Neighbors to the North – Visiting Toronto

November 10th, 2017

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One of my favorite family vacations as a kid was my first time out of the U.S.  – a trip to Toronto.  It was also one of the first trips that I helped my parents plan, weighing in on what to see and do.  I’ll never forget crossing the border under the Maple Leaf flag, … Continued

I really don’t like grocery shopping.  It’s probably because I don’t enjoy cooking.  However, one of my favorite things to do when traveling overseas is going to supermarkets. It all started when I lived in Japan as an undergrad.  My first excursion outside my host family’s house was to their local grocery store (a fraction … Continued

“Look, Mama!  Shopkins Stonehenge!” I glance over at my 6-year old son who has taken all of his Shopkins and strategically placed them in a circle formation with Uno cards underneath to represent the cap stones. I’m filled with pride, a giggle and find myself a little misty-eyed at the sight. We had arrived home … Continued

Traveling internat ionally with kids creates a lifetime of memories and instills a love for adventure and learning about other lands, but there are a few things to keep in mind once you’ve ventured across the oceans. Schedule, but don’t overschedule. Have an itinerary of what you want to see and do, but don’t fret … Continued

I was in the southernmost part of Vietnam; the Ca Mau peninsula, a remote area surrounded by the South China Sea and Gulf of Thailand. The tropical landscape was rich with tamarind and mango trees and mangroves, rice paddies and fish and shrimp farming canals formed every bend. The air was heavy and hot. And, … Continued

My husband and I traveled and lived all over the world before having kids.  It’s in our souls, and has kept our marriage interesting, challenging and wanting more. So, we want to pass that wanderlust and appreciation for different places and cultures along to our boys. In fact, it’s natural that we’d want to journey … Continued

This article was originally featured on the website Hilton Mom Voyage. By Lisa Grabelle Natural mountainous beauty; exciting cosmopolitan downtown; creativity in music, art, architecture; top-notch culture and, of course, coffee: Seattle has it all! To get a taste of the best of Seattle, spend a fun-packed day at the Seattle Center. The iconic Space … Continued

Thank you to the Los Angeles Zoo and the Safari Society for an evening of up close experiences with unique animals and an outdoor dinner BBQ. See more from the 2016 Sunset Safari event in our video below.   What is the Safari Society?  The Zoo says: “Safari society donors are a sophisticated group who share a deep appreciation … Continued

This article was originally featured on the website Hilton Mom Voyage. By Lisa Grabelle The lights, the sights, the people, the WOW! They call it “The Crossroads of the World,” “The Hub of America.” There is simply nothing like it. It’s the most pulsating, exciting spot you’ve ever seen — New York City’s Times Square, … Continued