Eric here... Great-Great Aunt Ramona, in her efforts to keep Jake safe, sure did search high and low for the right spot to hide out. If you click the map to the right you can see the various locations she inspected from Paris to Capri before settling on the seaside resort town of Taormina. And even though they didn't end up staying in one place for very long, over the course of several weeks they visited some pretty AMAZING places. After you're done looking at the Google interactive map, check out the Grand Tour in pictures, below. Mmm, France! Ahh, Italy... Get ready for some armchair travel, which at least spares you from waiting in airport security lines...
The kids felt right at home in Florence Italy, the "cradle of the Renaissance." Humanism, philosophy, literature, art, high culture, architecture, science... But alas, it was not meant to be. Although gorgeous and a wellspring of educational opportunities, Aunt Ramona ultimately deemed it unacceptable and they moved on. Photo credit Sergey Ashmarin via wikipedia commons.
On a rather beautiful spring day, the gang visited The Leaning Tower of Pisa. Jake tried to use his telekinesis to straighten out the crooked building. His still fairly new powers weren't up to the task. We're all probably better off for that one. Photo credit Saffron Blaze - Own work via wikipedia commons.
Naples Italy, where Jake met the greatest love of his life: PIZZA! Pizza had not yet really become known outside of Italy yet. Hard to imagine! (Pictured: The Castel Nuovo - seat of the medieval kings of Naples). Photo credit Richard Nevell from London, United Kingdom - Castel Nuovo via wikipedia commons.
Gael and I went to London, the Lake District of England (book nerd girl's homage to the Lake Poets) and then on to Paris and the Loire Valley for our honeymoon. Magnifique! And years ago, when I was about Jake's age, I went with my family to Rome. We had tons of fun and even got robbed. Very memorable! Have you been to any of these places? What are the top destinations on your travel wish list? We'd love to hear about it. Wishing you all the best!