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  • Silicon Valley and San Francisco for Nerdy Tech Teens

    Silicon Valley and San Francisco for Nerdy Tech Teens

    San Francisco and the surrounding Silicon Valley offer many things to do for teens and their parents who are into technology and gadgets and related science or social media. I happen to have three boys who love all things tech or engineering. We get to California at least once a year, an easy trip from […]

    Big Apple Holidays with the Family

    Big Apple Holidays with the Family

    Like many a seasoned traveler, I have long avoided any and all air travel around the Thanksgiving holiday. However, there is always room for an exception–it turns out that if you want to be with your east coast college kids you will do the unthinkable and travel from one coast to another on the busiest […]

    25 Best Disney Websites to Save You Money

    25 Best Disney Websites to Save You Money

    While searching the internet for Disneyland Anaheim-area hotels with rooms big enough for a family of 5 or more (some here in Orlando, some here for Hong Kong Disneyland, and some here for Disneyland Paris), I came across so many wonderful websites devoted to helping people visit a Disney park (or cruise) without spending too much […]

    High Line Park, Manhattan: Walking the “rails” above Chelsea in NYC.

    High Line Park, Manhattan: Walking the “rails” above Chelsea in NYC.

     It is hard to imagine Manhattan without its popular, elevated park: The High Line, which traverses roughly 20 blocks along the western side of the island, but this park has only been open five years. Our family visited shortly after it opened at which time it was much shorter and seemingly unknown, as we were […]

    How to Take Better Travel Photos

    How to Take Better Travel Photos

    I wish to be a better photographer. Of distant landscapes. Of towering buildings. Of architectural or garden close-ups. Or even of my teens who hate being the subjects of my photos. But alas, though the interest is still there, and I wrote a previous blog article about How to Take Great Family Travel Photos which […]

    Family of Five List of All-Inclusive Vacation Resorts

    Family of Five List of All-Inclusive Vacation Resorts

    Those of you seeking a list of vacation resorts that can accommodate a family of five without requiring booking two rooms can thank Tammi, a Canadian mom of three girls. She thoroughly researched your options! She posted her compiled list a year ago on her very popular blog, My Organized Chaos, which focuses on family […]

    See Venice via Google Treks and DK – photos and maps

    See Venice via Google Treks and DK – photos and maps

    Imagining Venice: Stunning photos help us visualize our travel plans. I usually purchase a few travel-guide-books, sometimes even used-travel-guide-books to save money. (The landmarks won’t change much year to year, and I use the internet to get updated visitor info.) Often those books have plain pages, or perhaps black and white photos. To help us […]

    Family of 5 in Rome for 89 Euros Per Person Per Day

    Family of 5 in Rome for 89 Euros Per Person Per Day

    My family of 5 went to Rome in June, 2012. We are 2 adults (hubby and me), and our three teenage boys: 17, 13, 13 (twins, actually they were days away from turning 14). As described in my Paris budget post, we travel frugal-ish. We stay in nice but budget-friendly hotels, and we eat at […]

    In Search of Gelato in NYC’s Little Italy

    In Search of Gelato in NYC’s Little Italy

    Families still flock to the exuberant micro neighborhood in lower Manhattan known as Little Italy.  Some are searching for a cultural heritage, a romantic vestige of New York’s past, good food and or a festive atmosphere.  On our last visit our focus was GELATO–the gelato that carries us across the Atlantic and drops our taste […]

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