Tuesday, February 26, 2013
12 cities around the world to visit with kids
My family has visited the capital of Sweden a few times over the years (I have family there), and it's a great place to go with kids. Easy to walk around, nice parks, and lots of kid-friendly sightseeing destinations like Skansen, Gröna Lund, and the Old Town.
This is my family's home town, and it is also one of the most beautiful cities in the world (though I guess I might be biased!). There are lots of outdoor activities all year round with local ski hills, lots of beaches, great playgrounds, and fantastic hiking trails. Great places for kids include The Vancouver Aquarium, Science World, and Stanley Park.
A few years ago my family used the free layover option with Iceland Air when traveling home to Canada from Sweden, and spent two nights in Reykjavik. It's a great place to visit with lots to see and do in the surrounding area, and it's also a city that is small enough that it is easy to get around on foot. The local zoo was a definite highlight for the kids on our trip.
I've never been to Rome, but it's one of those places I would love to visit with my family. Seeing the sights, especially the old Roman sites, and experiencing the local cuisine, ice cream, pasta, and pizza would definitely make for a grea trip.
Such a beautiful city, and so much to see and do. I'd love to explore the streets, parks, churches and markets with my kids, and also take them to places like Versailles, and Le Louvre to experience architecture and art.
This is one of my favourite cities in the world. I want to bring my kids here to explore the shops, parks, markets, and restaurants like I did when I was a teenager, and to experience the wonders of The British Museum, The Museum of Natural History, and Westminster Abbey.
New York, USA
One of those cities we've all seen in movies and TV-shows, but that I have never seen with my own eyes. This is a place I'd love to go just to experience the different parts of the city, head up to the top of the Empire State Building, explore the different neighbourhoods of the city and also the arts: a few plays and shows with the kids would be a lot of fun.
A very long time ago I traveled through Egypt and also visited Cairo. It's an amazing place, and taking my kids here would be a lot of fun. The pyramids, the Cairo Museum, and maybe a trip on the Nile would be things I'd love to do with my kids.
Both my kids are very much enthralled by Japanese director Hayao Miyazaki's movies, and are already fascinated through those movies by Japanese culture and Japanese food. I'd love to take them here for some great food, some interesting shopping, and a lot of sightseeing.
There is so much great history in this city, and I'd love for my kids to get a chance to experience that up close. Just walking through The Acropolis with them would be amazing. What a way to make ancient history come to life!
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
After many repeated viewings of the movie "Rio", my kids are very much fascinated by the whole idea of a the "carnaval". A visit to the beautiful beaches, some samba, and a lot of sightseeing around this beautiful city would definitely be on my to-do list. Going during the carnival would be somewhat crazy with kids, but maybe when they're slightly older.
Australia is high on my list of places I want to go with my family, and Sydney would be a must-see on such a trip. Bondi beach, the local zoo and aquarium, some great Australian food, a boat trip, and of course lots of jokes about 42 Wallaby Way (from Finding Nemo) would also be on our to-do list.