Category Archives: travel

Mediterranean labour movements

At the end of a recent trip to Morocco, we drove to Marrakech airport, leaving Essaouira before dawn for the 180km trip. I have never travelled this road in the morning before, and after a long drive under the sunrise … Continue reading

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Loungin’ in the ‘hood – a Brussels city break

I lived in Brussels for 5 years and try to get back a couple of times a year to catch up with friends and former colleagues.  I was there twice in June checking out the changes and re-visiting old haunts.  … Continue reading

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Barcelona part 3 – my new tips

With apologies for the delay, here are my recommendations for Barcelona, based on my trip in May 2012. Tourist attractions Casa Batlló – I love Gaudí’s fantastical modernist architecture and I visit the fabulous Parc Güell on every trip to … Continue reading

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Barcelona part 2 – tips from friends

As mentioned in my first Barcelona post, I have decided to pass on my Barcelona tips in three parts: my pre-this trip tips; pre-trip tips from others; and then finally a post about what I actually did.  This is Barcelona … Continue reading

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Had Dra market, Morocco

In a comment on my post about misshapen vegetables , one of the followers of this blog mentioned Had Dra market near Essaouira. I was keen to go there on a future visit! For me, travel is an experience; a broadening of … Continue reading

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London lite

I was in London earlier this month and took the opportunity before and after my meetings to catch up with a few friends.  I wasn’t there on a major tourist mission, so I didn’t see many sights, but with the … Continue reading

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Barcelona part 1 – my tips

  View of Barcelona from the Parc Guell (c) Lynn Sheppard I recently spent a long weekend in Barcelona.  It was at least my 5th trip to the city – it’s one of my favourite destinations.  I compiled the tips … Continue reading

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Eating in Marrakech

There is no shortage of restaurants in Marrakech – there are new ones popping up every week.  However, if can be difficult to find something that represents good value (whether cheap or expensive) and it’s often difficult to find a … Continue reading

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Misshapen Vegetables

There are so many paradoxes in the Western/Northern concept of ‘progress’.  One of the absurdities of modern life is our apparent desire for perfectly formed fruit and vegetables – all year round, regardless of their natural season in the country … Continue reading

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Cheap eats – msimen café in Essaouira

There is a new cafe in Essaouira – it’s only been around for a few months and it’s only open in the evenings from 4-9pm, but it’s always packed to the gills and is cheap as chips.  Come to think … Continue reading

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