If you’re looking for a hot, fun, and family-friendly vacation spot for this Summer, maybe try checking out some fun amusement parks to visit! There are hundreds upon hundreds of various theme parks all throughout the United States and they are all a blast. However, a lot of theme parks tend to have a lot of thriller, intense rides and they are not as geared toward families as we would necessarily like. Today I am going to be sharing with you 5 theme parks that are more family-oriented and great for spending your fun vacation!
While we were in Eisleben (ice-lee-ben), we stayed at the Hotel Graf von Mansfeld. It’s a 500-year-old town castle in the center of the “old town” section. Built around 1501, as the town castle of the Count of Mansfeld, it offers spacious rooms that would be considered suites in hotels in the USA….with a comfortable “great room”, large bedroom, entry room and bathroom.
It’s on the historical market square, right across from the statue of Martin Luther, who had stayed there at the beginning of the 16th century. Just like back then, you will find no air conditioning, but the screen-less windows open up and let you enjoy the cooler evening air at night. Surprisingly, we were bug free with not a mosquito to be found. With over 50 rooms that are charmingly decorated with a mix of past and present, they can easily accommodate groups.
Breakfast was included in our stay and soared beyond expectations! They salad sections sported everything from caprese salad to deviled eggs topped with caviar. The smoked salmon was often a fast mover. A delightful selection of fresh bread and rolls, soft and hard-boiled eggs, and a large variety of sausages. Add the yogurt bar, fresh fruit and juices and you couldn’t possibly leave there still hungry!
The dinners we had there were three courses and just as delightful as the breakfasts. One night started with a beef consume that sported juiliened veggies and a few cheese cubes, continued with bacon wrapped pork tenderloin over a bed of pan sautéed veggies and then wrapped up with a raspberry-marscapone torte. Oh. My. Stars. It just got better from there. Everything was freshly prepared in their kitchen shortly after ordering.
They do have a beautiful patio garden that you can choose to sit in to relax and enjoy. Dining in Europe is NOT like the fast paced meals of the states, it is at least a 2 hour event.
The hotel lobby is old-fashioned with the mail-cubby slots in the wall behind the desk. That is also where the room keys were kept. Keys were attached to a giant brass door knob shaped weight and stamped with their corresponding room number on them.
That is where the problem comes in.
One of our friends was robbed. We had several day trips and were gone for 6-8 hours at a time. There wasn’t really a cubby for her room key and they left it on the desk a lot. Easy to help yourself too and it clearly states what room it is for. Whether it was a crime of opportunity or hotel staff…we will never know. They came back after one of our outings and their money envelope from the bank had a torn corner and was missing 140 Euros. (About $200). The thief was clever and didn’t take ALL the money, hoping they would think they might have spent it.
Quickly reported to the manager, he insisted that they must have left their room unlocked – that his staff has been there for at least 17 years and that they have never had a problem. We kind of think there might be no problems because he refused to acknowledge them…
She DID get money back on the last day, just before we left. The manager made it VERY clear that it was from his own pocket and was expecting to not see the incident reflected on Trip Advisor or any such site. Sorry, I travel a lot and that was just rude. It should have been remedied much sooner and without the snarky commentary.
- Good: food, decor and location.
- Bad: No air conditioning
- Ugly: Theft and management of an incurred problem.
If you find yourself in Eisleben, feel free to stay here, just make sure you keep your room key with you and leave nothing of possible value in your room while you are gone.
Disclaimer: I was NOT compensated for this post in any way, shape or form but felt compelled to share our experience with you about United Airlines because it went from good, to better, to oh-my-freaking-goodness amazing.
- July puts me in New York City
- August in Hawaii (sorry, working with Hawaiian Airlines)
- September is Hershey/Harrisburg PA
- October takes me to Ireland
- and the list just goes on…
There are more reasons than we can count to visit Paris, France. Between the elaborate cuisine, astonishing architecture, and extensive history of this City of Lights, Paris is filled with beautiful places to see.
The Eiffel Tower. Let’s start with the obvious and recognize this monumental structure that stands over 900 feet high and gets visits from millions each year.
The Catacombs of Paris. Dating back to the eighteenth, these haunting catacombs are beautiful in their own way because of their mystery of their time. If it’s a little bit of the dark side of this city, then put this on your list.
Notre Dame Cathedral. So many sculptures and stained glass windows decorate this infamous cathedral that is a must visit and one of the most beautiful places in Paris. It is known as one of the French Gothic structures in the world.
Sacre Coeur. Or “Sacred Heart” which sits high above Paris and is a sight to see with it’s white domes that decorate the outside of this amazing church. Inside you will find glittering red and gold mosaics depicting Jesus and other beautiful works that feature St. Michael the Archangel.
Luxembourg Gardens. Here you will find over 50 acres of landscaped gardens to explore and relax in when you just need a break from the busy city. The kids will love it too, so pack a picnic and enjoy the serene atmosphere right in the heart of Paris.
Arc de Triumph. This ornate 164-foot at the Champs des Elysees is every sight seer’s dream place to visit. When in Paris, put this on your list just to see it’s gorgeous sculptures that are set inside the archways. If you visit in the evening, you can also see the Unknown Soldier’s flame lit and capture some beautiful photos.
Chateau de Versailles. You can venture about 30 minutes outside the city and walk the grounds of the Chateau and see where the Treaty of Versailles was signed that put an end to WWI. It’s a tourist hotspot, so try to arrive early and dress comfortably so that you can spend the day and see everything from the inside out. The Versailles is truly a one of the most beautiful places in all of Paris.
Centre Pompidou. In the center of the city you will find a mecca of modern and contemporary art. Tons of museums with gorgeous artwork abound this area, so if you are not really a fan then this may not be the locale for you. Check out the unusual restaurants and shops while you are here as well.
Museum of Modern Art. When you think of French culture, think about this fabulous place. The collections here will astound even the amatuer art lover.
Le Promenade Plante. This long, lush, and floral covered walkway that was once a railroad track offers gorgeous views above the city. You can still get a glimpse of the hustle and bustle of it all, but keep a peaceful state of mind.
Sainte Chapelle. Noted as one of Paris’s top ten must places to visit, this 13th century church has a beautiful stained glass windows and an elaborately decorated ceiling that is worthy seeing if you can.
Pont Neuf. A bridge is not usually known as a beautiful spot to visit, however, Pont Neuf is the oldest bridge in the city of Paris so you must. And it’s not the bridge itself that is so easy on the eye, it’s all the amazing photos you will be able to take from this super spot.
One of my favorite things to do in the Summertime is go to a good water park and enjoy the rides, slides, and the rush of the cool water with my family. There are hundreds upon hundreds of amazing water parks across the U.S. but today I am going to be talking about just five of my personal favorites. If you’re looking for a great family trip this Summer be sure to check out some of these awesome parks.
When you visit the nations capital you will find dozens of great free things to do in Washington D.C., but you’ll also find amazing beauty, architecture and history at every turn. This city offers tons of great free attractions alongside amazing restaurants, museums and kid friendly events for your entire family to enjoy.
Visit The National Mall: This monument in the nations capital is one of the most infamous images having been seen in movies, television shows and pictures world wide. It’s a great place to walk, take photographs and see first hand where history has been made with rallies and events during our nations history.you
Visit The White House: Anyone can walk outside the gates to photograph the White House or get their picture taken in front of the building on the sidewalk. However, you can also take free tours of the White House if desired. If wanting to tour the White House you’ll need to plan in advance and reserve tickets since it is in high demand. You may need to book several years in advance.
Visit the Chinatown Friendship Arch: Located on 7th and H Streets NW this is a fun attraction that is quick and easy to visit, but well worth your time. A great photo opportunity and landmark in itself, the arch is visited by millions of people each year.
Visit the Lincoln Memorial: One of the largest pieces of statuary known, this epic memorial to President Abraham Lincoln is visited by millions of visitors each year. Take your picture next to one of the most beloved presidents the United States have ever known.
Visit the National Monument: This large monument stands proudly in the center of the city that is known by all. A simple walk from the Lincoln Memorial and you are at the National Monument for great photo opportunities as well as a history of the United States.
Visit the National Archives: See the Declaration of Independence up close in the National Archives. Other well known historical documents are located there and lead to great conversations with your children about our nations history, as well as how legislation is passed for many bills and amendments that are shown in the archives.
Visit the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall: This is truly a historic monument that will leave you humbled at the sacrifice of so many young men and women who went to war. Vietnam Veterans often are found here sharing information, looking for names of friends or family members It is a great teaching tool for your kids to learn about war, military involvement in other countries and the ultimate sacrifice those individuals made not just for our freedom, but to better another country.
Visit The National Museum Of American History: Famous for housing the original American flag as well as memorials from wars, advances in technology and even a few movies and celebrities that have impacted our country, this is a favorite free thing to do in Washington D.C. when you visit. Learn about the most beloved pieces of our history while finding out unique facts about cinema, arts and the founding fathers.