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History and culture abound and mixed with the avant-garde, Europe is an exciting family destination. Share your adventures.

 
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EuropeOld Town of Kerkira, Corfu, Greece

HCWT 07.19.2013 15:27 0 0

 

Enjoy a stroll through the old town of Kerkira in Corfu, Greece

Take in a popular Mediterranean pastime... an evening stroll through the Old town of Kerkira, on the Island of Corfu, Greece. Starting at dusk when the swallows fill the sky, all ages take to the tree-lined walkway stretching along Venetian colonnades and arches. Evenings cool the town, fill the restaurants and bring children’s laughter to the streets as kids typically stay up late.  Perched high above the Adriatic Sea near Krini are the ruins of the Byzantine fortress, Angelokastro. Even greater views can be seen from the Byzantine Monastery of Palaiokastritsa that overlooks rocky bays filled with blue-green waters. Other favorite family outings are building sand castles at Arilas beach with its great sand and pedal-boating about the waters off Agios Georgios Beach.

Find more information at http://www.corfuweb.gr/

 
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EuropeRelive Spain’s Moorish and Christian Heritage at Petrer.

HCWT 05.24.2013 16:24 0 0

 

Relive Spain’s Moorish and Christian Heritage at Petrer.

We found the streets of the town filled with crowds of men, women and children dressed in the costumes of past eras in Spanish history.  The sound of gunfire echoed through the streets and led us to one of the main thoroughfares.  Here, an episode of the Moorish-Christian wars was being re-enacted.  The Moorish army moved up the street firing muskets and cannons, with real gunpowder, while in the distance.

The Moorish garments are elaborate and a favorite in the parade.

The Moorish garments are elaborate and a favorite in the paradence we saw the Spanish were retreating.

    The colourful scene amazed us all. “Look! Arabs from history! The Emir!” Leila exclaimed as the Moorish legions marched before us, each group led by a richly dressed Emir.
    “Magnifico!  Magnifico!” Muna pointed to the emirs while we talked to a Spaniard standing by her side.  “Come tomorrow morning, you’ll see the grandeur of Spain’s Moorish civilization,” the man advised in passable English.
    “Son Uds. ingleses (Are you English)?”  A young man asked us. Muna answered: “No somos canadienses pero nuestra origin es árabe (we are Canadians but our origin is Arab).”  “Arabe!  Arabe!  Bienvenides! Bienvenides!”  The young man was excited. “Come with me!”

Read more at Spain's Moorish-Christian Festival.

 
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EuropeAmsterdam - A Netherlands family adventure.

HCWT 08.31.2012 14:29 0 0

 
Amsterdam -  an ideal family adventure destination.

Explore Holland and the Netherlands with the kids.

    Amsterdam is often overlooked when considering a family vacation destination. It is thought of as a city with more adult sights and entertainment. But after a holiday in Netherlands’ capital city of Amsterdam last summer with my friend Char and her children,  Lev and Reece,  I not only was amazed at the variety of child-friendly activities, but impressed with Amsterdam’s educational attractions, including museums, arts, events, zoos, and parks.

On the Museum Trail

Amsterdam is a city full of history, culture and art. I found that you must plan your museum visits around the children’s ages. Lev and Reece enjoyed many of the exhibits in the museums we visited, but after a while, they were easily distracted. I first was discouraged, but then delighted in discovering what the kids found entertaining and what exhibits kept their attention. 


Kids love the Nemo Museum. Plan plenty of time for this attraction.

NEMO Museum - The NEMO Science Museum offers interactive exhibitions such as a giant humanoid robot, Elektra, who explains electricity, along with a variety of loud, bright and wonderful gadgets and exhibits to attract and engage all kids young and old.


Read more of Family Adventures in Amsterdam.

 
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EuropeExtreme Sports in the Scotland Highlands

HCWT 07.22.2012 20:40 0 0

 

Scotland Highlands – The Ultimate Family Outdoor Sports Adventure.

The Highlands offer the best of outdoor sports adventures - from the white-knuckle activities like white-water rafting, canyoning, and wind karting to the gentler gate of hiking, fishing, cycling and whale-watching.

You can book a single sport activity to a full week of sports adventures at several multi-activity centres located throughout the Highlands.  Popular family sport adventures include hiking, fishing, scrambling, climbing, canoeing, sea-kayaking, gorge-walking, wild camping, white-water rafting, cycling, skiing, mountain biking, quad biking, jeep safaris, 4 x 4 driving, horse and pony riding, abseiling, canyoning, paintball, archery, wind karting -  the family activities The beauty of the Highlands, Lost Valley.are endless

The Multi-Activity Centres can help with accommodations from self-catering, B&B’s and hotels providing a variety of opportunities to meet fellow families and swap your adThe Three Sisters in Scotland Highlandsventures of the day. Accommodations at or close to the multi-activity centres provide an early start and late finish to the day, with the benefit of participating in more activities at a fixed price for the duration of your stay.Self-catering offer private family rooms with shared public areas.

 

Read more of this adventure at Scotland Extreme Sports Family Adventure...

 
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EuropeLondon & Paris - Mom & Daughter Travel Adventure

HCWT 04.23.2012 19:34 0 0

 

London & Paris

Mom & Daughter Travel Adventure

    Westminster Abbey was next on our mom & daughter travel adventure list, which was within walking distance. Westminster Abbey www.west minster-abbey.org is not only a beautiful church but we learned that it’s the site of all royal coronations. The royal coronation chair is on display, and although most of the past royalty are buried in tombs below the Abbey, the tomb of Queen Elizabeth I can be viewed here.

Westminster Abbey is the site of all royal coronations.4Westminster Abbey is the site of all royal coronations.4

    It was after 1 p.m. when we again boarded the Big Bus and drShakespeare’s Globe Theatre was one of our favorite visits.5ove past Waterloo Train Station on the way to St. Paul's Cathedral www.stpauls.co.uk. We walked across Millennium Bridge to Shakespeare's Globe Theatre www.shakespeares-globe.org. The original Globe Theatre burned down in 1613 during a Shakespeare play. But in 1995, a reconstructed theatre built to the same specifications

Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre was one of our favorite visits.5

opened in approximately the same location. Performances are held throughout the year.  
   Alyx was particularly interested in the theatre because she was studying both Shakespeare and the Globe Theatre in her English class at high school. We found the theatre very interesting and one of our favorite visits.

Read more about Alyx's Sweet "16" trip to London and Paris.

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Our First Home Exchange

Barge the Canals of Europe

 
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