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Ever Heard the Fairytale of the Pied Piper of Hameln?

Ever Heard the Fairytale of the Pied Piper of Hameln?

Did you ever get that feeling as a parent when you hit ‘autopilot’ mode as you turn yet another page of a nursery rhyme/fairytale? So what about the Pied Piper of Hameln….

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Words tumbling out without thinking about it. We did, but the story of the Pied Piper of Hameln always seemed to intrigue me more than the others… Apparently I wasn’t alone as both girls were desperate to plan this into our current journey through Germany. So here we are!!!
For those that may never have heard it if you click this link, you’ll find out more Those that remember the story of the pied piper and the tale of his poor treatment at the hands of the city folk… you might be interested to find out how the story originated, how it is currently remembered in Hameln and perhaps the darker side to the story too.

“Traveling – it leaves you speechless, then turns you into a storyteller.” – Ibn Battuta
Throughout Europe, we’ve tried to find interesting, educational opportunities to share with our girls. Loving the opportunity to see them learn and develop… and we’re really glad we’ve got a couple of helpful additions for both girls.

Libby loves here ‘Pipity Case‘ (see above picture) and it has already proved so useful, as she can take it with her and draw, record or write about it at the  time. Capturing that learning at the exact time of learning does seem to be making a real difference with both girls. But Lottie’s ‘Jofli Bear‘ (see picture above) is of no less importance. It’s a great travel journal to record some of their magical adventures… and a teddy to cuddle at night too!

Every region should have Something special

So if you’re ever heading eastwards from Cologne to Berlin, be sure to try and make a stop at Hameln… Lonely Planet mention it as one of the Top 5 German Small Towns and it’s easy to see why. It has some stunning architecture that reminded us a little of a wonderful Autumn day in the Alsace at Kaysersberg. But with a touch of magic as we followed the mice trail across the entire town… these small bronze mice are everywhere and really captured the girls imagination. Much like the Chateau  des Èngimes had done in France earlier this year too.


There’s plenty to see in this quaint town in Lower Saxony and we’ll be delighted to add this to our growing collection of 100+ Educational Opportunities across Europe – all easily accessed via this link here. With time running out before we raced eastwards towards Berlin, we stopped to let the girls enjoy some of the delicious sweet creations at one of the local bakeries, before eating them on the banks of the River Weser….



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Ever wanted to pack your bags, just jump in a motorhome and go off and explore Europe as a family? Well, that’s exactly what my family has done since September 2015. Visiting 35 European countries, travelling over 54,000 miles and grabbing over 450 family experiences on the way… enjoying Bobsleigh in Norway, Climbing into Mt Etna in Sicily or Kayaking the River Dordogne.

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