Exploring Oslo, Norway: Det kongelige slott, Royal Palace

“I think the main task in life we all have received, is to become the best version of ourselves, no matter how difficult life can be. ” King Harald V of Norway

Det kongelige slot, or simply, Slottet is the royal residence home to HM King Harald V and HM Queen Sonja. Slottet is located at the top of Karl Johans gate, completed in 1849.

The Royal Palace Park surrounds the palace on all sides and features grassy areas, majestic trees, small ponds and statues. These grassy ares are perfect for a quick picnic/ hanging out in front of the castle while admiring the majestic neo-classical style with the facade of stuccoed brick.

Great fond memories in front of His Highness home residence

The building is in neo-classical style with a facade of stuccoed brick, and was completed in 1849.
Our prince and the Royal Palace

Beyond hanging out during sunny days (or any cold days!) there are tours in summer, changing of guards every 1:30pm and service in the Palace Chapel every Sundays at 11am.

Our family believes the King Harald of Norway is THE coolest monarch. He is a champion sailor; he represented his country three times in Olympic Games; he support all genres and religions.

Not so long ago, he quoted Love Actually, in comparing Norway with United Kingdom,

“We may be a small country, but we’re a great one…”

He is certainly has more right to state this than Hugh Grant.

If you don’t think that is way too cool for a monarch, you should hear the love story between King Harald and Queen Sonja.

Once upon a time in 1950s…. so the real fairy tale starts King Harald saw a commoner, love at first sight, chased after her, courtship of nine years! King Olav V disapproves of the Prince not marrying another royalty from Sweden, a country of alliance. They defied all odds and eventually got married and live happily ever after ruling a great country… making it greater every day…

It’s a lot better than Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s story, right?!

Hanging out at The Royal Palace Park
the top of Karl Johans gate is the a Royal Palace

Obviously, lots of positive energy around The Royal Palace that our family wishes to absorb. And really, it’s a fine place to visit!

Don’t miss passing through The Royal Palace when in Oslo, Norway!

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COUNTRY 32: USA, All Within Your Reach

“Here today, gone tomorrow.” – American Proverb
There are a lot of things to say about THE United States of America visit. At some point in both this traveling family’s parents life, The USA is The World. Well, for the dad, it was literally his world because he was in it. For the mom, that’s metaphorical. There was a time in her life that “living the American dream” is the best dream.

Delaying this country’s visit for several reasons, mainly enjoying the closest continent closest to our homebase, Qatar – Europe. Thirty-one countries after, off we went to USA!

Seriously,  we started humming… “Start spreading the news…we’re leaving today… to the City  that never sleeps! almost a month before we actually go.

Of course, we enjoyed New York – Turknoy Family Style!

We are then ready to explore other cities and states at our will, after Washington DC ! With the free museums, if we are not on schedule, we would never have left the area.
There are a lot of memorable highlights during our road trip  to half of USA with a lot of nostalgic moments for Turknoy Dad. He spent a five years in Denver,Colorado so off we went to explore the entire Colorado State to create memories with kids, and oh my, did we really have range of memorable emotions.
Several days spent in Pittsburgh, PennsylvaniaOmaha, Nebraska and Chicago, Illinois are all pleasant to our traveling senses. Not expectedly, the Chicago Children Museum turned out to be a good refuge against the wind and rain.
Truth be told, our favorite State, to date, is.. *drum rolls* The Green Mountain State. We were never-failed floored every moment by Vermont’s fall colors, with the Ben and Jerry’s Factory Tour For  Kids ,Vermont Teddy Bear for Kids, Factory Tour and Build -A-Bear , and more importantly  the community and beautiful landscapes of Burlington, Vermont . Vermont-ing seems to  be a nice future hobby for the family.
It’s was Fall 2017 when we visited The New World and since we didn’t blog about our travel goals. We are ready to go back again and now reminiscing our first visit. Our “Some Day, we’ll visit America” is now “It’s been a long time since we’ve been there; feels like ages ago.

For what it’s worth, our family travel stats for our first time visit to our 32nd country, The USA :

Travel days: 30

Days Full of Laughter: 30/30

 

Days Full of Siblings Fight:

 

States Visited:
 

Intercity Train Rides:

 

Delayed Intercity Train Rides:

 

Local Plane Rides:

 

Rent-A-Car:

 

Number of Mega Enormous, Gigantic Delicious, All-American Burgers Eaten:

 

Hotdogs From Hotdog Stands:

 

Apples:

 

Pumpkin Spice Latte:

 

Breakfast In A Bar:

 

Fall Leaves Collected:

 

Snowballs Thrown At Each Other at Bullseye:

 

Number of Days It Took To Get Over the Vacation HangOver:
Number of Days It Took Us to Blog About our USA Experience:
So, did we or did we enjoy United States of America? 

 

Vermont Teddy Bear For Kids, Factory Tour and Build-A-Bear 

“A teddy bear will give you love. A grizzly bear will give you a mauling. Some bears aren’t just the same.” – Anthony T.Hincks

Do you know how a teddy bear is made and born? Well, these three traveling Turknoys definitely does now.

Deciding to have a Teddy Bear?! It’s a big decision to consider, think it through… 😘

Once kids made the big leap of choosing to own a best friend teddy, like life, they’ll be face with more decisions to make, not just for themselves, be for their Teddy Bears. 

Choose wisely all the bear parts and assemble the skeletal and muscular system of the Teddy Bear
 
Fill the Teddy Bear with positive vibes!
Choose any type of positive vibes!
 

A friend for life is born! Complete with brith certificate. Meet WAYBEAR! ❤️
After making their own personal Teddy Bear  BFFs, the Turknoys made a Factory Tour at the Vermont Teddy Bear to check if all the teddies are made in accordance to the quality assurance of all BFFs. Spoiler alert – it does! 
All across USA, Vermont Teddy Bears comply with the most personal customer quality ever for a teddy bear. We saw it for ourselves ❤️
There is Forever when it comes to Vermont Teddy Bears! Lifetime guarantee, including a TLC for every sick Teddy Bear!

We are definitely going home with more luggages than we want. Better yet, from family of five to traveling family of eight, 2 adults, 3 kids and 3 Vermont teddies. Luckily, the kids didn’t choose that big, gigantic bear. 

When we travel
When we travel light like an expert, along came three teddy bears! 😂😂😂
Do you own a Vermont Teddy Bear? 

Omaha, Nebraska for Family Travel With Young Kids 

“I love it. You know, I was born almost a mile away from here, and I’ve never have a bad experience in Omaha. Omaha and Nebraska are home to me. It’s a pace. It’s  relationships. There’s a lot of continuity. There’s a lot of community. There’s a lot of friendship. It’s a very solid place, a  friendly place in which to grow up and in which to conduct a business. ” – Warren Buffet, Becoming Warren Buffet, on why he chooses to live in Omaha. 




We tried to find where Warren Buffet, the world’s richest multibillionaire, lives. We managed to get to his mailing address and we tried to get all the billionaire vibes in the area. Omaha has lots of gorgeous houses, it’s easy to imagine Warren Buffet’s home in the city.


To be able to get around Omaha, Nebraska, we needed to rent a car and realized that fact later on after walking from the train station wee hours in the morning, coming straight from our Chicago, Illinois family travel  and waking up way too early walking around the very quiet, almost deserted city, with not even a single cab is available. 

Off we went to the city’s airport and rented a car to roam the city. At the airport, we realized the the city has lady Mayor! Yay, raising global girls needed a discussion of a little bit of governance of the world and what part do ladies of power play. 


While waiting for the car rental… the best way to go around Omaha is by car. The City Mayor is a woman so we have this little girl power photo!

We then hang out at the Old Market after realizing that we won’t be able to find Warren Buffet’s house. 

The Old Market, Omaha – lots of interesting to see with kids


Fall colors in Omaha, Nebraska

After driving around the city and the nearby cities in Nebraska, we went to do exactly an “American” fall/ autumn tradition…  Visit a farm, explore a corn maze and pumpkin patch. We picked our pumpkin but of course, didn’t buy any.

Corn Maze in The Mid West In Fall… Hope we get that right about “American” fall activity
Pumpkin Patch
These girls love the suburbs and farm 😃
Our little lady farmer ❤️

Going back to Omaha, we got tempted yet again to visit local bookstore and had another share of our family book haul. 

More books!
Jackson Street Bookseller at Old Market

We didn’t want to leave the Bookstore, but dinner called and we enjoyed a very scrumptious local dinner at Upstream Brewing Company. 

Yes, we make it a point that kids visit Brewing Restaurant in Omaha!
Omaha Burger, isn’t this mouthwatering?!
Dinner when we travel in local restaurants always turn out to be very intimate and quiet with kids 😃❤️

If Omaha is a glimpse of Mid West USA, then we definitely need to be back soon to explore the region. 

What cities in the Midwest USA would you recommend? 

Chicago Children’s Museum

Did You Know:


Chicago Children’s Museum‘s mission is to improve children’s lives by creating a community where play and learning connect.

Our contention: Every Family Should Have A Written Manifesto Like This. Don’t you agree?
Big wild ideas are welcome in our Turknoy Family
We arrived in Chicago when it was rainy! We underestimated the windy  and chilly weather about the city so we decided to enjoy the city from the indoors. We planned for a quick stopover at the Chicago Children’s Museum for about 1-2 hours only yet we ended up staying until closing time! 

Balance in colors
Every kids should have a photo with a T-Rex Skull
Those busy little creative hands!
Kids rule in play and learning in Chicago Children’s Museum. We have all raves and praises about this awesome kids place. 
Climb, jump, climb, cling and smile
Build For Real.
Rest means a game of chess
Happy faces for all.
 
The staff were friendly, the place is ergonomically designed for kids to play and for parents to enjoy their kids play; or better yet, to enjoy playing with their kids.

Now, let’s talk about Mission. Obviously, our family is advocate of setting family goals linked to one own’s Mission Statement. With the mission statement, “to improve children’s lives by creating a community where play and learning connect”

We have articulated our family goals Turknoy Travels 100 is A Family Lifestyle based on our family’s mission to raise global citizens by family travel and worldschooling. 

Children’s Museum and other family recreation facilities State their Mission quite clearly and concisely. We believe every family should, too. 


Do you have your own unique family mission? Do tell us

Washington DC for Family Travel With Young Kids

“Washington DC is a city filled with people who believe they are important.” – David Brinkley 




Our traveling family enjoyed a long stroll of memorial,  in the country’s Capital District, of very important people who are foundation of The New World’s freedom. 

The White House area (not inside!) our first stop!

We started with paying a visit to the White House. The kids had a blast playing with squirrels at the La Fayette Garden.
The next day, we started our stroll at the Lincoln Memorial.

“I am not bound to win, but I am bound to be true. I am not bound to succeed, but I am bound to live by the light that I have. ” – #AbrahamLincoln
We continued our walk down the other memorial and talked a lot about the Korean War Memorial and why freedom is never free. 

By the Korean Memorial
Add in the weather and it was a fantastic walk to Martin Luther King Memorial. 
Like Martin Luther King , she, too, has a dream!

It’s amazing to see a lot of familiar quotes in Franklin  Roosevelt Memorial and of course Eleanor Roosevelt and his dog are there. 

Theodore Roosevelt Memorial

And, opposite Lincoln Memorial is the Thomas Jefferson Memorial. 

Thomas Jefferson Memorial

We ended our stroll for the day with kids playing their hearts out by the Washington Monument where we have a good view of both sides of the Capitol Hill and the Lincoln Memorial. 

We made it to Washington Monument! Elevator to the top of the monument is still not working because of you know- Spider-Man movie. It’s under maintenance indefinite time. 😀
Now, this is some playground! 🤗

The highlight of walk would be the feee museums right after the Washington Monument.  We chose to visit the National Museum of Air and Space. The kids had a blast with a lot of jaw-dropping moments looking up st airplanes and rockets. 

A long walk has to end with airplanes!
The day after, we started from Union State to the Capitol Hill and spending the rest of the day in the American Indian National Museum.

The Capitol Hill

There are other museums to enjoy in the area. We chose to learn a little bit of Native American history and the kids enjoyed with the handson activities and videos in the museum. 

Inside the Native American National Museum
As a home educating family, living in the city would be fabulous with all the available museums. At the moment, we can only dream. 



Do you live in Washington DC? Is it as fabulous as we think it is? Talk about family satisfaction.  🤗

COUNTRY 31: Morocco, Land of Colors and Much Mor 

“He who hunts for ostrich, will find ostrich.” – Moroccan Proverb


Oh yes, our family is hunting! Hunting hard for our life’s passions fueled by our yearning to be world educated by its unparalleled beauty, diverse culture and history! 

Hunt ostrich, find ostrich. Can’t be more appropriate for our family’s ideals on setting family goals and traveling! Set goals, its necessary! 

Our Country 31/ 100 Countries Travelled Together as Family is Morocco. Also, the second African country after our adventure in Ethiopia, Land of Origins. We’ll update this blog as we go on exploring this wonderful country. 

We visited Casablanca, Morocco’s biggest and capital city,  last March 2017 with only the parents for some travel hacking attempt. That attempt is not as successful as we have imagined. However, it turned out very romantic. It’s just us, though. We can’t state that it’s because it’s “Casablanca” but partly because traveling parents neeeds to be alone every now and then. So we said to ourselves, “we may have travelled Paris with kids, but we have Casablanca. ” Awesome, memorable couple traveling days! 

Travel date mixed with travel hacking in Casablanca! Can you tell we’re stoked and overjoyed?! (March 2017)

But what do we know?! Few months after, kids enjoyed Casablanca with us. Lots of gratitude, no complains. To explore the largest mosque in the country overlooking the Atlantic Ocean with our global children couldn’t be more perfect. 
  

Family selfie portrait I Hassan II Mosque (October 2017)
Kids jumping for joy (October 2017)

Worth noting a brief description of Hassan II Mosque from Wikipedia 

The Hassan II Mosque or Grande Mosquée Hassan II (Arabic: مسجد الحسن الثاني‎‎; colloquially the “Casablanca Hajj”)is a mosque in Casablanca, Morocco. It is the largest mosque in Morocco and the 13th largest in the world. Its minaret is the world’s tallest at 210 metres (689 ft). Completed in 1993, it was designed by Michel Pinseau and built by Bouygues. The minaret is 60 stories high topped by a laser, the light from which is directed towards Mecca.The mosque stands on a promontory looking out to the Atlantic Ocean, worshippers can pray over the sea but there is no glass floor looking into the sea. The walls are of hand-crafted marble and the roof is retractable. A maximum of 105,000 worshippers can gather together for prayer: 25,000 inside the mosque hall and another 80,000 on the mosque’s outside grounds.




We just can’t wait to see more of Morocco 🇲🇦 for some serious “ostrich hunting.”