Tag: travel

3 Days in Paris (with a toddler) — A Diva Travel Diary

3 Days in Paris (with a toddler) — A Diva Travel Diary

We had a wonderful holiday in Paris. We did about a week in Paris overall, with 3 days in Paris (including a trip to the Palace of Versailles) and then the rest at Disneyland Paris (and traveling) because we have a major Mickey Mouse fan on our hands. This post is just about the first half in the city, which really was romantic.

Venice, Italy — Diva Travel

Venice, Italy — Diva Travel

The Wintertons in Venice! I know some of you really like my travel posts…I almost didn’t share Venice because it was a quick trip we did a few weeks ago, but then I thought, “WHY NOT?” I haven’t done a travel post in awhile! Venice was one of the best, most beautiful places we’ve been to.

Tips for Traveling with Kids: Having Fun (Part 3)

Tips for Traveling with Kids: Having Fun (Part 3)

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This is the last installment of “Tips for Traveling with Kids.” I hope you enjoyed this lifestyle/travel series! I just really wanted to do a travel series this summer with some of my tips for traveling with kids.

If you haven’t read parts one and two, here are the links: Traveling with Kids part 1: The Journey and Traveling with Kids part 2: Accommodations.

If you didn’t know, my husband is in the US Navy and we have traveled a lot to move, we have traveled a lot to visit family, and we have traveled a lot because we live in Europe and we want to take advantage of it! We’ve traveled to Italy, Slovenia, Croatia, France, Germany, Austria, and Hungary. Seven countries not counting international travel back to the states 🙂

Tips for Traveling with Kids Part 3 — Having Fun

  1. Look up walking tours of the city you’re visiting: If you’ve got children that they will either A. sit in their stroller or B. want to walk around with you and burn off their energy, this might be a good option for you. We do both with Little O depending on his mood. I think this could work for a variety of ages depending on the type of child. O needs to get out and walk sometimes. We LOVE doing the walking tours, because we can see so much of a city!
  2. Take time to relax at your hotel/house if needed: Don’t be afraid of “wasting” time if your kids need a break. Or you need a break! Man, sometimes I am just so tired. Sometimes O is just a little overwhelmed! So we take some time off traveling and go “home.” Just relax. Rest.
  3. Get take out: On the note of rest, if you are done, wiped for the day, or just don’t want to deal with kids in a restaurant, get take out! Or, what about room service? That could be fun. We’ve done that before when it was surprisingly reasonably-priced. If you are traveling in a car, you could bring food along, but we’ve never done that in Europe.
  4. Pack light: I’ll say again, like in part 1, pack as light as you can! If you’re going to be taking a lot of pictures, you might want to bring a big camera, but I still don’t. I just bring my iPhone and keep it a pocket. When you’re chasing kids, it’s just a lot easier.
  5. Let them do their thing: We try to go with the flow with O. When we find a park, we let him go to it (unless we are really trying to get somewhere). We let him play as we walk to our next destination. We just try to make everything relaxing for him.

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Tips for Traveling with Kids: Accommodations for Family Travel (Part 2)

Tips for Traveling with Kids: Accommodations for Family Travel (Part 2)

Since this is travel season, I thought I’d put together a travel series this summer with some of my tips for traveling with kids. Family travel is unique!

Tips for Traveling with Kids – The Journey (Part 1)

Tips for Traveling with Kids – The Journey (Part 1)

  I know many of us are traveling right now, and one question I get asked a lot is “How do you travel with a 2 year old?!” I thought I’d put together a travel series this summer with some of my tips for traveling 

Budapest, Hungary — Churches Around the World

Budapest, Hungary — Churches Around the World

Today we are back in Budapest, visiting St. Stephen’s Basilica AND the Dohany Street Synagogue.

It’s not a typo, my recent Churches Around the World post in Vienna was also a St. Stephen’s! Here is a link for more info on St. Stephen’s Basilica.

I was very blessed to get a clear day and got excellent pictures (if I’ll toot my own horn) of the outside of St. Stephen’s. I thought it was very impressive, and loved the courtyard! So did little O.

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There was a drone flying overhead that caught O’s attention
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I loved the sculpture!

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Also in Budapest, we visited the Dohany Street Synagogue. Although not a church, this is still a place of worship and I thought would fit well into this series. This is a stunning Gothic Synagogue — we were just able to fit a visit in before dinner. I definitely recommend a visit to this historical and gorgeous place! Here is more info for visiting Dohany Street.

 

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Dohany street Synagogue

 

Vienna, Austria — Churches Around the World

Vienna, Austria — Churches Around the World

Traipsing around Europe has given my husband and I plenty of opportunity to see churches — and so far, this is my husband’s favorite one! St. Stephen’s Cathedral — Vienna, Austria We didn’t get the chance to go in, but honestly, the best pictures of 

Some Spring To-Do’s

Some Spring To-Do’s

This spring, I am in the US spending time with my family. (It’s just me and little O for this trip). We are here to be in another wedding and for my brother’s graduation at the end of May. Living in Italy is a great 

Budapest, Hungary — Diva Travel

Budapest, Hungary — Diva Travel

Last week, I shared all about part one of my birthday trip: Vienna. Today, it’s all about Budapest, Hungary!

We did what we do in all of our travels since we have a tiny tot and that is to walk around as much as we can. O sits in his stroller or holds our hands (he likes to walk, actually) and we can soak up the city. We’ve found that this is the best way for us to see many places in Europe.

In Budapest, I was able to see many places of worship which is a real treat for me. I’m going to do a Churches around the world post later on (and also one for Vienna…my husband found his favorite Cathedral yet there!) but I’ve included a photo of a church we happened upon in this post as well.

Budapest is very cool. That’s the word I would use to describe the vibe. There’s a lot of interesting shops and restaurants. It was an interesting juxtaposition to Vienna, which I would describe as opulent.

Budapest with Kids
Here is the whole family, with a nice view of Budapest and the Danube river!
This is the church we happened upon.
A cool antiques shop I found.
THE COFFICE. There’s all kinds of weird and interesting places like this arounds Budapest. This is why we like to walk around.
This is Buda Castle
I’m not sure why one of these buildings was not lit up.

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Vienna, Austria — Diva Travel

Vienna, Austria — Diva Travel

I’m finally settled and ready to share about my my recent travels! If you follow the Devotional Diva IG, @Devotional_Diva, you’ll know I’m now visiting family back in the states (again). It’s been a lot of traveling! But before that, while I was still overseas