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Visiting Areopagus with children
Athens: "Take a picture of those pigeons!"
Areopagus rock near the Acropolis

As the one in our big family who is usually holding the camera, I used to be mildly annoyed when one of my kids would urge, "Hey Dad, take a picture of that!" numerous times per day while we were traveling. But then I figured out:  honoring these requests pleases the children greatly, and costs me nothing since digital cameras don't need film. And, I've been surprised to find that the shots often turn out to be some of my favorites. In this post we present a pictorial tour of Europe, as seen from the photos that our children suggested needed to be made...


We advise when traveling with a big family that it's a good idea to try, for the most part, to follow a One Thing Per Day Rule (see this post). Among its many benefits, this method of travel allows us to leave time for the children to discover things. I'm all about planning and research, which tends to lead to being in a rush to go from one site to the next, without much time to smell the roses. But my kids like to dawdle a bit more than I do:

Hey, there's a playground! 
Hey, there's a funny-looking bug! 
Hey, a fountain! 
Can we go there? 
Can we stop here? 
Can we do that? 

When traveling with young children, it's nice to allow enough cushion and flexibility in your day-to-day plans for there to be enough time to allow the kids to stop and do almost everything they want. I don't mean unlimited trips to an amusement park, or spending 9 hours at the beach, but, when a kid wants to stop and look at something when we're walking along, we try our best to accommodate them.

We want these trips to help the kids learn about the world and its people, while also having fun. They love to point at something they think is neat, or funny, or different, and then ask me to snap a picture of it.

So, here is our series of photographs, taken at the suggestion of our children, while traveling in Europe: Europe as seen through kids' eyes...

Traveling in Switzerland with a big family
Switzerland: "Take a picture of that sign!"
Street sign seen in mountain village.
The kids thought the sign was amusing.
I like Google's translation suggestion even better:
"Gas away in the living area." Good suggestion.

Traveling with a big family in Athens, Greece
Athens: "Cookie Monster in a Suit! You should take a picture of that!"
Street graffiti in our neighborhood - presumably something political(?)

Traveling to Barcelona, Spain with a Big Family with small children
Barcelona: "Look at all those bus numbers!
You should take a picture of that!"
Bus stop in El Guinardó neighborhood in Barcelona, Spain

Traveling in the Swiss Alps with young children
Switzerland: "Take a picture of those cows!"
Pasture near Mt. Titlis

Traveling by metro with a big family in Athens
Athens: "Dad, take a picture of the train!"
Syntagma Square Metro Station

Eating with a big family with small children in Milan
Milan: "Dad, you should take a picture of this pizza box, 
and then tell people it's a picture of a Real Italian!"
Takeout box from Pizzeria Trattoria Snuppi, Italy

Traveling with a big family with small children in Basel, Switzerland
Switzerland: "Hey! Sounds good! Take a picture of that!"
Ad on back of van in Basel.
Whatever that is, it's "Fresh From Barley" and also
"Together Against Foodwaste."

Traveling with a big family with small children to the Acropolis Museum
Athens: "LEGO!!! Take a picture of that!"
The single most interesting thing in the Acropolis Museum, apparently.

Traveling with a big family with small children in Germany
Germany:  "Take a picture of that giant! Look at what
that guy with the sword is about to do to him!"
Display in a castle museum in Lörrach

Traveling with a big family with small children in Athens, Greece
Athens: "Whoa, look at that skull! Hey Dad, take a picture of that!"
Street art in our neighborhood in Greece.

Traveling with a big family with small children in Switzerland
Engelberg: "Hey, ready for a little snack? How about some 26 dollar cheese from a VENDING MACHINE? You should get a picture of that!"
Snacks for sale in Switzerland

Traveling with a big family with small children in Athens, Greece
Athens: "Whoa, that's cool! Dad, take a picture of that wall!"
Street art in Greece

Traveling with a big family with small children to castles in Switzerland
Switzerland: "Dad, take a picture of this castle toilet!"
Medieval plumbing in Veytaux

Traveling with a big family with small children to the Acropolis
Athens: This photo was actually taken by my son,
who assures me that he was taking a photo of
the Greek flag, and that anything else
in the picture is purely incidental

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