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Egypt Top 10

Desert winds, teeming cities, mummies, ruins and camel rides...we're in love with Egypt, that North African belle, an easy-peasy family destination with soft adventure thrown in.
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Jaipur Destination Guide

Ancient forts, luxury palace stays, elephants aplenty, and the world's largest sundial: explore the whirlwind of colour and chaos that is Jaipur, capital of Rajasthan, India.
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Top 20 + 1: Mumbai, India

Chaotic, crumbling, charismatic and charming in equal measure, don't shy away from mammoth Mumbai, one of India's biggest cities. Our top picks of what to see, do, and - all importantly - eat, with your little ones in tow.
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The London Top 20 + 1

There's lots to do in London without breaking the piggy bank...Our guide to the ultimate London highlights, with a whole host of freebies (think world-class museums, fab flea markets, adventure playgrounds and art galleries) thrown in.
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Seven Suitcases Asks: Oakland, CA

Suki Gear is a freelance editor and writer, formerly the commissioning editor for Lonely Planet’s western USA titles. She lives in Alameda, an under-the-radar kid paradise on the bay just southwest of Oakland. Until recently, she lived in the sunny port city of Oakland – a quick 12 mile (18km) drive from San Francisco – and sniffed out all the best spots with her eight-year-old son, Coleman, and four-year-old daughter, Tessa.

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What do you love most about Oakland as a place to spend time with your children?

People don’t generally associate Oakland with nature, but a large part of Oakland is in the hills and green. When I lived in San Francisco, I would come to the East Bay on weekends frequently to escape the fog and frenetic city life. Some neighborhoods like Rockridge and Montclair have walkable commercial strips with loads of eating options, shops, and playgrounds. Another thing I love about Oakland is its diversity. Like any city, it has its problems, but by and large the residents get along swimmingly and are exceptionally open-minded.

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Seven Suitcases Asks: London

James Leech is a journalist living in Peckham, in burgeoning southeast London, where he moved just before the birth of his second child, from buzzier, noisier Camden Town. He loves the family-feel of the new area, which still has enough bars and cafés to keep grown-up going out locally fun.

Says James, “I moved to London around 2000, expecting to stay for a couple of years and, as they say, never left. I’m the father of two children under three – one who voices regularly his strong and frank opinions about the world, and another who wisely so far has kept her own counsel, though this might all change when she learns how to talk.”

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