The best loos in the world?

Alex Andorra

Last weekend we went to Andorra with the kids’ ski club. It’s the second year we’ve done it – and the first time we went I was a little unsure. It’s about 1,000 years since I went on holiday with a big group, and I wasn’t sure it was really going to be for me. Continue reading

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Swimming costumes for kids

Zoggs swim costume 1It’s cold, and summer still feels a long way away. So at the weekend I went out and bought shorts and flip-flops for the kids, and a little summer dress for myself which is probably far too young for me but hey, I don’t care, I love it. Continue reading

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City breaks with kids: book giveaway

Mission BarcelonaMany parents tend to avoid city breaks once they have children. True, it can seem easier to go somewhere where they can play in the sea all day or sit by a pool and eat ice cream, but many cities have a lot to offer children (and their parents, for that matter), and it seems a shame to give up on them entirely. Continue reading

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Baqueira Beret

Me Baqueira 3 Baqueira 1 Baqueira 5Reputedly the King of Spain’s favourite resort, it seems incredible that Baqueira Beret is so little known in the UK. Easily accessible from the UK from Toulouse followed by a very easy two hour drive, it seems to have pretty much everything you could want from a ski resort whatever your budget.

Its 153 km of pistes are split into three linked areas, Beret, Baqueira and Bonaigua, which are accessed by a gondola and then a network of (mainly) chairlifts. Most of the mainly blue and red slopes rising to just over 2.500 metres at their highest point, are wide and beautifully groomed, with trees and stunning landscapes in whichever direction you look. They’re the kind of slopes you can help but feel as if you look fabulous on. For those who are more intrepid, there are a few very hairy-looking black slopes, as well as ample off-piste opportunities and cross-country tracks. Continue reading

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Cauterets

Cauterets Cirque du Lys OT Cauterets 1It’s always exciting to explore a new ski resort, and that’s what we did last weekend.

With 40 km of downhill pistes Cauterets far from the biggest resort in the region, but there was plenty to keep me, Alex and my “very competent skier” children happy for a couple of days. Continue reading

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Pic du Midi

 

 

It’s not often that I will willingly get up at 6am, and it’s even less often that my children Livi, aged 10 and Toby, 12 are happy to do so. But when you know you’re getting up early because you’re going to be seeing Jupiter so clearly it will almost makes you feel like an astronaut, somehow getting out of bed isn’t so hard. Continue reading

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Why I love theme parks

November can be a difficult time to take a holiday, can’t it? Even if you ignore the fact that the kids are at school, it’s too cold to go on a beach holiday in Europe and too early to ski in most resorts. There are city breaks of course, but you have to choose and plan carefully if you’re planning to take the kids and don’t want them moaning all the way round the Uffizi, for example. Continue reading

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