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European travels


I had an idea.  The children were keen.  So, we collected rocks from a nearby park and then built our own rock structures. Collecting rocks was fun.  Getting the rocks to balance on top of each other . . . more difficult.  Soon after we began, I pulled out the hot glue gun. This idea of …

We left our London flat at midnight, in order to catch the 2am train bound for France, via the ‘Chunnel’.  A 31.4 mile rail ride under the English Channel, and a three hour drive once off the train, brought us to Normandy, France, home of the WWII D-Day landing beaches. You can manufacture weapons And you can purchase …

Situated just north of London, in Buckinghamshire, lies the beautiful Stowe Gardens. As National Trust members (yes…it’s worth the anual fee), we took it upon ourselves to visit many of the National Trust sites, while in England.  And Stowe Gardens was our first visited. This 18th-century garden has 250 acres of lawns and lakes.  40 temples …

Our family took the Eurostar train from London, through Belgium, and north to the Netherlands.  Past windmills and colorful miles of rows of tulips – every kind of tulip you could never imagine – and into Amsterdam.  This Spring holiday was arranged as a home-exchange, in fact.  And we stayed just south of Amsterdam’s Vondelpark, off Noorder Amstelkanaal. WARNING:  The mosquito …

Primary school let out for one week. The children attributed it to Halloween. The borough attributed it to half-term. Either way, we packed up our backpacks and flew the family to Ireland. In E’s words, as she closed our day with prayer, I am off to “dream of all the things we can do and …