Jordan, four years old and all of 32 pounds, makes a beeline for a sitting camel and bounds on top without a moments hesitation.
I exchange a tentative glance with Charles, debating how much I should worry about our little girl’s sudden bond with a 1,000 pound animal. Mohammad, the camel’s handler is completely unfazed by Jordan’s enthusiasm, though I’m fairly sure that small girls with wild golden ringlets don’t fling themselves on top of his camels every day…
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Marrakesh’s Medina is everything every guidebook says it is: a vibrant, teeming and wild assault on the eyes, ears and nose. Hustlers, touts, tourists, merchants, mopeds, cars, and even donkeys pulling carts of fresh vegetables somehow make their way along the narrow alleyways, as Moroccan grandmothers totter along seemingly oblivious to the chaos around them.
It’s this chaos that makes Marrakech’s riads a perfect, calm place to escape. Check out our guide to finding the perfect retreat from the chaotic city streets and souks.
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What makes one person decide to take a chance, and travel around the world for a year, while another decides to stay at home and forgo that opportunity?
We take a look at Adam Shepard’s new book, One Year Lived to get his take on life and travel while looking back at our own reasons for travel.
Continue reading Have You Ever Wanted to Hit the Road? A Little Inspiration From Adam Shepard’s One Year Lived
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!
Ah Rome – the Eternal City. So much history, so much romance, so much culture. You could spend years exploring the Italian capital and still not uncover every nook and cranny, every hidden gem.
But unfortunately, most of us will not have years to while away in one of Europe’s most beautiful cities. However, all is not lost, because complex and layered as it may be, Rome 101 - the real must-see places of the city - can all be done within a weekend.
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We arrived in Porto exhausted and chilled to the bone.
But three days later I found myself not wanting to leave. Follow along as I show you, through our camera lens, why I fell in love with the city.
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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
It’s the small details of life in a new place that really fascinate me. I love to find out how the locals live; where they shop, what they eat, how they get around.
Find out what we’ve discovered about Spain that we love, and what drives us crazy.
Continue reading The Little Things We Love about Spain (And What Drives Us Crazy)
With nearly a week in Madrid to spend, I was a bit worried about what we’d find to do in the city with a seven and four year old.
Would we be resigned to a week of checking out amusement parks and playgrounds, or is it possible to enjoy the art, architecture and history of a European city with kids in tow? Well, we definitely found out…
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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