Family travel with flair

Activities when flying: My new favourite kids’ activity book

Sometimes we love to chat with our kids when we fly or go out to eat while travelling. Other times, we’ll be deep into grown-up talk (the economy, house prices, pension plans) and the kids just need something fun to do that hasn’t been acquired at the App Store. My mother-in-law discovered this great little book from www.2littleboys.co.uk, called Something to keep you happy when the grown-ups are being...

A motorcycle sidecar tour with kids

Usually I post about things I’ve personally tried so I can tell y’all exactly what it’s like, but when I heard about this family activity recently, it was too cool not to spread the word. Get this: Four Seasons Lisbon is offering motorcycle sidecar tours around the city. You take your camera and are accompanied with a photographer, who gives tips and advice on capturing Portugal’s capital....

9 top things to do with children in Fort Worth

Every summer we take the kids to Texas to see my family, soak up some sun in 37+° and experience the Lone Star State. Every summer we swim, eat Tex-Mex and BBQ and have fun in our usual haunts of Austin, Houston, Lubbock and Port Aransas on the Gulf of Mexico. But this year we decided to do something different. The friendly folks at Fort Worth invited Jenography to discover the fun activities for family there. If...

Review: The Milestones Museum, Basingstoke

As another British summer arrives, the imploration on every parent’s lips is the same: I need rainy day activity ideas! We’re constantly on the lookout for interesting outings, especially as our teenager and tween are long past enjoying soft-play. We recently visited the Milestones Museum in Basingstoke and discovered a great afternoon’s outing that’s educational to boot. We were invited to...

Summer in London: Wahaca on the Southbank

  There are those moments when I’m reminded how much I love living in cities and how much I love living in London. Tonight was a glorious summer evening on the Southbank, the Summer of Love festival is going on, people were drinking and relaxing on the terrace and I met Selena from Oh, the Places We Will Go at the Wahaca Southbank Experience. Wahaca really is one of the best places to get — we...

Taking a Segway tour in Barcelona El 3 Monts

There are some moments when a blogger must ask herself, How cool am I? For instance, am I cool enough to put on a helmet and ride a Segway? Can I mount with elan the two-wheeled vehicle that makes a pushbike look butch? I discovered it helps if you’re zooming up and down hills in the Sant Llorenc del Munt Obac Natural Park, the first natural park in Spain about a 45-minutes drive from Barcelona. We all know...

Visiting Dealey Plaza & standing on the grassy knoll

Dallas’s role in the national tragedy of JFK’s shooting was something we learned a lot about while I was growing up in Texas. The city had a reputation of being a cold, money-oriented metropolis, miles away from the hippie vibe of Austin or the international oil reputation of Houston. We spent an entire section in my university American history course on Dallas, the city’s collective guilt about...

Fun at the trampoline park in Austin

One of the things we MUST do when we visit Austin, according to my daughter, is go to Jumpstreet. This place has nothing to do with the natural beauty of Hill Country where Austin is located, nor is it connected to the groovy cultural vibe here. It is a warehouse-style building filled with 25-yard-long trampolines, a mechanical bull, an inner tube slide and a foam ball pit with rope swing. It’s situated next...

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...

Travel: Should there be child-free flights?

Nobody enjoys hearing the wail of a child on an airplane – it wakes you from your fitful uncomfortable doze, it drowns out even the sound of the engine, sets your teeth on edge and makes it hard to watch the reruns of Frasier. For parents, the problem is figuring out not just to keep your child happy but to keep them from making others unhappy. Is the solution segregating passengers with child-free flights?...

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