Archive | November, 2012

Rome in a weekend

When you’re planning a city break with kids, the trick is not to book too long a trip. There is plenty to entertain children in a fascinating city like Rome, but all children have their limits on how many museums and architectural wonders that they can take.

Three nights in Rome would seem like an ideal length of time for a trip with the children. They can be wowed by amazing sights like the Vatican and the Coliseum and enjoy great Italian food and ice-cream.

Of course, as well as seeing all the major sights like the Campo de Fiori, Piazza Navona, the Spanish steps and the Trevi Fountain, there are certain places that really appeal to children.

For example, while you’re at the Vatican, as well as seeing the museum there and viewing the Sistine Chapel, join the line to climb up the Cupola – it’s worth the wait and the kids will get a thrill out of it.

When visiting the Coliseum, make sure you get a guide that knows you have children in your party, and is able to make the tour as interesting for them as for the adults in the group. A walking tour to include the Pantheon, Capitoline Hill and the Forum is perfect, as there’s enough moving between sites to avoid any chances of the kids getting bored.

Explora is a Roman museum specifically designed for kids. The whole focus is about children being interactive, touching and learning as they go along. There isn’t a set programme, the museum is self-guiding, and is set around themes of environment, communication, science and culture. There’s even a kitchen area so that kids can join in cooking classes, but be sure to book ahead.

Whatever you decide to do in Rome, make sure that there is plenty of fun stuff for the kids included in the itinerary or you might regret buying all those cheap flights to Rome when you could have left the children at their grandparents and had a romantic getaway with your partner instead!

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Experience the beauty of the Ala Wai Canal

Hawaii and its capital city of Honolulu are extremely well known and well regarded as superb vacation destinations, and deservedly so.   There is so much to see and do here that visitors return time and time again.

Al Awai Canal
Al Awai Canal (photo courstesy of Wikipedia)

For first-time guests, the opportunity to explore a wealth of natural wonders, remarkable cultural heritage sites and fabulous regional cuisine is matched only by the exhilarating activities to enjoy on the beach, including snorkeling and surfing, plus a vibrant nightlife scene. Continue Reading

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Fun things to do in Devon with the kids

When you think of going on holiday to Devon images of beautiful beaches, coastal walks and time by the sea or on quiet estuaries come to mind.

Devon Tourist Destinations
Devon Tourist Destinations

However, while that’s true, there are plenty of other things to do in this beautiful south western county. Here we’ve a few examples of places to spend a day with the kids away from the beach while you’re on holiday in one of the most picturesque counties in England. Continue Reading

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Weh Island waters in Indonesia is home to 133 coral species

A recent study has concluded that the waters off Weh Island, Sabang city, Aceh province, are home to 133 coral reef species, according to Nur Fadli, a researcher at Fishery and Marine Research Centre of Syiah Kuala University.

“Of the 133 species found, three were recently listed and five are potentially new species,” he said here on Tuesday.

Nur Fadli noted that the study on coral reefs was jointly conducted by the Fishery and Marine Research Centre of Syiah Kuala University, ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies, James Cook University of Australia, Wildlife Conservation Society, and Flora and Fauna International.

“The results of this study show the uniqueness of coral reefs in Weh island and its vicinity. This is reflected in the species composition, which is a mix of Indo-Pacific and Indian Ocean coral reef species, as well as the ones which are commonly found in Indonesian waters,” he added. Continue Reading

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