Going on a long (or, let's be real, any) flight with little kids anytime soon? It doesn't have to be as miserable as you fear if you are packing properly. We've crossed the Atlantic with toddlers/preschoolers about five times in the last 13 months and we've made the mistakes so that you don't have to. I've d [...]
Traveling with young kids often gets a pretty bad rap. People talk all the time about wanting to do certain types of trips "before we have kids," as if the baby's first cry sounds the death knell for travel ambitions.
I say, to hell with that.
I'm not going to dispute at all that traveling with young children is [...]
If you had asked me this question before our first major trip since getting here -- visiting Naples and Rome -- my answer would have been "neither."
I don't want to deal with a stroller, I'd say.
Fiona loves to walk! She hasn't let me put her in a carrier since she was about 13 months old, I'd [...]
So you are going to Europe with your kids ...
First of all, good for you!
It has always been our experience that travel adds somthing wonderful to your life. It broadens your horizons (and your palate), leads to great memories and is just plain fun. Europe is a fascinating, varied and historically rich p [...]
About five minutes after we arrived in Sicily, people started recommending that we visit the beaches at Cefalu. Specifically in June. On Friday, we made it there just under the wire, ha!
I've seen Cefalu described in several places as having some of Sicily's best beaches, and we could definitely see why. It was beau [...]
Short story: everything people say about the Irish countryside is true. Green and gorgeous! I'm not going to bother with a lot of words today because the pictures (almost) say it all.
For our final full day in Ireland, we visited the Cliffs of Moher on the west coast of the country in County Clare. We stayed at the [...]
Fun. Fairly chill. Easier than expected.
Words I use to describe our experience driving around in Ireland, with me (exclusively) at the wheel.
Nerve-racking. White knuckles. Life flashed before my eyes.
Words my husband used to describe our experience drivi [...]
As we were planning our trip, we -- me, Chris, Gail and David -- spent a lot of time trying to figure out which sites in Ireland to prioritize. There were about a dozen places we wanted to see, but given that they were mostly in disparate parts of the country and we has less than six days to work with, choices had to b [...]
Many of the people who know me in real life know about my love of British royal history ... my guilty pleasure being literally any historical fiction novel based on Plantagenets, Tudors, etc. I also have an affection for French history, however, so this day made me a happy lady.
Naturally, I got to start my day off [...]
In a day marked by some great sightseeing, Thursday's top moment came not inside a great monument but just outside of it: sitting in a sweet little restaurant (Le Comptoir des Vins) just outside Fontevrault Abbey, having a great meal and two good glasses of wine and telling Owen the history of one of my favorite histor [...]
So picture this:
You are heading to your seat on what you hope will be a nice, relaxing 1.5 hour train ride to another city. You've got your laptop bag and plans to do a little work along the way.
And then you get to your seat.
A screaming 2-year-old is in your seat, valiantly resisting all efforts by her moth [...]
One of the best parts of traveling with little kids is seeing their unexpected delight at the most random things.
Tuesday may have been one of the kids' absolutely favorite days, and the chief reason wasn't the one I expected. We started off the day at Napoleon's Tomb and the Musee de l'Armee, part of a complex of b [...]