He brought the luxury of safety, time, space and a mutual respect for each other's boundaries; a treat bottle of champagne at the end of a day doesn't hurt either. I think that until I started travelling with Jason and then with my girls, adventuring had always been a single minded pursuit of experiencing other cultures besides my own. Rushed, unnecessarily risky, tightly scheduled and mostly solitary.
|At which point (the beginning) Jason is calling me Mrs. Griswald|
Every choice has a cost right?
Here's the thing about Judy. She is a gentle, generous, home loving, foodie woman with a whole lot of brains. This means that having respite at her home took care of both of Jason's and my hearts, minds and everyone's stomachs.
We are lucky that she loves us so much as to let us invade like this. Judy's home has always been a point of respite for me and this trip was no different. It was the perfect pitstop to restore before hitting DC. That champagne was a great way to cap of the first day as well
I have never pictured myself as someone who exercised while she travelled but there was a ton of satisfaction in seeing these sights while flexing. Our flat was 5 blocks way from the National Mall route - I couldn't not enjoy it.
|Korean War Memorial|
|West Wing run|
Travel as a family is not about dining and drinking out every night anymore either. Gone are the days that I tour a city through it's restaurants and trip through the small empanada joints instead. In fact our key to success is minimizing the number of restaurant meals with the girls. Our one night out was a dinner with a local friend at a great recommended restaurant called Founding Farmers.
Spacious, delicious and distracted as the girls only have 90 minutes of sitting capacity. It is deeply satisfying to me that we got to see one of our favourite Toronto friends so far away when we have a hard time connecting locally.
Tidal Basin with the girls. DC really has nailed the monument to men down.
cheese makers to stalk up on great food for the longest leg of this trip. The last 9 hours. Always the hardest on everyone - fresh bread, homemade cheese and cured duck sausage. We had tons of fruit to complement the car smorgasbord.
It's our final and critical strategy to keeping sane on adventurous family trips. Great whole food. Simple fruit, vegetables, cheese and bread. Homemade is always better because nothing makes us all feel physically and emotionally unstable like roadside attraction food.
For what it does to us it is cost prohibitive.