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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…

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…

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…

Pompeii with Kids

A Shore Excursion to Pompeii with Kids

Have you heard of the popular book series called The Magic Treehouse? My boys have enjoyed these books for many years and I always add new copies to our collection when I see them. I love how they combine history, geography, and world events into a story that is still enjoyable. When my mom was visiting us this past winter she read to the boys from the volcano book every night. It’s set in ancient Pompeii. So, when I booked our cruise with a stop in Naples I knew we had to actually go and see Pompeii. Some research online…

When The Unknown Or Unusual Becomes The Norm

I’m continuing to share posts about travelers “first” experiences in an Islamic country as a follow-up to my post on why you should visit an Islamic country in 2015. This post is from Heidi of the blog Wagoners Abroad. Heidi and her husband Alan are passionate about travel (50+ countries) and both author the popular blog.  In Aug 2012, they left the “perfect American life”.  They quit their jobs, sold their belongings and moved to Southern Spain, with their 2 kids (Lars and Anya).  After nearly 2 years in Spain, they became nomadic and explored Southeast Asia for 11 months.  They have…