summer in jaffa

Jaffa (Yafa in Arabic, Yafo in Hebrew) is an ancient, complicated, and beautiful city on the Mediterranean coast directly next to Tel Aviv. Jaffa not only boasts a Biblical history (it is where Jonah set off on the adventure that would eventually result in the whole whale incident) but it also carries a lot of significance politically, […]


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Posting a vacay photo on Instagram is great, but when was the last time you sent a postcard while traveling? Or the last time you got a postcard from someone on vacation? In her new children’s book, Julia and the Art of Practical Travel (Alfred A. Knopf) out this month, Lesley M. M. Blume, the […]


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As a child, I did not fly anywhere except to visit India, the country from where my parents emigrated to the United States. Air travel in the late ‘80s and early ‘90s was inconvenient and expensive and, as immigrants, any travel was a luxury. On those trips to India, in 1982, 1987, 1990, and 1996, […]


travel etch

I gave one of these travel sketch doodlers to my sister-in-law on her last trip that she took with two kids age 3 and 2. She said they were complete sanity savers, and I now recommend them to everyone to keep in their travel arsenal. You never know, one trip it might be a roll […]



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Paris might be our favorite place to travel to as a family–we’ve been going there since our daughter Clara was a toddler–and are lucky enough to have work bring us there regularly. So last year when the mapmakers at Herb Lester asked me to make a map for families, I was so pleased to have […]


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I always have some version of a wipe in my travel bag–be it an antibacterial one, or a plain old hand wipe…and a stain wipe. My daughter likes to dress up when she travels, especially when she knows we are going straight from the airport after the flight–to a nice restaurant. On a recent flight, […]


Chicago Splash Park

The next time you’re in Chicago, take the kids to Crown Fountain in Millenium Park. It’s our absolute favorite water spot in the city, and it’s totally free. The fountain has a large splash area and is right downtown. It’s bordered by Michigan Avenue and the city’s skyscrapers – you can even see the building […]


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My husband and I had grand plans to take the kids on a European vacation–at some point. We figured when the stars aligned and flight prices dropped, we’d go somewhere “easy,” like Italy. Then he announced he was soon heading to Istanbul for work, and I realized this should be our family’s first big travel […]


A Music Fest Fit for Kiddos

Allow me to utter what’s likely been said a thousand times already today – I am so over this winter. Okay? Okay. But while we are all commiserating in the freezing slush together, let’s start planning summer – which, to me, means music fests! The sun is peeking through the gray skies more regularly, I’ve […]



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