Podcast Show Notes for Visiting Beijing With Kids

Podcast Show Notes for Visiting Beijing With Kids

Welcome to the show notes for the ninth episode of the Just Go Places Podcast. In Episode Nine, we listen to a Canadian expat who tells us about her visit  to Beijing, the capitol of China, with her family.

Summary

Welcome to Episode 9 of the Just Go Places podcast. Today I talk with my friend Alex about her trip to Beijing last month with her husband and two children, aged 10 and 8.

Alex and her family are Canadians currently living in Japan.  We had a wonderful week visiting them in Tokyo in October which turned out to be just after they had returned from a trip to Beijing.  We would love to visit Beijing ourselves and so I took the opportunity to get some tips from her on visiting Beijing with kids.

Podcast show notes for visiting Beijing with kids

 

Listen to Episode 9 Below:

As Mentioned in the Podcast:

Hotel in Beijing

Ritz Carlton Beijing  – 5 star hotel conveniently located for fine dining and sightseeing

Attractions in Beijing

Red Theatre which has the nightly Kungfu Show
Temple of Heaven – a UNESCO world heritage site and a religious complex built in the 15th century by the same Chinese Emperor who built the Forbidden City
Tiananmen Square – an important square in central Beijing where Mao Zedong proclaimed the establishment of the People’s Republic of China on the 1st of October 1949

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TIanenmen Square

Summer Palace – a UNESCO world heritage site and the summer residence of the Emperors of China

Panjiayun Antique Market – Beijing’s biggest market which is open on the weekends and sells arts, crafts and purported antiques
Forbidden City – a UNESCO world heritage site and the seat of Chinese Imperial power for over 500 years during the Ming and Qing dynasties

Drum & Bell Towers – great views from the top of the towers which bookend a traditional hutong square.  In historic times, the bell rang in the dawn and the drum sounded for nightfall.

Houhai Lake – lake in the hutong neighbourhood surrounded by teahouses, cafes, bars and shops

798 Art Area – a munitions factory which has been converted into a center for contemporary art

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Old man with pipes

Restaurants in Beijing

Da dong – A roast duck restaurant located near the Ritz Carlton Beijing.  Now there is also a
fast food version of Da Dong across from the Ritz Carlton near the Starbucks.

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A cute duck welcomes to the roast duck restaurant. No irony there.

Hongyan Nan Men – A traditional Chinese Hot Pot restaurant located near the Temple of Heaven

Din Tang Foong – A renowned dumpling restaurant which was started in Taiwan and now has branches around the world.

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Street life

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Family Friendly Activities at Rockefeller Center

Family Friendly Activities at Rockefeller Center

Welcome to the show notes for the eighth episode of the Just Go Places Podcast. Episode Eight is a look at all the cool family-friendly activities there are in the Rockefeller Center area of Manhattan.

A list of family-friendly activities in Rockefeller Center manhattan

Summary

Rockefeller Center is located in quite a compact area but contains many things to do – entertainment, culture, art, shops and food. In winter, of course, it’s got the famous Christmas Tree which makes the whole area magical.  Any time of the year, Rockefeller Center is great fun to visit.

Family Friendly activities at Rockefeller Center

The famous statue of Atlas which has been associated with both fascism and libertarianism.

Listen to Episode 8 Below

As Mentioned in the Podcast

The official website for Rockefeller Center is very informative.

Family Friendly activities at Rockefeller Center

Public art to edify the masses

The Radio City Music Hall website allows you to buy tickets to shows as well as arrange for tours of the building.

Family Friendly activities at Rockefeller Center

The famous Radio City sign

Family Friendly activities at Rockefeller Center

My kids first celebrity selfie with Derek Hough

By the way, the Top of the Rock admission is included in the New York CityPass.  You have to choose between the Top of the Rock or the Guggenheim Museum.  If you want to do the Guggenheim Museum, you still get the Manhattan skyline view from the Empire State Building.

FDNY Fire Zone makes it fun to learn about fire safety.

Sadly Kenneth from 30 Rock won’t give you a tour but I’m sure the NBC Studios tour will be fun nonetheless.

It’s self-proclaimed gaming paradise at Nintendo World and a world made out of little bricks at Lego World.

Family Friendly activities at Rockefeller Center

Entranced at Nintendo World

Family Friendly activities at Rockefeller Center

The cool Lego replica of Rockefeller Center inside the Lego Store.

After all this sightseeing, you deserve a treat from Magnolia Bakery.

For a swanky dinner with a view to die for, it’s got to be the Rainbow Room.

After all that overindulgence, take a moment for quiet reflection at St. Patrick’s Cathedral.

Saks Fifth Avenue has gorgeous store windows that reflect the beautiful items for sale inside.

American Girl Place shows that Disney isn’t the only place where dreams can come true.

Family Friendly activities at Rockefeller Center

You know the American Girl Place stylist is thinking “I went to beauty school for this??!”

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A Laura Ingalls Wilder Road Trip

A Laura Ingalls Wilder Road Trip

Welcome to the show notes for the seventh episode of the Just Go Places Podcast. Episode Seven is a discussion with two friends who went on a Laura Ingalls Wilder road trip inspired by the Little House on the Prairie stories.

Summary

Today’s guest is Deb Thompson, traveler, foodie and all around cool girl from Michigan, who took a road trip with her good friend Sara Keinath, an educator from MSU extension through Iowa and Minnesota. On their Laura Ingalls Wilder road trip, they visited three of the sites made famous by the Little House on the Prairie book series.

A Little House on the Prairie Roadtrip

 

About Deb Thompson

Deb writes at Just Short of Crazy where she writes about staying sane with whiskey and road trips (not necessarily at the same time!!).  On her blog, she’s posted about her experience on the Laura Ingalls Wilder road trip as well as shared the recipe for Laura’s Gingerbread recipe.

I absolutely loved reading the Little House series when I was a kid and I know they are still very popular. The Little House books show a fairly stark and realistic view of how difficult life in the American West was in the 19th century.  Through the eyes of a child though, frontier life seems full of fun and adventure.

About Laura Ingalls Wilder

So who was Laura Ingalls Wilder? The factual person and the fictional heroine have blurred over the years with the publishing of the popular books and the TV series.

Just a few facts from what we know to be true about Laura Ingalls Wilder’s life:

Laura was born in 1867, the second child of Charles and Caroline Ingalls in Wisconsin. The family moved around a fair bit between Kansas, Wisconsin, Minnesota and Iowa. The family had their fair share of tragedies – the oldest child, Mary was left blind by disease and the only son died as an infant. Charles Ingall failed at running a hotel and had his wheat crop destroyed by a plague of grasshoppers when he turned his hand to farming. Eventually the family moved to the Dakota territories to be homesteaders. Charles helped found the town of De Smet in South Dakota.

Burr Oak Iowa Laura Ingalls Wilder Museum

Image credit: Deb Thompson

Laura became a teacher and married a homesteader Almanzo Wilder. They had one daughter, Rose, and one son who died as an infant. Laura didn’t become famous for the Little House series until she was in her 60’s.

Indisputably, Laura Ingalls Wilder is an American literary icon for children’s fiction. Her books have sold over 60 million copies in more than 100 countries. The 9 books trace the progression of Laura from pioneer girl to pioneer wife and mother during a remarkable period of American history.

I was delighted to speak with Deb and Sara to hear about their Laura Ingalls Wilder road trip on this the 80th anniversary of the publication of the first Little House book in 1935. I hope you enjoy it too!

Listen to Episode 7 Below:

 

As Mentioned in the Podcast:

This Laura Ingalls Wilder Road Trip covered 25oo miles and three American states over the course of 9 days.  Some of the highlights of the trip are noted below.

Laura Ingalls Wilder Museum in Burr Oak, Iowa

Laura Ingalls Wilder Museum in Walnut Grove, Minnesota

Laura Ingalls Wilder Historic Homes in De Smet, South Dakota

Corn Palace in Mitchell, South Dakota is the only corn palace in the world. It is conveniently located near De Smet in South Dakota

Earth Inn, Jackson Minnesota is the closest you will get to a dugout home and is conveniently located near Walnut Grove, Minnesota

Rose Wilder Lane – Journalist and political writer who was the only surviving child of Laura Ingalls Wilder and her husband, Almanzo

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The Inside Scoop on Visiting Abu Dhabi With Kids

The Inside Scoop on Visiting Abu Dhabi With Kids

Welcome to the show notes for the sixth episode of the Just Go Places Podcast. Episode Six looks at  visiting Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates with your family.

Abu Dhabi Family Travel Tips a podcast with Keri of www.babyglobetrotters.net

Summary

The guest for Episode 6 is Keri Hedrick who lives in Abu Dhabi with her husband and three children (aged 5, 3 and 1). Keri and her family are Australians who are old pros at the expat lifestyle having previously lived for a few years in London.  Keri describes herself as a travel blogger, expat mum, reformed accountant, freelance writer and the founder of Baby Globetrotters.net.

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I went to Abu Dhabi two years ago with my children for October half-term break and loved it. It was such an easy place to travel with children. My husband was working and I had no problems travelling alone with just the twins who were 7 years old at the time. I wrote a two part post on our Abu Dhabi trip exploring everything from restaurants to theme parks and mosques.

Many people have heard of Dubai as it has exploded on the international scene with its island construction, big hotels and even bigger towers.  As Keri explains, Dubai is a great Emirate to visit if you are single and looking to mingle.  On the other hand, it’s less flashy neighbour, Abu Dhabi, is perfect for a relaxing yet fun holiday as a family.

There was so much construction going on in Abu Dhabi when I went in 2013 that I’m sure things have really changed in the last couple of years. I’m sure Keri can give us the latest scoop on what to expect in Abu Dhabi if you are travelling there on holiday with children.

Listen to Episode 6 Below:

As Mentioned in the Podcast:

Visit Abu Dhabi is the official tourism website for the Emirate where you will find many of the things referenced in the podcast.  Specific items of interest include:

Qasr al Sarab Beach Resort

Qasr al Sarab Beach Resort

Virgin Mega Store at Yas Mall

Virgin Mega Store at Yas Mall

The Corniche Beach

The Corniche Beach

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• All photos courtesy of www.babyglobetrotters.net

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Family Fun with Icelandic Horses

Family Fun with Icelandic Horses

Welcome to the show notes for the fifth episode of the Just Go Places Podcast. Episode Five is about a our experience with Icelandic horses on our family trip to Iceland.

Icelandic horses

Summary

On our road trip through Iceland, we saw beautiful Icelandic horses everywhere. Not surprising when you consider there are 90,000 horses in a country with a human population of 350,000.  We understand the Icelandic love of their horses though because riding the Icelandic horse was one of the best things we did on our trip. (And, we did a lot of cool things!).

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We stayed at Stadarhús Icelandic horse farm where he had a cabin to ourselves.  It was set in a gorgeous location surrounded by a stream and fields of horses.  The cabin could sleep 6 people.  It was fairly basic but clean and comfortable.  The WiFi was excellent.

We enjoyed our visit to Skeidvellir (also known as Icelandic Horseworld) which is an Icelandic horse farm near the town of Hella on the south coast of Iceland. We did a tour of the stables, met one of the foals and the kids got to ride as well.

We had our horse riding gear with us (although proper riding boots are all you really need).  We had done the great value stopover deal in Iceland on Icelandiar and were on our way to the USA for the summer. Our horse-crazy kids always go horseback riding during the summer and attend pony summer camp.

I think checking out the Icelandic horses and even taking one out for a ride is a great family activity in Iceland. Younger kids will probably just be lead by the reins but older children will really enjoy going out on a trail ride. It’s great way to see the country’s amazing scenery.

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Listen to Episode 3 Below:

 Reviews and Subscriptions:

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These reviews are extremely helpful feedback to me so that I an fine-tune the show to what people would like. In addition, they help increase the rankings of this podcast which after all is just a newbie show. I really appreciate and read each review!

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Icelandic Horses

Icelandic Horses

Icelandic Horses

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Visiting Lower Manhattan With Kids

Visiting Lower Manhattan With Kids

Welcome to the show notes for the fourth episode of the Just Go Places Podcast. Episode Four looks at great places you can explore in lower Manhattan with kids.

battery park new york city

Summary

Today’s guest is Andrew Tolentino who is one member of the blogging team behind Dish Our Town, a family food and travel blog.  The Tolentinos are leaving their beloved NoLiTa (the Manhattan neighbourhood that stands for North of Little Italy) to travel the world for a year or more.

Andrew grew up in the Lower East Side of Manhattan as well as having lived in NoLiTa as an adult. He’s seen a lot of changes in lower Manhattan, all for the better as far as families and visitors with children are concerned.

Lower Manhattan is a microcosm of the immigrant dream which shaped both New York City and the nation as a whole. Andrew gives us the inside scoop on his favourite places to visit and to eat in this area that he loves so much.

There are lots of big-name sightseeing attractions in New York City that its easy to overlook a large chunk of lower Manhattan. But I agree with Andrew that embracing a bit of slow travel – browsing the stores and munching at eateries as you make your way through this neighbourhood – really gives you a sense of what makes New York City such a cosmopolitan and exciting place to live and to visit.

little italy new york city

Is this a) Little Italy b) Chinatown or c) TriBeCa?

 

Listen to Episode 4 Below:

As Mentioned in the Podcast:

Andrew’s suggestions include (click through for links):

chinatown in new york city

Reviews and Subscriptions:

(And, a final thanks!)

I’d really appreciate if you could leave reviews for the Just Go Places podcast on iTunes. You can find the episodes by clicking this link which takes you to iTunes. These reviews are extremely helpful feedback to me so that I an fine-tune the show to what people would like. In addition, they help increase the rankings of this podcast which is extremely helpful for a newbie show. I really appreciate and read each review!

Oh yeah, don’t forget to subscribe to the show on iTunes to get automatic updates.

Thanks so much!