• israel,  kidstravel

    A touch of the desert in Ein Gedi (Israel)

    In terms of different types of landscapes, Israel is a pretty diverse country. You have the lovely beaches and dunes in the west, the green and mountainous areas in north and the Negev Desert in the south, with a number of intermediates in between. In fact, Israel is surrounded by three large bodies of water: the Mediterranean, the Dead Sea and the Red Sea, which all contribute to this diversity. Surely, Israel is a great country for nature-lovers and landscape-enthusiasts. Add the possibility of a multi-day city trip in the capital (or Tel Aviv for those who like their cities more modern) plus a multitude of impressive archaeological sites and you can see…

  • AF,  europe,  france,  kidstravel,  paris,  themed posts,  themepark

    Disneyland Paris for beginners

    A visit to Disneyland Paris is a magical thing to do with your children. Even my husband, who is very sceptical about all things Disney, had to admit that the weekend we had there was absolutely fabulous. He even wants to go back when Febe is a little older 😉 With two theme parks, Disneyland and Movie studios, it is best to visit for more than one day. Even smaller children can get the a lot out of their visit. The biggest bonus for us was that Febe, who just reached 1m20, could go on every ride, apart from the Indiana Jones coaster. A lot of fast & serious rides for…

  • AF,  belgium,  citytrip,  europe,  gent,  kidstravel,  themed posts,  where to go: belgium

    Good deed of the day: help a dragon!

    Have you ever helped out a dragon? We have! Today we helped out a very cute, little, red dragon find his glasses. His name is Fosfor, and somehow he lost them. If you download the (free!) Ojoo app on your smartphone, and then install the (free) game ‘Where are Fosfor the Dragon’s glasses’ (‘Draakje Fosfor’ in Dutch), you can help him out as well. And discover the beautiful city centre of Gent in the mean time 😉               You start the game at Veerleplein, near the tourist information centre. The game takes you on a walk of about 1,5h around the city and ends…

  • AF,  belgium,  europe,  kidstravel,  where to go: belgium

    Searching for dragons in one of the most underestimated museums of Brussels.

    Capitals. Aren’t they intriguing? A capital is supposed to be the political and administrative centre of a country, but is it also the cultural centre? Is a capital representative for its country in terms of its artistic, architectural and culinary identity (presuming here that these three aspects are the focus of attention for many travelers)? Probably not, and in some cases capitals aren’t even the principal or most well-known city in a country. Just think about Ankara (Turkey, overshadowed by Istanbul), Rabat (Morocco, left in the shade by Marrakech) and even Madrid (Spain, much less visited than e.g. Barcelona). Nevertheless, I am positive that some capitals are pretty decent as a starting point for the cultural…

  • africa,  kidstravel,  south africa

    Child-friendly Oudtshoorn

    When we travel, we travel as a family. It’s something we’ve always done and will keep doing until our daughter decides for herself she doesn’t want to be part of it anymore. Febe is 6 now, and we’ve never traveled without her. There are a couple of reasons why we choose to do it this way: We love her so much, we simply couldn’t cope with her not being there when we are experiencing all those magical travel moments; We want her to have an exciting and interesting life with lots of long-lasting impressions, so why not start at an early age?; Traveling will teach her a lot about the world,…

  • AF,  belgium,  europe,  kidstravel,  where to go: belgium

    Muziekbos

    We love fall. The colours of the leaves, the fresh air, the food, the cosiness at home… What’s not to love about it? One of our favourite things to do in fall is go to a forest for a nice, long walk. Forests in Belgium are hard to come by. One of our best is Muziekbos. Located in the heart of the Flemish Ardennes,  near Ronse, this forest has gentle slopes that make it look stunning. It’s beautiful in all seasons, but fall and spring are the best times to visit. In springtime the forest colours blue due to the bloom of thousands of bluebells – a phenomenon also spotted…

  • AF,  belgium,  kidstravel,  where to go: belgium

    China Light Zoo

    The zoo in Antwerpen is the oldest zoo of Belgium. In 2014 they celebrated the holidays the Chinese way: with a light festival. We decided to check it out and didn’t regret it. A big part of the zoo is illuminated with all kinds of animals, making it a light festival both adults and children can enjoy. This year, China Light Festival is returning to the Zoo of Antwerpen. Below you can find an impression of what you can expect. We are keen to go again! We entered at 18.00, when the festival opens, because we wanted to get back at a decent hour for Febe. If you are not going with…

  • AF,  belgium,  kidstravel,  where to go: belgium

    Planckendael

    A zoo is always a great idea with children. They all love animals and it’s a very educational place for them. We, as parents, especially like zoos with enclosures that simulate the natural habitat of the animals. For that reason, we have been visiting Pairi Daiza the last couple of years. They’ve got great enclosures, the park is decorated really well – which is especially nice for the parents, since the little ones don’t seem to notice that much – and they’ve got a really big playground in the middle of the park. It had been a while since we visited another zoo. Febes school issued a reward system for…

  • kidstravel,  traveling families

    Traveling families: Eric Stoen

    Eric Stoen, or Travelbabbo on Instagram, is one of my all time favourite travelbloggers to follow. He is almost always on the road, often taking his kids with him. He invented #takeyourkidseverywhere and travels to the most beautiful places on our planet. He’s a busy man, so I was very honoured that he wanted to take time out to answer our questions about traveling with children. He’s the last contributor to our series.  Names: Eric Stoen Blog: http://travelbabbo.com/ Full-time travelers or part-time travelers: We’re part-time travelers. We’ll pull the kids out of school occasionally, but most of our travel is during school breaks. Do you always take your kids along on your travels? No.…

  • kidstravel,  traveling families

    Traveling families: travel mamma

    I came accross Laurence on Instagram and asked her to share her traveltips with us for our traveling series. She is a single mum with 3 kids, showing you that you can always travel with your children! I was really glad she wanted to join in, because I believe she can be an inspiration for many mums out there 🙂 Names: Laurence, Billie (12), Lola (9) & Gaspard (6) from Montreal, Canada Blog: I don’t have time 🙂 travel_mamma on Instagram Full-time travelers or part-time travelers: Part-time. I work in the movie business in Montreal. My job allows me to leave for long periods in the winter since it’s our low…