Belize for the family


Belize is beautiful. It’s also a very accessible destination for families in North America. Additionally, it makes a nice easy introduction to Central America as the national language is English. A former colony of Britain, British Honduras became Belize in 1973, almost ten years after the British Crown granted the colony sovereignty. It wasn’t until 1981 that Belize gained complete independence. It’s a very new nation, and the growing pains can still be felt, most acutely in the cities.

Rio On Pools
Big Rock Falls
Tobacco Caye center of island
Snorkeling Tobacco Caye
Fishing trip, Tobacco Caye
Community Baboon Sanctuary
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Boston With Kids


There’s a Veggie Tales song in which a long list of things never done concludes loudly with “I’ve never been to Boston in the fall!”  What a shame, poor veggies, they should hop on a grocery truck right away and get off at the Haymarket in downtown Boston!  Apparently, it’s THE place to see and be seen for Veggies in the Boston area, show up any Friday or Saturday to wander through the maze of stalls overflowing with everything from tomatoes and apples to Halal meat and you’ll see what I mean!  Boston is one of those American “must see” places that should be on every parent’s list before their kids grow up!  It is chock full of history and brimming with fun, all year ‘round… but fall is my absolute favorite!

The problem you’ll have in Boston isn’t what to see, it’s what NOT to see!  

Carousel at Quincy Market
The famous duckling statues in Boston Garden
Swan boats, Boston Garden
USS Constitution
Mike's Pastry
Quincy Market Inside
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Trogir - The Unforgetable City


Trogir is very important city for me and my family, and one day when I'll write a book about my favorites places in the word, this city will be included for sure. Even my husband and I were considering getting married here. So, what is so special here? A lot of things, I'll say :) Every year during summer holidays we go there with our kids and every time we had a great time.

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Mimice and brief visit to Brač island


Mimice is a small ex. fisherman's village near town of Omiš on Croatian coast. While every tourist that goes over the Adriatic National Road (D8) between Omiš and Makarska has to pass through the village, not many of them actually understand what they have missed. The Adriatic National Road separates the village in two parts, one - under the road with the beaches and beautiful stone houses on the sea, and the other one where the actual center of old village was, is over the road in the pretty steep hill. There is also possibility for a brief one-day visit with the old fisherman's boat to the Island of Brač, that stands just in front of the Mimice.

Fisherman's boat called Jelen (Deer) that now carries tourists on the Island of Brač
Western bay in Mimice called Juto
Kutleša Beach from above
Kutleša Beach
Mimice from the sea
Waiting for the departure
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Vienna With Kids


All of Vienna had turned out to welcome us; or so it seemed. The idyllic ride into the city along the Danube cycle-way was packed with people: sunbathers, kids with kites, and mile after mile of festival lining the river. I’ve heard that in Vienna the people waltz through life... when we arrived they were not waltzing. The whole city pulsed with the techno-heartbeat that we’ve come to associate as the theme song of Eastern Europe. (I know, Austria is technically Western Europe... but just barely!) Gabe put it nicely when he rolled up a hill past me and grinned: “Mom! Wherever we go, that’s where the party’s at!” He was quoting a song the boys like. True enough.

Schonnbrunn Palace
Schonnbrunn Palace Playground
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Crystal Cove State Park Beach


During our recent California trip, we visited Crystal Cove State Park Beach. It's located on the coast between Corona del Mar and Crescent Bay. Parking is available for $15 for an all-day pass. We picked a parking area at random and the started the descent down the trail. We underestimated how long the walk would be from the parking area down to the shore. It took us a good twenty minutes to trek from the car down the steep path all the way to the beach area. The beach was gorgeous, but I don’t recommend it if you have little bitty kids with you or lots of stuff to carry. We ended up at the El Moro Beach area.

kids walking down the path to crystal cove
kids walking to crystal cove beach
kids splashing in the ocean
kids exploring tide pools
girl at the beach
kids exploring tide pools at crystal cove state park beach
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Disney's California Adventure


Going to Disneyland is every kid's dream. Disney has two parks in Southern California, located right next to each other. One is Disneyland and the other is Disney California Adventure Park. Single day park tickets are $92 for adults and $86 for kids. If you purchase the park hopper tickets ($137 for adults and $131 for kids), you are able to visit both parks on the same day. Multiple day passes are also available and the per-day price decreases dramatically the more days you add to your ticket. 

kids with Mater's tractor
family riding Mickey's Fun Wheel
mom and daughter on Mickey's Fun Wheel Disney California Adventure
girl at California Adventure
boy riding Silly Symphony Swings at Disneyland
Mickey's Fun Wheel
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Crescent Bay Beach


We were very fortunate on our most recent trip to Southern California to be able to visit several different beaches in the area and each one of them was very unique. One particular Sunday, we met some friends at Crescent Bay Beach for a picnic dinner. Crescent Bay is considered part of Laguna Beach and is located just South of Crystal Cove State Park, accessible directly from the Pacific Coast Highway.

girls playing in the pacific ocean
family splashing in the waves at crescent bay beach
girl at the beach
boy in the ocean at crescent bay beach
mom and daughter sitting on the beach
kids sitting on the beach with their mom
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Bolsa Chica Beach


One of the things we love about going to the beach is having a bonfire. We've visited many beaches in Southern California, but the only one we've ever been to that has fire pits is Bolsa Chica Beach.

Bolsa Chica Beach is considered to be a part of Huntington Beach and is located South of Seal Beach and North of Huntington Beach. Parking is located right on the beach, accessible directly off of Pacific Coast Highway and costs $15 per car (prices vary for motorhomes and other vehicles) for all day parking. The beach is open from 6 am until 10 pm daily and camping is available in motorhomes and campers only (no tent camping allowed).

girls standing on the beach
sisters running in the sand at the beach in southern california
kids splashing in the waves of the pacific ocean
roasting marshmallows on the fire at the beach
boy splashing in the waves of the pacific ocean
bonfire at bolsa chica beach huntington beach california
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Corona del Mar


Corona del Mar is one of my favorite beaches. It’s kind of like a little cove and is surrounded by cliffs on both sides. The cliffs block most of the wind, so it feels so much warmer down there. Corona del Mar is considered to be part of Newport Beach, but it's on the South side, just North of Laguna Beach.

palm trees at corona del mar
boy searching tidepools
daddy and daughter playing in the pacific ocean
kid looking at sea life in corona del mar tidepools
girl looking at sea anemone
kids walking on tidepools
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