03Apr

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

08Jan

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

16Sep

TripIt Tripped Up our Trip

TripIt

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

04Apr

Royal Wedding Coverage: Visiting London with Kids

Changing of the Guard

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

04Apr

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

10Feb

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

24Jun

When the Cat’s Away

(This is an original New York City Moms blog posted on March 15th, 2010.) You know the expression “when the cat’s away, the mice will play?”  Well, in my house this week, it’s been the reverse, as the mice are killing each other.  My husband has just taken a new job and had a week between the old and the new.  We decided it was a good time for him to spend some quality with his family in England.  The children did not want to go for such a long time, and I thought, how bad could it be watching the two critters for a week?  For the most part, I Read More

18Jun

Traveling Mom: Family Friendly Manchester

We have been visiting Manchester, England on an annual basis since before we were married since it is my husband's hometown, and where much of his family still resides.   Manchester is a few hours from London, in the northern bit of the country. You might remember the song from the legendary film “Hair” about Manchester.  The character, Claude, is from “dirty, mucky, polluted Flushing” (Flushing is in Queens, in case you don't know) but wishes he was from Manchester, England and sings: Oh Manchester England, England…Across the Atlantic Read More

20May

Dealing with Volcanos & Travel Insurance

According to blogofasaneperson, the last time the volcano erupted in the 1800s, it was active for 14 months.  Today air travel could be disrupted for a lot longer, in which case we will all be left in limbo whenever we plan to go abroad.  We’ll all be wondering if everything will go according to plan.  And when you are traveling with kids, you have to plan, plan, plan. To read the entire post, please go here. Read More