Mario Toral: Mural in the Santiago Metro

Mario Toral: Mural in the Santiago Metro

A few years ago, Lonely Planet named the Universidad de Chile metro station in Santiago as one of the as ‘Subway stations worth getting off the train for’. This was largely because of its mural, Visual Memory of a Nation. Created by Mario Toral, the first...
Visiting Germany: Kaffee und Kuchen

Visiting Germany: Kaffee und Kuchen

I’m all for healthy eating. (Most of the time). But when you’re travelling, what a great opportunity you have to sample the cuisine of other cultures. And anyway, there ought to be a rule that calories outside of your own country just don’t...
Hosts: Do You Use A Black Light?

Hosts: Do You Use A Black Light?

Bodily fluids. Yep, if you’re an Airbnb or short-term rental host, boldly fluids are something that you’re only too familiar with. So here’s an article on that very subject. Not something we all particularly want to discuss but a large part of our...
The Clink Restaurant, London

The Clink Restaurant, London

At the Clink Restaurant in London, you can combine fine dining with the experience of visiting a genuine working prison. There are four Clink Restaurants in the UK, run by the Clink Charity, and in every one meals are created and served by prisoners who are studying...
The Flintstone House, Hillsborough, California

The Flintstone House, Hillsborough, California

This astonishing edifice – a private home – was built in 1976. Architect William Nicholson created the building as part of an experimental series featuring what was referred to, not surprisingly, as ‘Blob Architecture’. The process involved...
Hosts: What Will You Do If You Get A Bad Review?

Hosts: What Will You Do If You Get A Bad Review?

Oh my goodness. What a lot of palaver there is online from Airbnb (and other platforms) hosts who ‘fear’ getting a bad review. You’d think that these were medieval days and a bad review means that you’re going to be hanged, drawn and quartered....
Jakriborg, Sweden

Jakriborg, Sweden

Its residents love living there. But the tiny settlement comes in for plenty of criticism. What’s to criticise about this charming medieval town? Well, the first thing is that it isn’t medieval at all – it was created in the nineteen nineties....
What’s The Weather Like There?

What’s The Weather Like There?

What’s the weather like where? Well, more or less anywhere really. When you’re planning a trip the weather may well be a factor when you’re deciding just where or when to go. Although the days are gone when most people rely on sunny days so that they...
Livraria Lello, Porto

Livraria Lello, Porto

There are several; contenders for the world’s most gorgeous bookstore but this is the one that has my vote. I could spend a lot of hours – or even days – in a bookstore and this one would probably keep me happy for even longer. It was founded in the...
Hangar 7, Satzburg, Austria

Hangar 7, Satzburg, Austria

Dietrich Mateschitz is one of the wealthiest men in the world. He wasn’t born to wealth but now that he has a fascination for – and a collection of – the most amazing flying and driving machines, he wants to share them so that we can all appreciate...
Airbnb Hosts: Don’t Fall For ‘Price Suggestions’

Airbnb Hosts: Don’t Fall For ‘Price Suggestions’

I have just realised – belatedly, I know – that there are some Airbnb hosts who actually pay attention to the somewhat ludicrous ‘price suggestions’ that Airbnb email to them or show them in the sidebar when they are adjusting their calendar....
Svaneke Water Tower, Bornholm Island

Svaneke Water Tower, Bornholm Island

Bornholm is a pretty special island (as you’ll see in the video below) and one of the most picturesque places on the island is Svaneke. It’s popular with travellers and there’s plenty to occupy you when you visit. But for architecture fans, a side...
Visiting London. Bounds Green Tube Station

Visiting London. Bounds Green Tube Station

There are so many fascinating buildings in London, For travellers interested in architecture, London is without doubt a feast. But among the important, historical and ancient, there are buildings and structures that have stories to tell about relatively recent times...
Oh, Those Airbnb Horror Stories!

Oh, Those Airbnb Horror Stories!

From time to time, you’ll find them on the internet – those horror stories about Airbnb guests. Or sometimes about Airbnb hosts. Well, do you know how many people stayed in Airbnb accommodation last night? Or how many will tonight? Or tomorrow night?...
Visiting the UK: Afternoon Tea

Visiting the UK: Afternoon Tea

One of the traditions that many visitors to the UK decide to enjoy is afternoon tea. Afternoon tea is served throughout the country at hotels and fine tearooms. One example in Yorkshire is the small chain, Betty’s Café – see the map below. The first thing...
Sur le Pont d’Avignon

Sur le Pont d’Avignon

Did you learn the song at school too? All the time I was singing it, totally learned by rote of course – it never occurred to me that there really was a ‘pont’ at Avignon. But there is and look at that photograph – rather gorgeous, isn’t...
Visiting the USA: Is The Tap Water Okay To Drink?

Visiting the USA: Is The Tap Water Okay To Drink?

We are often asked this question by people who are coming to the USA from other countries – countries where the residents have never even considered whether their tap water is safe. In countries in Europe, we tend to take our tasty safe water for granted. If we...
Grüne Zitadelle, Magdeburg, Germany

Grüne Zitadelle, Magdeburg, Germany

Although its name suggests otherwise, The Green Citadel in Magdeburg isn’t green. It’s pink. With splashes of red, yellow and bright primary colours. It was designed by Austrian architect Friedensreich Hundertwasser and is just one of the excellent reasons...
St Fagans National History Museum, Cardiff: The Prefab

St Fagans National History Museum, Cardiff: The Prefab

St Fagans National Museum of History in Wales has many outside exhibits that are either original historical buildings or, in the case of the Iron Age roundhouses, replicas of ancient structures. So it might surprise you to know that one of the most fascinating...
Ten Ways to be a Really Bad Airbnb Guest!

Ten Ways to be a Really Bad Airbnb Guest!

Thinking about using Airbnb or a similar short-term rental service? Well here’s how to really piss off your host. If you’re looking for bad reviews and a definite thumbs down (meaning you’ll have a hard time renting from that service again) then just...
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