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Video: Visiting St James’s Club Morgan Bay

We loved our recent trip to St James’s Club Morgan Bay — our first experience with a Caribbean all-inclusive resort. (You can read my written review of the resort here along with some pictures.) I’ll be posting soon about some of the amazing excursions we took around the island, from visiting an old plantation to snorkeling to making our own chocolate at Hotel Chocolat’s Rabot Estate. But I...

Review: St James’s Club Morgan Bay, St Lucia

Thursday we were taking it easy. That meant we woke up “late” — 8:30 — and ate breakfast at the restaurant overlooking the beach. We swam in the ocean, playing on the round tethered floats. We took waterskiing lessons. We idly wondered if 11:30 was too early to celebrate my successful ride around the entire bay without falling by ordering a St James’s Club Special with rum from the adults-only swim-up...

Countdown to St Lucia

No one ever steps in the same river twice, and you can say the same about any place you visit, especially with children. As they grow and change, the way the entire family holidays changes. They become more independent, they want more adventure and different types of activities. They want to hang out with you…until they don’t. And for us grownups — transformed by our experience as parents —...

Should holidays be educational?

With news lately of parents being fined for taking children out of school during term time to go on holiday, and MPs debating high season holiday prices, it naturally follows to ask the question: Are holidays educational? And should they be? At base, the important thing is to spend time as a family — something difficult to do as we all get increasingly busy. But in my experience holidays — which involve exploring,...

Jewelry that tells your travel story

I’ve always liked the idea of charm bracelets — a piece of jewelry that tells a story. You add to it over time, each element significant in its own way. I begged my mother to buy me one when I was young, imagining the small icons that would rattle on my wrist. These days, a bracelet with little dangling Eiffel Towers or four-leaf clovers is no longer my style. But when I met up with Becki Backpacker at...

The best museum in Istanbul

With 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 local...

Friday daydreamin’: My favourite city

I started thinking about which city I would write about in joining the Friday daydreamin’ linky by R We There Yet Mom? and realised it’s a tricky question. How do you chose just one? I’ve had to rule out American cities — the ones I like the best also have such a personal connection that they have an unfair advantage. Besides, I’ve been lucky enough to visit some amazing places lately....

Reviews: Four Seasons Toronto with kids

You’d be forgiven for thinking that the new Four Seasons Toronto hotel, opened in October 2012, would have gone the grand diva route that lets you know just how fabulous it is. After all, it’s the flagship hotel in the hometown for the entire Four Seasons chain, which itself is a collection of wish fulfillers and pampering providers in exotic locations the world over. And make no mistake, the 55-storey...

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Beautiful women who make you feel good

One of the people that I met on the #ONEMums trip to Ethiopia was the amazing Karen, who blogs at Chookooloonks. The site is hard to spell but beautiful to see. Karen had been on a previous #ONEMums trip and was the official photographer for our trip, so when we wanted to put down the camera or the phone and just concentrate on the stories of the people we were meeting, we could. Karen’s involved in seemingly...

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