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Welcome to London

London, England is an amazing city. It marries a long tradition and history with 21st century modernity, and this vibe was evident in what we were able to do and see during our four-day stay in London. As many a travel site has commented, London is an expensive city to visit.  The British pound is… Continue reading Welcome to London

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The New Forest National Park

The United Kingdom is home to 15 designated National Parks, areas of natural beauty and historic or cultural significance. Ten of these are located within England and include famous areas such as the Lake District, the North York Moors, and the Peak District. The other five are outside of England, with two in Scotland and… Continue reading The New Forest National Park

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Let the College Visits Begin: Oxford

We spent a half day in Oxford while on the way to Watford. We had the intention of visiting the Arboretum and touring the university, however those plans went a little awry. The drive to Oxford from Hampshire was pretty easy and truly lovely with the leaves along the motorway changing to their fall colors,… Continue reading Let the College Visits Begin: Oxford

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Deep Dishes in Chicago

  It is a good thing that we walked so much on this vacation because I ate so much!  Chicago has no shortage of good eats from breakfast, lunch, and dinner to desserts and wine. Here are a few suggestions from the places we visited on this trip. Ice cream and more:   Firecakes Donuts-… Continue reading Deep Dishes in Chicago

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Quad Cities Iowa and Illinois

As the kids get older more of our summer vacations are spent apart, having our own adventures, with us eventually coming together again. This summer I counted 18 days that we spent all together as a family between school letting out and starting again, with the majority of those being the week before school started.… Continue reading Quad Cities Iowa and Illinois