Filled with activities for younger children at the weekends from painting to renting tricycles, the Parque Mexico in La Condesa is also pleasant for adults and near lots of restaurants and cafes. The duck pond is often rather smelly though.
Nearest metro Chilpancingo (not very near)
Take them to La Brea Tar Pits; the biggest source of ice-age specimens in the world is located in the middle of the most developed part of Los Angeles, the Wilshire corridor. In Hancock Park, tar pits bubble away as fake mammoths bobble up and down on the surface. Inside the charming George C Page museum children and adults can watch sabre tooth tigers fighting with sloths, see paleontologists at work and discover for themselves just how sticky tar can be.
My favourite Berlin beach, Havelchaussee is a small strip of sand overlooking the River Havel, in the heart of the Grunewald. There’s no car park, so you have to get there by 218 bus or bike. My kids like making dens in the willow trees. Most people keep their clothes on here, but don’t be surprised if some people take all of theirs off: that’s normal in Berlin.
Boats, ships, planes and trains, and even the odd rocket. The museum has a great separate kids' section, Spectrum. My son Ruskin is especially fond of the room on the top floor where you can whisper into a giant ear trumpet, and be heard 50 metres away.
Deutsches Technikmuseum Berlin, Trebbiner Strasse 9; Admission: €4.50, kids €2.50; Closed on Monday;
My favourite place during my many visits to Atlanta. The World’s premier softdrinks headquaters has a 45,000 square foot multimedia, interactive museum that charts the history of Coca Cola. The tour lasts 1-2 hours depending on you as you move at your own pace.
You will see rare and invaluable artefacts from the archives of the company such as the original prototype for the first Coca-Cola bottle. A soda fountain which shoots a 20-foot stream of soft drink into a drinking cup is an awesome sight. Also, visitors can enjoy unlimited samples of soft drinks from around the world under the Coca-Cola banner. The tour ends in the Coca-Cola gift shop and if you look carefully you can pick up some real bargains.
This is a fun tour full of Coke history and some great ads that I had seen as a youngster growing up, the memories came flooding back.
Admission was reasonable $6.00 for adults, $4.00 for seniors and $3.00 for children. Or families can purchase a Passport for Refreshments for $45.00 that includes free admission for up to four family members, a $2.00 admission charge for each additional guest, and a 10% discount on merchandise. An Individual passport can be purchased for $15.00
Tel: 404 676 5151
A fun place to spend the day and evening - a great amusement park with over 100 rides, attractions and shows. Six Flags has a good reputation for being clean and having youthful helpful park attendants, like any major park it attracts big crowds especially weekends and holidays, don’t go to park unless you want to have FUN!
Tel: 770 948 9290
Ystad has the best beach in Europe, when the sun shines. The beach has long wooden jetties running out so you can dive into the sea rather than wade out. There is mini-golf and a good children's playground at the town end, too.
Situated close to the Catherine and Alexander Palaces at Tsarskoye Selo, this restaurant is excellent and cannot be faulted. The interior is crazy - trees climbing out of the walls and across the ceiling are not to everyones taste - but it has excellent and reasonably-priced food (the solyanka is to die for) and the service is friendly and quick. Definitely head here after a day of sightseeing.
2 Sredniaya St, Pushkin. First left after Alexander Palace on Dvortsovaya Ulitsa.
It is beautiful and easy to get to. You reach car-free islands on cheap public transport, getting a nice boat trip into the bargain. Bathing waters are very clean and often very shallow and calm due to virtually no tides, waves or currents, making them ideal for families with babies and toddlers. Water temperatures often reach 21C in July.
The northern archipelago can be reached by car ferry from Hjuvik and Hisingen. For the southern archipelago take the ferry from Saltholmen. With the Gothenburg Pass it is free, or without one it costs the same as a tram ride.
Granna and Vadstena lie on the east coast of Lake Vattern - that's the long sausage-like one heading
north from Jonkoping. They are recommended for two different reasons:
If you have children, Granna is "polkagris heaven" - polkagris are the Swedish equivalent of the English sticks of rock, pink and white sticks of sugar! It also has a lovely bathing area on the banks of the lake, with a sandy beach and very child friendly. Plus there are boats out to the island of Visingso, always nice for a day trip or more.
Further north up the coast, a beautiful trip in itself if you take the old coast road and not the motorway, you will find Vadstena, which is a gobsmackingly beautiful town with the old centre by the lakeside preserved in almost pristine condition. Spend hours wandering round the narrow streets and travel back in time.
East coast of Lake Vattern
This is by far the best and biggest (Olympic-size) pool in Makkassar. It is clean, well-maintained and not usually busy before about 3.30pm. There are clean changing rooms (bring your own towel) and loungers around the pool. It is a comfortable place to spend all day and there is a kids pool, a kids play area and a gym with sauna and steam rooms.The restaurant serves Indonesian, Chinese and Western dishes and even cold beer. The daily entrance fee is around Rp30-40,000 or US$3-4, with separate charges for pool and gym use. Nearby is the biggest and best shopping mall in Makassar, the Mal Panukkang Mas. This has cafes, bars, restaurants and supermarkets as well as the usual shoe, handbag and mobile phone shops.
On Jalan Boulevard Panakkukang Mas opposite the mall, about 4km east of the city centre and the sea front. Taxi drivers all know this place (or at least they know the mall (meter charge around Rp30,000(US$3). Getting back to your hotel is easy with plenty of taxis near the mall.
A little bit of sweet lyricism in the vastness, the Watts Towers are Italian immigrant Simon Rodia's outsider contribution to LA architecture.
Go. They might make you cry.
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Sleep in an Art Deco palace (with a full-sized kitchen in every room) in Santa Monica. Steps from the beach, amusement pier and shopping/cinema area 3rd Street Promenade. A great place you can stay in L.A. without actually needing a car!
Ocean Avenue, Santa Monica
I can't remember the name but it's easy to find - opposite the main Brahma Temple on the edge of the town, this is where all the pilgrims stop to refuel. We were in Pushkar for a week and ate here for every meal. The food is fresh, delicious and cheap, on the hot side of spicy, but not unbearable, there are tables outside and inside, very few tourists here, so the service can be brusque, but the food more than makes up for it.
Opposite Brahma Temple, (not on the corner, the next one up).
Originally called Connaught Place, this is the centre of New Delhi. You find everything here - big shops, restaurants, art galleries, hotels and craft emporiums. More importantly, if you go to the lanes behind the main circle, you will find very good eating places. Now, with the Metro Station in the centre, you can go to the far flung parts of Delhi as well.
Underground Station of Connaught Place / Rajiv Chowk
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