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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.

Paris Walks — An Amble Around Arty Montmartre

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Arty Montmartre may have been depicted in countless paintings by artists like Toulouse-Lautrec and Utrillo, and starred in movies such as Moulin-Rouge and Amélie, but still it must be one of the most misunderstood and misrepresented of Paris neighbourhoods. Too easily dismissed as touristy by those who haven’t taken the time to get to know ...

Ceret’s Scenic Saturday Markets

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Ceret’s scenic Saturday markets are one of the highlights of a visit to the village – people come from far and wide to browse them – and as last weekend was the first time the place had really experienced fine spring weather, the whole place was simply buzzing. We were warned that we would barely be ...

Barcelona Street Art, Shutter Art and Garage Door Graffiti

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Barcelona street art, shutter art and garage door graffiti abounds in the capital of Catalunya. While you can check it out on a self guided stroll through the Barrio Gótico or Gothic Quarter, these days there are an array of other ways for you to enjoy this dynamic urban art. Barcelona Street Art, Shutter Art and Garage Door ...

Gins and Cocktails in Barcelona

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After learning that the much-hyped Inopia Classic Bar, owned by superstar chef Ferran Adrià’s brother, was closed for a private function earlier this week, we went across the road to what we thought was just an average neighbourhood bar in what is a fairly nondescript neighbourhood in Barcelona. Bueno, we were certainly in for a ...

Barcelona’s Charming Old Shop Fronts

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In Barcelona, like Rome and Paris, the antique façades of the shops and cafés are just as easy on the eye as the goodies inside. These are some of my favourites that I’ve spotted over the last 10 days. They’re in El Born and the Barri Gotic, but you’ll find beautiful antique shop fronts all ...

An Essaouira Walking Tour

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Ambling the labyrinthine lanes and ramshackle alleys of the old medina, kicking back at the fishing port to watch the daily catch come in, strolling the lively Corniche, and walking along the sandy beach, are some of the delights of taking a saunter around Essaouira, a town with few sights to pressure you into playing tourist. ...

The Rhythm of Daily Life and Rue Bab Doukkala

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A teenage Moroccan girl in her school uniform of white shirt, navy blue tunic, backpack, and ponytail artfully carries several trays of flat rounds of dough covered in checked tea towels. A little boy scoots by her, his backpack slung over his shoulder, a tray of unmade bread balanced high on one hand like a ...

A Slice of Local Life in Marrakech Medina

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Absorbing a slice of local life in Marrakech medina to gain more insight into how Moroccans live their lives is why we're spending so much time here. We want to inspire other travellers to spend more time exploring local neighbourhoods and learning more about the everyday life of the locals in the places they visit. They're ...