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We get it – sometimes with family activities abroad you feel like you’ve seen it all, so today we’re teaming up with our friends at NOVASOL Holiday Homes to bring you the biggest and the best of family-friendly activities and attractions in Europe. It’s your family holiday. It may only be once a year – so why do it by halves? We’ll also give you a few recommendations as to where we think you should lay your head after a day out exploring – don’t say we never treat you…

Start your engines: Europe’s tallest rollercoaster

We dare you to head to Spain’s PortAventura World, where Europe’s tallest and fastest rollercoaster awaits you and your thrill-seeking kids. Opened last year in Ferrari land, this metal menace propels adrenaline junkies at a speed of 110 mph in just 5 seconds, reaching a maximum summit of 112 metres. If that isn’t enough to get pulses racing, the pictures taken after the near-vertical drop surely will. Remember to smile for the cameras!  You have to be at least 1.4 metres to ride this one, but for little ones and those who’d prefer not to experience G force at a Formula 1 level, there are plenty of other rides to choose from, as well as the beautiful seaside town of Tarragona nearby with its amphitheatre and beaches.

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Make a splash: Europe’s biggest aquarium

Nausicaa is no average aquarium – it’s amongst the largest in Europe and after a major expansion in May 2018, there has never been a better time than now to take the plunge. In the charming town of Boulogne-sur-Mer, just 30 km from Calais, you’ll find this behemoth structure brimming with all manners of colourful marine life. From the gracefully gliding Giant Manta Rays to playful seals and sinister sharks, spot the cast of Finding Nemo amidst 58,000 different sea animals. Don’t miss sea lion training, getting up close and personal at the touch tank, and feeding times. For your own feeding time we recommend venturing out to eat at one of Boulogne’s typically French bistros, brasseries or cafes.

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Let the games begin: Europe’s largest playground

Linnaeushof is not just any old playground – It’s Europe’s biggest! With over 350 different play structures to choose from, there is a huge amount here to spark young imaginations. Whether you’re revving your engines at the go-kart track, aiming for a hole-in-one whilst playing mini-golf, or making a splash at the waterpark, there are all manners of family frolics to be enjoyed. Guests pay just €12 for a day ticket, and you can even bring your own picnic if you’re looking to keep costs down on your big day out. To top it all off, this playground paradise is less than an hour’s drive from the capital, where a huge host of cultural hotspots, including galleries, museums and Amsterdam’s iconic waterways form a playground of their own.

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Ancient grains have made a big comeback this year, and as big as Quinoa was when it came back into popularity in 2013, so are ingredients like hemp, chia and buckwheat.

As with all diets, they are really a rehash of the old or the ancient ones, and we have the ultimate solution to your endless yo yo effect, in that getting your digestive system up to speed (literally), the rest will take care of itself.

There are compatible foods where you combine protein with neutral foods or the neutral with starch meals, but otherwise, never the ‘grain’ will meet.

So, to get started, consider fish and chicken as your protein options and vegetables such as asparagus, green beans, carrots, celery, peas and spinach as your neutral.

Then if you would prefer a starch option, then add oats, buckwheat and quinoa.

But this is just the beginning as you cannot live on these foods alone, and there are more options like using molasses instead of sugar, and olive or cold pressed seed oils and the fruits and pulses that are compatible and essential to make this diet work.

If you are enjoying this concept, then take it a step further and invest in one of the related books where they will elaborate on this and add recipes and explanations of how important it is to get the gut functioning, and make sure you don’t keep going back to the fad diets that are only temporary.

We have sung the praises of Gudrun Jonsson before, but never tire of her advice and recipes, and see her as the original ‘gut’ doctor.  Gudrun is a biopath who has been studying the reaction of the gut for more than three decades, and so her recipes have been tried and tested, and her books and ideas are constantly being updated but don’t go out of fashion.

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