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These posts will be about the tours we do.

Paris Cooking Class: Mastering the Macaron

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Spending two weeks in one of the world's great gastronomic capitals and not doing a Paris cooking class would have been like going to Siem Reap and not clambering around Angkor Wat. Doing a French cooking course was a given, what kind was the question. Visitors to Paris are going gaga over macarons right now. Americans in ...

Paris Walks — An Amble Around Arty Montmartre

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Arty Montmartre may have been depicted in countless paintings by artists like Toulouse-Lautrec and Utrillo, and starred in movies such as Moulin-Rouge and Amélie, but still it must be one of the most misunderstood and misrepresented of Paris neighbourhoods. Too easily dismissed as touristy by those who haven’t taken the time to get to know ...

A Paris Food Tour Gives Us a Taste of the Bobo Palate of Paris

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A Paris food tour of the fashionable Haute Marais neighbourhood, where artisanal food producers are creating innovative products, gives us a taste of 'the Bobo palate', the French capital's bourgeois-bohemians, and the gourmet foods and specialty food shops currently on trend. Exploring the food of a destination is a great way to dig deeper into ...

The Hills are Alive with Catalan Culture and Cherry Blossoms

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Walking is one of the most popular things to do in Ceret, so we asked local guide de pays Christian Piquemal to give us a taste of what makes walking in Ceret so special. The Hills are Alive with Catalan Culture and Cherry Blossoms A French-Catalan guide who has lived in the French and Spanish Pyrénées ...

Ways of Seeing Barcelona

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Ways of seeing Barcelona? Let's count. By foot, bike, rollerblades, skateboard, segway, bus, guided tour, private tour, self-guided tour... we've seen it all in the two weeks we've been here. We decided to test a few out. Most visitors to Spain's Catalan capital Barcelona aren't content with kicking back in local neighbourhoods as we are. They're here to see ...

Xerez, Jerez, Sherish or Sherry, it’s all sweet to me!

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Good social scientists triangulate their data, and so, having sampled Jerez’s flamenco scene and gained an insight into Andalucian horse culture, it was impossible for us to truly get beneath the skin of Jerez – a city synonymous with flamenco, horses and sherry – without exploring the world of that wonderful fortified wine. Well, that’s our ...

London Foodie Walk – We Meet Passionate Local Purveyors of Gourmet Products

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A London foodie walk introduces us to a new breed of passionate purveyors of local produce, specialty food ingredients and gourmet products, from artisanal cheese shops and coffee and spice stores to an Italian-style delicatessen brimming with handmade sausages and salamis. A London foodie walk was just what I needed. After watching the documentary Food, Inc. ...