Why Ireland continues to be a favorite family travel destination

Traveling with your toddler is a great way to enjoy a break and make amazing memories for you and your young family. However, the problem is that not all holiday destinations are child and toddler-friendly. Therefore, so many people will tell you if … [Read more...]

How we planned our European trip on a budget

This winter, the Pit Stops for Kids crew will be heading to France, Belgium, the Netherlands, and Italy. Our entire trip has been planned with budget in mind, by necessity! If your family, like ours, wants to plan a European trip on a budget, we have … [Read more...]

Florence Italy at Christmas

Last holiday season, we made a last minute decision to add Florence, Italy to our European family vacation. We arrived in Florence on December 24, Christmas Eve, and left December 27. While planning, I worried that perhaps, spending Christmas in … [Read more...]

Guide to Paris Christmas markets

One of our favorite memories of a Paris Christmas was touring the many Paris Christmas markets across the city. Some Christmas markets pop up fairly spontaneously from year to year, but there are a few staples you'll find to be consistent. Here's … [Read more...]

How to visit the Paris catacombs with kids

One attraction near the top of my teen's list of things to do in Paris was the Paris Catacombs. This underground network lies in the heart of the city, spanning two km. It's creepy and fascinating and toured completely on one's own, unless you opt … [Read more...]

Louvre vs d’Orsay museum: why you should visit both with kids

If you’re visiting Paris with kids ten and up, both the Louvre and the Musée d'Orsay are probably on your short list. When I created our Paris itinerary with kids, I initially left the d'Orsay off of it. This was a big mistake! On recommendation by … [Read more...]

Getting from Pisa to Florence with a side trip to the Leaning Tower of Pisa

If you're flying into Pisa's airport and then getting from Pisa to Florence Italy, you have several options, all of which are pretty cheap and pretty fast. However, if you want to take advantage of your time in the town to see the Leaning Tower of … [Read more...]

London vs Amsterdam: which is right for your family?

Heads up European travel fans! Jaloezieen-fabriek.nl is showing an interesting info-graphic about London vs Amsterdam, two wonderful touristic cities filled with history, culture and great views. In our opinion, you can't really go wrong either … [Read more...]

Touring Paris with Fat Tire Tours

While planning our itinerary for Paris with kids, I kept hearing about an English-language, Paris-based tour company that goes around on bikes. My family loves exploring cities by bike (you may remember how we gushed about Bike 'n Roll in the … [Read more...]

Exploring Christmas markets in Belgium

For our upcoming European vacation on a budget, we researched Christmas markets in France, Italy, and Belgium. While the country is still on high alert as officials ensure safety following the Paris terrorist acts, sources from both Flanders and … [Read more...]