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#TravelTuesday Q&A: Terrific Tips for a Teen Trip to Paris

trip to Paris with teens

Q: Hi Playground — If you were taking a 14 year old girl to Paris in April, where would you stay that isn’t too expensive but has charm and is close to chocolate soufflés and other amusements? Any other advice is welcome, too. Thanks! ~ Suzanne

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#TBT: Travel Scrapbook ~ Leaning Tower of Pisa, Italy

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#TBT: Playground reader Julie Earl shares this photo of her daughters at the Leaning Tower of Pisa from their Italian family vacation last summer.

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Happy travels!


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The Ultimate Guide to a Rhine River Cruise

Rhine River Cruise AmaWaterways

A cruise down the Rhine River shines a spotlight on everything that’s great about river cruises in Western Europe. While you float along one of the most important waterways in the world, you’ll touch land in four different countries—the Netherlands, Germany, France, and Switzerland—visiting big cities such as Amsterdam and Zurich, smaller centers like Cologne and Strasbourg, and the tiny towns that give the river its heart and soul (but that big cruise ships could never get near), such as darling Riquewihr in France’s unique Alsace region.

I rolled down the river on AmaWaterways “Enchanting Rhine” itinerary, and got the inside scoop on the myriad charms of the Rhine River’s ports of call and castle-laden scenery. (Note: Adventures by Disney uses AmaWaterways for its family-friendly European cruise itineraries, but Ama is comfortable for families who like to travel on their own as well.)

Read on for the A to Z highlights as you sail from Amsterdam to Zurich (note that river cruises also do the reverse Switzerland to Netherlands trip).
Ready to set sail? Let’s roll!

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#TravelTuesday Q&A: Best Paris Restaurants for a Junior Gourmet

Best Paris restaurants for teens

Q: Hi Playground — Do you have any recommendations for restaurants in Paris with authentic French cuisine for my foodie daughter? She’s going to Paris with her aunt for her 13th birthday and prefers a spot with great food (and reasonable prices) over a trendy place. They’re staying near the Place Vendome. Thanks! ~ Gretchen G.

A: Hi Gretchen, What a fabulous birthday adventure! You’re daughter is a girl after my own heart (and stomach). Paris is one of my favorite cities; I visit as often as I can, and love to try as many local bistros and brasseries as possible when I’m there.

Here are some authentic French spots for your teen gourmet (that won’t break the bank):

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#TravelTuesday Q&A: London for Families

London for Families

Q: Hi Playground — My husband, 12-year-old son, 19-year-old daughter, and I are taking advantage of the low fares to England and spending a week in London in July. Now that we have our travel sorted out, I’m wondering what family friendly London sights and activities we should have on our must see list when we get there. Any don’t miss or surefire teen pleasers? Thanks! ~ Jen F.

A: Hi Jen! Great to hear your family is headed to London, it’s one of my favorite cities in Europe and it definitely needs a little TLC from travelers right now. You are actually the third family I’ve heard from recently who’s headed to London this summer with teens and tweens wondering what to do. I’ve got a few crowd pleasers up my sleeve, but remember that every kid, and family is unique, so if your kids love shopping, or art, or theater, be sure to add in extra time for those.

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#TravelTuesday Q&A: All Aboard for a Family Friendly Europe Vacation

Venice, Italy

Q: Hey there! We want to plan a European trip next summer for my husband and I and our two kids, 16 and 10. Thinking ideally of some combination of Ireland, England, France, Italy, or Spain. Maybe start in England and end in Madrid or Barcelona? The only trick is that I will only have a maximum of 2 weeks, so I’m wondering what itineraries make the most sense. I don’t want to bite off too much or spend all of our time traveling; and of course we want it to feel like a vacation, not just an endless tour for the kids. Any ideas are appreciated! Mary L.

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#TravelTuesday Q&A: A Special Birthday Dinner in Rome


Q: Do you know a really great restaurant in Rome? My family has visited before, but I don’t know any restaurants that would be a good fit for my wife’s birthday. She is a foodie and wine expert. We’ll also be with my 7-year-old daughter, who, luckily, has a pretty sophisticated palate for her age. Thanks! TZ

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#TravelTuesday Q&A: Family Friendly Venice Hotels


Venice, Italy

Q: Hi! I am picking up my 16-year-old daughter from a bike trip at the end of July in Venice, Italy. I’m looking for a reasonable hotel for the two of us for two nights before we fly to Crete to join the rest of our family. Any ideas? Thanks! ~ Debbie K.

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