Summer Vacation Overload?


With the summer reaching its final stage as August looms around the corner, I wonder how many Moms are ready for “back to school” already.  Even though school brings homework and class projects and parent volunteers and sports schedules, there is something to be said for that structured routine that (let’s be honest) gets the […]

Nouveau in NOLA

Vive le français à la Nouvelle-Orléans

As a recent northern transplant living in the deep south, I find it comforting to have the French culture, history and traditions of New Orleans, LA only 2 hours from my front door. Be it nothing more than an overabundance of French street names or historical souvenirs, I can still get my “French fix” by […]

Bastille Day Bashes


While the Fourth of July is a little bittersweet for those Americans on vacation, marking the mid-point of summer with climatic fireworks displays, Bastille Day is just around the corner and can help prolong those one-of-a-kind summer feelings with some more Bleu, Blanc and Rouge.  The French community is alive and well in many American cities […]

Hiking and History

"City Hiking" in Washington D.C., June 2011

The summer months are a great time to get out and do some hiking.  My kids love to hike!  However, they think they like history significantly less.  So, I have developed a great way to get them on board with my travel and cultural scheming: “city hiking” is what I call it.  Essentially, we have […]