Winding Down

Winding Down

It's been almost a month since I last wrote about our travels.  We've been on the move since we left Stockholm on the 2nd of July, spending time in Slovenia, Venice, the Côte d'Azur of southern France, and now the Côte des Basques of southwestern France and northern Spain.  And in just three days, we will board a plane back to the United States.  

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Our Favorite Activities & Toys for Traveling

Our Favorite Activities & Toys for Traveling

I don't claim to be an expert on traveling with a child, but I definitely have enough experience at this point to share which activities entertained Blythe on the 15 flights we've taken in the past 6 months, 4 of which were long-haul flights (plus numerous train rides and extended travel time in cars).  In addition to the obvious recommendation that you pack plenty of snacks, particularly those that take a while to eat and will thus keep your child occupied, these are the toys and games that have served us well.  

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Midsummer in Sweden

Midsummer in Sweden

We landed in Sweden and took a taxi to the archipelago, an area just minutes from Stockholm comprised of nearly 30,000 islands, islets, and rocks.  We spent a week on Ytterby, a tiny island near the main hub of the archipelago, Vaxholm.  We rented a cottage that used to be the village bakery house.

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Travel Writing Elsewhere

Travel Writing Elsewhere

I've written a few pieces about our travel elsewhere that I thought I'd share.  First, Family Trails published a story this week about our adventures.  Family Trails collects adventure stories from families all over in conjunction with the National Center for Families Learning and Toyota in an effort to "spark family learning through exploration".

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Finding Our Comfort Zone

Finding Our Comfort Zone

We've been in Amsterdam for a week and I feel more relaxed here than I've felt since we left Kauai almost four months ago.  The sensation of having just taken a deep breath and exhaled came over me as soon as we arrived, which is saying something following 16 hours of flying and a 7-hour time zone change.  I've been pondering why that is while I'm riding along the canals of this gorgeous city or running through its numerous parks and I think the reason is threefold.

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