A walkable, family-friendly destination with a well run transportation system, more Michelin-starred restaurants than any other Scandinavian city, beautiful green spaces, fabulous museums and a prime location, Copenhagen has it all! Starting out: Visit Rundetaarn, the Round Lookout Tower and Europe’s oldest functioning observatory for great views of the city. (No elevator, though; built in1637.) The National Museum, in anRead more
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Settled by a Gallic tribe and then taken over by the Romans, La Rochelle, France, has an interesting history. The city was under England’s rule during which time the Knights Templar were granted privileges there and established their largest base on the Atlantic Ocean. Several religious wars, the Napoleonic Wars and the French Revolution all left their mark. La RochelleRead more
Siena, Italy, a UNESCO World Heritage Site is famous for its cuisine, art, museums, and of course, the Palio, a horse race held twice each summer. What to see: The Duomo (Cathedral) – dates from the 12th century; Italian Romanesque-Gothic style. Allow some time here to appreciate the floor, ceiling, altar, pulpit, artwork. Piazza del Campo – 13th century, shapedRead more
In the northwest part of Belgium lies canal-based Bruges, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. A city since Roman times, Bruges has a strategic location, important in history as well as today for travelers. Most of the medieval architecture is intact and this makes Bruges a wonderful place to spend a few days. Things to see: The Church of OurRead more
Site of the oldest and most prestigious university in Spain, Salamanca has a special ambience that appeals to everyone. Whether you are relaxing on the Plaza Mayor, taking classes or enjoying the many shops and historical buildings, this town has something for everyone. First, find a place to stay: try the Parador Salamanca, a four star hotel overlooking the cityRead more
Family friendly Philadelphia helps bring history to life. Spend a weekend here and you’ll see why. And since most popular attractions are free, you’ll really love it! Get the family moving: Smith Playhouse is a good starting point with unique playground structures to climb. Walk the Mural Mile Tour (self-guided). Check out the Fireman’s Hall Museum and learn howRead more
Yearning to do something different? Head for Quebec City, Canada! With biking, hiking, boating, fishing, golf, dog sledding, ice skating, snow slides and a Winter Carnival plus historic sites and great restaurants, this is a great destination for the entire family. Start with a history lesson: Old Quebec, built in 1608, still has walls and ramparts, and many cuteRead more
Amsterdam with the kids? Why not? Here are some reasons to go: most people there speak English, public transportation is easy to use, playgrounds abound, and there is even a cruise on the canals with all-you-can-eat pancakes and ice cream. Let’s start outdoors: The Artis Royal Zoo, with original buildings from 1838, has a petting zoo, a planetarium, anRead more
Where can you combine sports, history, art, science and fun all in the same day? Boston!
And what other city makes it so easy to travel with children?
Here’s the trick to visiting Paris en famille: forget the famous monuments (long lines, crowds, expensive) and try for an authentic experience in the lesser-known areas. If time (and patience) allows, by all means go to the top of the Eiffel Tower. But a fabulous adventure awaits if you get off the beaten path a bit. Here’s how: StartRead more