Tag: Europe

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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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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Life lately at the tip

After years of attempts and thoughts and stops and restarts, this blog finally seems to have found its place in my life, and looks like it might actually get off the ground. This is equal parts exciting and terrifying! Exciting because I feel like I’ve finally found a niche I can settle in to, but so nerve-wracking to put my writing skills on display.

Today possibly summed up the point where my reality meets this blog really well:
Poppet’s school holiday started today, and it’s also her 5-and-a-half birthday – she’s been asking for months when that day will be so it’s been built up a lot.
Roo still had swimming as usual in the morning, so I told Poppet we’d do something special for lunch.

This ended up being a trip to the ever-popular V&A Waterfront …

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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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