Escaping Civilization – Beaches Off the Beaten Path

In my opinion, a beach is all the better if you have to trek out to it.  It makes the views that much more worthwhile.  At home, before we had kids, Josh and I used to go to Black Beach in Falmouth with Jake and Sailor.  The parking was tricky, on a side street against the woods, trying not to block anyone’s driveways.  Then you made your way through the woods and thickets so tall, it was like walking through the jungle with marshes surrounding us.  Crossing over the wetlands on 2x4s (with Sailor never quite managing to get across via 2×4 and always fell into the muddy stinky water), we were just about halfway there.  Then you had to cross over a ladder that was crossing over a small brook (why they would put a ladder there rather than a solid piece of wood is beyond me).  But when we would get there, we’d be the only people on a white sand beach with rolling waves as far as the eye could see.

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Chasing the Sun(sets)

One of my favorite songs these days is by The Wanted, “Chasing the Sun” (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RFS5N_yAGTo).  So when I was thinking of a title for this entry, that was the first thing that came to my mind.  Because essentially this week, that’s what we’ve been doing.  A few nights we met up with Ignasi at a designated spot in Ciutadella to then make the run to a location where the views to watch the sunset are the best – chasing the sun before it sets!!  And other nights it was us trying to get back to the house in time to watch the sun touching the horizon (and not always making it in time).

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Kiddie Adventures on Menorca

One of the things about travelling with kids that we’ve learned is the art of compromise.  Yes, this is a beach vacation, but it is also a family vacation.  And while the kids love the beach, we also recognize that we need to arrange for more than just the beach to entertain them all week.  Hence, the home rental with the pool… Continue reading

Balearics Bound – Off to Menorca!

It’s been a rough few weeks for me (and the kids).  With an exodus of friends, I’ve been finding myself already in hibernation mode.  I’ve had no desire to leave the house (not to mention it’s a million degrees in Barcelona these days) and so it’s been a bit of a catch-22.  Yes, we’re just chilling and relaxing but we are also totally up each others’ asses.  The kids and I have been at each others throats for weeks and yet, I just haven’t cared enough to do much about it.  I know it’s a mentality that needs to change and I keep telling myself when school starts again things will be better. Continue reading

Anniversary Trip #2 – Our Mis-Adventures on Formentera

I don’t know how it’s possible that I can define so many places as Paradise, but once again, we’ve made it and this time is it the small island of Formentera, off the coast of Ibiza in the Balearic Islands.  This is a destination that our friend Marco has been telling us about for some time and a place we’ve been meaning to and wanting to visit.  So finally after all this time, Josh arranged for us to go as our Anniversary Trip #2.
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It’s Thursday, we should go to Ibiza…

Ibiza is located in the Balearic Islands which is just off the coast of Spain in the Mediterranean.  It’s a little bit further off the coast than say Nantucket to the Cape but a totally doable trip – just a half hour by plane.  Literally you hit your cruising altitude and they announce that they are preparing for landing.  Known for it’s wild parties and nightlife, there is also another side to Ibiza – the relaxing side, especially in what is called the shoulder season (just before the tourism season begins and after it ends).  Continue reading