Price Check: What Things Cost Around the World

2018-11-26T16:21:29+07:00By |

Aimed at helping travellers staying in holiday rentals and settling into a place for a while, Price Check is a series of posts in which we reported every two weeks on the prices of groceries (no, not only beer) at each destination we stayed on our yearlong grand tour. This post is a comparison of [...]

A Year of Rhythm and Beats: Sounds and Music from a Grand Tour

2018-05-10T20:23:05+07:00By |

I grew up in a family where everyone played at least two or three musical instruments. That’s not a boast. I had to listen to musical scales being played on piano every day during my childhood. For three hours. Every day. I placed my fingers in my ears while cello, violin and viola practice was taking [...]

My Year in the Kitchen: Favourite Dishes From Around the Globe

2018-12-20T23:07:16+07:00By |

One of the things we love most about holiday rentals over hotels is that we're able to cook and eat 'at home'. Because unless you’re Keith Floyd (one of my inspirations as a wannabe cook in my 20s), you can’t just rock up to a hotel kitchen and whip something up. You can, however, do [...]

My Best Foodie Travel Moments from our Grand Tour

2015-08-25T12:47:32+07:00By |

We did a hell of a lot of food-related activities over the last 12 months for Grantourismo. And my best foodie travel moments of the year didn’t occur while seated at a voguish restaurant… 1. Tasting cheese at Neal’s Yard Dairy in London. It’s not just the French who have fabulous cheeses! And yes, we [...]

Romantic Travel: Getting In the Mood for Romance

2015-08-25T12:48:00+07:00By |

As it’s Valentines Day, we thought we’d offer some romantic travel ideas and tips from our grand tour for getting in the mood for romance. It may be too late to get on a flight to Marrakech or book a beach house in Costa Rica, but there’s nothing stopping you from cooking your special someone a [...]

Eating Out in Marrakech, from Riad Restaurants to Rooftop Cafes

2018-11-27T12:03:48+07:00By |

Our guide to Eating Out in Marrakech is partly a reflection of our quest to identify a quintessential dish of Marrakech that I could learn to cook during our stay. We dined at plenty of restaurants, from palatial fine diners and atmospheric riads to rooftop cafes and Parisian-style brasseries. Here's our pick of the best Marrakech restaurants. Eating Out in [...]

Moroccan Lamb Tagine with Prunes and Almonds Recipe

2019-08-14T15:28:53+07:00By |

Moroccan tagine is essentially a slow-cooked stew made from meat, generally lamb or chicken, but can contain anything from duck to fish. Here is my favourite tagine recipe, Moroccan lamb tagine with Prunes and Almonds, which I learnt to make in Marrakech, Morocco. Moroccan Lamb Tagine with Prunes and Almonds Recipe While tagines (also written as [...]

Tips on Renting a Riad in Morocco

2015-08-05T14:56:11+07:00By |

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 [...]

Moroccan Take-Homes, Medina Mementoes from Marrakech & Essaouira

2018-11-26T10:53:55+07:00By |

On previous trips to Morocco I’ve purchased countless carpets and kilims, Oriental lanterns, colourful ceramics, leather poufs, the ubiquitous teapots and tea glasses, and Essaouira’s famous Thuya wood among suitcases of other things. This time I’m limited in what I buy by the length of our trip, so my souvenir suggestions for this edition of Moroccan [...]

Learning the Moroccan Language — French or Arabic?

2018-05-03T16:59:44+07:00By |

Nothing brings a smile to the face of a local in the Middle East and North Africa than a foreigner saying salam aleikum, or peace be upon you — which is really just a nice way of saying hello. Just try it and see what we mean. And if someone greets you with those words and [...]

The Road to Essaouira from Marrakech and the Business of Goats in Trees

2018-12-21T11:44:15+07:00By |

The drive to Essaouira from Marrakech is about 160 km, but somehow takes 3 hours. The reason is the low speed limits, with speeds never exceeding more than 60kph, which means a slow drive through Marrakech’s suburbs and every other town and village on the route. Along the way, you'll spot an assortment of vehicles, [...]

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