Maison des Tantrums

We’ve spent a fair amount of time over the last few days thinking about food. Our vacation rental has a kitchen – an absolute necessity for long term travel with children, but we are still learning where the grocery stores are, and when the markets are open, and where the best and most cost-effective place…

From Paris, avec Amour

We finally did it, guys. We moved to Paris. I know that we’ve been talking about this forever. Friends and family are probably getting a little tired of hearing about it. But this experience is something my partner-in-crime and I have been day-dreaming of for years, back when there were only two of us, and…

Watchtowers and War at Devin Castle

Slovakia’s historic Devin Castle has long captured the imagination. It’s crumbling walls and strategic perch overlooking the Danube inspired generations of poets and artists. Though its recent history is fascinating – destroyed by Napoleon’s retreating forces in 1809, purchased for next to nothing by the Czechoslovakian government in 1939, and slowly restored during the second…

How to Lose Weight on Vacation

I’ve never been able to follow the traditional weight-loss-on-the-road advice, and honestly, who would want to? Eat a healthy breakfast. Don’t snack. Walk more. Take the stairs. Self-cater. No thank you. Trying all the food and wine and beer and coffee is one of the best parts of being on vacation. No consequences. No rules. Just carbs. The…

A Family Photo Shoot on Mount Kazbek

During our most recent vacation, in which we visited Georgia and explored the lovely Caucasus Mountains, we decided to hire a photographer to take family photos. I would not be exaggerating if I told you that the days, nay weeks, leading up to our trip were entirely consumed by planning for the photo shoot. Dinners…

Life and Death at Pashupatinath Temple

Pashupatinath Temple is a lesson in superlatives. It’s the oldest Hindu temple in Nepal. It’s also the largest temple complex in the country, spanning both sides of the Bagmati River, the holiest site in Nepal, and one of the most sacred temples of the Hindu faith in the world.

The Dowds Kathman-do Nepal

A long time ago, before a second pregnancy threw me off my blog game, I wrote this post on how traveling with a baby transformed my view of staying in resorts, ordering all the room service, and never leaving the glorious, expansive, beautifully-landscaped hotel grounds. For those that haven’t read it, my sleep-deprived and thoroughly…

How We Became Resort People

We have always prided ourselves on our status as no-frills, minimalist, rough and ready travelers. We pack carry-ons only – no checked luggage – and try not to worry when our hostel of choice tends a little more to the medium scary side than we expected. No door on the bathroom? No problem. No Wifi…

On the Wrong Side of History

I met An at a hospital in Alexandria, Virginia of all places, at my son’s bedside during his stay in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. She was one of his nurses and, like most who are drawn to that profession, treated me with quiet compassion. It was only after weeks of occasional small talk, usually about…

The Dowds Visit the Pyramids

I’m not trying to brag or anything, but the Dowds just returned from our First Foreign Vacation since giving birth almost exactly one year ago. Our destination? Cairo – exotic, vibrant, and most importantly, a short non-stop flight from our current residence in Kuwait City. Perhaps we were cheating a little, dipping our big toe…

in medias res

This has become one of my favorite photos of us lately, and not just because we are killing it in matching plaid.