Still feeling the effects of a crazy travel week riding camels in Morocco, sleeping in Bedouin tent villages in the Sahara Desert and hanging out in the chaotic sprawling urban jungle called the Medina of Marrakech, Micki and I were on the mend in Seville and looking for our next family adventure.
When we pulled up a map of the area, it became clear that there was one last place we needed to check out before we left this area of Spain behind us. Only 2 hours south was an iconic landmark that I had heard about since childhood and never really thought I’d ever see it in person. Gibraltar was calling and that meant two things, road trip and monkees!
Continue reading Rocking Gibraltar and Wrestling Monkeys
One of the hardest things to do while on the road is to talk to friends and family back home on a regular basis. They’re generally living their normal lives, going to work and so forth while you’re doing your own thing on the other side of the planet.
Emailing, texting and video chatting all help immensely however what happens to those friends or relatives not plugged into the internet or on the cutting edge of technology? Sure you can send them a postcard and hope they’re doing well however that’s a little one sided and frankly, so 1880.
Let’s kick it up 50 or so years and remember how it was done for almost a hundred years. Most people still have a telephone and here’s a quick rundown of traditional and not so traditional ways to phone internationally.
Continue reading How to Call Home While on the Road
Luggage, every traveler’s bane and many traveler’s only worldly possession. Do you own it or does it own you?
I take a quick peak at how our luggage has evolved from our simple backpacking days 10 years ago up until we had kids and then the mountain of bags we traveled with right after.
As the kids get older, is there hope on the horizon for us? I hope so….
Continue reading 2 Kids, 6 Bags And a Flat Mule: Baggage Woes!
From it’s mountainous plateau, Avila, Spain is a sight to behold. With gigantic walls nearly a thousand years old, the city is a veritable fortress of churches and convents. It’s also darn cold in February.
Avila was the first stop on our road trip from Madrid to Portugal and the city didn’t disappoint. Check out our take on it and wonder aloud with us what we were doing there in sub zero temperatures just one week after leaving the warm tropical beaches of Mexico.
Continue reading Walking the Cold Walls of Avila and Enjoying the Sunshine
With only a few days left in Mexico, we decided it was time we checked out the very popular island of Isla Mujeres for ourselves. This little tropical hideaway, that’s just 20 minutes by ferry out of busy Cancun, is a day tripper’s delight. With miles of gorgeous white sand beaches, fantastic restaurants and tons of things to do it was sure to keep us busy.
All the kids cared about was that we were planning on renting a golf cart to get around for the day. However, we got off to a late start and nothing is ever guaranteed. Come along as we give you a rundown of how our day on Isla Mujeres went and if we’ll ever return…
Continue reading Golf Carts and Baby Turtles, a Great Day on Isla Mujeres
From Puerta Del Sol to Plaza Mayor, Madrilenos love their squares. What makes these plazas the heartbeat of historical Madrid? We try to find out as we walk around the beautiful Spanish city center and get caught up in the joy of shared togetherness.
Continue reading For the Love of Squares, a Walk Around Centro, Madrid
Limestone and empty beer bottles. Two founding pillars holding this area of Quintana Roo, Mexico up. The problem is, how do you use those to their fullest extent possible? Simple, you put a hole in them and fill them with sweet, clear liquids.
Mexico has beer varieties in spades so that’s not a problem if you’re looking for a nice cerveza to cool off with. The problem is, what good is solid limestone?
Luckily, mother nature has been kind to this area and over the years the limestone has disintegrated and left sparkling clean and clear pools and underwater caves to explore.
With some new friends along for the ride, we had the pleasure of checking out Cenote Dos Oyos just outside of beautiful Akumal, Mexico. Come along with us as we explore this awesome cenote phenomenon.
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Who knew that the sleepy little fishing town of Puerto Morelos would have the best omelette I’ve ever tasted?
Add in some crystal clear aquamarine water, a few fishing piers, a crazily tilted lighthouse, barracudas and hawksbill turtles, and we found the recipe for a great day trip.
Continue reading A Day Trip to Puerto Morelos and the Best Omelette I Ever Ate
Since leaving Canada in early December we’ve been hanging out in the warm weather of Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula.
In the past few months we’ve enjoyed gorgeous beaches, interesting ruins, fabulous meals, snorkeling with turtles, hanging out in ecoparks, lounging in swimming pools, riding on buses plus pretty much everything else you would get to do living at home. It’s actually been low key compared to our previous trip, but we knew that coming in.
We’re only a few days from our flight to Spain. With the weather cooler there than what we’re now used to it will be a wake up call once we set foot on the ground.
We don’t have a lot planned so far, however I’m expecting we’ll spend a few days to a week checking out Madrid before heading south to warmer weather or maybe even west to Portugal. It should be a fun time regardless of where we end up and we’re looking forward to traveling Europe with our little ones.
Continue reading End of Days in Playa Del Carmen And Where We’re Going Next
Join us on our fun filled day through Xcaret Park in Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula.
Only 10 minutes from Playa del Carmen, Xcaret packs a wollop of fun, with everything from a world-class scarlet macaw conservation program and a sea turtle hatchery to swimming in an underground river, eating at a buffet next to jaguars and watching a two hour Espectacular show literally filled with balls of fire…
Continue reading Our Guided Tour and Review of Xcaret Park in Mexico