A few weekends ago, Brad and I had the chance to go on a quick trip to Savannah. Our babies stayed with our moms and we drove there for some much needed time to ourselves.
We stayed at the Mansion at Forsyth Park, a beautiful 125-room Victorian Romanesque mansion located in the heart of historic downtown Savannah.
Check out that headboard!
We had a quick bite to eat and drinks at The Public. I highly recommend their Cuban sandwich, it’s to die for.
The weather was amazing – 70 degrees in January – so we walked and walked all day. We stopped at two of my favorite stores, Marc Jacobs and The Paris Market.
The Paris Market is hands down my favorite store. I could live in there!
We took an afternoon break and had salted caramel macarons and iced coffee before heading back to the hotel, and getting ready for dinner.
For dinner we headed to one of Savannah’s most iconic restaurants, The Olde Pink House. I had a Pink Lady cocktail, goat cheese stuffed artichoke fritters and a fried pork chop (with mac ‘n’ cheese and collards) bigger than my head!
The next morning we had brunch at Soho South Cafe – it was delicious – before driving down to River Street to bring back home some home made pralines and chocolate turtles.
This short trip was just what we needed. We were rested and relaxed when we went back home on Sunday afternoon. It’s always great to take some time for ourselves but at this point in my life, short getaway trips is all I need, I always end up missing my babies too much!
Heading out of town for a few days to celebrate Brad’s birthday this week. It’s become an annual tradition to head to the beach for one last summer getaway. Happy Labor Day!
Summer holidays are a great time to chill with the family and let your hair down a bit. This is usually great for the first few weeks, but the problem comes when, without the constant stimulation of school, the boredom sets it. For as much as kids like to moan about how boring school is, and when asked what they did that day they will say nothing, little minds are at their best when they are learning.
A great solution to this sudden summer knowledge deficit is to plan activities that are fun, but at the same time educational. Many museums, art galleries and historic buildings have things for children specifically to do to hold their interest. London is the best example with loads of educational and fun places to explore. There are too many to take in in just one day, so why not book a room and make a mini holiday out of it.
Natural History Museum
Natural History Museum
This one never gets old, and adults will find themselves as fascinated by what lies inside the natural history museum as the kids are. Entry to the museum is free and you can easily spend the whole day here just taking everything in. Scale is not compromised and you can see first hand how big a Blue Whale is and a T-Rex was as the museum houses life-size models of both. For kids aged between 7 and 14 the Darwin Centre is an absolute must. Kids can satisfy their scientifically curious minds with hands on experiments and demonstration.
The London Science Museum is one of the most hands on museums around. Explore the world of Science and technology through the museums many interactive stations. There is something for all ages with a specific area for teenagers called Launchpad where they can explore scientific principles in more depth. One for 5-8 year olds called Pattern Pod, and a gallery for under 5s. There is a huge 3D IMAX and 4D simulators alongside the 15,000 objects on display, so there is no danger of running out of things to do. Even better is that it is all completely free.
Bank of England Museum
This might not sound like a fun trip with kids, but the Bank of England Museum is actually a massive hit with families, and contains plenty to keep everyone entertained. Discover the history and function of the national bank dating way back to 1694 and learn how the pound was created. Ancient gold bars are on display and you are encouraged to try and pick one up, they’re very heavy! In comparison today’s modern market bars are on display in this treasure trove of a museum. Discover who famous customers have been, such as George Washington and how the bank was secured before technology and see original muskets on display.
The arrival of the holidays does not need to mean a six-week break from learning for your kids. Incorporate fun with hands on knowledge building for a treat that will keep their minds active and boredom at bay. There are awesome facilities waiting to be explored in the capital and all for free, so take a few days out to visit just a few of these awesome attractions.
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If you are reading this right now, then I must be oceanside, sipping on a cocktail enjoying my family. See you next Friday.
Happy Memorial Day Weekend!