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Paris Walks – Strolling Paris’ Passages and Boulevards

Paris Walks – Strolling Paris’ Passages and Boulevards

Paris walks are all about wandering the grand boulevards and exploring the elegant arcades. Amble about for an hour and you’ll understand how Paris gave birth to the flâneur, a stroller fascinated with street life, for whom sauntering the city was the best way to experience...
Playlist: Fanfan and Marco’s Paris Chanson Playlist

Playlist: Fanfan and Marco’s Paris Chanson Playlist

Some of us love songs for the lyrics, but sometimes, even when the language is our own, the lyrics are unintelligible yet still we’re smitten with the music – and, in the case of Fanfan et Marco, who we saw at Au Limonaire on Sunday...
Inspiring Arty Ceret

Inspiring Arty Ceret

Located in a picturesque valley of fruit trees, surrounded by hills blanketed in green oak, and watched over by the white peaks of Canigou, it’s easy to understand how arty Ceret, our ‘home’ for two weeks, inspired so many artists to move here and paint its...
Rough ‘n’ Tumble Rugby in Céret

Rough ‘n’ Tumble Rugby in Céret

There is a sporting language that everyone speaks in Southern France and it’s not football – in the name of living like locals we go to watch a local game of rugby in Céret. In the region of France where we’re currently staying, many people...
Ways of Seeing Barcelona

Ways of Seeing Barcelona

Ways of seeing Barcelona? Let’s count. By foot, bike, rollerblades, skateboard, segway, bus, guided tour, private tour, self-guided tour… we’ve seen it all in the two weeks we’ve been here. We decided to test a few out. Most visitors to Spain‘s Catalan capital Barcelona aren’t content with kicking...
Playlist: Julio’s Barcelona Indie Music

Playlist: Julio’s Barcelona Indie Music

A graphic designer by day, 29 year-old Julio Salvador is the singer and guitarist in the Barcelona band Wiggum. The band is named after Ralph Wiggum, son of Chief Wiggum in ‘Los Simpsons’, their favourite character, “because he’s a psychedelic character, which suits our band”,...
Barcelona Street Art, Shutter Art and Garage Door Graffiti

Barcelona Street Art, Shutter Art and Garage Door Graffiti

Barcelona street art, shutter art and garage door graffiti abounds in the capital of Catalunya. While you can check it out on a self guided stroll through the Barrio Gótico or Gothic Quarter, these days there are an array of other ways for you to enjoy this...
Flamenco Guitar 101

Flamenco Guitar 101

Sometimes we find it only takes one or two people to help unlock the secrets of a city, to make introductions, help you make connections, to take you places, and to teach you things – and learning is an important part of what we’re doing...
Playlist: Sebastian’s Jerez flamenco picks

Playlist: Sebastian’s Jerez flamenco picks

A resident of Jerez for 13 years, Sebastian Lapostol was born in the US to Chilean parents. After obtaining a degree in comparative literature and travelling around Spain, North Africa and the Middle East, he moved to Jerez in 1997 to study flamenco guitar. It...
Jerez, the Heartbeat of Flamenco

Jerez, the Heartbeat of Flamenco

Jerez is fondly known as the home of flamenco – Jerez-based flamenco guitarist Sebastian Lapostol calls it “the true heartbeat of flamenco” – and while some aficionados say that flamenco here lacks the sophistication of flamenco in Seville or Madrid, it is exactly this, Jerez’s...
Playlist: Rob’s Moroccan Mix

Playlist: Rob’s Moroccan Mix

Yes, you heard right, it’s not only Hotel Costes and other design hotels that are hip to the fact that music is an important part of travel, our experience of a place, and the memories we take away. Don’t well all have songs we love...