A very warm welcome to all our Monday Escape bloggers. Hope you are all well.
Here in the UK the weather has definitely taken a chillier note. The nights are longer, the heating is cranked up full blast now and I am busy trying to get ready for Christmas before I finish work for a few weeks over the festive period, as well as attend several social engagements. Unfortunately, it’s also my busiest time of year at work, so if I’ve been a bit lax with my commenting and replies, please accept my apologies. I am trying (but failing) to catch up with all my blogging duties!
Since the horrific attacks in Paris a few weeks ago, there has been a sharp fall – around 40% – in the amount of tourists travelling to the French capital. Meanwhile, in London, visitors to popular attractions such as The National Gallery and the London Eye have also declined, admist fear of another assault.
When you have children, one of the many special moments of Christmas is to see the sheer delight and wonder on their faces when they believe Father Christmas has been during the night.
One of my biggest future travel wishes is to take Monkey to Lapland so he can experience the splendour of Christmas before he becomes too old. But, as you can imagine, a trip to Finland is super expensive… (more…)
Not feeling in the festive spirit yet? Or want to get the kids even more excited than ever about Santa Claus’ imminent arrival? There are plenty of places to visit in and around the capital that will make you feel Christmassy and, if you haven’t yet booked your tickets to go and visit Santa’s grotto, or had a chance to glide across the ice in the plethora of skating rinks that have popped up at London’s famous landmarks, there is still plenty of time to go and visit the multitude of attractions and events that will help you celebrate yuletide – before and after Christmas Day.
Here’s The Urban Monkey Guide’s top picks on what to do with kids this Christmas…
This is a guest post from Gwun Olley – my sister – who used the services of Dubai Hire 4 Baby on her recent family holiday to Dubai. Over to you, Gwun….