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…

Italy Family Travel: Things To Do in Siena with Kids

Siena is — in its “a little bit country, a little bit rock-n-roll” way — the perfect Tuscany town to visit with kids. Its historic center (much of it pedestrian) is big enough to offer a mix of bustling shop-lined thoroughfares and picturesque medieval side streets to explore, yet small enough to be easily visited…

Poggio Al Casone Tuscany

Essential Tips for a Farm Stay in Tuscany with Kids

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.


Best Winter Activities in London with Kids

Sometimes I wish I didn’t live in London. It’s such a lovely place for a family city break. And, as you can just as easily wake up to a beautiful sun painted day in London in mid-January as in mid-June, winter is as good a time as any to visit. Plus, if you come in Winter you expect it to be cold and maybe rainy, those sunny days are a bonus.

Be greeted by cold winds and thunder come Spring and your disappointment will be far greater and, however well you think you’ve packed, you’ll probably still need to go out and add to your wardrobe.

Leeds Castle England

The Best Castles in England to Visit with Kids

I think if I didn’t live in England. I’d assume that outside of the cities, it was just a very green and pleasant land, with a picturesque fairytale castle on every hill. But, I do live here and there isn’t.

Although that illusion need not be shattered completely; I live on the outskirts of London, looking out over a patchwork of rolling countryside. And, an Englishman’s home is said to be his castle and some of my neighbours have taken this rather literally and added Romanesque porticos …


10 Insider Things to Do in London with Kids

London is a perennial favorite for families, so much so that many visit more than once — there’s no way to see everything in a single trip, or even three! This list is for those who’ve already witnessed the Changing of the Guard, ridden the London Eye, played at Kensington Gardens and taken selfies with the lions at Trafalgar…

72 Hours in Prague with Kids

Some European cities reveal their charms in a gradual way — but Prague wears its medieval-style loveliness right on the surface. It’s hard for even the youngest visitors not to fall under the spell of its cobblestone streets, red tile rooftops and majestic architecture. Better still, its beauty is more than skin-deep: Well preserved and culturally unique, Prague…