Canals, bicycles, museums, cheeses, cafés, and need I even mention tulips or the infamous Red Light District! These are just some of the images that the mere mention of Amsterdam conjures up. Amsterdam is also a family-oriented city with numerous activities for children. With the endless waterways, welcoming residents, delicious food and lush green landscape Amsterdam quickly cemented a place in my heart as a city that will remain special forever. Here are some of my top picks on what to do as a family.
If you’re looking for opulent luxury, ITC Grand Chola in Chennai is the perfect place. Here, you’ll be forgiven for thinking you have gone back in time to a traditional Tamilian palace, only equipped with all the modern amenities you could think of. The hotel radiates richness and everything from the rooms to the facilities and service is just perfect. Of course, there are plenty of vegetarian options available in the 10 Restaurants within the hotel.
Venice. An enchanting city built entirely on water; a city unlike another; a city that offers art, history and culture by the truckloads, and is as dreamy as it gets with all the water and the sunset gondola rides. Venice can be as enchanting for the kids as it is exciting for you. Before you go, tell them about the magical city built on water, where you cross a bridge every 5 minutes, which has gondolas instead of cars and vaporettos instead of buses, and best of all ice-cream around every corner. And once you get there, here are some things to do in Venice with Kids.
Aqua Palace is a luxurious hotel situated in the Castello Quarter of Venice. Overlooking a typical Venetian canal, Aqua Palace is housed in a historic palace dating back to the 1700s. Spread over four floors, Aqua Palace hotel offers a grand view of the Venetian Canal and even has a private Gondola Pier.
Sri Lanka has something to offer everyone. Lush green hills, tea estates, waterfalls, religious places, heritage sites (though we left the cultural triangle for our next visit), wildlife and jungle experiences, beautiful and stunning beaches and much more. Here is a 10-Day Itinerary for Sri Lanka with Kids.
From beaches, to temples to luxury hotels, Chennai offers enough to endear the city to travellers. An old city where the modern jostles for space with the ancient, flyovers reach out above alleyways and bazars that seem to have been there since ages, connecting two very different faces of the city seamlessly. So apart from lazing around in the hotels, here are 8 Things to Do on a Laid-back Trip to Chennai, India that don’t require any degree of ambition to accomplish.
Puducherry is a quiet little town on the southern coast of India, with a visible French Heritage, quaint little colonial buildings and unpoilt beaches. Pondy (as Puducherry, the erstwhile Pondicherry, is fondly called) has plenty to offer the travellers. So, whether or not you are big on experiences, here are a few things to do while in Pondicherry.
Vladivostok (also nicknamed Vladik) is a city located on the Far-East part of Russia, not far from Russia’s borders with China and North Korea. Vladivostok is the largest Russian Port on the Pacific Ocean. From spectacular views of lighthouses and bridges, to historical monuments and attractions, to vodka accompanied by some mouth-watering food, Vladivostok has much to offer.
Eastern Europe – A magical, eclectic place with amazing scapes and vibrant, energetic people. Whether you go to Prague, Budapest or Dubrovnik, this part of Europe is bound to surpass your expectations. No matter how long you stay there, you will leave wanting more.
San Francisco to Lake Tahoe to Yosemite National Park to Los Angeles. Here’s a 16-day itinerary for a family-friendly road trip thorough California that lets you enjoy cityscapes, lakes, mountains and a themepark.