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Lisa Goodmurphy
Canadian mom, travel blogger, freelance writer. I'm on a mission to show my kids the world - one trip at a time!
Interests: my family, travel, reading, working out
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Thanks, Ann!!
Nature Connects - art installations with LEGO bricks by Sean Kenney at the Royal Botanical Gardens, in Burlington, Ontario, Canada until August 20, 2017. Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Gone with the Family
Also, have you tried contacting one of the bike rental companies? They might be able to provide specific information. I found this one which rents bikes and organizes both guided and self-guided tours and plan out routes for clients. They might have a good idea of the distances between each winery. I'll check with some other travel writers as well to see if they can provide any insight. Lisa
Hi Bethany, we have visited NOTL many times with our kids over the years but haven't rented bikes or visited the wineries. There is quite a nice biking trail that I have often seen families riding with kids but I'm not sure about the distances between the various wineries. I'll try to find out and get back to you. Lisa
5 things to do on a summertime visit to the village of Kagawong on Manitoulin Island, Ontario, Canada. Continue reading
Posted Jul 17, 2017 at Gone with the Family
Don't panic, Marnie - I'll help you figure this out!! My kids were a little bit older on our Mediterranean cruise (my younger daughter had just turned 8) but we also went on a Northern European cruise two years earlier when she had just turned 6. I'm sure that your daughter will love the shipboard activities and the kids club even if she isn't thrilled with the ports. Our biggest issue in the Mediterranean with our kids was the heat. We live in Toronto, Canada so the temperatures in the Mediterranean in August where overwhelming for us which meant that we had to move slow and not try to do too much. Not trying to do too much when travelling with young kids is always a good idea anyway!! Of the ports you mention we have only been to Rome and that is where our cruise started and finished so we had about 2.5 days to explore at a leisurely pace. This is the article that I wrote about our visit If Rome is just a port-of-call on your cruise then I would recommend that you consider a private guide for your family. That way you will have an air-conditioned ride (in a comfortable car) from the port into the city (I believe it was about an hour's drive) and you can decide what you most want to see. A good guide will be able to make recommendations that would appeal to your daughter as well. Remember in Rome - gelato solves everything!! :) I'm going to ask some other travel writers that I know for recommendations for your ports-of-call and get back to you. Lisa
A review of recently published 25 Places in Canada Every Family Should Visit by award-winning travel writer Jody Robbins. Continue reading
Posted Jun 19, 2017 at Gone with the Family
You're going to love Montreal, Sarah!
Thanks, Amanda - we had a wonderful time!!
10 things for families to see and do in Montreal, Quebec during spring break vacation plus tips to help with planning. Continue reading
Posted May 10, 2017 at Gone with the Family
Hi Annie, We took the full day Harry Potter London tour which included Lacock, Stonehenge and Oxford. At the time it also included a stop at the "Privet Drive" house but it looks like perhaps there is no longer a stop there. It is just a private house in a suburb and not terribly convenient to get to. If you are visiting Warner Bros. Studio Tour London for the Making of Harry Potter then you will see the Privet Drive house that they used on set there. You can find more information in my article here if you haven't seen it already. Our tour did not include a stop at Gloucester Cathedral. I will attempt to contact the owner of the company to see if I can find more information and email you directly. Please don't hesitate to contact me if you have any additional questions about London. We have visited several times with our children and love the city!! Lisa
I have heard that the Candlelight Processional is amazing but we have yet to see it. It's definitely at the top of my list the next time we visit Disney World during the holiday season! We loved the Osborne Family Lights as well - I was so sad when I heard that it was shutting down.
Sample 3 day itinerary for first-time visitors to San Francisco. Continue reading
Posted Mar 16, 2017 at Gone with the Family
Learning to geocache along the Power Trail in Brantford, Ontario. Continue reading
Posted Feb 24, 2017 at Gone with the Family
You're most welcome, Lorii! Have a great time in Ireland - I would love to visit Powerscourt in the summer when all the flowers are blooming!!
I'm sure your kids would love the Disney on Broadway tour (particularly if they're young) - it's a great way to introduce them to theatre in New York!
We didn't find out about it until we had already been to New York several times!
We never get tired of visiting New York and seeing Broadway shows - it's so much fun!!
We love to see shows on the West End as well - always a highlight of our trips to London! Have a great time in NYC!!
There's nothing that compares to seeing a show on Broadway!!
The tours are definitely a lot of fun for Broadway fans!
Glad you found it helpful, Claudia - let me know if you have any questions before your spring trip!
Dromoland Castle is so lovely - my daughter didn't want to leave! I can't even imagine what people from Europe must think when they see North American hotel rooms!
I know - I wish we would have had more time to stay at each one of them!
There's always a good reason to go back to Ireland! :)