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Top 10 Languedoc-Roussillon Wines to Try and Buy

Top 10 Languedoc-Roussillon Wines to Try and Buy

Wherever we go on our grand tour we’re focusing on eating, drinking and buying local or regional products as much as possible, and that’s especially the case with wine. The Languedoc-Roussillon wines from the region of the same name are widely available in Ceret and they are...
Ceret Take-Homes: Supermarket Souvenirs

Ceret Take-Homes: Supermarket Souvenirs

Ceret may be a popular destination for art tourists, hikers and long-term holidaymakers, but there are no souvenir shops (thankfully) and aside from picking up some art from one of the galleries and buying beautiful Catalan textile products from La Bohème, there’s little to buy...
Ceret Take-Homes: Catalan’s Sunny Striped Cloth

Ceret Take-Homes: Catalan’s Sunny Striped Cloth

Stroll around Ceret for a while and you’ll start to see stripes – Catalan stripes. These bold colourful lines seem to enliven everything here in the village from screens in bistros to pot-plants on windowsills, and even appear on plastic shopping bags. In boutiques and gift...
Perpignan: Food, Wine, Walking, and Conversation

Perpignan: Food, Wine, Walking, and Conversation

“Walk, just walk,” was the advice we received from Carl, the owner of our petite weekend pad in Perpignan, when we asked him what we should do. “Oh, and eat and drink…” And so began a long weekend of food, wine, walking and conversation in...
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...
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...