Category: travel

Mother's perspective of Notre Dame Cathedral & child's First Communion

Mother's perspective of Notre Dame Cathedral & child's First Communion
Almost ten years ago in Paris, I obsessed about my next serving of ice cream, crème brûlée, and the baby boy I carried at 20 weeks pregnant. There was a heat wave that that left me famished for the bottles of water street peddlers sold on the cobblestone streets, neighboring the Seine River. Although I battled... Read more »

Vancouver Canada in the Spring time

“You’re gorgeous, baby, you’re sophisticated, you live well…Vancouver is Manhattan with mountains. It’s a liquid city, a tomorrow city, equal parts India, China, England, France and the Pacific Northwest. It’s the cool North American sibling.” – The New York Times. Vancouver naturally attracts over 10 million tourists a year.  My recent visit to Vancouver started downtown and... Read more »

'The Game of Life' now includes pets & more

During our 2019 Chicago Polar Vortex, we busted out our eight-year-old’s new ‘The Game of Life’. He read the directions and started each contestant with a car, a ‘spin to win’ token, a child via either pink or blue peg, and one pet, cat or dog, and $200,000. Similar to the old school game, characters may... Read more »
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Arizona family vacation & Mom guilt

Hope you can visit Arizona, the sunshine state that welcomes over 100 million annual overnight visitors. Our first family stay started in the centrally located state capital, Phoenix proper. We didn’t summit their Camelback Mountain with a baby boy on each of our respective backs, but wiped our sweaty brows as we wondered at the views. We planned... Read more »

Generations build on our country's history at Cape Cod with tradition

Generations build on our country's history at Cape Cod with tradition
As the surf roars, we remember how New England embodies our country’s foundation. The native Americans first lived inland before the pilgrims arrived. Our forefathers later built our democracy. Almost 400 years after the first English settlers set foot on nearby Plymouth Rock, our family counts church steeples as we drive toward Boston. We marvel at Cape Cod widow walks above... Read more »

Does exercise on vacation build endorphins for sanity?

Does exercise on vacation build endorphins for sanity?
Jason Gay characterizes active vacations in his hilarious Wall Street Journal column, “Exercise on Vacation: Essential or Pure Evil?” He eloquently writes, “Amature athletes no longer take holidays… Fitness is another thing we’ve dragged on vacation with us, along with our emails conference calls… I want to be one of those smug vacation exercisers.” If you regularly... Read more »
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Family drive for Wisconsin vacation

The kids fish on the pier.
As we drive North from Chicago, our boys cheer, “I see a cow!” We reconnect with Wisconsin. Our six-year-old and four-year-old boys anticipate the Great America and Key Lime Cove drive-by. They squeal as we approach seemingly steep mountains hills.  Our car radio still doesn’t work, which inspires the imagination. Our boys play Star Wars as we... Read more »

Miami welcomed our family for a work life recharge

I was nervous to visit South Beach Miami, Florida with my four-year-old and six-year-old boys. How could we fit in with the Hollywood of Latin America? They call it the American Riviera. My husband convinced me Miami is family friendly. He insists we’re still cool. I did not protest when our South Beach holiday followed my... Read more »

First time Disney cruise: what to pack

Boarding the boat was  a a thrill for us. "Introducing the Passamani Family", all aboard!
A cruise can be the ultimate work life adventure. My husband and I brought our boys on our first time cruise. Photos are in the gallery below. We thought about what to pack months in advance. Of course, the night before was still stressful with two little ones. Pack the essentials. Prepare your itinerary. Travel... Read more »
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Travel tips from Mom: How to be adventurous on a budget

Travel tips from Mom: How to be adventurous on a budget
Thankfully, my Mom prioritized family travel my whole life. She carries a world map in her purse to plan future adventures. She brings the fun. As kids, we listened to books on tape and played a lot of card games before the Internet. Our family mini van logged 500 miles a day. We visited the... Read more »