Boys in Boston

DSC_0063Our little family took a road trip to Boston this weekend. We didn’t see everything we (ok, I) wanted, but we enjoyed the best of Boston’s history (the Freedom Trail), walked the hallowed halls of Harvard and cheered on the Patriots at Gillette Stadium. Basically…a perfect boys’ weekend.

From stories of war, battles, massacres and famous tombstones, this visit was also perfectly timed for Halloween.

One way I kept my 13 year old involved and interested throughout our tour was to hand him my camera. He’s taking Photography as an elective at school and I noticed he has a really great eye. Enjoy our day through Carter’s eyes!DSC_0133 DSC_0146DSC_0090DSC_0144 DSC_0074DSC_0139 DSC_0079 DSC_0106DSC_0082 DSC_0088 DSC_0091 DSC_0110 DSC_0121 DSC_0127 DSC_0128If you have children and are planning a trip to Boston, I definitely recommend doing a private tour through the Freedom Trail Foundation¬†.¬†The tour guides are dressed as 18th century historical figures and lend a little flair to the history lesson. Some friends recommended it to me and my boys loved seeing Boston this way!

What did you do this weekend?!

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Roman Holiday

Though it was hard to say goodbye to Florence, we took the high speed train to the Eternal City. After focusing on the Renaissance, it felt like we had stepped back in time. 
Walking in the Roman Forum and through the Coliseum brought this era in history alive. 
The Spanish Steps were buzzing with activity! Even a little rain couldn’t keep us away.
Conde Nast Traveler is just one of the many places I found rave reviews about the newly opened J.K. Place Roma. Just steps from the Via Condotti (known for it’s amazing shopping), the Trevi Fountain (currently undergoing restoration), and the Spanish Steps (whose fountain was also under restoration), the location was excellent. Yet, we often just wanted to relax in the lobby or linger in the cafe.
The line outside the Vatican was incredibly long! Definitely book your tour early and consider a personal guide to help you navigate this mini country within a city. Also, knees and shoulders must be covered, so be sure to dress appropriately.
We walked everywhere….from the Pantheon to the cobblestone streets near our hotel.
One of the best suggestions I got from Sandy (our travel advisor) was to visit the Borghese Museum. The tickets must be reserved in advance, as they only allow 200 visitors in at a time for a specified 2 hour window. I wish all the museums would do it this way. 
The nightlife filled with lit fountains and street performers felt like an Old World version of Times Square at times. I just know my boys loved it. 
All I know is that I’m kind of dreaming of that red Vespa!

An Italian Holiday for the Entire Family

Happy Summer, all!!! Thank you for forgiving my extended absence, but I wanted to give my full attention to my family while we enjoyed one of our best trips ever. For those who weren’t following along on Instagram, we spent 10 days in Rome, Florence and Tuscany. And, I’m still digesting all of the history and art we saw, not to mention, the delicious food and wine!
In my upcoming posts, I’ll break down what we did and what worked well for traveling with children in Florence and then in Rome. Here are just some photos I took to give you a flavor of what we saw. Much more to come! Including some special activities that we did and who helped me plan all of this! Hint, hint….it’s a blogger with a passion for travel.

I feel so fortunate to have exposed my boys to this incredible culture and window into world history and art. They felt fortunate to discover the tiramisu and gelato!!!

What have you discovered this summer?