Zero More Sleeps

We’re off today. I am up at the ‘before crack of dawn’ to say ‘au revoir’ before we head out the door at ‘the crack of dawn’.

The scheming and planning and double checking is over. As much as it can be. I love to wing it when I travel … just get me there and I’ll make the rest up as I go along. We know what flights and trains we have to catch, but the rest, who knows? ‘The rest’ is all part of the fun … and the delicious freedom of travel.

We sat down last night and had a family meeting … to discuss how we all felt about our impending adventures and to put together a set of ground rules that we would all like to abide by … a travel manifesto of sorts. For me, I wanted to remind my boys that travel is about the moment, not thinking about the past or what’s to come, but savouring simple moments and details. I wanted them to think about the fact that every transaction is an opportunity for an interaction … to use their new language to connect with the locals, to learn, to enjoy our rich and complex world, to grow as a person. We agreed that things are going to go wrong and we have to adapt as we go, we have to stay calm and forgive each other’s mistakes. We have to practice patience and courtesy and a sense of humour. I am giving the boys a travel diary each when we arrive at the airport this morning. I hope that by recording their experiences it will help them remember this amazing experience. I have told them that this is one of the greatest gifts we can give them … a serious life long infection …’ the travel bug’!!!

I have decided to travel light and to not take my laptop with me. I will have my iPad … but blogging and the iPad is a challenge so I might be spending more time over at Instagram for ease of sharing. If you would like to follow my photos on Instagram, my ID is @thehouseofam

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Have a Happy Christmas and New Year, my friends, and I will see you when I get back in 2013. I will be sharing as much of our travels as I can. I am so grateful that you are coming with me.

A-M xx

PS The boys found THIS yesterday. It’s half an hour by train and funicular up the mountain from Montreux, Switzerland, where we are staying over New Year. I pray that we don’t come back needing some sort of orthopaedic surgery.

PPS For those who subscribe to me via email. I am sorry about the random, past dated posts being sent out. I have no idea what is going on. Maybe my blog needs a break too!


This is where I muse about home design, interiors, life with my boys and other stuff that stops my heart. I own my own Real Estate agency, 'Cape Cod Residential', through which I stage, style and sell beautiful homes all over Brisbane, Australia.

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  • Julie
    December 17, 2012 at 5:50 am

    Have a fabulous trip xxx julie

  • BabyMacBeth
    December 17, 2012 at 6:24 am

    Bon Voyage! Have a wonderful time A-M – it’s going to be a trip of a lifetime I think! We went to Paris for Christmas 3 years ago now when Daisy was almost 2 and stayed in an apartment for 2 weeks. I still can’t believe we did it, and am so grateful that we did. Enjoy x

  • Deanne
    December 17, 2012 at 7:01 am

    have a wonderful time!!!

  • debra@dustjacket
    December 17, 2012 at 7:01 am

    Have a fabulous time…Merry Christmas!

  • Karyn
    December 17, 2012 at 7:23 am

    A- M I am so envious right now ! Wishing you all amazing experiences & a safe journey. I will be waiting with baited breath for any little tidbits you throw our way living the winter Christmas dream while we are here sweltering. Just so excited for you. Merry Christmas !
    Karyn x

  • Parisgirl
    December 17, 2012 at 8:08 am

    Savour every moment and thoroughly enjoy yourselves. Safe travels and return to us in 2013. Wishing all readers of A-M’s blog a Merry Christmas and a truly wonderful 2013.

  • Beth
    December 17, 2012 at 8:16 am

    Fabulous! Can’t agree more about the gift of travel (and the bug!). We have made it to Paris this afternoon and one of my trip highlights so far is listening to my 10 year old order “potage de légumes sil vous plait”. Have a great trip, I’ll look forward to your instagram photos.
    PS I used blogsy to write a post the other day on my iPad and it was pretty easy.

  • Julie B.[Holland]
    December 17, 2012 at 8:32 am

    A-M and family have a wonderful time here in Europe, its been cold and rainy 🙁 …. Hope you get some better weather. We leave for America Wends. Stay safe and enjoy ! Happy Holidays! xo

  • Suzanne in Chelmer
    December 17, 2012 at 8:34 am

    Oh, A-M!! Have an absolutely fantastic time. So happy for you 🙂

  • Maureen
    December 17, 2012 at 8:58 am

    Have a daring, safe and wonderful trip lovelies. Mx

  • Jen
    December 17, 2012 at 9:04 am

    Have a magnificent time. Can’t wait to read about your travels! <3

  • Grace @ sense and simplicity
    December 17, 2012 at 10:23 am

    Have fun – may you make many happy memories together. Oh, and Merry Christmas.

  • Siobhan
    December 17, 2012 at 12:35 pm

    Have a wonderful time! Forget about everything else and live the dream. We will catch up later (meantime I will tune in on Instagram). Safe travels xx

  • Ann
    December 17, 2012 at 2:24 pm

    You are in the air as I read your post. I add to the other posters, in wishing you a fabulous Christmas/holiday! Great advice you gave to the boys in advance of your trip. Something we all should take ‘on board’ when travelling. 😉

  • Virginia
    December 17, 2012 at 3:28 pm

    Have a great time! Looking forward to seeing all your happy snaps! Bon voyage Vx

  • littlemissairgap
    December 17, 2012 at 5:58 pm

    I’m going to borrow some of your “rules for travelling” as we have 6 more sleeps until our big adventure. Enjoy A-M!

  • Vicki Archer
    December 18, 2012 at 3:43 am

    Have an amazing time… I shall be waving at you from down south…:)

  • kerry ( kexkez)
    December 18, 2012 at 8:02 am

    I’m sure you’ll all have a wonderful trip. What hashtag did you finally decide on?

  • Andrea Lauder
    December 18, 2012 at 10:06 am

    Au revoir! Bon voyage. Quelle adventure around the corner for you all. Can’t wait to see your photos and follow along. Merry Christmas, Joyeux Noel and Happy New Year to you all!


  • Vintage Finds
    December 18, 2012 at 4:57 pm

    Bonne vacance A-M, have a great time, and looking forward to seeing your travel posts! Jennifer x

  • April
    January 1, 2013 at 5:44 pm

    We stayed in leysin when I was a kid during summer! So beautiful there, enjoy!

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About ‘A-M’

This is where I muse about home design, real estate, interiors and life with my boys. I am starting my next house build, 'The Next House That A-M Built', and hope to have some action on site in January 2018. While I am building I will continue to run my Real Estate agency, 'Cape Cod Residential', through which I stage, style and sell beautiful homes all over Brisbane, Australia. I have an unrivalled staging inventory which enables me to present all manner of homes in their absolute best light for sale. It brings me such joy to be able to do Real Estate so differently and achieve great results for my clients. I am so grateful to be living such a creative and exciting life ... that I have created through blood, sweat, tears and physio appointments!
A-M xx

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