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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Books for children from Lonely Planet

lonely-planet-kids-world-atlas-1-ch Lonely Planet has just sent me a couple of really lovely children’s books which would make ideal stocking fillers. The Amazing World Atlas isn’t a traditional atlas with maps etc but is rather a series of beautifully illustrated chapters crammed with facts aboout the various countries and continents around the world. For example – did you know that Canada has between 2 and 3 million lakes – more than all the other countries in the world put together? Or that half of the population of Kosovo is under 25? If you’ve got a child who’s always delighted to have a copy of the Guinness Book of Records in their stocking, they’d love a copy of this book too. Continue reading

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Alpe d’Huez in summer

I know this isn’t the first time I’ve banged on about how the mountains aren’t just for winter and how they are fabulous in the summer too but honestly, they really are. This summer we went to Alpe d’Huez and stayed in one of VIP Ski’s fabulous chalets. Continue reading

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