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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...

Fort Worth: Visiting the Stockyards rodeo with children

TweetIt’s not illegal to go to Texas and not see a rodeo, but it is a little bit criminal. That’s because they feature so many elements of Texana: hardy cowboys, skilled cowgirls, kid-friendly silliness, cold beer and lots of “God Bless America”. Everybody stands and says the Pledge of Allegiance. This is no time for irony The thing is, it can be difficult to catch a touring rodeo wherever...

My latest dream destination: Hawaii

TweetOver on BritMums we’ve been running the #Flying100 Family Holiday Challenge with IATA on one of my favourite topics: dream travel destinations. I can’t officially enter but this is a topic I could write on and on about. IATA is celebrating 100 years of commercial flight and that just reminds me of all the long-haul places to which I’d like to hop a jet: New Zealand, California, Japan (again),...

Massachusetts: A girls’ weekend at Canyon Ranch

TweetWhen 4 of us university friends wanted a reunion weekend, we decided against reenacting one of our old camping trips (too soggy and cold), skiing (too end-of-season) or hitting Spain again (logistical nightmare for friend from Seattle). In the end we settled on visiting Canyon Ranch, a spa resort in Lenox, Massachusetts, a few hours drive from New York City. “It’s kind of a weird place,” a...

9 top things to do with children in Fort Worth

TweetEvery summer we take the kids to Texas to see my family, soak up some sun in 37+° and experience the Lone Star State. Every summer we swim, eat Tex-Mex and BBQ and have fun in our usual haunts of Austin, Houston, Lubbock and Port Aransas on the Gulf of Mexico. But this year we decided to do something different. The friendly folks at Fort Worth invited Jenography to discover the fun activities for family there....

2 secret places you need to visit in Mississippi

TweetThere’s practically nothing that travellers love more than a secret — a secret spot, a secret hotel (not so coincidentally, the name of a Budget Travel book I contributed to), any hot tip or insight that has the whiff of insider knowledge. Plus, if you’re asking the right people, the places you discover tend to be really really cool. The truth, of course, is that there is rarely anything...

Visiting Dealey Plaza & standing on the grassy knoll

TweetDallas’s role in the national tragedy of JFK’s shooting was something we learned a lot about while I was growing up in Texas. The city had a reputation of being a cold, money-oriented metropolis, miles away from the hippie vibe of Austin or the international oil reputation of Houston. We spent an entire section in my university American history course on Dallas, the city’s collective guilt...

Is Franklin Barbecue really the best in the world?

TweetThis weekend Meatopia is making its first appearance outside of the States. This flesh-eating food celebration in Tobacco Dock, Wapping features big-time chefs and hallowed meat-cooking halls such as Hawksmoor, Pitt Cue, St Johns, Shake Shack and more, all devoted to delicious meats. One of the featured guests is Aaron Franklin over from Austin. But I have to tell you, something seemed amiss to me when I read...

Fun at the trampoline park in Austin

Tweet One of the things we MUST do when we visit Austin, according to my daughter, is go to Jumpstreet. This place has nothing to do with the natural beauty of Hill Country where Austin is located, nor is it connected to the groovy cultural vibe here. It is a warehouse-style building filled with 25-yard-long trampolines, a mechanical bull, an inner tube slide and a foam ball pit with rope swing. It’s situated...

Returning to Taos

TweetNobody in my family can agree what age I was, or any of us kids were, when we stopped coming to Taos, New Mexico for the summer. My dad taught graduate art school there, so every summer my parents would load up the station wagon with everything we’d need for 6 weeks. We rented a house from a local woman or stayed in a condo in the ski valley and had the kind of experience people complain kids don’t...

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