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Ghent with Kids – Belgium’s Hidden Gem Uncovered

Ghent is quickly becoming the no longer hidden gem of Belgium. Welcoming to families, this city is filled with beautiful buildings and canals to explore as well as tasty treats to try. Use this family-friendly Ghent visitor’s guide for making the most of a visit to Ghent with kids. Gravensteen Castle Ghent’s most impressive and well-known […]

Le Chèvrefeuille – An Idyllic Bed and Breakfast for Families in Dordogne, France

Are you dreaming of a vacation in French countryside? (Who isn’t?!) Then I have the ideal bed & breakfast hotel for your family! Located in Dordogne in South West France, Le Chèvrefeuille is the friendliest B&B I’ve ever encountered. It’s more than simply a place to sleep. Le Chèvrefeuille provides a relaxing retreat experience for […]

Tips For Expats and Soon-to-Be Expats

Dreaming of moving to a foreign country and becoming an expat? Then start planning NOW with these expat tips. The more time you have to prepare, the better off you’re going to be. Believe me, as an American expat who moved to the Netherlands with my husband and three young sons, I learned a lot […]

How many steps are there in the Leaning Tower of Pisa?

The Leaning Tower of Pisa has stood, slightly askew, for hundreds of years. This iconic crooked landmark in Italy was supposed to stand straight. But it gained its famous sideways slant thanks to the unstable soil on which it was constructed and poor planning. This free-standing bell tower accompanies a cathedral and baptistry in the […]

7 Reasons You’ll Fall in Love with Strasbourg, France

Why visit Strasbourg? I have dreamed of moving back to France ever since I spent my junior year of college studying abroad in this alluring country. But for years I’ve wondered where in France I would make my nest. Now that I’ve visited Strasbourg, though, I know. I wish I could pack my bags to […]

Pancake Houses of the Netherlands

Dutch pancakes aren’t just for breakfast in the Netherlands. These tasty pan-fried cakes can be served as a savory meal, a snack, or a sweet dessert. Typically, these Dutch treats are thinner and larger than American flapjacks, but thicker than French crêpes. (Dutch pancakes, however, should not be confused with Dutch babies, puffy cakes similar […]

Center Parcs France Trois Forêts – A Nature Resort for Family Togetherness

CenterParcs France Trois Forêts is immersed in nature in the remote area of Moselle Lorraine, France. My American family discovered this retreat to be unlike anything we had ever experienced in the U.S. — and what an amazing experience it was! Set in a forest on over 1,000 acres of land, this resort is a […]

Yes! Amsterdam IS for Kids!

Should you travel to Amsterdam with kids? As an American expat who has lived in the Netherlands with my children for 20 years, I wholeheartedly say, YES! Amsterdam is for kids! While the city is sometimes known more for rowdy grown-up activities than kid-friendly fare, there is an abundance of wonderful attractions for families here. […]

Bicycling with Kids in the Netherlands

Bicycles are everywhere in the Netherlands. I mean, everywhere! In fact, bikes are the most popular form of transportation in the country. From young children to elderly grandparents, you’ll find them riding bicycles in Amsterdam, Rotterdam, and in the countryside. As an American expat living in the Netherlands, my family has fully embraced this Dutch […]

Netherlands Summer Family Vacation Fun Spots

The Netherlands in summer offers a wonderful array of activities for kids and their parents to experience. While most visitors, stick to the capital city of Amsterdam, there’s ever so much more to do in this family-focused country. Plus, with the country’s small size and excellent train system, it’s easy to explore the Netherlands with […]

What is the largest country located entirely within Europe?

In the U.S., we are taught there are seven continents. Of these seven, Europe ranks second to smallest, followed only by Australia/Oceania. Much of the world considers there to be just six continents, with Europe and Asia combined into one continent known as Eurasia. For the purpose of this travel trivia question, however, we are […]

Provence with Kids – A Dream Come True

I fell in love with Provence long before I ever set foot on French soil. The lure of Provence from photos and literature led me to dream for years of visiting this region of France. When I finally traveled to Provence, I had my two children in tow. I was a bit worried that my […]

Try these 8 Traditional British Foods with Funny Names

Toad in the hole may not sound very appetizing. Despite the odd name, though, this comfort food is very delicious and popular in Great Britain. As an American expat living in the U.K., I have discovered lots of traditional British foods with funny names. For a little taste of life on the other side of […]