Since both my wife and I are teachers, we naturally wanted to make sure that this trip is a learning experience for the kids as well as a great vacation. I'm hoping that introducing them to different cultures will open their eyes a bit and allow them to realize that people in other places may do things differently. And that "different" doesn't mean "wrong."
To build their excitement and make the trip more personal for them, we are going to have them learn about some of the places we will be visiting and have them share what they find. Our daughter has her own blog where she'll be sharing what she finds. She just finished a post on the Eiffel Tower tonight. (She's always excited to get comments!) At dinner she told me she wants to learn and share about the Basilica San Clemente in Rome next.
Our son is really interested in volcanoes, so he is excited that we're going to the top of Mount Vesuvius. He wants to draw a picture and write a bit about what he learns underneath his drawing. I'll take a picture of it and post it here when he's finished.