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Maui Hiking: The Waihee Valley

Waihee Valley Waterfall Hike

The Waihee Valley trail in Maui is an unexpected and fun way to hike through the rain forest and to waterfalls, take a plunge into a pool and cross swinging bridges. Great for all ages, the hike was a highlight of our family vacation to Hawaii.

Big Island Snorkeling

Kids Travel to Kapoho Tide Pools

The Kapoho Tide Pools on the Big Island of Hawaii are one of the best snorkeling locations in the Hawaiian Islands. The calm, crystal clear pools are formed by the lava rocks spilling into the ocean and are a spectacular setting for Big Island snorkeling and sunbathing. Combined with a visit to Volcanoes National Park, the Big Island makes for an excellent family beach vacation full of adventure.

Climbing El Montgó

Montgo mountain from house in Javea Spain

Climbing El Montgó, this impressive sheer mountain, in Javea, Spain made it on our Spanish bucket list. How could it not with “Monty” greeting me each morning out my kitchen window while I brewed my espresso. Don’t miss the amazing views.

Discovering Love in Barcelona

Gaudi's Rooftop Guards of La Pedrera in Barcelona

I found an old love in Barcelona. I stumbled upon him with my 7-year-old daughter. It was our Mommy Daughter Day, one of those days when my husband and I split up and each take a daughter to explore. She suggested we return to Le Pedrera and brave the line.

Top Three Travel Secrets

Romeo and Juliet at The Globe Theatre

A good travel secret for me is one that gives me a strong sense of place. I want to feel like a local and have a glimpse of what life is like for them in their corner of the world. Read on to find three of my unexpected favorites.

Paella

Best Paella Ever

This was the best paella ever in a year of sampling many in Spain. It was made from scratch by a local fisherman for a long Spanish lunch with new friends.

Las Fallas Festival

Young Falleras in Las Fallas Procession in Valencia, Spain

Pictures from the Las Fallas festival in Valencia, Spain. This annual fiesta is held each March to celebrate the unique heritage and spirit of Valencianos. See pictures of the fallas, bullfights, processions and mascleta.

Lost in the Sahara

Camel Trek in the Sahara

Our camel trek through the Sahara Desert was unforgettable for many reasons, one being that our Bedouin guide got lost! Read about our unexpected journey and the consequences.

Las Fallas Festival

Fallas Sculpture Burning in Valencia

One of our most memorable Spanish experiences was the Fallas festival in Valencia, Spain. I had heard about this city-wide street festival with its towering sculptures that were burned on the last night, but I was in no way prepared for the pageantry and processions, the afternoon mascleta and brilliant La Nit del Foc fireworks at 2:00am.

Picture Morocco

Laundry and Life in Ait Benhaddou Morocco

Our journey through Morocco was like no other experience my family has encountered. All of our senses were stimulated with the colors, smells and sounds. Follow our travel experiences through our pictures here. We hope they inspire you to travel to this amazing country.

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