Category: A traveller Beyond

Luxembourg Gardens

Tale of two Parisian parks

Travelling with kids can get expensive quickly, especially when the exchange rate isn’t in your favour. Paris, however, is chock-full of gorgeous parks, walks, boulevards,  and places (squares) to wander through and enjoy for little or no cost. During our stay in Paris, we visited a park on most days – sometimes more than one, and often with a picnic.

Parisian parks vary from the grand Jardin des Tuileries to a profileration of neighborhood parks. Often the neighbourhood ones are more kid-friendly – most Parisians live in apartments so outdoor spaces are crucial for giving kids some space to run around.We spent a chilled afternoons the non-touristy park close to where we stayed, enjoying a great play area and space for little Roo to crawl on the grass.

But today’s post concerns two larger parks, with very different vibes, history and attractions.

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Elephants

On Safari, from the tip, with kids…

I’m very happy to share with you Living at the Tip’s first guest post. Bryan Milne shares his experiences on safari with young children.

There are many upsides to living at the tip of Africa, but it does leave you a rather long way from a typical Safari destination such as the Kruger National Park or the many parks in our northern neighbours. We can’t just pop down to Kruger for the weekend as easily as our Jozi brothers and sisters can; for us to get to the “bush” takes some careful planning to make it worthwhile. BC (Before Children) G and I used to travel whenever we could and one of our favourite breaks was to fly to Joburg, rent a car and drive from there to Mpumalanga. We would stay with family and spend wonderful time with them and in Kruger and surrounds.

The arrival of our sons M1 and then M2 put a solid stop to that. Until recently, that is, when a win of the General Tyres SA #AnyWhereIsPossible competition put us literally back on the road again. This entry was chosen as the winner and we were awarded a lump sum to be used on a holiday – yay for competitions!

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Gordes Provence

Perfect Provencal Pair: exploring Roussillon and Gordes

Provence is everything the guidebooks say it is – picturesque villages, views over vineyards, olives, lavender and hilltops. And nestled into the middle of it are arguably 2 of the most lovely of them all. Less than 20 minutes drive from each other, they make for a perfect day in Provence.

Roussillon is noteworthy and unusual for the ochre quarries that surround it. While  most Provencal villages are known for their grey stone buildings and cool blue and purple accents, Roussillon radiates warm oranges and reds, which surround you in the rock quarries themselves and the buildings which clearly drew from their environment for supplies and inspiration.

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vienna

Vienna – more than just the inside of your hotdog

Vienna, Austria – land of … well, I wasn’t really sure what it was the land of before we landed. Vague notions of Julie Andrews dancing in hills, sausages, Mozart … but we included 3 days there on our 2010 trip to Europe because we had 2 sets of friends who lived in the city, and it fitted in well geographically to the rest of our trip.

But Vienna is amazing! Land of deliciousness, architecture ranging from Baroque to modernism and beyond, palaces, culture and so much more. Vienna blew us away and makes a fabulous destination even if you don’t know anyone there. These are a few things that I loved – let me know if you agree or can add anything else to my list.

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The closest thing I have to a muse

I’ve mentioned my love of Paris before – if you have an intense dislike of Paris then this might not be the blog for you – so I knew I wanted to write what will be the first of many posts about the city – but where to begin? There are so many places and spaces I love; but my heart belongs to the most iconic of Paris’ structures, the Eiffel Tower.

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Parc Guell

Five reasons Barcelona is a fantastic family travel destination 

Barcelona had been on my radar for a while, as a beautiful city, and for its architecture and food – in fact I rated it as one of the top destinations that we had not yet visited. So we included it in our 2015 trip to Europe with our young kids (age 1 and 4). What I didn’t anticipate was quite how fantastic a destination it would be for our family. It was probably the most family-friendly part of our trip, and here’s why:

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Ten tips for traveling with kids

When we told people we were taking our 4 and 1 year old daughters to Europe for a month, many of them looked at us like we were crazy! Some smiled politely – but you could tell they’d rather have root canal.

But off we went in September 2015! There were times we thought we were a little crazy too – but it turned into an amazing and unforgettable adventure.

In future blog posts I’ll tell you more about specific places we visited and things that worked for us, but here’s a more general list of tips for a successful family holiday.

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San Gimignano

Dream with me back to 2006…
As part of a 5-week back-packing trip around Europe, we spent 2 days in the little Tuscan village of San Gimignano.

This is one of the most famous Italian hill-top towns, beloved for it’s many towers, medieval architecture and magnificent views.

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Dreaming Beyond

Helloooo there! I’ve decided to call you my future readers for now, since this blog is currently an infant and hasn’t been taken out to visit anyone yet.

So the second part of my blog’s name – Dreaming Beyond – is an attempt to reconcile the fact that I drool at the idea of being a Travel Blogger; with my reality as a mom living at the very bottom of Africa, with 2 young kids and a husband with a successful, full-time, Cape-Town-located job. So for now I’m dreaming: about the travelling we’ve done in the past; the many, many places I still want to see; and figuring out how to hold my dreams and my reality together. Not sure yet where this blog will take me – figuratively and literally!

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