Vienna’s New Optical Illusions Museum

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Tucked just a block off the popular Graben walking street, and behind Meinl, a luxury grocery store worth browsing for hours on end, is a brand new optical illusion museum.  There is nothing particularly Viennese about the museum but it’s interactive, surprisingly educational, and a lot fun.  This new museum is an ideal spot for ‘tweens and teens in need of a little independence, puzzling, and funny photos to share with friends.  It also provides a nice contrast to the many more traditional art museums in Vienna. Read more »

Seven Fun Things to Know About Traveling in Austria with Kids

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Austria is one of the best places in the world to live with or travel with kids.  There are information booths to help families find fun activities, the streets are safe, and the public transportation system is fantastic.  There is music, art, delicious food, lakes, and stunning mountains.  And there are plenty of guidebooks to help you get around.  But, here are a few tips for a great experience that you may not find in a traditional guidebook. 

1) In Germany, you may be greeted by “Guten Tag” as you learned in German 101 or even the relatively Read more »

The Thames Valley Close-Up

On a recent visit to Henley-on-Thames and Wallingford England, I zoomed in!  read all about it at Wandering Educators.com.

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What would your kids zoom in on?  Try it on your next trip or even in your own backyard.

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Vienna ist fur Kinder

Vienna ist für kinder!  Vienna, Austria boasts castles, boat rides, music history, gorgeous Hapsburg-yellow buildings, and fantastic parks.  We lived in the 19th district of Vienna for six months with two young kids and we fell in love. Many activities and museums are designed specifically für kinder (for children) and others are just naturally fun für kinder. Here are a few of our favorite hidden family hotspots. Read more »

Cheap Thrills for Kids – London Ski Lift

Linking North and South London, the Emirates Cable Car is a perfect family travel accessory.  It likely won’t be the main event of your day, but like any good travel accessory, it can add zip for very little cost. Just a 5-minute ride across the Thames River and only about $6.50 for an adult and $3.50 for a child.  The cable car boards like a ski lift in that you walk on while the car is moving slowly (in Read more »

Where does the wind blow through the willows?

Check out our post on WanderingEducators.com!  Hot cocoa, long walks in ancient oaks, and the Wind in the Willows museum.

Henley-on-Thames: Alive with History

“Low in a vale, by wood-crown’d heights o’erhung,

Where fir, and larch, and beech are careless flung,

With silver Thames slow rolling at her feet,

Lies Henley-Contemplation’s calm retreat.”

Opening lines of a poem detailing the charms of Henley-on-Thames, published anonymously in 1827.  The poem is attributed to Mr. Richardson, a temporary resident of Henley.  Though I’ve never, technically, resided in Henley, I’ve visited regularly for over thirty years and consider myself perhaps an intermittent resident. I’m lucky enough to be here again.

 

Just 40 minutes from London, Henley-on-Thames was a medieval market town and river port and is most famous for the Henley Royal Regatta, which it hosts on the first weekend of July, Wednesday to Sunday.  The race is 1 mile and 550 yards, finishing just downstream of the town bridge.  Every room in town is booked at least a year in advance for the event (I speak from frustrating experience); the streets, trains, and riverbanks are backed with Pimms-drinking, hat-wearing spectators young and old. The regatta is not as Read more »

Skiing in Austria with the Family

Check out my post on We Said Go Travel!