Archive for January 2014

Berlin souvenirs: The fun, functional and fantastic

The walk/don't walk symbols from East Germany have achieved cult icon status in a unified Berlin. Throughout the city, you can see tourists (like me) snapping photos of the streetlights that still showcase the Ampelmann. (Yes, that's his name.) You also can find souvenirs of all types with the icon at <a href="http://ampelmann.de">Ampelmann stores</a> throughout the city.
While I may not always leave a lot of room in my suitcase for souvenirs, I do always find lots of time to browse stores, markets and more in search of the most fun, functional and fantastic items that help capture the spirit of my destination du jour. When I was recently in London, I... Read more »

Five ways to celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr. Day with your family in Chicago

The other day at dinner, my older son got very serious when we were talking about schools and businesses being closed on Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. He quickly interrupted our conversation to interject the important point that he couldn’t keep inside one second longer: Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was a very important... Read more »

Passport expiration dates: When you can't travel on a valid passport

Before my husband and I recently headed out on a last-minute trip to Berlin, we did what any traveler would do – we checked the expiration dates on our passports. I recently renewed mine so I knew it was good for several more years. I was glad to see my husband’s passport was good until... Read more »
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Top 5 events for families in Chicago this weekend: January 10, 11 and 12

The weekend is finally here – and with it comes much-needed, warmer temperatures in Chicago. After burrowing deep inside our homes the earlier part of this week, it’s time to emerge from our Polar Vortex-induced hibernation and take advantage of the great family activities happening around Chicago this weekend. Here is the Raising World Citizens... Read more »

A whirlwind weekend in Berlin: 12 top sites in the German capital

To mark my husband’s recent milestone birthday, we made last-minute plans to dash off to an urban destination for a few days over winter break – without our two kids. After searching through loads of flight and fare options, we settled on the German capital of Berlin. My husband and I love exploring the great... Read more »

Home is where the heart is - no matter the temperature

Artic freeze. Polar vortex. Chiberia. These are just some of the terms that have been running through my social media networks as Chicagoans hanker down in preparation for the coldest weather to hit our city in more than 30 years. Schools are closed. Museums are closed. Restaurants are closed. Stores are closed. The city is... Read more »
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Where to buy Galette des Rois (King's Cake) in Chicago

In France, people come together on January 6 to celebrate La Fête des Rois, a holiday that commemorates the arrival of the three kings. Together, they enjoy Galette des Rois (King’s Cake), a frangipane-filled tart traditionally cut into slices – one for each person at the table. Traditionally, the youngest person gets to choose who gets each slice. The... Read more »