When I think of Venice in spring time, I picture gondolas cruising the canals, people strolling in the piazzas, and colorful flowers overflowing from every window box. However, this perfect image was shattered five minutes before we pulled into the Venice train station. I happened to look up from the guide book I was reading and saw the one and only thing that could ruin the beauty of Venice: SNOW. When you live in Chicago and travel for spring break, the last thing you want to see are those little white flakes. They are great if you are skiing, not so great if you’re in Italy, on spring break, and you have not a single stitch of winter clothing packed in your bags. It gets better though, so keep reading… Continue reading →
Sorrento is an ideal base for exploring Pompeii, Capri, and the Amalfi Coast. Eighteen years had passed since my last visit to this area, and I fondly remembered Sorrento’s spectacular vistas, abundant lemon trees, and charming town square. I recalled the sheer enormity of the excavated ruins of Pompeii, the ash in my flip flops as I traversed the ancient cobblestones and explored the remaining shells of the buildings. The return trip was exactly as I remembered and for that I was grateful. I was so excited to share with my family the wonderful experiences I had stored in a far corner of my memory for far too long.
Rome can seem overwhelming to even the most seasoned traveler. Imagine how it appears to a mom of three trying to find hotel rooms that will actually hold a family of five! That was my task last spring break when we decided to travel to Italy for two weeks with the kids. After seven years of traveling with a family of five, the lesson I have learned is that once the plane tickets are booked, the next thing to do is to reserve your hotel rooms. I will often scour the internet and guide books for days on end looking for the perfect places to rest our weary heads. After that, I make a list of the sights my husband and I want to see, then cut that list in half. We’ll never see them with kids in tow. Oh, and I throw in some parks and fun kids’ activities to boot. Just to keep them happy. And gelato, lots of gelato. Good for bribing kids. Continue reading →
HOW TO BE PREPARED WHEN TRAVELING WITH FOOD ALLERGIES
Traveling when your child has allergies can be a scary proposition. Each restaurant you enter is a potential threat to your child. When you grab a snack, it is no longer an easy choice, you must carefully scan each label to make sure the product does not contain something that could cause your child to have a reaction. For those of us who have children with allergies, this is the world we live in. We can choose to be proactive, or we can stay at home and never leave again. Believe me, in the beginning, I wanted to choose the latter. It is a scary world out there for children with allergies, but after many hours of research and multiple discussions with doctors and other parents, I realized it was ok to take my child out into the world and let him taste it.
Here are some things we have learned about how to stay safe on the road when you have a child with food allergies: