Our stay in LA, with Kid & Coe
October 6, 2015
We recently spent a sunny week in Los Angeles to mark the start of our year-long adventure. We had moved from LA to London twelve years ago, so it was nice to go back and spend some time exploring the city again, to spend time with friends and family and to get a feel for what ...
A trip to the Loire valley
August 24, 2015
As I mentioned before, we met up with Esther and her family in the Loire valley for a little family get together this summer. As you can imagine, we had a fabulous time - what can go wrong with France, friends, summer, countryside and being surrounded by vineyards and chateaux? The Loire valley is an ...
Cotton chalk books -- great for travel
August 18, 2015
Just before we left London, with the impending 9-hour flight to Seattle on my mind, I discovered these cool chalk books from one of our newest shops, Little Goldie. The 'Chalk & Talk' books are great for travel because they fold or roll up easily into your carry-on bag (or daily tote) and can be pulled ...
Keep track of your adventures with Adventure Logs
August 6, 2015
You might remember these adventure log books from my recent round-up post of gifts to buy your ten-year-old, but I wanted to give them an additional special mention because we've been having so much fun with them this summer. The kids each have their own adventure log and I've been encouraging them to spend some ...
In my hand luggage
August 4, 2015
I have been on the road so often lately that my suitcase is just sitting open on the floor and gets emptied and refilled again on a regular basis. I also never have the patience for waiting for suitcases at airports, so I have been honing my talents of traveling not only with a capsule wardrobe ...
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Visit Greece! Camping at Serifos
July 30, 2015
This is Pepi's second post about family friendly destinations in Greece (see her first post about beautiful Sifnos here). By the time you have children, your priorities, and therefore the criteria you choose your travel destinations change. And although each family’s choices and preferences may be different, there are some basic facts such the children's amusement, ...
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Visit Greece! Sifnos, a wonderful family destination
July 29, 2015
Our friend Pepi from Athens is the driving force behind one of the biggest online children's boutiques in Greece, Alice on Board. She's a wonderful mama and sweet friend, and we were super happy when she offered to write up some family friendly destinations in her beautiful country. Greece is one of my favourite travel destinations, ...
Tuesday Tips: Keeping a children's travel journal
July 14, 2015
When I was in Paris last weekend, Emilie and I each bought travel journals for our kids in her local art store. Travel journals are such a fun and educational way to encourage children to contemplate what they have experienced whilst traveling. They're also great for their language skills and artistic development -- when working in their journals, kids are stimulated to express ...
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Tuesday tips: Surviving long car journeys with children
July 7, 2015
OK, the title of this Tuesday Tips might be slightly exaggerated, but really -- I'm not the biggest fan of long car journeys. And especially not with children! I feel like a snack service, entertainment centre and traffic control centre all in one, and that for a very. long. time. Soon we'll have another lengthy car journey ...
Some news to share
July 2, 2015
For the past few months, despite lots of big changes and careful planning, I've kept uncharacteristically quiet about some things. When we sold our house back in February, I managed to skirt all the why and where questions, and to be honest, it's been a bit of an uncomfortable secret to keep (it turns out I'm ...
June 26, 2015
I visited Warsaw once a very, very long time ago on a school exchange trip. It was in the mid '90s and it was a fascinating place - full of Soviet-era architecture, but already buzzing with potential. Now 20-odd years later I am sure that potential has been fulfilled and I would love to go ...
Tuesday Tips: Traveling in Paris with kids
June 23, 2015
Summer here and I thought it was high time to write down some random tips of what to do in my lovely city with kids. Paris is such a great place to visit and so easy to get around that it is a great destination with children, even young ones. But there are a couple ...
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Tuesday tips: Traveling light (with children)
June 16, 2015
Summer vacations are around the corner for us and we have lots of exciting travels coming up that we'll be sharing with you soon. In the meantime, we have been thinking about packing tips -- isn't packing suitcases for a family the biggest job ever? Personally, when I'm packing, I prefer my kids to be out of the house, ...
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A weekend at the Opal Coast in France
June 5, 2015
We've discovered that the Côte d'Opale (Opal Coast) in the upper North-west corner of France is aptly located for a Babyccino Kids meet-up -- it's only a few hours drive from Paris and Antwerp (where my dad lives), and it's also just a 20 minute drive from Calais, where the channel tunnel connects France directly to the UK. So ...
Stonehenge, inside the circle!
May 14, 2015
Last weekend our little family, along with 24 friends, made a special visit to Stonehenge. We've been to Stonehenge once before and we've driven past it several times, but this visit was an entirely different experience, one that none of us will ever forget. My friend Lesley organised a private group tour for 30 people which meant ...
Little Trip away: Marrakesh
May 12, 2015
France has a funny school break at the end of April. It can be absolutely gorgeous or it can be dismal weather over here, so if you want some guaranteed good weather, you need to go South. Coco, who is nine now, and I skipped and hopped onto a plane and went to Marrakesh for ...
When the sea calls...
May 5, 2015
This past Saturday, despite the weather being quite cold and windy, we felt the urge to drive out of London and get ourselves to the seaside. Friends laughed at us when we told them we were going to drive two hours only to spend a cold day at the beach, but it turned out to be ...
Chateau Vaux le Vicomte
April 15, 2015
This weekend, there were a lot more smiles in Paris than usual - spring has finally arrived! The trees are starting to look just a little bit greener and the thermometer is slowly reaching 21 degrees - the magic number when it is possibly to sit outside in a T-shirt. The terraces of all the ...
So Awesome Wallet cards
April 13, 2015
These So Awesome wallet cards don't just looks beautiful, they're also super practical. A selection of cards the size of a credit card, made from durable, easy-to-clean, biodegradable and kid-safe (non-toxic, food-safe) plastic, are kept together by a re-closable ring. The size makes them super easy to throw in your handbag or nappy bag. They can be ...
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Our visit to Copenhagen, a few favourites
March 19, 2015
The last weekend of February, Tamar and I (without our kids!) spent a few days in Copenhagen, the beautiful capital of Denmark, and we loved discovering this wonderful city. There's just so much to appreciate -- the beautiful architecture, slightly austere and with deep, beautiful colours. The very kind and handsome people. The amount of bikes! The food ...
Some thoughts about the recent events in Paris...
January 13, 2015
Last night, as the end of a long day drew to an end, I had the need to jot down a couple of thoughts about the events in Paris since Wednesday. It has been terrifying, horrific, violent, senseless on the one hand... and beautiful, peaceful and full of hope on the other hand. It is very hard ...
A Berlin Christmas market
December 22, 2014
Our new Amsterdam team-member Nina just sent me some photos of her visit to the Christmas markets in Berlin, and I just had to share them with you here! I've never been to a German Christmas market, but now that I saw these photos I just know we'll have to go next year. Aren't they just amazing? ...
ESSENTIALS AND TIPS
December 8, 2014
I don't think I know a scooter-riding child who wouldn't love one of these Scoot Baskets on their scooter! My girls each have one and they love filling their baskets with little nature finds on our walks in the park (lately they've been collecting pretty leaves, nuts, and sticks). The Scoot Basket easily attaches to ...
A new breed of 'boutique' youth Hostels
November 5, 2014
As you might have noticed we do love travelling over here at Babyccino. Being based in Europe, especially Paris, makes it particularly easy to jump on a train, into a car or even a plane and discover new cities and countries. I try to take full advantage of this, but travelling is definitely not cheap, ...