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Art with Kids in Milan

August 7, 2015

This summer will take us to Switzerland (for only long enough to allow us a swim in an Alpine lake), to Italy (Milan, Bergamo and Venice), to Lithuania (Vilnius), to the Latvian countryside (near Daugavpils) and to France (Saint-Remy de Provence, Les Landes – just above Biarritz and Bordeaux).  Here’s the first chapter : Milan. A guided visit…

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Where the wild things are

July 14, 2015
Andrew Zuckerman - Creature

When was the last time – or indeed, the first time – that you went some place really wild with your kids? Not just off-road, but truly wild. Where there are no roads. A place that you might encounter an unfamiliar face. Perhaps the closest we’ve come to visiting a place that could be genuinely described as wild was Patagonia. Continue Reading


For the incurably curious

May 30, 2015
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‘A destination for the incurably curious’. The personal collection of over one million objects that Sir Henry Wellcome (1853-1936) collected in his lifetime represents the core of The Wellcome Collection, a true wunderkammer cabinet of curiosities, all revolving around the history of medicine. Pirouette readers in London, or visiting from abroad – be sure to see the permanent collection, and stop for a bite at the organic cafe.

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Life lessons: Aniki-Bóbó (Manoel de Oliveira)

May 10, 2015
Aniki 7

Rain, rain, rain. What better way to pass a rainy weekend than to catch up on unseen classics? It was high time to become acquainted with the films of Manoel de Oliveira, native of Porto, and the oldest active film director in the world, whose career spanned the silent era Continue Reading

Culture Family Travel

There’s no place like home… away from home

March 14, 2015
Wisconsin ID499 (Art director, Digital artist)

Traveling with kids can be a challenge. Location, season, amenities all come into play. Of course there’s also the kids’ age to consider. There are the ‘family friendly’ hotel options out there, which can be hit and miss. What could be better than staying at home… away from home? Enter Behomm, a house swap portal for design professionals.  Continue Reading

Culture Mood of the day

Classy Classrooms

February 27, 2015
Oslo International School

When we visited the Lycée Francais de Porto for the very first time, I found myself thinking: “I want to go back to school!”. The campus is on the grounds of the Serralves park, the vast landscaped garden of a Portuguese industrialist that were bequeathed to Porto to create the Serralves Foundation Museum and the school. Continue Reading