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...]

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...]

Going Back in Time at the Bolsover Castle

Bolsover Castle

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...]

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...]

A Family Stay at the Lowry Hotel in Manchester, England

Lowry Hotel

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...]

The Iron Lady, an Anti-Feminist Film?

Meryl Streep as Margaret Thatcher Photo Credit: Alex Bailey / Courtesy of Pathe Productions Ltd

In the movie The Iron Lady, there is one line in particular that stands out in my memory.  "I don't want to die washing the dishes," Margaret Thatcher said that to her soon to be husband in the midst of his marriage proposal.  I sat there nodding my head, thinking that she and I had a lot in common. Directed by Phyllida Lloyd, a British writer and director, and written by Abi Mogran, two women, I had high hopes that this film would take me through the journey of how one woman in the UK transformed herself into one of the most well-known politicians … [Read more...]

TripIt Tripped Up our Trip

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This past summer my family and I embarked on a fabulous European adventure to England and France.  I've blogged about it here, elsewhere and it was probably clear from my writing that we had a wonderful time. What I neglected to write about was an unusual and unfortunate experience that occurred while we were in London.  We were hoping to talk to the company involved to see if we could at least get a an apology for the inconvenience caused, but we haven't been able to. We've emailed them a few times and not received a response, not one attempt of … [Read more...]

Royal Wedding Coverage: Visiting London with Kids

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This article was originally printed on TravelingMom.com.  I am reprinting to assist families getting ready to embark on the town during the Royal Wedding.  If you are traveling with kids, you might find this information useful, especially since it is only one year old.   I spent a week in the grand city with my kids last summer, and here is what I wrote:   London has so much to offer kids.  The trick is actually choosing what to do and where to go, particularly when you’re there for a specified amount of time. On our recent … [Read more...]

Visiting London During the Royal Wedding

London Tube Map

In salute to the Royal Wedding about to occur in the UK, I am repeating an article that originally ran on TravelingMom.com called "10 ways to See London on the Cheap". If you are one of the lucky ones about to embark on the city for this once-in-a-lifetime event, you are going during a high tourist time so you'll need some tips from someone in the know.  We hit London every year, visiting family and friends, and I once lived in the wonderful town.  In addition, my mother-in-law is a royal family enthusiast, so if you have any questions about either … [Read more...]

Where the Culture Mom Has Been This Week – Sitting Shiva

I have been mysteriously absent from the blogosphere this week and want to take a chance to let you all know where I've been.  My father-in-law passed away and I dropped absolutely everything and ran to be with my husband and family in Manchester, England.  He has been like a surrogate father to me since I got married.  He had a unique and gentle spirit and was full of life.  At the age of 86, he suffered many ailments including Parkinson's and kidney failure, which is what eventually took his life.  I knew that I had to be with my family during this … [Read more...]