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

Gibraltar in Pictures: A Family Visit to The Rock of Hercules… with Kids!

Once we are all able to travel freely again, don't forget to put this disputed little rock of the UK in Spain in your bucket list, for a taste of the Britain with Andalucian feel. These pictures show what things to do in Gibraltar ("The Rock") as a family in a day or two over … Continue reading Gibraltar in Pictures: A Family Visit to The Rock of Hercules… with Kids!