After a couple of days hanging out in Barcelona, we boarded Celebrity Cruise Line’s newest ship, the Celebrity Beyond. Prior to our cruise, the ship had only sailed on a handful of passenger voyages. As avid cruisers, we have followed Captain Kate McCue on Instagram for quite some time (as well as her cat Bug […]Read more "“Beyond” Barcelona…with Captain Kate and the World’s Most Famous Cat"
After nearly two long years of staying on the western side of the Atlantic Ocean, we FINALLY headed back to Europe for the first time since we moved back to the States. We booked a cruise on the Celebrity Beyond to visit Spain, France and Italy, and since it was leaving from Barcelona, one of […]Read more "Feeling on Tapas the World in Barcelona"
We have procrastinated writing this blog post for the last several months because we know it will be the last travel post we write for a while due to COVID-19. Our visit to Bali happened February 13-20, 2020…and a few weeks later, the whole of France was placed into strict confinement, and the entire world […]Read more "Enchanting Bali"
One of the things we knew we wanted to experience while living in Europe were some of the amazing Christmas markets that happen every year. With Fern’s brother scheduled to come to Paris for Christmas this year, we decided we’d do the trip with him, and chose Strasbourg as our destination. Due to a massive […]Read more "Seeking Santa in Strasbourg"
Here in Paris, the kids have a one-week break over “Toussaint” (or “All Saints Day”), which falls at the end of October/beginning of November. After debating where we should try to go for a few days, (narrowed down to Amsterdam, Copenhagen and Munich) we allowed the kids to vote. They chose Munich. We left on […]Read more "A Magnificent Fall Weekend in Munich"
Back in late September, Fern had a business trip to Warsaw, and the kids and I decided to join him to spend a weekend there. When the idea first came up, I will admit I thought, “Warsaw? Shouldn’t we meet in Krakow?” I had visions of dingy, depressing, Soviet era buildings and nothing to do. […]Read more "A Wonderful Weekend in Warsaw"
Since we spent the better part of the summer either getting ready to move or getting settled after moving, we decided to take one last getaway before school started. We debated and debated as to where to go…and had thought we were settled on either Portugal or Croatia. We wanted to relax, though, since this […]Read more "The Amazing Maldives"
As has been our tradition the last several years, we left the USA and spent Thanksgiving abroad since it’s our kids’ only long fall break. This year, we decided to add a new continent to the kids’ list and strike an item off our bucket list as well by visiting Peru. First, let me start […]Read more "Lima, Llamas and Incas for Thanksgiving"
After traveling as much as we had for the last year, our original summer plans were to stay at home. However, our close friends, the Simpson family, invited us to join them on a trip to Aruba. Both of our kids are best friends with their youngest two children. This is the family who joined […]Read more "Finding a Melody on the Harmony"
Tokyo for spring break after a few weeks commuting to DCA for my interim gig sounded like a good plan. right! Well, a 14 hour plane ride. a 1 hour train. A short taxi ride that was a bit funny as the driver got totally lost and drove us into a dead end street and […]Read more "ありがとう、東京"