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Best Cooking Classes in the World, Tried and Tested

Best Cooking Classes in the World, Tried and Tested

Learning to cook a dish from one of Asia’s best restaurants, mastering the art of making macarons in Paris, and cooking with a Countess in Venice are just a few of our picks of the best cooking classes in the world. I’ve long said that discovering...
European Summer Escapes — City, Sun and Sand

European Summer Escapes — City, Sun and Sand

European summer escapes were on my mind at this time during the many years we lived in the Middle East. A summer in Europe split between cities, sunshine and sand was my idea of heaven. We thought we’d provide a personal guide to our favourite spots...
Underrated Cities in Europe That We Love

Underrated Cities in Europe That We Love

I have a love-hate relationship with travel lists. When they’re inane, generic, lack perspective, and are researched from a desk, I loathe them. When they’re useful, subjective, personal, and written from experience, I find them inspiring. A good list reminds me of passionate conversations over glasses...
Tips for a Successful Dinner Party Away

Tips for a Successful Dinner Party Away

We’ve been doing a bit of entertaining the last few days at Lara’s uncle’s house in Bendigo culminating me cooking a five-course meal yesterday for some of our old friends. It got me thinking about entertaining when you’re on holidays, particularly if you’re staying in...
Romantic Travel: Getting In the Mood for Romance

Romantic Travel: Getting In the Mood for Romance

As it’s Valentines Day, we thought we’d offer some romantic travel ideas and tips from our grand tour for getting in the mood for romance. It may be too late to get on a flight to Marrakech or book a beach house in Costa Rica, but...
Paris apartment rentals are wonderful, but…

Paris apartment rentals are wonderful, but…

Paris apartment rentals are wonderful, but…their damn staircases. It is a pretty staircase  though, but we’ve seen too much of it from our top floor apartment. Check this out for fun in our Paris apartment rental. It’s a long way up, and a long way down....
Paris Reflections and Travel Tips

Paris Reflections and Travel Tips

Sigh...Paris. Time for some Paris reflections. No destination so far on our Grand Tour has put an exclamation point onto what we are trying to achieve more than Paris. Paris really is a series of small villages, all with their own infrastructure, rhythm of life, and feel to...