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Life’s a Beach With the Family

Can’t decide on the city or sand? Maybe you don’t have to compromise with some great swaths of outdoor recreation and culture all available within a few minutes of each other. Vancouver’s got an abundance of outdoor fun no matter the season, but once the mercury heats up, it goes to high gear at Kitsilano […]

Daytrips From Paris

Paris makes a good base for exploring the rest of France and even parts of Europe. Here are four family-friendly daytrips you can take from Paris. Palace of Versailles About an hour by train from the heart of Paris, the Palace of Versailles served as the French royal residence from 1682 until the French Revolution […]

An Active Guide to Exploring Loire

UNESCO World Heritage sites, endless vistas of stunning lakes, vineyards and rolling estates: just another day in the Loire Valley region of France. If this sounds like your dream destination, that’s because it is. Escape from reality into a fantasy land of European charms, history, luxury and quaint, quintessential French delights in the Loire Valley, […]

Shangri-La Hotel, Paris

Close-up view of the Eiffel Tower. Landscaped gardens. An indoor swimming pool. Vegetarian and vegan wellness menus. And a butler and babysitting services. Oh yes, the elegant and sophisticated, 5-star Shangri-La Hotel welcomes families in regal style. The cast-iron gateway, the imposing porte-cochere, the domed foyer and grand stairway at this Monument Historique feels like […]

Best of Paris for Families

Sure you can take a daytrip to Disneyland Paris, just 20 miles east of the city, but why fly all that way to see Mickey and friends when there’s so much to do and see in Paris proper? From quintessential sites like the Eiffel Tower to unbelievable parks and riverboat cruises, Paris has something for […]

Relais Bernard Loiseau

I’m an unabashed Francophile, a former French teacher and a frequent traveler to France. After seven trips to Burgundy, traveling by car and on barge and riverboat cruises with my late husband or with friends, I returned alone, last September, to experience the vendange (grape harvest). I was in the vineyards and wine cellars at […]