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Ducks looking out over the river in Paris, France.

Paris, Day 2: Notre Dame, a River Cruise on the Seine, and the Louvre

Today began with a hop on the Metro to the Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris, a stunning Roman Catholic Church that exemplifies the French Gothic movement in architecture. Construction of the Cathedral began in the 12th century, and finished in the 14th century. Eva (our tour guide) gave our students a brief art history lesson as […]

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The Eiffel Tower, Paris, France

Farewell London, Bonjour Paris!

This morning we left our hotel before dawn and headed to St. Pancras  Station. Before we boarded the Eurostar train for Paris, we took the kids across the street to King’s Cross Station to visit Platform 9 and 3/4! I think I was just as excited as the kids to see this Harry Potter landmark. […]

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The Temple Church, London, England

London, Day 5: St. Paul’s, the Museum of London, and Camden Town

True story – Addison and I slept in this morning. We were both tired from our long days this week, so while Kendra took the high school kids to see St. Paul’s Cathedral and the Museum of London, Addie and I hit the snooz button. She got up before me, and I let her watch […]

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The view of The Royal Naval Academy in Greenwich, England.

London, Day 4: Tower of London, Thames Cruise, and Greenwich

We slept in late today – 7:30am! After a quick breakfast at the hotel, we all hopped on the Tube and headed for the Tower of London. Built on the site of Roman ruins, and begun in 1066 by William the Conqueror, the structure (also known as Her Majesty’s Royal Palace and Fortress) has gone […]

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Addison at Trafalgar Square in London, England.

London, Day 2: Windsor Castle, A Guided Tour, and the Tate Modern!

Today began early with a continental breakfast in the hotel. Nothing fancy, but the croissants were freshly baked! We gathered up the kids and boarded a bus to Windsor Castle, accompanied by our local guide, John. Historically used as the royal residence, this medieval castle has been home to the British monarchy since the reign […]

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Big Ben and Parliment as seen from the London Eye

London, Day 1: Fish & Chips and The London Eye!

Yesterday we began a new adventure – taking 18 of our high school students, and Addison, to Europe! This is actually our third trip to Europe with the kids. However, this is the first trip with Addison, and her first time out of the country. Needless to say, we were both a bit nervous. Addison […]

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Eoin and Addie at Weir Hill

First Hike of 2012!

Today Kendra and I took Addie on her first hike of the year! We went with my sister Kim, her three kids, Grace, Eoin, and Bria, and our friend Christina, to one of our local favorites, Weir Hill. The beautiful near 60-degree weather prompted our excursion – who can pass up being outside on a […]

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Hiking in Sumter National Forest in South Carolina

Today we went hiking with Kendra’s parents. Boris drove us all to Sumter National Forest in Walhalla, South Carolina to hike the Yellow Branch Falls Trail. One of two National Forests in the state, Sumter National Forest has over 370,000 acres of land. Though the headquarters are in Columbia, S.C., the forest itself is spread […]

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Julian checking us in to a control with our finger stick.

Orienteering! You know… using a map and compass in the woods.

Jenn and I took the Outdoor Adventure Club orienteering today. And by the club, I mean Julian, the one lone member who braved the misty fog to compete in a meet run by The New England Orienteering Club. Because it was just the three of us, and everyone’s first time, we decided to compete as […]

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Eoin pointing our position on the Weir Hill Trail Map

We conquered Weir Hill! (again)

Today was unseasonably beautiful in Massachusetts. The temperature was in the high 50’s, and while many people were doing Black Friday shopping (my wife and sister included), my brother and I took Addie and our niece Bria and nephew Eoin on a hike up Weir Hill. This was Eoin and Bria’s first hike, so I […]

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