This was no ordinary vacation; instead our Cosmos (around the world) journey with our kids was a lifestyle change that lasted over four months, from September 2003 to January 2004. During that time we visited 12 countries, comprised of England, South Africa, Namibia, Botswana, Zambia, Tanzania, India, Australia, Brunei, Thailand, Cambodia and France, plus a prelude stop in New York City to begin the journey.
At the end of June 2008, we took a two week trip to Uganda, via London, to visit the endangered Mountain Gorillas in the southern part of the country. We visited three national parks in all.
We took a 17 day family trip to Japan in June 2002. It was the first time the girls had been to Asia, so it was a quite different experience for them. We bought bullet train passes and made good use of them as we journeyed from Tokyo to Hiroshima, Kyoto, Takayama in the mountains and Nagano, before returning back to Tokyo. In each city we took day trips to places such as Nikko, Miyajima Island and Nara.
Brisbane is a very nice city. We enjoyed walking around the downtown area. We also spent time in the Lone Pine Sanctuary and the Australia Zoo (home of the Crocodile Hunter, Steve Irwin).
A 12 day journey in June 2009 around Scotland by train made a special mother / 18 year-old daughter trip. The time in Scotland was a combination of cities and countryside, staying in four places; two cities full of history and beautiful castles (Stirling and Edinburgh) and two places in the highlands with stunning scenery (Fort William and Aviemore, near Inverness and adjacent to Cairngorms National Park).
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A long weekend in December 2010 provided a great opportunity to experience Panama on a five day trip. With just three full days in the country, there was time to sample both the Panama City and the surrounding countryside. Even almost constant rain didn’t keep us from walking […]
For two weeks in March 2010 we sampled the best of central South America, focusing on the countries of Argentina, Paraguay, Brazil and Uruguay.