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Family Cruising: What’s Included and What’s Not

Family cruising has become popular and affordable. It can be a great value for your vacation dollars.  Cruise fares will take a big bite out of your vacation budget, air fare too if embarking far from home.  But that’s really all you have to spend.  You can budget around the “extras” by cherry picking activities and luxuries that are important to you and your family. Our first cruise aboard the Star Princess was very costly.  We had no idea what to expect and purchased all sorts of ...

New York City With Kids – Top 5 Kid Friendly Attractions

New York City is my town!  I grew up in this wonderful city. I attended a private school in the Upper East Side just across the street from the New York Metropolitan Museum of Art and Central Park. You might say the Park and Museum were my playgrounds; my friends and I frequented the Museum after school to hang out; and ran around Central Park during recess when the Nuns decided we needed fresh air. My family lived in Midtown Manhattan, not far from the United Nations, another one of my ...

Spring Break Family Destination Ideas

It's that time of year again, Spring Break!  Many of us are waiting for Spring Break to take a short vacation but are afraid to dive into the craziness going on in some beach resorts.   The term Spring Break  brings to mind wild and crazy college kids taking over the beaches from coast to coast, I'm sure you've seen them on TV!  Don't worry, you don't have to get trampled by the mass of kids partying all day and all night, there are many family friendly destinations you can go to this ...

Bodrum, Turkey – 6 Things to do in Bodrum City

Bodrum is a seaside city in Turkey's Bodrum Penninsula which stretches from the country's southwest coast to the Aegean Sea.  Bodrum City features two bays with views of Bodrum Castle. Bodrum City serves as a gateway to beach towns and resorts in the area.  The city has also become a popular port of call for some cruise ships who ply the Med and Aegean Seas. Bodrum means sun, sea, history, and shopping.  It's a perfect destination for everyone! We recently spent a day in Bodrum, it ...

Kusadasi With Kids – Top 4 Family Friendly Activities

Kusadasi is a Turkish beach town on the Aegean Coast.  It's a popular tourist destination and has become a port of call for the mega cruise ships on the Mediterranean route. There aren't that many things to do in the town itself unless you're an avid shopper, there's plenty of shopping at the local bazaar.  But there are many things to do in the area whether you're a history buff, a sun lover, or a thrill seeker there's something for you at Kusadasi.  This Turkish town has a some fun family ...

The 10 Best Things To Do In Istanbul

Why do I love, love, love Instanbul?  Let me count the ways!  I love the people, the culture, the art, the sites,the architecture, the shopping (oh the shopping!), and most of all the food! Istanbul though not the capital of Turkey, (the capital is Ankara), is a major Turkish city.  It straddles 2 continents, Asia and Europe through the Bosphorus Strait.  The city is the melting pot where East meets West. This city has a checkered past and played a strategic role in the area's history ...

A Day Trip to Siena – What Not To Miss

Florence is arguably the most famous city in Tuscany.  It's definitely one of the busiest tourist destinations in the area.  This reputation is well deserved, after all Florence is where the Italian Renaissance was born.  But less than 50 miles away is another famous tourist destination, Siena. Unlike Florence, Siena is not a Renaissance showcase. Siena is Italy BEFORE the Renaissance.  The town's soaring architecture, art, and narrow streets are parts of an open air museum dedicated to ...

Florence With Kids – 6 Family Friendly Activities

Florence, the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance, is arguably one of the greatest cities of Europe. Walking around this city is like walking thru an outdoor museum filled with iconic sculptures, paintings, and architecture.  Every where you look I'm sure you'll catch a glimpse of something beautiful. Florence is definitely an art lover's dream.  Works by the great Renaissance Masters are housed within the museums in the city; the most famous being Michelangelo's David in the  Galleria ...

Athens With Kids – 6 Family Friendly Activities

I'm fairly certain that when most folks think about Athens the first thing that comes to mind is the Acropolis, that world renowned hilltop city that is home to the iconic Parthenon.  And why not?  Almost all tours books about the city boasts a perfect shot of that famous temple dedicated to the goddess Athena on its cover. Athens is more than just the Acropolis. (Tn case you're wondering Acropolis literally means city on a hill, it is not the name of the ancient buildings built there. ...

Santorini With Kids – 6 Family Friendly Activities

Ah, Santorini!  This Greek island is part of the Cyclades group of islands in the Aegean Sea. The mere mention of Santorini inspires visions of white-washed homes in quaint villages, iconic blue domed churches, ocean views, and fabulous sunsets. Santorini has all the ingredients for a romantic get-away for two.  It's no wonder that it's a favorite wedding and honeymoon destination. But what if a family with young kids or teens?  Does Santorini have anything to offer you?  Of course it ...