How Not to Visit Versailles with Kids


A recent trip to Versailles with our 5 and 8-year-old was a disaster. I had just finished reading “The Hidden Diary of Marie Antoinette” by Carolly Erickson and had visions of strolling in the gardens with the fountains on full display and playing with the kids in Marie Antoinette’s Hamlet.

This idyllic vision took a darker turn filled with tantrums and whining and felt more like a mini-French Revolution than the lovely family adventure I had planned.

Sleep, Work and Play Among Elephants at a Unique Thailand Sanctuary

Feeding the elephants by hand

Founded in 2008 to care for sick, old, abused and rescued elephants, ElephantsWorld in Thailand has become a sanctuary of hope and healing. After decades of exploiting these gentle giants, the tourism industry of Thailand is now embracing a humane way for tourists to visit and support them. Family-Friendly Review of ElephantsWorld Meaningful Interaction ElephantsWorld is a haven of love…

Gran Melia Rome: Modern Luxury with a Fabulous Pool on Ancient Villa Grounds

Gran Melia Rome exterior

The Gran Melia Rome, within walking distance of the city’s most famous attractions, is perfectly situated for a fun-filled Roman holiday with kids. A relatively new luxury hotel, Gran Melia Rome is housed in the historic Villa Agrippina and pairs old-world charm with modern amenities, style and sophistication. The expansive garden and grounds, full-service spa and large…