The Luvaville Blog
The Luvaville.com Blog is ALL about travel and lifestyle for urban parents. Here, we wish to share with you some of our travel experiences as well as tips and various recommendations on fashion, great design, trendy and practical products that go along with life as parents.
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.
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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".
Marrakech, and Morocco in general, is a well-known destination for tourists … It conveys exotic places and flavours, hot temperatures, old medinas and hand made little treasures...
Today, we have the lovely founder of the fashion brand Pierrot la Lune Emilie's great tips for travelling to India as a family. We absolutely love Emilis beautiful clothes for kids and will let her take you to a trip to colorful india which is also a great source of inspiration for her in her fabric prints and colors.
It is not even a month ago we got back from our summer holidays in Spain but it already feels so far away. So here a bit of holiday photos to share the memories and to tell you that Catalonia in Spain is the perfect region for family vacation. You have lots of great nature, the sea, interesting cities and not to forget Barcelona not far away.
During this vacation, we stayed mainly in two places. The first place we stayed in the countryside up in the mountains close to a small and very cute city called Vic. The climat was perfect with small kids, warm but not too hot.
We stayed in a big beautiful old house La Miranda at the very top of a mountain (700 meter). The roustic farm house was ideal for our family and friends with a private swimming pool, table tennis and horses. We visited the surrounding villages and areas and discovered the beautiful region of Catalonia.
Yesterday, I went to one of the best places in Copenhagen for children's fashion, the children's department in the department store Illum. A part from, the total renovation of the department store, which is a big mess, the children's corner on the third floor is really great. Here, I discovered the new shop-in-shop corner for one of my favorite brands Soft Gallery. Every season, Soft Gallery is where we find a lot of our basics - since my girls' really love the prints, the fit and the soft cotton fabrics. Leo prints in all it's colors are still a big hit amongst my two girls and I must say that the two lovely designers Barbara and Tine are really doing a great job reinventing the leo print from soft pink in the latest summer collection to the dark burgundy pink this fall. My oldest daughter is crazy about the jump suits, she feels so cool wearing them and yet so practical and soft. Soft Gallery teams up at every season with different print designers creating the wonderful, cute and nostalgic illustrations on their t-shirts and dresses. So for sweat pants, cool t-shirts, loose and soft dresses and leggings Soft Gallery is the brand. Remember Soft Gallery has now their own webshop where you can find all the collection and not to forget beautiful styles for women as well.
The back to school season is here and many excited kids are starting their first day of school these days. This also means a lot of changes, also when it comes to function and decoration for the kid's room. We have fallen in love with Jungle by Jungle a French brand of design furniture for children.
The furniture are conceived to last on the time and pass on generation. Made in France, in the respect of the traditional handmade know-how, of quality and irreproachable finish. The wood used, is chosen in view of a sustainable management of the forest. We love the pastel colors and the beautiful design. You can find them in several colors for bous and girls on Jungle by Jungle webshop or at My Little Square.
We are extremely happy to welcome Vanessa to our fantastic team. Vanessa is the lovely mother of sweet baby girl Sarah and lives in Manhattan together with her husband. Vanessa is an English language teacher, freelance writer and fitness instructor and a spare time food blogger about destinations in the Hamptons, just a short jaunt away from the city: www.eastendtaste.com. As an avid traveler, she is always looking for family friendly places to visit, especially places that are nontraditional and off of the beaten path. Next destinations for the little family of three: London, Aberdeen in Scotland, Stockholm, Berlin and Vienna. Traveling is an important part of their lives and they are looking forward to journeying around the world together as a family.
We have asked Vanessa a few questions about her life in NY and about her favorite spots.
1. What do you like best about living in Manhattan (New York) with your child?
You will always find something new to do each day. After going to school and working in the city and now having my daughter, I continue to find new and unique places to see and things to do. Not only in each borough but in each neighborhood from the West Village to Central Park West, you feel as if you are in a different city altogether. The opportunities for discovery are endless.
2. What is a typical day in Manhattan like with your family?
During our days off, we love to spend as much time outside as possible while escaping the city crowds. We have breakfast and lunch at home then grab a snack near the park and venture to a museum or park. There are dozens of museums throughout the city, and we like to visit at least one museum a week. I show my daughter the paintings and sculptures and explain them to her. We stay for just an hour. When she gets a little older, we will do even more traveling together.
3. What is your favourite area in the city and why?
Greenwich Village and the West Village. There are so many great shops and so much history close together. You could spend hours walking the streets and browsing through the shops. Plus the indoor mall and urban food court, Chelsea Market, is wonderful to visit on those rainy days or during the summer heat.
4. Where do you like to go for lunch or dinner?
For lunch, I love Hale & Hearty soups or Pret a Manger which are found throughout the city or Vive la Crepe and Crepeaway both near Union square. For a snack, I love Alice's Tea cup for their vegan peanut butter scones and the City Bakery during the winter months for their dark hot chocolate.
5. What kind of public transport do you use getting around in the city with your family?
Exclusively the subway otherwise we like to walk as much as possible. We also take the aerial tramway to Roosevelt Island across the East River. There are always wonderful photo opportunities during the short trip.
6. Your favourite shops for your self and for your child/children?
My favorite shops for myself are Zabar's grocery store on the Upper West Side and La Maison du Macaron in Chelsea. I love purchasing my favorite syrups, shortbread biscuits and cheeses at Zabar's and the macaron shop has the best salted caramel and lemon macarons. For my daughter, I love to shop for her at Kendall's closet on the Upper East Side that sells imported European brands and Florence Fancy also on the UES.
7. The best play ground in the city?
There are so many great play grounds that it really depends where you are near. Close to me is the East 72nd Street Playground with a pyramid-shaped slide and stairs, a net climber, tire swings and a wooden tree house. Another great play ground is the Ancient Playground close to the Metropolitan Museum of Art and is inspired by their Egyptian Wing which sparks a lot of imagination for the little ones.
8. If you have a little diaper incident where do you go?
The student centre at NYU, my alma mater. The bathrooms there are very clean and spacious. If I am near midtown or Central Park, I stop in either a Hilton, Double Tree, the Plaza Hotel or the Marriott Marquis if I am in Times Square. These are your best bet for cleanliness, in addition to the opportunity to stop and sit in their respective lounges for feedings and or breaks.
9. Your child's favourite cultural activity?
My daughter, Sarah, is just five months old. Since I read two books to her every day, I would love to take her to the New York Public Library where her grandfather worked. She will also love visiting the Children's Museum of Manhattan, Hudson River Park's Pier 25 and the New York Historical Society. My favorite annual autumn event is the NYC Chocolate Show in the Chelsea neighbourhood.
10. Your own favourite cultural activity?
Strolling through the West Village and visiting the "mom and pop" specialty shops such as Bonnie Slotnick's cookbook shop, Meyers of Keswick British grocery store, The Bathroom beauty and perfume shop and McNulty's Tea & Coffee. I love looking at the historic buildings and tenements in the area. I also enjoy attending the NGO briefings at the United Nations, where I used to visit regularly while I was a university student.
Our friends over at Babyccino Kids has made a gorgeous and practical travel kit for children in collaboration with the French brand Lalé. This little travel kits is specially designed for children with the ambition of making travelling fun and more comfortable. The sets are perfect to bring on planes, trains and bu car or even for a trip to the beach. The travel kit include an eye mask, a neck cushion, a blanket with multiple usage and a little doudou. We love it and it's right in the Luvaville.com spirit and I know two little girls who would need and love their own set when travelling. You can find them on the Lalé webshop.
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