It’s Christmas Year-Round in Germany’s Ore Mountains

It’s a balmy August afternoon, but to look at almost any shop window in the German town of Annaberg-Buchholz you’d be sure it was mid-December. Brightly painted nutcrackers march in rows, rosy-cheeked angels hold candles and jolly Santas hang from evergreen boughs. Little wooden elves are everywhere, making toys, baking cakes, wrapping presents; tiny angels […]

Tour de Family

One cornerstone in most childhoods: learning to ride a bike. City kids, country mice and everyone in between have (usually) had their own ups and downs, experiences and memories on a bike. Whether commuting to work or hopping on a bike for a family ride, the age-old recreation refuses to lose its charm. Combine a […]

Best Things for Young Kids to Do in Seville

Seville is a lively, joyful, informal city where people have a good time — not just the tourists, but the locals, too. They gather with friends in cafes and tapas bars, where all ages mingle easily. Children are welcome at all but the more formal restaurants and playgrounds are usually easy to find in the […]

Family Fun in Southwest Germany

A smiling young woman twirls by our table on her way to another, plunking down a traditional blue and gray Bembel jug filled with apfelwein and leaving it within easy reach. I’m already happily acquainted with these iconic stoneware pitchers — and with their contents. Brimming with history, fascinating towns and plenty of castles, the […]

Trick or Treat With the Family in Ireland

Ireland should already be on your list of must-visit destinations, but with such a rich history steeped in rebellion, royalty and political strife, consider visiting at Halloween. Lean in to the haunted history and spooky abandoned castle vibe of the Irish hills and enjoy a Halloween abroad with kids of any age. Families and small […]

Porto Santo, Portugal’s Island of Beaches

Six straight miles of uninterrupted, white-sand beach is reason enough to choose the Portuguese island of Porto Santo for a family vacation. Never heard of Porto Santo? You’re not alone; it’s one of Europe’s last few secret beach destinations. You may have heard of Porto Santo’s big sister, the island of Madeira. Actually, Porto Santo […]