Persephone Travels: Curacao

In a maddening (“maddening”) situation of “someone has to do it,” I spent half of January on the island of Curacao (Dutch Antilles, not Cuba, etc). Mister Freckle and I thought it was a nice half way meeting point between the US and the Netherlands, the amazing island itself came later into the decision.

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All Shook Up in Ukraine

In 2006, which feels like a million years ago, I went to Ukraine for a weekend. It was an eventful two days, and I’ve just come across the pictures on a photo disc (that’s how old-fashioned we’re talking about here), so let me tell you all about it. Read More All Shook Up in Ukraine

Checking Out Holiday World and Splashin’ Safari

Earlier this month, my family and I took a short road trip and visited the what’s credited as the world’s first theme park. No, we didn’t go to Disneyland or Coney Island, or a Six Flags location. We traveled to Santa Claus, Indiana, and visited Holiday World and Splashin’ Safari. Read More Checking Out Holiday World and Splashin’ Safari

Response to Chris Bucholz’s “5 Stupid Travel Myths Everyone Believes”

Why does this bother me so much? I’ve only traveled outside of the country once.

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City Trip: Nantes, France

Don’t believe the French when they say they speak “good English.” The majority of them won’t get past ten or fifteen words. Do believe that the city of Nantes is worth the talking with hand, feet and dictionary app. Read More City Trip: Nantes, France

The National Park Passport: Stamping Memories One Park at a Time

Family vacations can be a lot of work. When my kids were younger, I called them family trips, because, really, traveling with toddlers is the exact opposite of a vacation. As my kids have gotten older, however, vacation has turned into an enjoyable experience. Read More The National Park Passport: Stamping Memories One Park at a Time

GDR Nostalgia in Brandenburg

Last week, my sister and I took a bunch of kids on a last big carefree holiday before the oldest ones start school in September. Out of both necessity (we needed a place that we could all reach comfortably by train) and a bout of nostalgia, we decided on a sleepy little town in Brandenburg. Read More GDR Nostalgia in Brandenburg