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Our Home Away From Home In Barcelona

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Our home away from home in Barcelona for the next two weeks is a lightfilled apartmental rental located in Gràcia, a laidback bohemian neighbourhood with an arty vibe, leafy squares, ethnic eateries, and lively late-night bars. Our Home Away From Home In Barcelona Given this buzzy city's blend of old and new, our home away from ...

Our Home Away From Home In Jerez

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Famous for its flamenco, horses and sherry, Jerez de la Frontera in Spain’s southern province of Cadiz and region of Andalucia, is our current ‘home’ on our contemporary grand tour. And what a proud and hospitable ‘home’ it is. What has struck us most this week has been the courteousness and graciousness of the people of ...

Tips on Renting a Riad in Morocco

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Atmospherically located down alleyways in everyday neighbourhoods in the medinas of Morocco's cities, riads or traditional courtyard houses, offer up a more authentic and enriching experience compared to staying in a centrally-located hotel in the new city. Here are our tips on renting a riad in Morocco. We stayed in a couple of different types ...

Dar Lazuli, Our Home Away from Home in Essaouira, Morocco

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Nothing highlights the dichotomy of Morocco as the assault on your sense of smell that the place offers. It’s not unusual to inhale the fragrant scent of mint as you pass a barrow of fresh herbs one moment and the pungency of freshly ground spices the next, while a stench of unknown origins will often ...

Our Home Away from Home in Marrakech

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Marrakech is endearingly chaotic and as exotic as every magazine article makes it out to be. From the cacophony of sounds, sights and smells on the Djemaa al Fna, the city’s main square which comes alive every evening with musicians, storytellers, snake-charmers, and stall-holders, to the labyrinthine medina and markets that hum with Moroccans going ...

Entertaining Away

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“Will you be having one of these parties at every destination you visit?” was the most common question I fielded at our buzzy Grantourismo launch party in London on Thursday night. Maybe. For us, entertaining away is one of the most fun things to do in a holiday rental. The motivation for the question was ...

Our home away from home in London

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It would be an understatement to say that arriving in London from Dubai this week was a shock to the system. For the last 18 months our travels have kept us in warm climates: Australia for the sultry Christmas and cricket season, Bangkok during the balmy month of December, the Middle East throughout the sweltering ...

Our Dubai sunset soiree

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We hosted a little Arabian-inspired pre-launch party for Grantourismo yesterday here at our villa on The Palm. As is typical of Dubai, our guest list was multicultural, and included Dubai bloggers and 'tweeps', and a handful of friends, all from the media, publishing, arts, hospitality, and airline industries – and all really lovely people. I devised ...

Our Home Away From Home in Dubai

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A rustic trullo in Puglia, a colourful Mexican casita in San Miguel de Allende, a snug studio in Buenos Aires, and a beach house in Costa Rica… this year is going to see us settling into a wide variety of HomeAway rental properties around the world, from compact budget places to luxurious sprawling homes. It ...

A Villa on The Palm Jumeirah — Dubai’s new quintessential digs

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On Tuesday afternoon we were sipping Moet in the Emirates Lounge* at Melbourne Airport to toast the start of our grand tour, at dawn on Wednesday our luggage was being unloaded from our chauffer-driven limo**, minutes later our housekeeper Azem was showing us around our swish five-bedroom villa on The Palm Jumeirah, and soon after ...

Getting It Right — Selecting the Perfect Holiday Rental

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Think back to the last time you had to book a holiday rental for a family reunion or choose a resort for your summer getaway. Remember the hours you spent trawling through photos and descriptions on websites? Flicking through the back page ads in stacks of old Conde Nast Travellers? Multiply that by 26 and ...

The One About The Cleaver and Other Kitchen Utensils

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In planning for our global grand tour I’ve had to think about what kitchen utensils I will want to use in holiday rentals along the way – and what I can justify taking in my luggage. For starters, I'm going to need a cleaver... It has also got me thinking about what travellers expect a holiday rental ...