This summer I visited the heart shaped province of Istria in Northern Croatia, for a short break with my family. Istria surrounded on three sides by the sea and is close to Trieste on the Italian border. Between 1917 and 1945 Istria was part of Italy, so there is a strong Italian influence in the food and culture. Many of the old towns by the coast and inland have Venetian influence in their architecture, and the landscape of the olive groves, poplars and old hill-top towns reminded me very much of Tuscany.
London has a reputation for being an expensive city to visit and yet you can keep the budget under control by focusing on the many free activities available for your family in the city.