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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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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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Warwick Castle, Warwick, England

Day Trip from London: Warwick Castle, Stratford-upon-Avon, and Oxford

Today was a whirlwind day! We opted to do a tour with the Golden Tour Company in the UK to visit Warwick Castle, Stratford-upon-Avon, and Oxford because it was fairly cheap, and included lunch. (These are important things to consider when traveling with your inner-city high school students!) We left the hotel at 7am and […]

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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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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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Hola Madrid!

After landing on time this morning, Madrid welcomed us with beautiful, sunny weather. It was a nice change from the colder temperature of home! Our tour guide, Jesus, met up with us as we left baggage claim and led us to a small café in the airport. The original plan was to wait a bit […]

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Vienna, Austria – Day 2

Today was an emotional one for us. We started the day with breakfast in the Pension, and then set out with Derek for the Schonbrunn Palace. It was an easy ride on the U-Bahn. Though the sky was sunny when we got into the ticket line, by the time we exited into the gardens, it […]

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