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Barcelona Travel Tips – from those “In the Know”

Barcelona Travel Tips – from those “In the Know” Barcelona is a classic weekend getaway. But it’s also a huge and busy city, so where do you base yourself for maximum enjoyment? In this post, brought to you in a collaboration with Apartment Barcelona, we offer some guidance as to what’s in the different districts you could [...]

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Shooting Stars: Bivvying by a shrine

 Shooting Stars You can’t beat a good night of bivvying out for heightening the senses. Especially an unplanned one. With kids. By a small roadside shrine. Not far from a police border control. After you’ve already been warned you may not be allowed to pass. But what’s a family to do when the sun goes [...]

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Cheap ways to stay: Top 10 alternatives to a hotel

In the Room, Water Tower, Movenpick Hotel, Hamburg

Top 10 alternatives to a hotel How addicted are you to Egyptian cotton sheets and fluffy towels? Does room service and a mini bar make you feel secure? Or are you tired of paying through the nose for a hotel room with the personality, human warmth and value for money of a bedpost? I’ve written [...]

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Everything Organic at Ljubljana’s Posestvo Trnulja

Farm under full Moon at Posestvo Trnulja

Breakfast with donkeys? Hemp linen? A five star organic breakfast? This was no ordinary Slovenian farmstay. Posestvo Trnulja, on the Ljubljana marshes, is a farm on a mission; to teach the world about hemp and health and another way of living and eating. Organic Food and Donkey Therapy Hemp farmer Ursa Kunz has a long [...]

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Propeller Island: Not a hotel, an art exhibition

Propeller Island City Lodge Berlin

Propeller Island City Lodge in Berlin isn’t your normal hotel. It doesn’t always have staff, or indeed guests, it doesn’t promote itself and you can’t book online. But it does have coffins, and cages and upside down rooms. You see it’s not really a hotel at all; it’s a work of art, a living installation, a temporary exhibition space. And you can [...]

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Surviving the sliming at the Nick Hotel Orlando

Slime Time Nick Hotel

Do you love or hate theme hotels?  I’m on the fence, so wasn’t sure how I’d feel about Orlando’s Nickelodeon Hotel. As colorful as a graffiti artist’s palette, and with a guest list of larger than life cartoon characters, spending a night there is a bit like stepping into the TV channel itself. It wouldn’t [...]

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Sleeping at The Palace – a Royal Visit

Buckingham Palace at night

Sleeping at The Palace Our post Jubilympic London mini break begins at Buckingham Palace, with a visit to The Queen. Well not an actual visit. We don’t see her, but we know she’s there. As I tuck the children up in bed just down the road at The Rubens at the Palace hotel, I tell them [...]

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Children in Charge: A Visit Cornwall Birthday?

Sunset Lands End Cornwall

Children in Charge: Let’s Visit Cornwall It’s a double birthday week in the house this week, which makes for some crazy goings on with everyone trying to make cards, hide presents and plan birthday surprises. With the teenage years rapidly approaching and in an effort to encourage greater responsibility I asked one birthday boy if [...]

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Adventure Ideas 2: Go ski, slow, spy or go Granny

3 Vallées Easy Rider - Val Thorens

Adventure Ideas 2: Go ski, slow, spy or go Granny Welcome to my round up of this week’s hot (and cold!) activities, hotels and destinations for active adventure seeking families. This week I’ve picked out news of an amazing competition, I’m going to spill a few spy secrets and serve up some ideas for  going [...]

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How do you cut a grass roof?

Mowing the lawn at the Nordic Centre, Torshavn

One of the distinguishing features of The Faroe Islands is the traditional turf roofs. You’ll find these environmentally friendly lids everywhere on the 18 inhabited islands. And you’d be a hard hearted tourist if you didn’t fall in love with them. But while we marvel at the beauty of this place and the quaintness of these [...]

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