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iPhoneography: Preparing for Chinese New Year in London

TweetI’ve always loved Chinese New Year, even if we don’t always celebrate it in grand style. I also love walking through Chinatown in London whenever I’m in the West End. Compared with Chinatown in New York, which has taken over Little Italy and goes on for block and blocks, London’s Chinatown is basically one or maybe two streets. It’s tiny, really. But whenever I am on my way to...

Jenography on Yahoo: The worst places to take children

TweetWe all love talking about the best places to take our families. Well, last week I had the opportunity to talk about the flip side: the worst places to take children. As it turns out, there are very few “terrible” places to take children, judging from the places mentioned by the other bloggers included in the piece, featured on Yahoo! Travel. It’s mostly down to bad timing — like at the...

Activities when flying: My new favourite kids’ activity book

TweetSometimes we love to chat with our kids when we fly or go out to eat while travelling. Other times, we’ll be deep into grown-up talk (the economy, house prices, pension plans) and the kids just need something fun to do that hasn’t been acquired at the App Store. My mother-in-law discovered this great little book from www.2littleboys.co.uk, called Something to keep you happy when the grown-ups are...

Texas: The best ice pops in Fort Worth

Tweet When we visited Fort Worth last August we went to some great places to eat. One of the most whimsical was Steel City Pops, which makes gourmet popsicles. Gourmet popsicles, right?  Sounds a little precious — until you look at the list of flavours: Blackberry, Cranberry Orange, Hibiscus, Mango, Peanut Butter, Blueberry Cream, Avocado, Vanilla Bean, Pistachio…. I wanted to eat every one of them....

Surrey: Family geocaching at Polesden Lacey

Tweet“Do you know what geocaching is?” I asked my 11-year-old, as we drove to Poleden Lacey. “You find things using a GPS. It’s boring,” she replied, staring out the window in the back seat. “How do you know? Have you done it before?” “I used a GPS once. It’s better if it’s just a map.” Ah, the enthusiasm of youth. After a wonderful Christmas break...

Is it wrong to fly in a different cabin from your children?

TweetI’ll be honest: I really deserve to fly business class. Not because I’m better than other people, but because I enjoy it so much. So much. If airlines understood the deep wellspring of pleasure I get from it, the Mariana Trench of joy, they would fly me everywhere in business simply because of the good it would bring the world. Everything from the early boarding to how they hang up your coat before...

New York City: Touring street art in Bushwick, Brooklyn

TweetWhen we visited New York City, we asked each of the kids what was the one thing that they really wanted to do. The teen boy knew right away: He  wanted was to see some street art. We’d taken a walking tour in East London a bit before that. It had obviously made an impression. An illuminating walking tour A friend recommended Levys’ Unique New York. Levys’ Unique New York is a true New...

3 top tips for ice skating at Natural History Museum

TweetIce skating is a regular part of the Christmas season for us. Maybe it’s because I grew up with visions of myself twirling on ice like Dorothy Hamill (the US equivalent of Jane Torville in singles skating). This rarely happened. I grew up in a semi-arid desert, the nearest rink an hour and a half drive away. These days in London, you’re never far from someplace where you can get your skates on....

Wales: Review of Cefn Barn, Talgarth Wales

Tweet When it comes to booking accommodation, some people just got it. Take my friend Kathryn. She reliably books fantastic accommodation at all budget levels. She does the same things I do — uses Google, browses a few sites. But while my track record is lamentable, hers is stellar. I once arranged a hotel in Madrid that looked perfect online for a girls’ weekend. My friend Tula took one look at it when...

Making Angel Delight, a truly British dessert

Tweet“Ooooh Angel Delight,” my husband intones. “We grew up eating it.” I’d never even heard of Angel Delight before I arrived here and its popularity speaks to the British penchant for blancmange, which is kind of like pudding, kind of like aspic, kind of like Cool Whip and kind of like nothing else I’ve ever had. It’s very sweet, with a soft texture and can literally be...

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