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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 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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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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The Parthenon in Nashville, TN

Welcome to Nashville! … or Greece?

I love oddities and unexpected tourist traps. Take, for instance, the full scale replica of the Parthenon that is in Centennial Park in downtown Nashville. Built for Tennessee’s 1897 Centennial Exposition, the sculptures that adorn the outside were built from plaster casts of the originals. It is an imposing building, though somewhat out of place […]

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Assisi and Rome

Today we had our earliest morning yet because we had a lot of ground to cover. We boarded the bus just before 8am, headed for Assisi. As we arrived, the sun came out, finally! What an incredible little medieval city – best known for St. Francis and St. Clare. Sadly, we only had enough time […]

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