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Postcard from Iceland: A Nature-Lover’s Paradise on the South Coast

For families who love nature, Iceland is a must-see. On our recent vacation, we spent one very full day exploring southwest Iceland’s landscape of extreme contrasts — from waterfalls with mossy green cliffs to icebergs, glaciers and barren lava fields. We started off our road trip along the southwest coast of Iceland by walking up to…

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Postcard from Greece: The Best of Athens by Bike

We had explored Ephesus in a heavy thunderstorm, walked in grooves formed by chariot wheels in the streets of Pompeii, thrown a coin in the Trevi Fountain and climbed 414 steps to the top of the Campanile (Giotto’s Tower) for a bird’s-eye view of Florence. As family vacations go, our European adventure was a complete…

Le Sentier des Ocres, Provence

Postcard from Provence: Le Sentier des Ocres, Roussillon

The port of Marseille was our first stop on a 10-day European cruise aboard Carnival’s new ship, Vista. It was the port my teenage daughter had been most looking forward to during the entire trip, as she had chosen the day’s family adventure: a boat trip to the Calanques. When we found out the night before the…

Parco degli Acquadotti, Rome

Postcard from Italy: Ancient Aqueducts in Rome

Just outside of Rome lie freestanding aqueducts that were built in the first century to transport water to Rome. Aqueduct Park, or Parco degli Acquedotti, is full of locals walking their dogs or jogging, but it is also a nice place for visitors to enjoy a picnic. Ancient Rome flourished because of its access to running water, and…

Na Pali Coast Catamaran Tour

Postcard from Kauai: Cruising the Na Pali Coast

Even on an island where every landscape is more stunning than the last, Kauai’s Na Pali Coast will take your breath. Its razor-edged cliffs and waterfalls plummet to the crashing waves, with luminous green valleys peeking through the gaps. Remote and rugged, Na Pali has no roads or infrastructure and there are only three ways to see it: from the air, from the ocean,…

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Postcard from the Czech Republic: Sedlec Ossuary

On our recent family vacation in Prague, my husband and 10-year-old son insisted on a side trip to Sedlec Ossuary (a.k.a. the “bone church”) in the small town of Kutna Hora. I wasn’t so sure … but thankfully, the experience was a lot less macabre than I expected. Commissioned by a noble family, the little chapel is lavishly decorated with…

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Postcard from Kenya: Dreams in Africa

This poem was written by an 8th grader, Ella Pappas, who traveled to Kenya with her family this year through Rothschild Safaris. These beautifully written words leave me speechless whenever I read them. It’s crystal clear that Ella’s experience in Africa will have a deep and lasting impact on her and will likely shape her view of…

Aachen Cathedral

Postcard from Germany: In the Footsteps of Charlemagne at Aachen Cathedral

As I was planning the route from Amsterdam to Munich during my family’s vacation in Europe last summer, I noticed that Aachen, Germany, was right on the way—and pounced on the chance to check a major item off my bucket list. Built in the 8th century during Charlemagne’s reign and expanded in the Middle Ages, Aachen Cathedral was the…