So many times, I wonder how many travel memories stick with my 7 year old. She’s been traveling since she was 6 months, and I know that many of those early memories she only remembers through pictures. But every once in a while, she will surprise me by recalling a past travel memory that has stuck with her. Recently, she recalled a favorite travel memory during Social Studies class. The second grade was studying communities and on this day, markets in particular. The assignment was to draw a picture of a market and write about it. And though MJ remembers it being in “Sam” Francisco, Pike Place Market is what she chose to draw and write about. (In her defense, we visited Seattle and San Francisco during the same vacation.)
Although I’ve never called this city home, there is something about being in St. Louis that feels close to home. Is it the fact that my beloved Cardinals are there? The fact that it is also a Midwestern city? Maybe because it is in driving distance of my own hometown? Enjoy this photo essay showing the many reasons I love St. Louis.
Let me start by saying that most of our travels are pretty awesome if not very awesome. But every once in a while you get thrown for a loop and encounter a doozy of a fail that will be a standard in your travel story repertoire for years to come. Here are two of mine.
Packing for this recent trip was a challenge, as we traveled to two very different destinations.
Iceland: mostly outdoor activities. Even though we were going in summer, nearly everything we read cautioned us to be prepared for any type of weather. Basic hiking gear was a necessity.
England: we would be in London most of the time, with a day trip to Dover that included quite a bit of walking. Always good to be prepared for rain in England. Though London is a style capital, anything other than comfortable shoes would be pointless. We weren’t planning any formal activities but wanted to dress appropriately for tour and tea in Parliament.
I am just back from visiting Iceland with Jack and my parents. It was amazing and we look forward to sharing many stories on the blog. Right now, I think we’re all still in the midst of jet lag, unpacking, organizing, and getting back into the work routine – but I keep stopping to look at photos, jot down a few notes and feel grateful for such an epic vacation. Continue reading →