April 30, 2013

Touring Barbados with Glory Tours

Canadian passport in a pocket

I remember touring through the winding countrysides of Italy and Greece, just hubby and I. We didn’t mind jostling along on a large bus and waiting around for the other passengers who just had to get one more keychain for their collection. However, when you have kids, your experience changes dramatically. You want to see the sights, but you are very much aware of the many, varied needs of your children. For example, are your kids fine in large groups or would they have a more positive vacation experience if they got to tour around with people who are more familiar to them? Do any of your children experience motion sickness and would prefer a more relaxed tour that would allow you to pull over and get out so they can walk around and regain some equilibrium? When you are touring a new country with your kids, it is helpful to think ahead of time about what they would need.

st.johns church flowers

With all of these concerns in consideration, I set out to find the best tour company to help us explore Barbados. So I hopped onto Trip advisor and cruise critic to find the right tour company for our family. After reading reviews of several tour companies and visiting their websites, I came across the perfect tour company to show us around the beautiful island of Barbados: Glory Tours.  Within hours, I was corresponding with the owner, Sarah, whose friendly and professional manner made the planning process effortless and fun.  She is from one of the oldest families on the island and is excited to share the history and beauty of her island with tourists.

st. johns church barbados

Before you knew it, we were docking in Barbados and on our way to find our Glory Tours representative. Quammie, our tour guide, was quite knowledgeable of his island and very friendly. He kept us entertained with his stories, riddles and fun facts about the island.   For example, some “fun facts” that we learned about the island of Barbados are that it is located in the North Atlantic Ocean, northeast of Venezuela. The Barbadian, or Bajan, people are friendly and hospitable. Their main language is English although the Bajan dialect is spoken throughout they island. The island is 166 square miles, divided into 11 parishes. He even showed us the stomping grounds of the rich and famous who visit the island.

hanging out at harrisons cave

Quammie has been with Glory Tours for the last 12 years and loves to interact with the people he meets. For our itinerary, he drove us over to the east coast of Barbados to visit Cherry Tree Hill, Morgan Lewis Windmill, Cattle Wash, Bathsheba and St Johns Church. On this tour we also went on a tram ride to explore Harrison’s Cave. It is one of the great wonders of Barbados and had us in awe of it’s natural beauty. We took pictures galore of this crystallized limestone cavern, it’s white flow stones and its remarkable speleothems. This landmark was mapped in 1974 by Ole Sorensen from Denmark and assisted by two Barbadian natives Tony Mason and Allison Thornhill.  Then after a morning of tropical beauty we made our way across country, traveling through the Garrisons Historic area built in 1806.

harrisons cave barbados

Although we started the day with rainy weather, by early afternoon it had cleared up completely to show us blue skies and hot sun, and we found ourselves ending our day at the Copacabana where we relaxed in beach chairs under umbrellas, watching the kids play in the sand, and thoroughly enjoying ourselves. Our only disappointment was not being able to stay longer and enjoy even more of the beautiful paradise of Barbados.

April 5, 2013

Ultimate Blog Party 2013

Ultimate Blog Party 2013

Hi party people, and welcome to: The Epic Adventures of a Modern Mom.

Come on in, have a drink and mingle around the posts on this site.  

I’m off renewing my 10 year anniversary on the beach in sunny Antigua this week so I’ll have to visit you when I get back into town.  When we’re back in T.O, look forward to my follow up ‘Cruising with kids’ posts, reviews of excursions in St. Martin, Barbados and St. Lucia and a super awesome giveaway of a Heys travel tots luggage set.

Now let’s party!!!  I have some great pages for you to check out!  If you’re into fashion then my fashionista page will be perfect for you.  If travel floats your boat (lol), then come on over to my travel pages to have an epic adventure with me.

Every great party has games, so let’s have some fun as you do a quick quiz to discover your love language.  Oh, and let’s have a quick tour around my site.  This is my family – I love them to the moon and back.  This is me candidly sharing my experiences of becoming a mom, and raising interracial children.  This is me having a blast vlogging.  Oh, and check out my thoughts on education and my rumination on blogging!

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It’s been so much fun hanging out with you and partying like it’s 2013 baby!

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March 1, 2013

Brie’s black history month adventure

As you know, February was black history month.  We had a blast taking the kids around the city to enjoy some of the cool events that celebrated the black and Caribbean parts of their heritage.

February was also our first parent/teacher meeting; when I asked my daughter’s teachers what they were doing to celebrate black history month in their classroom and they said nothing, I asked if I could do something age appropriate to create awareness and they welcomed the idea.

So Brie and I pulled together the footage of some of the things she did for black history month and cobbled together a video for her classmates.  I also made a correlating personalized colouring sheet for each of her little friends.  Here’s the link to the pdf,  I modified the name section at the top so your child can personalize it themselves.  Feel free to print out the sheet for your kids to colour: Black History Month Colouring Sheet.

We love going to cultural festivals and celebrating other peoples heritage.  It feels great to know that our kids are learning to value their culture the way that we’ve taught them to appreciate the diverse myriad of other cultures represented in our fair city.

February 27, 2013

The 1st lady’s dance revolution

Recently I’ve been trying to get healthier and in better shape by rediscovering my love of dance. So imagine how over the moon I was when I saw this video of the first lady, Michelle Obama encouraging moms to get up and dance with their kids. You better believe I’m going to be pulling out all these funky moves the next time we have a family dance party.

December 5, 2012

The Hobbit

I just ordered my tickets to see ‘The Hobbit’ on December 14th. I am SO excited I can barely contain myself. I’ve been watching the trailer incessantly, if you haven’t seen it yet, here’s a sneak peek for you too.

So lets’ dish epic readers, did you like Lord of the Rings?   If so are you looking forward to seeing ‘The Hobbit’ in 3D?