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To Market To Market — in Barcelona

To Market To Market — in Barcelona

Strolling through local markets on our travels is as much a form of sightseeing as it is a shopping trip or another chance to eat out. Especially in Barcelona, where the markets are so wonderful. Taking in the dazzling displays of freshly-caught seafood and fish,...
Barcelona’s Charming Old Shop Fronts

Barcelona’s Charming Old Shop Fronts

In Barcelona, like Rome and Paris, the antique façades of the shops and cafés are just as easy on the eye as the goodies inside. These are some of my favourites that I’ve spotted over the last 10 days. They’re in El Born and the...
Barcelona Take-Homes: Traditional Nougat to Contemporary Chocolate

Barcelona Take-Homes: Traditional Nougat to Contemporary Chocolate

In a gastronomic centre such as the Catalan capital, it makes sense that the best Barcelona take-homes should be edible souvenirs. From traditional nougat to contemporary, take your delicious pick. I have a confession. I don’t have a sweet tooth. I will always order a cheese...
Jerez Take-Homes: Flamenco Accessories

Jerez Take-Homes: Flamenco Accessories

Jerez doesn’t really cater to tourists, so there are few souvenir shops, which is what we love about it. So you need to get creative when it comes to looking for something to take home. Sherry and foodstuffs are an obvious choice, but for girls...
The Artisans of Algodonales

The Artisans of Algodonales

There is something very special about the smell of wood in a workshop, the sound of hammering and sawing, the lack of noisy power tools, and the relative calm at which artisans go about their work. Which is why we travelled to the white village...
Jerez Supermarket Souvenirs

Jerez Supermarket Souvenirs

Jerez gets few tourists wandering its wonderful pedestrian streets compared to its Andalucian neighbours of Seville, Granada and Cordoba. When they do come they’re either on a day trip to sip sherry at the bodegas and watch the pretty horses prance at the Real Escuela...
Moroccan Take-Homes, Medina Mementoes from Marrakech & Essaouira

Moroccan Take-Homes, Medina Mementoes from Marrakech & Essaouira

On previous trips to Morocco I’ve purchased countless carpets and kilims, Oriental lanterns, colourful ceramics, leather poufs, the ubiquitous teapots and tea glasses, and Essaouira’s famous Thuya wood among suitcases of other things. This time I’m limited in what I buy by the length of...
Marrakech Medina Meander: a Shopping Themed Walking Tour

Marrakech Medina Meander: a Shopping Themed Walking Tour

The Moroccan city of Marrakech is made for shopping, with only a smattering of sights to detain you from the fine retail therapy. Our Marrakech medina meander, a self-guided shopping themed walking tour, takes in some of the best browsing in the souqs. Our Marrakech medina meander has been inspired...
Producing the Goods — a London Foodie Walk

Producing the Goods — a London Foodie Walk

A London foodie walk was just what I needed. After watching the documentary Food, Inc. on the flight to London from Dubai I was a little depressed about the state of the food industry. Watching the undercooked movie Julie & Julia didn’t help my mood either…...
Sustainable Travel — Buying Local Produce and Local Products

Sustainable Travel — Buying Local Produce and Local Products

Sustainable travel will be a big focus of our grand tour of the world this year. Whenever we settle into a place we’ll be buying local produce and local products wherever we go. As we’ve travelled the globe over the past few years we’ve noticed an...