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A 7-Year Old Visits Hill Top, the House of Beatrix Potter in the Lake District

Hill Top as narrated by our resident Beatrix Potter expert, my 7-year old: A long time ago, I thought Beatrix Potter had only written the book on Peter Rabbit. But then on our visit on the Isle of Scalpay, I discovered the series. A whole series of books by Beatrix Potter about live animals! It […]

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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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All the world is made of faith, and trust, and pixie dust.

Chasing the Ghost of Peter Pan in Kensington Gardens

If Peter Pan could fly, it’s because he was part bird part human, a Betwixt-and-Between person coming from Kensington Gardens in the heart of London. This comes from The Little White Bird, an early work of J. M. Barrie extended later into a book called Peter Pan in Kensington Gardens. You see, Peter Pan was born out […]

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Dinosaurs at the Conservatory. Photo by Nina Sazevich

Plantosaurus Rex at the Conservatory of Flowers

Who hasn’t dreamed about seeing the land at the time of dinosaurs from a safe place? Marveling at the mighty giants roaming a plant and water planet? Hearing the roars, shrieks and flaps of creatures long extinct? Now I can’t promise you all that – wish I could – but the San Francisco Conservatory of […]

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Looking for doves at Filoli

Family Trip: Explore the Filoli Gardens

Just 30 miles south of San Francisco, the Filoli Gardens offer a day escape for families looking to discover an heirloom fruit tree orchard, theme gardens and a historical mansion in Woodside.

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