VANCOUVER’S GRANVILLE ISLAND – A PHOTO TOUR

Is Vancouver on your bucket list? Prior to the 1990s, Granville Island was a 37-acre industrial wasteland. With the urging of local residents and a few visionaries, Granville Island underwent an urban revitalization into what it is today – a thriving, sustainable redevelopment area. Technically, Granville Island is not actually…

NORMANDY FRANCE: FIVE TOP SITES FOR WWII HISTORY

On June 6th, 1944, American military from the 1st and 29th division stormed Omaha Beach as part of Operation Overlord, otherwise known as D-Day, in hopes of defeating the military might of Nazi Germany. Seventy years later, we are thankful for their success. As a mom, I am so…

BEAUTY IN THE DESERT: BELLAGIO HOTEL CONSERVATORY

Las Vegas is best known for the slogan, “What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas.” Unfortunately, this saying often gives the perception that Las Vegas is “shady.” While there is definitely some truth to this perception, Las Vegas does have some pretty amazing sites. One of the most spectacular sites…

SEVILLE: THE SOUL OF SPAIN

The crown jewel of Andalusia, Seville presents itself with both classic style and urban vigor. Traveling through Andalusia on a ten-day journey, we thought Seville warranted two days. In hindsight, Seville deserved so much more. There is a lot to see and do in Seville, a city rich in…

SAN FRANCISCO TOP TEN LIST OF THINGS TO DO

Growing up in the western part of the United States meant that I was fortunate enough to have some great travel destinations within a few hours drive. San Francisco is one such city that always made the top of the list as our family planned our yearly vacations. The memories…

TIMELESS BEAUTY – GRANADA, SPAIN

Every so often, when I hear the gentle strumming of a Spanish guitar, I am magically transported back in time to Granada, Spain and the hills of Andalucia. In my daydreams, I am strolling through the gardens of the Generalife and smelling the citrus from the orange trees. A gentle…

IN SEARCH OF GELATO AND ART – FLORENCE, ITALY

I have a secret. When I first told my friends I was headed to Florence, I told them I was going for the art. That was not completely true. On the contrary, the real truth was more primal. You see…I have a love affair with Florentine gelato. I don…

FIVE REASONS WHY WE ALL NEED A BUCKET LIST

Richard Branson once said, “The brave may not live forever, but the cautious don’t live at all.” This is so true. Life is short. We are only given a finite amount of time. What we do with that time is up to us. This reality set in for me…

TOP TEN REASONS TO TRAVEL WITH KIDS

Without a doubt, traveling with my boys has got to be the single best decision I’ve ever made as a parent. Travel has enhanced our lives in so many ways. I often get asked why my boys are so well mannered, kind, respectful, and empathetic. One word – TRAVEL. Traveling…

ATHENS PANATHENAIC STADIUM

When we think about time, we often think that 100 years is a long time. In Greek history, time is relevant. Take for instance the Panathenaic Stadium; it was originally built in the fourth century BCE to host the Panathenaic Games. The Panathenaic Stadium was rebuilt in the second century…