This post will be on our neighbourhood and include both practical info as well as reviews of the best the area has to offer.

Remembering Syria and Syrians — The Sculptor Mustafa Ali

2015-08-07T16:48:36+07:00By |

This is the fourth installment of a series reflecting on the Syria we knew and the Syrians we befriended in the years we travelled to the country before the Civil War. Parts one and two were on the Storyteller Abu Shady and Jazz Duo Rasha Rizk and Ghazwan Zerkli. The Old City of Damascus had …

Funky Fremantle, Perth’s Hip Historic Seaside City

2018-05-10T15:20:58+07:00By |

Loft cafés, contemporary art galleries, unique concept stores, and vintage shops line the laidback streets of funky Fremantle, Perth’s hip, historic seaside city. When locals in Western Australia’s capital Perth want to kick back on the weekend, they head to Fremantle – or ‘Freo’ as it’s fondly called. A lovely, low-rise, low-key little city at …

How To Experience The Real Dubai – Take a Walk Through Old Dubai

2019-06-06T16:00:22+07:00By |

How to experience the real Dubai isn't all that hard – you just need to leave the side of your five star hotel swimming pool and stroll through Old Dubai to soak up some history and see where the city's residents live. How To Experience The Real Dubai I had one of those conversations the other …

Our Guide to the Best Inner City Sydney Suburbs to Experience

2019-01-29T13:12:30+07:00By |

Like most great cities in the world, the most interesting inner city suburbs of Sydney each have their own distinct identity. Sydney, like Paris, New York and London, is a city of villages, with idiosyncratic neighbourhoods encircling the city centre that exude character, charm and cool. Over the years, we’ve lived in or kicked back …

Our Guide to the Best Harbour and Ocean Swimming Pools in Sydney

2019-01-29T13:16:56+07:00By |

The best harbour and ocean swimming pools in Sydney should be high on your summer to-do list. Australia's most beautiful city is blessed with an abundance of alluring waterfront swimming pools in breathtaking settings. Go on! Take a splash! I could have been cheeky and called our guide to the best harbour and ocean swimming pools in Sydney …

Exploring Phousi Hill for Golden Buddhas and Luang Prabang Vistas

2018-01-05T12:21:58+07:00By |

Exploring Phousi Hill, also known as Phou Si or Mount Phousi, is one of those must-do activities that travellers to Luang Prabang do, as much for the sweeping vistas of the sleepy town, the Mekong River and Khan River, and the surrounding mountains, as for the hidden temples, shrines, stupas, and golden Buddhas that dot the lush 100 …

Bangkok Parks and Gardens — A Breath of Fresh Air in the Big City

2018-12-17T17:06:42+07:00By |

One of the first things we like to do after arriving in a city following a long-haul flight is stretch our legs and get some fresh air, which generally sees us heading to the nearest park or garden. If we’re exploring a city it's generally on foot, and no matter what our motivation for being …

The World’s Most Fascinating City Neighbourhoods to Explore

2018-11-26T12:19:33+07:00By |

Our decision to not spend our time on our grand tour ticking off top ten tourist sights, saw us happily, and often aimlessly, exploring off-the-beaten-track neighbourhoods – 100% guilt-free. These are the world’s most fascinating city neighbourhoods we found on our world tour. We spent a lot of hours ambling around backstreets, taking in the …

Sustainable Shopping: Guide to Stockbridge Charity Stores Edinburgh

2018-05-11T11:35:33+07:00By |

The first time we strolled down Stockbridge’s high street, we couldn’t help but notice the abundance of charity shops. There are literally dozens of the things. Here's our guide to Stockbridge charity stores. And these are no dusty old stores crammed to the rafters with junk either. They’re smart, and sometimes chic, shops, some with polished …

Walking Edinburgh: from the Water of Leith to the Royal Mile

2015-01-25T18:23:05+07:00By |

From our elegant holiday rental in Edinburgh on St. Bernard’s Crescent in Stockbridge, it’s just a couple of minute’s stroll to the romantic Water of Leith and a picturesque walking path that runs by the waterway. Downstream – you have to take the stairs down to the path by the charming corner tower building that …

Our Street: Oderberger Straße, Prenzlauer Berg, Berlin

2018-11-26T11:55:44+07:00By |

As you can see from our Berlin stories, they’re very much centred on our neighbourhood, Prenzlauer Berg, and are probably much more locally-focused than any other series of posts we’ve written on other destinations we’ve visited for Grantourismo this year. Boasting streets bursting with vintage clothes shops, vinyl record stores, atmospheric cafés, affordable restaurants, and …

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