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Weihnachtsmarkt, Munich

I think the optimal ages for visiting a big European Christmas Market are Baby (0-18m) and Child (7+).  I cannot imagine staying sane in the crush of humanity, lights, and sounds if I had to keep track of a toddler.
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A baby in a backpack is a wonderful companion for a cold night in Marienplatz, Munich, though.  He happily spent all day staring at the people and ornaments, napping when he needed to, and sharing bratwurst and warm cider with us (OK, we might have tended towards the Gluhwine).  After night fell, he goggled at the billions of beautiful Christmas lights and was enraptured by the carolers, before passing out on a bench [...]More

Coromandel, New Zealand

 
There are mornings like this: waking up and looking out over a pristine beach and a slightly roiled ocean.  [...]More

North Island by Camper

In Maori, New Zealand's North Island is called Te Ika a Maui, or Maui's fish. The coastline that forms this " [...]More

National Air & Space Museum (The Udvar-Hazy Annex)

I'm not a big airplane geek, but I appear to be related to 4 or 5, and hey, who can pass up a chance to see the [...]More

Bay of Islands by Car

Part of the fun of renting a car and driving from Auckland to [...]More

Piha

Piha, New Zealand is what happens when the world's surfers get together and dream about a place.& [...]More

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Philadelphia's Please Touch Museum. Seriously.  Would. Not. Leave.  Kept asking to go [...]More

The Loudest Airport Lounge in The World

Is the international departures lounge in Fiji.  Hands down.  That is, if they're not clapped firmly over your ears.

Someone in [...]More

Can't Get Enough

Sunflowers; organic vegetables; Amish baked goodness; used books; chocolate dipped onions, potato chips, strawberries; oven mitts; walls of honey bears; apple cider; spices; brisket; gourmet [...]More

Baltimore is for Babies

Those of you who live near or visit Baltimore's waterfront neighborhoods know how lucky you are.   Especially those of you who have kids.< [...]More

The Art of Not Waiting (in Line)

In Paris, lines outside the Louvre, the [...]More

A Message from Paris

This morning, atop my email stack, I found a friendly bonjour from the Hotels Paris Rive Gauche, with photographs attached.& [...]More

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