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PARENTING TIPS
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 ...
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PLACES TO VISIT
Weekend Getaway: Warsaw
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 ...
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PARENTING
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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ESSENTIALS AND TIPS
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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PLACES TO VISIT
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 ...
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TRAVEL
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 ...
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TRAVEL
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 ...
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OUTDOORS
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 ...
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PARIS
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 ...
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BOOKS
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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PLACES TO VISIT
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 ...
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PARENTING TIPS
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 ...
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BERLIN
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? ...
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ESSENTIALS AND TIPS
Scoot Basket
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 ...
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TRAVEL
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, ...
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ESSENTIALS AND TIPS
Your house on Kid&Coe!
October 30, 2014
Founded by Zoie Kingsbery Coe a few years ago, Kid&Coe is a booking service that lets families rent out their house when they are away, so that other families can have the convenience of traveling to interesting places while staying in a local family home. Instead of going though the trouble of booking an expensive hotel ...
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TRAVEL
Our trip to Venice
October 27, 2014
Venice has always been at the top of my holiday wish-list, and yet, in the 11 years we've lived in London, we've never managed to go. It's either spring/summer when it's too touristy and overcrowded, or late summer when it's too hot and smelly, or winter when it's apparently quite foggy and cold (although I've heard ...
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PLACES TO VISIT
Arcachon
October 23, 2014
As the leaves on the trees here in Paris are slowly turning red, yellow and brown and summer is becoming a bit of a distant memory, I wanted to quickly jot down some notes about an area of France we discovered and completely fell in love with this summer. It is the Atlantic coast of ...
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WEEKEND GETAWAYS
Weekend Getaway: Brussels
September 19, 2014
Brussels is only about 1.5 hours away from Paris and about 2 hours away from London. You can just jump on a train and it will take you directly to this lovely city. I have spent some great weekends there before having kids and would love to go back to show the family around. So ...
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PARIS
Context Travel - Tours around Paris
September 18, 2014
This weekend we went for a little adventure around Paris -- the sun was out and it was the perfect day to discover Montmartre. It is ironic how, when you live in a city, you sometimes know less about it than all the tourists who visit! We were delighted when Context Travel invited us for a ...
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ESSENTIALS AND TIPS
The Dopper bottle
September 12, 2014
In the Netherlands, schools don't provide a cooked lunch so my children leave the house every day with a backpack with a packed lunch and a bottle of water. Recently, Sara has been complaining about her current water bottle making funny sounds when she drinks, so I've been on the lookout for a replacement. And ...
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PLACES TO VISIT
Weekend Getaway: Milan
September 10, 2014
I love Italy! To be honest, who doesn't? The landscape, the architecture, the history, the food and the people -- a beautiful holiday is guaranteed whatever corner of Italy you decide to explore. Milan always struck me as the most "sensible" city of Italy, known more as a business and fashion capital than as a ...
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FOOD
A market in France
September 9, 2014
When we stay in our house in France, we always make sure to make the trip to the local market which takes place in Maurs, every Thursday morning. The ride by itself is worth it -- the beautiful hills with the fog still hanging over the valleys... The market is a 'farmers market' in the ...
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PLACES TO VISIT
A bit about our house in the Cantal, France
September 4, 2014
Every summer, we spend a few weeks in our family house in the Cantal, in France. The Cantal is an agrarian region located in the Auvergne, in the south-centre of France, with mountains, meandering rivers and the most picturesque little villages imaginable. It's such a beautiful part of the world, and I thought it would be ...
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