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Royal Garden Hotel: Exploring London with the family

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  Have I told you about how Mr. and Mrs. Modern started dating? Back in the height of the dotcom boom when we were mid-level executives living on separate continents and working for Silicon Valley startups? Well … I was in San Francisco in corporate marketing at a software company. Mr. Modern was in sales for […]

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3 days in La Champagne

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I’ve joined the British Guild of Travel Writers, an eclectic group of talented and friendly travel journalists. The group’s collective experience is mind-boggling. There are specialists that have traversed Egypt, tried kambala racing in India and searched out Europe’s best cycle cafes.  What everyone in the group has is common is the love of travel. If you put […]

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Guide to walking over the Golden Gate Bridge

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    Going to San Francisco? Then you MUST set aside a few hours to walk over the iconic Golden Gate Bridge (which is painted red, btw, not gold). It’s a wonderful way to experience the city. You can walk or bike across the 1.5 mile art deco-inspired bridge and enjoy sweeping panoramic views to the Pacific, Marin Headlands, […]

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Postcards from Costa Barcelona

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  Driving down the c-32, the main motorway that hugs the Costa Barcelona coast, I’m reminded of California. Oaks trees line the rolling golden hills and terra-cotta coloured houses dot the landscape as we pass the upscale town of Llavaneres. We pass an agricultural area and our tour guide points out tiny red dots that are strawberries! There’s […]

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Maui’s South Coast: Fairmont Kea Lani

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A text pings and I can’t decide. Feathers or foam? I tap my 14-year-old on the shoulder. She’s dozed off, summer reading strewn to the side, wearing one of the 7 bikinis she packed for our trip. We’ve had a hard morning. Up before 7 to get on a 64-ft catamaran to sail to the Molokini […]

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The Westin Maui Resort & Spa: 7 tips for families

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The Westin Maui Resort & Spa on Ka’anapali Beach is a good choice for families.  It’s location – right on one of the world’s most beautiful beaches  – is a major plus. The resort also have a 5-swimming pool complex with water slides which makes it very popular with kids. It’s a bit busy, and […]

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The new SFMoMA: Something for every generation!

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  A day out with the whole family can be challenging: The kids want to be entertained, grandma gets tired easily and the aunt has very specific dietary requirements! The newly transformed and extended San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA) turned out to be a big hit for The Extended Modern Family. With three times more gallery space […]

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3 of the BEST places to snorkel in Maui

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The Modern Family loves snorkelling. With minimal instruction, even kids can enjoy colourful underwater life. If you can swim, you can snorkel! In Maui, be prepared to see lots and lots of sea turtles!   Here’s our list of our favourite places to snorkel in Maui.   1. Black Rock The very first time I snorkelled – […]

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Maui’s Fairmont Kea Lani: 13 tips for families

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The gorgeous Fairmont Kea Lani on the Wailea coast in South Maui, Hawaii is perfect for families. Set in 22 acres of lush tropical landscape, it’s Hawaii’s only all suite resort set on the beach. With the recent completion of a $70 million resort renovation,  the footprint of the 413 suites are the same – […]

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Silicon Valley Tech Tour: Top 13 sites to visit

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There’s something a little je ne sais quoi about California’s Silicon Valley. It oozes coolness. Silicon Valley attracts 40% of all venture capital money invested in the U.S and San Jose generates more patents than any other place in the United States. But why the Bay Area? Academics, industry and government research all collided in a perfect storm […]

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