Movies in Motion: Bringing the magic of children’s movies to the streets of Paris
Movies in Motion is a fun, dynamic, innovative, new guided-tour company designed specially for families visiting Paris. What makes them special is that their carefully crafted educational tours are structured around an interactive game on iPad, which uses clips and characters from popular children’s films set in Paris to lead the family on a fun filled adventure through the streets of the historic city center.
The game includes riddles, cryptic images, videos and puzzles, which encourage all members of the family to get involved and discover Paris’ hidden secrets by exploring the city around them.
Sounds like it could be a bit of a challenge? Well fear not; your trusty Movies in Motion guide will be leading the way, providing you with all the fascinating stories and information you need. You’ll be in good hands as all their guides have years of experience working in education and at least a masters level qualification in Art History.
Movies in Motion was founded by Kristen Gordon, a California native with a background in film and art history. While working at the Louvre museum, she dreamed up Movies in Motion as a fun, alternative way to share the history and culture of Paris with families. She then teamed up with her former Louvre colleague Emma Durrant from Ireland to make it a reality.
While working at the Louvre Kristen and Emma noticed that most children are now so accustomed to using technology that they have a tendency to try to experience the world around them through a screen (iPad, iPhone, camera etc…), something which can often distract them from the works of art and objects in front of them. However, after a while, they began to see the huge potential that his same technology has for engagement and education. As a result, they used all their experience and expertise to develop a digital game for their tour. The game engages technology savvy kids while also making them look up from the screen and explore the world around them.
Movies in Motion’s first tour ‘Paris Islands Quest’ takes place in the historic centre of Paris, which happens to be situated on two Islands; the Ile Saint-Louis and Ile-de-la-Cité. The tour helps you discover the islands’ secrets and includes a detailed visit to Notre Dame Cathedral. Along the way you’ll learn about the origins of Paris, its medieval history and get acquainted with kings, Queens, famous chefs, writers and the city’s ordinary people across the centuries.
Unless you were living under a rock this summer, you heard quite a bit about the dangers of the Zika virus. Since there’s no vaccine, and the virus is spread through mosquitos (and sexual contact), the CDC issued several alerts for US travelers—especially pregnant women. So as you’re setting up your travel plans for the holidays, keep in mind that just because you’ve not been hearing about Zika in the news, the outbreak is not over!
Zika virus isn’t new—the first instance of Zika in a human was in 1952—but the outbreak in the Americas that started in January 2016 brought new attention to the virus. For most people, the virus has no symptoms. If you do get sick, you might have a fever, red eyes, joint pain, headache or a rash, but some people develop an autoimmune disorder called Guillain–Barré syndrome. Unfortunately, the greatest danger of the Zika virus is to pregnant women. The virus can cause microcephaly and other brain malformations in some fetuses.
Margaritaville Hollywood Beach Resort, located on the legendary Hollywood Beach Broadwalk in South Florida, is celebrating its first anniversary with a “Margaritaville Hollywood Beach Turns One! Anniversary Offer.” Valid on minimum two-night stays from October 1 through December 15, 2016, the package includes two welcome cocktails, a $50 daily resort credit and valet parking. Guests who book the package will receive an added bonus – the chance to come back to Destination Paradise again, with a surprise discount code for their next booking, upon checkout.*
Secluded and serene, Coco Privé Kuda Hithi Island is one of the world’s most exclusive private island escapes—and it’s definitely on my Bucket List!
There is nowhere in the Maldives, or anywhere else, quite like it. The entire tropical island is available just for you, your family and friends. It’s your very own piece of paradise for you to enjoy—in absolute privacy. And with a team of 30 staff to look after your every need, your stay at Coco Privé will exceed your highest expectations. No request is too small or too extravagant.
Your stay at Coco Privé will include:
—Exclusive use of the entire private island.
—A dedicated team of 30 staff on the island.
—All meals and snacks personally prepared by your private chef.
—Selection of unlimited beverages, including alcohol, from your cocktail bar.
—Unlimited spa treatments by your personal therapist.
—Unlimited diving experiences for certified divers and the use of diving equipment and facilities.
—Non-motorized water sports experiences such as canoeing, catamaran sailing, windsurfing and more.
—Private luxury yacht return transfer from Malé International airport
And just when you thought it couldn’t get any better… As a gift from Coco Privé, guests will be whisked away on a luxury yacht to witness the spectacular Maldivian sunset on an evening of their choice. Cruise over the blue waters with a glass of champagne while watching the sun sink below the endless horizon.
Get ready for a full evening of song, dance and storytelling as you enjoy a lavish Hawaiian feast. The experience starts off with activities like kapa printing, flower arranging and temporary kakau tattoos or pa‘i ai taro pounding followed by a Lū‘au introduction and oli (chant) welcome. After that, enjoy some wonderful buffet dining, including a carving station with suckling pig and prime rib, fresh local seafood, authentic island fare and enticing Asian specialties plus family-friendly offerings, kids’ selections and a decadent dessert bar. Then finish up the evening with a Lū‘au performance—an enchanting, often breathtaking production that brings the legends and lore of ancient Hawai’i to life.
Featuring an eclectic schedule of festivals and events this fall/winter travel season, Trinidad & Tobago welcomes you to discover the southernmost Caribbean islands. With hotels on the dual-island nation offering steep discounts up to 50% off room rates and direct flights from gateway cities like Miami, Ft. Lauderdale, New York, Orlando and Houston, now is the time to plan travel to the culturally vibrant destination!
Cultural Celebrations and Festivals
Tobago Blue Food Festival, October 16
Tobago’s distinctive ‘blue food’ cuisine is celebrated at the Blue Food Festival, a culinary showcase featuring dasheen, the Caribbean root vegetable that actually turns blue when cooked. Considered one of the most unique food expositions in the region, the annual festival brings together creative, indigenous chefs to share their knowledge, cooking secrets and tasty blue creations with this commonly-used local ingredient. Guests are treated to cooking demonstrations, competitions, samples of the chefs’ creations and entertainment by popular local performers.
Diwali, November 3
In Trinidad & Tobago, where the population is approximately 40 percent Indian, Diwali—the Hindu Festival of lights—is celebrated by the young, old, rich and poor with colorful events and extravagant light displays. Marked as a national holiday in Trinidad & Tobago since 1966, Diwali celebrations in Trinidad begin nine days before the actual event. During those nine nights there are performances by East Indian cultural practitioners, a folk theatre, an exhibition of Hinduism, nightly worship of Mother Lakshmi (goddess of wealth), lighting of myriad deyas, and a food court of savory Indian and non-Indian vegetarian delicacies. The festival culminates with magnificent fireworks complemented by the thunder of bamboo cannons and the sparkle of “star-lights” in villages across the country.
Caribbean Airlines H.U.M. Campaign
Trinidad’s national carrier, Caribbean Airlines, has launched its “Happiest Ultimate Moments” (H.U.M.) campaign, designed to create ‘positive vibes’ and deliver added value to regional and international passengers traveling between June 1 and September 30, 2016. If you take advantage of this promotion, you can enjoy special discounts at retail and entertainment merchants throughout Trinidad and other Caribbean destinations!
Conservation and Preservation
Tobago Water Colours Adaptation Project The Cropper Foundation, based in Trinidad & Tobago, has implemented a program to combat climate change in Tobago’s popular, tourist-attracting Buccoo Reef. The program, named Tobago Water Colours Adaptation Project, will utilize underwater coral sculptures as a method to protect the island’s reefs. Renowned Trinidadian Carnival artist Peter Minshall, who designed the opening awards ceremonies for the 1996 Atlanta Olympics and the 2002 Salt Lake City Winter Olympics, is creating two Carnival-themed underwater sculptures for the program. A larger project is scheduled, in which Minshall will install a complete band of Carnival sculptures in Buccoo Reef.
Hotel Packages and Specials
Chancellor Hotel, Trinidad
Coblentz Inn, Trinidad
This 17-room boutique hotel is offering 20 percent off regular rates through December 31, 2016. The discounted rates start at $105 per night for double occupancy including taxes, continental breakfast and Wi-Fi; blackout dates do apply (December 22 – 28). Each room is culturally themed pertaining to Trinidad’s history and includes a fully-equipped kitchenette. Coblentz Inn is conveniently located in Port of Spain offering guests a relaxing, secluded retreat while offering access to nightlife and activities. For more information, visit http://www.coblentzinn.com/.
Kapok Hotel, Trinidad
The 94-room Kapok Hotel is offering guests 50 percent off rates starting at $115 per night based on double occupancy, valid for travel from September 1 - November 30, 2016. Kapok Hotel is adjacent to the historic Queen’s Park Savannah, home to Trinidad’s famous Carnival and is close all major attractions. To book, visit http://www.kapokhotel.com or call (868) 622-5765 and use promo code FALLDEAL.
Castara Retreats, Tobago
A family-run eco-resort featuring 15 lodges, Castara Retreats sits on two acres of lush tropical garden overlooking the Bay of Castara and two sandy beaches. From now - December 20, 2016, guests can save 10 percent on stays of six nights or more in the Firefly Studio. The discounted rates start at $114 per night and are inclusive of all taxes and a complimentary cocktail upon arrival at the pavilion restaurant overlooking Castara Bay, based on double occupancy. For more information, visit http://www.castararetreats.com.
Crown Point Hotel, Tobago
From now - November 30, 2016, guests can save more than 20 percent on stays in Apartment 213 at Crown Point Hotel. With rates starting at $100 per night, apartment 213 is a one bedroom self-contained apartment on the compound of Crown Point Hotel. Guest amenities include use of the pool, Store Bay beach and access to the hotel’s restaurant and bar. The apartment comes fully equipped with all linens, towels, utensils, Wi-Fi and cable TV, sleeping four people comfortably.
Grafton Beach Resort and Le Grand Courlan Spa Resort, Tobago
Rovanel’s Resort & Conference Centre, Tobago
The Palms Villa Resort, Tobago
Tobago Plantations, Tobago
From now - November 30, 2016, guests can save 20 percent on stays in Condo 29B on Tobago Plantations starting at $100 per night. Condo 29B is a one bedroom studio penthouse located in the compound of Magdalena Grand Beach & Golf Resort. The studio is on the second level with a balcony overlooking the plantation and golf course. The condo is fully equipped with Wi-Fi, cable TV, linens and full kitchen and includes use of the pools.
Located atop a dramatic bluff with sweeping views of the Charlotte Amalie Harbor and royal blue waters of the Caribbean Sea, Frenchman’s Reef offers unparalleled services and premier accommodations ideal for every type of traveler—including you! Frenchman’s Reef is the perfect jumping off point for all St. Thomas excursions.
While you’re there, try:
- New activities from the Adventure Center such as a half-day snorkeling trip to Turtle Cove to swim with sea turtles, night kayaking with clear bottom, LED-rimmed kayaks, SUP - - Yoga in the Charlotte Amalie Harbor
- Shopping in downtown Charlotte Amalie to fully take in the sights and sounds of the city (no need to pay for a cab, when you can zip across the water to downtown in the resort’s affordable shopping ferry!)
- Enjoy a relaxing spa treatment at Lazule Sea Spa, including access to the spa’s private pool which is for spa guests only
- Sample new menus from the resort’s five dining options, including Coco Joe’s, which sits directly on the private Morning Star Beach.
Explore the island-life outdoor activities we mentioned above like stand-up paddle boarding, swimming with sea turtles, snorkeling excursions, night kayaking with clear bottom kayaks and more, for an actual “FaceTime” vacation with family. With starting rates as low as $257/night, the travel package offers up to 58% savings and includes:
- Room accommodations
- Choice of night kayaking tour with Adventure Center OR 1/2 catamaran sail trip on The Cat to Turtle Cove, including snorkeling with turtles
- Admission to the St. Thomas Coral World Ocean Park for family of four ($300 value)
- Access to the private Morning Star Beach, resort pools, full-service spa, dining and more
The package is only available through December 19th, so make your reservations soon! To book or get more info, contact 1(800) 228-9290 or visit www.frenchmansreefmarriott.com and use promo code: ZJL.
Our tech is here to stay, and so is the need to digitally detox every once in a while! Escape from your screens, immerse yourself in tranquil environments and connect with nature and locals. And we think the best places to take a digital detox are the tropical destinations of Montserrat, Trinidad & Tobago, and Costa Rica. It’s time to live in the moment and take a vacation from reality!
Known for its serenity and lack of mega-resorts, Montserrat makes it easy to detox, because wi-fi availability is limited once away you’re away from the hotels. So instead of checking email, relax and head to Oriole Walkway Trail where you’ll fall in love with the giant trees, exotic plants and birds. This hike is guaranteed to make you feel closer to nature! To go further from civilization (and miles from cell phone reception) visit the exclusion zone where you can explore the island’s former capital city and witness a city frozen in time.
The sister-island to Trinidad, Tobago, is another great location for getting your digital detox on. With unspoiled beaches, breathtaking waterfalls and friendly locals, Tobago’s off-the-grid personality allows visitors to experience natural beauty and vibrant culture. Some of the best places to disconnect are Tobago Cocoa Estate where you can see how cocoa pods are turned into chocolate bars, and Argyle Waterfall, the largest waterfall on the island. These two are conveniently located just minutes apart, so it’s an easy-peasy trip!
Digital detoxing is best done while detoxing the body, which is why Costa Rica’s hot springs are the perfect spot for completely ridding the mind and body of daily toxins. Immersing in hot springs has the added benefits of cutting stress, alleviating sore muscles, improving blood circulation and enhancing the skin with its exfoliating effects. For visitors who want the full experience, a world-class yoga retreat can be found in the heart of the rainforest and many spas are scattered throughout the country featuring unique treatments like coffee exfoliations, rainforest aromatherapy, volcanic mud wraps and chocolate indulgence massages with an indigenous cacao scrub.
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You might remember Havenly from my Home Office Eyesore to Gorgeous Guest Suite adventure earlier this year. Now the design site that helps your home go from disaster to perfection in four easy steps has made redecorating even more fun! (If that’s even possible!) They launched their new app for iOS 10 yesterday, and I’m obsessed!
Whether looking for furniture recommendations to complement a modern living room or advice on the trendiest floral prints, Havenly’s team of real-life experts understands the challenges you face when designing a room from beginning to end. The Design Advice Service is the big new feature, and I love it! Anyone who downloads the app can chat with a designer for free—but it’s only free for a limited time. Use the app to get the support you need to bring your dream space to life. So now you can create the perfect room redesign, starting from $79 per room, right from your phone. No more excuses!
The Havenly app features:
Design Quickie: Chat with a professional to get answers to any of your individual design questions and purchase recommended products directly from your messaging feed. Custom Interior Design Packages: Book a personal designer that specializes in your style. Work with them to complete a full room redesign or small room refresh based on renderings. Continue to subscribe to get access to continued help while shopping for your ideal space Effortless Room Profiles: Batch-upload photos of your space using your camera phone and share inspiration with your designer to kick off your redesign. Mobile Messaging: Connect with your designer on-the-go. View design concepts, layouts, and suggested products instantly with rich notifications, a new feature on iOS 10. One-Stop Shopping: Refine your shopping list with your designer, then add your favorites to the cart. Checkout with products from 100+ vendors in one place.
“A Fashionable Weekend” at the St. Regis Mexico City
Fun with fashion! Fashion is on the itinerary at the St. Regis Mexico City... The hotel is offering the opportunity to visit, discover and shop at a selection of Mexico City’s top independent designer boutiques and stores with your very own Cultural Curator. If you just can’t get enough fashion, this is the weekend trip you’ve been dreaming of. You’ll get to explore the city’s top emerging fashion designers, jewelers and homeware shops with a pro!
Explore this season’s offerings from award-winning designers like Carla Fernández and Giovanni Estrada. Both design wearable textile art—a developing movement unique inspired by traditional indigenous designs blended with contemporary techniques. Fernández is a recognized designer internationally who has exhibited in Boston’s Museum of Modern Art and Mexico City’s Jumex Museum. She’s also a winner of the Prince Claus award. Estrada is the Winner of Who’s On Next in 2015 by Vogue Mexico and is the creator of the brand Simple by Trista
—Overnight Accommodations in Deluxe Room
—Breakfast daily, to include Sunday Champagne Brunch
—Curated full-day tour of independent designer boutiques with private transportation
—Two-hour bicycle rental on Sunday
—Welcome signature Mezcal cocktail
Thanks to Christina Montoya Fiedler for sharing her awesome getaway experience at the Westin Verasa Napa! She and her husband were guests at the hotel for their ten-year anniversary and loved everything about the property.
Where do you go when you’ve been everywhere in Europe? Finding history and beauty isn’t exactly difficult, but there are some off-the-beaten-path locales you just don’t want to miss!
The Rhone-Alpes area of France is most famous for the Alpine ski areas, but intrepid travelers who want to explore should schedule a vist to Annecy. Annecy, the largest city in region, sits on the northern tip of a the beautiful Lake Annecy. There’s no shortage of things to do from water sports, shopping and beaches to restuarants and so much more! Culture and heritage play a big role in the city with castles, forts, basilacas and museums all ready to be explored.
Polperro, Cornwall, England
Polperro is a quaint Cornish fishing village that has turned into a cozy tourist area. Along the coast from Looe, the village is full of character and color. With a long history of smuggling, the village has a bit of an exciting side too! There are plenty of places to stay and visit, so you may end up not wanting to leave!
A popular day trip from Lisbon, Sintra was a refuge for the Portuguese upper class. Although the town is small, it’s host to incredible homes, historic monuments and a Gothic-styled National Palace. You can the train or tourist bus for a quick visit, but there is enough there to keep you busy for a longer stay.
Dolceacqua, Liguria, Italy
Close to both Imperia and Genoa, Dolceacqua is right on the Italian border with France. Cobblestone pedestrian walkways pass by old stone houses, restaurants that sell fresh, simple food and shops where you can buy high quality olives and olive oil. The village boasts a castle and ancient walls that were built to protect from invaders. The castle is the main attraction, so most only visit for the day, but for those who want to get a real taste of village life there is an option to rent a farm house or villa.
Luxury tour operator Abercrombie & Kent is offering an exclusive family travel deal for those looking to book the ultimate holiday adventure to Antarctica. For a limited time, guests can book the December 13 departure of Antarctica, South Georgia & the Falkland Islands and save 25% on suites (Cabin Categories 4 & 5). Additionally, the first child saves 50% and the second child sails completely FREE. The 15-night itinerary offers a luxurious, panoramic expedition across the Southern Ocean, stopping at wildlife-rich South Georgia, the unspoiled Falklands and the vast, wild shores of Antarctica.
Why is this journey perfect for families? A&K’s Young Explorers Program, of course! Designed for ages 7-18, these programs include dedicated Young Explorer’s Guides leading groups of kids and teens in engaging activities like squid dissection, Japanese fish printing and deep sea presentations with a marine biologist. The journey takes travelers deep into the polar latitudes, led by a knowledgeable and captivating Expedition Team to experience a truly wild place that most never see in their lifetime.
This deal is perfect for adventurous families looking for a remarkable destination holiday to end 2016!
Newport, RI is by far one of the best summer destinations on the east coast, and with two new attractions you’ll be sliding on your boat shoes and your best fake pearl set and heading on over!
One of my favorite hotels (full disclosure: I was married here) The Hotel Viking, now has a great kid’s club! During busy seasons pop-up activities are happening, including a recent Pokemon game night when this writer was visiting. Another bonus? Kids collect a cute tote bag upon arrival with a coloring book, water bottle and cute stuffed animal. Even better is your little munchkins score free breakfast in the newly renovated One Bellevue restaurant.
For your budding scientists, try the recently-opened Fish N’ Tales Adventure boat, a working fishing boat that departs from Bowen’s Wharf in Newport’s bustling downtown harbor. The boat has a touch tank in the middle with lobsters, and my boys had a blast helping the captain haul up his traps and peer inside, screaming with delight when they got to place colorful bands on the lobster’s claw. They learn terms such as “crusher claw and pincher claw,” and get valuable information from an onboard fish and wildlife expert. I recommend ages four and up for this ride, as I brought my newborn in a sling, and the sea was rough that day.
Our guest poster this week is Kate Rockland. Kate lives in New Jersey with her husband and three unruly children. When she’s not making forts out of pillows or begging people to buy one of her two novels, she loves traveling through New England.
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