Azores: Saying Goodbye

Azores: Saying Goodbye

And then the last day finally came. We were all so sad to think about leaving – the Azores and our friends. We packed up the house – I think we left it in fairly good condition – and headed…

Azores: Nordeste

Azores: Nordeste

We saved the longest drive for the last full day: Nordeste, all the way over on the other side of the island. Yen had three stops in mind: two botantical gardens and the town itself. My husband does love flowers!…

Azores: Furnas

Azores: Furnas

Wait, where did we bring two toddlers that has steam rising from the ground? That would be Furnas! When you arrive at the lagoa, the first thing you notice is the cats. They’re everywhere! And then you realize that’s attracting them:…

Azores: Vila Franca do Campo

Azores: Vila Franca do Campo

As strange as it sounds, Mina loves dark, enclosed spaces. We often find her in the back of a closet or on a bed deep under a blanket. So of course she was attracted to the wardrobe in our Airbnb….

Azores: Lagoa Azul and Lagoa Verde - Take 2

Azores: Lagoa Azul and Lagoa Verde – Take 2

Remember that time we went to Rome and in a single day visited the Coliseum, Trevi Fountain, Spanish Steps, and Pantheon? And how afterward I started to think, “I can’t wait to get back to work and get some rest”?…

Azores: Mosteiros and Pinhal da Paz

Azores: Mosteiros and Pinhal da Paz

When we first arrived, Yen said, “We’re probably going to get jaded about these views after a while.” I can report after the duration of the trip that it didn’t turn out to be true. What we did stop doing…

Azores: Lagoa Azul and Lagoa Verde

Azores: Lagoa Azul and Lagoa Verde

OK, this first photo isn’t from the Azores, but our kitchen the night before. Miss Mina is a Tran in so many ways, but don’t forget her James roots! She’s been tapping into them recently by practicing this move: arms…

January 24 - March 1, 2018

January 24 – March 1, 2018

Winter continues, and so do the complex LEGO structures. I do love weekend mornings when Linus and I are up before Yen and Mina, and we sit together making and destroying everything we can think of. Charmer! Hm… What should…

Lisbon, Portugal

Lisbon, Portugal

Our flight left at 6am. So that meant we had to get up at 4am in order to dress, check out, and drive to the airport. If you’ve ever packed with two toddlers running around, you know it’s best to…

El Torcal de Antequera, Spain

El Torcal de Antequera, Spain

In the last post, I described how the kids stayed amused. The balcony was absolutely invaluable. But enough play time. It’s time for our final day in Spain, which we decided to spend hiking. The hike shouldn’t be that difficult,…

Fuengirola, Spain

Fuengirola, Spain

On our penultimate day in Spain, Grandma and Grandpa decided to take a tour of Gibralter. They left on a bus around 8am, so we decided to have a completely kid-focused day. And what could be more kid-focused than a…

Granada, Spain

Granada, Spain

You may be asking yourself how we managed to amuse two toddlers for almost three weeks in hotels. First, we were picky about our lodgings. When we stayed somewhere for a week at a time, it was basically an apartment:…

Ronda, Spain

Ronda, Spain

Off to Ronda! This is one of my favorite places in southern Spain. It is also the source of nightmares I had leading up to it. As you’ll see, Ronda is famous for being built across a huge gorge. Until…

Córdoba, Spain

Córdoba, Spain

This is a cemetery, of course. Yen discovered it on a previous trip – it has a parking lot and a nice restroom, so it’s where we park when we go to Córdoba. I think this is a little alter or some…

Marbella, Spain

Marbella, Spain

Hello, Marbella! Or rather, Marriott Vacation Club Right Outside of Marbella. Our drive from Sevilla was fairly uneventful. The kids slept for most of it, which meant we kept saying, “Wow, I wish Linus was awake to see those wind…