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Enjoy Traveling With Your Kids In Europe

Thirteen bridges cross the river with the most famous being the pedestrian Charles bridge, built over 600 years ago. What you notice when walking across the bridge is the 30 statues of religious figures spaced out about 30 feet apart. Evidentially they were placed there in the 17th century to lead the masses to mass at the cathedral on the hill. On one end of the bridge is the Old Town Bridge Tower leading you to “Old Town.” It looks just like the entrance to the castle at Disneyland. It makes one wonder where Disney actually got his original ideas. We walked across the bridge both at night and day and stopped to enjoy the jazz musicians playing their terrific music. Zoé-Pascale, with her dancing soul, swayed to the music enjoying herself for all the world to see. After giving them 3 tips, we decided to buy their CD of Jazz music from the 20s. Her joy in giving money to the street musicians extends over to the beggars on the street. We could not pass any beggar without her wanting to give them money.

The man in front of us knelt down with his head touching the ground as though in prayer. In his hand was his hat, hoping that money will fall into it as though it is Manna from heaven. After a few moments, we gave Zoé-Pascale, 20 Kronen and she skipped happily to the beggar dropping the 20 Kronen in his cap. He lifted his head and nodded as though to say “Thank you”. After a few more beggars and Kronen, we tried to explain to Zoe-Pascale that we have to choose how and who to help as there are many people in need. Is it the blind woman playing the recorder, the beggar with the cap, or the animals in the shelters. Oh, to be so innocent and want to help others without any questions. In retrospect however, she did want to know how the blind woman would know how much money she actually earned. Good question, we said, and promptly went into another explanation. This is the joy of traveling with a young child!!!

Cheap Travel to the Mountains

A third of British Skiers and Boarders (350,000) now travel independently to the Alps, so its not something to be wary of anymore. One of the biggest developments in the ski industry in the last ten years has been the switch from large tour operators to smaller companies and independent travel. Here is how to do it best.

Your options are fairly simple: Planes, Trains, Auto mobiles… and Buses.

By Plane: Still the main route to the Alps, flying is often the cheapest and easiest way to do things IF you know how to get the best deals.

Early! The earlier the better, book it as soon as you can.

Even better, sign up to the airlines newsletters and they will tell you as soon as the new prices are released. This is when you get the £30 flights! – this happens in the summer, normally in July and August for the budget airlines.

If you can’t commit to booking early, then you can gamble on a last minute package deal. This has good and bad points; As well as some great low prices, it means that you can see where the snow is and hold out for those resorts; but of course your choices will be limited and you may not get the exact type of accommodation you wanted. But hey, that’s why its a gamble, and if you know what you’re doing and research well, then there’s no reason you can’t get a great deal.