A lot of factors went into planning for this year’s family vacation. We knew February school vacation week would be a good choice since for the first time ever Nicole didn’t have to work and/or Brendan was in a show.
Last year we went to Italy – an adventure. This year we decided would be a vacation. Also known as beach, pool and no plans. Even better for a February trip.
Puerto Rico was a top choice because we wanted to support tourism there as the island continued to recover from Hurricane Maria in 2017. Brendan has clear memories friends shared during Merrily We Roll Along about the devastation and lack of relief and resources.
We were lucky that the Parisi’s also wanted to get away! We spent time relaxing and swimming. And getting sunburns. We stayed in Dorado which was beautiful and took a day trip on a boat to a private island. It was the perfect escape. We also celebrated GiGi’s 6th birthday too!
This year’s annual tradition of going to Disney on Ice happened to fall on opening night. Brendan as surprised with front row seats. It was a great show and Brendan even got to be a part of it just before it began! (again!)
Most important – his outfit. The moms who sat next to us loved his ears and their daughters enjoyed watching Brendan sing and dance along too!
Our 15th wedding anniversary was in January and we knew we wanted to do something fun. While looking for trips for our family vacation, we stumbled across a great deal for airline tickets to London! The dates coincided with Frank Turner performing. Add a great deal on a five star hotel and we had ourselves a long weekend in London (perfectly timed with the bathroom construction!).
We had an easy flight over and an early check in. After napping we went to dinner and then decided to go to Brian Regan’s comedy show. On Sunday we toured the British Museum and saw all the treasurers “found”. Then it was the concert at Ally Palace – a very cool venue. We got back to the hotel to see the Super Bowl (I fell asleep). On Monday we visited the Tate Modern Museum before coming home. We enjoyed roaming around, eating whenever we wanted and just being tourists. It was perfect!!