Monday, July 13, 2015

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                                     "A portrait of my children, once a week, every week."

A very strenuous hike with an amazing payback... It's been too long since we've been in Tallulah Gorge State Park (see pictures here)... Simply amazing... We're coming back for more really soon...


More pictures on Instagram

Monday, July 6, 2015

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                                    "A portrait of my children, once a week, every week."

She: Is getting so good at the ice skating thing... I guess if we lived in Canada she'll be playing soccer... Ah, the irony...

He: Reinvention of our deck... We're spending as much time there as possible

Friday, July 3, 2015

Through their eyes

Last but not least are the pictures from Barcelona. Ah Barcelona... you beautiful you... We came on such a big high from France that we wanted to continue the "take-it-easy" groove that we had going on...

So, here are our kids favorite activities from Barcelona

Beach bumming in Barceloneta... we hung out with (what it seems like) the rest of Europe... We heard every language there was... We had such a great time




Strolling the waterfront
Taking in in as much as we could of Gaudi trademark works, because, how could you not? Here are a few of our favorites:

Sagrada Famila


Parc Guell (This one is my favorite)


La Pedrera


Casa Batlo (super fun... I think this one was the kids favorite)



Riding bikes in Parc de la Ciutadella which was full of people celebrating Midsummer day... Who new?

Food - again you ask? Food is our weakness, you know... We had to try it all

Getting lost in El Born and Barri Gotic neighborhoods - Visiting (and being utterly awestruck by) the Picasso Museum



Doing the mandatory stroll in La Rambla and stopping for lunch at La Boqueria




Taking the cable car to Monjuic - Great views of the city from up there...

Coming across and participating in an impromptu Sardana Dance... It was cool to see this... You could feel the Catalonian pride in those people... A great experience for sure

This is it friends... I hope I have inspired you to go out there and see the world... I continue to be amazed by what travel can do to us... It is so invigorating, we love every minute of it. I can't wait to get out there again... Because, you know we are skimming something, don't you? Ah, but we'll leave the reveal for another post...

Curious and want to see more pictures?

Check out my Instagram feed here
Pictures from France's Perigord Region here
Pictures from the Basque Country here
And for ideas of things to do with the kids when visiting a new town, see all of our "Through their Eyes" posts here

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Through their eyes

I'm back with more pictures, this time from the Perigord region of France on the Dordogne Valley. After leaving the language comfort of Spain, we worried about being able to enjoy our stay in France - without knowing how to communicate - but don't let your heart be troubled... Out of our time in Europe, France (even without being able to speak French) was by far the most relaxing, invigorating and simply amazing of our two weeks vacation... France never disappoints, never. See more pictures from our last trip to France's Burgundy region here and Paris here and here

Here are the kids' favorites from the Perigord region:

Market day in Sarlat. We rented a house via Airbnb and it was just outside where the market took place. It took over a large part of the city... So great for picnic supplies




Visiting the prehistoric caves of Font de Gaume and Grotte de Rouffignac. Incredible amazing Cro-Magnon frescos. We felt so privileged to be able to get tickets to see these magnificent murals... Tickets are hard to come by. We also spent the morning in the Museum of prehistory - Great way to put the painting into perspective

Canoeing on the Dordogne River... This was by far our favorite activity. We rented our canoes and stopped at all the medieval towns along the way to explore and have lunch and ice cream, ah, so dreamy... Believe or not, we were the only ones on the river... How was that even possible?... It was so beautiful there



Hiking medieval town along the Dordogne river

Walking along the Dordogne river, stopping for picnics and playing on the banks of the river while we relaxed in the shade

More picnicking, sometimes with company

And speaking of food, we enjoyed it immensely. The food from this region of France was a big hit with our kids... Really! We always ordered the plat du jour and were always pleasantly surprised. The kids ate their weight in foie gras, duck confit, cassoulet among others delicious dishes.

Visiting and getting lost on the gardens of Chateau de Marquesysac




Branching off from Perigord and daytripping to the Medieval town of Carcassonne




Oh France, we miss you so much... Up next, pictures from Barcelona...

Instagram pictures here
Pictures from the Basque Country here