El oso y el madrono! Our short but sweet trip to Madrid.

Hi, I’m Gillian! Welcome to my little space on the blogosphere where I share my ideas for creative parenting, learning through travel and family travel.

We are a Scottish expat family living in the Dordogne, France. After talking on and off about moving to France for about 10 years, the stars aligned and we left Edinburgh in May 2012 to embark on an adventure of a life time. With all our wordly possessions packed into a storage unit and no home to call our own, we took off with our children (aged 5 and 2.5 at the time) in our VW and headed South. Our first stop was the Dordogne and we instantly fell under the charm of this beautiful region.

 View of the Dordogne River and the Chateau of Castelnaud

We ended up buying a lovely renovated barn and proceeded to convert the original cottage into a gite. I now run the self-catering gite (holiday cottage) and also dabble in some VA and translation work. We love travelling with our children – especially in France and in Europe – meeting new people, eating good food and drinking a glass or two of vino! I started this blog as a way to record our journey, our adventures and as an outlet for all the things I enjoy – creativity, education and especially family travel.