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The textures of Costa Barcelona

On my recent trip to Costa Barcelona with several other family travel bloggers, we discovered all kinds of things to do with children, from preschool to teenage years. We bounced around on ocean waves, walked on idyllic sandy beaches, ate regional specialties, waterskied, and much more. I’ve written a bit about what we did and will soon be sharing a great itinerary for your next visit to the area. But beyond...

Costa Barcelona: 10 great family experiences outside Barcelona

Barcelona is one of the best cities to visit in Spain, and also one of the most popular. That can lead many people to overlook the multitude of activities, attractions and local beauty available by taking a trip outside of the city. Costa Barcelona, the area around Barcelona city which encompasses mountains, beaches and historic sites, is a fantastic family destination. There are things to do and see that will...

Best of Moliets et Maa: Skateboarding in Vieux Boucau

They say you shouldn’t live through your kids but sometimes you just gotta. I’ve always wanted to learn to skateboard but when I was younger I never had the facilities, the mentor, or the chutzpah to get out among a bunch of boys and fall on my, er, face. This deficiency has always caused me regret. Until now. On our recent trip to Moliets et Maa in Aquitaine with Madame Vacances holiday rental company,...

A mother-daughter holiday challenge in Moliets, France

When we visited Moliets et Maa recently, the folks at the holiday company Madame Vacances set my daughter and I some challenges. Our mission, should we choose to accept it: Experience what the area had to offer and with tasks set out for us, see who came out on top. We were staying at Moliets et Maa, a delightful city between Bordeux and Biarritz that has a plethora of activities sure to keep the pickiest of...

Secret delights of Moliets, France, with Madame Vacances

  Moliets et Maa has a problem. The French beach destination is an hour and a half southeast of Bordeaux, and merely an hour north of Biarritz. It has pine forests, beaches, lakes, tennis and golf clubs, and cycle paths. There are enough activities to keep kids happy and exhausted for a week. The problem is that when you tell people you’re going, they invariably say, “Where?” so you have to...

15 pictures that make you want to visit Cyprus

Cyprus is a brilliant destination for families, because you experience so much variety here — from the bustle of the cities to the untamed beauty of the Akamas peninsula to the historical and mythical heritage that seems to inhabit every corner of the island. Here, 15 photos to inspire you for your next trip, with a little about each.   We were on our way to Petra tou Romiou (see below) and pulled over...

Things to do in Paris with kids: 7 do’s and don’ts

Paris is no secret destination when it comes to travel, whether you are on your own, with a partner or taking the entire family. When I lived in the City of Light in my early 30s, I discovered just how wonderful the city is — not just the headline activities like visiting the Louvre and mooching around Père Lachaise cemetery, but also smaller, less flashy attractions that make the city so wonderful. Here are...

Dining at the new Le George, Four Seasons Paris

For years I’ve wanted to visit the Four Seasons George V in Paris. It’s long been one of the swishest hotels in fashionable Paris and a glamorous place to stay since it opened in 1928. In 1999 the Four Seasons group took it over and built a reputation on excellence, hosting the Madonnas and Mick Jaggers of the world, with Michelin-starred dining and world-renown floral arrangements by creative director Jeff...

iPhoneography: Marqueyssac Gardens in Dordogne

Whenever we visit gardens, either in the UK or on our travels, we undergo a transformation. Instead of buzzing round the joint like caffeinated American tourists on the souvenir warpath (not always our MO but it has been known to happen), we find ourselves lingering at contemplative vistas, exploring all the paths and grottoes, talking about plants for God’s sake. A while back on a trip to the Dordogne, we...

Indoor sky diving at Windoor, Empuriabrava, Costa Brava

When I first visited Costa Brava with a group of UK travel bloggers, we started off our exploration of the region with an activity that couldn’t have been better tailored for my then 9-year-old than if she’d organised it herself. It was “skydiving” in an indoor wind tunnel, at Windoor, in the town of Empuriabrava. Visiting a place like Windoor, you encounter an entire subculture, previously...

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