Places to Go in 2017 – Because These Places Need You

2017-03-03T12:10:02+07:00By |

Our places to go in 2017 are destinations that we think you should travel to this year – because they need you. These are places with breathtaking landscapes, friendly locals, fantastic food, a fascinating culture, and all the rest. They’re also places that deserve more tourists. It’s the season of ‘places to go in 2017’ lists [...]

Best Cooking Classes in the World, Tried and Tested

2018-05-27T16:01:50+07:00By |

Learning to cook a dish from one of Asia’s best restaurants, mastering the art of making macarons in Paris, and cooking with a Countess in Venice are just a few of our picks of the best cooking classes in the world. I've long said that discovering the cuisine of a destination is a way into the heart [...]

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 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 [...]

Tips To Enjoying San Miguel de Allende

2015-08-26T10:24:48+07:00By |

Due to its colossal population of American and Canadian expats (around 10%!), San Miguel de Allende is derided as a destination by travellers looking for a more ‘authentic’ Mexican experience, but it is a beautiful town and it is worth staying a while. Tips To Enjoying San Miguel de Allende Learn something Plenty of expats [...]

A Short Video of San Miguel de Allende

2018-05-12T15:04:57+07:00By |

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 [...]

Michelada Recipe – A Spicy Mexican Beer Cocktail with a Kick

2019-06-12T20:51:48+07:00By |

Our michelada recipe makes the spicy Mexican beer cocktail that has a kick. If you haven't tried a michelada before, you need to make one now. We sampled our first michelada at Mexico City's La Lagunilla market and fell in love with this summery thirst-quenching drink for spice lovers. One of the best things about [...]

A Wedding Party in San Miguel de Allende

2018-05-12T19:36:14+07:00By |

As part of Mexico's bicentennial celebrations and to commemorate the town's role in independence, San Miguel de Allende has a sound and light show every weekend that’s focussed on the beautiful Parroquia church on the main square. I have to admit that seeing a sound and light show on the list of photos I had to [...]

The Gangs of San Miguel de Allende

2014-09-24T09:12:45+07:00By |

I discovered the satirical blog The Gangs of San Miguel de Allende by Richard Lander* while doing research on the town. It was the first blog that had made me laugh out loud in a long time. It was hilarious but it especially resonated because we were in San Miguel and we quickly recognized the people, [...]

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