Family travel : London, Denmark, Norway, Iceland & Scotland

Family travel : London, Denmark, Norway, Iceland & Scotland

Did I mention that we went on amazing trip over the summer? Because, yeah, there was that. I’m normally a total Type-A when it comes to planning for vacations but with the Alabama move on the horizon and selling a house on one side of the country while simultaneously building a home on the other side, well, the truth is that this trip waylaid me. Really. I went into it having planned practically nothing. It … Continue reading Family travel : London, Denmark, Norway, Iceland & Scotland

European Travel :: tips for teens

The moment a teen discovers that he or she is going to Europe, I suspect there come dreams of basking in the sun on one of Spain’s beaches or strolling along the streets of Paris.  The logistics of European travel are easy to overlook.  It is, after all, much more fun to concentrate on the dreamy stuff.  Not to worry–I’m here to help with a list of tips to ensure that the trip goes off … Continue reading European Travel :: tips for teens

To Spain and back

Over a year ago she came–flyer in hand–and she said that her favorite teacher was taking a group of students to Spain and please oh please all my friends are going…can I?  We talked it over with all concerned parties and when time came for the meeting, she was all but signed up. There was preparation: meetings and currency conversions and packing lists checked twice.  Thrice for good measure.  And then two weeks ago she … Continue reading To Spain and back

Cities of Knights & Lights tour with Adventures by Disney – day 7

Day seven brought an official close to a whirlwind tour of two of Europe’s most infamous cities.  There were still sights to see and experiences to savor before our goodbyes.  Come along with me for a glimpse. The day began when our group traveled to Notre Dame Cathedral.  Before we stepped off the coach, our French guide gave us a briefing on the pickpockets that hang around the area.  We were warned against people who … Continue reading Cities of Knights & Lights tour with Adventures by Disney – day 7

Cities of Knights & Lights tour with Adventures by Disney – day 6

On the itinerary for day six was a visit to Château de Versailles followed by a twilight walk to the Arc de Triomphe where we were invited to climb the 284 steps of a spiral staircase to reach the top. After breakfast, we boarded the coach and enjoyed the short, narrated journey to Versailles.  Versailles–for those of you who aren’t familiar with it–is a royal French estate that was first a hunting lodge built by … Continue reading Cities of Knights & Lights tour with Adventures by Disney – day 6

Cities of Knights & Lights tour with Adventures by Disney – day 5

Day five of our European adventure brought our time in the UK to a close.  Goodbyes are always hard, but this one was maybe just a smidge easier because we were off to the city of lights: Paris! The day began with breakfast at the beautiful Foxhills resort.  Breakfast each morning there was served buffet-style, but not the typical American buffet you might be picturing.  Among the offerings, there was always fresh fruit and dry … Continue reading Cities of Knights & Lights tour with Adventures by Disney – day 5

Cities of Knights & Lights tour with Adventures by Disney – day 4

Day four of our journey would be the last full day we spent in England.  After yet another sleepless night (thanks to a faulty fire alarm) we were up bright and early for the bus ride to Stonehenge.  Upon arrival, we were given headsets.  Visitors walked along a fairly narrow but even path in a circle around the ruins.  Along the way, there were several markers with numbers that corresponded to a recording on our … Continue reading Cities of Knights & Lights tour with Adventures by Disney – day 4

Cities of Knights & Lights tour with Adventures by Disney – day 3

Our third day in London began with a surprise visit to the infamous Abbey Road thoroughfare where the Beatles posed for their 1969 aptly named Abbey Road album cover photo.  I suspect it was to the dismay of several motorists (the road is still quite busy) that our large group attempted several recreations of aforementioned photo.  Here is the version Torri and I ended up with. After the Abbey Road stop our group headed from … Continue reading Cities of Knights & Lights tour with Adventures by Disney – day 3