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On a scooter blowing a hooter… a gift of music

Hannah playing tenor horn at piano

On  a scooter blowing a hooter.. a gift of music It’s the little moments that you remember forever, isn’t it? Not the parties, despite the generous hosts and the seemingly limitless drinking and talking. Not the presents, despite the bows and curls and printed kittens in bobble hats. Not the food, despite the gold and […]

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Sani Festival Adventure Idea: Culture, Fun & Sun

Image by Horia Varlan

Adventure Idea: Sani Festival Cultural Fun in the Sun Looking for a music festival this summer that’s suitable for a family? With The Stones gadding about Glastonbury now just a fond memory, and Elton recently swapping tantrums and tiaras for tortured tonsils, maybe you should perhaps look further than the UK for your festival fix. […]

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Berlin Cabaret: Loft at the Chamaleon Theatre

The LOFT Enemble by 7 Fingers Photo by Andy Phillipson

 Berlin Cabaret: Loft at the Chamaleon Theatre Berlin has been called the Capital of Cabaret and a top priority of our Expedia Blogger Shaped Travel trip was to take in a live show. But even as we picked up the tickets, we had no idea how much we’d be drawn into the spectacle of the […]

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Behind the scenes tour: Staatstheater Mainz

On Stage Staatstheater Mainz

Behind the scenes at Staatstheater Mainz Have you ever taken a behind-the-scenes tour of a theatre or opera house? Most cities offer this glimpse into the land of make believe. We did a great one at the Marionetten Theater in Vienna. They’re a good way to see some tricks as well as get under the […]

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Discover the Faroe Islands Music Scene

Tutl Records Torshavn

Discover the Faroe Islands Music Scene You can really get to know a country by its music. And just like the islands themselves, Faroese music is surprisingly varied and eclectic. After a morning with Faroese textile artist Astrid Andreasen, we visited the legendary Tutl Records to get some insider insights into the diverse pleasures of […]

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Lake District passion, percussion and pyrotechnics

London 2012 Festival in Windermere The World Premiere of the North’s contribution to the London 2012 Festival, ‘On The Night Shift’, was billed as a fusion of fire, motion and rhythm. But if you hold an outdoor event in the English Lakes, you can expect water to play a part too. And while the rain […]

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Family music making music with a carrot….

Making music with a carrot… With a contemporary Icelandic music group What is music anyway? It’s not a question I expected to be asking myself at a children’s music concert. But Iceland is a land full of the unexpected and, as we were warned on the plane here, things here can be a little different […]

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Lessons learned from travel? Well…

Music tour of Europe Recorders

Lessons learned from travel? Over the last week I’ve been taking part in the BootsnAll 30 days of Indie Travel Project over on our Facebook page.  Each day brings a new travel related theme to explore and it’s been fun taking time out each day to think back on our family travels in different ways. So […]

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Looney tunes in Slovakia’s High Tatras

Slovakian Village High Tatras

Looney tunes in Slovakia’s High Tatras The kids noticed them first, in a souvenir shop in Strbske Pleso, up in the Slovakian High Tatras. They weren’t easy to find, amongst thousands of items of folksy themed tourist tat. But there they were; alongside Vyoke Tatry sheep, above Tatry goat bells, below heart shaped leather ‘I love Tatry’ […]

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Mood music

Mood music Riding along in the Slovakian sunshine, through pasture, forest and village, following streams and rivers up and down the gently rolling hills, chasing birds and butterflies, it’s hard not to be in the mood for riding. At least when the sun’s not too hot. Or when the gradient’s not too steep. Or when […]

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