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The Mille Miglia, Alfonso Portago and the Kiss of Death

The Mille Miglia, Alfonso Portago and the Kiss of Death

The Lombardy region in Northern Italy is a fabulous place to visit - and still so very Italian. If you're visiting the area I have a great, albeit sad little story for you to bore entertain your companions. The story dates from 1957 and the list of characters includes...

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Enforcing Rules in Your STR Rental

Enforcing Rules in Your STR Rental

Quite a few STR hosts, those who advertise on online sites such as Airbnb or VRBO,  are dismayed to find that their guests simply don't follow the rules. Many hosts have a quite extensive list of rules and regulations and some of these can be quite restricting. 'Quiet...

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‘Interesting’ Icelandic Museum

An online thesaurus has 493 synonyms for the word 'penis'. You might be amazed by that. I am. (You can see them here ... if you like.) I admit that I found that many of them were completely unknown to me. But I bet that Sigurður Hjartarson is familiar with many.You...

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Racing Circuits – Around the World

Just a quick informative one... Some people have no idea just how much entertainment there is to be had at racing circuits. There is so much more to racing tracks than the high-profile stuff you're likely to see on the television.Spectators can watch single-seater...

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Bartolomeu de Gusmão Airport

Image credit If you should ever find yourself in Rio de Janeiro, which sounds like a great idea to me, then travel about fifty miles to the west to Santa Cruz to visit a very eerie place.It could just be me, but I find airships remarkably spooky. I get the feeling...

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The Wettest Place on Earth

I'm from England, now living in the USA,  and I have to say that I have got rather tired over the years of people 'telling' me that it always rains in England. Or that in England, you never see a blue sky because it's always grey and raining. That's because it's just...

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Reims-Gueux, France

Abandoned anythings are spooky. Abandoned places that were once the scenes of fun and frolics are somehow even spookier. I'm thinking here about derelict funfairs or holiday camps. I get a bit weird and tend to imagine the ghostly sounds of laughing children. But...

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Airbnb: Its Not a Dating App!

Of course, it isn't. You know it isn't. So why do so many hosts complain and/or comment on their guests' personalities and little foibles?One of the most frequent is that 'guests are so entitled these days'. Er, well, for me the fact that so many hosts require guests...

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Hosts: This Laundry Business…

Short-term rental hosts often complain that they have had to throw away a sheet, pillowcase, towel or other items because of 'stains'.  This can really cut into your bottom line very severely. The sheets and so on that I am using now were bought in 2015 (I'm writing...

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“Well, No One’s Ever Complained”

Most people are just fine. Yes, there are a few weirdoes in the world and a few strange folks but if you operate a short-term rental you've no doubt found that most people are are perfectly fine human beings. This is why, more than likely, when I've heard hosts say...

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Can I Take my Dog on the Plane?

That little dog in the picture is such a little sweetheart. But where were we? Can you take your dog on the plane when you travel? Come to that, can you take your cat?  Your parrot? Your emotional support gerbil? It would be wonderful if there was a simple answer but...

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Italian Cuisine: Cacio e Pepe

Here's another delicious and simple dish from Europe. If you're not able to travel to Rome these days - and not many people can - then you can at least create one of the city's most famous - and most easy to make - dishes at home. With just a few simple ingredients...

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Visiting London: Necropolis

When you're visiting London and if you're strolling down Westminster Bridge Road, watch out for the building you see above. The architecture is pretty lovely of course. But it also has a rather unusual history It's close to Waterloo, The Houses of Parliament, various...

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What3Words. For Airbnb Hosts & Travellers

If you're old like me, you might remember those huge paper maps that folded into a neat pocket size but could be the very devil to refold. Or even a map book. Or an A-Z. That was the way in the olden days that we found the places were were looking for. Or often, we...

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Airbnb: Sorting Out This Co-Host Thing

Go to any STR forum or questions-and-answers setup, and you'll find that a common question is regarding co-hosts. When an owner has a property they want to rent out as a short term rental, but for whatever reason they can't take care of it themselves, they have a...

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If You Ever Find Yourself At Barons Court…

... then here's a story to tell your companions. Baron's Court is a tube station in West Kensington, London. The building itself is intriguing. The station opened in 1905 and features a terracotta facade and that lovely Art Nouveau lettering.  However, the story...

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Online Travel Experiences

There are several reasons why we're not travelling so much these days. At the time of writing, some countries have travel restrictions for Covid-related reasons. But there are other issues that stop us from travelling the world as freely as we'd want to. But we can...

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Reading UK and a Victorian Serial Killer

If you asked most people to name a Victorian serial killer, I bet that they would think of Jack the Ripper. Well, forget old Jack. He was a very junior player when compared to Amelia Dyer. Her crimes, too many to be counted, were particularly horrible. The story is...

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Bierpinsel, Berlin

I imagine it's one of those Marmite things - you either love it or hate it. I think it's rather splendid, the Bierpinsel. This building, dating from the 1970s, is supposed to 'look like a tree' (truly) but from day one has been known as the Bierpinsel. 'Bierpinsel'...

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Hipcamp: Travel For Today’s World

For many of us, the pandemic has made us think very carefully about travel in the future. Yes, there will still be some people who will want go on the sort of trips that they did pre-quarantine, but for others, the thought of being cooped up on a cruise ship or a...

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