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We are going on vacation with Irene from BloesemKids

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"Dear readers: I am so very sorry for this long silence! It wasn't planning on being offline for such a long time. I came to the Netherlands about 10 days ago and the places where we were staying were without internet connection (!)... perhaps a good thing for this online addict because it allowed me to fully enjoy being with my family and some time off. Last Thursday we flew to Spain and this image was taken of me yesterday, enjoying a marvellous late lunch in a wonderful restaurant in Romanya de la Selva near Girona.... so today a bit more about my vacation in Spain..."

We are Going on Vacation with me, Irene from BloesemKids

and we are we going to...
LLagostera in Spain at the beautiful Costa Brava. I was 4 years old when I came here for the first time and I still love it! The beaches and rocky coast line are just amazing and the country side is gorgeous too... 

Who are you bringing along?

My husband Rik and our two boys, Lode and Kiet (6 and 3 years old).

 

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LodekietplayingWhere do you stay? 

We stay at a house that my parents bought long ago. It has been renovated a couple of times but still feels very much like home. Going on vacation to a real home works very well for me... we have never been the camping types... I think that is because we've been roaming the globe for years and coming 'home' while on vacation just feels great.... down time with the family, living easy...

How do you get there?
By plane from the Netherlands and while in Spain we drive a super cute Ford convertible ... yes, you can call it an oldtimer...

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What do you bring?

too much … always too much, including my work and I should not be doing that!

Any travel tips?

I always bring things-to-do books for my boys that we use during flights and traveling. I enjoy making puzzles with them or other easy games like travel bingo. This year I brought a Dutch book called…Vakantie Klets (=Holiday Talk) by gezinning and it worked perfectly. While Kiet was sleeping on my lap Lode and I worked our way through this book and had lots of fun chatting with each other and writing the pages. It is already a nice keep safe book that will always remind me of his vacation .

What are must-see places in the world according to you?

The Costa Brava… The rough beach side and the spectaular little villages that bring you back to the middle ages...

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I will try to be back later today with some more images from the beach at parafrugell where we are heading right now for a late lunch at the beach in a restaurant called Tragamar.

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Monday's quick start: Zig Zag City Guide Rome

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"Meet Zig and Zag, two characters that will guide your child through Rome. Your young travelers won’t miss a beat with thirty interactive city cards filled with facts and activities. They’ll learn words and phrases in Italian, reflect on what they experience, draw what they see, and take a quiz about Rome to keep them on their toes"

Alane send me an email about her Zig Zag Rome guide and I LOve it and she told me this summer a Zig Zag San Francisco guide will be launched and Paris and NYC are next on their list.

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..Zig Zag Rome guide

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We are Going on Vacation with Mariella from hollywoodroadblog

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We are Going on Vacation with Mariella  from Hollywood road blog


and we are we going to...
Italy, like every summer. I am  Italian , but I live in China and the summer is an opportunity to explore my country and share it with my husband who is Israeli and my kids.

Who are you bringing along?
My love and my two kids, two and a half years  and 5 months old
 
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Where do you stay? 
We start from my parents' home, a little town down in the south, and then we will travel to other places although this year's itinerary still has to be defined

How do you get there?

We get there by plane and then we take road trips with a rented car. .........MORE

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What do you bring?
everything children need from diapers to the Ipad, a road map, a book and of course my cameras

Any travel tips?
Years of traveling first by myself and now with my family have taught me that being organized is the key for a happy travel experience. Start packing at least a couple of days in advance so that every time something comes to your mind you can throw it in the suitcase. That way it's hard to forget things. Having said that, try to travel light and be aware that apart from your passport, wallet and mobile phone, everything can always be bought somewhere else, if really needed.

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What are must-see places in the world according to you?
Well Italy of course is a wonderful travel destination (I recommend to head to the south for the best beaches and to explore lovely little towns) then I would say Israel where my husband comes from, such an interesting place to visit. Bora Bora and Tahaa in french Polinesia are breathtakingly beautiful, New York and Amsterdam are probably my favorite cities in the world.Then Japan another place dear to my heart and cannot forget about China of course, where I currently live. An immense, diverse and in its own way beautiful country.


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..Hollywood road blog

All images by Mariella

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We are Going on Vacation with Emilie from Babyccino

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We are Going on Vacation with Emilie Walmsley from Babyccino kids


and we are we going to...
The southern Limousin, as relatively unknown region just north of the Dordogne.

Whom are you bringing along?
My two daughters, Coco and Violette. Friends will come and go during our stay.

Where do you stay?
Our little farm house, which has been in my family for generations.  .......... MORE

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How do you get there?
By car, it is very remote

What do you bring?
Bathing suits for the local lakes, straw hats, books as there is no TV or internet, good music, bikes

What can the kids bring?
The usual, toys and books. Being complete city kids, they actually are so happy to be able to roam around a garden, they don't need much

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Where do you usually search for travel ideas?
Fortunately or unfortunately as the case may be, I have family and friends all over Europe, who I want to see on a regular basis so my travel plans are total based around the destinations I can visit someone in!

Any travel tips?
Pack light. I put everything I think I need to bring on holiday for the whole family on my bed. I then start editing it, until I have about 50% left, as I always over estimate what I need to bring in all the excitement.

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What are must-see places in the world according to you?

When I was 8 we went to the USA and did a road trip. I still remember seeing the Grand Canyon as clear as if it was yesterday, so it must have made a major impact on me. City wise, I think that New York, Berlin and Hong Kong have stuck me as some of the most fascinating cities I have visited, all for very different reasons. Actually this question is really hard as there are so many places I have been lucky enough to visit!

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..Emilie Walmsley from Babyccino Kids

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We are going on vacation with Anne Duramois from Luvaville

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We are Going on Vacation with Anne Duramois Czinczenheim from Luvaville

and we are we going to... Menorca
It has been a busy year for our family so this summer, we need to relax and just to spend some quality family time. This year's destination is Menorca, a small and a bit quieter Spanish Island than its neighbor Mallorca. Menorca is famous for its wild and unspoiled nature, many beaches and great child-friendly resorts. As we always like to combine our travels with big city escapes, we are stopping over at Barcelona for a few days. This way, we have the perfect combo for a family-friendly beach and city holidays.

Who are you bringing along?
We are going just the four of us: My Husband and my two daughters: Liv & Stella.

Where do you stay?
We have found this nice and charming resort with independent apartments and all the family-friendly facilities that we need to have a relaxing and pleasant stay. When we travel, we like to rent apartments and have a bit more space. This way, we can take it easy during the mornings and be able to do thing even when the girls are at sleep at night. ........MORE

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How do you get there?
By Plane.

What do you bring?
When we travel, we always bring our lightweight stroller, a portable baby chair (in Southern Europe you don't find high chairs in all restaurants, so a must have!), some different games, cameras and our iPad for watching movies and other entertaining.

What can the kids bring?
We always bring some of the girl's favorite toys and something new to open and play with on the plane. Books, puzzles, coloring books and dolls are a must! In their Trunki suitcases, you will also find light summer clothes, many pretty Poppy Rose summer dresses, sun hats, sun screen, sunglasses and sandals.

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Where do you usually search for travel ideas?
I always spend time researching on blogs and travel guides for travel ideas but I still love to read "old-fashion" magazines. Magazines like the Condé Nast Traveller is always very inspiring with interesting articles and amazing pictures. We also use our own travel guide and lifestyle blog: Luvaville for city breaks with the children.

Any travel tips?
Take it easy when you travel with kids and don't build up too many expectations. Accept that you can't see all the sights and make an effort to find child-friendly activities in between. Bring or rent the equipment that you need to feel relaxed on your holidays.

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What are must-see places in the world according to you?
I think it's important to show my children different cultures and parts of the world. Discovering new places and adventures together as a family is very important to us and as the girls get older I'm sure, we will go many places together. I like them to know different ways of travelling as well, everything from camping, Luxury hotels, road trips, cultural city breaks to beach holidays. There are so many interesting places in the world, but Paris will always have a special place in my heart.....it's the most beautiful city in the world if you ask me!


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..Luvaville

All images by Anne Duramois

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We are Going on Vacation with Isabelle Mcallister from Dos family

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We are Going on Vacation with Isabelle Mcallister from DOS Family

and we are we going to...
A road trip in California. To live the large american way. Starting in LA going to Grand Canyon, Vegas, San Francisco and back to La trough Highway 1 along the coast.

Who are you bringing along?
The family. These images are from when we where just 3 of us before my son was born. Me, Erik and Della.

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Where do you stay?
We booked online via hotels.com. Just a couple of days before we got to a new city so we could stay a different places as long as we wanted. We stayed at very affordable hotel Nikko in San Fransisco where they have rooms with two walls just made of glass - like sleeping on top of the city! And when passing Highway 1 don't miss the crazy and eclectic Madonna Inn, in San Luis Obispo  in Vegas you get great big rooms very cheap.

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How do you get there?
By airplane from Stockholm to LA. Then we rented a car with child seats and all. Remember everything is big in USA. Rent a bigger car than maybe you would do normally - it's easier to drive around. And don't forget a GPS!

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What do you bring?
Not to much. I love to shop abroad. It's like my mind is in a better shopping mode when I travel.

What can the kids bring?
I always pack a small backpack for the kids with new drawing stuff, new markers, some toys, a bottle of water and small books. The backpack is from Swedish Fjällräven and comes in every color. (http://www.fjallraven.com/outdoor-equipment/backpacks-and-bags/kanken-mini). Then I always pack a larger bag for the kids that I carry with dvds, cookies, fruit, some extra change of clothes, dipers and such. So it's near when we need it.

Where do you usually search for travel ideas?
I collect them from friends and i have a special map on my computer where I save tips that I find online in magazines and on blogs. I also ask our blog-readers.

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Any travel tips?
Don't worry to much to travel with kids my experience is that they both behave and enjoy themselves more than I can imagine on forehand. We have been traveling as much as before with the kids. And it's great to go when they are babies. A portable dvd or such is great. For flights and long waits but even to take with if the parents wants to enjoy a nice dinner somewhere.
If the kids get pain in their ears when you land- ask for a hot towels and cups. Place the hot towels in the cups and put them around the ears. It lightens the pressure and get them thinking of something else. It worked when I was a kid and still does.

What are must-see places in the world according to you?
So many places. I love Brazil - everywhere. Great people, food and life Sao Paulo is like Gotham city and Rio like a piece of art. New York is fun even for smaller kids with lots of museums and great parks. For shopping and inspiration - nothing beats Tokyo. Thailand is so easy with the kids - (I included some images from Le Meridien in Koh Samui - a hotel I adored with a swimming pools just outside your door.

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And of course please come to Sweden. We have a great beautiful archipelago outside Stockholm, look here the old summerhouse and stockholm is a great town in the summer. I recommend Story Hotel  or Lydmar or red apple apartments and look at Dalarna, the images below, where we spend most of our summers.

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All images by Isabelle Mcallister

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