The Thames Valley Close-Up

On a recent visit to Henley-on-Thames and Wallingford England, I zoomed in!  read all about it at Wandering Educators.com.

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What would your kids zoom in on?  Try it on your next trip or even in your own backyard.

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Vienna ist fur Kinder

Vienna ist für kinder!  Vienna, Austria boasts castles, boat rides, music history, gorgeous Hapsburg-yellow buildings, and fantastic parks.  We lived in the 19th district of Vienna for six months with two young kids and we fell in love. Many activities and museums are designed specifically für kinder (for children) and others are just naturally fun für kinder. Here are a few of our favorite hidden family hotspots. Read more »

Cheap Thrills for Kids – London Ski Lift

Linking North and South London, the Emirates Cable Car is a perfect family travel accessory.  It likely won’t be the main event of your day, but like any good travel accessory, it can add zip for very little cost. Just a 5-minute ride across the Thames River and only about $6.50 for an adult and $3.50 for a child.  The cable car boards like a ski lift in that you walk on while the car is moving slowly (in Read more »

Where does the wind blow through the willows?

Check out our post on WanderingEducators.com!  Hot cocoa, long walks in ancient oaks, and the Wind in the Willows museum.

Henley-on-Thames: Alive with History

“Low in a vale, by wood-crown’d heights o’erhung,

Where fir, and larch, and beech are careless flung,

With silver Thames slow rolling at her feet,

Lies Henley-Contemplation’s calm retreat.”

Opening lines of a poem detailing the charms of Henley-on-Thames, published anonymously in 1827.  The poem is attributed to Mr. Richardson, a temporary resident of Henley.  Though I’ve never, technically, resided in Henley, I’ve visited regularly for over thirty years and consider myself perhaps an intermittent resident. I’m lucky enough to be here again.

 

Just 40 minutes from London, Henley-on-Thames was a medieval market town and river port and is most famous for the Henley Royal Regatta, which it hosts on the first weekend of July, Wednesday to Sunday.  The race is 1 mile and 550 yards, finishing just downstream of the town bridge.  Every room in town is booked at least a year in advance for the event (I speak from frustrating experience); the streets, trains, and riverbanks are backed with Pimms-drinking, hat-wearing spectators young and old. The regatta is not as Read more »

Skiing in Austria with the Family

Check out my post on We Said Go Travel!

 

Traveling Hopefully in Budejovice

 

The backstreets of České Budějovice.

In half a year of living in Vienna in 2008, we were able to take small European vacations in every direction – Ljubljana, Venice, Salzburg, Krakow, Bratislava, Budapest.  But we never went to the Czech Republic.  It was right next door and it had Prague!  Ashley had been there in the early 90s so she always lobbied to go someplace that was new to her.  Finally, four years later, she was ready for a revisit, partly because of my lobbying and partly to meet a colleague with common teaching interests.  Ashley’s colleague was not actually in Prague.  He was in České Budějovice, South Bohemia, part way between Vienna and Prague.   A quick Internet search revealed a big and beautiful old town square.  And the town’s name in German is Budweis, as in Budweiser beer.  I needed little convincing to schedule a stop there on the way to Prague. Read more »

Prague: Then and Now

Then (1991): The dusty train station was mostly empty except for a few tourists. I was approached by enterprising Czechoslovakians holding out pictures of rooms to rent, most in private homes.   I rented a room near the old square with a view of the river. It was a bedroom in the apartment of a middle-aged woman.  She was kind, charged a reasonable price, and spoke little English.

Now (2012): The train station in the Czech Republic is loud and bustling. It boasts a Burger King, a giant bookstore, DM, and Read more »