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I’ve been taking my children to Paris since they were able to appreciate a good crusty baguette (about 5 years old). I have a slew of Parisian friends so we have had the advantage of experiencing the city with locals. Here are some of my favorite things to do 1. During the summer months, the Jardin de Tuileries turns into a kids’ paradise, thanks to an amusement park filled with trampolines, marionette shows and a Ferris wheel...

FAMILY TOURS IN FLORENCE Florence with kids can be overwhelming. I recommend a family specific walking tour to reduce the chaos and increase the appreciation of this splendid city. Context Travel offers interactive 2.5 hour “urban walking seminars” for families. We met our docent in the sun dappled Piazza della Signoria for a “Symbols and Legends” tour. Our guide Elizabeth wasted no time befriending my daughters. As they perused the Renaissance sculptures, she handed them a chisel...

(Tough, but someone’s got to do it!)   You’re headed to Paris, gastronomic capital of Europe. You loved Hemingway’s A Movable Feast, belong to your local wine society, and routinely julienne vegetables with visions of Julia Child flitting through your head. And yet, you become anxious. How can you capture the culinary essence of Paris in a few short days? Bon chance! A cross-section of excellent walking tours focused on the city’s gastronomic delights offer hungry travelers the...