Hiking the Cinque Terre: What You Need to Know

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The Cinque Terre, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is a group of five towns perched on the dramatic coastline of Italy, just north of Pisa. The towns are easily recognizable, with their pastel buildings stacked on top of one another, overlooking the harbors below. Each town offers something a little bit different than the others, and part of the fun …

Photo Tour San Gimignano

A Photo Tour of the Tuscan hill town, San Gimignano

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Tuscany, Italy is known for its wine and splendid scenery, and we loved the time we spent here.  The hill towns of Tuscany are small, walled, medieval towns perched on hilltops overlooking the countryside.  Their views are stunning, their streets are a joy to stroll through, and the wine tastings are phenomenal.  We visited several hill towns, and the very …

Rome in Pictures

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Our one year around the world trip began in Rome on June 30. We had three days to spend here, just enough time to see all of the major sites. Rome is packed with history, many of it centuries, even millennia, older than what we have in the US. Since we were visiting during the summertime, we knew to expect …

A New Meaning to “Travel Soccer”

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This trip gives a new meaning to “Travel Soccer.”  Kara has played soccer with the SAC Association of Columbia, Maryland for the past five years.  For the past three years she has played on an amazing team coached by David Lubitz.  Kara has become a member of this “soccer family” who we are really going to miss during the next …

Best Norway Photos

The Best of Norway in Photos

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Our family spent twelve days touring Norway, visiting Oslo, Bergen, Stavanger, and Alesund. Hiking was our favorite activity here. Norway is an amazing (and very expensive!!) country to visit, and the perfect place to rent a car for sightseeing. Our Best Norway Photos Our tour of Norway started in Stavanger. We stayed here for several nights in order to hike …

Does This Hat Make My Backpack Look Smaller?

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The gear shopping has begun!!  Now that we are moved out of our house we have so much more time to dedicate to preparing for this upcoming adventure.  Tim and I now spend our nights researching travel insurance, visa requirements, malarial prophylaxis, trip itineraries, bus and train schedules, curriculum for home schooling the kids, travel credit cards, and the list …

Hiking Trolltunga: Everything You Need to Know to Have the Best Experience

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Trolltunga is one of Norway’s most popular hikes for good reason. It is an incredibly scenic hike, ending at the Troll’s tongue, a thin sliver of rock perfect for creative photographs. This is definitely a hike to add to your bucket list. For us, the hike to Trolltunga was our third of four hikes in Norway. Kjeragbolten was our favorite, but …

Hiking Pulpit Rock Norway with Kids

How to Hike to Pulpit Rock in Norway

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The hike to Pulpit Rock is one of the most popular hikes in Norway.  Its great views, relatively easy hiking trails, and convenient accessibility from the town of Stavanger is what makes this hike appealing to so many people.  Stavanger and the hike to Pulpit Rock was our first stop on our tour of Norway.  We instantly fell in love …

Sandhamn Sweden

A Day Trip to Sandhamn, Sweden

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There are 30,000 islands that make up the archipelago of Stockholm. These small islands dot the shoreline of Sweden, separating the city of Stockholm from the Baltic Sea. About 150 of these islands are inhabited year round, and several make a great day trip from Stockholm. The most popular islands to visit are Grinda, Vaxholm, Svartso, and Sandhamn. These islands …

Tyler Rivenbark in Copenhagen

Why Copenhagen Just May be the Happiest Destination in Europe

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It has been said that Copenhagen is the happiest city in the world.  Denmark is a country with a high GDP per capita and a national health care system. In Copenhagen fifty percent of people ride a bike to work. These happy, healthy people volunteer regularly and have the highest percentage of voters during elections compared to any other democratic …

Ten Fun Things to do in Paris with Kids

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Our trip to London and Paris was our kids’ very first experience in Europe. They were only 8 and 9 years old at the time, so we wanted to pick two cities that had recognizable landmarks, good food, and fun things to do with kids. During our four days in Paris we toured most of the major sites, ate lots …