“The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes.”- Marcel Proust
We landed after 16 hours in paradise. A short ride by taxi and we were stranded in Gavea, a quiet, upscale neighborhood with a lot of green surrounded. For us, as a family, security is not an uninteresting point and Gavea gave us this feeling.
We planned to enjoy both ways of the trip – to have enough relaxing days at our pool or turquoise water beaches and some days to explore all the sightseeing. We were really delighted, that sightseeing was not as stressful than expected, because the Brazilian’s adore kids and let us go without making any lines and where in general very friendly and warm people.
A perfect place to escape of some hectic city life was the Botanical Garden, which offered impressive palms, meat eating plants and waterfalls. The kids were running through the park and explored multiple greenhouses, some monuments and had fun with walking stairs up and down to overview the park.
Another dream spot, we had on our bucket list, was the small beach located right below the Sugarloaf, which is really an amazing piece of earth. The beauty of this special light and the view we definitely enjoyed.
We were also spending the evenings listening to the rhythms of Rio´s music, which you can hear allover the city and got spoiled by delicious food of our hotel´s kitchen.
Why do we think, traveling with two little kids from Europe to Rio is a good idea: first of all, Rio is captivating with a mix of relaxing vibes, exotic animals to be close to, outstanding sightseeing and a incomparable spirit of the Cariocas. The kids can discover and learn from different cultures and live long from spectacular colors, soulful music and postcard perfect landscapes, which make the best family adventure.
This was our family’s first Thanksgiving since moving abroad, so we decided to spend it together being thankful for each other and for the opportunity to live in Germany by visiting and spending the night in a castle. We headed to one of my son’s favorite places, Anholt Castle, where we spent the night in a corner room of the castle, had a delicious family dinner and explored the castle and its grounds. My son had his map in hand to lead the way, while my husband and I followed with our cameras. My husband captured images of the castle and the light refracting off of the moat, while I took pictures of my son as his imagination had him discovering, and dueling dragons in the moat.
Guest post by Elke Van de Velde.
These images were taken in the region of Dordogne in France. We stayed in Domme, a village 820 feet above sea level on a rocky outcrop overlooking the Dordogne river. Domme is a bastide (a fortified medieval town) adapted to the surrounding terrain. In addition to its castles, churches, bastides and cave fortresses, the region has preserved from centuries past a number of wonderful villages.
Photography: Elke Van de Velde| Models: Odin & Pieter
Clothing & Accessories// Tea Collection, Zara, Camper, Bellerose, Tumble ‘N Dry, Birckenstocks, H&M, Crewcuts, See Kai Run, Babiators, Funky Flavours, Kik Kid, Joah Love, Mini Boden
Well, out of the conveniences of New York City (delivered groceries, public transport, coffee and bodegas on each corner), it’s best to arrive in the Hamptons prepared! Elizabeth Pettey, our digital photo editor who spent two months in Sag Harbor this summer, has curated six Babiekins-esque “Hamptons Essentials” you won’t want be without if you’re vacationing East of Manhattan.
Photo by Elizabeth Pettey | Model: Olive
We are basking in the warm sun, taking dips into turquoise waters, and wishing for an endless summer.
Credits // 01. Blouse: Rockefella by Dino Deluxe | Shorts: Zara| Sunglasses: Ray Ban | 02. Overall: Zara | 04. Shorts, T-Shirt & Shoes: Zara | 05. Swimsuit: Mini Rodini by Dino Deluxe | 06. Overall: Zara | 07. Swimsuit: Popupshop by Dino Deluxe | Jeans: Zara | Shoes: Zara | 08. Shorts: Petitbo by Dino Deluxe | T-Shirt: Mini Rodini by Dino Deluxe | 10. Dress: Shampoodle by Dino Deluxe | 11. Bikini: Zara | 13. Swimsuit: Popupshop by Dino Deluxe |
Living in such a small area as the island of Oahu in Hawaii (it’s just under 600 square miles!) you would think one would eventually run out of things to do. No matter how many times we circle around the island, though, there is just always something new to discover. Living here I’ve truly seen that the potential for exploring is tremendous, whether its a discovering new waterfalls, a hidden beach or a wandering trail — or even something more commercial, like hanging out at Disney’s Aulani. I find that there is always some sort of family-friendly activity happening, or a fun place to discover. And did I mention how fun it is to dress for the endless summer? I couldn’t help including some of my island getaway faves for littles in this post. With warm weather all year round, the sun and salty air of Oahu make it a great place to escape — it truly is the endless summer!
A few weekends ago our little family took a road trip to Paris. Being an American who recently relocated to Düsseldorf, Germany, I can hardly believe I am saying this myself : a road trip to Paris! I must admit Paris was a lot of fun with a toddler (even though it rained the entire weekend we were there).
We stayed in the Saint-Germain-des-Pres Quarter, an area with everything – restaurants, cafes and shops. It is also close to the Louvre Museum and the Luxembourg Gardens, where my son had a blast splashing in rain puddles; luckily we remembered to bring a change of clothes. We also discovered the Left Bank promenade called the Berges de Seine (Banks of the Seine) a 1.5-mile pedestrian walkway with edible and floating gardens, patches of local plants and innovative areas for babiekins and their parents to play and relax. We ended our weekend with a fabulous diner at the famous cafe, Le Deux Magot, where my son ate a whole loaf of French Bread… when in Paris!