The Luvaville Blog

The 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.

Christmas Spirit for Kids in London

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.

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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.


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Liv's room in Keiki Magazine

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.

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Travel Smarter, Equipment Rental

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!, +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. 28303406/ +45 42167074








Back Pack baby is a full service baby equipment rental company in Barcelona with all the hig quality brands. 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, +34 648 470 591.



Family Rooms in Generator Hostel Copenhagen

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.

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Fall Activities in Paris by Katrin

Swedish Katrin, the owner of a nice webshop for children 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.

1. How do you feel about Fall coming up?
I always want the summer to never end, but when the fall arrives I always love those beautiful autumn colors and the fresh air.
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2. Do you and your Family have any specific Fall traditions/things you like to do?
We do not have any special fall traditions here in Paris, but when I lived in Sweden we always went to the forest in the search of chanterelles and other mushrooms and made jam from wild berries. I think we play a bit more indoors when fall arrives and we also do more manual and creative activities with the kids, even though we love to go playing in the park as the rest of the year!
3. Where is the best indoor fun/cultural thing in the City?
We love to go to Cité des Enfants/Parc de la Vilette and the kids enjoy playing in the interactive area adopted for their age. It is the perfect spot to introduce them to science and technology through a series of hands-on activities.
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This fall, we also have to visit again the Kids museum called Musée en Herbe. They have a new interactive exhibition called “Vasarely vous a à l’oeil” with more than 70 original works of Victor
Vasarely, the known artist of Optic Art. At the museum, the kids enter his creative world and his approach in a playful way.
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4. Where is the best place to enjoy high tea/hot chocolate/ delicious cakes etc?
If I go for a tea/hot chocolate/cake with my kids, I like to visit “Une Mère, Une Fille à Pairs” in the 15th arrondissement, an original new concept café bringing together a toy shop, a tea house, a secondhand children’s’ wear shop and creative workshops for the kids. 
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Also if it is not raining at “Chez Georges” on the roof top of the museum Centre Pompidou. But If I want to enjoy really good cakes and macaroons I go for “Ladurée”!

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5. Where do you shop all the Fall/winter essentials for the kids?
Mostly all clothing from my webshop . I also like to go shopping for my sons Sven and Nils in the area of Marais and Montorgueil and I just love the new fall/winter collection from Finger In The Nose even though it is quite pricy!

Cheap Street Food Market Papirøen

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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Brunch & Museum Combo, Copenhagen

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 and

Kid & Coe, Family-friendly Rental

When you have kids, your travel habits change, you need for space and more flexability as well as more baby and children's equipment. This is why the Kid & Coe concept is really great for travelling families: here you rent another family's home while they are away - whith everything: equipment and toys. You can also become a host yourself. We also love the idea of stepping out of the tourist traps and into another family's life. The perfect way to discover new places as a family with insider tips. 

The team at Kid & Coe know what it’s like to travel with kids. They are all mothers and fathers who travel, and understand what makes family travel irresistible yet tricky. 

Founder Zoie Kingsbery Coe created Kid & Coe out of personal necessity. For years she had been traveling the world with her kids, and saw that the hotel accommodations wasn't suitable for the family. Zoie began seeking out kid-friendly property rentals that made her family feel at home wherever they were in the world. As increasing numbers of parents asked Zoie to share her travel expertise and property secrets, Kid & Coe was born. 

So ready to find your next holiday home all over the world or even rent out your own home with Kid & Coe.

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Mini Guide to Marrakech by Oum

All over Europe, it's getting colder so why not dream away to a warmer and colorful place like Marrakech. We have been so fortunate to have Fadila from Un blog, Une maman to make us a mini guide with the very best tips for Marrakech with the family. 
Fadila lives with her husband, their 5 year old girl and the turtle Inés in Casablanca, Morocco where they moved a year ago.  Fadila is a true globetrotter and has lived in Holland, Morroco, the UK and France (in this order).

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...

But I often hear that Marrakech is not a place to visit with kids: temperatures are too hot, food is too spicy, streets are too overwhelming … But, it is surprisingly family friendly with fun activities for kids, beautiful scenery and sights bursting with life ! 
So if you decide to visit Marrakech with your kids, let me start by saying: try to avoid it in the summer! It is very hot, too hot, even for the locals. My advice? Visit between September and May; it is quieter and cooler and you can even squeeze in a ski trip around January or February in Oukaimden ! Beware though that in winter time, it can be quite cold, so dress accordingly (no sleeveless dresses in January !!!).
Don’t forget to use a high-factor sunscreen for yourself and your kids and if in need of anything (disposable nappies, powdered milk, fruit purées…), you can easily buy that in Marjane, a big chain hyper market very accessible by taxi. To avoid upsetting your family’s stomach, stick to bottled water and avoid eating fruits and salads if you are not sure they have been thoroughly washed. But don’t be afraid to sample every cooked Moroccan food, even in Jamaa El Fna: the tajines, grilled meat and other dishes are delicious and not spicy (as in hot spicy).
Places to stay - accommodation
Marrakech, although famous for the terracotta colour dominating the walls and the roofs, has a diverse architecture and the accommodation possibilities are mirroring this: you can choose to stay in a “riadh”, a traditional old Moroccan house in the medina with an interior courtyard; you can opt for a palace-style hotel in the Palmeraie, a beautiful and large palm oasis at the outskirts of Marrakech or choose one of the many hotels spread in the city.
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A cute little riadh to be rented by the week, very good value for money, perfect for a family as it has two bedrooms (one master bedroom with a folding crib and two-separate beds in the other room). It is close to Jamaa El Fna (10 minutes by feet) and not accessible by car: a complete change of scenery!
A luxury palace with international standards: magnificent garden, beautiful swimming pool, outdoor lounge … and a breath-taking view on the Atlas Mountains. It has a mini-club located in the imperial palace part where kids are perfectly spoiled.
Located in the middle of the palm groves, the famous La Palmeraie, this hotel is a haven of peace and calm where kids are more than welcome. The mini-club has a garden and a swimming pool of its own, kids can wander around freely and they evenorganise a Christmas market in December.
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Child-friendly restaurants and cafes
Café Extrablatt
Located Corner of Avenue Echouhada & Alkadissia street, Quartier. 
Perfect for a breakfast or a brunch with a wide choice of Moroccan and continental breakfast items, freshlysqueezed orange juice, huge terrace and high chair for kids.
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Café Bousafsaf Located within Jardin Majorelle
My placs of choice for a lunch break when you spend the morning wandering around the Jardin Majorelle. The patio is ideally situated in the shadows but you can choose to take refuge in the adjacent room. The Tajine with Kefta (Moroccan Mince Meat) and Tomato is a must-have for the little ones and their parents!
One of the most known Moroccan restaurants in Marrakech: run exclusively by women, it is ideally located in the Gueliz area, and the food is to die for. Usually Moroccan people eat Moroccan dishes at home and look for a different kind of cuisine outside but in Al Fassia, you will find Moroccan and tourists savouring the traditional Moroccan dishes! My recommendation: the “pastille au lait” for dessert. You can thank me later!
Cultural or fun activities, playgrounds etc.
Marrakech is so bursting with life; it will constantly keep the attention of the little ones alive. So here are 3 different things to do to be enjoyed by the whole family.
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Jemaa El Fna 
Jemaa El Fna is the old city main square: very hectic and full of life day and night, packed with street performers and food stalls. It can be very overwhelming, particularly by night where the “Marrakchi” and the tourists gather, meet up and walk around. For the kids, their attention will be stimulated by snakes, little monkey performances and acrobats. Mornings are usually less crowded and there are some
excellent vintage points at Café terraces to soak everything in, with a mint tea for the grown-ups and lemonade for the little-ones.
Terre d’Amanar is a beautiful eco landscape located at the foothills of the Atlas Mountains, surrounded by the Toubkal National Park, 30mn from Marrakech. There, you can find an outdoor playground, free of charge when you eat there; kids can zip-line in the trees and do all kinds of tree climbing adventures in an itinerary set-up for them (+3 yo) or you can just walk around and let the kids do some donkey riding.
Le Jardin Majorelle is the botanical garden created by French designer Yves Saint Laurent. The variety of plants, cacti and trees are incredible with ponds filled with water lilies, goldfish and home to turtles and frogs. My daughter loves to walk around (and sometimes run) in the different alleys but she always asks for a paper and colour pens to draw : this place is inspiring !
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The souks in the medina
Behind Jemaa El Fna, there is a different world of labyrinthic streets and little shops reminder of the thousand and nights stories. Kids will be enchanted by all that can be seen and bought: Aladdinesque lamps, colourful slippers and rugs, gandouras and red tarbushes. In such places, bargaining is part of the game so don’t hesitate to “play” along.
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Another “souk”, but with a local, non-touristy vibe. It is a market street where people do their shopping (veggies, fruits, meat, fish and all kind of food and other stuff that can be found in a shop). You will also see a barber shop, a “tajine” shop with local prices, a hammam and little street cafés. 
33 Rue Majorelle is a favourite shop of mine. It is more a concept store with a selection of hand made and small unique pieces by independent Moroccan designers. The prices are more expensive than what you will find in the souks but in 33 Rue Majorelle, you will find those Moroccan inspired gifts that you will find nowhere else.







Indian Love, mini guide to India

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.

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My name is Emilie and I am married to a frenchman called Pierre and we have two kids, a boy Milos who is 8 years old and a girl Sylvia who is 6 years old. I am from Copenhagen but we have chosen to go and live in the countryside outside Århus in a little town called Ry, near the beautiful lakes and forrest and the “big” mountain “Himmelbjerget”. The kids are in the Rudolf Steiner school near by. 
We have lived a number of years in India and we love to go for visits there whenever we can. We visit an Ashram in south india where we meditate and spend time in the very special atmosphere. The kids can also be there as the place is big and full of kids from all over the world giving an inspiring and international touch to their upbringing which we appreciate a lot. 
1. What do you like best about traveling to India with children? 
Indian people loves kids and are very open and free towards strangers so the kids makes a lot of friends very fast and get to meet all sorts of people. Further the kids see how different one can live which we find important for them to develop in a sense of care and understanding for other cultures and for people from less privileged parts of the world. 
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2. What is your favorite city and why?
I absolutely love Jaipur in the state Rajastan for its colors, amazing craftsmanship, traditional textiles. The camels in the street makes me feel I am a part of a 1001 night fairytale and I just want to eat all the colours you see all over the place! If you have only one week in india, thi
s is the place to go! Very beautiful part of the world! 
I get a lot of inspiration for my collections from Rajastan, their traditional block prints is a huge passion of mine. Chennai (former known as Madras) also have a very special place in my heart as we have lived there and this is where the Ashram I spoke about is situated. So Chennai is like home to us. Whenever money and time allow us to go there, we are off! 
3. Where do you like to go for lunch or dinner?
When we first arrive and crave for indian food we are always off to the local Saravana Bhavan, a chain of traditional simple middle-class restaurants with an outstanding menu. If you want indian food this is where to go. I never got a better meal even in the five star hotels. 
4. What meal/ dish should one try traveling to India?
If you want south indian, go for the Masala dosa, a lentil based pancake looking dish with potato masala inside and eat it with spicy chutneys made of coriander and coconut. really fantastic. Eat with your hands and on a coco leaf, it gets better like this! 
If you are into north indian cuisine, go for Palak Paneer (spinach and cottage cheese) Dahl makhani (black lentils soup) and aloo gobi (cauliflower and potato fried) and eat it with a naan bread maybe with butter or garlic. 
5. What kind of public transport do you use getting around in the city with your family?
We always hire a car with a driver. Its really the most convenient and not very expensive. Then make sure to get the drivers cell phone so you can find him again when you get out of a big mall or restaurant. Maybe he went somewhere in the streets for his own dinner and you don't want to get lost in the streets of Chennai. 
6. Your favourite shops for your self and for your child/children?
We always go for a shop called Anokhi in Chamiers road in Chennai. They have a restaurant/cafe as well with western inspired food and beverages. You can shop textiles, clothes, jewellery and after get a lovely cappuccino. Its rather expensive though being adapted very much to upper class indian people and western people visiting. They have wi-fi in the cafe and its a great place to spend the day even 
with kids playing iPads or watching a movie while you surf the internet or read a book. 
If you have energy (a lot) go for the T-Nagar area in Chennai and get amazing stuff for indian prices. Really amazing silk houses like Nali Silk house and Kumaran silk house can keep me stuck for a day if not more. Not a place for small kids though unless you go in the 7 floor Saravana Stores where you will find a complete floor for toys. T-Nagar is also the place if you want to shop gold and, silver and pearls and gemstones. 
7. The best play ground in the city?
We always use the playground in the ashram, the kids loves this place during the day. Otherwise the 5 star hotels have great pools that can serve as a great playground! 
8. Where can you recommend to stay as a family? 
If you want to relax, go south of Chennai near Pondicherry, you will find amazing resorts. We always go to Ideal beach resort and spend some days. The ocean is great, the staff are super sweet and the pool is clean. We celebrated Sylvias 5 year old birthday here and she had a huge surprise cake made for her as a gift from the kitchen staff. very kind people! 
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9. Your child's/childrens' favourite cultural activity?
They are still so young and they just love the nature and the sea no matter where we are! 
10. Any other good general travel advices for traveling with kids?
Make them feel important. Let them have responsibility such as packing their own suitcase, being in charge of something important (not the passports) but maybe the chewing gum for the plane, to avoid getting ear pain. Let them connect to lots of people without interfering too much, let them taste lots of different food, smell different things, see and hear songs and dances from where you are. Expand and 
explore their minds! 
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