A Huge Undertaking – Roadtripping from Dubrovnik to Stinica

Again, when we planned this trip, we knew there would be some driving involved.  I think we just didn’t anticipate how much.  Our 2 1/2 hour journey from Split to Dubrovnik was filled with windy, slow driving roads making it closer to a 3 1/2 hour trip instead.  So it should be no surprise that our trip from Dubrovnik to Stinica in the north, where we would catch our ferry to Rab Island, took 10 1/2 hours instead of the expected 6.  Yes that is 4 1/2 hours longer than we planned.  It was a LONG LONG day!  I will say this though – 1.  The kids were amazing.  2.  Liam didn’t puke once despite the super windy roads (and they were ridiculously windy and I almost puked) and 3. This is a beautiful country to drive through.

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Road Tripping to Maine…

My best friend Michelle and I love an adventure.  We always have even since we were little kids.  And living in Europe has provided us with the background to some great ones.  With random trips to France to a week plus long road road trip to Italy, we love to seek out trips beyond our backyard.  So when Michelle suggested let’s head up to Maine for the day on my “freebie” day without the kids, I didn’t hesitate for even a moment.  I’m in!!! Continue reading

One Last Beach Day – Cap d’ Antibes, France

In an effort to keep cranky children at bay during sight seeing we’ve been using the beach as a lure to behave.  It’s worked overall and yesterday was no exception.  Regardless of the fact that Kelly, Michelle and I really wanted to see Antibes, the kids really wanted to hit the beach one last time before heading further inland to Arles in Provence.  Continue reading

It’s Nice in Nice (France)…

On Saturday we left our apartment in Rapallo, Italy to make the journey back home to Barcelona.  We had decided when planning the trip that we would stretch out our return over a few days (even though it’s only a 9 hour drive).  So on Saturday afternoon (after LOTS of traffic) we arrived in Nice, France in the French Riviera. Continue reading

On our own in Santa Margarita

Today the kids and I took a break from the group.  All of the kids have been fighting constantly and I think we needed a little bit of family time, just the three of us (we miss you Joshy!).  It was a good chance to refresh our batteries a bit and just chill out on our own schedule.  We decided to take a trip to Santa Margarita which is the ferry stop between here and Portofino. Continue reading

Getting Touristy at the Tower of Pisa

Yesterday I got up early and got a bunch of work done which was a big relief for me.  While I may be on vacation, as a business owner I’m never truly on vacation.  With my work complete I felt I could move on to our adventure for the day.  The night before we decided that since we’d lost a day of travel by giving all of us a much needed day off to recoup, we would forgo another trip to Cinque Terre in favor of going to Pisa (to see the Leaning Tower of course) and then a beach in a small town called Tirrenia (as a reward for the kids behaving in Pisa). Continue reading

Up, Up and Amazing – Our Adventure in Cinque Terre

The Cinque Terre is a stunning area about 40 minutes south of us located in the Italian Riviera.  Its name, Cinque Terre, means Five Lands.  Cars for the most part, are not allowed and everyone travels by foot thru the moutainous terrain.  The homes are built into the rock face of the mountains and are painted in traditional Mediterranean colors of yellows, pinks, oranges and greens. Because the Cinque Terre is a National Park and UNESCO Continue reading

Escape to Portofino

Today we decided it was time to truly start our Italian adventure and the first stop was Portofino.  A quick 20 minute ferry ride (and that included one stop – it was so close!) away, it was easy to get to with the kids and the timing worked out given our once again late start (what has become of the early rising Marcus clan??).  Continue reading