A Demolition, and other forms of unplanned entertainment in Europe

It was a dinosaur.  There’s no other way to describe the gnashing, crushing jaws, and the swaying neck that toppled the wall into rubble and sent the roof collapsing.  In minutes, smiling faces were buried under piles of Lisbon ceramic roof tiles, twisted rebar and mangled air conditioners.  We were fascinated, pausing longer than intended… Read More A Demolition, and other forms of unplanned entertainment in Europe

What I learned, and changed, about kid’s entertainment

We came to Romania with only the essentials in toys – Lego and Duplo, a few Barbies, favorite dress-up clothes and a favorite stuffed animal.  I wondered how the children would entertain themselves in their new environment.  Here’s what we’ve learned so far. 1.  The girls, ages 6 and 4, spend inordinate amounts of time… Read More What I learned, and changed, about kid’s entertainment

The Magnificent Magnolia: Baobab of the American South

When we moved to this region of the United States, considered part of “The South,” I discovered the magnolia tree.  Magnolia trees are the baobab of the American South.  Distinctive and unique to this region, the massive blooms and richly colored foliage can be found in backyards and botanical gardens alike.  The colors of the… Read More The Magnificent Magnolia: Baobab of the American South

Part III: The Biltmore, Asheville, North Carolina, USA

The Biltmore, Asheville, North Carolina, USA   Read more about the stately Biltmore mansion here. ****************************************************************** Do you have a photo you would like to share as part of the Eye-Catching Architectural Detail series?  Email it to me at willtravelwithkids @ gmail.com along with a brief explanation of the location.  Please only submit personal photos of which… Read More Part III: The Biltmore, Asheville, North Carolina, USA

Eye-catching architectural detail, Part I: The Winterthur, Delaware

The last few inches of an elegant stairway bannister.  A manhole, covering a storm drain, plastered with floral filigree.  The ruffled ridge of a five foot clay pot.  These architectural details catch my eye and I can’t help myself.  I have to capture it on camera.  Some artisan, skilled in his trade, has left his mark.  Over the next… Read More Eye-catching architectural detail, Part I: The Winterthur, Delaware