The Secret to a Toddler-Friendly Tuscan Holiday? Ciao Bambino!

When Emma Crosby and Jeremy Peters decided on a trip to Tuscany with their toddler daughter, Mary, they reached out to our Ciao Bambino planning team for help. Needless to say, we were up for the challenge! Our Italy expertise runs deep — we’ve been working with families of all ages to plan unforgettable vacations…


Paris Perfect: A Trusted Family-Friendly Apartment Rental Agency in Paris

We are a family who doesn’t like giving up amenities, even for space, so when it comes to renting a family-friendly apartment in Paris — a city filled with incredible hotel experiences — the apartment must be worth it. This comes down to the quality of the rental, which in turn is directly related to working with…


Found! A Kid-Friendly Barge Vacation in France on the Athos Du Midi

A big part of the joy of a barge cruise in Europe is the time spent onboard the boat itself, not just the excursions. To that end, choosing the right ship and setup is important. Barge Lady Cruises is a service dedicated to barge vacations and works with a vetted list of options throughout Europe. After…


One for the Family Vacation Bucket List: A Catered Barge Cruise in Europe

I’ve always wanted to take a barge cruise in Europe and finally had the opportunity to do so with kids in tow after finding the perfect resource, Barge Lady Cruises. I’ve researched family barge vacations for years now and always came away frustrated, as most operators don’t offer kid-friendly catered options, meaning a barge that…

Rail Europe, Bernina Express

When and Why to Use Rail Europe

Despite living in Europe for the past 5 months, I still get confused when I’m trying to figure out where and how to best buy train tickets. Given that every country has their own train websites, when and why should you use aggregate distribution sites like Rail Europe?

I asked Rail Europe for an e-interview to answer some of the critical questions for families.


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.

Kids Cooking Class Italy Pasta Making

Italy Family Travel Must: A Cooking Class with Kids

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 …


One Aldwych London: Bold Design, Family Rooms and Exceptional Dining in an Edwardian Icon

One Aldwych in London will always hold a special place in my heart, as it was the venue for the first stop of our whirlwind honeymoon 17 years ago! It was fun to revisit this beloved boutique hotel with my parent lens on — it’s one of those properties that appeals to all travelers with its bold design, vibrant lobby…