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Traveling Europe by Train – What We Learned Along the Way

We have been to Europe a few times but never used the train until now. For this trip, it was imperative since we had a baby with us – read more about why in my “Reflections” post. There was a bit of a learning curve at first, but once we got the hang of it, [...]

How to Pack for a Month Overseas with a Baby


After our very first visit to Europe almost 15 years ago, when we took way too much with us, we decided we would never do that again. Every subsequent trip abroad has involved only carry-ons – we learned to pack only what we for sure need vs what we thought we may need, to wear [...]

Reflections from a Mom – Taking an American Baby to Europe


You may also enjoy checking out my post from just a couple of days before the trip began, click here. Europeans love babies! At least, that is the impression I am walking away from after our month journey across England, Belgium, Netherlands, Luxembourg, and France with our 8-9 month old. He was oggled at, cooed over, [...]

Birthplace of Denim


For our last day in Provence, we took the train from Avignon to Nimes.  Nimes is the small French town you’ve never heard of, but now have…  In Roman times, Nimes was the premier retirement community (a modern day Boca Raton?) for Roman officers who successfully conquered Egypt (the city symbol of a crocodile chained [...]

In the Footsteps of Van Gogh in Arles


For our second day in Provence, we daytripped via train from Avignon to Arles. After seeing Van Gogh’s masterpieces in Amsterdam, it was a true blessing to walk through Arles.  Van Gogh moved to Arles in 1888 – Arles and the surrounding Provençal countryside were the inspiration for Van Gogh’s move to bright, saturated colors [...]