Posts in category "Travel"

Wearing high heels through airport security: Why you still need to take off your shoes in TSA PreCheck

It’s hard for me to suppress the laughing smile on my face whenever I walk by the huge TSA PreCheck advertisement in Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport. The sign hangs right along the path that beckons travelers towards the TSA PreCheck line at the far end of Terminal 1. It encourages travelers to sign up for... Read more »

Perfume in Rome: How one scent instantly transports me back to the Italian capital

Today, when I think of Rome, I think of one very distinctive, utterly forgettable scent. Not the scent of a steaming slice of pizza. Not the scent of a perfectly crafted macchiato. Not the scent of tourists traipsing over ruins. But, the scent of the perfume that wafted up the stairway of the apartment where... Read more »

Travel: Should you pay in the local or your home currency?

Purchasing souvenirs is always a big part of my travels. Not a day goes by that I don’t catch a glimpse of an Italian print, a Dutch magnet, a British mug and a famous French tower that, together, make up a gallery of travel experiences inside our home. And, each time I went to purchase those... Read more »
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Reunited with halvah - in Amsterdam

Whenever I used to think of halvah, I envisioned blocks of vanilla, chocolate or marble sesame paste-laden desserts sold by the pound in the deli cases of the Jewish grocery stores in Chicago’s Roger Park neighborhood. Whenever we went to one, my mom would ask for a slice of the dense, chalky treat, which we’d... Read more »

Do you let your children talk on public transportation?

My family takes public transportation a lot. Commuter busses. City trains. International-bound planes. And, when we do, I let my sons speak to me. Speak to each other. Speak to friends. But, I always encourage them to do so in low voices. As any parent knows, kids are inquisitive. They want to ask a million questions.... Read more »

Five reasons why Rome is a great city to visit with kids

Rome will always be special to me and my husband. We went there on our first international trip together as newlyweds. We went there on our last international trip before we had our first child. We went there with our two sons during our first trip to Italy as a family. Each time was simply... Read more »
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Pizza with French fries in Venice

Have you ever had a pizza with French fries on it? My family hadn’t until my husband accidently ordered it in Venice – and probably became the oldest person there to ever do so! While in Rome over the winter holiday last year, my family ate a lot of pizza. When I say a lot,... Read more »

Sports jerseys: A great way to start conversations around the world

I’m convinced there is one easy, almost guaranteed way to strike up conversations with people around the world – wear a sports jersey. No matter where we go, if myself, my husband or our sons are wearing sports jerseys, people will talk to us. It happens all the time in Chicago – and it’s happened to us in Paris, London... Read more »

I travel around the world every day - thanks to families across the globe

Do you want to know how I usually start my day? I travel around the world. Yes, I do. And, a large part of my virtual travels are thanks to the Multicultural Kid Blogs bloggers who routinely post photos on Instagram. Thanks to this fantastic group of bloggers from around the world, I can catch real-time images of daily life as it unfolds... Read more »
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5 tips for finding multicultural family events in your hometown or travel destination

I feel fortunate that my family lives in a world-class city like Chicago. My hometown ranks high on my list of great urban locales. Why? Because of the stunning skyscrapers that form its skyline. Because of how Lake Michigan curves around the eastern most end of the city. Because of the energy that exudes from... Read more »