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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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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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Venice Top 5

It's not all Vivaldi and Valpolicella: there's lots to entertain diminutive visitors to glorious Venice, amongst the myriad gliding gondolas and picture-perfect piazzas.
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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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Where to go and what to see in the Holy City

Seven Suitcases Asks: Jerusalem

Matt Rees is an award-winning crime novelist living in Jerusalem, whom the French magazine L’Express called “the Dashiell Hammett of Palestine.” As a journalist, he covered the Middle East for over a decade; Yasser Arafat once tried to have him arrested, but Matt eluded him, to write his quartet of novels about a Palestinian detective, and two historical mysteries about Mozart and Caravaggio.

Here Matt shares with us his top spots in the city for hanging out with his 6-year-old, Cai, and 2-year-old, Mari.

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