Rome with Kids

Last year we visited Rome just after Easter. The weather was just what you expect at the cusp of spring: cool in the mornings, warm enough in the afternoon sun to melt the residual winter chill. If you’ve been there, you already know that it’s a magnificent, historic city with tons to see and do.… Continue reading Rome with Kids

Barabarca, Isola d’Elba

So, I have a list of places to write about from our travels in the past couple of years. It’s just that I absolutely must tell you about our recent trip to Elba Island before summer is underway. Elba is a small island off the coast of Tuscany, accessible by a one-hour ferry ride. You probably… Continue reading Barabarca, Isola d’Elba

Family Adventuring with Britax – and a Giveaway!

My baby is four now. FOUR. Do you know how old that is? It’s puts-on-his-own-shoes old. It’s goes-to-the-loo-independently old. It’s rides-a-bike-with-training-wheels old. It’s also old enough for him to no longer be three, and amen to that, amiright? Our house is purged of all things baby, excluding a couple of really nice toys and a… Continue reading Family Adventuring with Britax – and a Giveaway!

Bergamo, Italy

We’re very close to recovered from the bewildering experience of moving overseas (for the second time in a year). Our home is feeling like a proper home. We’re starting to run into people we know while we’re out and about. I know which grocery stores will have what I’m looking for. It feels like we are settled… Continue reading Bergamo, Italy

A Day in Switzerland

Our drive to Switzerland is shorter than our drive to Milan. We decided to make a quick family day of Lugano-Paradiso after the internet told us we could find a funicular with a spectacular view. That research did not reveal that said funicular – all of them, really – is closed for the season. So… Continue reading A Day in Switzerland

That Time We Went to Pompeii

Every now and then we take a trip that we walk away from knowing, deep down, that will always and forever be remembered as “that time we went” there. These are times that our experience was such a sh!tshow that we’ll laugh at our trip for the rest of our lives. (See also: That Time We… Continue reading That Time We Went to Pompeii

Borromean Islands, Stresa, Italy [Take 1]

Each week I fall a little more in love with the region we’ll live in for the next three years. We’re close to Milan, but as nature lovers we’re most excited about the lakes and mountains. By which I mean some of the world’s most beautiful lakes and the frickin’ ALPS. I grew up amidst cornfields in Indiana.… Continue reading Borromean Islands, Stresa, Italy [Take 1]

5 (minus 1) Things to Do in Paris with Little Kids

The first friend Walden made at his new school was a boy who recently returned from a trip to Paris. Not that they talked about their experiences in Paris while playing pretend blasters, but having been to Paris was cool enough for the teachers to share that tidbit with me. Visiting Paris with two small children… Continue reading 5 (minus 1) Things to Do in Paris with Little Kids

That Time We Drove to Spain

Every five years or so we take an epic getaway. I suppose it’s how we release the built up pressure of the demands of work and life, after using up vacations to visit family and go to weddings (you know how it is). This year’s adventure was more the product of the pressure to travel… Continue reading That Time We Drove to Spain

That Time We Drove to Hamburg

*In January. **When the kids were 3 and almost 1. The Harwich to Hook-of-Holland ferry was nearly empty. Walden played in the Kids Corner for the entire 6 hours, Bertie napped in our cabin. We were off to a great start! Then there was the rain in Holland. It turned into a snow storm. We… Continue reading That Time We Drove to Hamburg