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7 free beauty treatments at the airport

Here’s a twist: Wouldn’t it be great to arrive at the airport and be happy to lose your bags? You can if that means your under-eye bags, along with dull skin, lackluster makeup and scaly hands.     I recently discovered fantastic shortie beauty treatment that you can get at the airport and best of all, they are all complimentary. When you arrive at the airport a little flustered, having packed...

Cool, insider places to shop in Reims

This city of 200,000 – the capital of the Champagne Ardenne region – is a great place to visit. It has beautiful, harmonious but varied 18th century architecture, a cathedral that rivals Paris’s Notre Dame, and easy access to the Champagne houses of the region. On my recent weekend in Reims I also learned there are some great little shops where you find special souvenirs too (particularly the kind you eat and...

Review: Jumping in the trees with Windermere Treetop Nets

Kids can sometime drive us up a tree. I discovered on a recent trip to Cumbria that Treetop Nets at Lake Windermere is a great chance to return the favour. This activity centre features actual nets strung up in the trees with walkways, tunnels and slides to play in. When fellow family traveller Kirstie from Family Adventure Project heard I was making the trek up to the area from London with two girls, Treetop Nets...

7 places to go with kids in 2017

  Nevermind the new-year resolutions. January is the perfect time to make your 2017 wish list of where to go with the family (or as a couple…or with your girlfriends for a weekend away). I’ve been mentally preparing my list for a while, now I’m making it official. Here are my top picks for 2017. Where are you going? 1. Lisbon I’ve been mooning over Lisbon for ages, since I heard about...

Lake District: The Swan Hotel & Lake Windermere

  I drove through sleet and rain, roaring traffic and endless dark roads to make it to the Swan Hotel one weekend with two tween girls in tow. “That’s a long way,” London friends said when I told them about this weekend trip, and it was a good amount of driving. I would make out like I’m some kind of martyr (I can be like that), but oh what a payoff! Gorgeous Lake District vistas, a superbly crisp day on the...

The London Eye at Christmas

  The London Eye is always on my list of places to take people when they visit the city. Every time I go up in one of the capsules, I can’t help but marvel at the view, proudly showing off my adopted city and the sights up and down the Thames. That’s why I was delighted when I got some complimentary tickets to take 2 of my out-of-town friends up for a turn at this iconic London attraction. (See...

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...

Hampshire: The Peat Spade Inn, Stockbridge

  Sometimes you just get lucky. A friend of a friend or a colleague or someone you know from somewhere recommends a place to stay and it looks good online so you book it. We’ve all been on the other end of this. Where you book someplace whose website looks marvelous and it ends up you saw the only flattering picture, or it’s next to a tip or is underwhelming or a bit smelly or just meh. But this past...

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...

The luxury hotels that love bees

Honey makes the world go round. It’s not the usual way that phrase goes, but it was certainly the motto at The Joy of Bees, an immersive art installation that took place this month in Soho with the brilliant guys at Bompas & Parr along with Relais & Chateaux. At the event, you could drift from one room filled with a honeybee garden to another with a beekeeper from Bermondsey Street Bees talking about the...

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