Beautiful houses in the seaside village of Manarola

Authentic Cinque Terre

How to Discover the Authentic Cinque Terre I swallowed the bitter taste of disappointment as I trudged along the concrete path. I had traveled to the Cinque Terre, a region in Italy encompassing five small villages on the Ligurian Sea, to hike a famous trail. The crowds and the vendors lining the concrete path were …

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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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Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II Milan Italy

Milano – A Family Destination?

I have always thought of Milan, or Milano, as a city for fashionistas and bankers and I wasn’t sure if the city would work as a family destination. That being said, the luxe Four Seasons Milan was on my must-visit list and based on my extensive experience with the Four Seasons brand, I was confident that …

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New York with the kids Lego Store dragon

New York City With the Kids

As our black SUV careened through rush hour traffic on our way from New York’s JFK Airport to TriBeCa, I began having second thoughts about New York City with the kids. I knew our ultimate destination was The Greenwich, Robert de Niro’s 88-room luxury hotel in TriBeCa, but I was having serious doubts we would …

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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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