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Monday Escapes 19/3/18

Ciao from Italy! Today we are bringing you Monday Escapes from Tuscany where we’ve spent a long weekend being hosted by the Giovanni family and Bookings For You at their amazing luxury villa. Our itinerary has been packed full of sightseeing in Siena and Florence, indulging in gourmet Italian home-cooking and catching up with a brilliant group of UK family travel bloggers.

A Vespre in Tuscany www.extraordinary.com


What have we been up to?

I have been indulging in my love for theatre and visited the Palace Theatre in Manchester last week to see the Sound Of Music, and it was wonderful. From the cast to the set  it was incredible. If you are planning a trip to Manchester I would check it out.

Review of The Sound of Music Manchester

Taking part in Monday Escapes

This week’s Monday Escapes is being hosted by Claire at Tin Box Traveller and Lisa over at Travel Loving Family. You’ll find the link up tool at the bottom of this post.

Monday Escapes is all about looking back at wonderful, happy travel memories and sharing them with others. It doesn’t have to be about a trip abroad or even be a written post. If you want to share your favourite snapshots – whether it’s a famous sight, scene, dramatic view or even a favourite family photo, then please feel free to link those up, too. Likewise, posts don’t have to be about holidays or weekends away, they can also include day trips, walks, attractions – any travel experience that you want to share.

The linky is run by Karen from Mini Travellers, Claire at Tin Box Traveller, Lisa from Travel Loving Family and myself.

We are also absolutely delighted to link up with Lonely Planet to offer our number one favourite blog post of the fortnight either a destination guide, or a title from the Lonely Planet Kids range. (See T&C’s below). Just another great reason to link up with Monday Escapes!

What’s in it for you?

The number one thing is you’ll be sharing your fantastic posts with a like-minded community and grabbing some travel inspiration for yourself. As a bonus you have a chance to have your blog post featured on all four of the hosts’ blogs each fortnight, introducing your blog to even more people.

Our favourite posts from last time

Here are mine and Karen’s favourite posts from the last link up:

Vaucluse Dreamer Citrus Festival

Vaucluse Deamer‘s post about the Fete Du Citron festival blew my mind the skill involved and the sheer beauty of the floats makes it a must to add to the travel wish list. You really need to click this link and study the images they are breathtaking.”

“Caity from The Pamplemousse Paperstour of Bergen took on many modes of transport to ensure she saw the best of the Fjords and has left me thinking if you are going to do the Fjords then this is the perfect way to see everything.”

Travelynn Family

Karen said: “This post from Travelynn Family caught the eye of both Sarah and Karen, it’s an exceptional post about a truly exceptional trip. I’ve trekked some of this area before and is truly inspired at the children’s ability to walk the difficult terrain – and keep going!”

Becoming A Traveling Family

Karen also said: “Allison from Becoming a Traveling Family‘s posts are always inspiring with beautiful photos. Her post about San Diego on a budget made me remember fondly a trip there pre-kids and in particular the noise of the seals.”

Our winner of the Lonely Planet guide this time is ***. Do get in touch to claim your prize.

So how do you join in this time?

* Link up one post/photo – old or new using the InLinkz tool below.
* Please make sure to include the Monday Escapes badge at the bottom of the post, on your site, or a link back to the hosts.
* Posts are anything travel-related, and can include photos, reviews, days out, attractions and walks – at home or abroad.
* Comment on posts by the co-hosts and at least two others. Blog hops only work if you share the comment love. That’s why they’re so great!
* If you tweet any of us your links @minitravellers @sarahjchristie @tinboxtraveller or @travellovinfam, please use #MondayEscapes and we will be sure to retweet.

Monday Escapes will go live every two weeks, alternating between the hosts and will be open Monday to Wednesday. Every fortnight we will be giving a shout out to some of our favourite posts and photos.

There is also a Monday Escapes Pinterest Board – so if you’d like to start pinning some of your favourite photos, do get in touch.

Tin Box Traveller






Author of Extraordinary Chaos a family lifestyle and travel blog from a 40+ mum of teenage boys, sharing our family travels, recipes, reviews and country living. Also the co editor of Cruising With Kids Family Cruise Blog

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  1. 19th March 2018 / 7:58 am

    Wow what a fantastic weekend we have had! And I love the sound of music!

    • SarahJChristie
      21st March 2018 / 9:49 pm

      Oh we have I have leagued so much I will remember last weekend forever x

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