“The inspiration for The Little Voyager came when my son was a toddler and we went on our first holiday as a family. We booked a self-catering apartment that looked beautiful on the website… but when we arrived the reality was nothing like the photos. The bed was too small to co-sleep and the staircase was a constant danger to my son, who was just about to walk.” Ilonka Schaefer, Founder, The Little Voyager
Vanessa moved with her husband and 2 children to Nice in January 2016. She quickly found herself searching for activities for herself and the kids. But when dissatisfied with what she found she decided to join forces with 3 other mums and they founded LIFT French Riviera offering activities for kids including dance, theatre, sports, arts & crafts, cooking and language classes.
“Whatever the age of your child, there are things that you can do to alleviate the strain of moving on your children and replace it with enthusiasm.”
“They did have a special bond, when they shared a cot they would suck on each others head, once they were in their own room, they would stand up and chat and laugh at each other, it was funny and cute.”
“When we’re at school and with friends we only speak Italian; at home with our parents we speak English. We both find it easier to express ourselves and think in English, even though we use Italian more throughout the day.” Twins Mia and Cara talk about their life in a small village in Perugia.
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“Even though I’m Italian, after many years of living abroad I found returning to live in Italy harder than I had expected. Once again many things were different. I felt the only familiar thing was the language. Anything else I struggled to understand or to make sense of. I had to learn to live in my own country.”
“Whether we’re learning about a famous local artist or an old monument, the kids see the look of curiosity and wonder in our eyes and they become instant students of whatever we’re learning. It’s honestly surprised me how much their love of learning has grown on this trip.”
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“I designed the company logo. I built a website, all the while settling Enzo in at school and taking Italian lessons and language exchanges and working. We began to make friends and Enzo started to be himself again. One morning he woke up and just started speaking Italian without even realising it.”
“Upon arriving in Italy we had a few days before our belongings arrived and we could access our new apartment. I ironically commented to my husband that I was now homeless, jobless and pregnant. “At least you are married.” he replied with equal irony.”
“At British Corner Shop, it is our mission is to provide British expats and British food lovers with their favourite household items, wherever they are in the world. Whether that’s Heinz Baked Beans or Warburtons Crumpets, we are committed to delivering the nations much-loved British favourites right to their door.”