I’ve a little while to wait before Eurostar starts its direct route to Amsterdam – due in 2016 – but it’s already a train journey that’s on my list.
For some reason, I’ve never explored the Netherlands quite as much as I’d like, even when I was living just a two-and-a-half-hour train journey away in Germany. To be fair, I was busy exploring quite a bit of Germany at the time.
The first overseas holiday I ever took was to Majorca, aged about four.
One of several trips to the Balearic islands (and Portugal) before my parents, transferred their allegiance to camping in France, the excitement of being in a foreign country – and of being on holiday where the rules regarding chocolate milk were relaxed – has never quite left me.
But although it’s great for small kids, I haven’t yet made it there with Minnie, despite a couple of trips to Spain’s other island group, the Canary islands. Continue reading →
And if you’re thinking that Belgium has the edge with frites, waffles and chocolate (and moules for me), this part of northern France is close enough that I wouldn’t go short of those in Lille either – for more reasons to drool over a potential visit, the Lone Gourmet has me severely tempted.
For places to stay and more family-friendly places to eat, I came across these recommendations on Kodomo. But apart from the famous Christmas market, perfect for kids, these are the top eight things for children I’ve found in Lille. Continue reading →
So my idle pondering about planning a new trip to cheer myself up provoked a couple of helpful comments. The gist being not to use my Eurostar discount on going back to Paris but exploring somewhere new.
Possible Lille, about which I know almost nothing. Possibly Bruges (which I love, partly for the chocolate). Or Ghent. Or possibly Brussels.
I’ve been to Brussels but remember remarkably little of either visit. So I thought it was time to do some research and find out what all the destinations had to offer for kids. And in the city of the Smurfs and Tintin, these are the top 10 things for children I’ve found. Continue reading →
While we were there, the friends holidaying with us spent a day at Zoomarine, a short drive from our villa.
We’d decided Minnie was probably a bit too young to appreciate it anyway, but at nearly three, their daughter had a whale of a time (pun intended) and still has a much-loved dolphin toy to prove it. Continue reading →