London

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London

When Kim and Dan Pierce were deciding to take a European family vacation, they began by visiting their local library to do some research–lots of research!  The family borrowed and read many fiction and non-fiction children’s books about the locations they hoped to visit. They discovered the Lonely Planet Not for Parents guides and DK’s Eyewitness Travel Family Guides. They read TripAdvisor reviews before choosing accommodations and downloaded Google maps for when they arrived.  To familiarize themselves with their...

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Paris

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Paris

  Art and architecture were central to the family’s Parisian tour.  They visited Saint-Chapelle, a 13th century royal chapel renowned for its magnificent stained glass windows (featured image for this post) and the Musée d’Orsay, a converted railway station with an outstanding collection of impressionist and post-impressionist art. They also visited the Notre Dame Cathedral which can be seen, in this slider, from the perspective of the Pont de l’Archeveche (Archbishop’s Bridge) where, in recent years, tourists...

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Italy

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Italy

  After departing from Barcelona, the Disney Magic docked at several Mediterranean ports of call:  Villefranche-sur-Mer (near Nice, Monte Carlo and Cannes), La Spezia (the port closest to Florence and Pisa), Civitavecchia (to reach Rome), and Naples.  To see the full itinerary, follow this link to the Disney Cruise site. At Villefranche and La Spezia, the Pierces arranged day trips through Disney which offered an array of “Port Adventures” for each port of call.  In France, they chose “Scenic French Riviera,” a bus tour that afforded...

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Spain

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Spain

    The Pierce family’s brief but memorable visit to Spain began with an overnight train to Barcelona.  While all agreed that the quarters were cramped, the experience was exciting and the children’s smiling faces clearly express delight.         With only two days to spend in Barcelona–one before and another after their cruise–the Pierces got an overview of the city by taking an English speaking tour through Barcelona Bus Turistic.  One highlight of the city was La Boqueria, a...

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Disney Cruise

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Disney Cruise

The centerpiece of the Pierce vacation, the cruise aboard the Disney Magic, was a real kid-pleaser, especially with 8 year old Alex.  The week-long journey was divided between two at-sea days and five days that offered excursions to the coast. All aspects of the cruise were designed to delight children, starting with activities in the parent-free zone of “Kids’ Club.”  One day, the younger Pierces carved cars from soap . . . and then raced them!  On another day in the club, Alex and Olivia used clues to solve a mystery....

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