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Price Check: a Zell am See Shopping List

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If you want no more than a gulash soup to warm you up and some pasta and pizza to refuel after a day skiing or snowboarding in Zell am See, then you’ll be satisfied with the town's smattering of pan-Italian eateries. Aside from a few other empty restaurants we spotted, the only other alternative seems ...

Carolyn Bánfalvi’s Guide to Eating and Drinking in Budapest

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Food writer Carolyn Bánfalvi was our guide for our Markets Tour in Budapest. Her knowledge of the local cuisine was so fantastic that we couldn’t pass up the opportunity to ask her a few more questions about eating and drinking in Budapest and get some tips for culinary take-homes from the city. Carolyn has lived ...

Price Check: a Budapest Shopping List

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  Budapest is a brilliant city to stay in a holiday rental and settle in for a while. Food, wine, culture, and beauty aside, this Budapest shopping list shows it’s a fantastically affordable place to live for a European city. We still have a few destinations to go on our grand tour, but as the ...

Tasting Budapest on a Markets Tour

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After 11 months of our grand tour and ten foodie walks in London, Perpignan, Paris, Venice, Tokyo, New York, Mexico City, Cape Town, Istanbul, and now Budapest, we’ve concluded that a market tour with a local food expert should be the very first thing you do when you arrive in a place, especially if you’re ...

Spices, Pickles and Sweets on an Istanbul Market Tour

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No matter how well you know a destination, there’s always something to be gained by experiencing things with locals – which is how we came to do an Istanbul market tour with a local food writer. We’ve strolled through Istanbul’s markets countless times on trips before, but we’ve never really known which is the best ...

Price Check: an Istanbul Shopping List

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Istanbul is not the amazing budget destination it once was five years ago but it’s still far more affordable than most European cities. Sure you can go out to a swanky restaurant or a fashionable bar in Istanbul and fork out as much for a degustation menu or a silly cocktail as you would in ...

Shopping List — what things cost in Diani Beach, Kenya

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Soon after we arrived at Diani Beach, we went and did the usual grocery shop that we do when we arrive at a place, just like we’ve done at every destination on our grand tour this year. We did a big shop. Due to the relative isolation of our accommodation, at the far end of ...

Price Check: a Cape Town Shopping List

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This was our first visit to Cape Town so we didn’t have any expectations about what things cost or the cost of living generally, so we were surprised to find it fairly affordable, especially when it came to grocery shopping. Here's our Cape Town shopping list for visitors staying in a holiday rental. While the cost ...

Shopping List — what things cost in Buenos Aires

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Aside from Buenos Aires’ obvious charms – its friendly people, delicious food, brilliant wines, laidback lifestyle, and its cool factor – the affordability of the city is what has also made it so appealing in recent years and so popular with second-home-buying North American expats in particular. We found Buenos Aires to be an incredibly ...

The Best of Buenos Aires Markets — Super Mercados!

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One of the first things we do when we arrive in a place is head to the local market and we make a habit of shopping at markets over supermarkets whenever and wherever we can. Food markets aren’t just fun and fascinating places to hang out — as the markets are in Jerez, Barcelona and Venice — they’re ...

Price Check: a Rio de Janeiro Shopping List

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This is our Rio de Janeiro shopping list, the latest in our Price Check* series. Rio de Janeiro is on par with Europe when it comes to shopping and is no longer the budget destination it once was when I visited (cough) a long time ago – at a time when Brazil’s famously fashionable Havaiana flip ...

Price Check: a Costa Rica Shopping List

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Nowhere on this trip has staying in a holiday rental instead of a hotel and cooking in made more sense to us than in Costa Rica and specifically our latest ‘home’, Manuel Antonio. Aside from the fact that very few of the dozens of hotels here claiming to be on the beach (and have ‘beach’ ...