and it was a birthday trip with a retirement from the military as well as my first lone  trip with Robert, my son, after my divorce in 2009. We had a blast, riding the trains and trams every day, going to visit old castles, seeing motor car racing and generally having a blast. To see Robert enjoy the Isle of Man as much as I have was a joy to behold. 

Someday I hope to return to the Isle of Man and share the memories I have with Leanne. Probably will only be a day trip or 2 but it will be worth it to have one more journey on the steam trains and electric trams. 

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