Weekend Getaways

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Weekend Getaway: Sydney
March 9, 2016
After spending eight weeks in New Zealand, five of which were spent campervanning from one remote corner of the country to the next, we were all very excited to arrive in hip & happening Sydney to soak up some city time (and sleep in proper beds!).  Because we have visited Sydney a few times before, we didn't feel ...
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A weekend in... Marseille
December 18, 2015
Living in continental Europe has the distinct advantage that our next adventure is probably only a few hours away by train. I love picking up a magazine and a coffee, waiting for our train to arrive, settling into my seat with a good book and seeing the French countryside flash by. Marseille, France's second largest ...
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A few days in Rio de Janeiro
November 13, 2015
Last spring when we sat down to plan our year of travel we decided to favour small towns over cities and to spend about three weeks in each destination. We thought this would keep the pace a bit slower and allow us to really get to know each place beyond the usual touristy way. One ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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Weekend Getaway: Budapest
August 11, 2014
Have you every been to Budapest? I would love to go! I'm a little bit obsessed by old European capitals at the moment, so Budapest is right at the top of my list of places to visit. One of our lovely readers, Diane, visited Budapest recently and put together a little lists of things to ...
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A few days in Portland
August 1, 2014
We've just finished a little road trip from Lake Tahoe, NV, where Michael's parents have a home, back up to Seattle where we will spend the rest of our summer holiday with my family. We did some sightseeing along the way and really enjoyed exploring some new parts of California and Oregon we have never seen before. ...
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Weekend Getaway: Hamburg
July 26, 2013
As you might have noticed I have a big soft spot for Germany, the country I partly grew up in, and Hamburg has always been one of my favourite German cities. It has this great majestic, Northern European vibe. Crazy how Europe is so small and cities and their architecture are soo different! One of ...
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Insider tips: Positano, Italy
July 2, 2013
The lovely Joanna from A Cup Of Jo (who is expecting her second baby any minute now!!) recently asked me to share my insider tips on Positano with her readers. We've now been to Positano every year for the past ten years. For us, it feels like going home -- some of the locals even ...
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Weekend Get Away: Prague
October 26, 2012
Have you ever been to Prague? It is one of my top 5 European cities. It is relatively small and absolutely stunning and is one of these places where you feel surrounded by history! In short, a perfect European destination to spend a weekend with the family. Prague is yet again one of those cities ...
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Weekend Getaway: Ibiza
September 28, 2012
Ibiza is a place I visited a long time ago in a different life. It is so easy to get to from mainland Europe and so full of life and excitement. I absolutely loved it, but it never occurred to me that it might also be a great place to visits with kids. Anne-Laure, a ...
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Weekend Getaway: Bali
June 22, 2012
Have you ever been to Bali? Bali must be one of the most magical places I have been to and I can imagine it must be paradise for kids. It is so exciting that Jemma, a fellow blogger, offered to put together a post about Bali. Granted, not really a weekend away for most of ...
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Weekend Away: Sao Paulo, Brazil
May 25, 2012
I have always wanted to visit Brazil -- everything about this country feels exciting: beaches, rainforest, samba and carnival! Not to forget Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo! I am super happy that Flavia, a mother of two living in Sao Paulo, agreed to put together a weekend guide to her bustling metropole. I think ...
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Weekend Away: Paris
May 7, 2012
We have had so many great contributors tell us about their cities, and each of them has made me want to pack my bag and go explore the city, so I wanted to do a post about Paris. I still sometimes step out of my flat and get a little bit excited. Why? Because I ...
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WEEKEND GETAWAYS
Weekend Getaway: Sevilla, Spain
March 30, 2012
My husband and I spent a week in Sevilla over Semana Santa (Easter Holy Week) when our oldest was just 8 months old. It was such a magical, sunny week, and such a special time to be there (we lucked out -- we had no idea of the Easter celebrations we would get to see!). ...
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Weekend Getaway: Rome
March 16, 2012
Rome is one of my favorite European capitals. When I visited I was so impressed that so much history, from the Romans to the Renaissance and turbulent 19th century, can be found on a relatively small scale. But how easy is it to explore all this history with the whole family? Sarah Petrucci, a true ...
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Weekend Getaway: Munich
January 6, 2012
Courtney and I spent a hilarious weekend seven years ago (pre-children) at the October Fest in Munich. It was great fun: there was a lot of beer, schnapps, bretzels, German sausages, sleeping and card playing involved. I don't think we had ever seen so many people our age in lederhosen and dirndls. It was definitely ...
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Weekend Get-Away: Madrid
November 11, 2011
I love Spain -- the culture, the cities, the people and the great, great food. I have not been to Madrid in years (actually decades) and had no idea if it is a good place to visit with kids.  Luckily we got some local intel from the lovely Beatriz. Beatriz, a Spanish native, lives in ...
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Weekend Get-Away: Stockholm!
October 21, 2011
Stockholm is SUCH a cool city. I have been only a few times, but each time I felt an urge to move there (and not many cities do that to me!). It's beautiful, it's trendy, it's kid-friendly, most people speak English, and it's always voted one of the best cities for families to live... so ...
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Weekend Get-Away: Dallas
August 12, 2011
The moment I hear Dallas, I automatically think of JR, Bobby and good old Sue Ellen hanging out in Southfork with their cowboy hats. I am sure this is a gross generalisation, and there must be so much more that Dallas has to offer than the Ewings and their crazy antics. Which is why I was ...
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