Yum cha brunch at Hwang, Doha Review

All week I had been looking forward to a weekend staycation at the four seasons. Then one look at this weeks weather made me change my mind … rain and thunderstorms. Not exactly perfect weather for a beach break. So postponing our break until the following week we were at a loss at what to do with our rainy Doha weekend. I looked in our entertainer app for inspiration when I saw for this month only there was a 2 for 1 brunch offer at hwang – problem solved!  Continue reading Yum cha brunch at Hwang, Doha Review

5 reasons why Parisa should be your go-to Souq Waqif Restaurant!

There are loads of great restaurants in Souq Waqif to eat at but one of my favourites is Parisa, an Iranian restaurant.

So why do I love it?

The decor at Parisa, Souq Waqif

I think this has to be the most opulent restaurant in the souq. From the moment you enter through the mirrored corridor you are transported somewhere else. The mirrored ceiling, the mural walls and the beautiful foundation in the center make this a really stunning setting.

The beautiful ceiling
The beautiful ceiling
the beautiful Parisa Souq Waif restaurant
the beautiful Parisa Souq Waif restaurant

Service at Parisa

The staff are always attentive and willing to bring out more bread even after I Have consumed my own body weight in the stuff! They are also really friendly and great with small talk and recommendations.

The food at Parisa

You can’t go wrong with a kebab but Parisa excels at them. We love getting the sharing platter so we can try them all as I can never decide which one to order!

I also love their sweet walnut and pomegranate chicken stew which is like nothing else I have ever eaten.

But the star of the show is their rice. They do different kinds, saffron and dill being my favourites. It is truly the fluffiest rice I have ever tasted.

Kebab

Atmosphere at Parisa, souq Waqif

In the evening there are usually a couple of musicians playing traditional music which really adds to the ambiance.

Desserts 

I usually haven’t left nearly enough room for pudding but I always managed to force myself to have one. I particularly love the pistachio ice cream with saffron biscuits

Yummy pudding – photo credit my lovely friend Jen

When to go 

Parisa is great all year round but can’t be beaten when it’s hot and you need interior seating. But in truth go anytime you won’t be disappointed!

There is a second branch of Souq Waqif at the Sharq hotel but Parisa Souq Waqif has to be my favourite.

Cruise embarkation day packing list for families with babies

Cruise embarkation day packing list for families with babies

One of the first holidays we did with baby E was a cruise around the western Mediterranean. As experienced cruisers we knew what to pack for us and for Baby E so thought we’d put together the essential list for others considering taking a baby on cruises. Whether you are new to cruising or perhaps new to cruising with a baby we hope this list will be of use

Remember

On embarkation day you leave your main baggage in the cruise terminal which will be delivered to your stateroom later in the day. If you are lucky it will arrive quickly. If you are unlucky it might not arrive until after you have had dinner. So here is what you should bring in your carry on

  • Enough milk / food to last until the next morning ( longer if the next day is a sea day)
  • Enough nappies and related paraphernalia to last until the next morning ( longer if the next day is a sea day)
  • Pram if you want to use to take to dinner or go for a stroll around deck
  • Outfit for dinner and other clothing changes as required
  • Toys
  • Medicines
  • Swimwear if your cruise allows babies and toddlers in the pool (has a baby pool)
  • Pjs for all the family

 Remember:

It is mandatory for all cruise guests on the first day to do an emergency evacuation drill. To prepare for this you will need:

  • Sun-hat, sunscreen or cold weather clothing depending on cruise location i.e Caribbean or Alaskan!
  • Baby carrier – A baby carrier is an essential. If you decide not wait for the lift and use the stairs you will definitely need the carrrier for safety on the stairs.

Have you cruised with a baby? What do you recommend bringing on in embarkation day?

Borghese Gardens: Finding Peace in Central Rome

I love Rome. It’s architecture, history, culture, food even its’ chaotic traffic evokes a real sense of place however sometimes its nice to escape to tranquility, especially now we have a baby and that’s where Villa Borghese Gardens comes into it! The Gardens are in the trendy Via Veneto area and are located close to the Spanish Steps. I don’t know about you but after a visit to the Spanish Steps I always need to time to recharge my batteries and escape the crowds so really the Gardens are a perfect tonic! Alternatively if you want to avoid the Spanish Steps there is an easy entrance on Via Veneto.

The Park
The Park
The Gardens are Rome’s third largest public park and along with being a beautifully landscaped garden it also has a number of buildings and museums, the main attraction of these being Galleria Borghese, the Museum of Modern Art and the Globe Theatre. Tickets for gallery entrance must be pre booked and are time limited. However, if you don’t manage to get tickets there are plenty of sculptures to keep any art fan amused.

Art in the Park
Art in the Park
The Piazza di Siena, close to the Via Veneto entrance, hosted the equestrian events during the 1960 Rome Olympics and is a perfect place to go for a run.

Piazza di Siena
Piazza di Siena
The Gardens also offer some great viewing platforms to take in some great and interesting perspectives of Rome such as that at Piazza Napoleone.

In the centre of the gardens is a beautiful lake overlooked by the stunning Temple of Aesculapius. The lake in front can be boated in good weather, but on our last trip we weren’t lucky enough to do this! But I am sure when we return when Baby E is a bit older this is something we will definitely do!

Temple and Boating Lake
Temple and Boating Lake
It is also one of the best places for families in Rome. It is easily accessible with a pram, there are large open spaces and plenty of playgrounds for children and lots of lovely shaded areas to sit and relax if you are there in the summer heat.

In my opinion every great city has a great park and for me Villa Borghese is Rome’s great park!

Things to remember:

  • There are several restaurants within the Gardens or alternatively take a picnic
  • Tickets to go into Galleria Borghese must be booked in advance
  • Prams and bags of any description are not allowed inside the gallery.


 

 

Coming up – September 2016

This will be a new monthly feature to let you know where we are travelling to in the following month. We are hoping this page will keep our readers informed, get recommendations from other travellers about our upcoming locations and let any potential partners know  locations of where we are going  should anyone want to partner with us while we are there (please contact wandermustfamily at wandermustfamily.com for any potential partnership work).

That being said next month we will be doing a tour of the great B’s of the UK

  •  Bath and surrounding area
  •  Birmingham
  •  Berkhamsted
  •  Henley upon Thames (ok I know that doesn’t begin with a B but we are going)

It is also Wandermust Daddy’s birthday next week and we have both been desperate to try the food at Nobu Doha so going to see if we can book in there before we head back to the Uk

Please add comments about any of your top tips for these destinations and any potential partners please email us wandermustfamily at wandermustfamily.com about potential collaboration opportunities or check our our Contact Us/Work with us Page!

The Wandermust Family

Kyambura Gorge Lodge – luxury hotel review 

One of the conditions I had when booking a gorilla and chimp trekking safari in Uganda was that we did it in style. I wanted luxury lodges, five star service and great locations. And this is exactly what I got when I visited Kyambura Gorge Lodge.  Continue reading Kyambura Gorge Lodge – luxury hotel review 

Essential guide for visiting Rome with a Baby

I don’t know about you but when I use to book a city break I would get straight onto google – best restaurants, best things to do etc. Now we have a baby however our search terms have changed substantially … where can we buy x, is y available and what I found is that it is hard to find all the information in one place. That’s where I hope to come in!  Here is my essential guide for visiting Rome with a baby including where you can buy essentials, details about changing facilities and accessibility of various locations and anything else that would be on use to parents travelling to Rome with a baby! Continue reading Essential guide for visiting Rome with a Baby

5 reasons why Purple Island, Qatar is a perfect desert experience for kids!

When you think desert you think sandy, hot and inhospitable – perhaps not the first place you think of going with children. But Purple Island is a perfect destination for kids’ first taste of the desert. Purple Island is usual our first port of call whenever we have children visitors. Here;s why:

Continue reading 5 reasons why Purple Island, Qatar is a perfect desert experience for kids!

Top Reasons Why Rome is a Perfect City Break for Families

We recently spent some time in the beautiful Rome. Rome stole my heart when we first visited ten years ago so I was really keen to take Baby E to visit our favourite city. Part of me did wonder if we would have such a good time as parents. but Rome really is the perfect city break for families . So here are my top 6 reasons why Rome is the perfect city break for families: Continue reading Top Reasons Why Rome is a Perfect City Break for Families

Luxury Hotel Review: Westin Excelsior, Rome

I love modern and chic hotels but sometimes I want a hotel with a real sense of place that connects with the history of the city. That’s when I was looking to book a hotel for our couple of night stay in Rome I decided on the Westin Excelsior.

The hotel was purpose-built in 1906. From the outside it screams baroque style opulence. Located on the trendy Via Veneto one wouldn’t expect anything less than luxury and opulence!

So did it live up to expectation?

Continue reading Luxury Hotel Review: Westin Excelsior, Rome