Things to Do in The 13th Arrondissement of Paris – Where to Stay, Eat, Explore

2019-06-08T16:27:01+07:00By |

Things to do in the 13th arrondissement of Paris include everything from feasting on Southeast Asian food in Paris’ Chinatown and doing an engaging street art tour to hiking the hilly cobblestone lanes of charming Butte aux Cailles to explore its leafy enclaves. The 13th arrondissement of Paris in the city's southeast is perhaps the [...]

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 [...]

Soft-centred Chocolate Cake Recipe

2019-08-05T13:22:58+07:00By |

Our visit to the Villa Vanilla spice farm was very inspirational. Seeing fresh vanilla and cocoa beans was a treat. Seeing the flowers that lead to the formation of a cacao pod and seeing the cocoa beans out drying in the sun was amazing. It was so inspirational that instead of writing about a quintessential [...]

With Holiday Rentals it’s the Little Things That Make a Difference

2018-05-10T15:24:52+07:00By |

With holiday rentals it's the little things that make a difference to your stay, the thoughtful extras that can set one property apart from the next, and help to make an experience special. When you check into a hotel, you come to expect certain amenities depending on the class of hotel you’ve booked. Hotel ratings exist to [...]

Paris apartment rentals are wonderful, but…

2015-08-26T11:55:37+07:00By |

Paris apartment rentals are wonderful, but...their damn staircases. It is a pretty staircase  though, but we've seen too much of it from our top floor apartment. Check this out for fun in our Paris apartment rental. It's a long way up, and a long way down. You really need to plan your day when you're living [...]

Paris Reflections and Travel Tips

2018-11-27T16:11:22+07:00By |

Sigh...Paris. Time for some Paris reflections. No destination so far on our Grand Tour has put an exclamation point onto what we are trying to achieve more than Paris. Paris really is a series of small villages, all with their own infrastructure, rhythm of life, and feel to the streets. And Montmartre must be the quintessential Paris village. [...]

Getting Your Kicks at the Moulin Rouge!

2018-05-15T11:52:41+07:00By |

It seems a night getting your kicks at the Moulin Rouge in Paris’ red-light district, Pigalle, is a must-do experience for many of you visiting Paris if the nightly long lines on Boulevard Clichy are any indication. This certainly wasn’t our first trip to Paris – we'd been visiting since 1999 and even wrote a [...]

Eating Out in Paris: Where to Get a Great Meal

2015-08-06T15:22:29+07:00By |

In part one of our Eating Out in Paris posts, I looked at why it’s so hard to get a good meal in Paris. This time, Lara and I are going to review some of the places we ate at during our two-week stay so you know where you can get a good meal. We’re [...]

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