Two French women have joined forces to prove that strollers and city breaks can work wonderfully together, and have published a series of online travel guides aimed at trendy parents. After uncovering the best bits of San Francisco, Miami and Chicago, the pair has just released their guide for Brooklyn.
Charlotte Burgoyne and Marie-Pacifique Blanckaert first met each other in a park in Miami. Charlotte had written the renowned French travel guides, Le Petit Futé, on Syria and Iran, while Marie-Pacifique had ten years of experience in marketing and advertising. The two expat moms decided to put their professional skills together “to find the best places to have fun, experience culture, enjoy a meal, relax, and go for walks with the family.” The first Little City Guide about San Francisco was published in May 2016. Miami, Chicago and Brooklyn were quick to follow.
“We traveled the world with our little tribe, but didn’t have any reliable, comprehensive or interesting websites to inspire and guide us during our trips”, said Charlotte Burgoyne. “When we arrive in a new city, we like to know where we can go for a good cup of coffee and an avocado toast with our kids and not feel out of place.”
In an effort to find the best spots “that really suited [them]” and ideas for excursions suitable for young children, the two entrepreneurs — who now live in Algeria and France respectively — approached “local mothers with interesting profiles.” Beginning in San Francisco, their company Little Voyageurs collaborated with Lauren Podoll, the co-founder of the clothing brand The Podolls. For their latest work in Brooklyn, the duo relied on tips and advice from Katya Libin, who launched the Hey Mama mothers’ network, Adriane Stare, founder of the childcare and kids clothing store Wild Was Mama, and Jill Rothstein, “the stylist for fashionable children.”
According to the expert pair, children in San Francisco will feel immediately at home at the Hotel del Sol, a 1950s motel converted into an “ultra-colorful designer hotel.” While visiting Miami, parents shouldn’t miss out on a trip to the Podd 22 beauty salon and its high-tech playground, before going to indulge in an ice water at Pops for Life in Wynwood, the city’s art gallery district. And in Brooklyn, Little Voyageurs suggests an initiation in the world of street art with a visit to Bushwick, brunch at the “elegant and super family-friendly” Egg café in Williamsburg, rounded off by a ride on the wooden horses of the “legendary” Jane’s Carousel, a merry-go-round dating back to 1922 set up in the park next to the Brooklyn Bridge.