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Our Home Away from Home in Khon Kaen in Thailand’s Isaan

Our Home Away from Home in Khon Kaen in Thailand’s Isaan

Set among luxuriant gardens on a sprawling property in Khon Kaen, in Thailand’s northeastern Isaan region, Lom Laeng Villa, a modern interpretation of a traditional Isaan house, was our ‘home away from home’ at boutique hotel Supanniga, a Relais & Chateaux member. We only stayed a...
Price Check: a Bangkok Shopping List

Price Check: a Bangkok Shopping List

Bangkok is a fun place to shop. For most visitors that means buying cheap hippy clothes and skimpy stuff for the beach holiday they’re about to have on a Thai island or a resort on the coast. And then buying even more revealing gear once...
Tips to Saving Money When Self-Catering

Tips to Saving Money When Self-Catering

In our last post on What Things Cost Around the World, we compared the dockets of our Price Check shopping lists from some 24 destinations we stayed at around the world on our yearlong grand tour. Our goal was to give self-catering travellers who like...
Price Check: What Things Cost Around the World

Price Check: What Things Cost Around the World

Aimed at helping travellers staying in holiday rentals and settling into a place for a while, Price Check is a series of posts in which we reported every two weeks on the prices of groceries (no, not only beer) at each destination we stayed on...
Have You Ever Wanted to Hug Your Concierge?

Have You Ever Wanted to Hug Your Concierge?

Staying in holiday rentals and settling into a place for a while offers opportunities to get close to people in ways that a hotel can’t. Don’t believe us? These are some of the special people we befriended who touched our souls over the last year...
Weekend Oats: Savouring Porridge in Scotland

Weekend Oats: Savouring Porridge in Scotland

There’s no dish that reminds me more of my childhood than porridge. This humble and much-maligned breakfast of oats, soaked and cooked in milk or water, was a winter favourite for my family growing up in Australia. While we had no ties to Scotland, where...
The Dish: a Scottish Produce Dinner Party

The Dish: a Scottish Produce Dinner Party

This post continues from the last post about Local Produce here. When I put out a call on Twitter for ideas as to what I should make in Edinburgh for my series The Dish, about the quintessential dishes of the places we visit, Scottish chef Gary Robinson...
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...
Price Check: an Edinburgh Shopping List

Price Check: an Edinburgh Shopping List

When we arrived at our ‘home away from home’ in Edinburgh, we soon found there were enough supplies in the fridge and in the cupboards to delay our usual initial shopping trip until our second day in Stockbridge. The next day, as we wandered around...
Our Home Away from Home in Edinburgh

Our Home Away from Home in Edinburgh

Located on an elegant crescent, a stone’s throw from the centre of Stockbridge, a ground floor apartment in a row of imposing Georgian residences is our latest ‘home away from home’ holiday rental in Edinburgh. It may be just a ten-minute stroll from the centre...
Price Check: a Berlin Shopping List

Price Check: a Berlin Shopping List

It’s always a bit of a shock to the wallet going to Western Europe after spending time in Central or Eastern Europe, where the prices are significantly lower. Berliners swear their city is cheaper to live in than other European capitals, but while rents, utilities...
Our Home Away from Home in Berlin

Our Home Away from Home in Berlin

We had a distinct feeling of déjà vu when we arrived at our Berlin holiday rental in Prenslauer Berg. It was our Krakow arrival all over again. We’d just spent another ten hours on a train – the heating and electricity off for part of...