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Traveling with kids
We went away for a weeklong stay in a family hotel in Northern Italy! It was awesome! Check it out!
We are really excited and proud to introduce you to a fellow traveling family. The Wyld family from Australia.
Mark Wyld and his wonderful family has been traveling for many years now, and have a particular interest for European destinations. Having followed them for a while I have noticed their wonderful photographs and engaging stories about their experiences.
Logically we hooked up and now - for the very first time here on our travel blog - we have a guest blog! Mark Wyld tells us about the 90 Mile Beach, Gippsland, Australia which is a lifelong love-story for him and his family!
Many parents dread the thought of traveling with their own children. They find it extremely exhausting to go on a family trip. Flights can be exhausting even when traveling alone. Just the very thought of a security check can be enough to irritate a lot of people. Traveling by car is no better. Hours together in a small space with heavy traffic everywhere. Crowded highway stops with long lines to get to the toilet. Tired kids on overdrive in the backseat. They can, however, be pacified with tablets loaded with films and games. (That is, if they don’t get motion-sick!)
We often travel to Denmark to visit family and friends. Usually we go by car or we fly. So far, this has always been the cheapest way for us. Train fare has really never been a realistic option.
Train tickets are expensive in Europe. In fact, they are so expensive that I have often been asking myself how they even sell anything! But they do, because usually the trains are filled - during the holidays they are more than packed - and I also realise that when it comes to commuting between cities, trains are the best option. After all, commuter discounts are available.
But as a holiday transportation option it has never been an attractive option to us. But then we literally stumbled upon a great offer from Deutsche Bahn (DB) and we decided to go. Children under 14 years are free when they travel with parents or grandparents, so this was in fact not expensive at all!
What a fabulous summer we are having here in Munich this year! As I write these lines we have 33 degrees Celsius right outside on our balcony. A few months ago we bought a huge BBQ. Gas driven. Unfortunately we are not allowed to use coal right here where we live. Nevertheless, we have more or less cooked and lived permanently outside since I brought the huge stainless steel monster home from the DIY-Store and with some laborious effort managed to assemble it correctly. There is a special feeling about cooking out in the open. Together with an old IKEA trolley the BBQ now make our state-of-the-art outdoor kitchen. As opposed to the “inside” kitchen where normally Alexandra rules, I am in charge of the outdoor facilities. Alexandra is - however - allowed to cut vegetables and such. But I handle the turning of the steaks and sausages.
Although I have been to Italy many more times than I can count, Milan was never on the list of places to go. Over the years I have heard so many different stories and opinions about the city that for some reason I just never seemed to gather my strength to go and take it all in. To go and see for myself and develop my own opinion.
But then the Australian part of our family informed us that they would be traveling through Italy in July 2015, and we realised that we would actually be able to meet up for 4 days in Milan. It was a no-brainer, and of course we absolutely HAD to meet up, and see Milan together!