Area: TuscanyWe are a family of 4 people , consisting of Dad, Mom, Nora 3years and a half and seventeen months Giona ... oh I forgot our 3 cats, Selvaggia, Zero and Harp! We live in the countryside, in a small town called MonteCarlo, which lies about 15 kilometers from Lucca, 70 km from Florence , 40 km from Pisa and about 30 km from the sea . The nearest railway station is in the town of Altopascio , but there are buses to Lucca or is still easy to get around by bicycle. The country of Montecarlo, situated on the crest of the ridge that separates the Valdinievole the Plain of Lucca, was built in 1333 to collect at the fortress of Cerruglio the inhabitants of the Commonwealth of Vivinaia destroyed by the Florentines in 1331. The village was called Monte Carlo in honor of Prince Charles, son of King John of Bohemia , the liberator from the occupation of Lucca Pisa. The prince , who became Emperor under the name of Charles IV, was several times in Monte Carlo dealing with the fortification of the fortress that proved to be a strategic garrison in the wars that were fought in the fourteenth century between Lucca , Pisa and Florence. In his old village is located il Teatro Municipal Reassured that was built in the early 1700s at the behest of an association of wealthy landowners and the country called Academy of policyholders , is still the center of a remarkable cultural and theatrical activities . At the foot of the hill of MonteCarlo, on the road that leads to Pescia , is the ancient church of San Piero in Campo already mentioned in a parchment of the ninth century, the present church dates from the twelfth century and is a pure example of a Romanesque church with three aisles. MonteCarlo is famous for the production of wine, in particular the white one , every year there are a number of initiatives related to the tasting of the wines produced on farms and in September the Wine Festival , because the country that is located on a hill is surrounded by farms producing wine, in our own house , a typical ' land-roof ', which is part of a typical Lucchese Court ( set of houses ) is surrounded by vineyards and olive groves. Our family moved to Monte Carlo in 2008 , my husband Andrea works in an industry that designs and manufactures machinery for paper mills , and I am an architect with a passion for green architecture and odd jobs and not always related to my profession ! Nora is a very cute girl and attended the nest of the country since he was 1 year old, she loves to listen to music and loves to dance and be with others ; Giona is a child very peaceful and smiling and he likes to relate to others , and soon will begin weaning food . Our days are very busy but we try to find the time to do even what we like : Andrea is passionate about foot race , he participated in three marathons and , when they can go for a run after work in Lucca on its walls , to train. I am passionate about gardening in general, from the flowers to the vegetable , and every year our family helps our neighbor to harvest grapes and olives , not ours but we have a vineyard but an olive grove in a very beautiful place and panoramic called Matraia and every year around the beginning of November we collect olives and bring to shatter . Nora and Giona soon start to go in the pool to learn to swim . We really like the art , architecture , photography , and the brother of Andrew is an his wife are two artists ; Andrea is passionate about beer ( and everything that revolves around it) and travel . We both like to cook and like to help Nora !
Area: Wells, SomersetWe are a lively household who needs another pair of hands around the house to help with the children! Also looking for someone to help with painting and decorating our house so a handyman would be fantastic. Would prefer a native Spanish speaker to speak Spanish with us at home.
Area: QueenslandWe are a mature Australian couple living in a house we have owned for many years, and have just recently renovated. The house was originally an old timber cottage, which we have raised, built a large studio on the bottom level, a mezzanine floor, and now it has become a rather quirky and exciting space to be in. It is situated in the Brisbane suburb of Paddington, which is very close to the city, and our house has panoramic views over the city and surrounding suburbs. Our renovations are almost finished, however we would like some assistance with landscaping, painting and some general handyman work. We have always done the majority of renovation work ourselves on different properties we have owned over the years, so we are both very “hands-on”. We are now getting to the stage where we would like to get this job finished and just kick back for a while, so we are looking for someone who can work beside us. Ideally, someone who has had painting experience, and who has had some basic handyman or building experience. From the house you can walk to the city, down to the river, the Queensland Art Gallery, Museum and Southbank parklands. There is also a bus stop a couple of minutes walk, connecting with other forms of transport in and around Brisbane. We have good wi-fi internet access and an art studio where you can paint and work with clay if this interests you.
Area: Coimbra and CenterIn 1998 we - Hans and Irene - left The Netherlands and became the proud owners of a campsite in Portugal. It is an unique outpost in the centre of Portugal. It is located in the heart of the Costa da Prata, the region with its diversified cultural and natural beauty. We have opted for a more responsible form of tourism that places great emphasis on respect for the country, its inhabitants and its culture. Over the years we have tried to give our campsite its own identity, which is very different from the chaotic beach campsites where you trip over the numerous tent pegs. The campsite is set up spaciously and the vegetation provides plenty of variety: figs, mimosa, bougainvillea, fruit trees, cacti, etc. A swimming pool is nestled in the greenery.On the hill behind the campground, goats, pot-belly pigs, chicks, ducks and guinea pigs potter about like good friends in the children’s farm. And last but not least: “A Cantina”, a small bar/restaurant where Hans prepares delicious dishes from the Iberian cuisine.
Area: PiedmontCIAO CIAO, here we are! We are a very large family, we have 6 sons: Giorgio is 19, Giovanni 17 and Lorenzo is 15, Greta is 8 years old, Daniele will be 3 in November, Emma is 1 !!! We will love our children can get to know other cultures, learn new languages and experience other cultures, so we thought that have an 'au pair' to look after them would be a good idea! Of course the three boys are teenagers now so don't need a Nanny, but it's nice that they can meet people from other countries with language and customs different from ours. Those who we need to be babysit are the two younger, Daniele Emma and Greta. We need a babysitter that take them for walks, to the playground,that play with them, that hepls Greta with her home-works, we normally pay extra hours. We live in a small town of Mountain named Frabosa Soprana and run a hotel, so during the summer and winter we are very busy! If you would love to come and stay with us, we intend to reserve a single room with its own bathroom, which is adjacent to our apartment on the first floor of the hotel, so you can have your own freedom but at the same time, can be close to us for any need. In the day off to visit neighboring cities as well as Mondovi, Vicoforte, Ceva, Cuneo, Turin ecc... ... there is the possibility to train in an hour to be on the beaches of Liguria! We just had an aupair from New Zeland for 5 months and one from UK this summer and we loved them! Hope to hear from you soon CHICCA e PAOLO