The little town of Radicondoli was the closest place to our villa that had a grocery store, pharmacy, restaurants, etc., and it was about a 15-20 min drive from the house. After having a nice lazy morning and afternoon playing and relaxing by the pool, we realized we needed to restock on food.
During our week in Tuscany (where we stayed at a villa I rented through HomeAway), we decided to visit a beautiful resort nearby called Castello di Casole for lunch one day. Perched atop a hill in the Tuscan countryside, we drove up a beautiful cypress-lined lane to arrive at the Castello. The original structure dates back to the 10th century, and now (many renovations later) it exists as a beautiful boutique hotel.
We took the kids to Coney Island on Saturday and had the best time! The little area of Luna Park that surrounds Deno’s Wonder Wheel (the massive ferris wheel – you can’t miss it) is full of rides that are perfect for little kids, and it has this kitschy, carnival vibe to it that feels so summery and fun.
See how calm, cool and collected I look in this picture above (taken by Declan btw 🙂 )? Not a care in the world, just having a nice relaxing dinner out in Rome with our 2 young kids as I leisurely sip my wine . . . not quite. Eating out can be one of the bigger challenges when it comes to traveling with kids, especially if your kids are picky eaters, full of energy, or, just, you know, normal kids.
On our last night in Rome before we headed up to Tuscany, I got more dressed up than I normally would for dinner with the kids. My amazing parents had offered to babysit so Chris and I could have a special dinner date night to celebrate his birthday.
On our way to Rhode Island for 4th of July weekend, we took a different route than normal. We drove out to the North Fork of Long Island to see friends and visit these beautiful lavender fields, and then took the car ferry from Orient Point, NY to New London, CT and drove the short distance to our beach…
After 4 nights in Rome we packed up and headed to Tuscany for a week! The amazing staff at Oasis Collections (who we booked our Rome apartment through) helped me find a car rental agency that would drop the car off for you wherever you were in the city (for us, right in front of our apartment) and then pick…