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The Paul & Paula crew loves to travel.

Near & far. And we love to share our trips – our favourite stops, eats and things to do with the kids. Nothing teaches you more than traveling the world.

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09.05.19

Sky Garden London with children (and Jo’s new Spring shoes)

Sky Garden London with children

The Sky Garden London at the top of the iconic Walkie Talkie building was our destination for a Sunday morning. 38-storey’s up in the air and great views of London. For free!

Afterward, we walked over to Tate Modern with children with some little stops to watch the London Marathon that day too. I did not notice when I booked the tickets that it was the same day as the marathon but all went very well and the city was super organised. I booked tickets and yet it is for free? Yes! You do not pay an entrance fee, however, you do need to book in advance and online.

The building is 160m tall, making it the sixth-tallest premises in the City of London. And on the 36th floor of the skyscraper, you are greeted with a magnificent garden and breathtaking views of famous landmarks. A true urban jungle and London’s highest public garden!

The perfect moment to put on her new Spring shoes Josephine decided.

Sky Garden London with children

Sky Garden London with children

Sky Garden London with children

Sky Garden London with children

Josephine is wearing her new Falcotto sneakers that she selected all by herself. The brand has lots of vibrant colours and cool details in its latest collection.

Super-comfortable sneakers for a truly spunky summer! And they are ergonomic, practical, comfortable, and super-stylish too. Aren’t these star sneakers adorable? Definitely for trendy little girls who can wear them with anything, from jeans to chic dresses.

By the way, Josephine’s t-shirt is from Naturino. The brand famous for its shoes launched an apparel collection to complete your look!

 

Sky Garden London with children

Sky Garden London with children

Sky Garden London with children
We enjoyed the 360-degree view of London, spotted the Tower Bridge, St Paul’s, the Shard, the Gherkin, the ‘Cheesegrater’, and, of course, the River Thames.
We wandered around the foliage-filled atrium, and the kids loved the open air terrace. (which is totally safe by the way)  And with the floor-to-ceiling glass windows, you get fantastic views of the famous rooftops of London from almost everywhere.

The kids really enjoyed it, and Josephine could try out her new shoes by running around and doing some little ‘gymnastic’ moves on the top floor of the garden too. Personally, I love to see cities from above. It is quite fascinating and shows you how big it is but also all the things it has to offer.

In collaboration with Naturino.
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02.05.19

A visit to Tate Modern with the children (and new Spring shoes)

tate modern with children

Last Sunday we packed a bag of snacks and made our way to Tate Modern with the children. Housed in the former Bankside Power Station it is one of the world’s largest Modern Art museums.

The museum was just named as the most-visited tourist attraction in the UK, but don’t let that stop you from going. Even with the kids in tow. Because one of the most appealing things about it is the relaxed and welcoming attitude towards children inside the galleries. (because many galleries or museums are such ‘grownup places’ with lots of rules and guidelines that can be intimidating)

And then the vast, industrial space that is an impressive sight in itself. The turbine hall is a huge space, exciting slope, and often has exhibits where you can actually get inside and not just look at. Find the balconies overlooking the turbine hall, with lots of sofas and transparent fronts. Our kids loved to sit there and just watch.

What else makes the Tate Modern so fun for kids?

Head to the seating areas overlooking the Thames, because there is lots to look at when getting a rest or having a snack. (there are lots of cafes around the whole museum in case you did not bring enough snacks)

Many areas have space to run around in (and it is fine).

Explore outside and get a 360C view over London from the Viewing Level on the top floor of the Switch House.

The Millenium Bridge to walk over the Thames, which we did as you can see on the photos.

There are always exhibits that are quite unusual and often involve sounds or moving images which children love.

The vast majority of the Tate is made up of free galleries. And the special exhibitions are free for children up to 12 years as well.

Awesome museum shops. I love museum shops and often find something fun and you will not be disappointed here, especially if you love children’s books.

There is a digital drawing bar!

The museums host lots of family events and workshops. There will surely be something happening during your visit too.

For our visit, the children put on their new Spring shoes from Naturino.

Both decided for some cool sneakers because they are comfortable, easy to put on and the designs so stylish that you can literally wear them with everything! (personally, I love to mix sneakers with something a little elegant)

 

tate modern with children

tate modern with children

tate modern with children

tate modern with children

About Naturino: All shoes feature exclusive systems and sincere attention to detail and style. Slip-out insoles, Natex membranes, and the Sand effect guarantee the safety and high comfort of all products.

Leonor wears: Low metallic sneakers with a pink and fuchsia heart painted with brush strokes on the side. Romantic meets casual!

Antoine wears: His sneakers are inspired by the passion children have for colours. Decorated with colourful brush strokes of children, while word patterns and stars decorate the soles. Fun!

What is the Sand Effect: The Sand Effect system ensures the right support to feet on rough and irregular ground, since it moulds easily under the weight of the body. Soft uppers and light flexible bottoms, create perfect and natural conditions in any situation.

 

tate modern with children

tate modern with children

tate modern with children

tate modern with children

When we arrived we grabbed a map (there are special ‘Family map’), handed those to the children, and let them guide our journey through the Tate Modern.

I think it is a must-visit destination for all art lovers and you never start young enough. And you know, it is very interesting to look at modern sculptures or paintings with children. And to hear what they see or feel about something.

We are lucky that we are able to visit whenever we want to and, of course, when a special exhibition or work shop is taking place. It is a busy museum but even a short stop is well worth it! So during your next trip to London, make sure to have it on your list.

Before we went to the Tate Modern, we visited the Sky Garden London with kids.
In collaboration with Naturino.
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12.10.18

15 happy things for your October!

Paul & Paula 15 things for October
Oh hello! At the moment I am not so sure how I feel about Fridays. On the one hand, I am happy for the weekend to start. On the other hand, I feel like time is literally rushing through. Another week has gone by… waaaaahhh…

I cannot wait to slow down again and breathe. We do have a really great holiday coming up for the Winter break (Dec/Jan) and I just love the pre-excitement before going away. This time even more, because we all really need a break. To relax, to spend time together (slow and quality) and do not follow any wake-up calls, appointments, and other commitments.

How about you?

I do love autumn very much and this year we are lucky to see some sun shining through the pretty leaves as well. But I can also see that this is always a rather hard period for the children. Between the middle of August when they went to school and the very end of October – it is a long period of school weeks. On top the days are getting shorter, the mornings are dark and a little chilly. Everyone is tired. Do you feel the same?

Nevertheless, I have gathered quite a few cool finds as well as reads for you. I hope that you will enjoy them:

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mum and daughter dress minime look
Oh, the perfect mini&me look. Black dresses! (here are more twinning outfits that are really cool)

Loving this DARLING cushion!

 

tiny door for sylvanian in kids room
OMG! You see what I see? This tiny door? Isn’t adorable?

Super cool collab!

 

wooden play fishes
I love the play kitchens from Macarena Bilbao. She added lots of cool play food and other bits to her shop like these wooden fishes!

You like to eat like a local while traveling? Here are some great tips on how to actually do that…

 

boheme-shelf
Beautiful boho inspired shelf.

You want to eat more healthy? This is a really good article with a good dose of humour and tons of facts!

 

turtle-organic-cotton-cushion
Adorable big turtle cushion!

From Berlin! Ultra cool backpacks for mini and maxi!

 

family home in malmo
Love seeing ‘real’ family homes. And here, the dad is really creative and makes lots of cool stuff for the kids. Fun fact – the family lives in Malmo. Ha!

Very detailed article about fake Instagram followers, comments and likes. If you are interested!

 

children's room with bunk bed
Very different to this ultra modern and clean version of a kids room. But I like the functionality and use of space.

Wow! Just wow! Very intense and personal story

 

the hey gang
The Hey Gang! Really cool and relaxed styles for children. Mostly unisex!
 

Happy week end! xoxo
 

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28.08.18

Iceland with kids – part two

Iceland with kids

And here we are for the other half of the trip of Iceland with kids!

I hope that you enjoyed the first part and started checking on how to get to Iceland. Are you ready for part two? Because today I will show you another side of the surprising Icelandic nature…

 
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Day six

Iceland with kids
Iceland with kids
Direction: Vik
Camping: Mýrdal
Early start and a first stop: Farm Holmur

Big stop: Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon & Diamond Beach
Jökulsárlón is a glacial lagoon and its still, blue waters are dotted with icebergs from the surrounding Breiðamerkurjökull Glacier, part of the larger Vatnajökull Glacier. The Glacier Lagoon flows through a short waterway into the Atlantic Ocean, leaving chunks of ice on a black sand beach.

Again, I know I repeat myself, that glacier was so impressive. And a little funny to see these masses of ice and snow when you were just driving through a green landscape. In fact it is pure and beautiful and a little unreal! You can just stand there and keep on watching…

The photos look like we are standing in front of a wallpaper, so unreal I feel. Even so I know we were there and it was me who took them…

Iceland with kids
Iceland with kids
Iceland with kids
Iceland with kids
Iceland with kids
Iceland with kids
Iceland with kids
And that black beach! The kids were so fascinated and so was I!

In the evening we went to the supermarket opposite the campsite to re-stock some fresh stuff. And then we had another visit to the local pool that was close by! (yes, we did visit a lot of pools!)

Day seven

Iceland with kids
Direction: Golden Circle
Camping: Brautarholt

Stops: many – Golden Circle time!
iceland with kids
Seljalandsfoss waterfall – 65m tall. You can walk behind it was well…

iceland with kids
iceland with kids
iceland with kids
iceland with kids

Typical road sign! Please try to pronounce the cities… :)

Secret Lagoon natural hot springs. Yes, we had to visit another geothermal bath because this is just soooo Iceland and so nice and relaxing. Here you even have a spouting geyser and when you are done there is a cute kiosk outside on the parking. Make sure to get a portion of their fish & chips! Yum!

iceland with kids
iceland with kids
iceland with kids
Gullfoss Waterfall
Impressive waterfall that really shows you how strong nature can be. The water cascades down for around 32m and the raw power is amazing. And very loud! It is the most famous waterfall on the island and part of the Golden Circle so it is all a bit more touristy here (huge gift shop, a cafe and so on). But hey, nonetheless, so spectacular….

iceland with kids
Haukadalur Valley Geysers
A geothermal field of geysers, fumaroles, mud pots and hot springs. One geyser, Strokkur, is active and erupts every 2 or 3 minutes!

iceland with kids
Kerid Crater
Kerid is a volcanic crater lake on the Golden Circle route. Filled with blue-green water. You can walk around it and feel really tiny…

Day eight

iceland with kids
iceland with kids
iceland with kids
iceland with kids
Direction: Reykjavik
Camping: SANDGERÐI

Oh beautiful Reykjavik. To round up our trip we left the visit to the capital for the last day and we were so lucky. It was sunny and nearly 20C. Which meant that the city was busy and happy and smiling. Everyone was out. On top there was a marathon and a music festival going on. In the beginning we were slightly overwhelmed because the last week was so quiet, peaceful and ‘silent’. So this was a lovely change and we also enjoyed to see the city so full of live.

First stop: Harpa – the concert hall. Such an interesting building and since there was a music festival we could attend some little concerts and work shops. So fun!

iceland with kids
Hallgrimskirkja
Incredible and even more fascinating when standing right in front!

iceland with kids
Coffee: Reykjaviuk Roasters – Karastigur
Street food: Fish and chips. Yes, another round but so good and fresh!

In the whole we just walked around the city, let us guide by the street concerts and people. Checked a few shops, had a nice little break with coffee and pastries sitting outside in the sun. Bought a souvenir and enjoyed our time, the moments…

iceland with kids
iceland with kids
iceland with kids
All in all – Reykjavik is cute and inspiring with some pops of colour and very friendly locals.

And we also had our last night in the camper! Whom we dropped off on Sunday morning to catch our flight at 1pm. All glowing and impressed!
In fact, a little note about Iceland Air. Great airline with lovely attention for children and a very funny plane security video. Which reminds me that I found the Icelanders to have a very good dose of humour! I like.
On the whole, all of us went home with so much energy and inspiration!

Iceland with Kids Part O N E

All images: Paul & Paula

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27.08.18

Iceland with kids – part one

iceland with kids
Wow! Ok, so this trip happened just about one year ago and it is rather embarrassing that I only manage to get this out now. Better late than never, I know… but still. On the positive side – it is so lovely to relive everything again by going through every day and stops we made to write them down.

Because let me give you the Iceland message before I start to get into the details: This was one of our most amazing and memorable trips ever. We are still talking about it, the kids do talk about it and if there is a chance to go – take it!

Why? Because Iceland is different, it is so beautiful that you think that are driving through a postcard all of the time. Because you will discover so many different landscapes in a week and because it is energizing. I remember how ‘high’ we were for a few weeks after the trip. All glowing and full of sparkle! Iceland really does something to you…

What did we do: We rented a camper van for our family of six and did the tour of the island in one week. Yes, all the way around the whole of Iceland (staying on the main road).

Age of kids during trip: 10, 7, 5 and 2

What you need to know before going:

Iceland is/ can be windy so bring wellies and good rain/ wind jackets. We were very lucky during our trip and only experienced one full day of rain. Otherwise the weather was quite good and dry. Nonetheless temperatures never exceeded 20C and a good jacket was essential.
It is expensive! It is a fact. And when going during the ‘high season’ which is mid May – mid/ end August then everything like cars and hotels is even more expensive. We did go in August because the chances of dry days and Okish temperatures are much higher. We did not feel ‘cool enough’ to deal with cold, rain and wind and four kids in a camper.
Get all the assurances you can for your rented car/camper. Because of the wind and terrain that can easily throw tiny stones at your car windows and so on…!
Supermarkets are a little less expensive in Reykjavik and since you will start from there (usuall) it is wise to stock up. BONUS is one that has good prices (compared) but I will share what we did on our first day below.
Make the most out of all the pools and thermal hot springs. This is divine, so amazing for your skin and warms you up. Plus, if you drive in a camper, you have showers included which means you do not need to use the one in your car.
You can pay with your card everywhere. Very common in Scandinavia and so practical. Even a hot dog at a gas station or a coffee – just pay with your card. Convenient!
If you camp, you can get the Camping Card. You can pay a fee, get a card and then you can use all camp sites that participate with the card. No reservations necessary!
And please note: No wild camping and no going off main roads. Iceland is getting very strict about it to preserve their beautiful nature!
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But lets start and see what we did, step by step. Any questions or things I missed please feel free to leave a comment and/ or send me an e mail:

We arrived late on a Friday, so we could already enjoy the Saturday 100% and stayed in a nearby airport hotel.

Day one

iceland with kids
iceland with kids
iceland with kids
iceland with kids
iceland with kids
Getting up, little breakfast and off we went to pick up our camper van. We could have gone of Friday evening BUT we felt it was better to be ‘fresh and awake’. And the kids too. Because there is usually a fair bit to explain for camper vans like the cleaning of tanks, changing of gas bottles and so on. Therefore we felt it was better to have some time and children that are not about to fall asleep.

After we were ready to hit the road, our first stop was Ikea! Yes, for lunch and some shopping in the food hall. Like I mentioned above – Iceland is expensive. And Ikea is famous for their good prices. Therefore we had a lunch here for a decent price and then got some hot dogs, cookies and jam and such things from their food store. (you might want to steal this tip!)

And then we went to the supermarket to stock up on groceries. Just opposite Ikea and called Bonus! We googled before and learned that this is a good option in terms of quality and price. You need to buy SKYR – Icelands version on delicious yoghurt. And Hraun – a very crunchy chocolate snack.

Then we started our first journey and drove in the direction of: Snæfellsnes peninsula
Camping for the night: Hellissandur

On the way we stopped:

Ytri Tunga Beach. OMG. It was sunny, was saw a lot of seals and just walked by the water. One of the few beaches with golden sand instead of black.

Bjarnarfoss waterfall. Quite a dramatic waterfall!

Kirkjufell. A picturesque mountain.

Then we found our first camp site and prepared for the first evening and night in our little home for the week. And you see, so many things we already did and saw in just one day!

Day two

iceland with kids
iceland with kids
iceland with kids
First night survived!

Direction: Budardalur
Camping: Laugar
This camping had a hot pool which we fully enjoyed.

We parked our camper and went out to the nature and did some hiking. Stopped at a playground that we found close to the camp site and then had our first pool experience. Way too cold, for my liking, for just swimming in the normal pool. But the heated ones are awesome. If you are brave enough you do the hot pool and then go and sit in the cold one. A very nice person we met at the pool shared some if his pool wisdom and did a very long sit in the cold water. The kids did try as well and Romy even stayed for a few minutes.

Day three

iceland with kids
iceland with kids
iceland with kids
Direction: Akureyri
Camping: Lonsa

Stops:
We are in the North of the island now and this is the area where you may see the Northern Lights. But unfortunately not in August. The downside of going in ‘high season’. The days are very long and the nights very short.

Beautiful journey and the second biggest urban area in Iceland. In Akureyri you will find little colourful houses, an incredible fjord and Akureyrarkirkja. The Church of Akureyri which is a distinctive landmark and is sitting beautifully on the top of a hill.

Day four

iceland with kids
iceland with kids
iceland with kids
iceland with kids
iceland with kids
iceland with kids
Direction: Egilsstadir
Camping: Seyðisfjörður
We were now at the other side of Iceland and landed there with quite an impressive journey that had us driving in the deepest fog I have ever seen for the last kilometers. It was also our one full day, and luckily the only one, of rain!

Stops:
Myvatn – a must do and a great choice if you skip the Blue Lagoon as we did.
Mývatn Nature Baths is a naturally heated lagoon, with mineral-rich waters. It does smell a little, the water is ‘white’ but your skin is sooooo soft afterwards! What an experience. And it is not as crowded as the Blue Lagoon!

iceland with kids
iceland with kids
iceland with kids
iceland with kids

Hverir
Amazing geothermal spot with bubbling pools of mud and steaming fumaroles emitting sulfuric gas.
In short – the colours are incredible and so inspiring! And the children could not believe everything that was going on there.

Day five

iceland with kids
iceland with kids
Direction: Höfn
Camping: Camping Höfn

Stop: Afternoon treat at Langabúð.

The fog was gone and we were off for another day on this beautiful island!

Iceland with kids part TWO

 

PS: Talking about high season and Iceland. Yes, mid May until end of August is declared ‘high season’ however the island never feels overcrowded. More the opposite. Sometimes we drove around for a long while without seeing another car. (And we only drove on the main road.) The camp sites were never full, we always found a spot whatever the hour was we arrived…

All images: Paul & Paula

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