Category: Europe

Travelling abroad with children

How to Parent Like a Spaniard

Spain might have a king, but the kids are the ones who truly rule the country. Little ones are an intrinsic part of everyday life. And life seems to revolve around family. We lived in Madrid for four wonderful years. Yet, the cultural differences never ceased to amaze me. Especially when it comes to parenting. […]

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A taste of: SPAIN – Spanish Tortilla

At Our Whole Village, we certainly love traveling. But we’re equally passionate about discovering other cultures through music, books, art, crafts and food. During the summer, while planning our move back to the U.S. and setting our intentions for the new school year, the girls and I talked about how we want to cook at […]

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Unique Vacations: A Family Yoga Retreat

Jaya Ganesha Jaya Ganesha Jaya Ganesha Pahimaam Sri Ganesha Sri Ganesha Sri Ganesha Rakshamaam I never thought I’d be waking up to the sound of my four-year-old singing this (or any) mantra, but that is just what happened yesterday. “At least one of us will be zen this summer” I thought, still drowsy, but with […]

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Patones de Arriba: A Black-Slate Spanish Village

Our little family has been home in Madrid for a few days now and are fully enjoying the normality that comes with it. Sleeping in our own beds, the girls in school, slowly getting back into a rhythm at work. Coming home is always gratifying and we promised ourselves to take it easy this weekend. […]

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Germany Christmas Markets with Kids

It seemed like a great idea to take advantage of living in Europe and visit one of Germany’s famed Christmas markets. Our Whole Village’s Patricia Monahan had been to the Christmas market in Cologne and loved it. We settled on Dusseldorf’s Christmas market because we could get inexpensive, direct flights; a good price on a nice, […]

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Country Spotlight: 5 Kid-Friendly Ways to Learn About Spain

Where in the world… Fun Facts 1. The two most valuable sports franchises in the world are both Spanish: futbol (soccer) clubs Real Madrid and FC Barcelona. They are worth $3.44 billion and $3.2 billion respectively, according to Forbes. 2. When you lose a tooth, it won’t be the tooth fairy reaching under you pillow for […]

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Tales from the Road (Trip) … With Kids Part 6 (Asturias, Spain)

The end of our two-week road trip through Portugal and Spain had us living the farm life in Spain’s north central province of Asturias. Well, actually, the real end of the trip was in La Rioja. The best part of those last few days of vacation, and the only part worth mentioning (aside from the, […]

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How Umbria Changed My Travel Outlook

Allow me to introduce myself: I’m Erin, the newest mom to the group thanks to my little dude Nico, who turned eight months old yesterday. I want to start out this little get-to-know-you session by confessing some of my expectations for travel as a mom. You see, I joined the Our Whole Village team with […]

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The Reason We Travel

It is our last morning in Umbria, Italy. My 5-year old daughter is restless. Instead of playing with her new friends, she’s upset about wearing shorts over a dress, she’s whining about having to eat breakfast and finding any excuse to complain. She is naturally tired after a week packed with adventures. And what an […]

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Tales from the Road (Trip) … With Kids Part 5 (Galicia, Spain)

Spain’s northwestern-most province, Galicia with kids is a must! With amazing seafood, great wines, beautiful beaches and a strikingly beautiful coastline, there’s something for everyone. While Galicia may seem remote in relation to Spanish geography, it’s actually closer to Madrid than Maine is to New York City.  Which is to say that if you should […]

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