Travelling is something which both James and myself are very passionate about and prior to having children we would often talk about the places we longed to go to. If you had asked me to make a wishlist of city breaks I think I could have just gone on and on and probably bored you to tears.
Whilst I'm a bit more realistic now in thinking about places which would be suitable for two children, our trip to Oslo last year certainly opened my eyes in terms of what might actually be possible with an almost 5 and an almost 7 year old (eek!) and so when Clickstay got in touch and asked me to write a travel inspired piece I knew straight away what I was going to write about.
My new and updated city break travel wishlist:-
Prague, Czech Republic
This city has been at the top of my wish list for quite some time and I would love to visit one day. We almost went to Prague instead of Oslo last year but the timings of our trip just weren't workable. I came so close! From the two hundred (two hundred!) historic parks and gardens to the picturesque river, not to mention the romanesque architecture...I know there is a lot which would appeal to me about this beautiful city. I've heard it's meant to be pretty great for families too; the idea of being able to take a steamship from the centre of the city to Prague Zoo would just about sell it to Meg and Eli I think.
I don't do so well in the cold so this is definitely more of James' influence than mine but I think I might bring myself to manage if it meant getting to experience the wonders of the geysers and the Northern Lights. I also think that Iceland would be a very magical place to visit for the kids, from the excitement of getting to swim in a thermal pool to the awe-inspiring Mount Esja...I can think of at least one little person in this family who would appreciate a modern wonder like that.
My love of all things Scandi was definitely given a boost when we went to Norway and I think this is what, in part, fuels my desire to also visit nearby Denmark and more specifically, Copenhagen. The Tivoli Gardens just sound absolutely amazing, not to mention it's the home of the Little Mermaid.
Okay, so this can't technically be classed as a city break but I was pretty inspired when I was browsing through Clickstay's website and it reminded me of a book I once read which was set in the tiny Santorini village of Oia. It is meant to have the most stunning sunsets and I can just imagine the way it would look as it lit up the whitewashed houses. I'd probably need at least a week or two to fully appreciate it though, I'm sure.
I figured I needed to choose somewhere hot as my list seemed to predominantly feature places which tend to be cold so I've gone for one of the most popular and historical cities in Malta; Valletta. This is a purely selfish choice because I have heard that Malta is just full of historical landmarks and architecture which is right up my street. I could easily send James and the kids off to the beach for the day too if they'd had enough of traipsing round after me! But honestly, a city built by Knights? Count me in.
As difficult as it was to narrow my choices down, I think these 5 would have to be my current top picks of city breaks to take as a family. Do let me know what you think of them!