Have you ever visited Porto?

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Portugal is a very special country, kind of stuck in the past in some places, with great sun&light, excellent food, really nice people. Located in the North of the country, Porto is a wonderful city to visit with children. Pirouette gives you a guided tour…

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Venice with Children

Gondoliere - Venice Biennale 2013

Venice is a great place to visit with children, a bit like Barcelona and New York, two other places that will always leave a great impression on them. This summer is a particularly good time to visit and enjoy a wonderful and quite playful Venice Art Biennale. Here’s a few tips to prepare your trip…

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News from Milano, Italy

Spazio Rossana Orlandi, Milano Salone del Mobile 2013

Milan is always at its best under the sun and when crowds arrive in heavy numbers for the Salone de Mobile. This week end was incredible, with tons of energy, smiling faces, sun beams and creative happenings, including KidsroomZOOM. Reportage…

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What’s new, New York ?

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I am getting ready for a trip to New York : four days in the Big Apple to visit the kids Trade Show Playtime (work), the Armory Show (pleasure) and to see what’s new in this vibrant city. I have asked around what’s new, what I shouldn’t

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October in Lindos, Rhodes (Greece)

Lindos, Rhodes (Greece)

This is one of the joys of being in Europe : having so many wonderful and diverse destinations at close reach. Our latest travel was to Rhodes where our friends Tim&Dixie got married. It took us nearly 4 hours to reach the island and the first great surprise was going off the plane and feeling that delicious hot air. Mid October and 28 degrees in the evening makes you wonder

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Un week end a la mer : Margate & Broadstairs

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Nothing like a sunny September weekend to visit the seaside. The emptiness gives a nostalgic feeling, the temperature is just cold enough to make it bearable and to bring a crisp clear light. Margate and Broadstairs were sought-after destinations in the 50′s, before plane tickets became affordable and people decided to go to warmer and more exotic places. The newly built Turner Contemporary Gallery brings a few week-enders

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Provence, South of France

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Provence is a wonderful place to visit and next year will be a particularly good time to head there as Marseille-Provence will be “Capitale de la Culture 2013”. Provence is already packed with fantastic festivals in normal times : Avignon (theatre), Arles (photography), Montpellier (dance), Aix-en Provence (opera). 2013 will transform Marseille and its region  into a

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Exploring Northern Italy & Venice

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Everyone loves Italy, with its sunny weather, great history, gastronomy, and for the beach culture. For who prefers avoiding overcrowded spots, Umbria, Abruzzo and Veneto are great options, with green hilly landscapes, hidden little villages, amazing food and wine. A few years ago we explored the region of Treviso  in the Venetian pre-Alps, and we found it absolutely charming. It is on top of our list of Italian “must see” places.

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Introduction to Farm Life in France

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How about unpluging yourself from the urban craze and enjoying the very best of the countryside ? Un Lit au Pré (« A Bed in a Meadow ») offers stays in small-scale French farms. A unique Art de Vivre experience on real active farms, where the farmer and family are passionate guardians of animals, landscapes, architecture, history and excellent local food too.

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Le chalet de Balthus, Switzerland

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Travelling to Switzerland is like walking in a postcard. Cliches there are reality out there: green grass, white mountains, blue lakes, cows and bells, geranium & flags on balconies…We always have fun in Switzerland and there is so much to dbe seen in that tiny country : Therme Vals, Aletsch Glacier,

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Eat and sleep in London

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New update – April 2014…have a nice stay in London!

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San Francisco – what to see, where to eat and sleep

Zonal, Hayes Street Vintage chair; lovely yellow

I had a wonderful time in sunny San Francisco, where I was able to catch up with children’s designers Jess Brown & to Dagmar Daley. Both recommended 

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