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What do you look for in a family holiday? Is quality accommodation at the top of your list? Do you like to be surrounded by natural beauty? Does the family insist on visiting a resort with an excellent swimming pool? Perhaps your holiday isn’t perfect without a beautiful beach to build sandcastles on? If all of these things are important to you then I think you are going to love this post about our family holiday with Yelloh! Village Les Grands Pins. During May half term we flew to Bordeaux

I cannot believe that Disneyland Paris is 25 years old already.  I still remember the park first opening and desperately wanting to visit when I was a child.  Unfortunately, that didn’t happen when I was little but who can forgive me for thinking about wanting to visit Disneyland Paris now that I have two little girls of my own.  Holiday Inn and Air France helped us make that dream come true when they invited us all to Disneyland Paris for the weekend to enjoy the 25th Anniversary celebrations.  I knew the

During May half term we are lucky enough to be visiting Yelloh Village Camping Les Grands Pins near Bordeaux for a family holiday.  We are really looking forward to this trip as it’s been a long while since we have visited anywhere other than Paris in France.  As well as planning the finer points of a trip like this, I love to spend some time thinking about what I’m looking forward to.  It helps to inform our family travel itinerary and make the most of our holiday experience.  Once I know what

Can you visit Disneyland Paris in one day?  Well we certainly think so and we’re here to show you how to do it with this awesome Disneyland Paris one day itinerary which is perfect for young children.  I have wanted to visit Disneyland Paris since it first opened and was called Euro Disney.  I was delighted when I got the chance to visit the park with my family recently as I’d waited a long time for this magical experience. I was planning our Disneyland Paris day trip for weeks before we flew

I’m so pleased that I decided to drive in Iceland when we visited back in March.  I have to admit that I was nervous as I hadn’t driven on the left for many years but when our road trip got underway I soon realised there was nothing to worry about.  If you are going to Iceland, I would strongly recommend that you hire a car as it is a country that lends it’s so well to the excitement of exploring and adventure.  These are my driving in Iceland tips to

Until recently Berlin hadn’t been a city I’d really thought about visiting.  I was lucky enough to be invited to the city by the Chamäleon Theatre, who were keen to showcase what Berlin had to offer as well as their latest show, Scotch and Soda.  My whirlwind tour of city definitely changed my opinion of Berlin as a city break destination.  It has a lot to offer from fabulous hotels to amazing restaurants and thats before you get to the many interesting sights, intriguing and dark history and progressive culture that has emerged

Before we left for Iceland, we had agreed that we needed to plan out every aspect of our trip, including visiting the Blue Lagoon.  We were only in the country for 4 days, and we were keen to make the most of it.  I had an itinerary all mapped out, but if you have been following my trip I changed day 1 of our road trip quite a lot, and I’m really glad I did.  We spent day 2 in Reykjavik and joined a whale watching tour.  On day 3

Since coming back from Iceland, I’ve been reflecting a lot on my experience of visiting the Golden Circle.  Did I enjoy visiting the Golden Circle?  Well the answer is both yes and no.  Yes, I did see some really spectacular things but I didn’t enjoy this part of the road trip as much as I thought I would.  There were definitely some highlights, but we covered a lot of ground to see them as well. If I was to go back I’d follow a route like the Game of Thrones

I was very excited about arriving in Berlin.  Not only were the next 24 hours going to be a lot of fun, but the hotel also looked like it was going to be pretty amazing too.  I was going to be staying at the 25Hours Hotel Bikini Berlin, and it already looked like one of those hotels that I wouldn’t want to leave. As I arrived, guests were enjoying a beer in the sunshine and I have to admit I was a little jealous. Unfortunately time wasn’t on my side,

Krakow is Poland’s most charming city where majestic history meets world-class infrastructure and service. Its beautiful monumental vistas, high safety standards, and hearty cuisine attract hordes of tourists annually, and a great number of them arrive in Krakow from other parts of the EU by car. With a new sense of adventure inspired by my trip to Iceland, I could well be joining them in the not to distant future. Experts from the online shop selling tyres and car parts 123spareparts.co.uk warn that driving a car in this old city

The alarm was set, but the clocks were due to go back in the early hours.  I foolishly put my faith in my smart phone to update to the new time automatically, and wake me with enough time to get ready before leaving for the airport. The alarm went and low and behold, I was an hour late getting up.  I had to drive from Nottingham to Heathrow to be on the 9am flight to Berlin.  I was tired and flapping, not a particularly good combination before joining a press

When I first looked at planning the itinerary for our Iceland road trip, I talked about visiting the fishing village of Grindavik and heading towards the waterfalls near Vik.  If you’ve been following my Instragram account recently you might have noticed that there was a bit of a change of plan.  It was very last minute, but I felt that we would see a lot more if we focused on the Reykjanes Peninsula.  I’m so glad that I changed our route as this was by far our best day in

If you are planning a trip to Dubrovnik, then you are definitely in the right place.  I am desperate to visit this Croatian city after my sister went to a wedding there last year.  She fell in love with this Mediterranean jewel of the Adriatic sea, so I asked her to share with me what she loved about it.  The food and shopping were quite high on her list, especially if you have a love of jewellery or a passion for pizza.  The locals believe they even outshine Italy when

When I heard about the Elding Whale & Dolphin watching tours from Reykjavik I knew that it was something I wanted to do.  Going to Iceland is as much about exploring the country as it is about exploring the North Atlantic and I wanted our adventure to feature a trip out to sea.  I was so excited about getting on board the boat and what we might discover on day two of our holiday.  The possibility of seeing a whale or dolphins in their natural environment was something I had been

Since we visited Amsterdam, so many people have said to me they had not thought of taking their children to the city, which I think is a real shame given that there are so many things to do in Amsterdam with kids.  In the UK, Amsterdam still seems to have a reputation for being an adult destination to visit, but honestly that’s not the case.  There are lots of fun things to do in Amsterdam especially for families with children, and it can be a place to visit with younger

My first visit to Iceland taught me a few things about travelling to the country and I would definitely do a few things differently but there are also some things I would do the same.  If you are after some travel tips for visiting Iceland, then these are the things I learnt during my recent Icelandic road trip. Hire a Car If you are thinking about whether you should hire a car in Iceland, my advice to you is you should definitely do it.  I haven’t driven on the right

If you need ideas of where to take kids in Amsterdam then one place I suggest you put at the top of your list is the NEMO Science Museum.  It’s an interactive playground for children of all ages, and will be a guaranteed highlight for any family break in the city. The NEMO Science Museum building itself is unmissable and will have any child curious about what’s going on inside long before they reach the entrance.  It’s iconic green ship like building protrudes from the water just a short distance from

I’m going to Iceland in a few days, and I’m literally so excited.  I think the adventure and the landscape will absolutely blow us away.  We have hired a car, as I think this will be the best way to explore what the country has to offer in the short space of time we have there.  I’m feeling a little nervous about it, but when I saw some YouTube footage of driving from the Keflavik airport to Reykjavik it made me feel a lot better.  There was literally no cars on

On our recent trip to Amsterdam, we stayed at the Hampshire Hotel on Rembrandt Square.  It was a great location for our trip as it was easy to get to by tram from Central Station and had good access to the attractions we wanted to see.  In particular it was a few tram stops away from Artis Zoo and the Tropenmuseum.  There was also plenty of places to eat nearby, including a Wagamama’s opposite the hotel entrance and lots more options around Rembrandt Square.  This is always handy, especially when travelling

I have been lucky enough to visit Barcelona a few times, but I have always been left with an empty feeling of ‘just passing through’, which leaves me less than fulfilled as a traveller and explorer.  I find cities the most stimulating places to visit, giving a real sense of culture and lots to see, so why haven’t I made the most of my time in this vibrant Spanish city yet? My first visit was during a cruise in mid August 2011.  I was 8 weeks pregnant at the time

Sponsored post in association with American Express® You may have seen the blog post I wrote recently about how I’m excited to be partnering with American Express, on an initiative to pass on my passion for travel to my daughter. I wrote about how we were planning a family trip to Amsterdam and had decided to let my daughter choose what we would do from start to finish. Whilst we were away, I took this one step further and asked her to document the whole trip through photography. It meant

If you are looking for a great place to stay near Disneyland Paris or want a family friendly holiday park in France with lots of activities then I think I’ve found you the perfect holiday destination for you.  I’m really excited to be able to share with you Al Fresco Holiday’s La Croix Du Vieux Post holiday park, as there is literally so much to see and do there.  You might remember we took a holiday to Tamarit Park with Al Fresco Holidays last year, and we had a lovely time

Despite covering an area of 203 square miles, many of Budapest’s major landmarks and attractions are within walking distance of each other. A day spent strolling along the banks of The Danube alone is enough to guarantee some memorable photographs of this remarkable city. Below are some of Budapest’s best destinations. Fisherman’s Bastion This Gothic, neo-Romanesque structure and Disney castle lookalike offers the best panoramic view of Budapest – it was after all built with the intention of serving as a viewing point. From the terrace and the towers, visitors

Ibiza is a beautiful holiday destination just off the coast of Valencia in Spain.  It is one of the three Balearic Islands, and sits in the calm blue waters of the Mediterranean sea.  Also known as the White Isle, reflecting it’s stunning sandy beaches, it’s been very popular with party goer’s and clubbers over the years.  Ibiza has a lot to offer tourists, and has moved away from it’s partying reputation to become very popular with couples looking for a luxury romantic break or planning a honeymoon. The south east

Travelling in Europe is an exciting prospect for lots of people.  It offers a wide range of diverse cultures, stunning and historic architecture as well as some of the most amazing foods that the world has to offer.  Whether you are visiting a destination in Europe for a week, a month or a year you will want to make the most of your travel experience.  Perhaps you are going to be visiting lots of European cities, ticking places like London, Paris and Barcelona of your travel bucket list.  If you are planning

If you need an itinerary for seeing Amsterdam in one day you have definitely come to the right place.  This is my favourite European city, and even with just 24 hours in Amsterdam you can experience the best of what this popular European destination has to offer. Amsterdam boasts a vibrant culture, many inspiring places to visit and some of the best architecture I’ve seen in Europe.  It’s a city I’ve visited lots of times in the past, maybe 5 or 6 even, and I’ve been desperate to get back there

Did I mention that I visited Venice recently for a short break.  Oh, you heard! Sorry about that.  I’m getting old, and repeat myself a lot these days.  If you caught my post about ‘How To Visit Venice On A Budget’, you’ll already know that money was a consideration when booking the trip.  I’ve also shared with you how we got on eating in Venice, as lots of people commented on Instagram about their hit and miss experiences of food in the city. When you go to a beautiful city like Venice,

Venice has a lot of restaurants, some are good and some are not so good.  On our recent short break to Venice food was quite a big feature.  We were exploring the city a lot, so we welcomed the chance to sit down and enjoy a meal together.  I have very high expectations of food when I’m on holiday, as it’s such a big part of the experience and local culture.  If the food is disappointing in some way, it effects my experience of the holiday all together. Don’t Eat On

Venice is a beautiful city and a place I have always wanted to visit.  My friend got in touch with me and asked if I would consider going to visit Venice with her and I was desperate to say yes.  I really wanted to go.  I hadn’t been on a girlie weekend since London, and we were talking about a visit to Venice, somewhere that had been on my bucket list for years.  I started to look around on the internet for cheap Venice breaks, and the prices started to

Before I met my husband, he had a motorbike. He was very proud of his motorbike, and I always got a sense that his Honda Blackbird was the other lady in his life. The Blackbird did stay in our lives for awhile, but when we had children it seemed a little impractical for us to keep old of her. My husband still misses her now, and often talks about travelling Europe on his motorbike. It was the most reliable bike he ever owned. In fact, he only had to order

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