Entries for November, 2010

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Venice Beach, CA:  A Sandy Seaside Circus

Venice Beach, CA: A Sandy Seaside Circus

November 30, 2010 No Comments Over the summer, our good friends and former next-door neighbors from New Jersey made the trip west to visit us in Burbank. They had less than a week to see and do a myriad of things here in Southern Califonia. However, their wish list of places to visit (besides our house, that is) was quite ...

 

Traveling During the Holidays: Maintaining Holiday Traditions

Traveling During the Holidays: Maintaining Holiday Traditions

November 27, 2010 No Comments Our first Christmas trip out of town felt a bit like we were running away from home. I was a married adult with no children, and my husband and I traveled with my parents. We left our hometown in Central Florida for Williamsburg, Virginia to experience a Colonial Christmas.  Our Traditions  Leaving home meant leaving ...

 

Preparing Children for the New TSA Procedures

Preparing Children for the New TSA Procedures

November 27, 2010 1 Comment As the holiday travel season ramps up, families are facing controversial new procedures at airport security checkpoints. The debate on the new procedures has become a firestorm of controversy, but the TSA is holding fast to its belief that the new procedures are necessary for everyone’s safety. Some families are actually choosing to avoid flying ...

 

Finding Hidden Mickeys at Walt Disney World

Finding Hidden Mickeys at Walt Disney World

November 27, 2010 No Comments Who doesn’t love the thrill of adventure that comes with finding something that is hidden right out in the open? Geocaching and scavenger hunting are two wildly popular activities based on this concept. At Walt Disney World, the quest is always on for Hidden Mickeys. Unlike many other Disney activities, this one is entirely free ...

 

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Walt Disney World – Off the Beaten Path

Walt Disney World – Off the Beaten Path

November 26, 2010 No Comments Walt Disney World is a sprawling entertainment center consisting of four gated theme parks, two water parks, a shopping and dining complex, and dozens of recreational opportunities, as well as a myriad of hotels. It would be easy to spend a month at Walt Disney World and never run out of things to do. Once ...

 

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Descanso Gardens – An Oasis in L.A.

Descanso Gardens – An Oasis in L.A.

November 26, 2010 No Comments My retired parents recently traveled from my home state of New Jersey to visit with us in Burbank. Since this is about the time of year that the weather begins to turn cold and dreary on the East Coast and forces people indoors, we were eager to show our boys’ grandparents some of the many ...

 

RVing With Kids

RVing With Kids

November 26, 2010 3 Comments RVing is, in many ways, the perfect method of travel, particularly for those who want to visit multiple destinations. Instead of trying to get kids to sleep in unfamiliar, potentially noisy, hotel rooms, you can put them to bed in the same place each night. Rather than trying to pack everything into carryon bags to ...

 

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Grand Canyon – The Peak of Nature’s Force, Fury and Calm

Grand Canyon – The Peak of Nature’s Force, Fury and Calm

November 24, 2010 No Comments   Few landscapes on the planet have the capacity to take your breath away like the Grand Canyon. Once you have visited this truly grand natural wonder, most everything else you’ve witnessed up to that point in your life will probably pale in comparison. At least, that has been my experience. Any tourist could reel off the physical dimensions of the ...

 

St. Augstine, Florida – ‘gators and shrimp

St. Augstine, Florida – ‘gators and shrimp

November 18, 2010 No Comments What’s the oldest city in the United States? Our kids guessed Boston, and I confess, I would’ve thought New England would be the regional winner for the longest inhabited in the continental US. But we’d all be wrong – America’s oldest is St. Augustine, Florida. And as such, the town loves it’s history. And because ...

 

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Santa Barbara Sights – Children’s Delights

Santa Barbara Sights – Children’s Delights

November 17, 2010 No Comments Many travelers come to Santa Barbara for the gourmet restaurants or the incredible setting that stretches from the blue mountains to the bluer-still Pacific ocean in this lovely coastal town just under two hours from Los Angeles. We’ve come for many reasons – to attend a concert at the beautiful downtown art deco theater, the ...

 

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