Thanks for visiting our travel blog. We hope you'll check back throughout our summer excursion (Mon. July 16 – Fri. Sept. 1) to stay in touch with us and share in our experiences.

In just 18 short days, we'll begin our journey to Brussels, Belgium, which will be our home for five weeks. While we’re there we’ll enjoy a variety of day trips and an extended weekend in London during the closing ceremonies of the Olympics before we conclude our travels with vacation stops in Paris, the Belgian coast and Amsterdam.

We’re staying in a two-bedroom apartment in the heart of Brussels and already know where to find the best fries, waffles and markets thanks to a ton of great advice from the Hagen family, friends who enjoyed a similar experience just two summers ago. Betsy will be working in her company’s office for much of our stay so Xander, Vaughn, Quinn and I will have plenty of time to really get to know the city.

We still have a lot of work to do, but have been busy making all the necessary preparations and lists of stuff to pack and do. We’ll shift into extreme prep mode a week before our departure while the kids are in YMCA day camp all week thanks to brilliant scheduling by Mrs. Hughes.

Thank you, please exchange your canteen for une verre d'eau
Look for an update or two as the trip nears, then almost daily posts throughout our peregrination.