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A virtual London sightseeing! An old guide’s tour of central London in the mid 1990’s.
Our work was being tour guides for Star Tour 6 days a week for Scandinavian guests coming to London for […]
Why we love London, our second home (how fate works in mysterious ways)
London holds a special place in our hearts. We met in London in 1995. We both worked for a tour […]
Our favourite part of Spain, Costa Brava!
Costa Brava is our favourite part of the Spanish mainland coast. Costa Brava boasts some of the best beaches in […]
Eating our way through Alicante, Spain (and hanging out with men in pointy hats)
For most northern Europeans Alicante is a well-known charter destination for the sun worshipping sun starved northerners. It is more […]
London’s Hampstead Heath, a small village with a great view!
A great little outing from central London is to take the tube to Hampstead (Northern line) and Hampstead Heath park, […]
Two Game of Thrones nerds goes to Girona, Spain.
Girona is the hot little sister of Barcelona, situated north east in the Spanish province Catalunya, just an hour’s drive […]
Hipster’s paradise, Shoreditch, London!
The hipster’s paradise of Shoreditch has gone from somewhere we were not recommended to go in the 90s to something […]
How To Eat For Free In Spain’s Andalusian Region (The Tapa Experience)
Free food with alcohol? Is there such a thing? Yes! In the Andalucian region of Spain there is still the tradition of getting free food with your drink.
The pubs of London, where to quench your thirst with a pint of that amber nectar
London is famous for its pubs. A pub is the hub in any local community in Britain. The nectar of […]
London Markets, where, how and when to visit some of the best outdoor street markets in the world
On a normal weekend thousands of locals and tourists decend on the many markets in central London. From the daddy […]
Walking along London’s Regent’s Canal from Paddington to Camden Lock
A great London walk is from Paddington to Camden Lock along the Regent`s Canal – a very cool walk along […]
London for 8 year olds, a brief guide from uncle and auntie from our visits with 3 nephews and one niece, all aged 8 at the time
We know this is a very specific age and topic, but we have only been with 8-year-old kids to London. […]
Bar Vitelli, the Sicilian bar from the Godfather movie is still open and it looks exactly the same!
In the small beautiful village of Savoca in southern Siciliy lies two of the most iconic locations from the epic Godfather movie, Bar Vitelli and Chiesa Santa Lucia.
Alella, village and wine region a short taxi ride from Barcelona city centre
The cool thing about Barcelona is that you can find world class wine areas just a short taxi ride from the city centre. North of Barcelona is the little village of Alella, just about 18 kilometres by car. One of the first regions in Catalonia with a Denomination of Origin qualification.
There are plenty of hotels in Barcelona, that goes without saying, and we have only stayed at a little handful. As a first-time visitor it is always hard to know where to stay and what hotel to choose. Here is our little list of hotels we have had the pleasure of staying in, from luxury to simplicity.
Spain’s Costa Brava, Part 3: the medieval town of Pals (elderly Spanish woman behind an ice cream counter in a small town)
The small medieval town of Pals is probably one of the most charming and cosiest small towns we have ever visited. It could easily be a location for Braavos or King’s Landing in Game of Thrones, it is like travelling back in time.
Spain’s Costa Brava, Part 2: Cadaqués and Cap de Creus
The natural beauty of Cap de Creus and the white city of Cadaqués in the Costa Brava region. Home to Salvador Dali, and a ramblers paradise.
Spain’s Costa Brava, Part 1: LLafranc, Calella de Palafrugell and Cap Roig
The wild and rugged Costa Brava is our favourite part of the Spanish mainland coast. Costa Brava boasts some of the best beaches in Spain, from golden sandy stretches of beach to rocky hidden coves and isolated beaches only accessible on foot.
The Hidden Valley of Sant Quirze de Colera Monastery and El Corral de Sant Quirze, in Spain’s northern Catalunya Region
Searching for a hidden valley in the eastern Pyrenees with a monastery and a restaurant in a Fiat 500.
One Hot Afternoon in Girona (Gelato and the Game of Thrones nerds)
What is the conection between the Spanish city of Girona and the tv-series Game of Thrones? A hidden gem in northern Spain, Girona is a gourmet capitol and a movie buffs wet dream, not to mention the gelato!
Eating Our Way Through Alicante, Spain (and hanging out with men in pointy hats)
For most northern Europeans Alicante is a well-known charter destination for the sun worshipping sun starved northerners. It is more known as a destination than a vibrant Spanish town with great food, plazas and wonderful narrow streets filled with cafes and bodegas. Alicante is blessed with a beach in the city centre, so to combine a weekend of swimming in the sea, eating and drinking in a cosy atmosphere around town, all within a few minutes’ walk of your hotel is no problem.
Cabo de Gata-Níjar Natural Park, Spain
Cabo de Gata-Níjar Natural Park in the south-eastern corner of Spain is Andalusia’s largest protected coastal area, a wild and isolated landscape with some of Europe’s oldest geological features. Spain’s southeast coast, where the park is situated, is the only region in mainland Europe with a true hot desert climate.
A Short Visit To Granada, Spain
A fascinating and rich history, a stunning interplay of different architectural styles, beautiful natural landscape, and the Alhambra palace are only some of the reasons why you would want to visit Granada, in the charming southern Spanish Andalusia region.
How To Eat For Free In Spain’s Andalusian Region (The Tapa Experience)
Few regions in Spain still serve free tapas with drinks, the Andalusian region is still an exception. How to eat the most delish Spanish food for free!
Alhambra Palace and Fortress Complex, Granada, Spain
The Alhambra palace and fortress in southern Spain is a must see for any traveller. A unique complex built by the Arabian Nasrid dynasty, the last Muslim dynasty of the Iberian peninsula. Built in the 13th century it is a stunning piece of architecture.
Karpathos, Our Favourite Greek Island Paradise
Everyone tries to find “their” Greek island paradise, and with so many islands to choose from, it is just the case of looking, and you will find your piece of Greek heaven. We found ours at Karpathos.
London for 8 year olds, a brief guide from uncle and auntie
We know this is a very specific age and topic, but we have only been with 8-year-old kids to London. Specifically our 3 nephews Jonas, Elias, Marcus, and our niece Nora. As a birthday present on their 8th birthday we gave them a trip to London with us, and this is what we learned on those trips with kids.
Love Letters to London, Part 9: London Markets
On a normal weekend thousands of locals and tourists decend on the many markets in central London. From the daddy of them all, Camden Market, to the biggest antiques market of Portobello Road and the hipsters haven around Brick Lane and Old Spitalfields Market. To visit a market or two while in London is a rite of passage for any visitor.
Love Letters to London, Part 8: Greenwich
Greenwich is home to the National Maritime Museum and Old Royal Naval College, Cutty Sark and the Prime Meridian at the Royal Observatory. Add a foot tunnel under the Thames, great pubs and a boutique market, and you have more than one good reason to take the trip to Greenwich.
London Transport Explained
London transport is not a love letter but it is essential to know what to do and what not to do when using London public transport and the airport transfer options. Here are a few tips and tricks on how to handle transport in central London. Mind the gap!
Love Letters to London, Part 7: Hyde Park and Kensington Gardens
The great green lungs of London, Hyde Park and Kensignton Gardens are filled with lakes, playgrounds, statues, memorials and great outdoor drinking and eating. When you feel like a rest from the hustle and bustle of central London, the parks are the place to relax and enjoy the silence.
Love Letters to London, Part 6: Pubs!
London is famous for its pubs. A pub is the hub in any local community in Britain. The nectar of life is served in a pint to locals and tourists alike. Here are some of our favourites in London.
Love Letters to London, Part 5: Hampstead Heath
A great little outing from central London is to take the tube to Hampstead (Northern line) and Hampstead Heath park, it is a great walk to one of the great viewpoints of London at Parliament Hill.
Love Letters to London, Part 4: Shoreditch
The hipster’s paradise of Shoreditch has gone from somewhere we were not recommended to go in the 90s to something of a hub for hipster fashion and food.
Love Letters to London, Part 3: Regent`s Canal, Paddington to Camden Lock
A great London canal walk on the Regent`s Canal from Paddington to Camden Lock. A different walk in tranquil surroundings in the heart of London. Great pubs along the way!
Love Letters to London, Part 2: London Sightseeing!
The most epic virtual London sightseeing! We have tried to write down the 5 hour sightseeing we used to do as tour guides in London in the mid 90s. An amazing journey through London`s sights and history.
Love letters to London, Part 1: our second home.
London holds a special place in our hearts. We met in London in 1995. We both worked for a tour operator, and Tanja was already working in the London office, and Ørjan got a surprise posting to London as a freshly trained tour guide. It was the start of our love and our love for London. This is the first part of our London adventures.
Budapest, beer, baths and beyond
Budapest is one of the classic European cities, situated on the crossroads between east and west it has a bit of everything for everyone. From thermal baths, ruin bars to great food and drinks, Budapest is a mini holiday weekend break dream.