The count down is on with many mixed feelings. We are leaving Spain, our home for the last 8 months. As I try to enjoy my last few days here I am in over drive planning our 7 day adventure through Italy and France.
Nerd that I am, I have read so many historical facts, seen so many art pieces and poured over itinerary after recommended itinerary that my eyes are still watery and burning as I type this post. So this will be short and sweet.
If you find yourself crazy enough to take 3 young kids along on a whirlwind trip to some of the most famous cities in the world make sure they are prepared.
First- Please deliver all history lessons at least two weeks before you get there. Give them time to let it set in and ask plenty of questions. There are tons of great history websites to help you out. A simple easy to understand and fun to use site we love is www.kidspast.comsearch Venice or the Renaissance. Another quick reference guide is www.historyforkids.org search Venice and voilà perfect little history for little budding minds.
Second- Find some fun books geared toward your kids' interest.
My boys loved:
Carnival by Candlelit by Mary Pope Osborne
Anna Maria's Gift by Janice Shefelmam
The Thief Lord by Cornelia Funke
The 39 Clues book 2 One False Note by Gordon Korman
Third- Watch movies filmed or based in the city.
We have several hours of travel in between cities. We plan to get in some good movie time while on the road. To prepare for Venice we are going to watch The Thief Lord and Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (good scenes). We will also be watching Rick Steve's videos on each of the cities we visit a couple of days before we get there.
Stay tuned for our: Things to Do in Venice