A Paris Trip with Children

Paris

ome of you have probably already been to Paris at least once and can confirm that the French capital awakens a very particular nostalgia that manifests itself from time to time. As always, when you’re travelling with children, it’s a bit of balancing act. On the one hand, you probably fancy seeing quite a few of the sites yourself but at the same time, there has to be something in it for the kids.  So here’s my idea of trying to find that ‘perfect’ balance. Discovering Paris: Metro, Cycling and Walking. Paris has a perfectly developed metro network and will… Continue Reading “A Paris Trip with Children”

Where to stay when visiting Futuroscope

Hotel-Alteora-Futuroscope

When researching our recent holiday to France, I wanted to stay as close to Futuroscope as possible. The area around Futuroscope reminded us of Milton Keynes as is surrounded by a business park and hotels, so there are plenty to choose from, including one on site, but we opted for Hotel Altéora Futuroscope, just 500m from the main entrance. Situated opposite the Palais des Congrès, the hotel does offer a free shuttle bus service to the park entrance, but we chose to walk along the tree lined road as it is just a 10 minute walk. With five of us… Continue Reading “Where to stay when visiting Futuroscope”

What to pack when travelling with the kids

Ferry

Knowing what to pack when travelling with the family can be a challenge, especially if you are visiting somewhere with a temperate climate like ours. We prefer to travel out of season as the destinations we head to are often cheaper and quieter, however, it can also mean that the weather can be unpredictable, so knowing what to pack can give you a headache. This February half term, we headed to Northern Ireland by car, which although gave us a little more space for extra’s than if we travelled by air, still meant we had to pack fairly lightly as… Continue Reading “What to pack when travelling with the kids”

A Stay at Staybridge Suites – Manchester

Staybridge Suites - Manchester

During February half term, we were invited to stay at Staybridge Suites Manchester. Situated in Oxford Road, in the heart of Manchester’s Knowledge Quarter, the suites are nestled in between The University of Manchester and Manchester Metropolitan University Campuses.  The hotel does not have its own car park and I have to admit that, thanks to some building work outside, we did struggle to find the entrance to the NCP car park which is situated next door. Thankfully the hotel receptionist managed to point us in the right direction and we were soon heading upstairs to check in. Travelling with a family,… Continue Reading “A Stay at Staybridge Suites – Manchester”

10 Travel Goals for 2019

Walking Holiday

Our family motto is “Collect Moments, Not Things” and we love to travel, whether it is to somewhere 30 minutes up the road, or a few hours on a plane. If money was no object, I would have no qualms about home schooling the kids and heading off to see the world, however, like many families we are bound by budgets and school holidays, so we have to be a bit more realistic. Our top ten travel goals for 2019 Visit Iceland If you look back at my blog, Iceland has been top of my bucket list since I started… Continue Reading “10 Travel Goals for 2019”

Visiting the Palace of Versailles with kids

During our visit to La Croix du Vieux Pont with Al Fresco holidays in half term, we made the most of our week with visits to the City of Paris, Disneyland and Parc Asterix. After three days of theme parks, we decided to finish the week with a little more culture by visiting the Palace of Versailles. We weren’t keen on driving in Paris, but luckily the route to Versailles was fairly straight forward and avoided the city centre. The roads around Versailles themselves are very quaint and there is a handy carpark directly outside the palace, costing €16 per day. What we… Continue Reading “Visiting the Palace of Versailles with kids”

A half term visit to Paris

Arc De Triomphe

Back in September I decided to make myself a travel bucketlist of 50 places to visit as I creep towards the grand old age of 50. One of those locations was Paris and during our Al Fresco holiday to La Croix du Vieux Pont in half term, I finally got to visit the city that has been eluding me for years. Having driven from Caen to the campsite, we weren’t that confident about driving in Paris as even the outskirts were a little hair-raising, so we decided to book the coach tour that they offer, which drops you at the Palais… Continue Reading “A half term visit to Paris”

How to Travel with Kids

Small Planet Airlines

Taking a family vacation is a great way to bond with your children, help them discover new cultures, and create beautiful memories together. Those memories shouldn’t have to include cranky, sleep-deprived kids on the verge of a full-blown temper tantrum in a foreign country, though. Follow these tips on traveling with kids to plan a successful trip and make sure everyone enjoys the adventure! Plan ahead In my own experience, most of the things that I could do quickly on my own take twice as long when my kids are in tow. Make sure you’re setting aside plenty of time… Continue Reading “How to Travel with Kids”

Holiday Inn Media City Review

Media City Manchester

This weekend I headed to Manchester as I was due to attend BlogOn Conference at Hotel Football. As my husband was weekend off, we made the decision to all go to Manchester, so they could explore everything the vibrant city had to offer whilst I did all things blogging. We made the decision to stay in at Media City as not only is it home to BBC and ITV studios, but is also houses the Blue Peter Garden and the Imperial War Museum, has brilliant transport links into the city centre and was a short walk to Hotel Football, which… Continue Reading “Holiday Inn Media City Review”