10 Ways to Know You’re Finally at Home

2018-05-27T15:22:57+00:00By |

After obtaining our one-year Cambodia visa, we spent months searching for somewhere to live in Siem Reap before finally finding a place. We've signed a lease and have somewhere we can really call home. It’s been a huge year of travel for us here in Southeast Asia. Most of it was a crazy blur of photo shoots, working …

Our Holiday Rental, Zell am See, Austria

2018-11-26T11:01:05+00:00By |

Choosing a ski destination in Central Europe that was affordable and had reliable snow early in the season proved to be one of our trickiest decisions to make when planning our grand tour. We wanted accommodation that was right in the centre of a ‘ski village’ that could be accessed by train or bus, and that …

Our Home Away from Home in Budapest

2019-01-06T17:02:12+00:00By |

Budapest is a beautiful city, with wide boulevards and grand buildings decorated like wedding cakes, so it was apt that our latest ‘home away from home’ would be in one of the most splendid buildings of all, on one of the city’s most elegant streets, Andrássy Avenue. Home to some of Budapest’s most magnificent late …

Our Home Away from Home in Costa Rica #2

2018-11-25T17:28:39+00:00By |

Our second home away from home in Costa Rica is called The Beach House. Now, there are plenty of resorts in this neck of the jungle that attach the name ‘beach’ to their title as often as they do ‘spa’. Some may well have a spa, but most are generally not on the beach. The Beach House couldn’t …

Our Costa Rica Holiday House

2017-09-17T16:31:43+00:00By |

“Your house is very big!” our driver said with a grin from ear to ear, as he unloaded our bags in the rain, and the gigantic wooden door swung open and Susan, the friendly tanned concierge came out to greet us at our first Costa Rica holiday house. Despite the driver's warning, we didn’t quite understand …

Our Home Away from Home in Tokyo

2019-01-28T14:43:47+00:00By |

Tokyo wasn’t on our original Grantourismo itinerary. From Venice we were set to head via London to Bangkok, but we cancelled our Thailand plans last month due to the crisis there. We’ve a strong connection to the country and couldn’t imagine doing a cooking course while Thais were dying on the streets. So we found …

Our Home Away From Home in Teulada, Sardinia

2018-05-09T15:01:10+00:00By |

A colourful casa boasting an olive tree and a blue fishing boat in the cobblestone courtyard is our current home away from home in Teulada, in the southwest of the Italian island of Sardinia. One of three atmospheric apartments in a traditional house called Casa Teulada, our latest home is one of the most delightful …

Our Home Away From Home in Kotor

2015-08-06T18:21:28+00:00By |

It’s probably our own fault, arriving at the popular summer spot of Kotor in Montenegro before the tourist season had properly started. Not to mention that the longest winter anyone could remember had only just decided to do the decent thing and sod off to let spring finally begin. We got off to a promising …

Our Home Away From Home in Paris

2018-11-25T19:07:52+00:00By |

The charismatic location of our latest home away from home in Montmartre-Pigalle, in Paris’ 18th arrondissement, is a captivating area that, with its population of artists, bohemians and budget tourists, little old ladies and ladies of the night, simultaneously manages to be cool and vulgar, charming and seedy. It fascinates and seduces, as much as …

Our Home Away From Home in Ceret

2018-11-26T11:01:07+00:00By |

The petite Catalan village of Ceret, or Céret in French, in the foothills of the French Pyrénées, not far from Perpignan, is the location of our latest home away from home for two weeks. A quaint village of tiny squares with cafés and fountains, and narrow streets lined with lofty plane trees, Ceret is famous for its …

Our Home Away From Home In Barcelona

2016-07-12T14:09:28+00:00By |

Our home away from home in Barcelona for the next two weeks is a lightfilled apartmental rental located in Gràcia, a laidback bohemian neighbourhood with an arty vibe, leafy squares, ethnic eateries, and lively late-night bars. Our Home Away From Home In Barcelona Given this buzzy city's blend of old and new, our home away from …

Our Home Away from Home in Essaouira

2015-08-01T21:37:20+00:00By |

Nothing highlights the dichotomy of Morocco as the assault on your sense of smell that the place offers. It’s not unusual to inhale the fragrant scent of mint as you pass a barrow of fresh herbs one moment and the pungency of freshly ground spices the next, while a stench of unknown origins will often …

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