Travel isn’t about ticking off beautiful places; it’s about gaining new experiences, stepping outside your everyday world and seeing things from a different perspective. So for my village-reared country kids, Mannheim was a source of wonder and amazement.
In the mid- 1950s, an entire photo exhibition went “viral”. And it is still going strong today, permanently displayed in a handsome castle in Luxembourg. So what did my kids make of it?
At a highly unusual museum in the Netherlands, visitors don’t get to see any of the main exhibits.
Dull see-saws and creaky roundabouts? Not in Luxembourg City, where the kids’ playgrounds are joyous, colourful works of art.
In the historic Portuguese city of Coimbra, we find a small, kid-oriented theme park… with a big difference.
A home exchange in southern France sounded like a great idea at the time. However, Nîmes in August with four kids and a dog proved to be one of our most challenging travel experiences yet…
A chance discovery leads the kids to a magical place, giving me the opportunity to explore a wonderfully authentic Portuguese city.
My eldest daughter noticed them first. Paw prints, distinctly feline. Green, pink, yellow, orange, red… the more we looked the more we found, all over the sun-scorched cobblestones of Santarém’s old town. We followed them (of course we followed them!) and what we found was quite extraordinary.