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Traveling Group
  • Keith Records manager (60) (1)
  • Trina Catalog producer (57) (1)
  • Kit Maths geek (13) (1)


Preferred Exchanges

  • Sicily, Italy

    March 20 — April 3, 2016

    We have been to Sicily several times and would like to visit again or the another Italian island of Sardinia for Easter 2016.


Exchange Reviews

January - December 2012

We visited London in the summer of 2010, a couple with ...

Javier from Barcelona, Spain said

We visited London in the summer of 2010, a couple with David a, then, 4-year old kid. it was a wonderful experience and staying at Keith and Trina's place in Pimlico made it even better. Even though the house has three different levels, and thus a lot of space is taken by the stairs, the space is very comfortable and we could stay in without problem when we had to because of the weather. Keith and Trina have wonderful decorating taste, and it shows in their home. The location is perfect, right by the tube, with easy bus connections and at walking distance of supermarkets and shops. Despite being in central London, the environment is quiet and calm, with a large park nearby and the 'old' Tate almost across the street.

What we said about Javier's house:

August 2010 This was our first exchange and still remains one of our favourites. Javier's apartment is on the ground floor of a well-kept block. There is a good supermarket just across the road and a great bakery nearby. The apartment is very comfortable. Kit loved David's room and having her own private shower room nearby. There is a large outside area with a table and we had our meals there. But it's the pool that's makes this exchange an absolute winner. It's right next to Javier's apartment. We loved it and found it hard to tear ourselves away. Sant Cugat is a delightful town. Charming shops are a walk away. We came upon folk dancing in front of the Cathedral one Saturday evening. It's a quick, easy trip into Barcelona for Gaudi and the Science Museum. You will need a car and the motorway is maddening but we absolutely recommend the trip to the Freixenet Cava factory. Javier is a very gracious host who didn't seem to mind swopping Spanish sunshine for London rain.

January - December 2012

The exchange was very interesting. The home of Keith and ...

Enzo & Marinella
Enzo & Marinella from Pozzallo said

The exchange was very interesting. The home of Keith and Trina is located two minutes walk from Pimlico underground, in central London. Is very comfortable, is equipped with internet and allows to visit the city center very easily. Keith and Trina were very courteous, providing for our every needs and giving us all the explanations necessary to reach the house from the airport and to visit London. They also delivered us two Oyster cards ready for our arrival. We like to wish to all members, exchanges so successful !

What we said about Enzo & Marinella's house:

02/04/12-13/04/12 I loved this house the second I saw it. It is a typical village house that has been recently improved to make a comfortable modern home. Kit had her own "suite" on the top floor with a sunny balcony where we all spent time enjoying the quiet and watching the swifts that nest nearby. Pozzallo is a very easy town to live in. Everyone is so friendly. There is a bakery nearby, regular trucks where you can buy vegetables direct from the farmer, two good chain supermarkets. We also recommend the artisanal gelateria near the Tower. You will need a nippy car but parking is easy and Pozzallo is handy for Agrigento for the Valley of The Temples, and Piazza Armerina for Villa Roman di Casale (which was half closed at our time but still worth the trip). Tip: it tooks us three and a half hours to get to Enzo and Marianella's house from our plane landing including customs, car hire, and getting lost. Enzo and Marianella were a pleasure to meet and I hope we will somehow stay in touch.

January - December 2013

We had a beautiful experience in London with Trina and ...

Nina from San Vito Lo Capo said

We had a beautiful experience in London with Trina and Keith. The apartment is located in excellent position to visit the city,by short walk is possible to reach Westminster Abbey and Buckingam Palace,near there is Tate Gallery. The apartment is nice and useful, Trina and Keith keep us all informations about the city,maps and Oyster Cards,necessary for bus and tube. The apartment,style vittoriano is well provided (wi fi,play music and TV) and for us had been as we would rest in our house. We recommended this exchange who allow a good holiday with kind people in very good context. Nina and Oreste Aprile 2013 S.Vito Lo Capo (Tp)

What we said about Nina's house:

Nina and Oreste are lovely people. They were there to greet us with a warm welcome and it was lovely to be able to get to know them a bit. Their apartment is a real summer place: light and airy with two sunny balconies. Lots of space. The kitchen is simple but has everything you need and there is a washing machine and room outside to hang your clothes. San Vito Lo Capo is brilliant. It is a fantastic seaside resort with a beautiful, well-kept beach a short walk from the apartment. I have never seen such crystal clear water! But there is a lot more to San Vito Lo Capo and I was glad to spend a few days just walking around and getting to know it. The cemetery is especially interesting. For this exchange, I think, you will need a car but there are so many fascinating things just an easy drive away - Selinute, Erice (esp. the cable car), Custonaci, the Mangiapane grotto that you could be busy every day and there will still be more to see. Sicily is always a pleasure, and this apartment was a lovely place to spend some time.

August - August 2013

Vivimos una gran experiencia en Londres. Hicimos el intercambio en ...

Ignacio from Zaragoza, Spain said

Vivimos una gran experiencia en Londres. Hicimos el intercambio en agosto 2013. Hay tres cosas importantes a tener en cuenta en este intercambio. La ubicación de la casa es fabuloso, en el céntrico barrio de Pimlico. Perfecto para explorar muchas de las principales atracciones de la ciudad. Además, la parada de metro está a 2 minutos de la casa. La casa es confortable y conveniente. Tiene everythings que necesita para hacer su estancia agradable en ella. familia es educado, amable, hospitalario y de confianza. Ellos hicieron todo lo posible para que nuestra estancia sea buena. Nos dieron información sobre la ciudad, el transporte, ... En resumen, un muy buen cambio.

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What we said about Ignacio's house:

The first and the best is the beach. It is five minutes walk away. The location is beautiful with pine trees and aromatic shrubs. There is shade, soft sand, and an easy incline into the water. It has great atmosphere with families of many generations from babies to grandparents enjoying the safe water. There is also good snorkeling. There are showers. The beach is cleaned every day. There is another beach ten minutes away with a toilet and first aid and perhaps more intrepid snorkeling but we were more than happy with our beach. Ignacio, Beatriz and Nachete have a beautiful apartment. It is very stylishly decorated with white sofas and dramatic artwork. The development is new and well built. It is safe with speed restrictions. There is a pool that is a hub for children and families. The gardens are well tended and the pool is regularly cleaned. You do need a car for this holiday but once you are at the apartment it is possible to live without it for days. There is a supermarket a short walk away. At that place it is also possible to play paddle tennis and trampoline and have dinner. Ignacio, Beatriz and Nachete were very gracious hosts and left us lots of home supplies. There was also information about activities in the area but we enjoyed just being in the apartment.

August - August 2013

We live a great experience in London. There are three ...

Ignacio from Zaragoza, Spain said

We live a great experience in London. There are three important things to note in this exchange. The location of the house is fabulous, in the central district of Pimlico. Perfect for exploring many of the major attractions of the city. In addition, the Underground stop is 2 minutes from the house. The house is comfortable and convenient. It has everything you need to make your stay in it pleasant. Family is educated, friendly, hospitable and trustworthy. They tried their best to make our stay a good one. They gave us information about the city, transport, ... In summary a very good exchange.

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April - April 2015

Unbeatable location. Cozy, comfy, stylish, clean & tidy home. Superkind people. ...

The cats servants
The cats servants from Sicily said

Unbeatable location. Cozy, comfy, stylish, clean & tidy home. Superkind people. We spent 2 amazing weeks at Keith/Trina/Kit home on April 2015. Location is fantastic: we walked easily to every central London borough. Tube station and bus station are just around the corner. Victoria train & coach station is an easy 10 minutes stroll. Thames walking paths are 2 minutes from the house (our favourite was the one to South Bank). Also Thames River Cruises stop is close by. Neighborhood: Pimlico is an easy & relaxed place. Many supermarkets, shops, pubs, etc., just around the corner. Not to miss the Saturday Famers Market at charming Orange Square and the Daylesford Organic Farm Shop. The whole borough is interesting for its architecture. Home: cozy, comfortable, clean and tidy. Its personal interior decor reflects the good taste of the family. A "warm" place for a relaxed stay (all mod cons included). People: we had a fast and easy exchange arrangement. From the very 1st contact we felt they were emphatic, selfless, trustable and well-behaved. To resume: SUPERKIND people. They delivered us 2 Oyester cards, gave us useful tips about Gatwick Express to Victoria, and left at our disposal lots of guides/maps. We kept in contact during the swap. A great plus: they took care of our 2 cats. Last-but-not-least they left our home perfectly clean and tidy. We were very lucky and very happy to have exchanged with them. MANY THANKS Keith, Trina & Kit.

What we said about The cats servants's house:

What a great exchange, full of fun, humour, and generous hospitality. All four members of this Catanese family made us laugh so much. The masters, Poldo and Baciccia, were Kit’s favourite part of the holiday. I will miss their flat, which was so interesting and comfortable. We spent many relaxed “at home” days enjoying being there and having lunch on the terrace. I suggest for their next exchange Massimo and Angela leave a guide to all the beautiful 19th, 20th and 21st Century objects that were left for us to use and enjoy. Of course, we also liked their building which is of a 60’s design. The neighbourhood is an old one so there is a real mix of architecture, and looking out from their kitchen it is possible to get an idea of how it all works so well together. For Catania, as we wanted to relax and just potter around the neighbourhood, we spent far too much time eating ice cream in Fiordilatte and buying croissants from Bar Magri, and perhaps we didn’t explore the city as fully as we could have. On Sunday we went to the flea market and it was an easy walk across town and because the city is built on a grid it is very simple to find your way around. We visited Castello Ursino and where there was a really good Picasso exhibition. Public transport still remains fairly mysterious. We had a car, which we didn’t use in town, but instead to great effect to explore Etna – which was fantastic. Save up all your money and pay to take the cable car, the snow cat and a guided tour of the mountain. Very expensive but absolutely a highlight was to feel the ground still warm from the 2003 eruption. Thank you Massimo and Angela for welcoming us with delicious food and alcoholic treats, and for leaving our home immaculate.

July - August 2015

We had an amazing time in Trina's house. The location ...

Susy from Rosa Marina said

We had an amazing time in Trina's house. The location was perfect and allowed us to reach easily the centre of the city. The house was cozy, very clean and well equipped. Trina, Keith and Kit were wonderful hosts very kind,nice, supportive and generous. They left me all the necessary to work on my computer and Federica enjoyed very much in sleeping in Kit's bed. I recommend them very much and we hope to be in touch with them for years!. Susy,Vito and Federica

What we said about Susy's house:

Cala Rosa Marina is extraordinary. We found it a secure and excellently maintained holiday village. Italian families return year after year, make friends, grow up together, and their children make friends. There are activities laid on every day; and children can feel safe, ride around on their bikes and generally be free range. The hub is the beautiful safe and sandy beach. There is a handy supermarket, a macellaria that cooked our meat for us, and a well-stocked greengrocer that sources locally and was always ready with cooking advice. As we were leaving, they were just about to open a gelataria. Susy’s holiday home is charming, with an extensive and cool back garden with mature pines. The best has got to be the outside shower, so you can rinse off under the trees. Our top sight: the archeological park at Egnazia: an amazing site with a fantastic museum with no crowds. Susy and Vito were very gracious hosts, leaving us local food and wine (we couldn’t drink it all).