Last year during our family vacation in Tuscany, Italy, we took a kid-friendly cooking class at our beloved agriturismo recommendation, Al Gelso Bianco. Amazingly, the class included kids from ages 2 to 13, as well as a set of adults seeking new skills. Everyone had fun! The secret? Hands-on engagement, good conversation, and a talented teacher. We had all three …
A week-long visit to Tuscany is a big part of the most popular family itinerary in Italy for Ciao Bambino readers and clients. This is the best opportunity for families to really dig into their experience together in Italy as settling into a single location for seven or more days engages parents and children alike in the experience.
An essential part of a successful trip to Tuscany with kids is selecting the right accommodations.
I’ve enjoyed some of the world’s most incredible islands including Mauritius, Bora Bora in Tahiti, and Bali. All are fantastic in one way or another, but Hawaii remains at the top of my list for the ultimate tropical escape with kids.
The Hawaiian Islands have the exotic elements of a foreign locale and none of the hassle; you don’t need a passport, everyone speaks English, and you can eat and drink worry-free.
Literally, our best family memories are from the multigenerational vacations we take each year with grandparents, siblings, and cousins. Not only are memories formed, but the lasting bonds between family members who live far away are fortified.
These trips are key in keeping our bi-coastal families very close. But, let’s be real, some of our biggest family blowouts have also been on these vacations. How do you maximize the good time while minimizing tension?
In the heart of a small town in Cape Cod, Massachusetts called Brewster sits a mansion-like property called Ocean Edge Resort.
Built in 1890 and renovated about 30 years ago and recently, this picturesque resort is transporting. At first glance, the architecture is reminiscent of something you’d find in the Mediterranean or Southern California but after a visit, you’ll find all the romantic, nautical touches of Cape Cod.
Montreal is one of those cities that you must grill a local about before choosing where to stay, because where you stay impacts hugely on your lasting impression of the place.
If you stay in the bowels of downtown, where most of the hotels are situated, and only hang around downtown, you’ll see the major sites and have a fun time, but you’ll leave thinking ‘well that was a nice city, but we’ve been there, we’ve done that, we don’t need to return.’
If you’ve put your dream of going on safari on hold until your kids have flown the nest, you can take your finger off the pause button, this really needn’t be the case. If you pick the right country, zoom in on a recommended base camp and check that they have a family-oriented guide, you can be with lions and leopards in their natural habitat soon after your kids are ready for school.
It’s almost impossible to pin point this perfect place, however, without picking the brains of someone with insider knowledge and Chris …
Without a doubt, one of the most spectacular activities in Switzerland with kids is to ride the Jungfrau Railway to the Jungfraujoch, the highest train station in Europe at 3,454 meters/11,332 feet. We never got the chance to do this when we lived in Switzerland, but were able to fit it in a on our trip last month and we all loved this experience.
If you like and appreciate luxury hotels (who doesn’t) than a Rue La La membership is a must. It’s free – unless you find something fabulous to buy – and gives unprecedented discounts on the luxury brands we love.
CB contributor Nancy Solomon first turned me on to Rue and I’ve been addicted ever since – from clothes (including kidswear), shoes, furniture, and household goods – you can access all your designer faves here. It’s my go-to spot …
How to Explain Germany’s History to Children
When I told my eight-year-old daughter that I was researching a holiday in Berlin, she asked me where that was. When I told her it was in Germany she looked at me horrified, ‘Weren’t “we” at war with Germany?’ she asked. ‘Didn’t “they” do really bad things?’
‘Yes’ and ‘Yes’ was the answer, ‘but…’
How do you explain that ‘but’?