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My 7 Links: Oldies but Goodies

My 7 Links is a brilliant project by our friends at Tripbase aimed at creating a bank of blog posts that are worth resurrecting. The idea is for bloggers to publish links back to great posts from their archives that fit the categories defined below. Each blogger subsequently nominates up to 5 bloggers to do the same. Fun and useful!

Thank you Jennifer Miner from The Vacation Girls who nominated me in her 7 links post last week.

Val D'Orcia Tuscany Italy Landscape Photo

Most Popular Post

Photo Friday: Tuscany with Kids – Italy is a very special destination for Ciao Bambino. Our roots are creating incredible family itineraries in Italy and our readers still love to hear about all things related to traveling in Italy with kids. The post is both inspirational with iconic photos and helpful, as it outlines must-see basics.

Most Controversial Post

Family Vacation Photo Contest – We had a wild giveaway in March 2010 when we asked 50 families to submit favorite family travel photos and encourage friends, family, and our readers vote for their favorite photo. The prize was a week-long stay at one of our most popular properties in Tuscany, Casa Cornacchi. As the contest closed and a handful of photos were neck-and-neck in votes, people got a wee bit crazy and started adding what was considered “spam” as votes and a near riot ensued.

Passions were inflamed, but we managed to create a happy ending by asking our partner to grant both winners free stays. All ended well and we learned a few critical lessons. A big one is that contest rules need to be irrefutable and crystal clear to all.

Most Helpful Post

Italy Travel 101: How to Create a Family-Friendly Itinerary – Back to Italy for my most helpful post. Given that the list of desirable attractions in Italy is huge, families want an easy foundation from which to develop an itinerary. This post gives parents the tools they need to start building their trip thought my highlights of a basic itinerary that works well for a wide range of families with children of all ages.

Post Whose Success Surprised Me

Photo Friday: Review of Legoland’s New Water Park – We don’t have as much coverage of theme parks on Ciao Bambino as some of the other family travel sites; as a result, I was surprised to see how well my review of Legoland San Diego’s then-new water park did (and continues to do). It just goes to show how even just basic information written by parents (for parents) on dedicated kid-friendly attractions is highly coveted.

A Post That Didn’t Get the Attention It Deserved

Just Got Back from Villa D’Este on Lake Como – In retrospect I didn’t name this post correctly. Yes, it was about my glorious stay at Villa D’Este on Lake Como, but more than that, this post included must-know tips on things to contemplate when booking a kid-friendly luxury hotel. We’ve stayed at many of them and truly, not all luxury hotels want to host your kids, or do so well enough to warrant the expense.

Post I Am Most Proud Of

72 Hours with Kids Day 1 | 72 Hours with Kids Day 2 | 72 Hours in London with Kids Day 3 – I did a three-part series on how to successfully spend 72 hours in London with kids that I love. The essence of Ciao Bambino is distilling information down to reliable, digestible, and usable snippets of information that families can, in turn, use to plan family holidays that meet their personal needs and objectives.

We are always honest about our mistakes and the lessons we learn through travel on Ciao Bambino. My London planning was not perfect, but these tips will help ensure that other families avoid our pain.

Most Beautiful Post

I lost someone dear to me in June and wrote a post about her on the blog called Life Lessons from Chris Lytle. The post was tremendously difficult to write, but in the end I felt like I communicated what I needed/wanted to about this wonderful woman. In the end, many people came back and said it was a beautiful tribute to her.

As Mara Gorman (Mother of All Trips) said in her tweet about it, if you need a reason to travel, read this post. Exactly.

And now, I’m passing the baton to …

Hip Travel Mama

The Luxury Travel Mom

Taking the Kids

500 Places with Kids

Travels with Baby

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