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"
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"
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"
We started our 789 journey with strong tailwinds, so we got into Paris about an hour early. We decided to stay at the Renaissance Paris Le Parc at Trocadero which was perfectly situated for all things Paris. A short walk from our hotel we discovered a great boulangerie and got plenty of croissants and […]Read more "un week-end à paris"
This summer we spent some time in Spain and the kids fell in love with the history and heritage of my dad’s family. Speaking Spanish at home has become a priority as the kids grow older. As we contemplated what to do over the MLK holiday the kids quickly decided that they wanted to explore […]Read more "A Weekend in Madrid"
We wrapped up Christmas in Dallas and headed to Maui, HI to escape freezing rain and cold temperatures. It had been over 15 years since Jen and I had visited Maui and the first time for the kids (who had previously been in Oahu). The goal was to get some fresh ocean air, do lots […]Read more "Ringing in the New Year in Maui…"
After spending a few days in beautiful Dublin we decided to head to London to spend American Thanksgiving eating proper English food (questionable what exactly is defined as ‘English’ food). We spent our days doing a few touristy things. The kids absolutely loved the Tower of London and we quickly learned that despite its enduring reputation […]Read more "A little bit of London… (late posting)"
We weren’t sure what to expect in Dublin but have found a city with really warm and caring folks (and they like to drink here!). We elected to stay in the center of Dublin at the Westin (needed to requalfiy for Platinum 50), which has made for an easy and quick way to see most of […]Read more "A little Dublin fun…"