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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.

Cariocas and their Coconuts

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The coconut is to a Carioca* what the baguette is to a Parisian. Okay, well, not quite. Rio de Janeiro’s locals don’t cycle along Ipanema beach with a coconut under their arm, nor will you see them munching into one (ouch!) as they walk home from work. But like the baguette in Paris the coconut ...

Ipanema, Where Life’s a Beach

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One of the first things we do when we arrive at a new destination is explore our neighbourhood. Despite having done the long haul down to Rio de Janeiro from Costa Rica via Miami, it didn’t take us long to get out the door and down to the famous Ipanema beach. Our Ipanema apartment is ...

Monkey Business — Our Friends in Manuel Antonio

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How open to the elements were the holiday rental properties we stayed in at Manuel Antonio? Susan, our brilliant concierge suggested we leave a light on at night on each floor of Casa Elsa “so the bats don’t think it’s a cave”. She wasn’t joking. At the second property, The Beach House, there was a cute ...

A Short Video of San Miguel de Allende

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San Miguel de Allende is a beautiful Mexican town. In honour of it, I made a short video of San Miguel de Allende in Super-8 style. We shot this on our last afternoon in San Miguel de Allende. This is a new HD version because at the time we didn't have the bandwidth to upload HD ...

The Streets of San Miguel de Allende

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San Miguel de Allende is beautiful, our friends in Mexico City had told us. We believed them, but based on what we’d read and heard we somehow expected a Disney version of a Mexican town, with perfect buildings and immaculate streets, with all the gritty character and atmosphere painted over and scrubbed away. The streets ...

Austin, City of Signs

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Everywhere we look in Austin, there are signs. Some are vintage signs that remind us of the neon signs we saw illuminating motels and diners on a Route 66 road trip we did years ago — like the original, iconic Austin Motel sign, below, installed when the motel was built in 1938. Others are modern, retro-inspired signs ...

10 Tips to Enjoying the East Village Community Gardens

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The East Village's community gardens are a great place to meet locals and experience a side of New York generally not covered in the guidebooks. How to get the most out of the The East Village Community Gardens Do some background reading and preparation See our story on 'New York's Secret Gardens - Urban Oases ...

New York’s Secret Gardens and Urban Oases — East Village Community Gardens

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Strolling through the steamy streets of the East Village — it’s been a scorching couple of weeks here in New York — we occasionally stumble across a lush sanctuary, a luxuriant community garden offering refuge from the heat. These are New York’s secret gardens. Sometimes the community gardens come as a wonderful surprise — we feel a welcoming breeze ...

10 Things You Should Know About the East Village

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“How many East Villagers does it take to screw in a light bulb?” Rob Hollander, an East Village resident of some 31 years, asks us as we settle onto a bench in Tompkins Square Park. “Two,” he tells us. “One to screw it in, and one to tell you how it used to be better!” ...

An Amble Around the Rice Paddies of Tumbak Bayuh, Bali

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“Hello! Hello!” two skinny little kids call out as they peek from behind a dilapidated brick wall, a short distance down the lane from our villa in the tiny village of Tumbak Bayuh, Bali. “Hello!!!” we shout back and the kids smile shyly and scurry away. Opposite, at the entrance to another home, a young woman ...