Florence with Kids

Is Florence a Good City to Visit with Kids?

The short answer?  No. On our Mediterranean cruise the final stop in Italy was “Florence,” but it’s not actually Florence, so don’t let them fool you. The ship docks in Livorno which is a good 90 minutes from Florence. This was the fourth day of our cruise and the third port stop. We had previously visited Naples and Rome, spending two very long days walking and sight seeing. MarocBaba and K were done with running around but I really wanted to see Florence as I was pretty sure this isn’t somewhere we would be again. Instead of dragging everyone on…

5 things to do in London

5 Things I’ve Always Wanted to do in London + {a giveaway}

Yesterday I gained a new Instagram follower. He commented on a few of my pictures and then said “You travel a lot don’t you?” Yes, it’s safe to say that in the last three years I’ve been on the road a lot. When we took off on our global adventures one of the criteria for locations to visit was that they weren’t English speaking. I just felt because of the language similarities there wasn’t much reason to go. Where’s the challenge? How different could they be? I was wrong. But don’t let MarocBaba know I admit to being wrong about something. Ireland was…

Speaking multiple languages at home

Speaking Multiple Languages at Home

Being an international family certainly has its challenges. 10 years ago when MarocBaba and I were just starting our life together we worked through a lot of issues. From overcoming immigration hurdles to being newlyweds, new parents, starting our careers, and finding our way as 20 something’s it seemed there was always something lurking around the next corner. Chances are if you’re in a similar relationship you’re familiar with these challenges. While we’ve come into our own as adults and parents we still have challenges. One took center stage just this weekend. I have shared our reasons for moving to…

where to swim in marrakech

Where To Go Swimming in Marrakech

It’s not a secret that Marrakech is hot – really hot. This summer has been brutal with a few days reaching over 50C. For some people (like my family back home) this doesn’t even seem possible. In such a hot climate people are constantly looking for places to cool off. While you’ll find local kids taking to the fountains around town or the irrigation channels in the “olive forest,” I don’t recommend this as your swimming go to. Swimming is generally open from mid-April to November, give or take. Though my kids have been known to request swimming on warm days in December or…

carry-onparis

The Carry-On: Paris

This week the carry-on is heading to the city of lights – Paris! Throughout this series I’m sharing my own suggestions but I’ll also be sharing other bloggers suggestions for cities they know well. Today’s carry-on suggestions are from Rebekah Esme of rebekahesmetravels.com. Get out your skinny jeans, camera, and get ready to explore! An oversized hat. Packing tip? Flip the hat upside down, tuck your clothes around the Your digital camera for those iconic shots of the Eiffel Tower. I like this Samsung DSLR camera that has wireless capability so you can directly upload to Instagram or Facebook. A…

The Vatican with Kids

Visiting the Vatican with Kids on a Rome Shore Excursion

The second port stop for our week long Mediterranean cruise was Rome, or more precisely Civitavecchia. Knowing the difference is really important because the city you dock in is nowhere near Rome. The last time we were here we did a food tour and as tempting as it was to do this, we opted for something a bit more educational. I was torn between a Coliseum tour and the Vatican and ultimately decided on the Vatican as I wanted the kids to learn something about another religion and see this important historical and religious site. We booked an afternoon tour…

Egyptian Macaroni Bechamel {Pasta with Bechamel Sauce}

Today’s post comes from Aya who blogs at AyaKhalil.com. She’s a freelance journalist and mom of two. This recipe for macaroni bechamel may not sound Egyptian but I assure you it is! One of the first Egyptian meals I tasted included this dish and every Arab potluck that has Egyptians present will have a few dishes of macaroni bechamel. I mean what’s not to love? Enjoy! Salam! This dish is called macaroni béchamel. My mom taught me this Egyptian dish and it’s one of our family’s favorite dishes. It’s nice because it includes protein, starch and dairy. You can also…

Ziplining in the Atlas Mountains

Ziplining in the Atlas Mountains

What do you get when you put two globe traveling, international families together? A whole lot of fun! When our friends from Pint Size Gourmets came to stay in Marrakech last spring we spent plenty of time together. As the days grew warmer and the kids got restless we looked for somewhere they could go to get outside and run their little hearts out. There aren’t many places for kids to play in Marrakech (though there are a few) and so I mentioned Terres d’Amanar (and that they had ziplining)to Wendy and immediately she said, “let’s do it!” We booked rooms…