A life in pattern with Orla Kiely

If you think of fashion, prints and patterns, you’ll soon come to Orla Kiely (1963), one of England’s greatest designers. Her graphic patterns can be found all over the world, from mugs to dresses and from cars to even a London busses. The Fashion & Textile Museum is currently presenting a retrospective exhibition with work…

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The Line: a modern art walk in East London

Meanwhile, after a year we have seen quite a bit of London. Well-known neighborhoods such as Shoreditch, South Kensington and Camden Town and districts that are in a transitional phase to become just as popular, like Peckham and Tooting. But there are still places in London that are lesser known, for example the more industrial area in East…

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A year in London, on to the next

A summer ago we walked through Italy, Ralf with the phone to his ear. A negotiation for work. Was this the moment when we would get more clarity? After all speculations whether or not we would move abroad. England, America? Secretly we had already talked about it a lot, because within his work there would…

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Catching fish at the French trout farm

When you think about trout, you probably think immediately of a group of anglers around a pond in the Ardennes. But when we talk about farmed trout, you have to be mainly in France where you can find trout farms in almost every French province. Mostly located in a quiet natural environment. In addition to a…

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A family day out at Theme Park Bagatelle

As a child, I always experienced a visit to a theme park as a big party. It was something that we certainly didn’t do regularly. It had to stay special and a surprise. And that’s how it felt when my parents drove two rounds at the roundabout before they turned off towards the park with…

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Spending a day in medieval town Montreuil-sur-Mer

Nord-Pas-De-Calais always seems a little undervalued, many people have heard of it, or have driven through it, but have never often spent holidays there. Although this area has beautiful gems to visit and is very easy to reach from the Netherlands or England. And because I am regularly in Northern France, it is nice to…

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A visit to National Trust: Osterley Park & House

What a lovely summer we have, and according to the locals with unprecedented high temperatures. We enjoy the beautiful days outside as much as possible, before the wet, unpleasant months re-emerge. During these terms I mainly choose indoor activities. But like those sunny days we have now we prefer to do as much as possible…

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