Tour de France heading up Mont Ventoux

Where to Watch the Tour de France

Where to Watch the Tour de France I plotted, schemed and agonized over how and where to watch the Tour de France. With options ranging from organized tours to renting a caravan and parking on the roadside, selecting the perfect experience for the family was serious business. Unable to choose between city and country, I …

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View of Budapest and the bridges over the Danube

Exploring Budapest

After visiting some of the more popular European destinations, we decided to change it up on our next family vacation and spend a week exploring Budapest, Hungary. It was an excellent decision. I highly recommend exploring Budapest if you haven’t already been to this incredible city. Buda + Pest = Budapest Budapest has two sides – Buda and Pest, …

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Barcelona Pastry Shops

Barcelona Pastry Shops

A close friend is planning a trip to Spain, and asked me to share some information on Barcelona. We were there in July 2014 and I still feel like I am carrying a bit of the Barcelona vibe with me. The shoes I purchased there certainly help, but that is another story. I was excited …

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Family hiking Dolomites Italy alpine playgrounds

Favourite Alpine Playgrounds

We love exploring the mountains and discovered that in addition to family-friendly hiking, there are some amazing playgrounds and other cool features in the alpine. Over the past few years we have spent time hiking in the Alta Badia region of the Dolomites (Italy), Zermatt (Switzerland), Megève (France), Grindelwald (Switzerland) and Verbier (Switzerland). Each alpine destination offers …

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There are some beautiful beaches in the Tuscan Maremma Italy

A Beach Vacation in Tuscany

Tuscany usually evokes images of ancient hill towns, vineyards, and olive groves as far as the eye can see; this was our Tuscany until we discovered the Maremma. The Maremma is a spectacular coastal area with all good things Tuscany, plus gorgeous beaches and the warm Tyrrhenian Sea. The Maremma stretches between the provinces of Livorno …

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Family Hiking Zermatt - Zum See is a great destination

Hiking in Zermatt

We love to be active when we travel and one of our favourite family destinations for hiking, sightseeing and eating is Zermatt, Switzerland. When you visit Zermatt, be sure to include these two hikes for the stunning scenery and delicious restaurants along the way. Zermatt to Findeln The first hike is from Zermatt to Findeln. It is possible to take an …

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Family Cycling Provence La Coquillade and BMC Cycle Centre

Where to Go Family Cycling in Provence

My kids are used to bike lanes, traffic lights, and crosswalks, not to mention relatively flat terrain. It was difficult to imagine cycling with them in Provence, France. Especially the Provence I love, characterized by perched villages clinging to hillsides. These quaint towns are accessible by steep, narrow roads that may challenge foreign drivers, especially …

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