In Pictures: Review of Family Camping le Gave d’Aspe in the French Pyrenees near the Spanish border (Day 37)

Somewhere over the rainbow.. Way up high.. And the dreams that you dream of.. Once in a lullaby, oh.. Somewhere over the rainbow.. Bluebirds fly.. And the dreams that you dream of.. Dreams really do come true-ooh-ooh... I had this wonderful song (Israel Kamakawiwoʻole version) in my head when driving in the south of France … Continue reading In Pictures: Review of Family Camping le Gave d’Aspe in the French Pyrenees near the Spanish border (Day 37)

In Pictures: D’Artagnan and the Three Musketeers at the Village of the Wolf in Gascony (Day 34)

Onwards, southwards. . . from an accidental pilgrimage at the land of green lentils and black Madonna in Le Puy and a bucolic stay at Flower Camping near a French countryside castle, to the land of d'Artagnan, the Three Musketeers and Cyrano de Bergerac in Gascony in the south of France. The most famous of … Continue reading In Pictures: D’Artagnan and the Three Musketeers at the Village of the Wolf in Gascony (Day 34)

In Pictures: Cathédrale Notre-Dame du Le Puy en Velay, A Pleasantly Unexpected Stop (Road Trip with Kids, Day 32)

During our second family camping road trip with kids across Europe we had an unplanned stop at an off-the-beaten path destination in the south of France, between Lyon and Toulousse, known for its green lentils and and one of the main roads to the Santiago de Compostela pilgrimage in France. Here it is in pictures. … Continue reading In Pictures: Cathédrale Notre-Dame du Le Puy en Velay, A Pleasantly Unexpected Stop (Road Trip with Kids, Day 32)

In Pictures: Review of Flower Camping in the middle of nowhere in southern France and Toulouse Lautrec’s Château Du Bosc (Day 33)

Family camping in France is one of the budget family vacation ideas worth considering especially when you travel with kids in the summer. With many interesting and enjoyable things for the kids and the family, like Alexandre Duma's hometown, an old medieval town and the three Musketeers, your French countryside trip can be quite fun, … Continue reading In Pictures: Review of Flower Camping in the middle of nowhere in southern France and Toulouse Lautrec’s Château Du Bosc (Day 33)

In Pictures: Camping Review of Family Camping Schaffhausen Near Rhine Falls Switzerland (Day 18-19)

Camping in Switzerland is really a family-friendly way to travel with kids on a budget. Hey, you either pay an average of €200 per night in hotels or apartment rentals or €30 at a campground (at least that was how it was in Geneva!). And when you have an awesome travel destination nearby like the … Continue reading In Pictures: Camping Review of Family Camping Schaffhausen Near Rhine Falls Switzerland (Day 18-19)

Walking alongside a hooded penitent wife, a father carries a sleeping child, after a Holy Week (Semana Santa) procession in Jerez de la Frontera, Andalucia, Spain. Location: Plaza del Banco.

Holy Week and Easter in Spain: a Unique Cultural Experience for the Family

So, you plan to have a unique cultural experience for your Easter in Spain (Holy Week/Semana Santa). Here's what to expect whether you are going to be in Jerez de la Fronterra or anywhere else in Spain, particularly the big towns in Andalucia this Easter week or at some point in the future.  It's one … Continue reading Holy Week and Easter in Spain: a Unique Cultural Experience for the Family

Where to See Flamenco in Jerez during Easter Holy Week (Semana Santa) for FREE?

You came here for flamenco, didn't you? And it just happens to be the Easter/Passion/Holy Week in this little town of flamenco, sherry, fighting bulls and dancing horses. Not to worry. The city has evolved and there are FREE flamenco shows here this Easter Passion week. The oldest continuously run "Tabanco" in Jerez de la … Continue reading Where to See Flamenco in Jerez during Easter Holy Week (Semana Santa) for FREE?

A procession during Holy Week (Semana Santa) along Calle Pozuelo, Jerez de la Frontera, Spain. Penitents await the chanting of Saeta--a unique form of religious song about “the suffering, death, and majesty of Jesus Christ, and of the grief of the Virgin Mary”-D.E. Pohren. This is one of the primitive songs that made its way into Flamenco.

Easter in Spain: Where to See Saeta in Jerez de la Frontera?

If you are planning to spend the Holy Week in Spain (Semana Santa), you may be able to witness a unique form of flamenco called Saeta, exclusively sang during this time especially in Andalucia (southern Spain).  Saetas are religious songs in the form of chants worshiping the decorated figurines of Jesus and Mary at seemingly … Continue reading Easter in Spain: Where to See Saeta in Jerez de la Frontera?

Happy Spring Forward to a Family Lifestyle Change

Ahhhh, Spring! We woke up to the first day of Spring in Lisbon, Portugal for the start of a family gap year. We left the U.S. to have a different lifestyle--one that is slower-paced and more family-oriented. And it's easier to that in the land of the sun--Andalucia (southern Spain). It was supposed to be … Continue reading Happy Spring Forward to a Family Lifestyle Change

In Pictures: Trip to Lourdes, France during a 39-day Road Trip with Kids

Lourdes, France… a must-see destination of Catholic pilgrims and a place of wonder for the rest.  During one of our family camping road trips across Europe, we made an effort to visit places special for their wonderful landscapes, historical significance, world-known monuments and also of religious importance.  Lourdes was one of these places, by all … Continue reading In Pictures: Trip to Lourdes, France during a 39-day Road Trip with Kids