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.’
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’?
The children and sightseeing combo is a tricky one to get right. To enjoy a tourist attraction kids need to be impressed … and kids are hard to impress. What’s more, if they’re not enjoying the experience they will make sure that no one within ten feet is either.
As the children of a travel writer, my kids are experienced city breakers and by trial and error we’ve worked out a formula that keeps everyone happy ‘most’ of the time.
When you’re ready to dip your children’s tiny little toes into Africa, Marrakech, in the heart of the former French colony of Morocco and a short skip from Spain, is where to begin. With its wide Parisian-style boulevards in the new part of the city and its narrow rabbit warren-like donkey cart runs within the old walls of the Medina, it offers both first world luxury and developing world charm.