The Luvaville Blog
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A re-post of this perfect mini-guide for Valencia where me and my family (husband, daughter 2, 5 year and me - very pregnant) went a few year's back. We spent 8 days in this lovely city. We found Valencia to be really beautiful and romantic and very childfriendly. Valencia is beautiful and perfect to visit during spring or fall since the temperature hasn't reach that high yet. It's is a good alternative to Barcelona, smaller, but still rich in culture, activities, great food & shopping.
Where to stay? We stayed at two hotels during our stay:
Palau del Mar: This aristocratic nineteenth century building is located in the heart of Valencia, near both the shopping district and historic area. This fabulous centrally situated hotel is housed in a refurbished palace and offers guests the best of contemporary Valencia: the historic city centre and the modern heart of the city. Romantic architecture, including an impressive hall and a marble staircase, has been reinterpreted in modern terms for the complete enjoyment of beautifully serene spaces. The staff is very kind and helpful, the restaurant servs delicious food and the indoor swimmingpool (which is very small), is perfect for young children.
Hotel Las Arenas Valencia: The majestic Las Arenas Balneario Resort is a beachfront hotel in Valencia. Overlooking azure oceans and walking distance from the city centre, Las Arenas Spa offers great accomodations as well as all the needs a modern family might have: children's pool, children's club/playground, high chairs, baby cots, restaurants etc. The beachfront location is amazing!
What to do? Kids can really enjoy them selves in Valencia, as there are several options and activities designed specifically for them.
The Zoo: The Bioparc is the new zoo of Valencia, located in the Cabecera Park. Valencia Bioparc is in a 200,000 m2 section of the extensive Turia Gardens and is a new kind of zoo. The Biopark is created employing the concept of zoo-immersion which means immersing the visitor completely in wild habitats. The zoo offers you the unique opportunity to watch many of the animals roaming freely just like on an African Safari. Most of the animals are set in their natural habitat, log cabins with thatched roofs give it an authentic feel and the really dangerous animals are well cared for and can be seen behind glass in well made pens. We loved it!
Aquarium: Valencia Aquarium is housed in L'Oceanografic, the largest marine park in Europe and it's the largest aquarium in Europe! This stunning building was designed by Felix Candela and is reminiscent of the amazing work of Barcelona's Antoni Gaudí. Valencia Aquarium at the Oceanografic can be found in the stunning City of Arts and Sciences (Ciutat de les Arts i de les Ciencies) which also contains a planetarium, science museum, botanical garden and opera house. The oceans and species of the sea are well represented in this truly spectacular area in the center of Valencia.
The park Turia Gardens: The gardens stretch the length of Valencia like a lovely green ribbon ending not far from the beach and port of Valencia. For a few minutes you can escape the hustle and bustle of city life and enjoy the peace and tranquility of a very shady and green Valencian city park. The lovely park is a 7 kilometer promenade of flowers, parks, ponds, fountains, sports facilities and playgrounds - Amongst others the impressive Gulliver Playground where kids can climb and slide on top of the giant Gulliver. Playing on the top of Gulliver, the kids naturally look like the small citizens of Lilliputs. Not suitable small kids, though! A stroll in the Turia Gardens is one of the top things to do in Valencia because you can easily reach other parts of Valencia.
Valencia beaches: The white sandy beaches are edged with palm trees and are perfect for children to build sandcastles on. Take a dip in the sparkling Mediterranean sea and when it gets too hot and you need some shade, there are plenty of pretty thatched parasols to sit under. You will find many beach-side activities such as small playgrounds, special lanes and the promenade which is ideal for rollerblading or riding bicycles.
Where to shop? Valencia has alot to offer, fashion wise. Both for kids & adults. The kids of Valencia are well equipped and their are many shops dedicated the little ones. Our favorites are:
Nanos: Nanos is a traditional Spanish childrenswear luxury label. The name Nanos, which means little ones in Spanish, caters classic pieces with an edge: colours are bold and styles fashion-savvy with on trend cuts and embellishments. Thanks to Nanos classic luxury clothing for children goes beyond pastels, beige and pale pink, to fully embrace colours and festive patterns. All with the distinctive style and the utmost refinement you expect from a luxury label. The beautiful shop has a little corner where the kids can play while the parents are shopping.
Yo Solito: Yo Solito is this very cool and personal shop where you will find all the best from Spanish and International brands such as Bonton, Babe & Tess, Imps&elfs, Zef, Normandie and much more. The decor is black and white and very stylish. Definately worth a visit.
Imaginarium: The Spanish chain that sells great & high quality toys Imaginarium is also to be found in Valencia. There are several branches in Valencia, so check out the website to find an adresse.
Where to eat? People in Valencia seems to be very childfriendly. Kids are more than welcome at most restaurants and even though there are no specific children's menu, they are always ready to prepare a special meal for your kids; a smaller portion, not too spicy etc. Also you will find high chairs in every restaurant (at least all the restaurants we visited had high chairs).
Baby Deli: Baby Deli is a fantastic concept store and café offering gorgeous and organic products: food, toys, baby care etc and a café with great lunch and everything parents and kids need for having a nice time in beautiful surroundings! Baby Deli also offers different activities for children like cooking classes amongst other things. The perfect place where toddlers can play while parents enjoy a cup of coffee.
Cacao Sampaka: Cacao Sampaka makes delicious chocolate using only authenthic cocoa. In the shop you will also find a little cafeteria where you can enjoy a typical hot chocolate, mousses, pastries and cakes, chocolate granita, chocolate deserts etc. Delicious!
Valencia is truly beautfiul and you can easily get around the city with a stroller. The Metro has lifts and you will find bicycle paths all over the city. You can rent bicycles in the Turia Gardens and in the City of Arts & Sciences. You can also rent bikes here and here.
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Christmas for children in London is a truly magical time, with sparkling lights, exciting shows, festive grottos and plenty different things to see and do. On Friday, we are travelling 3 generations to London and we can't wait. Here are some of the things we willvisit to get in the X-mas spirit.
Covent Garden Christmas Market I love Covent Garden, it's this beautiful covered market square and during Christmas time, it's even better. Enjoy some traditional yuletide fun at Covent Garden, where the popular Real Food Market features a variety of seasonal and delicious food. Also don't miss out on some of the most unusual Christmas lights in London in Covent Garden.
Ice skating in London Children of all ages can burn off a little excess Christmas excitement at the ever popular ice rinks. Try the Eye-Skate rink underneath the London Eye.
Christmas circus for children Roll up, roll up for a fantastic Christmas circus for children in London this year. On show at Hyde Park, Zippos Circus brings a festive themed big top show to town, crammed full of all kinds of yuletide wonder and excitement.
Harrods luxury Christmas toys Whether you have the budget of Sultan of Brunei to spend on your nippers or you just fancy showing them how the other half live, a trip to see the Harrods luxury Christmas toys is a must for any children in London this Christmas.
Kew Gardens As part of their Christmas celebrations, the famous botanical gardens are hosting a festive grotto complete with Santa Claus, as well as traditional horse and carriage rides, mini vintage cars and a carousel.
Over the last 2 years, we have been renovating our house and the last project was to make a new 1st. floor and new rooms for my two girls. There are less than 2 years between Liv and Stella, so they have always shared everything but now, the oldest has started school and they begin to have more seperate worlds, interests and friends....therefor, we decided to give them their own room as well. Liv is 6,5 years old and a true school girl now and spents time at her desk and in her sofa bed. She wanted colors such as dark puple, soft pink and black with a romantic touch and I think we managed quite well. Her room has just been featured in the latest issue of the Danish online magazine Keiki magazine, please take a look.
When traveling with kids luggage can get very heavy and we always carry too much with us. Why not rent some of your baby and children equipment instead? Get here a few tips and links to where you can rent baby and children's gear during your stay in Copenhagen, Paris and Barcelona. An ideal way for you to carry less with you on the journey. And some even can supply you with nappies, diapers, wipes and/or baby food… delivered to your hotel or apartment, how wonderful is that?
To experience a trouble free journey and vacation in Paris, just simply rent all the necessary equipment: Stroller, high chairs, cots, baby loungers, baby carriers, bottle warmers, toys and much more. Baby'tems is the place to know and the owner Camille, a mother of two, knows exactly how it is to travel with children, so yoou can expect a great service! www.babytems.com, +33 (0)1 83 62 08 64.
A fairly new baby equipment rental company has opened in Copenhagen, where you both as a resident or a tourist for a shorter period can rent baby equipment and have it delivered to the airport or hotel. www.joselinecph.dk, +45 28303406/ +45 42167074
Back Pack baby is a full service baby equipment rental company in Barcelona with all the hig quality brands. www.backpackbaby.com, +34 93 4927929
In Barcelona, you can also rent the needed equipment from Easy Travel Kids like a stroller, high chair and other gear for your child/children on www.easytravelkids.com, +34 648 470 591.
If you are looking for a cheap and central located place to stay in Copenhagen, this Phillipe Starck six-storey hostel is the perfect choice. You can book family rooms and rooms for 4-6 people with bunk beds for the kids. The lively and playful interior as well as the outdoor terrace and café is suitable for families who need more space around the room. Try the Petanque Bar for a game of boules or table soccer or just relax in the hammocks on the roof terrace. It's surposed to be Copenhagen's largest roof terrace. Located in the city center, close to Kongens Nytorv metro station, only 20 min. away from the airport. You will also find Generator Hostel in many other cities, check it out before your next adventure.
Generator Hostel, Adelgade 5-7, Copenhagen K.
Swedish Katrin, the owner of a nice webshop for children www.dinodeluxe.fr and the agency: DinogoesAgent, is our insider in Paris and Stockholm. She lives currently in Paris with her husband and two boys and is here sharing with us her best tips on what to do and where to go, to get the most out of Autumn in Paris.
With my kids, we love visiting this fairly new concept of street food, located in an old warehouse on the Paper Island. This is colorful and cheap street food market with food stands from all over the world and the greatest thing is, you don't have to eat the same. Everyone picks his or hers dish and gather around a table. The market is perfectly located in the centre of Copenhagen with a spendid view to Copenhagen Opera house and the Royal Playhouse. The Paper island is also located right next to the science museum Experimentarium City which is also a great place to visit with kids. Take the metro to Christianshavn and walk 10 minutes or you can go there by boat.
Combine a delicious brunch buffet at the Julian Restaurant and a visit to the fantastisc Children's museum at the National Museum in Copenhagen. The perfect combo for rainy autumn and winter days. They offer a brunch buffet in weekends and then you can visit the museum afterwards. The National Museum has many interesting exhibitions and they are all free, so no excuse for a little visit, and the kids will love the children's mueum. You will find high chairs, changing facilities and free strollers (you can't bring your own, leave it at the stroller parking in the lobby). National Museet, Frederiksholms Kanal 12, 1220 Copenhagen K, Phone (+45) 3313 4411 www.restaurantjulian.com and www.nationalmuseet.dk
Fadila works as a self-employed Marketing and Market Research Consultant and have been writing her blog for five years about what inspires her as a mum and occasionally on Petites Inspirations about kids fashion and design. Fadila and her family love to travel and do so every time they can. This year, they discovered California and the French Alpes. Next year, they seriously think about visiting her husband’s grand-mother who lives in Tahiti".
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