Family Travel Times

Family Travel Times: November 2013

Sunday, 24 November 2013

Parks in Paris with kids (by Robert)

At the Jardin D'Acclimation
When you are on holiday as a family, it's always worth doing some research and finding local parks. Sometimes the kids just need to let off steam and it's a great way for them to do so. We were particularly lucky in Paris, because we found a few excellent places to visit. Here's Robert to tell you more...

In Paris my family and I went to two great parks. I liked one more than the other and this is why...

Jardin d'Acclimatation

This park was amazing, right from the start, when we went on a little train to get there.

We came to the park. thinking it would be swings, slides and seesaws but we were wrong. The amazing place had everything, including a little farm/zoo. We saw goats, sheep and lots more.

There was also a mini fairground, full of carousels and carnival games from throwing to rolling. My favourite bit of the fairground was the rides, especially the ones which went up, down, back and forwards. I especially liked the Alice in Wonderland ride because it was fast and went in different directions - you even went down a drop backwards.
In the park there were also forest adventures, climbing, trampolining and much more.

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Monday, 18 November 2013

No 1 Royal Crescent - By Jessica

It's cold outside, but when we went to Bath, the sun was shining, the birds were chirping and everyone was smiling - it was, to put it simply, beautiful. After a visit to the world famous baths, mum and I decided to take the sightseeing bus to No 1 Royal Crescent, a Georgian town house. This is what I thought...

The bus ride in itself was slightly boring, and much less interesting about the bus ride in Bristol. The bus smelt disgusting and instead of having a real tour guide, you had to plug in earphones and listen to some uninformative commentary. Although Bath probably has some amazing sights and facts to learn about, I definitely didn't get the impression of it from the bus. Plus, the bus sped by the sights really quickly, and we found it hard to spot what the audio-guide was talking about.

When we arrived at No 1 Royal Crescent, I was instantly struck by the absolutely incredible buildings and landscape. The green grass stretched out for miles, and the identical houses looked charming. We were greeted outside by friendly people in costume and, once inside, were given a booklet with a few key facts about the different rooms in the house.
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Monday, 11 November 2013

The Eiffel Tower - with our tips for visiting with kids

Before we went to Paris, we read an article on what you absolutely "must" do. It also had some tips on what you shouldn't do - what you could leave out without it affecting your trip. One of these was the Eiffel Tower.

I wish I could find the author of that piece and tell him straight. If you're in Paris, particularly with kids, you have to visit the Tour Eiffel. Otherwise, there's just no point being there. This may not be true if it's a place you come to often, but if it's your first time, then it's a must!

When my son asked if we could go to Paris. He said it was because he really wanted to visit the Eiffel Tower. Doesn't that say it all? Once the tallest building in the world (it's over 300 metres high) it's a brilliant place, with the most remarkable views. The word is often used, but this really is iconic.

We were very fortunate that we visited on a beautiful Autumn day, with a clear blue sky. We had also booked in advance and I can't stress how vital this is. As we neared the tower, we saw the queues snaking around and around. But there was literally no queue at all for us, with our pre-booked tickets. We simply walked through security and were in the lift after about, ooh, five minutes.

If you are with kids, you really won't want to hang around for hours before going up the Tower, so this is my main piece of advice. It was the only thing we pre-booked for our entire trip.

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Tuesday, 5 November 2013

We've been to Paris (and made a video!)

Did you guess where we spent last week? We put some clues on our Facebook page, and also in the post below, and the answer is... Paris!

We had a great time in this beautiful (but very expensive!) European city and will be writing more about our travels over the next few weeks. We especially loved going right up to the top of the Eiffel Tower, and were lucky enough to do so on a beautiful day, as you can see from the picture above.

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Saturday, 2 November 2013

We've been away, but where?

This statue is of a famous monarch
We're lucky enough to have been on holiday during half-term. But where do you think we've been?

Here a few clues, all pictures from the city we very much enjoyed visiting.

Isn't this beautiful? We were delighted to see a rainbow in the fountain at this palace...

We'll let you know where we went soon, but if you have any thoughts, please put them below.


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