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Best Grilled Cheese Sandwiches Around the World

Is there anything more comforting than a good grilled cheese sandwich? Definitely not, in my humble opinion. As a kid growing up in the U.S., nothing could beat the melty goodness of Kraft American cheese nestled between two pan fried slices of white bread slathered with butter. My love of a good grilled cheese made me wonder […]

Cornell Hotel de France ~ San Francisco with a French Accent

Savor a taste of la belle pays at Cornell Hotel de France in San Francisco and its on-site restaurant, Jeanne d’Arc. Located just a couple of blocks from Union Square, and easily within walking distance to San Francisco’s iconic Chinatown, the hotel is ideally situated to stay in European style while exploring the Golden City. A hotel for […]

5 Destinations that Feel Like Europe in North America

Do you have the itch to travel to Europe but your bank account doesn’t have enough scratch? Want to go somewhere that feels foreign without taking an overnight flight? You don’t have to leave North America to reach some great locales that will make you feel like you’ve crossed the Atlantic. Instead, travel to these five destinations that feel […]

Rhine Getaway with Viking River Cruises ~ Ports and Excursions

Choosing a Viking River Cruise from their enticing itineraries is like choosing the only chocolate you’ll ever eat for the rest of your life. Dark chocolate or milk? Butter cream or caramel? Lyon & Provence, or Danube Waltz? Imperial Jewels of China, or Waterways of the Tsars in Russia? When Viking River Cruises invited me to sail […]

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

Ever since I lived in France for a year during college I have wanted to move back to this alluring country. But for years I’ve wondered where in France I would make my nest. Now I know. I fell head over pieds for Strasbourg, France during a Viking River Cruise this past spring and I wish I […]

10 Best Destinations in France for Families

The focus in France is on living life to the fullest and enjoying things of beauty…architecture, fashion, art and some of the world’s best cuisine. From sophisticated Paris and the swanky Côte d’Azur, to the breathtaking French Alps and beyond, there is much to explore in this proud and diverse country. I asked some popular travel bloggers to weigh in […]

Study Abroad Because…My Thoughts After the White House Travel Blogger Summit

Study abroad because it kills prejudice, encourages peace and expands opportunities. That was the essence of the messages shared by such leaders as Chief of Staff Denis McDonough at the White House Summit on Global Citizenship and Study Abroad. I was lucky enough to be invited to this event in Washington D.C. as one of […]

Exploring the Mediterranean with Kids

Sunny skies, beautiful beaches, historical sites, delicious food eaten at outdoor cafés, art and culture—what’s not to love about the Mediterranean? And there’s no need to worry about feeling out-of-place on your family vacation because people in this Southern European region seem to genuinely love and welcome children. From Turkey and Greece to Italy and […]

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

If you are dreaming of a trip to the South of France (and who isn’t?!), I have the ideal bed and breakfast for families in Dordogne! Le Chèvrefeuille is the friendliest B&B I’ve ever encountered. It’s more than a place to stay; Le Chèvrefeuille provides a relaxing retreat for families. The Dordogne region makes a great choice […]

Provence with Kids – A Dream Come True

I fell in love with Provence long before setting foot on French soil. I had read and heard so much about Provence that for years I dreamed of visiting this region of La belle France. I almost made it there on my honeymoon when my new husband and I spent a week on the Côte […]

Center Parcs France Trois Forêts – A Natural Place for Family Togetherness

Immersed in nature in the remote area of Moselle Lorraine, France, you will find the newest Center Parc France Trois Forêts. My family was looking for a fun vacation that would allow us to escape the dark and dreary days of a Northern European winter. To our delight we discovered this retreat to be unlike anything we had ever experienced in […]

Northern European Christmas Market Recommendations from Mamas in the Know

Years ago my husband returned from a December work trip to Germany and brought with him wonderful stories about the country’s incredible Christmas markets filled with street vendors and warm, mulled wine served in little glass boots. He purchased several of these boots as well as German ornaments for our tanenbaum. Ever since then I have wondered […]

Disneyland Paris with Kids – A Disney Park with a French Accent

I had no intention of going to Disneyland Paris when I started planning our recent family trip to Europe. I assumed it would be a waste of precious time in Paris since we had already been to the Disney parks in Florida and California. My 15- and 8-year-old daughters, however, were of a different mind set. They started negotiating for […]