Rome fails
Nov02

Rome fails

We’ve recently got home from a lovely short break in Rome. Lots of stuff worked out well for us, but some of it wasn’t quite as good. Here are our Rome fails… The Vatican City When I asked the boys what they wanted to visit in Rome, my eldest said the Vatican and the Sistine Chapel. This surprised me as we’re not Catholic, but I soon realised EVERYONE visits the Vatican when they’re in Rome. I asked the...

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Half-term holiday to Rome
Oct27

Half-term holiday to Rome

I hated October half-term last year. I’m not sure if it was because my younger son had just started secondary school, but everything felt different and I was very unsettled. I don’t tend to be a jealous type, but it felt like the whole world was on holiday. Whether Cornwall or the Caribbean, or somewhere in between, everyone I knew seemed to be away. And I wanted to be away, more than anything. All we had was a miserable...

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Things to do in Amsterdam with a tween
Aug10

Things to do in Amsterdam with a tween

Amsterdam isn’t all prostitutes, sex shows, stag parties and coffee shops that sell more than coffee. It’s a beautiful city and there’s lots to do with children. You just have to know where to look! On our recent trip to Amsterdam with my daughter, who is 9, this is what we did. Boat trip on the canal This is pretty much essential, whether you’ve got a tween, a toddler or you’re travelling alone. The...

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Going to Amsterdam as a one child family!
Jul31

Going to Amsterdam as a one child family!

When we paid the deposit for my sons to go on their 12 day Scout camp in Holland, we jokingly said we would go on holiday to Amsterdam with our daughter at the same time. We loved Amsterdam when we visited a couple of years ago and really wanted to go again. We also liked the idea of being close to the boys, at least for a few of the days they were away. I was worried about how my younger son might cope and I thought it would be good...

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Barcelona stuff
Jun11

Barcelona stuff

Here’s a few random bits and pieces about our recent trip to Barcelona. I’ll write about the places we visited in a separate post. Weather It’s hot in Spain, isn’t it? 25 or 26 degrees? Maybe even 28 or 30? Not when we went. We arrived in Barcelona to discover they were suffering from the same unseasonal weather we’ve been having in Britain. Yes it was better than Britain. But their late May was like ours...

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