family travel

Girl By A Stream In Andorra

by Becky on April 24, 2013

in Parenting, Travel

Close-up of Tessa by stream_1119

As I edit the photos of our trips, I’m always struck by the changing faces of my children. Here, the fresh-faced Miss Lavender stares down the camera during our brief roadside stop on our way down the mountain in Andorra. The story is that we had parked for a few minutes, fascinated at the snow runoff that had turned everywhere to waterfalls.

Waterfall feeding into stream_1115

But, as often happens, the camera starts training itself on faces.

Tessa's profile by stream_1121

Leave it to a long drive in a tiny foreign country to re-teach me what I’ve always known about this child: she’s an old spirit in a young body. If you doubt me, have a look at those eyes.

If you have a child like this–one who’s technically been around a decade or two but seems somehow to have been around for a thousand years–then you know how wonderfully odd and oddly wonderful it is to parent him or her.  One minute, mine is talking about a pair of handmade shoes she spotted in the Born district in Barcelona; the next, she’s weighing in on the merits of being able to thinslice someone’s mood based on their facial expressions or body language.  Typical Teen/Highly Observant Adult.

I suspect I’ll always have affectionate feelings for that mountain and the way it drains the snow.  Had we not stopped to consider the phenomenon, I would not have had an opportunity to reconsider Miss L’s eyes or reflect on the way they afford the careful observer a glimpse of an ageless soul.

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Hey. Guys. Bratislava Is Hot!

by Becky on July 23, 2012

in Fun

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  • Bratislava - Tessa and Millay smiling big Bratislava - Tessa and Millay smiling big Bratislava - Tessa and Millay smiling big
  • Bratislava - Dad with Paparazzi Bratislava - Dad with Paparazzi Bratislava - Dad with Paparazzi
     

So we dock in Bratislava, Slovakia and set off, all of us, to discover the city.  The roiling summer heat nearly scares us back to our air conditioned cruise ship, but we persevere.  And hey!–the city brings out the kid in everyone!  The camera loves my kids loving this place.
  • Bratislava - Millay on man Bratislava - Millay on man Bratislava - Millay on man
  • Bratislava - Tessa and Millay goofing off Bratislava - Tessa and Millay goofing off Bratislava - Tessa and Millay goofing off
  • Bratislava - Tessa and Millay on side street Bratislava - Tessa and Millay on side street Bratislava - Tessa and Millay on side street
  • Bratislava - Tessa and Millay as ballerinas Bratislava - Tessa and Millay as ballerinas Bratislava - Tessa and Millay as ballerinas
  • Bratislava - Street marking Bratislava - Street marking Bratislava - Street marking
  • Bratislava - Tessa on lamp post 2 Bratislava - Tessa on lamp post 2 Bratislava - Tessa on lamp post 2
  • Bratislava - Tessa on lamp post Bratislava - Tessa on lamp post Bratislava - Tessa on lamp post
  • Bratislava - Millay at door Bratislava - Millay at door Bratislava - Millay at door
  • Bratislava - Tessa at door Bratislava - Tessa at door Bratislava - Tessa at door
  • Bratislava - Tessa and Millay another ballerina pose Bratislava - Tessa and Millay another ballerina pose Bratislava - Tessa and Millay another ballerina pose
     

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I can’t get enough of Budapest! It’s not possible. Especially when four competing sets of eyes keep fixing on things like vintage jewelry, or the monstrous cathedral—surprise!—just around the corner, or the gelato, or the wildly new (translate old) architecture, or the windows laden with boxes of geraniums. And everyone’s saying, “Mom, check this out!” and “Mom, look at this!” and “Ohmygoshmomcomehere!”

  • Budapest - Harry Potter Car Budapest - Harry Potter Car Budapest - Harry Potter Car
  • Budapest - Kids posing in Black and White Budapest - Kids posing in Black and White Budapest - Kids posing in Black and White
  • Budapest - Red currents Budapest - Red currents Budapest - Red currents
  • Budapest - Green door Budapest - Green door Budapest - Green door
     

So much to see!

I’ve been to Europe before, a few times, but this trip . . . with kids who can oooh and aaah and exclaim and who take so much delight in everything! Next to the word “great” in the dictionary, it reads, “Heading out into Budapest one summer day with the kids.”

  • Budapest - Millay with the camera Budapest - Millay with the camera Budapest - Millay with the camera
  • Budapest -Tessa and Silas marching Budapest -Tessa and Silas marching Budapest -Tessa and Silas marching
  • Budapest - Clave by a gate Budapest - Clave by a gate Budapest - Clave by a gate
  • Budapest - Orange Door Budapest - Orange Door Budapest - Orange Door
  • Budapest - Millay on the subway Budapest - Millay on the subway Budapest - Millay on the subway
  • Budapest - Kids in a Phone Booth - Phoning 2 Budapest - Kids in a Phone Booth - Phoning 2 Budapest - Kids in a Phone Booth - Phoning
  • Budapest - Kids in a Phone Booth - Phoning Budapest - Kids in a Phone Booth - Phoning Budapest - Kids in a Phone Booth - Phoning
  • Budapest - Girls by a Harry Potter Car Budapest - Girls by a Harry Potter Car Budapest - Girls by a Harry Potter Car
  • Budapest - Millay by red door Budapest - Millay by red door Budapest - Millay by red door
     

Really, you’ve gotta try this.

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