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Highlights of Travel and Travails

Highlights over Casares Castle Ruins in Spain

My highlights from the past two years of blogging about our travels and travails. From one year abroad living in Spain to life on the laundry line and what your clothes say about you, these posts capture the essence of traveling, exploring, and trying new things.

Visit Cappadocia Turkey

Cappadocia Turkey Fairy Chimneys

Visit Cappadocia, Turkey. It’s a magical, historical, friendly region of Turkey whose fairy chimneys will capture your imagination. My daughters loved the idea that fairies lived inside. It was easier for them to believe the houses were for fairies instead of Turkish families. Wonderful hikes and tours abound.

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.

Family Dynamics on the Road

Caution Traveling with Kids

Extended travel has its bumps as well as its benefits. Travails abound and family dynamics are not always easy when you spend so much time together, living and vacationing for extended amounts of time. How to manage work, life, travel and parenting when you take travel long term requires different strategies… or just more patience.

Panzanella Salad

Panzanella Salad

Try something new for lunch today. Panzanella salad takes advantage of the summer tomatoes ripening on the vine and a day old baguette. Add a few vegetables, drizzle on the olive oil, and voilà!

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.

Laughs in London

Queen's Guard in London and Laughing Children

The Queen’s guards in London are known for their serious faces that don’t move. My daughters discovered it was quite entertaining to try and make them laugh. Read on for their top five tips.

Sharing the Backyard

Moving and Sharing the Backyard with In-laws

Try something new… like buying a house right behind your in-laws! Or… a new recipe or vacation spot. The point is… change can be good.

Octopus Out to Dry

Mediterranean Diet of Octopus

These drying octopuses hanging on a clothesline was an unexpected discovery.

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