Lisbon under Winter sun

Last week, we spent four days in beautiful Lisbon. We really fell in love with this heartbeating city, full of energy, constantly evolving between tradition and modernity. In the meantime, the city is very calm and peaceful, perfect for a family journey. I’d like to share with you here some of the places we loved, restaurants we enjoyed and lovely shops.  ***   ACCOMODATION We had the opportunity to be invited to the Martinhal Family Resorts, in the heart of Chiado. I have never seen such…

Barcelona in the Off-Season

I love visiting the Mediterranean countries off-season, especially during Autumn and Winter, when the light is still bright and energizing, while in Paris the sky is low and grey. At the beginning of November, we spent five days in Barcelona where we enjoyed a very mild weather and a beautiful light that reminded us of late summer. The idea was not only to enjoy the city, but also to relax and adopt a slow way of living to then come back to Paris with a…

California by Cécile

This summer, our eldest daughter had the privilege to choose the destination of our family holiday trip as a kind of gift for her 18 years-old birthday. She said, “California.” Then, my husband took the tickets and I found myself with a big long 15 days’ trip to organise. In my mind, California was synonymous with palm trees, waves, surfers, breathtaking views … After  a month at the beach in France, I was a little afraid that this could be a bit repetitive ……

Magic tree-house

I do not like returning from holidays! So each year, we try to relieve the journey home with a pleasant stop-over to prolonge holidays a little bit more. This year, we wanted some ‘adventure’ … Why not trying a night in a tree-house? Sleeping in the trees, lighting the torch … The children jumped for joy! We just had to find the right tree-house between the South of France and Paris… *** We opter for  the Domaine d’Archambaud in Beaujolais. The cabins are in the middle of the…

Magical Salento

Last July, we spent two weeks in Salento, in the heel of the Italian boot. Some wonderful sunny holidays where we swimmed a lot and visited many lovely villages in the inland. The place full of olive trees, fragrant herbs, hibiscus and lush bougainvillea, is absolutely charming, A perfect incarnation of Mediterranean charm! The history of this former strategic land in Europe (the oil they produced was at the heart of the European economy) is as rich as its vegetation. You can find…

Venice enchantment

Two weeks ago, the five of us spent three days in Venice. Although we’re big fans of Italy, we have long hesitated before choosing this touristic destination. But the magic worked : we completely fell in love with this city, adults and children! Venice has kept, despite the influx of tourists, its charm and authenticity. Perhaps this is due to the mix of grandiose and abandoned palaces, chic cafes and local bars, or the laundry carelessly hanging from windows .. This mix of glamor, history…

Sunny memories from Ile-de-Ré

Almost every Spring, we like spending holidays on Ré island (Charentes Maritimes, Atlantic Coast). This time of year is my favorite  there : flowering trees, fragrant wildflowers, pretty wisteria … The light is vivid and the sun can be sometimes quite hot. You can find pretty vegetables and fresh Spring herbs on farmers markets…Last but not least, there are rather few bikes compared to summertime, which is quite good, because ccycling could even be dangerous in August. In short, it’s really the perfect time to…

Goa and Delhi by Priscilia

This is my own  family travel guide of two places I truly love :  Goa and Delhi. I lived in India for three years and I still go there quite often with my daughter. Here are my best places! GOA, Ashwem beach Goa is very popular during winter : high season starts in September and ends in March. The region, and especially the coastal part, is known as a very trendy place, just like Ibiza.. But do not think everything is like that in Goa…

Dubai by Cristina

 On Monday, while some of us are going back to work and others are in the middle of their winter holidays, we go to Dubai with Cristina, who we had interviewed in our section ‘Mum at Work’ here some time ago. She went alone to Dubai with her two children during last Christmas holidays. She enjoyed this very exotic destination, easily accessible from Europe and gives us here her family tips in Dubai. *** “We chose Dubai for our Christmas holidays as it is a destination…

Rio de Janeiro by Gisela

Today, we launch a new section in our Travel heading : “Family Travel Guides”. Each time, a family gives us its tips to visit a country, a city or a large area. We only choose families who live there or that go frequently on holidays there. All the tips and addresses have been tested and approved!  To open this section, we go to Rio (Brazil) with Gisela. She’s a young mum in her thirties who’s been living there for nearly a year with…