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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...

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...

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,...

Child-free zone on planes? Heck, yeah!

  This week budget Indian airlines IndiGo announced child-free seating zones on all its planes. Some parents are in an uproar. I think it’s a great idea. I’ve been writing about travel for more than a decade, first in magazines and newspapers, now on this blog focusing on family travel. I remember what it was like as a young single woman in row 17 listening to the ear-piercing sounds of the infant...

Staying at Cowley Manor with teens

Take my advice when you visit Cowley Manor. Even if the Isamu Noguchi table in the sitting room is a little ill-placed, don’t try to move it yourself. Even when you know the freeform glass top merely rests on the swiveling wooden legs and even when you think you’re being careful and it just needs a nudge, you won’t be able to predict how the table will move and inevitably the water tumbler, the potted succulent and...

Bath: A video room review of Bath Mill Lodge Retreat

Recently we did that rare thing for parents, we spent a weekend away just the two us. We went to Bath and stayed in the lovely Bath Mill Lodge Retreat, self-catering accommodation situated in a lovely little landscaped campus, just minutes by car from the city centre. We had breakfast and shopped at a fantastic farm shop nearby, hopped into city centre for sightseeing and dinner, then relaxed on our sofa with a cup...

iPhoneography: The streets of Nepal

For me, one of the first and most exciting moments upon arrival to a new country is catching glimpses of the people, the architecture and the vibe of the destination from the taxi from the aeroport. I remember arriving for the first time in NYC and being entranced by the wasteland of overgrown weeds, rubbish, endless highways and construction, and high-rise tenements. (What can I say? I’ve always loved the...

The complete checklist for car journeys with kids

Being from Texas, I have a particular love for road trips; the journey is part of the experience, with the open road, good music on the car stereo, chat, everything you need packed inside. Once you have kids, that list definitely expands and changes, as it does as children grow up. Here, our list, honed over thousands of miles and hours spent in tailbacks.     Water — Better than sugary drinks or...

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