Iceland – Take the Kids to the Spa

Family travel and spas are often two themes that don’t go well together. Luckily, in Iceland the opposite is true. The Icelandic people have put their massive amounts of geothermal energy to good use. On average they visit the spa at least twice a week, year round. It is a place of community, where localsContinue reading “Iceland – Take the Kids to the Spa”

Krauma – What a spa designed by Bruce Wayne would look like

Krauma geothermal baths & spa is located in West Iceland, about 90 minutes drive from Reykjavík. Krauma looks like a spa that was designed by Batman; very modern looking, all in shades of smooth black and grey. There are 5 hot baths that vary in temperature, as well as one cold bath. In a separateContinue reading “Krauma – What a spa designed by Bruce Wayne would look like”

Fontana Geothermal Spa – Rye Bread Baked in Black Sand

What led us to Fontana had less to do with soaking and more to do with our stomachs. When we pulled up and caught our first sight, the view immediately impressed us. They have several pools to choose from, all open air looking onto a serene lake. There are also saunas, and a steam bathContinue reading “Fontana Geothermal Spa – Rye Bread Baked in Black Sand”

Blue Lagoon – One for the bucket list

Iceland’s Blue Lagoon is by far the most famous of Icelands geothermal spas. It is a wondrous view to take in and experience. Stark contrasts of bright baby blue water amongst the stark black volcanic landscape is reason enough to visit. Unique spa experiences and silica mud masks are an added bonus. Reading reviews someContinue reading “Blue Lagoon – One for the bucket list”

Go Into the Glacier before it’s gone

Glaciers are melting all over the world due to climate change. Average global temperatures are on the rise. When the air temperature is above 32º F/0º C, glacial ice melts the same as home freezer ice. Langjökull Glacier in Iceland is 200,000 km cubed/47,983 miles cubed of ice. That will take a long time toContinue reading “Go Into the Glacier before it’s gone”

Can you go to Europe on a Disney budget?

Speaking to friends and family I am often asked about our vacation adventures abroad. When I describe our trips to Italy, Iceland, France, etc the response I usually get is: Wow I would love to be able to go to Europe, but it’s just to… Expensive Not for kids Too complicated After I reveal ourContinue reading “Can you go to Europe on a Disney budget?”

Italy 2017 – Rome Day 8 & 9

The last leg of our whirlwind Italian tour would bring us back to Rome, but we took a quick detour.  We found a small town that was mostly empty because of August vacations; but with one open restaurant. The food was serviceable but in hindsight we probably should have stopped at one of the AutogrillContinue reading “Italy 2017 – Rome Day 8 & 9”

Italy 2017 – The Royal Palace of Caserta – Day 7

AKA Naboo from A Galaxy Far, Far Away Day 7  Scrolling through Facebook one day I came across an article with a title something like “lesser known places you need to see.”  It hooked me, and as I began to scroll through many familiar sites, I came across this location. The Royal Palace of CasertaContinue reading “Italy 2017 – The Royal Palace of Caserta – Day 7”

Italy 2017 – Amalfi Coast Day 5, 6, & 7

Day 5 We arrived around 5pm, too late for drink and snack service, but we were still able to spend two hours swimming in the gorgeous inlet and pool as the sun was starting to set.  We had the place almost completely to ourselves which was lovely. Dinner at the hotel was the best ofContinue reading “Italy 2017 – Amalfi Coast Day 5, 6, & 7”