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Train travel through Spain: 1st stop Madrid

Train travel through Spain: 1st stop Madrid

Spain is a gorgeous country with a fascinating history. It’s easy to travel around on your own and if you’re not inclined to rent a car, then take the trains and if there is no train then a bus. I was therein the month of April,  first in Madrid and then travelled the Andalucía region before flying to Lisbon, Portugal. The weather was just about perfect and there weren’t horrendous lineups at any of the main … Read entire article »

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Editorial: Don’t stay home. Travel with the kids!

Editorial: Don’t stay home. Travel with the kids!

A few days ago I was listening to Bob McDonald, a science journalist with the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, talk about images of Pluto that were coming from NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft. The images, beamed to earth, were showing us things that we never expected. “The earth,” he said, “is just one member of a family. That’s why we explore. That’s why we go to places we’ve never been before. It’s knowledge for the sake of … Read entire article »

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Bucket List for Kids: Toronto Zoo

Bucket List for Kids: Toronto Zoo

The Toronto Zoo has been around since 1974, a long time. It’s the largest zoo in Canada with more than 5,000 animals (that includes invertebrates, like insects and crabs, and fish). It’s divided into geographical regions and there are animals from all around the world. The animals aren’t kept in cages as they were in the old days and some hide so it can be difficult to see them. We (a Nana and two grandkids) passed … Read entire article »

Filed under: Bucket list for kids, Canada, Family travel, Memorable moments

Bucket List for Kids: Ontario Science Centre, Toronto

Bucket List for Kids: Ontario Science Centre, Toronto

Going to the Ontario Science Centre with young grandkids, as I did earlier this month, made me wish I had paid more attention to science at school or at least remembered what little I had learned. But that shouldn’t stop me from returning. In big type on one of the museum’s walls is the message to “Try, try, try again” – that progress is “neither swift nor easy”. It’s just that there is so much to … Read entire article »

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Bucket List for Kids: CN Tower, Toronto

Bucket List for Kids: CN Tower, Toronto

The elevator that my young grandkids and I took up the CN Tower has two panels of glass in its floor and as we went up, up, up at a speed of 22km/15mph it was sort of like being in a space ship during lift off. It took just 58 seconds for us to reach the Indoor Observation Level (aka Look Out Level), which just happens to be 346m/1136ft in the air. Little wonder that … Read entire article »

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Bucket List for Kids: Ripley’s Aquarium Canada

Bucket List for Kids: Ripley’s Aquarium Canada

Ripley’s Aquarium in downtown Toronto is Canada’s largest indoor aquarium. It’s a happy place and I think most kids who enter it will leave wearing a big smile. There are moments when it can be a little spooky though. Some species of fish are nocturnal and only swim around when their tank is shaded and the lights kept low.  And it’s not everyday that you find yourself walking though a tunnel with big sharks floating … Read entire article »

Filed under: Bucket list for kids, Canada, Family travel