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A video of Villa Tukad, Bali

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Sometimes words and photos are not enough... a video of Villa Tukad, featuring the sights and sounds from the idyllic surroundings of our latest holiday rental in Bali, Indonesia. A Video of Villa Tukad, Tumbank Bayuh, Bali Scenes from Villa Tukad, Bali. from Gran Tourismo on Vimeo. Video shot with our Olympus PEN E-P2, and edited ...

A Stroll Around Our Balinese Villa Gardens

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The gardens of our Balinese villa are so gorgeous, we decided to devote a whole photo gallery to them instead of including them in our 'Home Away from Home in...' post as we usually would. The location is so beautiful and our Balinese villa gardens so tranquil that even when we had to work it was a ...

Our Home Away From Home in Bali, Indonesia – A Tropical Villa in Tumbak Bayuh

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Bali is to Australians what Mallorca is to the British and Cancun is to Americans, a cheap beach holiday destination. But one person’s popular vacation spot is another’s exotic off-the-beaten-track escape. Our Bali is altogether different again and, somewhat surprisingly, we’re besotted with it. We must have been the only two Australians who didn’t have ...

Our Home Away from Home in Tokyo

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Tokyo wasn’t on our original Grantourismo itinerary. From Venice we were set to head via London to Bangkok, but we cancelled our Thailand plans last month due to the crisis there. We’ve a strong connection to the country and couldn’t imagine doing a cooking course while Thais were dying on the streets. So we found ...

Our Home Away from Home in Venice

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We’ve become the people we’ve always envied, sipping glasses of Prosecco at the windows of our Venetian palazzo as we survey the action on the Grand Canal down below. People crammed on the vaporettos that pull up at the wharf in front smile up at us, while tourists cruising by on their gondola rides neglect ...

Our Home Away from Home in Alberobello, Puglia

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A rustic two hundred year old trullo in the countryside outside of Alberobello, in the southern Italian region of Puglia or Apulia is our latest home away from home and it oozes atmosphere and romance. The trulli (plural) are the traditional homes of the people of the area, and while there are many holiday-trulli to rent, both ...

With Holiday Rentals it’s the Little Things That Make a Difference

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With holiday rentals it's the little things that make a difference to your stay, the thoughtful extras that can set one property apart from the next, and help to make an experience special. When you check into a hotel, you come to expect certain amenities depending on the class of hotel you’ve booked. Hotel ratings exist to ...

Our Home Away From Home in Teulada, Sardinia

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A colourful casa boasting an olive tree and a blue fishing boat in the cobblestone courtyard is our current home away from home in Teulada, in the southwest of the Italian island of Sardinia. One of three atmospheric apartments in a traditional house called Casa Teulada, our latest home is one of the most delightful ...

Our Home Away From Home in Kotor

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It’s probably our own fault, arriving at the popular summer spot of Kotor in Montenegro before the tourist season had properly started. Not to mention that the longest winter anyone could remember had only just decided to do the decent thing and sod off to let spring finally begin. We got off to a promising ...

Paris apartment rentals are wonderful, but…

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Paris apartment rentals are wonderful, but...their damn staircases. It is a pretty staircase  though, but we've seen too much of it from our top floor apartment. Check this out for fun in our Paris apartment rental. It's a long way up, and a long way down. You really need to plan your day when you're living ...

Our Home Away From Home in Paris

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The charismatic location of our latest home away from home in Montmartre-Pigalle, in Paris’ 18th arrondissement, is a captivating area that, with its population of artists, bohemians and budget tourists, little old ladies and ladies of the night, simultaneously manages to be cool and vulgar, charming and seedy. It fascinates and seduces, as much as ...

Our Home Away From Home in Ceret

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The petite Catalan village of Ceret, or Céret in French, in the foothills of the French Pyrénées, not far from Perpignan, is the location of our latest home away from home for two weeks. A quaint village of tiny squares with cafés and fountains, and narrow streets lined with lofty plane trees, Ceret is famous for its ...