summer in jaffa

Jaffa (Yafa in Arabic, Yafo in Hebrew) is an ancient, complicated, and beautiful city on the Mediterranean coast directly next to Tel Aviv. Jaffa not only boasts a Biblical history (it is where Jonah set off on the adventure that would eventually result in the whole whale incident) but it also carries a lot of significance politically, […]


My husband and I had grand plans to take the kids on a European vacation–at some point. We figured when the stars aligned and flight prices dropped, we’d go somewhere “easy,” like Italy. Then he announced he was soon heading to Istanbul for work, and I realized this should be our family’s first big travel […]


China, perhaps, doesn’t strike families as the ideal vacation destination. China isn’t family-friendly, as we in the West define that term, with our insistence on high chairs or children’s menus. Rather, it’s literally friendly to families; those traveling with children are welcomed and treated with extraordinary and humbling graciousness. Our week-long sojourn took us to […]

tel aviv beach

I’m currently in the middle of a 5 week stay in Jerusalem and what strikes me the most (perhaps its the nature deprived New Yorker in me) is the accessibility to beautiful public spaces. I’m constantly surprised by how much the city has to offer kids and how welcome they are everywhere (I’m looking at […]

Donkeys, postcards, guidebook,coffee shop1

Preparing for a family vacation in Europe is a daunting task.  Airfare to Europe for the average American family  is exponentially more expensive than a daily tank of gas in the Wagon Queen Family Truckster. And many would argue that a European vacation can’t even be appreciated by a child. If we were going to […]


Context Travel and its stable of fun, interesting scholars, lead fantastic tours for families (and also just adults) in major foreign cities. We just came back from a trip to Italy with our two boys, 9 and 6, and, after having had a great experience with Context in London (The British Museum for Families tour), […]


I just came across this amazing living history museum, called Old World Wisconsin, which is now going to be on my “want to go there” list. Apparently it’s the largest living history museum in the US, but what really caught my attention, is that they have vintage base ball games. They play real games, but […]


When we were in London over Thanksgiving break, we had the privilege of having a kids tour with Context Travel, who cater tours for kids (and adults) in cities like London, Paris, New York, and several major cities in Italy. I can’t say enough good things about it—I tagged along on our daughter’s tour of […]


I’m very particular about travel, having covered family travel at Cookie for years, and working as a travel writer for a long time. So when I find someone that is like-minded, who can give me ideas, instead of me being the one who everyone always asks for ideas, I’m over the moon. Well, that is […]

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