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These posts will be about the tours we do.

Street Food Tour of Mexico City with Lesley Tellez of Eat Mexico

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A street food tour of Mexico City was high on our agenda. We’ve always loved street food and love Mexican cuisine so when we arrived in the capital we signed up for a tour with Lesley Tellez of Eat Mexico. One of our strongest food memories from our first trip to Mexico City in the Nineties is the smell ...

Why You Need to Walk More: a Conversation with Context

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We first used Context a couple of years ago when we were working on some stories in Rome. We were just starting to develop the germ of the idea for Grantourismo then, and in a way Context was part of our experiment. We wanted to see if walking tours such as those offered by Context could ...

A Taste of the Immigrant Experience of New York

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At the end of two weeks of eating in New York City we still felt like we’d missed something. We’d had the gamut of food experiences, from gastro-pubs to gastronomic fine-diners, hot dogs to hamburgers, from ‘ethnic’ to American, but we still didn’t quite ‘get’ New York food. And don’t get us wrong. We had ...

Discovering the City through its Villages: Greenwich Village

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Although it isn’t our first time in New York City, we’re still finding it overwhelming. It’s a colossal city, with so much on offer that it’s hard to know where to start exploring and what to do. This is why we've decided to do as much as possible within walking distance of our apartment, which ...

Tsukiji Fish Market, Tokyo

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Although many of our readers seem to think we’re on a one-year round-the-world food odyssey rather than a grand tour of the globe, we just like visiting food markets and talking to chefs, waiters, restaurateurs, and food enthusiasts. All the same, I was ambivalent about visiting the tuna auction at Tokyo's famous Tsukiji Fish Markets. ...

Understanding Venice, a City Built on Trade and Tolerance – By Foot

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“The most important thing to Venetians has always been money,” social historian Monica Vidoni tells us as we begin her Venetian Renaissance walking tour. It’s something we’re hearing often – even by Venetians – but it especially resonates as we stand on Campo Santi Giovani e Paolo where Venice’s riches are on display here, as ...

Understanding Venice, the City Built on Water – By Boat

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Venice, the city built on water, is essentially a series of 117 islands crisscrossed by canals, connected by bridges, and surrounded by seawater. So if we wanted to get beneath the skin of the 'City of Water', it made sense to get on a boat. For slow travellers like us, what better way to learn about ...

Getting Your Kicks at the Moulin Rouge!

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It seems a night getting your kicks at the Moulin Rouge in Paris’ red-light district, Pigalle, is a must-do experience for many of you visiting Paris if the nightly long lines on Boulevard Clichy are any indication. This certainly wasn’t our first trip to Paris – we'd been visiting since 1999 and even wrote a ...

Paris Walks — Meandering Multicultural Paris

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That couscous could be considered Paris’ quintessential dish by one of the city’s star chefs, that an American tourist told us what she most loved about Paris was its diversity, and that a ban of the full Islamic veil (niqab) or ‘burqa’ as the French call it looks set to be introduced soon, were all ...

Paris Walks – Strolling Paris’ Passages and Boulevards

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Paris walks are all about wandering the grand boulevards and exploring the elegant arcades. Amble about for an hour and you’ll understand how Paris gave birth to the flâneur, a stroller fascinated with street life, for whom sauntering the city was the best way to experience it. Depicted in the paintings of Édouard Manet and the ...