Day Trips

Rydal Mount in Rydal, Lake District

My 9-Year Old Visits Rydal Mount, Historic Home and Gardens of William Wordsworth

The Lake District is associated with a few iconic names. For walkers, it will be Alfred Wainwright. For children, Beatrix Potter is the queen of country animals. For poetry lovers, William Wordsworth gives a voice to the hills, lakes and daffodils. The poet had five children and lived in a few houses around the Lake […]

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Views of the Quiraing, Trotternish ridge, Isle of Skye

Exploring Middle Earth on Skye with Children: The Quiraing

By the looks of this fantastic Jurassic landscape carpeted in Scottish green grass, the Quiraing could be part of Middle Earth, the Lord of the Rings continent replete with large scale mountains, valleys and coasts bordered by the undying lands and the land of the dead. And yet the minute you step on the trail, you […]

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Keira Knightley as Anna Karenina

Meeting Anna Karenina at Ham House

The movie Anna Karenina may be set in St. Petersburg but it was mostly shot in England. Luckily we live an hour away from the house that was used as Count Vronsky’s apartments in the movie, the National Trust 17th century property Ham House. When I read about an exhibition featuring costumes from the movie, […]

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On the way to meet Father Christmas

Believe in the Magic at Lapland UK

My favorite Santa lives with Buddy the Elf at the North Pole or in Lapland, where elves build toys in white-washed Scandinavian cottages and eat candy canes year round. Yes it’s common knowledge the real Santa lives in a snowy landscape surrounded by elves. That’s why I’ve never been fond of seedy Santas waiting for […]

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Swanton Berry Farm

Visiting Swanton Berry Farm – A Slow Coast Berry Yummy Stop

A jar of Swanton Berry Farm‘s olallieberry jam is all you need at breakfast to wake up with a smile. A visit to Swanton Berry Farm in Davenport is all you need to appreciate this stretch of California coast dubbed the Slow Coast - as in, how to take our sweet time to find what’s good […]

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