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What to do in London with kids in 2016

I adore farflung travel, but one of the benefits to living in London is that there are so many things to do with kids right here at home. I thought I’d share my list of don’t-miss activities for 2016, based on experiences we’ve had over the years. We choose our outings to appeal to our tween and teen, but the activities listed here are good for children of just about any age. Leave a comment and...

Review: The World of Charles and Ray Eames, Barbican

  Take a seat. In this case, a quintessential seat of the 20th century. That’s the way into the The World of Charles and Ray Eames, a current design exhibition at the Barbican – about the couple who created the iconic plastic DSW chair, the moulded plywood chair, the lounge chair and ottoman, all of which still feature like furniture supermodels in modern home magazines, in films and on television, even...

Discovering a warm welcome in Camden Town #YoureWelcome

  As parents of a tween and teen, we’re always on the lookout for a particular kind of family welcome at hotels. It needs to acknowledge the kids as almost-adults and meet their “cool quotient”. At the same time, we need a grown-up, comfortable experience. Holiday Inn’s #YoureWelcome campaign highlights how the hotels encourage families (including “tired parents”,...

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...

13 things to do in Taos with kids

Taos, New Mexico, is a fantastic place to visit in summer as a family. We used to go every year when I was young, and I wanted my kids to experience I loved as a child: gorgeous scenery, yummy food, an artistic, counterculture way of life and the natural world. It may be known as a ski resort during the winter but Here are the things no family should miss when visiting the 1. Spend the day in the Taos Plaza —...

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: Autumn in New York

It’s not just a classic Sinatra song. Autumn in New York is unquestionably one of the most enchanting experiences in the universe (I may be a little biased). The air is fresh, the sky is bright and pumpkins decorate the stoops of the brownstones. Those who read this blog know that — as a former New Yorker — I return to the city to reconnect with friends, with that NYC feeling and most of all with...

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 —...

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...

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