Weekend Getaways

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Weekend Away: Paris
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
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
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
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
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 GETAWAYS
Weekend Get-Away: Stockholm!
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
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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TRAVEL
Weekend Get-Away: Copenhagen
Did you know that apparently the Danish have the highest standard of living in all of Europe and possibly the world? And the highest standard of living in Denmark must be in Copenhagen, so I reckon it must be a very, very cool place to visit especially with kids: clean, safe, and beautiful (and by ...
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TRAVEL
Weekend Get-Away: Boston
According to my friend, Marika, who is a regular visitor -- Boston is an absolutely fantastic city to visit with kids because it is jam-packed with things to do for the whole family, regardless of age and interest.  It's also super easy to get around town, either on foot or by public transport.  The centre ...
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TRAVEL
Chicago Weekend Get-Away
Chicago has a special place in my heart as I lived close by in Illinois a very, very long time ago (between the ages of 6 and 8).... I have vague memories of going up the John Hancock building and trying to get my head around the fact that Lake Michigan is actually a lake ...
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Weekend Away Kuala Lumpur
Kuala Lumpur is one of my top ten favourite cities. One of my closest friends lives over there, and so, before kids, I used to visit almost once a year. Kuala Lumpur is such a great mix between a modern metropolitan city and an ethnically diverse melting pot, full of history and buzzing with energy. ...
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TRAVEL
Weekend Get-Away: Toronto
This time our Weekend Get-Away guide is all about the vibrant city of Toronto. It was written by the lovely Brandy who works in the Toronto fashion industry and who is the founder of Baby Blackbird, a blog about children's fashion. Very nicely, she took some time off writing for her own blog and put ...
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Weekend get-away: Miami
This weekend get-away post I am very, very excited about as it was written by my very dear friend Petra who I went to college with a long, long time ago in the Kent countryside of snowy England. After college we both moved to London and had some great times - to say the least. ...
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Weekend get-away: Berlin
This week's get-away is from one of my favourite cities, Berlin, which I cannot wait to go visit with my kids. Rumour has it that it is one of the most child-friendly cities in Europe. Judith is a freelance writer who loves to travel. She is also a mother of two (a 5 and a ...
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Weekend get-away: Hong Kong
If you travel internationally it is very hard not to have a stop-over at some point in Hong Kong. Chances are that you are on a long-haul flight so it is the perfect place to take a break in your journey. But it has never seemed to me like a kid-friendly place, so I was ...
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Weekend get-away: Athens
Greece is a dream holiday destination -- the beautiful islands, the history, the coffee and the food. Athens is the the main hub and starting point for most trips to Greece, so why not spend a couple of days discovering this historic city, before hitting the beach? Pepi, an Athens native, was gracious enough to ...
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ESSENTIALS AND TIPS
Weekend Get-away: Barcelona
To introduce our new weekend getaway feature, here is our first post from Marta in Barcelona. Barcelona is one of my favourite Mediterranean cities. It has the perfect mixture of culture, beauty, beach life and beautiful weather. It always strikes me as such a relaxed city that is easy to explore and perfect to visit ...
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TRAVEL
Babyccino Kids Weekend Get-aways
Before having kids, traveling was a piece of cake. You could book a last-minute flight, zip off to an unknown destination, take a quick break, relax and discover a new city.  It didn't really matter where you stayed, where you ate, how long it took to get there, etc. But now, all those logistics must ...
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PLACES TO VISIT
Auckland, NZ
After a 12-hour overnight flight from Los Angeles, we landed in rainy (!!!) and grey Auckland, NZ. Not the most welcoming sight for a family seeking summer, but I was so relieved to have survived the flight that I didn't care too much. And  by that afternoon the sun was out and shining. Apparently New ...
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AMSTERDAM
Last-minute getaways...
Cookie Magazine's Going Places blog is featuring a week of last-minute getaway ideas, perfect for the holiday time.  All their ideas are for easy-to-plan and relatively affordable holidays with kids. The four of us have written about a quick, last-minute getaway from each of our cities.  Check it out here, and also make sure to ...
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