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London: Cabmen’s Shelters

London: Cabmen’s Shelters

If you've been to London, you might have noticed them. If you're planning to go there, then watch out for them. These curious little structures, looking rather like a Victorian garden shed, are scattered throughout the city. There are only thirteen of them these days...

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Hosts: Less is More

Hosts: Less is More

Hosts, I know that you want to make your rentals as cosy as possible. And I realise that you want to make your guests feel right at home. But that doesn't always mean that you're making life easy for yourself.An important maxim to remember when you're furnishing your...

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Yes, You Can Speak French

There are many reasons given as to why Americans don't like to travel abroad. We know that the excuses such as 'why go anywhere when we have everything here' is nonsense. And today, fares to the rest of the world are comparitively cheap so it can't really be that...

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The Rudest City in the USA?

A study recently revealed the top fifty rudest cities in the USA. By this, they mean the least polite. The place where no one is likely to give you their seat on a bus or hold the door open for you or spend time indulging in small talk. It will come as no surprise to...

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Visiting Germany: Stadtbad Lichtenberg, Berlin

I could spend weeks in Berlin just looking at the architecture. And one building to see before it gets destroyed, or simply crumbles away, is the Stadtbad Lichtenberg. The building was opened in 1928 as a public baths. But more than that. It had swimming pools, a spa,...

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Post-Covid Bed & Breakfast?

At the time I'm writing this, the end of April 2020, there are plenty of stories going around that we might be told by our governments that social distancing - currently because of COVID19 - needs to continue for many months to come.It may be that certain individuals...

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Hosts: Going It Alone?

At the time I'm writing this, there are many property owners who think that maybe the days of short term rentals are over. It might be history by the time you read this but right now the coronavirus is at its height and the general opinion seems to be that there are...

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Dolmen of Guadalperal: The Spanish Stonehenge

It will only take you a couple of hours to drive to the Dolmen of Guadalperal from Madrid. And the best time to visit this monument - thought to be around 7,000 years old - is during a spell of dry weather. Zoom right in on the map below and you'll see why. This...

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Hosts: Stand Out From The Crowd

The image above tells us something very clearly, doesn't it? It's easy to think that if we dressed in blue bodysuits, black braided wigs, black apron-thingies and painted our faces with blue triangles that we'd stand out from the crowd, right? But as the photographs...

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Amsterdam: And That Famous Photograph

Yes, that photograph. You know which one I mean, don't you? You may have had it on your wall at some time, or you might even have it now, as IKEA alone has sold at least half a million copies over the years. But who took it? Where is the photographer now? And where in...

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No, This Isn’t the End of Travel

At the time I'm writing this, it is so quiet around here. Most of us are under house arrest thanks to this virus and even though we live close to a flight path, even the number of planes going overhead is greatly reduced. And internet 'commentators' are saying that...

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Airbnb Hosts: So Now What?

Of course, it's still too early to tell. But the signals are all there that people who provide short term rental accommodation are going to have a pretty hard time in the next few months ... or more. Hosts are already bleating about how their 'businesses' have been...

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Varosha, Cyprus

Just look at the sparkling ocean. Wouldn't you love to swim in the clear, warm Mediterranean water? There's a lovely beach too, of course, and in days gone by this resort was popular with the rich and famous. It wouldn't have been unusual back in the day to see...

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Kennington Road, London

If you're visiting London and have had your fill of the usual tourist attractions, then head to Kennington Road where you'll find the site of a gory murder, the childhood home of Charlie Chaplin, a war museum, a one-time residence of Vincent van Gogh and an excellent...

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Will America Now Change Its Toilet Habits?

If I were to go to the shops now in search of a few rolls of toilet paper, the chances are I'd be disappointed. You know why - the current situation with the coronavirus has sent the US population panic buying. And the item that they mostly bought in their panic was...

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The Living Root Bridges of Meghalaya

It must be very difficult these days to create new buildings and structures, bearing in mind the ecological pressures brought to bear upon architects. But the local people of northeastern India discovered many years ago that you don't necessarily need building...

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