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    Posted February 27, 2014 by
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    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     Carolyn Geraci wanted her daughter Caeli, at the time 17, to feel the same sense of kinship with Ireland that she felt when she first visited, so when Caeli told her mother that she wanted to explore parts of Europe, Geraci agreed as long as they could add Ireland to the agenda.

    Geraci's mother's family is from Ireland, so both mother and daughter had a more personal connection to this country than the others they visited. Geraci felt that Caeli "was old enough to process her experience in the context of her role as a global citizen, she is bright enough to make connections between all the history I exposed her to and what she has studied in school and she was young enough to feel a sense of awe."

    In many ways, this trip was meant to help Caeli come out of her shell. "My daughter is very shy. I wanted her to make choices about what we would do and to experience some independence, but I also wanted her to get out of her comfort zone a little," Geraci said.

    Geraci also believes that children under age seven shouldn't be taken overseas unless they are visiting family or have a full-time nanny to look after them. Traveling with a 17-year-old proved much easier for Geraci. "Caeli behaves quite well," she said. "Generally, I am the one who throws temper tantrums."
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    Wanting my daughter to understand her roots, I took her to Ireland last summer. We both became fascinated with the earliest history of this mystical and magical land.

    Caeli touched a mummy at St. Michan's church, studied bog bodies, gold gorgets, and iron spearheads in the Archeology Museum, and walked miles down cobbled streets to tour churches, towers, and castles.

    At Dublinia, the exhibits answered many of our questions about life before and after the Vikings. We were amazed by the tools and knowledge they had - simple things such as laws of physics to help draw water, plow a field with less exertion, or build a home.

    In this picture she is walking up the stairs at Reginald's Tower in Waterford, Ireland. We were both amused by the wooden toilet seat and recognized the arrow slits from reading Game of Thrones.

    We had been gorging ourselves on bacon, scones, cheese, and lamb stew, but because of the exertion of our discoveries, we both lost weight. Caeli came home with a new appreciation for irish food, as well as how our ancestors lived before the advent of technology.
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