4 Historic Philadelphia Hotels to help you go back in time

4 Historic Philadelphia Hotels to Take You Back in Time

Philadelphia has a special place in American history and with the Fourth of July around the corner what better time than now to celebrate this tradition. The city is the birthplace of the Constitution and served as the temporary capital while Washington, DC, was set up to become the permanent capital of the country. There are few other cities in the country that have buildings and landmarks as old as Philadelphia. Today, many of the buildings have been repurposed. When you visit Philadelphia you can spend your nights in one of these great historic hotels. Penn’s View Hotel Penn’s View…

24 Hours in Galveston

24 Hours in Galveston, Texas

Whether you’re in Galveston before setting sail on a cruise or for an island vacation, you’re probably wondering what to do while you’re in this south Texas city. Your first step will be to book an affordable Galveston hotel, and you’re in luck, because there are plenty. To get around, you can either rent a car and drive yourself or use Galveston’s public bus system, which is reliable and convenient. However, having your own vehicle is ideal because it allows you to explore more off-the-beaten-path places. Once you’ve settled in, it’s time to explore! Morning Wake up to an early…

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The Carry-On: Ireland

  The Carry-On: A Girl’s Getaway Guide to Ireland  Get ready for a new regular feature on the site! On a recent flight when I was returning from Ireland I was thinking about how my travel style has evolved. I can pack a suitcase in under 30 minutes and am ready to go no matter the destination. I know the things I love and want to have while I’m on the road. I also am almost always using just a carry-on bag for my travels. If the thought of traveling for a week and living out of a tiny bag makes…

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How to Convince the World It’s OK to Travel to Iran

I am so, so excited to share this post today because Iran is the #1 destination I am dying to visit. The truth is even a year ago I wasn’t really sure if it was even possible for me, an American, to visit. Around the same time as I pushed Iran off my travel list, I started to wonder if there were any Muslim women travelers (either solo or with partners) in the blogging world. If there were, I hardly ever saw them. Then, when I posted my first picture from Lisbon, Matin popped up in my Instagram feed. She…

Iranian Estamboli Polo (String Beans with Rice)

Today’s guest post is from Vicki Garlock the publisher of Faithseeker Kids. I was anxious to see what Iranian dish she would recreate because Persian food is one of my favorite cuisines. I also was excited to have Vicki onboard with this project because her outlook on religion, life, and raising children falls so closely in line with my own. It’s rare that I find people so actively engaged with churches, who are willing to be open to discussion of other faiths. You can connect with her on her website, Facebook, and Twitter.  I am so excited to share this Iranian/Persian…

Lebanese Shorbat Adas {Lentil Soup}

Today’s post is from Marie-Claude Leroux of Marie’s Pastiche. She is a French-Canadian blogger living in Nova Scotia and writes about exploring world cultures with kids. This year her family took on the mission of learning about Lebanon, making her addition of lentil soup for this project a perfect fit! You can connect with her on her website, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Instagram.  Our family has been virtually exploring a country (or region) and its culture every year for ten years. This year we headed to the Middle East to spend some time exploring Lebanon. Since we know little about Islam,…

Indonesian Kolak Pisang {Sweet Potato and Banana Desert}

Today is the first recipe day for the around the Islamic world food and travel extravaganza. Todays’ post comes from Becky of Kid World Citizen.  She’s a mom, blogger, and amazing woman! Enjoy today’s post from Indonesia.  Indonesia is not a country we hear a lot about, yet it is the fourth largest country in the world after China, India, and the US. In addition, the country with the largest Muslim population is Indonesia. My kids and I wanted to learn a little more about Indonesia, so we took out both nonfiction books and some funny folktales. Then I asked…

My First Time: Morocco

Today I am sharing a guest post from Farrah Ritter of the blog The Three Under and an American expat living in the Netherlands. Farrah and I met online and had the chance to meet in person last fall in Athens. She got in touch with me when she started planning a girl’s getaway to Morocco. Her visit and reflections encouraged me to start sharing the stories of people who have visited Islamic countries for the first time, and how that experience challenged what they had previously thought. Enjoy! Like many Americans, I grew up with opinions of Arabic cultures…