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A Bookstore Tour of London

London is a paradise for book lovers. The iconic city is home to everything from small, dusty independent booksellers to giant retail chains. On a recent visit to the city, I set myself up around Covent Garden and Piccadilly to check out some of the capital's best bookstores. Similarly to my Bookstore Tour of Barcelona…

Cool Cafés to Visit in London

London is a huge city and has no shortage of good cafés. Between the many chain coffee shops there are plenty of quirky, interesting places if you know where to look. Most of the suggestions below are in central London (though exactly what constitutes central London in such a large city could be debated). Of…

A Bookstore Tour of Barcelona

It's no secret that many bookstores have struggled in recent years. Online retailers like Amazon offer cheap books, while eBooks are convenient substitutes for bulky hardbacks. Still, it's not all doom and gloom for brick and mortar bookstores. Numerous studies have shown that many people still prefer physical books. Barcelona is a great destination for…

Short Nature Walks Around Barcelona

Barcelona has a privileged position. Wedged between the sea and the mountains, it is an ideal base for walks and hikes in nature. Here are some of my favourite walks in and around this dynamic city. Collserola National Park The sprawling, 8,000 hectare Parc de Collserola is the largest metropolitan park in the world. It's…

Some Thoughts on the Seasons

The clocks have gone forward and the March equinox has passed, apparently heralding the start of spring in the Northern Hemisphere. That and a recent post on the wonderful blog, The Snow Melts Somewhere, have got me thinking about the changing seasons. I've been fortunate enough to spend a lot of the past 18 months…

Where to Find Great Vegetarian Food in Florianópolis

Florianópolis is located in the south of Brazil. It has become an increasingly popular destination for tourists in recent years, both Brazilian and international. It also has a strong student population. Watersports, health and fitness are popular amongst the locals and the tourists, and in this context you can find an incredible range of health…