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Vall de Nuria – A Playground for Families

Sledging at Vall de Nuria

Vall de Nuria – A Playground for Families In the heart of the Spanish Pyrenees, tucked into a valley inaccessible by car, is a year round mountain playground. You’ll know you are close to Vall de Nuria when you hear the squeals of laughter. And the toot toot of the colourful little train, the only [...]

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Eating like a local: Barcelona food guide

Boqueria Market Barcelona Fish for Sale

Eating like a local in Barcelona Food is integral to Barcelona. And it is likely to be integral to your tourist experience of the city. But unlike some European cities, you don’t have to part with the contents of your wallet in honeypot restaurants. If you eat where the locals eat, and when they eat, [...]

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Night Skiing Masella Style in Catalonia

Night Skiing La Masella, Catalonia

Night Skiing Masella Style Are your family activities lacking in the wow factor? One way to pep them up is to do them at a different time of day. Especially at night, where a veil of darkness can turn an everyday activity or location into a new and exotic experience. While checking out Catalonia’s five [...]

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Catalonian Pyrenees: Five Fabulous Family Ski Resorts

Family learning to ski in La Masella Pyrenees

Catalonian Pyrenees: Five Fabulous Family Ski Resorts We were recently in The Pyrenees. The sun was golden and the skies were blue. The apres ski was affordable. The runs were quiet and seemingly endless, and most of the time there were no queues for the lift. Yes, I said The Pyrenees. In the school holidays. [...]

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Love, Loneliness & Light: Sunset Piste Basher Ride

Our very own Piste Basher ride at sunset La Molina

Love, Loneliness & Light: Sunset Piste Basher Ride Skiing in the Catalan Pyrenees brought the opportunity for novel excursion – a night time piste basher ride. Skiers and boarders can spend the day carving up the snow, and then personally supervise their mashed up runs being rejuvenated. It’s not often you find yourself at the [...]

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Tibidabo amusement park – nostalgic family fun

Tibidabo amusement park – nostalgic family fun For a gentle rush there is nothing to beat Tibidabo, Barcelona’s iconic mountain, amusement park and family playground. While weekend visitors from around the globe flock to Barcelona city centre to see Gaudi’s visionary masterpiece, the Sagrada Familia, people with small children head for a cooler mountainside location [...]

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Campsite Bivvy & Bivvy Bag Review

Campsite Bivvy Microadventure & Bivvy Bag Review Have you ever camped without a tent? At a campsite? It’s a strange experience as we recently found out. But it did give us a chance to test out different styles of bivvy bags in a controlled environment. In this post, part of our sleepover season of posts [...]

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Stories from the Spanish Snow #InPyrenees

Stories from the Spanish Snow #InPyrenees There’s nothing that symbolises winter like a snow flake; a statement that was recently proved when a single flake clung on to the global spotlight, ousting an Olympic Ring in the process. Its historic moment on the world stage was perhaps more meaningful to us than most as we’re [...]

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Getting Kids Outdoors: The Photo Wander Wonder

Photographing Autumn

Getting Kids Outdoors: The Photo Wander Wonder My series of experiments in getting the kids out more continues on a beautiful autumn day in the English Lake District. We find ourselves in the perfect spot for getting a family dose of natureĀ but the kids are unenthused and we’re all stuck sittingĀ in a car. I know [...]

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Night at the Museum Sleepover at Blackwell

Looking down into the main hall at Blackwell

Night at the Museum Sleepover at Blackwell Ever spent the night at a museum? One of the goals of our family sleepover season was to camp out at a historic site. The opportunity presented itself when Lake District Arts and Crafts house Blackwell opened its doors at night for the first time. And we became [...]

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