First, the background information: on June 14, 1941, more than 14,000 people were forcibly deported by Stalin’s regime from Latvia to Russia – families were separated, the men sent to hard labor camps, women and children sent to work and fend for themselves on the Siberian taiga and tundra. Teachers, doctors, government workers, members of
June 2011 The challenge was to combine 1) a whirlwind tour of Rome 2) in early summer 3) with three children with 4) a four-day visit with a dear cousin and her daughter, whom we haven’t seen in a while. And we were successful! Rome has plenty to see and do with children, but it
Dresden is a surprisingly large, lively, and pretty city. It helps, though, as always, to have a local show you more than just the old buildings in the center (thanks, Dirk!!!). The West Germans have done a good job of unifying the country, because at least in the central part of Dresden there’s not much
Portugal in April 2010. Just under two weeks in Portugal in early April. This is a good time to visit — not so many tourists and pleasant weather, although May is probably even nicer. We had no problem finding hotels on the spot, with no reservations. All of the rooms were large, comfortable, and clean.
Amanda and Toms in South and North Dakota in July 2009. Based in Minnesota for a few weeks this summer, we wanted to take a short little trip — an outing. And by American standards this really was a fairly small trip. Just goes to show how disconnected from her original home Amanda has become,
Amanda and Toms in the Aeolian Islands (Sicily) in April 2009. Comments and recommendations: If you plan on hiking, buy a good, recent map beforehand. All of the maps we found in local stores were outdated, which makes for frustrating hiking. In general, trails are not well-marked. That said, the islands are small enough that
Here are photos from Gita’s, Tabita’s and Toms’ (slightly notalgic) family holidays on Langeland in Denmark.
Amanda and Toms in Barcelona and Besalu – Spring 2008.
Toms’ first time in Minnesota – Summer 2007
Amanda and Toms in Bologna, Genoa, and Cinque Terre / Spring 2007. Yes, Cinque Terre is touristy, but in a good, classy way. Restaurants serve only local food, there’s a well-marked and well-maintained system of hiking trails, and there’s even an electric bus service between the towns. In other words, the local tourism board has