How to arrange to attend a papal audience with the Pope in Vatican City and, if you're lucky, be less than 20 feet away from His Holiness. (via thetravellingmom.ca)

Attending a Papal Audience in Vatican City

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Did you know that you can arrange to attend a Papal audience with the Pope and, if you’re lucky, be less than 20 feet away from His Holiness? And do this all for free? Keep in mind that you’ll be sharing the experience with 5,000 or so other interested folks and pilgrims. But if visiting the Vatican is in your Roman travel plan, you may want to arrange the experience of a public papal audience in Vatican City, even if you’re not Catholic. General…

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Tips on packing a good variety of healthy travel snacks for your kids and family. Good eating on the road or in the air is key to happy family travel.

Food Glorious Food: the Best Healthy Travel Snacks for Kids

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Your plane has been delayed for 2 hours and the kids are starving. You had planned to feed them with the breakfast service on the flight (rare these days, I know) – that’s out. But you are not worried because you’re a modern travelling mom who’s planned for every possible outcome. You’ve packed along healthy snacks for your trip. These days, in-flight meal service can be quite sporadic, if it exists at all. You can buy food items on many flights,…

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Italy does so many things right, like coffee and ice cream. Where to find the best cappuccino and best gelato in Rome. (via thetravellingmom.ca)

The Best Cappuccino and Gelato in Rome

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I’ve often wondered how Italians became ‘the’ global coffee cognoscenti. After all, no coffee beans grow in Italy. They’re imported from the tropics, then roasted, ground, and consumed in Italy in vast quantities. Similarly, the Italian love of gelato is understandable, yet how did it become a worldwide phenomenon as well? It’s the ritual of coffee in Italy that has risen above all others. Espresso, cappuccino, americano and caffe latte. The world has embraced these as a favorite coffee rite. These may…

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Travelling with school-aged kids can be a challenge. Do you take your kids out of school for holidays? (via thetravellingmom.ca)

The Trouble with Travelling with School-aged Kids

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Recently, I’ve been looking back fondly at the freedom of baby and early-childhood days. From a vacation planning perspective, that is. Those were the best of times when planning a holiday and travelling with kids. No school schedules to worry about, organized competitive sports obligations, or critical peer network commitments to maintain. We could (and did) travel in cheaper off-season times, and at the leisure of our (somewhat) flexible adult work obligations. As our children advance through school, and became more…

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The In Flanders Fields Museum in the reconstructed Cloth Hall in Ypres, Belgium, is a must visit for any museum fan or World War 1 historian. (via thetravellingmom.ca)

Visiting the In Flanders Fields Museum, Ypres

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One of the bloodiest battlefields during the four years of World War I was located in and around Ypres, in Flanders, Belgium. The prosperous market town was completely destroyed during the War. Its most impressive symbol and landmark, the magnificent 13th-century Cloth Hall (Lakenhalle) overlooking the Market Square, was burned down in the early part of the war. In recognition of its terrible history, Ypres embraced the importance of remembrance; through the construction of the Menin Gate Memorial, the ritual…

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