christine flynn

You are here:
Living in Turkey, my husband and I had the opportunity to visit some of the most beautiful and unique places on Earth. Cappadocia was one of our favorite stops and we visited there many times. The name Cappadocia refers to a region of rock formations created by volcanic eruptions located in eastern Anatolia and includes the cities of Göreme, Nevsehir, Uçhisar, and Ürgüp. The entire area has a long history ranging from the Hittite Empire to the Ottoman Empire. Visitors can’t stop from being inspired and awed by the vision of “fairy chimneys” and underground cities, and the area is a travel destination for many.
Moving overseas was never on my life plan. Not that I was against seeing the world, it was just something that hadn’t come into my thinking. However, life has a way of throwing the unexpected into your life plans and I met my husband 10 years ago. With a job that has him moving every few years, I found myself living a nomad’s life. We’re about to embark on our third overseas move - and our sixth home. I’ll admit that I’m feeling the stress but I’m also returning to some of the tools that have helped me in the past. Here are a few places you can visit to keep you sane and excited during such a big move.
My husband was ecstatic. We planned to visit the New Bedford Whaling Museum because of his love of all things history and maritime related. On the other hand, I wasn’t so sure. Would it be bleak and dark because of the topic? Would the boys understand or be bored by it all? There was no need to worry. Instead of being disinterested, the boys were intrigued and excited. It was a trip worth taking. The New Bedford Whaling Museum is located in the old whaling port of New Bedford, Massachusetts. A tribute and testament to the seamen and the prey they hunted, the museum is home to paintings and portraits, glassware, ceramics, models, and whale skeletons. Exhibits are both interesting and educational, giving my family the opportunity to learn in a comfortable environment. Here are some of the highlights from our trip:
Every vacation for my family almost always means a stop in one of the many spots managed by the National Park Service. Whether it means a trip to Acadia National Park or one of the many monuments in DC, we’ve always been impressed with our visits and we intend to visit many more with our sons in the future. With so many parks to see (there are 392 locations including 58 parks), I was excited to recently discover the “Passport to Your National Parks.” Available for purchase at stores run by the National Park Service, the passport is a small travelogue. It contains maps, facts, and photographs, perfect to get big and little visitors excited for travels across the country.
Today was a good day and we didn’t have to go far at all. As a family, we went off into the woods in my hometown and enjoyed a lovely walk into nature. It wasn’t our first but still these little adventures have a way of surprising us. It’s more than just getting in some exercise and activity in. Here’s what I learned on our walk today.
Driving into the mountains of New Hampshire is like hitting the refresh button for me. I’m not sure if it’s the sight of lush trees up the slopes of towering mountains or the clean, fresh air filling my lungs. I feel centered. Memories of my own childhood visits filled my mind as my husband and I visited the White Mountain area this week with my sons. While we wouldn’t be hiking this time around, I knew that just being surrounded by nature would give my family the much needed rest we all deserved in a summer of chaos.
My family has enjoyed many visits to Sea World but Atlantis Marine World was our very first trip to an aquarium. I didn’t know what to expect. Not knowing much about Long Island’s aquarium, I wasn’t sure if my sons would love it or be bored by it. I was in for an interesting afternoon. We found the location with little trouble but parking was slightly difficult. Signage for parking wasn’t easy to follow and my husband and I found ourselves tramping down a few blocks, over train tracks and across a busy street, with two very excited boys. I was nervous that this was a bad sign for our visit. Thankfully, for all of us, the day improved from there. Atlantis is a unique and well-developed aquarium. Here are some of the features that my family and I enjoyed.
St. Augustine is one of the most charming and unique cities to visit. With an incredible history and a warm presence, St. Augustine offers so much to visitors. Whether you’re searching for the perfect spot for a getaway for two or a family vacation, the city has incredible shopping, amazing attractions, and ghostly adventures. Our family vacations to Daytona Beach always included at least one stop in the historic city. We visited the sites, shopped in some of the cutest boutiques, and ate at some great little restaurants. Here’s what you need to know about America’s oldest city:
One of my first and still favorite vacation spots is Daytona Beach. Every year Spring Break meant hanging out at the beach, swimming in the pool, and eating some great food. As I got older and became a fan of NASCAR, Daytona Beach meant quality beach time and the night race. Here is what Daytona Beach has to offer families. Sea turtles – From the middle of May until the end of October, the beaches along the area are the breeding grounds for the sea turtle. Sea turtles crawl up into dry sand to lay their eggs, which will hatch two months later. Imagine watching a hundred hatchlings crawl back into the ocean. Families can visit the Marine Science Center to learn more about the turtles and see their seven hospital pools and the turtles they are rehabilitating.