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Addie in the Calderwood Courtyard at the Boston MFA.

Exploring the Boston Museum of Fine Arts with a Toddler!

Today Addison and I spent our morning exploring the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston. It’s always interesting to go to museums with her, especially ones I have been to before, because her experiences always shift my own perspective.  Usually I seek out particular artwork or styles I want to see. For example, today I […]

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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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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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Rafal's interview at Babylon in Lowell, MA

Hard Truth, Levity, and Hope – Refugees in Lowell, MA

I grew up in an inner-city north of Boston. Though it had been a booming mill town during the Industrial Revolution, my hometown went through hard times when jobs went south, and then overseas. Over the years, it has been reborn several times, first as a hotbed of technology with Wang Laboratories at the heart […]

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Addie getting a bath in the hotel sink in Moab, UT.

And then we were a wolfpack of four…

We had a slow start yesterday morning – Addison had an early morning poo-plosion. I won’t got into the details – I think the name is descriptive enough. Anyway, it resulted in a hotel sink bath, and a later departure time than we anticipated. Despite this, we made it to Carbondale, CO by 2:30pm, and […]

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Burning the fields in Kansas.

Dorothy was right – there’s no place like Kansas!

Last night we watched a huge thunderstorm move toward us over a period of three hours as we drove toward the Missouri-Kansas border. I could not believe the amount and size of lightening bolts – at one point if felt like we were stuck in a strobe light. When the storm finally hit, bringing with […]

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The view from the top of the St. Louis Arch.

St. Louis – the perfect city for kids!

Addie woke us up very early today – I think she was excited to ride up the arch. We had breakfast, grabbed our free Starbucks coffees, and headed over to get in the ticket line. By 8:10am, we were on the first tram ride up! I was slightly terrified when we first got into the […]

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