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A motorcycle sidecar tour with kids

TweetUsually I post about things I’ve personally tried so I can tell y’all exactly what it’s like, but when I heard about this family activity recently, it was too cool not to spread the word. Get this: Four Seasons Lisbon is offering motorcycle sidecar tours around the city. You take your camera and are accompanied with a photographer, who gives tips and advice on capturing Portugal’s...

Taking a Segway tour in Barcelona El 3 Monts

TweetThere are some moments when a blogger must ask herself, How cool am I? For instance, am I cool enough to put on a helmet and ride a Segway? Can I mount with elan the two-wheeled vehicle that makes a pushbike look butch? I discovered it helps if you’re zooming up and down hills in the Sant Llorenc del Munt Obac Natural Park, the first natural park in Spain about a 45-minutes drive from Barcelona. We all...

Postcard from Costa Barcelona

TweetI’ve just spent a a wonderful few days in the area around Barcelona with the folks from Costa Barcelona. “Costa Barcelona” is actually a new name for the combined areas of El Garraf, south of Barcelona, and Mataró, north of the city. The rebranding (God, don’t we all hate that word?) makes it easier to place and easier to understand. “Costa Barcelona” is all about the...

The best museum in Istanbul

TweetWith all the drinking, eating and people-watching to do while travelling, sometimes — sometimes – I find the museum-going with travel to be a bit…obligatory. Some museums are life-changing for me, like the Reina Sofia in Madrid. Others are full of important and beautiful works that leave me feeling like I really *should* read more art history. If only I could pause journeying this forkful of...

Visiting Dalí’s house in Port Lligat, Spain

TweetOf all my favourite artists when I was a girl, Dalí was the rock star. I identified with his eccentricity and his public persona, his slant way of looking at the world and the surrealist universe he created. I watched Hitchcock’s Spellbound over and over for the dream sequences he designed. Even as a young student with no money, I bought and framed a poster of Femme a tete de rose for a not...

Photo Friday: Roundabout in Cadaques

TweetThis past week my daughter and I traveled to Costa Brava on a press trip to explore the region. One of the places we visited was Cadaques, a former fishing village in Northeast Spain, Catalonia. Salvador Dali often visited the city during is childhood, and you can easily see why. It’s absolutely gorgeous, with a shingle beach in the middle of town and cobbled streets that wind up the hills. The day we...

How does Disneyland maintain the magic for modern families?

TweetOn our recent visit to Disneyland Paris for the launch of the 20th anniversary celebrations, my 8-year-old and I were dazzled by all the spectacles that go along with the celebrations – from new costumes and choreography to a new evening light, music and, um, fire show. But it got me thinking about how a company like Disney keeps its gee-whiz, goodnatured, wholesome appeal going. After all, while...

Disneyland Paris’s 20th anniversary celebrations: my top tips

TweetJenography is never known to miss a party, and Disneyland Paris’s kickoff of its 20th anniversary celebrations were no exception. My daughter and I were among a contingent of bloggers and journalists to the launch of the park’s year-long celebrations, which feature a gussied up Main Street, a new parade and a dazzling evening light and fireworks show. When Disneyland Paris opened in France 20 years ago, there...

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Digital workshops: a different kind of teen club

TweetCYPRUS – Hotels and resorts have been getting more creative about how to handle those dicey teen years, figuring out cool ways to keep older kids entertained. Thanos Hotels in Cyprus have enlisted the internet, but not in the usual way. Its three hotels – Almyra, Annabelle and Anassa – are holding digital workshops, teaching kids how to blog, improve their pictures and video, and use social...

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