When we were just a Wandermust Couple, Wandermust Daddy and I loved a city break. I’ve lost count on how many we went on so we were determine to continue when we had children but is it possible to still enjoy a city break with babies?
From our own experience we have found the answer to be undoubtedly yes and as we have looked into it more we have discovered that there are loads of young families out there to inspire you with tales from cities. This round-up features contributes from some of my favourite family travel bloggers telling you about their favourite city breaks they’ve done in Europe with a baby with top tips and advice so you can go to!
We are relatively lucky that in all our years of travelling we have not had too many big disasters. One of the worst was losing our luggage in Uganda before going gorilla trekking! The abundance of wine we were travelling with helped but it taught us always to have the essentials in our hand luggage! Oh and travelling with wine is always a good idea! You can read more about our disastrous Ugandan luggage experience here!
I love cruises but besides the restaurants, amenities and convenience what I love most about cruises is the ports! I love seeing so many places in bite sized chunks so I know where I want and where I don’t want to go back to and satisfy my wanderlust in a really easy way.
When we were travelling as a couple if the itinerary had somewhere new on it we would quite happily go especially if it was good value but now we have a baby we chose our cruise itinerary more carefully. So here are my top tips for picking a baby friendly cruise itinerary: Continue reading How to choose a baby friendly cruise itinerary →
We are experienced cruisers, mainly as a couple but we took Baby E as soon as she hit Royal Caribbean’s 6 month minimum age limit. We have experienced all types of cabins aboard a variety of lines so here are the cabins we suggest are ideal for different types of families and top tips for your stay onboard with a baby. Continue reading What is the best cruise cabin for a family?→
Montjuic is an area on a hill overlooking Barcelona. Anyone whose been to Barcelona, will have seen Montjuic but many will never have been. Is that because there is nothing there of interest? Absolutely not! So here are the top reasons and things you should do on Montjuic next time you are visiting Barcelona:
How to get there
Montjuic can be reached by walking from Barcelona – if you are prepared for a fairly steep walk, by hop-on-hop-off bus -there are a couple of stops in the Montjuic area or even better take the cable car up.
The Views Once you are at the top you are going to be rewarded with spectacular views across both the city and the harbour.
It is truly an unrivalled view of the city! The Parks and Gardens Montjuic is really a green place. Whether it is walking in the hotel Miramar Gardens or one of the many nearby parks, you can really get out of the city and into some peace and quiet. There is also a great cactus garden and montjuic is home to Barcelona’s botanic gardens.
Montjuic actually has some great attractions – for art lovers there is fundacio miro, for the outdoor lovers – the botanic gardens, for history lovers the montjuic cemetery with many famous graves and for sports fans the Olympic sites. Not to mention the amazing fountain light show which montjuic is perhaps most famous for!
We recommend setting aside a day for the area around montjuic – if you are going up you might as well spend a day in the area
When visiting with a baby you may want to consider a carrier. It is doable with a pram but some hills are pretty steep.
Montjuic has limited food options. Bring a picnic or book a table at Martinez – awesome paella with views to match
Have you visited montjuic? What are your top tips?
We loved a city break before parenthood and were determined to carry on doing them with the baby in tow. We have been to nine cities now, and have had great fun as a family (if you want to know how our travel has changed since having a baby or about why we travel with our baby you can read about it here) but last month we went on our first Winter city break as parents. Now we like going to cities in Winter. There are many plus sides – it’s out of season which means there are less people and its cheaper – Win Win! But is this still the case with a baby?
When we had our baby people frequently told us that all our travelling would come to an end! We hoped in that foolhardy way of impending parents that this wouldn’t be the case for us. Now we’ve had to eat our words on many things but thankfully we haven’t in regards to travelling. Baby E is now eight months old and has been to seven countries, on nine long haul flights, on a Mediterranean cruise and on nine city breaks. And 2017 is going to bring even more travel – so why do we travel with a baby?
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
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
Swimwear if your cruise allows babies and toddlers in the pool (has a baby pool)
Pjs for all the family
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?
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 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.
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.
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!
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.