Divided by a Common Language: In The Home

Divided by a Common Language: In The Home

Once again, the differences between English and American can catch us out when we’re looking for accommodation. Imagine an American looking at a listing that begins ‘First floor flat…’ We have a language difference right there – in just...
City Hall Station, New York

City Hall Station, New York

For well over a hundred years, the City Of New York has partly functioned underground. Out of sight to those of us on the surface, millions of people travel from place to place, quickly and efficiently. They are travelling on the subway – itself a marvel of...
Ik Kil, Mexico

Ik Kil, Mexico

This place is like one of those dreams. You know, those dreams you have when deep down you know you should get out of bed but you’re dreaming that you’re floating weightlessly in a beautiful lagoon… Ik Kil in Mexico is a cenote. A cenote is simply a...
Isle of Jura, Scotland

Isle of Jura, Scotland

It’s only about a hundred miles away from the fabulous city of Glasgow but yet the Isle of Jura is almost like going back in time. It’s the sort of place that you have to plan to visit – spontaneity isn’t recommended here due to the remoteness...
Lençóis Maranhenses National Park, Brazil

Lençóis Maranhenses National Park, Brazil

Once you’ve been to Lençóis Maranhenses, you might well exclaim, as other travellers have, that the photographs don’t do the place justice. And yet the photographs are magnificent. Can you imagine that this place is even more spectacular than the...
Visiting the UK: Bridego Bridge

Visiting the UK: Bridego Bridge

Many people travel to visit Ascott House and Gardens, a fabulous country estate in Buckinghamshire. And if it’s on your itinerary, make sure to allow time for a detour to Bridego Bridge. Yes, an ordinary country railway bridge in ordinary English countryside. It...
Neon Museum, Las Vegas

Neon Museum, Las Vegas

Are you in love with signage the way I am? I know that some people might think that having a passion for signs might indicate a person who is a bit, well, odd – but the Neon Museum in Vegas is my idea of paradise. Well, one of my ideas of paradise… Las...
Hosts: Sorry, But Guests Don’t Care About Your Problems

Hosts: Sorry, But Guests Don’t Care About Your Problems

When you’re an STR host, you might see your rental business as some sort of side gig. It might be that it’s not your ‘real’ job. You have other things to do. You have a life. However, as far as your guests are concerned, unless you’re...
When Stephen King Travels…

When Stephen King Travels…

Do you agree with me that Stephen King must have a pretty weird imagination? I think he must have to ensure his many years of great success writing those really creepy (but deliciously creepy) books. But what is Stephen King himself afraid of? In an article a couple...
Schwerbelastungskörper, Berlin

Schwerbelastungskörper, Berlin

It looks like an ugly lump of concrete and … well, it is. It is also a protected historic monument. Really. The fact that it dates from 1941 gives us a clue as to why it’s a historically important structure. And its name? Schwerbelastungskörper means...
Divided By A Common Language: Numbers

Divided By A Common Language: Numbers

Numbers? What am I talking about? Five is five whether you’re speaking proper English or speaking American..  but of course, that would be just too easy, wouldn’t it? Yes, the numbers are the same – basically – but it’s how we use them...
Lost Gardens of Heligan, Cornwall, UK

Lost Gardens of Heligan, Cornwall, UK

This is a genuine secret garden that was lost – well, unknown – for many years. It had been creatyed in Victorian times but had fallen into disrepair and become overgrown. But in the 1990s a door was found into the walled garden that was buried in the...
Koshu Nishiyama: The World’s Oldest Hotel

Koshu Nishiyama: The World’s Oldest Hotel

Here’s one that’s definitely for your wishlist. The Koshu Nishiyama Hot Spring – see the map below for its location – is officially the oldest hotel in the world according to the experts; the Guinness Book of World Records. It was founded in...
Weird English Food. Spotted Dick – Really?

Weird English Food. Spotted Dick – Really?

It makes me chuckle. Probably most English people have a bit of a laugh about it too. There are so many articles on the internet that refer to our ‘weird English food’ and cites such items as spotted dick, toad-in-the-hole and other peculiarly-named...
Chemosphere, Los Angeles

Chemosphere, Los Angeles

This is a curious house with a curious history. It’s been seen in films and TV shows and residents need to access the place via a funicular. And it had curious beginnings. The original owner had been given the piece of land and the fact that he didn’t have...
Isbjerget, Aarhus, Denmark

Isbjerget, Aarhus, Denmark

Isbjerget means ‘iceberg’ and you can see why that name was chosen for this complex of variously sized apartments. Take a look at the photographs and the drone footage below and you can see exactly why. This award-winning housing development opened in 2013...
Hosts: You Have A Global Audience

Hosts: You Have A Global Audience

If you’re offering rental accommodation to the public, then it’s likely that you’ll have to write about it. It might be that you list your property on Airbnb or a similar site, in which case you’ll have to write about your place for your...
Casa de Vidro, Sao Paulo, Brazil

Casa de Vidro, Sao Paulo, Brazil

Just as Eileen Gray did in the South of France, so Lina Bo Bardi created another dream house – this time in Sao Paulo, Brazil. The house is named el Casa de Vidro (the Glass House) and was designed in 1951. Lina, born in Rome, was a pioneer of...
Visiting the USA; Going to the Loo

Visiting the USA; Going to the Loo

It’s a culture shock when you visit the USA. So many things are so different. And if your knowledge of the English language is, well, English, then American is going to puzzle you quite a lot. Picture me then, new to the USA and in a large store somewhere in the...
Prince Charles’ Dumfries House, Scotland

Prince Charles’ Dumfries House, Scotland

Stay in a property that neighbours one of the homes often inhabited by Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall. Freely wander through the grounds and you might see the royal couple walking their dogs. Stay in a room that has been carefully decorated with pieces...
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