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Maine

Maine, worth a visit, worth a lifetime, it reads as you drive over the state line. And it’s true. It’s idyllic and simple and slow and the air smells cleaner and the sky looks wider and the trees greener. A drive along the coast of Maine is one of our favorite road trips, driving through the little coastal towns, stopping at lobster shacks and strolling...

Martha’s Vineyard

All last year we took a bit of travel break, I was pregnant with our youngest, Clementine, and had been advised not to travel far, due to expected complications in the pregnancy. We were able to take two trips last summer, the first being to the Vineyard, as we say in Boston. I have wanted to visit the island for many years, especially since having fallen in love...

Ireland

The first time I ever flew to Ireland was the most profound landing of my life. I remember so clearly, sitting next to my mother, and the feeling of coming home washing over me, though I’d never been to the island before.  But home overcame me and nestled into both my bones and my spirit and I have never been the same since. I want to travel the whole world over...

Iceland

Is there a more marvelous land than Iceland? It is truly otherworldly. We would just find ourselves marveling at the vast starkness of the land and how incredibly rich, yet barren it feels. The black sand beaches, the glaciers, the thermal pools, both salt water and fresh. Our trip to Iceland will always be significant in all of our lives, it’s as if a part of us...

Philadelphia

We spent several months studying Benjamin Franklin as thoroughly as we possibly could, Liam just enjoyed learning about him and his part in the Revolutionary war so much it was hard to bring that subject to a close, though if I’m being honest, it’s the inventor Benjamin Franklin that Liam was most enamored by.  He invented so many creative inventions...

Chicago

This past spring I stumbled upon an article about the exhibit at the Art Institute of Chicago, Van Gogh’s bedroom’s, and I knew that the boys would love to go. Ever since our trip to Amsterdam, the children have grown a great fondness for his work and happily search for his works at our regular visits to our own Art Museum, here in Boston.  The exhibit...

Patagonia and the Falkland Islands

In March, right at the tail end of winter, my little family and I went on one of the wildest/fantastic/marvelous/extraordinary/ remarkable/unparalleled/wondrous vacations ever.  All truths, because really to describe Patagonia you’d need all of the positive synonyms in its description.  I’ve wanted to go to Patagonia for awhile, and almost as much as...

New Orleans

New Orleans, oh my, a place that instantly reaches inside your chest and pulls a little bit of your heart out. Maybe it’s from growing up with Disneyland as a huge part of your childhood or maybe it’s not, Liam asked to move there a dozen times at least, and he’s only been to Disneyland a couple of times as far as his recollection goes. Needless to...

Michigan

I have a friend, Rebecca, from high school who now lives in a neighborhood of Detroit with her beautiful little family, where they run a successful company with a honorable mission and purpose.  We’ve been able to stay in touch through the years, which I’m forever grateful for, because once you know a person like Rebecca, you hope to never lose the...