San Lucianu, Corsica

My husband Alex and I had both enjoyed windsurfing in the past and have been meaning to give it a go again for ages, but for one reason and another it was one of those things that we’d never really quite got round to. I wasn’t really interested in spending hours falling off a board into a freezing cold lake, for example. So when we were offered the chance to go to Mark Warner’s Corsican resort with its easy access to water sports and nice, warm Mediterranean sea, we were all delighted. Continue reading

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Lake Garda

Alex and I first went to Lake Garda many years ago, pre-children. I’d always thought it would be a nice place to go back to with the kids and this summer, that’s what we did.

Lake Garda is Italy’s biggest lake – just over 50km long and 17 km wide with a perimeter of almost 160 km – with a stunning backdrop of hills and mountains and surrounded by pretty villages and towns. Continue reading

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Family travel tips – do what you want to do

Morocco  5429 - Version 2Mark Warner is asking bloggers for their family travel tips as part of their bloggers’ challenge.

As a family travel journalist this is something I have written about MANY times, and indeed an entire book.

But looking back through the various articles I’ve written, and after a few false starts at this post, I think the most important tip is to take the holiday that you want to take. If you plan carefully and are realistic in your expectations, you don’t need to let travelling with children limit your options very much at all. Continue reading

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Win a P&O Mini Cruise

P&O comp picFor me, the jury is still out on family cruising. I’ve never been on a cruise with the kids, and am torn between thinking it would be brilliant – on-tap entertainment for the kids, all our meals made and no cleaning to do – or absolutely horrendous – a rigid timetable to adhere to and no escape from everyone else. Plus I am scared of seasickness. Continue reading

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St Lary: Skiing in the Pyrenees with the family

We are lucky enough to live near the Pyrenees and be able to ski regularly, but time constraints mean that we tend to stick to a few resorts that are closest to us and easily driveable within a day. So I was delighted to be offered the chance to visit St Lary with the family to try out somewhere different. Continue reading

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Marriott County Hall, London


While it’s always fun to go away as a family of course, sometimes it’s nice to get away just as a couple too. My husband Alex and I hadn’t been away on our own for some time and with his birthday coming up, it seemed like the ideal time to take a weekend just for ourselves. So when I was offered the chance to review the Marriott County Hall, I jumped at it. Continue reading

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Perfect-fitting ski boots


I had a VERY exciting time in London last week – I was invited to go on This Morning to talk about whether I think it is ever OK to talk about taking your children out of school for holidays (I do, along with 88% of This Morning viewers, apparently), met the publisher of my racy Christmas novella, did loads of shopping in the sales (how fabulous are the sales in the UK?) and got my ski boots refitted at Profeet. Continue reading

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