Parenthood and Passports - one day in Milan

5 Times Traveling Stretched Me

One of the things I love most about traveling is that it forces you out of your comfort zone. The language, the food, the architecture, everything around you is unfamiliar and foreign. I like to say traveling stretches your comfort zone. When I was a child I took ballet. Before each lesson we had to…

Parenthood and Passports - Get lost in Venice, Italy

Get Lost in Venice

Venice, Italy is a maze… It’s a grown up maze. The streets vary in width, they dead end, they turn, they change names, they aren’t well marked, and all of them are surrounded by building several stories tall preventing you from seeing landmarks or other familiar sites that might help you get your bearings. It…

Parenthood and Passports - Bridge of Sighs Venice, Italy

Bridge of Sighs

The Bridge of Sighs is both a historical and legendary sight in the city of Venice, Italy. It’s also quite beautiful. History of the Bridge of Sighs Historically, the enclosed bridge once connected to the prison. Supposedly the last view of Venice convicts had prior to imprisonment was through the windows of this lovely bridge.…

San Marco Square

San Marco Square is the central gathering place in Venice, Italy. Make a point to visit the square during the day and at night. You will be amazed at how different the same place can feel. At the eastern end of the piazza stands St. Mark’s Basilica, which is a gorgeous cathedral, like all cathedrals…

Parenthood and Passports - Rialto Bridge Venice, Italy

Rialto Bridge

The Rialto Bridge in Venice, Italy is one of the most famous bridges in the world. It extends across the Grand Canal of Venice connecting the two sides of this island. But the bridge isn’t simply a means of getting from one place to another, the unique architecture of the Rialto Bridge makes it aesthetically…

Parenthood and Passports- Ruzzini Palace, Venice, Italy

Ruzzini Palace Hotel

The Ruzzini Palace Hotel is perfectly located, charming, and elegant. With a grand staircase and beautiful chandelier made from Murano glass, this hotel is a wonderful Venetian experience in and of itself. You can access the Ruzzini Palace from either the Rialto Bridge water taxi stop or by private boat, which will drop you off…

Parenthood and Passports - Murano: Venice, Italy

Murano

Murano is a small island located about 10-15 minutes away from the mainland of Venice. It is worth the water taxi ride over to explore the less crowded island and see some beautiful glass art. Murano Glass Murano Glass is known worldwide. It is beautiful and elaborate and made right here on this small island.…

Parenthood and Passports - Venice Book Report

Burano

Burano was my absolute favorite Venetian island, and I highly recommend taking the water taxi over from Venice to visit this exquisite, colorful island. Burano is a small fishing village, and the homes are all brightly painted. I’ve read the vibrant colors were originally to help fisherman returning home in the fog find their home.…

Parenthood and Passports - Traveler or Tourist

What to do in Venice, Italy

Venice, Italy is one of those magical places that I still can’t believe actually exists. I’ve had a love affair with this city built on water since I was a child. So naturally, the first time I ventured across the pond to Europe, I had to go to Venice. Venice is usually extremely crowded, particularly…