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Adventure Ideas: Italian South Tyrol

Reflections of Girl and South Tyrol Alpine Landscape

Adventure Ideas: Italian South Tyrol The Italian South Tyrol is a riot of primary colours and in the summer offers a rainbow of options for the outdoor family. We biked through here as part of a longer trip from Amsterdam to Venice, and figured it would make a great base for a week hiking or […]

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Road Trip Adventures 10: Roam around Rome

Colosseum at dusk Image by Moyan Brenn of

Road Trip Adventures 10: Roam around Rome This is the tenth post in our European road trip ideas series, brought to you in conjunction with Avis Car Hire. This time we visit a city of angels, art and architecture. Rome has a global tourist buzz and world class cuisine. And of course it has The Pope. But […]

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Adventure Ideas 9: Home from home yet not at home

Adventure Ideas: Home away from home When it comes to travel I’m a bit of a restless soul, more into the journey than making a base from which to explore. But if adventure’s about getting out of your comfort zone maybe it’s time I settled down somewhere else for a week or two. So for […]

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10 Off Season City Breaks for Families

Vaporetto goes under Bridge of Sighs Venice

They always look good in the brochures don’t they; those midsummer breaks in peaceful locations with a deserted beach that stretches into forever? Thing is, those idyllic pictures taken out of season start to look a little busy in July. And the reality is that your well earned quality family time is spent queuing at […]

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Eclipse in St Marks Square Venice: A Celebrity Arrives

Dawn in Venice

Celebrity Square: At St Marks Square, Venice After cycling across Europe we have a day to spend in Venice, to see the sights, to celebrate our family achievement, to blend in with the thousands of tourists who have travelled far and wide to see this unique city of canals and culture. And, as it turns […]

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Party time in Venice

Venice awakes Water laps onto stone. The haze of dawn and the morning mist combine on the lagoon, casting blue light over the skyline as it wakes. I have fallen in love with this city, with its early morning waterways, intense alleys and deserted passages. I have one hour to explore it alone. The tourists, […]

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Cycling in Venice: the battle of the shades

Approaching Venice via the islands by bicycle

Cycling in Venice: the battle of the shades Each time I jumped the handlebars wobbled causing us to weave a more dangerous path along the tarmac strip of land that passed as a two lane road. I wanted to keep us in as straight line, make our movements as predictable as possible to passing traffic. […]

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It’s not real, it’s just a dolly

Dolly has now been promoted from the buggy to riding pillion When we’re on the road, our little band of five can seem less like a family and more like a travelling kindergarten or zoo. Sometimes I lose track of who I’ve got with me at any one time. Still, on the plus side, my […]

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The waiting game

Beautiful Italy, so atmospherc The café on the square looks closed, the tables outside empty, but the door is open. It’s an improvement on the other two bars in Cartigliano whose doors are firmly locked for siesta. Where do Italians go for a lunchtime drink or snack? The kids pile in noisily and head straight […]

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Little Italy: Trento

Trento Italy

Little Italy: Trento A man drove up to Trento’s main Piazza in his tiny car. Not a Smart car, but a tiny shiny red vehicle, just room for one. He nodded at a creamy skinned Italian girl in a café and she nodded back. After a moment she reappeared in the Piazza, carefully carrying a […]

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