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Weekend in Barcelona

Weekend in Barcelona

A weekend in Barcelona? Yes, please. It has to be our favourite European city for a weekend getaway. When we lived in the Middle East we used to make a beeline for the Catalan capital the first chance we had. Now with the proliferation of low cost airlines, it’s...
Barcelona — Just My Type

Barcelona — Just My Type

Our recent trip to Barcelona and the Penedes wine region on magazine assignments was focused on Cava and Catalan food. But when we went to the Centro de Interpretación de Cava in Sant Sadurni D’Anoia, my attention turned to design and type for a while. As...
Our Bite Sized Barcelona and Catalunya Culinary Guide

Our Bite Sized Barcelona and Catalunya Culinary Guide

Beautiful Barcelona broke our hearts and tantalized our taste buds on our first trip back in four years. These are some of the most delectable experiences from our ten days in Catalunya. Consider it our bite sized Barcelona and Catalunya culinary guide. Our recent Barcelona sojourn was so enjoyable,...
We Are Barcelona Bound!

We Are Barcelona Bound!

This time tomorrow I’ll be starting to think about packing and a few hours later we’ll be heading to the airport for our flight to Barcelona via Guangzhou and Paris. We’re Barcelona bound! It’s been a few years since we were in Europe – our...
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...
Is It Safe To Travel To Turkey Now?

Is It Safe To Travel To Turkey Now?

We’ve had some emails from friends and readers asking: is it safe to travel to Turkey now? Terence and I have been travelling to Turkey for 13 years, since we first went for a summer with a friend. That initial trip we travelled by bus...