The Lake District

It was the movie Miss Potter that first peaked my interest in the Lake District. As a child, I loved traveling through the beautiful illustrations and dynamic woodland world of Peter Rabbit, Mrs Tiggy Winkle, and Squirrel Nutkin so visiting the place where Beatrix Potter was inspired to write these wonderful stories was a dream come true. When I discovered the Lake District was also the location of England’s highest peak, I couldn’t believe my luck. I can get my hiking fix and visit Hunka Muka in the same place? Find a campsite, hitch the camper trailer, we’re going!” 

Road Trip: Northern Wales

Road Trip: Northern Wales

Northern Wales is the perfect combination of rugged mountains and pristine coastline. Despite the fact that we ended our trip with sick kids and a dead chicken, Northern Wales was wonderful. Our main reason for visiting this area is because we wanted to summit Mount Snowdon and we did it! North Wales is gorgeous. We continued exploring castles and even found a few more climbing crags!

The BEST (northern bits) of Southwest England

The BEST (northern bits) of Southwest England

Our favorite parts of a 6 day road trip through the northern region of Southwest England. We visited the Cotswolds, Bath, Stourhead, Stonehenge, Jane Austen's home, Windsor Castle, and more! Spring is a wonderful time to explore England. Flowers are blooming and the hills are blankets of green. England is famous for its rain but we were lucky and had lots of sun. At the end of the post I included an interactive map and a video of our adventure. Thanks for following!

South Wales Road Trip

South Wales Road Trip

 After almost 4 months of living in lockdown, we were desperate for an active holiday. Lockdowns began lifting in April, so we jumped at the opportunity to explore South Wales. Our week was busy and getting back in the groove of traveling with three children was exhausting and wonderful. Exploring a new place ignites us [...]

8 Castles in Wales

8 Castles in Wales

We had so much fun exploring Welsh castles that I had to make a movie about it. These castle visits were a highlight of my life! Our children adventured through the corridors, found 11th century fireplaces, pretended they were knights, climbed spiral staircases... they even dramatized the crowing of "King Cedar, Ruler of the Land!" [...]

The Tower of London

The Tower of London

I am embarrassed to admit, that until Sage developed a fascination with Queen Elizabeth I, this place wasn't even on my radar. But once we learned young Elizabeth was held prisoner here by her half sister Queen Mary and that her mother Anne Boleyn had her head chopped off in the courtyard, well... yeah... we had to visit.

Munich

We drove just outside the city to the lovely village of Deisenhofen where my relatives live. The Kreb family has phenomenal country home covered in and surrounded by thick, lush, green vegetation where they grow all kinds of vegetables, currants, grapes, raspberries, flowers, and herbs. They compost and have a chicken coop that rivals anything featured in Sunset magazine.

Czech Republic

In my opinion, there are two ways of looking at international travel with a two month old. View number one: Don’t do it. You might as well just kick a dead horse (me) over and over again for fun. View number two: You are already a dead horse so what’s a little more kicking? You feel like crap anyway, so what’s a little more sleep deprivation? How much worse could you actually feel?