💦💦💦 Pacific Ocean 💦💦💦 We couldn't leave Peru without me taking my first ever dip in the Pacific Ocean.

It was bloody cold and the waves were huge so I settled for just a paddle.  But it felt great!

After being a bit grumpy (I was worrying about our tsunami exit route) a dip in the sea proper cheered me up.

Miraflores has some great beaches for surfing and their are surf school right on the beach that will sign you up there and then.

I was tempted but didn't fancy trying to squeeze on a wetsuit with an audience. ❤️ #pacificocean #oceansoftheworld #ilovethesea #swimallday #familybloggers #travelblog #photooftheday #kidsthattravel #worldschool
🐮🐮🐮 Pucara Bulls 🐮🐮🐮 You'll find miniature versions of this bull all over Peru.  In a variety of colours too.

Some of the houses in the countryside will have two little bulls on the roof.

They arrived in Peru in the early years of the Spanish colony and were originally crafted as a cup.  They would be filled with chicha, a drink made from corn and mixed with blood.  This would be consumed by the priest in a cattle blessing ceremony.

Now, they are used as a blessing to Apus, the Inca mountain god, to bring health, wealth and unity to the owner. ❤️ #pucarabull #exploreperu ##travelwithkids #familytravelblogs #familytravelblogger #travelbloggerfamily #suitcasefamily #backpacker_pics
🍫🍫🍫 Hot Chocolate and Churros 🍫🍫🍫 The food in Peru is soooo good!  We didn't have one bad meal and the snacks are incredible.

Dan made it his personal mission to try everything and he did pretty well.  He did go back for seconds on some though, and that held him back.

Anyway, we had read about a place in Miraflores that did hot chocolate and churros and decided it was an absolute must.

Churros are a big thing in Lima.  People sell them everywhere and they are amazing.  But Manolo's is like the best.

You can get 6 churros and a mug of hot chocolate for S/16, which is less than £4.  Dan and the kids loved them.  Let's face it that drink looks more like melted chocolate. ❤️ #manolo #churros #miraflores #travelwithkids #familytravelblogs #familytravelblogger #travelbloggerfamily #suitcasefamily #backpacker_pics #Flytographer #kidstravelblog #travelblogger #familytravel #travelfamily #familytravelblog #viajefamiliar #travelphotography #beautifuldestinations #kidstravel #adventurehood
🏜️🏜️🏜️ The Desert 🏜️🏜️🏜️ I hadn't ever been to the desert before.  And if I'm being completely honest, I didn't know that Peru had any desert.  I'm learning, OK?

It is an amazing place!  We set out early in the morning to climb the sand dunes that surround Huacachina. 
Dan carried Alice but Emily walked to the top of a small peak all by herself.  We were super proud as it was hot and hard work.

We then took it in turns to look after the kids while the other climbed right to the top.

I thought I was going to die.  It was a hard climb.  It got steeper and hotter the closer you got to the top too.  But we both did it.  And boy, was it worth it?! ❤️ #explorethedesert #seizetheday #topoftheworld #travelfamily #suitcaselife #kidsthattravel #worldschoolers #worldschooling #Flytographer #kidstravelblog #travelblogger #familytravel
🌴🌴🌴 Huacachina 🌴🌴🌴 After a night's stop at Paracas, we boarded another bus (only an hour this time) to Ica.

From Ica, we hopped in a taxi that took us to Huacachina.  A desert oasis!

This is a completely incredible place with a funky little vibe going on.  Surrounded by restaurants and hostels, this is a great place to hang out for a couple of nights.

It was here that we got to stay in our first hostel and we loved it.  It had a gorgeous garden with hammocks and a swimming pool.  It actually felt kinda luxurious.

We also got to catch up with a friends and have a spot of dinner too.  So sophisticated. ❤️ #huacachina #exploreperu #desertoasis  #traveltheworld #familytravel #travelfamily #familytravelblog #viajefamiliar #travelphotography #beautifuldestinations #kidstravel #adventurehood
🐧🐧🐧 Paracas 🐧🐧🐧 As part of our stay in Peru, we wanted to get out of Lima and at least explore some of the many amazing things that the rest of the country has to offer.

One of the places we really wanted to go to was Paracas, as from here you can take a boat trip to the Ballastas Islands.

Now the Ballastas islands are excellent!  Home to a shed load of loads, some very rare but also a great place to see sea lions and PENGUINS.

The place was full of sea lions lounging about on rocks.  There were baby sea lions too with mummy sea lions that looked like they just wanted some peace and quiet.

Seeing penguins was a big one for us though, as this was on Emily's bucket list. 
We were all so happy to be able to seeing such beautiful animals living in their natural habitat. ❤️ #peru #penguins #ballastas #travelblog #travelwithkids #familytravelblogs #familytravelblogger #travelbloggerfamily #suitcasefamily #backpacker_pics #Flytographer #kidstravelblog #travelblogger #familytravel #travelfamily #familytravelblog #viajefamiliar #travelphotography #beautifuldestinations #kidstravel #adventurehood
📚📚📚 Travel stories 📚📚📚 I'm going to tell you a story now.  I'm writing this and scheduling it to go out later so I'm hoping by the time you read this the story will have an ending.

This is the story about why we bought the kids alpaca wool cardigans.

It starts in the USA, where we managed to gather a small collection of coins.  This included a one cent coin.

Fast forward to our last day in Colombia, where Alice finds this coin on the floor and decides to eat it.  I mean full on swallow it.

This led to major panicking from Mummy and Daddy.  Lots of Googling happened including
⛲⛲⛲ Parque de la Reserva ⛲⛲⛲ I had read about this park before heading to Lima and wanted to check it out.

This park contains 13 water fountains, all of them impressive and many of them interactive.  It holds the world record for the largest water fountain complex.

The kids loved this feature.  A 35m long tunnel that you could walk through and stay fairly dry.

Others include the Fuente Magica which has a jet of water that goes up 80m into the air and the Fuente de los Ninos which is a children's fountain that you can play in.

At night they all light up.  Then the Fantasia fountain comes to life with a light projection show, spanning its 120m length.

We had a magical evening walking around the fountains, drinking coffee and eating churros.  Another must-see in Lima! ❤️ #parquedelareserva #lightshow #lima #peru #seetheworld #familytravelin #familytravelers #travelblog #travelwithkids #exploretheworld
🏯🏯🏯 Huaca Pucllana 🏯🏯🏯 Turns out there's not an emoji for Incan pyramid ruins, so you ended up with that.

Anyway, that's what this is.  Actually, it pre-dates the Inca period (200AD ish) and was a sacred place or place of worship at the time.

We didn't get to do the full tour unfortunately.  Kids were going a bit loopy in the sun, but we did get a pretty good look anyway.

The entire structure is made from mud and is assembled in a bookshelf formation.  The slabs stand on end with small gaps that allow for movement whilst retaining its strength.

It was here that I learnt that Lima has an average annual rainfall of less than 30mm.  Which is lucky otherwise this would have washed away a long time ago.

A great find in the heart of Miraflores, Lima! ❤️ #huacapucllana #miraflores #incaruins #exploreperu #loveperu #familytravels #travelphoto #travelblogger #familytravelblog
👒🧣👜 Inka Market 👜🧣👒 Immediately on arrival in Peru, I had a huge urge to spend all my money on brightly coloured clothing and accessories made from alpaca wool.

Therefore, we had to head to Inka Market.  This colourful market is an absolute must see in Miraflores.

Emily loved it!  She borrowed Dan's phone and wandered around snapping pictures of everything she liked.

The bag in this picture was a particular favourite early on and she kept talking about it.

The shop owners kept enticing us in by shoving knitted hats on the kids, scarves around my neck and generally waving around toy llamas.

I loved it!  I nearly spent all of my money there and then bought a ticket home.  It was beautiful!

If you are heading there my advice would be to take cash and remember that the prices are VERY flexible.

SPOILER ALERT:  We went back and got Emily the bag the next day! ❤️ #inkamarket #perusouvenirs #alpacas #photooftheday #lima #kidsofinstagram #travelfamily #familiesaroundtheworld #worldschoolers
🎨🎨🎨 Painting in the park 🎨🎨🎨 After our initial walk down to the sea, we decided to explore the parks closer to our apartment.

Turns out the park is brilliant.  As well as being a place for local artists to sell their work, food stalls to dispense delicious treats and cats to wander freely, there is a play area for kids.

We all sort of lost our minds at finding this play area.  We hadn't visited a proper play area since Central Park in New York.

This park has swings and slides, climbing frames and seesaws and, of course, those wibbly wobbly horse things.

On top of that, it had some added bonuses.  Our favourite was that you could do painting in the park.

A couple of (rather entrepreneurial) women had set up some easels and had a selection of pictures that the children could paint.

For S./5 (a little more than £1), the kids sat and painted happily for the first time in a long time.

We had such a lovely evening watching our kids just be kids. ❤️ #kidsbeingkids #kidsaroundtheworld #familytravel #familytravelbog #advetnuretravel #slowtravel #letkidsbekids #lima #peru #miraflores
cycling marriotts way with child on bike seat

Cycling Marriott’s Way

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We are big believers in having family adventures close to home as well as the ones that take us halfway around the world.  Therefore, we are always looking for the chance to explore our local area.

 

For this reason, we consider ourselves very fortunate to have Norfolk’s premier cycle route practically on our doorstep.  And what a beautiful route it is too!

 

We were blessed with sunshine over the weekend so took this as our opportunity to dust off the bikes and take our Mini Adventurers out on a mini adventure by cycling along Marriott’s Way.

 

Within minutes of setting off, we were cruising along this stunning route, pointing out the wildlife around us and dodging the butterflies that flew across our path.   The further we cycled along it, the more it compounded my belief that this is the perfect cycle route for those with young children.

 

But before we get to the reason why, let me introduce you to this cycle route.

 

What is Marriotts Way?

Marriott’s Way is a footway, bridle path and cycling route that follows the course of two disused railway routes.  Running from central Norwich (Norfolk) in a North West direction it passes through fields, forests, villages and crosses rivers and streams.

 

The route ends at Aylsham, which is a historic market town and a lovely place to visit.  But there several places on the route that you can stop if you don’t want to go that far.

 

Passing through Drayton, Lenwade, Reepham and Cawston, this route is a fantastic way to explore this region of Norfolk.

 

The route is fairly flat and well-maintained, making it accessible for everyone regardless of their mode of transport.  The views along the route will keep you entertained throughout.

 

Which bits have we travelled?

I spend many evenings running along the sections that pass through my neighbourhood.  There is some beautiful scenery and it is the perfect combination of quiet, but safe.

 

We have travelled on bikes in both directions from our home, which lies in the middle of Marriott’s Way.  Earlier in the year, we headed North towards Lenwade, and just the other day we went South towards Norwich.

 

Cycling Marriott’s Way: Drayton to Lenwade

bikes in front on rapeseed field on marriotts way

This section of Marriott’s Way that runs from Drayton through Attlebridge and towards Lenwade is surrounded by farmland and open fields.

 

The whole route is flat and easy to cycle, but this particular stretch is probably one of my favourites.  With trees that reach over providing shade and horses to spy in the fields on route, it is just pure bliss.

 

At Attlebridge, we crossed over by the old station and spent some time relaxing by a field full of yellow rapeseed.  The girls enjoyed wandering along the edges and looking at the birds that were flying nearby.

 

A short way along the cycle path crosses a river and you can play Pooh sticks over the bridge.  Naturally, this was how we spent a good 10 or more minutes, with the children picking up sticks and throwing them over the side.

 

On this day, we decided to turn around at that point.  However, I have been out cycling further along with Alice.

 

After this, the route goes somewhat industrial for a while.  The trail runs along the back of some factories and yards and doesn’t provide the most pleasant view.

 

However, there is still plenty to see on the trail itself.  With rabbits, squirrels, birds and butterflies, Alice was busy pointing out everything that crossed our path.

 

Cycling Marriott’s Way:  Drayton to Norwich

This weekend just gone, we decided to head in the opposite direction.  The aim was to follow the Marriott’s Way route until we reached Gunton Lane Recreation Ground.

 

Gunton Lane Rec is a little off the track but only by a minute or two and is well worth the detour.  There is a beautiful little river where you can go paddling.  There are even a couple of rope swings for the children to play on.

 

It is a delightful spot to explore the local rivers and many children had fishing nets and ice cream tubs for checking out their catches.

 

It was a hot day when we went, so the spot was proving very popular with children who wanted to cool down.  However, we have been several times before and practically had the place to ourselves.

 

Check out our video showing our day out along Marriott’s Way and Gunton Lane Rec.

 

Why you should think about cycling Marriott’s Way

Let me summarise with some bullet points:

  1. A lovely flat route makes it easy for everyone
  2. Lots to see on the route and some lovely places to stop at
  3. If you live in Norwich, it is on your doorstep

 

We are big believers in having adventures wherever we are, so with the Sun out we dusted off our bikes and went cycling along Marriott's Way. #cyclingwithkids #familycycling

Disclaimer:  Remember the information you read here does not represent advice.  Any ideas or suggestions are just that and may not work for you.  Read the full disclaimer here.

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