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

Vienna Naschmarkt — A Mouthwatering Neighbourhood Market

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When we realised that the Vienna Naschmarkt, a mouthwatering neighbourhood market in Austria's capital, was just down the road from our apartment rental we knew that it would be perfect for what we’re doing on our our grand tour: going slow and local. Having a fresh food market five minutes away from us is our idea of ...

Early Season Skiing and Snowboarding at Zell am See-Kaprun

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The weather had been glorious my first couple of days snowboarding at Zell am See, with plenty of sunshine and still some untracked powder, albeit with a fast-decreasing snowpack. On the third day, however, the weather closed in. It was around -10˚C and only getting colder on the mountain, with biting winds and snow falling at ...

A Retro Walk Back in Time in Present Day Budapest

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“What period do you think we are speaking about when we talk of ‘Retro Budapest’,” my guide, Bálint Horváth from Unique Budapest asks me. “Um, the 1950s and ’60s…?” I suggest. “No. Not really… not for us. It’s the 1970s and ’80s,” he says. I take a retro walk back in time in Budapest. Oh dear, I think ...

Museum Visit: The House of Terror, Budapest

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We first visited the Terror Háza Múzeum or House of Terror in Budapest a few years ago and were so impressed with its cutting-edge exhibits — more akin to art installations than museum displays — that we had to return this trip. We’ve been avoiding the top 10 sights and must-do monuments on our grand tour in ...

Ambling Around Beautiful Budapest

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Budapest. It's a city made for walking. After going grocery shopping, one of the first things we do when we arrive at a new destination for our two-week stay is to walk – and not anywhere in particular, we just wander around our neighbourhood. If you’ve been travelling with us since the beginning of the ...

Going with the Flow in Istanbul, from Taksim to Tünel and Galata

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The streets of Beyoğlu, Istanbul, teem with people at any time, and all times, of the day and night… shopping, eating, drinking, and meeting friends to sip coffee, smoke narghile, listen to music, and dance. Here's what you'll see on a walk from Taksim to Tünel and Galata. Locals stream from the transport hub that is ...

Istanbul Walking Tour, Strolling Cosmopolitan İstiklâl Caddesi

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An Istanbul Walking Tour in and around İstiklâl Caddesi, the main artery of cosmopolitan Beyoğlu, goes some way in satisfying our curiosity about this multicultural neighbourhood that is the lively downtown area of Istanbul. Our apartment in Istanbul is just a block from İstiklâl Caddesi, the main pedestrian street of Beyoğlu that we have found ourselves hiking ...

Down at Diani Beach

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When it comes to wonderful beaches around the world, Diani Beach doesn’t immediately spring to mind, yet we quickly discovered that the place is popular with travellers looking to top or tail their safari trip with some sun, sea and sand. Being Australian, I’m pretty opinionated when it comes to beaches. I love the breathtakingly ...

Camps Bay, Cape Town: the Beauty of Being By the Beach

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Our lovely home in Camps Bay in Cape Town reminds us of the beauty of being by the beach. Literally one block from the sand, it's a five-minute stroll to dip our toes into the sea. Bliss. We may have had bad luck with the weather on our grand tour so far this year – sometimes it feels as if ...

Table Cloth Time-Lapse Table Mountain, Cape Town

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Our digs in Camp’s Bay are delightful. While we don’t have commanding views of the Bay, we do have the extraordinary views that enabled me to capture this timelapse of Table Mountain. The first thing we noticed when we arrived at our Cape Town holiday rental that is our home away from home in Camps Bay, ...

The Best of Buenos Aires Markets — Super Mercados!

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One of the first things we do when we arrive in a place is head to the local market and we make a habit of shopping at markets over supermarkets whenever and wherever we can. Food markets aren’t just fun and fascinating places to hang out — as the markets are in Jerez, Barcelona and Venice — they’re ...

Park Life — Sunday in the Sunshine in Buenos Aires

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We arrived in Buenos Aires on a gorgeous spring Sunday. While the sky was a perfectly clear cobalt blue and the sun was well and truly out, there was still a wintery crispness to the air in the shade and a clarity to the light that said winter hadn’t gone yet. After checking into our ...