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Germany: Following in The Footsteps of Fallen Fathers: Part 2

by David Kiley. Posted Aug 4th 2011 04:00 PM
Germany: Following in The Footspes of Fallen Fathers: Part 2

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As I turned South onto Rt. 399 from the A4, the trip through Germany with my traveling partner got almost involuntarily quieter. It was the road leading us to Hurtgenwald, a small village that was the epicenter of the 1944 battle in which my Uncle Eddie was killed.
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Strolling Through Siena: A City's Highlights and Baby-Friendly Rest Stops

by Jerry Soverinsky. Posted Jun 24th 2011 03:00 PM
Strolling Through Siena: A City's Highlights and Baby-Friendly Rest Stops

Jerry Soverinsky, AOL Travel

Next stop on our Tuscan tour: Siena.

Without the baby, I would have opted for a self-guided tour or even a group tour organized by the local tourist office, but today we went with a private guide. Knowing we needed to go at an unpredictable pace, Jana and I decided planning our own itinerary was the way to go.
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What's Your Hurry: Bambino on Board Requires Leisurely Pace

by Jerry Soverinsky. Posted Jun 22nd 2011 03:30 PM
What's Your Hurry: Bambino on Board Requires Leisurely Pace

Jerry Soverinsky, AOL Travel

There's a global movement that originated in Italy called Cittaslow devoted to the idea that people ought to be more focused on "the improving of life quality" through food, art, and unspoiled landscapes, among other things. The idea is slowing down to appreciate authenticity and diversity rather than getting caught up in homogenized, fast-paced pop culture. It's a concept perfectly suited to traveling with a baby.
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The Road to Panzano: Planning a Month-Long European Vacation

by Jerry Soverinsky. Posted Jun 21st 2011 04:00 PM
The Road to Panzano: Planning a Month-Long European Vacation

Jerry Soverinsky, AOL Travel

Our journey to Panzano began months ago when Jana and I decided that we we'd try to initiate Max to travel at an early age. We both agreed that Italy would be the ideal destination.
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A Tuscan Father's Day to Remember: A Rosticerria, a Macelleria, an 8th Century Church and Max

by Jerry Soverinsky. Posted Jun 20th 2011 12:00 PM
A Tuscan Father's Day to Remember: A Rosticerria, a Macelleria, an 8th Century Church and Max

Jerry Soverinsky/AOL Travel

The bar has been set high. I've nothing to compare it to, but my first Father's Day was a surreal and perfect immersion into the sites, smells, and tastes of rural Tuscany – with Max by my side the whole way.
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La Dolce Vita: Settling in to our Italian Lifestyle, Max Experiences a Day of Firsts

by Jerry Soverinsky. Posted Jun 17th 2011 11:00 AM
La Dolce Vita: Settling in to our Italian Lifestyle, Max Experiences a Day of Firsts, Bambino On Board

Jerry Soverinsky/AOL Travel

In anticipation of Max beginning to crawl, Jana and I spent a considerable amount of effort babyproofing our Chicago apartment. This involved converting our 100% wood floor apartment into pockets of cushioned wriggle space using padded floor coverings, plush rugs, even thick leg warmers for Max to protect his knees, ensuring that his transition from sedentary to mobile would be a comfortable one.

It's only fitting that Max took his very first crawl steps yesterday on granite-hard terra cotta tiles at our Tuscan vacation home.
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At a Distant Hotel Bar, a Baby Can Be the Best Companion

by Jerry Soverinsky. Posted Jun 15th 2011 11:00 AM
At a Distant Hotel Bar, a Baby Can Be the Best Companion Bambino On Board

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I'd been there before. The names and faces were different, of course, but the late-night, hotel bar scene is always the same. Young and old professionals, their faces tired from work and travel, cradled their drinks in a big city airport hotel after a day of meetings and conferences.
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Turbulent Baby Bowels at 37,000 Feet

by Jerry Soverinsky. Posted Jun 13th 2011 05:00 PM
Bambino on Board: Turbulent Baby Bowels at 37,000 Feet

Jerry Soverinsky/AOL Travel

SUNDAY, JUNE 12 – Were it not for death stares from fellow passengers, ear-piercing cries during descent, and diaper changes punctuated by turbulence (the most daring Mile High Club, to be sure), flying overseas with a baby would be completely stress-free.
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Bambino On Board: Adventures in Europe With an Infant in Tow

by Jerry Soverinsky. Posted Jun 10th 2011 07:00 AM
Bambino On Board: Adventures in Europe With an Infant in Tow

Jerry Soverinsky

As a new dad with a three-month old son exhibiting signs of colic, I was struggling to cling to what was left of the spirit of spontaneity and adventure I had embraced in my twenties and thirties. Then, on a normal day in December while my wife was out grocery shopping with our baby, I bought airline tickets - nonrefundable - for my wife, my baby, and me to travel through Europe this summer.

For a month.
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Harlistas: Hopping a Harley on the Great American Road

by Rebecca Dolan. Posted May 27th 2011 07:00 AM
Harlistas Movie

Courtesy of Harley-Davidson

What's more liberating than taking to the open road on a souped up Harley? For the Harlistas, nothing.

A Harlista, a term coined half a century ago, is a Latin American Harley-Davidson rider. Not just a nickname, but a mentality, being a Harlista is about living fearlessly, overcoming obstacles and experiencing the camaraderie of the road.
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