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summer 2011

A Tradition Unlike Any Other…Duck, NC

Duck, North Carolina holds so many wonderful memories for me. As a little girl, I loved going to the Outer Banks (OBX) for one week each summer with my grandmother, great-aunts, parents, and cousins - lots of cousins. Now my children get to do the same - in the very …

The Best of Bavaria

It seems that no trip to Bavaria would be complete without a visit to King Ludwig’s famous castles near Fussen. We obliged and spent a morning touring the castles. We opted to spend the afternoon tearing down an alpine luge track. On Mary’s Bridge overlooking Neuschwanstein Castle, the inspiration for …


3rd grade writing prompt on Sept. 7: “Summer is often a time for special adventures. Adventures can be things you do with family members or friends. Before you begin to write, think about a summertime adventure you have had. Now write a story about your special summer adventure.”


  “Under the lindens” - the trees and the girl

Big Ben! Parliament!

In preparation for our European Vacation, I did some research, consulting Chowhound for where to eat, Rick Steves for where to stay and what to do, and Clark Griswold for what to say. “Hey look, kids, there’s Big Ben, and there’s Parliament!”


On our way to Whitby, an English fishing town on the North Sea, we stopped by the North Yorkshire Moors Railway for a brief ride in a steam train, a la the Hogwarts Express. Once in Whitby, we enjoyed fish and chips at the Magpie Cafe, explored the Whitby Abbey …

Alnwick Castle

Alnwick Castle. As seen in the 1st two Harry Potter movies as Hogwarts. Remember the broomstick flying lessons? The quidditch games? The crash landing of the flying car with Harry and Ron? Hagrid’s Hut? All shot here.


The first leg of our summer 2011 voyage took us to England. In the North Yorkshire Moors, we saw signs like this: