Reviewed: Inkly postcard app

When was the last time you sent a postcard? It used to be a holiday ritual as a child, choosing them, writing them in the sun, queuing at a post office and trying to work out how to buy the right stamps, then getting home before them.

I still remember one occasion where we handed them in at the hotel reception to post – complete with the appropriate money. Needless to say, not a single one turned up.

postcards on a rackThese days, if I buy postcards, it’s to pop into photo albums (yes, I still do that) but chances are everyone has to make do with an Instagrammed photo, a quick pic on Facebook, a short tweet or a nice mini video when we’re back. Except, of course, there’s an app for everything. Continue reading

Charlie and Lola exhibition at Mottisfont, Hampshire

I have this little daughter, Minnie. She’s small and very funny*. Which is possibly why she’s become a big fan of Charlie and Lola over the past few months.

And with rather wonderful timing, the first retrospective of Lauren Child’s work is opening at National Trust property Mottisfont in Hampshire this weekend, just as we’re celebrating Minnie’s third birthday.

My daughter with pictures of Charlie and Lola at the Lauren Child exhibition at Mottisfont, Hampshire

So what better birthday treat than being invited down for the preview and getting to meet Lauren herself to find out a bit more about her inspirations and what actually goes into the illustrations. And it’s far more than just a Charlie and Lola exhibition, with displays from her other books including Clarice Bean, That Pesky Rat, Hubert Horatio Bartle Bobton-Trent and the Storybook Wolves, among others. Continue reading

10 things to do in Malta with kids

Think of a Mediterranean destination with some of Europe’s best diving, a fascinating history that can be traced back to before the pyramids, picturesque cities, plus sunshine, beaches, gorgeous fishing villages and a mini film industry.

It’s somewhere I’ve travelled to twice and love – and somewhere I think is enormously underrated. It’s Malta.

malta-marsaxlokk-fishing-harbour-boatsJust over three hours away, it’s also perfect for family holidays, with great packages from sites like Expedia. So here are my tips on visiting Malta with kids. Continue reading

Amsterdam tips: 10 travel lessons learned

It seems a while since I wrote a post about lessons learned on our travels – certainly not because I’ve stopped learning them (alongside Minnie).

And Amsterdam was no different. From the practicalities of travelling within the Dutch city to the realities of travelling with a toddler, I came home wiser (maybe) than I left.

Amsterdam-market-cheese-travel

So here are my top Amsterdam tips…

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Is the I Amsterdam card worth it?

City passes can be a fantastic investment or an unnecessary waste of money so it really pays to work out whether you’ll be getting the most from it.

Houseboat by a typical Amsterdam bridge and canalI’ve blogged previously about other city passes – the Paris Pass and Copenhagen card, and on our recent trip, I tested the Amsterdam city pass or I Amsterdam card.

So, is the I Amsterdam card worth the money? Continue reading