If you’re looking for a great time…

…invite these characters on your family holiday.

I’m serious about that recommendation. These boys are funny as all get out. I laughed my head off on this vacation at their silly antics. But more importantly, because of them, my son no longer gets upset at his ski mishaps, but rather laughs at himself. I will forever owe these boys for the awesome life lesson they taught Nuno (and reminded me of as well).

Besides being funny, they are also good friends to my two. After attending an all girl school, my Lana Banana had forgotten that boys can make good friends. A week with 4 boys left her little choice but to be reminded of that fact.

My friend was not able to join us on this holiday as her mother was very unwell and actually passed away this week. She sent her boys anyway and strongly encouraged us to still go on this two family holiday. Even though she was not in attendance, her spirit was there. It is obvious that her boys have inherited their mother’s love of skiing and general love of life. I thank her for sharing her boys with my family this week. It was one of the best my children have ever had. Thank you LLK. You can rest assured that you have done a great job raising those boys.

Just a dad, his kids, and a castle in the Bavarian Alps.

Okay spoiled doesn’t cover it. I feel lucky beyond belief when I think of the amount of traveling we have been able to do this year. Inexpensive travel within Europe is one of the great advantages of living in Portugal.

The kids are on midterm break so for this week we are being hosted by friends in the Bavarian Alps. The ski conditions are very poor, but you won’t see me complaining. It’s a stunning place to just ‘BE’.

This is my family standing in town below the famous Neuschwanstein Castle that was the inspiration for Walt Disney’s castle.


We took a side trip there and it was just stunning. Bavaria is Beautiful. Normally days of long travel leave my husband feeling quite grumpy, but throw in a German beer at the end of the road and all is well with the world. For me and the kids it’s the sugar and when it’s powdered on deep fried dough even better.