17Apr

Not doing it All…and Realizing That’s Okay

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Having just returned from two weeks away (I was in England, if you haven't noticed and yes, my children did come back with slight British accents), I feel somewhat overwhelmed.  Work deadlines, dance recitals, violin practice, dance lessons, swim lessons, homework, state tests.  So much to keep track of.  It's never easy to jump right back in after being outside our everyday norm. Before we left, I was worried about how I could pick up and leave so many things.  But my husband wanted to to go to the UK, as he was homesick and wanted to spend Passover Read More

15Apr

Muse, Lover, Wife, Mother – The Paris Wife Review

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  When I picked up my copy of The Paris Wife by Paula McLain, I was intrigued by the endorsement by Nancy Horan, the author of Loving Frank, one of my favorite novels of the last few years.  It reads "The remarkable novel about Ernest Hemingway's first marriage is memorizing.  I loved this book." The cover does a good job of revealing something about the period the book was based on, the 1920s.  It shows an outside bistro in Paris.  The woman facing forward, the man's facing the other way, both dressed in clothing from that era.  I Read More

13Apr

Exploring London with the Kids

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We just finished a week in London.  We actually come here every year to visit family, but we always look forward to the trip.  One year we spent time seeing the major tourist sites, like the Changing of the Guard, the London Eye, another year we visited the Science Museum and took a bike ride in Camden Lock.  I've posted a about prior trips to London on Traveling Mom: Where to Eat with Kids in London A Day at London’s Science Museum Exploring the London Museum of Jewish Life with Kids London’s Restaurants for Traveling Moms London on a Read More

12Apr

Giveaway: Win a Pair of Tickets to See SEMINAR on Broadway (3 chances!)

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A few months ago, I wrote about my experience seeing Seminar on Broadway, written by Theresa Rebeck and directed by Sam Gold (what a combination).  It’s a play about a professor who is teaching a private writing seminar to four aspiring young novelists in a NYC apartment.  A the time, Alan Rickman, one of my favorites, was playing the lead and I spoke about my undying love for the man and essentially how much I enjoyed the play. It made me love and hate Rickman's character at the same time.  Well, mostly hate.  It's hard when you love the actor playing a Read More

11Apr

A “Zen” Family Stay at the Hempel Hotel in London

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Tucked away in the beautiful Notting Hill section of London lies a jewel of a hotel, and what you might find a surprisingly child-friendly place to stay. The Hempel is a breath of fresh air for any family wanting a bit of an escape from the excitement and business of London.  Instead of staying in a typical London hotel and getting very little space for your money, The Hempel offers full-size apartments with plenty of space for everyone to spread out and relax after exploring the city.  Best of all, it's located right next to Hyde Park and Notting Hill Read More

08Apr

Caving with the Kids at Creswell Crags

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Our trip to the UK has not only taken us back in time but it has introduced our children to various parts of UK history.  We discovered a bit about Victorian history at Chatsworth House and Elizabethan chivalry at Bolsover Castle.  Our visit to Creswell Crags in Derbyshire also presented us with new information about a time period we've yet to explore with our children: the Ice Age. Located in a limestone gorge full of caves, Creswell Crags is home to the only Ice Age rock art in Britain, which tells the gripping story of life in the last Ice Age – Read More

07Apr

Going Back in Time at the Bolsover Castle

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On our recent visit to Chesterfield in Derbyshire, we visited my children's first real castle called Bolsover.  Built in 1612 by Charles Cavendish as a mansion modeled on a medieval castle, it is now a tourist site that proudly displays the castle's remains. It has withheld the test of time, and there is a lot of history to be learned from a walk around. Some of the castle is in the open air, so do bundle your kids up. The castle is now in the care of English Heritage and has been since the death of William Cavendish's (the son of Charles) wife in Read More

05Apr

A Day Trip to Chatsworth House in England’s Peak District with the Kids

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In the heart of England's Peak District lies a nearly 500 year-old estate, Chatsworth House.  We spent the day there yesterday and it was a wonderful opportunity to teach my children about English history, which they should know more of having a British father, and take in the House's long-standing love of  art and culture.  It was an education for all of us, as well as a lesson in decadence and opulence.  I am also happy to say that my the house held my 7 and 9 year-old's attention steadfast and we are reached that milestone where we are able to visit Read More

04Apr

A Family Stay at the Casa in England’s Peak District

Casa Hotel Chesterfield

If you're traveling through the North of England and head to the Peak District with your family, you'll want to make sure to stay at the Casa in Derbyshire. You can't beat this 4-star hotel's excellent location.  It's in the historic market town of Chesterfield, but is in easy reach of Sheffield, Nottingham and a number of landmarks and attractions.  It's also very family-friendly as the hotel really focuses on comfort and you can't find a nicer staff in all of England. When we entered the hotel, we were greeted by a pleasant and upbeat host at Read More

03Apr

A Family Stay at the Lowry Hotel in Manchester, England

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If you're planning to visit Manchester, England and are looking for a place to stay with the kids, the Lowry Hotel is a great choice. Located on the banks of the River Irwell, in the center of town, right near the commercial shopping district and load of things to do, this five-star hotel has 165 bedrooms, six suites and is as child-friendly as a hotel can get. Named after a famous Mancunian artist, DS Lowry, the hotel is part of the world's exclusive Rocco Forte Hotels and is both modern and elegant.  The inside is filled with interesting artwork, Read More