Monthly Archives: December 2014

Happy New Year!

What a phenomenal year 2014 has been.  We feel blessed to be on the road as a family, seeing and experiencing the world around us. Having had an amazing experience throughout Israel, we were ready to move on to our next destination – Tanzania.  However,

Special Report – Car Rentals!

We have had a number of questions about how we are getting around in Europe, so I put this post together to share our approach and experiences with respect to car rentals.  You can also find this on our “RTW Planning Resources” under “Ground Transportation

Surfing in Israel

Initially, we were a bit nervous to come to Israel as there were a number of reports on the problems between the various nationalities.  We weren’t sure if we should bring the kids to an area with so many problems that involve violence.  But given

Happy Chanukah!

While staying in Israel, we learned interesting things about Chanukah, and celebrated it with many people.  Here are some of the things I learned. First of all you should know that Chanukah is a celebration of miracles.  The second thing you should know is the

Home Schooling on a Global Field Trip

A number of times, people have asked me what it’s like to homeschool Mikhaila and Zoe.  To be honest, it has been incredible!  We have had such a great time as a family learning so much about the places we’ve been.  The girls are enthusiastic

Apps along the way!

As we’ve been visiting different cities, I have been experimenting with some different travel apps to use on our devices/phones to help make our travel either more efficient or more fun.  For example, using the Huntzz app, Zoe did a blog post of a scavenger

We Wish you a Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas Everyone! We wish you a Christmas full of joy, love and peace! We had a great time at midnight mass in Manger Square, Bethlehem, Palestine.  Here are some photos from the event.  This is something we will always remember. We’ve now been away

O Little Town of Bethlehem!

Today we wanted to celebrate Christmas and what better place to do it than where it all began – Bethlehem! We flew from Rome to Tel Aviv and made our way to the holy city for a special Christmas Eve tour. Our first stop was

Back to Shore!

Today is also the last day of our cruise. We have really enjoyed our time on the Norwegian Jade Cruise ship. It was a great way for us to travel to Greece and Turkey without all the driving. Of course, we would have loved to


Our last port on the cruise was in Naples where we visited the Amalfi coast and Pompeii. It was a lot of fun and I want to go back again in the future. Positano This is a beautiful little town right on the Mediterranean Sea.

A Bizarre Bazaar!

When I heard “Grand Bazaar“, I thought of a small market being run in the basement of a church. Was I in for a surprise when I visited the bazaar in Istanbul! It was more like a small city full of shops, vendors, shoppers, and

West Meets East, East Meets West

While on our trip, we are trying to learn as much as possible about all the religions we come across. For our time in Istanbul, Turkey, we learned about Christianity and Islam. I am still unsure about some things, so if I make any mistakes

Two Turkish Delights…

Imagine a place where the “above-world” and the “under-world” meet.  What could this place look like?  We found one intersection of “above/underworld” in Istanbul…the Topkapi Palace and the Basilica Cistern. Topkapi Palace This was the palace used by the sultans up until the 19th century,

Terrific Turkey!

After a wonderful, but short time in Greece, we were ready to move onto our next port – Kusadasi, Turkey. We jumped off the boat bright and early and made our way to the bus station. It wasn’t long before we had a number of

Athens- A Place For Greeks!

Hi, Zoe here… While enjoying our AWESOME cruise through Greece and Turkey, we stopped in Athens, Greece for a day to walk around and learn some GROOVY GREEK history! We learned a lot and can’t wait to share it with you and take you on our