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Southwest Trip, Summer 2017

on July 22nd, 2017 at 9:28:35 AM

Phoenix to see Ted, Lisa and the kids

Sedona with Nancy and Helena

Antelope Caynon on a reservation in northern Arizona

Zion and Bryce Caynons in Utah

Quick stop in Las Vegas for the Cirque du Soleil Love show

 

 

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Bermuda Cruise, Fall 2016

on October 2nd, 2016 at 8:00:00 PM

Uncle took the family on a third cruise - to Bermuda this time.

Stockholm and Olslo, Spring 2016

on June 10th, 2016 at 12:00:00 AM

Loved both cities

Washington DC February 2016

on February 29th, 2016 at 12:00:00 AM

Had a great week in DC with the kids. Here's our what we did, grouped by time so you can see what's doable in one day.

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Saturday - Amtrak from Boston to DC

Sunday

  • Nat’l Air & Space
  • Hirshhorn Museum (check out the outside sculpture garden)
  • Castle (not a lot to see on the inside, but start here if you can since it's the main Smithsonian visitor center and a good place for info)
  • Sackler Gallery - The exhibit 'Remix: Peacock Room' is very cool. We just popped in for about 20 minutes to see this one exhibit and I'm glad we did since I had heard about the story years ago. 

Monday

  • American History (seeing the original flag that inspired the Star Spangled Banner was cool and it's right near the lobby, but much of the museum was closed for updating)
  • Natural History
  • National Archives

Tuesday

  • Bureau of Printing & Engraving (watch how they make money - pretty cool - we reserved tickets ahead of time)
  • Holocaust Museum (ok for my 12 year old since she's read several books about the Holocaust. It was a little heavy for my 10 year old and I stopped her from watching the more graphic videos, which are hidden behind a wall to 

Wednesday

  • White House Tour*
  • RenwickGallery (small gallery with 10 interesting exhibits) right near the White House
  • Capitol Building Tour* (they're doing the first restoration project on the dome since Lincoln's presidency. Interesting, but you can't get a good look at everything inside the rotunda right now)
  • Library of Congress (very beautiful inside - worth a look)
  • American Art Museum(it's about a 10 minute walk off the mall, but great if you love contemporary art. We skipped the portraits and spent out time in the contemporary exhibit. They also have a cool inside garden and cafe that's beautiful at night.) 

Thursday

  • Adams Morgan shopping [UrbanDwell - great shop]
  • Walked around Monuments in the afternoon
  • Washington Monument (You can buy tix ahead or buy them at the visitor center near the monument. We couldn't go up since the elevators were closed for repairs)
  • Vietnam Memorial, Lincoln Memorial, Jefferson Memorial

Friday

  • More time at the National Museum of Natural History (6 min walk from our hotel)
  • Amtrak home

*Request WH and Capital tours through the office of your Representative. Eg. we went to http://www.markey.senate.gov/services/visiting

Lodging

  • Airbnb apartment (add link) for the first 4 nights
  • Courtyard Marriott for the last 2 nights (pool for the kids) - 900 F Street - great location, nice rooms and staff

Good restaurants

Edinburgh, Scotland, Jan 2016

on January 30th, 2016 at 7:00:00 PM

I had to be in Edinburgh for work so I went a few days ealier to explore the town.

Spain April 2015

on April 29th, 2015 at 8:00:00 PM

The highlight of our Spring was a visit to Spain to see the Nokes. We stayed with them at thier apartment in Sant Cugat del Vallès, a beautiful town on the outskirts of Barlcelona. We also had a vacation inside of a vacation by heading up the coast of Spain to spend a long weekend in the town of Cadaqués on Costa Brava. It was beautiful, peaceful and filled with great restaurants and food shops. The kids spent hours filling their pockets full of rocks and sea glass from the shore. This short video will give you a feel for the place.

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Europe, Summer 2014

on August 4th, 2014 at 10:48:33 AM

Danny, the girls, and my Mom had two great weeks in Europe.

  • Edinburgh, Scotland
  • York, England
  • London, England
  • Paris, France
  • Reykjavik, Iceland

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