Tag Archive: Zakopane

Nov 08

Hitting The Slopes – Our Favourite Snowboard and Ski Escapes

Arriving back to a very sultry Bangkok after six days meandering around a warm Northern Thailand on the Eastern and Oriental Express train, has got me thinking about cooler climates and opportunities in Asia for hitting the slopes. While catching up on her email today, Lara mumbled something about heading to Hokkaido in Japan in …

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Mar 04

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 our yearlong grand tour. This post is a comparison of …

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Feb 23

A Year of Rhythm and Beats: Sounds and Music from a Grand Tour

I grew up in a family where everyone played at least two or three musical instruments. That’s not a boast. I had to listen to musical scales being played on piano every day during my childhood. For three hours. Every day. I placed my fingers in my ears while cello, violin and viola practice was taking …

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Feb 16

A Winter’s Tale: Our First Full Winter in Europe

Having just spent our first full winter in Europe, we thought it was time for some reflections on the last four months of our grand tour. Having lived in Sydney for many years, it’s fair to say that winter was of little consequence. Sure it gets a little chilly, but you have to drive a …

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Jan 16

Zakopane Take-Homes: Folkloric Keepsakes

There are two markets in Zakopane, a small market of wooden shops in the main pedestrianised street in the heart of the old centre, and another larger market that sprawls along the route to the funicular that goes up to Gubałówka hill. Most of the stalls are manned by little old ladies in kerchiefs and …

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