France’s Best Kept Secret – Puy du Fou

Puy du Fou

Last weekend I travelled to Nantes, France with Britmums on a press trip to a little known theme park called Puy Du Fou in Les Epesses. Puy du Fou is France’s best kept secret despite being their second largest theme park, attracting over 2.26m visitors a year. Calling Puy du Fou (pronounced “pwee de foo”) a theme park is actually doing the park a disservice as it is so much more. There are no rides and no tacky merchandise, just pure entertainment in the form of spectacular daytime and evening shows and four period villages. When walking through these villages, you feel like you have… Continue Reading “France’s Best Kept Secret – Puy du Fou”

Staying at Les Iles de Clovis at Puy Du Fou

The Îles de Clovis

When Britmums invited me on a press trip to a little known theme park called Puy Du Fou in Les Epesses, France I was intrigued. Labelled as a theme park and rated as the best in the world, I am still struggling to find the perfect words to describe it, other than “WOW!!”. What Puy Du Fou (pronounced Pwee de Foo) does offer is spectacular, immersive and awe-inspiring shows, rather than rides, that get your heart soaring and spark your emotions and the fun begins as soon as you step into one of their unusual hotels, which promise to send you… Continue Reading “Staying at Les Iles de Clovis at Puy Du Fou”

Words and Phrases to Make Sure You Know before Your Big Trip

Saariselka

Wherever and whenever you set out on your adventures, it is always good to be a little prepared, and that includes knowing a little of the language of the place you are visiting. Even just some basic vocabulary can make all the difference and with so many language learning services and tools around such as Duolingo or Language Trainers, there’s no reason as to why you shouldn’t prepare yourself. In the meantime, knowing what you want to learn is half the battle. See which words and phrases you should learn that will surely come in handy no matter where you are… Continue Reading “Words and Phrases to Make Sure You Know before Your Big Trip”

Travelling to Lisbon with TAP Air Portugal

When booking our holiday to Portugal, I spent quite some time researching airlines to find the best deals on flights to Lisbon. Prices varied depending on the times and dates of flights and I wanted to make the most of our short break, so booked an early 6am flight so we could make the most of the first day of our break. The cheapest deals were with TAP Air Portugal, who were also offering 9% cashback on Top Cashback, so I saved both ways. Hand luggage was free but I did pay extra for one large case for Hubby and… Continue Reading “Travelling to Lisbon with TAP Air Portugal”

Exploring Lisbon with the kids – Day Two

Lisbon Vasco

On the first day of our visit to Lisbon we explored the area around Martinhal Chiado hotel, on foot as it was close to where we were staying. The great thing about our hotel is that it is less than a five-minute walk to the main transport network, which offers the opportunity to explore everything Lisbon has to offer, whether by foot, underground, tram, bus or even tuk tuk. Before we travelled to Lisbon we made a list of things we wanted to see and do during our visit and our first port of call for the day ticked off two things… Continue Reading “Exploring Lisbon with the kids – Day Two”

Exploring Lisbon with kids – Day One

During our visit to Portugal in half term, we spent two days staying centrally at the Martinhal Chiado hotel, which is set in one of the trendiest areas of Lisbon. The hotel is the perfect base to not only stay with the kids, but is also within a stones throw of the main transport network, offering the chance to explore everything Lisbon has to offer, whether by foot, underground, tram, bus or even tuk tuk. On our first day in Lisbon we decided to get our bearings and explore Chiado by foot, finding stunning artwork, historic buildings and huge statues around… Continue Reading “Exploring Lisbon with kids – Day One”

Why snow holidays are perfect for us!

Santa's Lapland

This winter has been the one where the kids have truly fallen in love with snow. Before now, they had a really romantic idea of snow; building snowmen, throwing snowballs and hurtling down the hills aboard sledges and boards, but the reality was that it was too cold and we were weren’t adequately prepared for the white stuff. This year we had all the right equipment, the correct clothing and it made the world of difference to our enjoyment of the freezing weather, even when the temperature reached the dizzy lows of -18°C at one point. There is something so… Continue Reading “Why snow holidays are perfect for us!”

A visit to Pena Palace with the kids

Pena Palace

In my last post I talk about visiting the beautiful town of Sintra and Castelo Dos Mouros with the kids. Once we had climbed down from the castle, we caught the 434 tourist bus to take us up to Pena Palace, the most popular tourist attraction in Sintra. It is possible to walk it but it is situated at the second highest point of the Serra da Sintra so not ideal for little legs. Thankfully we jumped the queue for tickets as had bought a combined ticket for both attractions earlier in the day. Once inside you can walk up… Continue Reading “A visit to Pena Palace with the kids”

Visiting Castelo dos Mouros and Sintra with the kids!

Castelo dos mouros view

No visit to Lisbon should be done without the stunning town of Sintra, a UNESCO World Heritage Site known for the colourful Pena Palace, Castle of the Moors, Palacio Quinta da Regaleira and Monserrate Palace. Although public transport is available, during our stay at Martinhal Cacais, the helpful team at the hotel assisted me in booking a taxi so we could not only visit Sintra, but go via Cabo da Roca, the most western point of mainland Europe. Sintra is a popular tourist destination, set in the pine-covered hills of the Serra de Sintra. It is home to fascinating historic buildings, more than… Continue Reading “Visiting Castelo dos Mouros and Sintra with the kids!”

A blustery visit to Cabo da Roca

Lighthouse Cabo Da Roca

Whilst researching our break in Portugal I made a list of all the things we wanted to see and do. One of those things was to visit Sintra, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, known for the colourful Pena Palace, Castle of the Moors, Palacio Quinta da Regaleira and Monserrate Palace and about a half an hour taxi ride from where we were staying at in Cacais. With the focus on the stunning historical palaces, it is easy to miss that the most western point of mainland Europe lies within the Parque Natural de Sintra-Cascais, so I made sure that a visit… Continue Reading “A blustery visit to Cabo da Roca”