Scared of going camping with your family? Don’t be! Here are the 17 must-haves to bring on your fun family camping trip

Are we really going camping. . .with kids. . . for 6 weeks???!!!  What about those cute and comfy little apartments with nice balconies, real beds, real bathrooms, hot water, kitchen, windows and doors??  Are we really going to save so much money by sleeping on somebody's piece of grass in a tent, with bugs … Continue reading Scared of going camping with your family? Don’t be! Here are the 17 must-haves to bring on your fun family camping trip

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From the mountain to the sea. . . in Agde, France for first time family camping

From Andorra we had come down the Pyrenees to our first camping experience in Agde, at the Mediterranean coast of France. It's the third oldest town in France, apparently! Since we never had time to research places, we had no idea until we got there. We set up our tent next to our little cabin/hut … Continue reading From the mountain to the sea. . . in Agde, France for first time family camping

How to give your kids a gift of a new language for FREE. . .

"What about your kids?," she says to me. She was a co-worker, mother of two. How will they survive in a country where they don't know the language. What about school? Naturally, for parents especially, we were asked these types of questions quite often while we were preparing to quit the job, change our family … Continue reading How to give your kids a gift of a new language for FREE. . .

Picture of a dog in front of a store with postcards. Text reads: "bau-bau! bub-bub!!" or Woof-woof in Catalan. Andorra. www.freeelectrons.family

Family-friendly things to do in Andorra la Vella, one summer day

Woof-Woof!!! How do dogs bark in Catalan? Benvinguts! From Zaragoza, we cruised through the dry lands of Aragon on the 7th day of our first-time, family camping road trip across Europe. Our theme of driving through no-toll roads did not pay off since we were tailing butts of trucks for the most part. We headed … Continue reading Family-friendly things to do in Andorra la Vella, one summer day

Two young boys at free play at the tree-lined park just outside the Aljaferia. The EU, Spanish and Aragon flags fly above the castle-fortress in the background. Text reads: Zaragoza with a symbol of a heart and an arrow behind it, and "www.freeelectrons.family".

IF there is only one thing to do in… Zaragoza, what will it be?

Family Summer Camping Road Trip with kids, Day 5: 2 hours of packing the car in Madrid, 193 miles (310 kilometers) of driving, 4 hours later and we arrived on July 4th--the United States Independence Day (hand over heart, hoorahhh!)-- for an overnight stay in Zaragosa/Saragossa. We have effectively less than a day here. So, … Continue reading IF there is only one thing to do in… Zaragoza, what will it be?

#FreeElectrons.Family - camping road trip Europe, Spain Madrid, Parque El Retiro. If you only have one thing to do in ... Madrid this summer, which one will it be?

If you can only do one thing in… Madrid this summer, what will it be?

"Madrid te abraza!". . . Madrid embraces you.  Family-friendly Madrid was full of pleasant surprises for all of us.  It was quite a beautiful, international and welcoming city with clean streets filled with happy-looking people.  As a capital city it has many things to offer visitors, including us families with little kids in tow.  But, … Continue reading If you can only do one thing in… Madrid this summer, what will it be?

A young child stares outward from the bay window of the museum towards the mountain site of the decisive battle "Between the Cross and the Half Moon" in 1212. A #FreeElectrons.Family camping road trip Europe I stop in Santa Elena, Jaen, Spain.

Between the cross and the half moon… but where the *heck is Santa Elena?

What to do or see near Cordoba or Jaen?  If you're already gonna be there, make sure to save a day to visit an off-the-beaten-path, gem-of-a-destination: Santa Elena.  It is a little village in Spain between Andalucia and Castile-La Mancha.  It was a random stop, 4 hours drive from Jerez, and a little hop over … Continue reading Between the cross and the half moon… but where the *heck is Santa Elena?