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Vacation rental Paris

Why vacation rentals are best for a family trip to Europe

I've long been a proponent of renting apartments on vacation, especially when traveling in Europe. In fact, I've only rarely ever stayed in a European hotel. So when the vacation rental company HouseTrip asked me to write a post where I extol the …

Tracing a Metro map in Paris

Smarter family travel: Using MiniTime to plan

This post was sponsored by MiniTime, and I was compensated for writing it. You can always count on me to share both when I've been paid and my honest opinions. I don't know about you, but I find that weekends make a great time for travel dreaming …

Happy kids Hotel Monaco Philadelphia

Philadelphia family travel: Luxury and fun at the Hotel Monaco

Please click on photos to see full-size versions I've made no secret that I'm a huge fan of Kimpton Hotels (not least of all because they sponsored my Passports with Purpose prize in 2012). And the Hotel Monaco in Philadelphia is no exception. In …

Relaxing at the Omni Hotel at Independence Park

Omni Hotels + summer = family vacation fun

On our recent visit to Philadelphia, we were lucky enough stay at the Omni Hotel at Independence Park. What I like about Omni Hotels is that they offer low-key luxury with some touches that are really practical for family travelers. These include …

Playground behind Notre Dame in Paris

A return to Paris and blogging at Room 77

I'm thinking quite a bit about Paris today, as I often do. It is my go-to happy place, site of what was perhaps our very best family vacation yet. And when I think of Paris I of course think of food. This photo brings back happy memories of both, as …