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The Mask Makers of Dan Sai, Isaan, Thailand

The Mask Makers of Dan Sai, Isaan, Thailand

Located in a lovely valley amid gently undulating hills, Dan Sai, in the Loie Province of Thailand’s Isaan region, is a town of dilapidated wooden houses that is famous for Phi Ta Kon, a boisterous three-day rainmaking festival, also known as the Ghost Festival, which coincides...
Bangkok Take-Homes – Homegrown Gifts from Thailand

Bangkok Take-Homes – Homegrown Gifts from Thailand

When it comes to shopping for souvenirs, Bangkok has some terrific shops where you can buy Thai made gifts. Most guidebooks will head you to budget shopping mall MBK or Jim Thompson for Thai Silk (which is stunning), but I also like to go to...
Bangkok’s Best Boutiques

Bangkok’s Best Boutiques

I love shopping Bangkok’s boutiques because I love Thai fashion. Take homegrown brands such as FLYNOW, Theatre, Wonder Anatomie, Tipayaphongpoosanaphong, and Palette – they’re fresh, quirky, colourful, and fun. And even when Thai fashion is more grown-up and serious, like the elegant evening wear of...
Kicking Back in Bangkok: Chatuchak Weekend Markets

Kicking Back in Bangkok: Chatuchak Weekend Markets

My favourite thing to do on a weekend in Bangkok is kick back at the sprawling Chatuchak Market or JJ Market, as it’s also known locally. Banjo-plucking cowboys, lipstick-wearing coffee pourers, puppy-hugging hipsters, Birkenstock-clad tourists, they’re all here. Along with plenty of simple eateries serving...
A Guide to Thai Design by Jitrin Jintaprecha

A Guide to Thai Design by Jitrin Jintaprecha

Bangkok designer Jitrin Jintaprecha‘s striking furniture and light fittings featured in an exhibition of Thai contemporary design that caught the international design world’s attention when it showcased at the 2011 Salone del Mobile in Milan, the most prestigious furniture fair on the planet. We talked...
Local Produce: Edinburgh Farmer’s Market & Specialty Shops

Local Produce: Edinburgh Farmer’s Market & Specialty Shops

We must admit that we were pretty spoilt for good local produce to cook on our stay-at-home nights in Stockbridge, Edinburgh. When we checked into our elegant apartment the owner told us there were a few speciality food shops worth visiting in our neighbourhood, as...
Sustainable Shopping: Guide to Stockbridge Charity Stores Edinburgh

Sustainable Shopping: Guide to Stockbridge Charity Stores Edinburgh

The first time we strolled down Stockbridge’s high street, we couldn’t help but notice the abundance of charity shops. There are literally dozens of the things. And these are no dusty old stores crammed to the rafters with junk either. They’re smart, and sometimes chic,...
Berlin Designer Souvenirs

Berlin Designer Souvenirs

Yes, there is more to shopping in Prenzlauer Berg than vintage. Not everything is retro. There are plenty of contemporary new products too. The neighbourhood boasts brilliant concept stores specialising in cool ‘made in Berlin’ products from local graphic and product designers, visual artists, illustrators,...
Our Street: Oderberger Straße, Prenzlauer Berg, Berlin

Our Street: Oderberger Straße, Prenzlauer Berg, Berlin

As you can see from our Berlin stories, they’re very much centred on our neighbourhood, Prenzlauer Berg, and are probably much more locally-focused than any other series of posts we’ve written on other destinations we’ve visited for Grantourismo this year. Boasting streets bursting with vintage...
Vintage Berlin in Prenzlauer Berg

Vintage Berlin in Prenzlauer Berg

Like our neighbourhood in the Fifth District in Vienna, the streets surrounding our apartment in Prenzlauer Berg, Berlin – including our own – are dotted with vintage clothes shops. As soon as the snow stopped and the footpaths were cleared, racks of fur coats, groovy...
Mauerpark Sunday Flea Market, Prenzlauer Berg, Berlin

Mauerpark Sunday Flea Market, Prenzlauer Berg, Berlin

Mauerpark (Wall Park) is a public space created along a section where the Berlin Wall once stood in Prenzlauer Berg, just a block from our apartment. On Sundays there’s a lively flohmarkt (flea market) here that follows the line of the former wall. Despite the...