Blog Posts

The posts are archived. Mainly from my site “Cool Travel Guide” where I wrote about our travels before 2010 when we started Grantourismo Travels.
Due to the age of these posts, some may be missing images…

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Hong Kong: what’s to love about the backstreets

ByLara DunstonAug 23, 2007

I’ve been thinking about what I love about Hong Kong’s backstreets: dried seafood stores with their just-arrived produce laid out on the pavement; down-to-earth eateries with delicious glazed ducks hanging…

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Hong Kong: it’s all about the backstreets

ByLara DunstonAug 21, 2007

It’s all about the backstreets, isn’t it? Whether it’s Hong Kong (pictured), Shanghai or Dubai, it’s the backstreets of those cities that are the most fascinating. That’s where I like…

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Hong Kong: local colour, part 2

ByLara DunstonAug 18, 2007

On the subject of ‘colour’, I still think of Hong Kong as the classic ‘vibrant cosmopolitan Asian city’. Don’t you? Bangkok and Tokyo may share that title, but Hong Kong…

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Bangkok: local colour, part 1

ByLara DunstonAug 18, 2007

I’m always looking for colour when I travel, whether it’s that sense of vibrancy, energy and immediacy of life on the streets, or a sense of ‘local colour’, that the…

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Thailand: as imagined

ByLara DunstonAug 17, 2007

Don’t you love it when you travel and arrive at a place that’s exactly as you had imagined? Do you think to yourself “this is exactly how I imagined”? This…

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Thailand: the missing palm trees

ByLara DunstonAug 17, 2007

I located my missing palm trees. I knew I hadn’t imagined them. They’re in Thailand, on the coast somewhere between Hua Hin and Khao Sam Roi Yot national park. We’d…

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Morocco: how my memory deceives me

ByLara DunstonAug 17, 2007

I was wrong about those palm trees that I told you about. The three palm trees on the road to Mhmed near the edge of the Sahara. Take a look.…

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Morocco: the people you meet, part 3

ByLara DunstonAug 16, 2007

On the road from Zagora to Mhmed, near the edge of the Sahara, we met these children. We’d stopped to take a photo of three palm trees, fanned out as…

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Syria: the people you meet, part 2

ByLara DunstonAug 16, 2007

We’d been searching for Qasr al Heir Al Sharqi, the isolated ruins of a magnificent Umayyad palace, some 120 kilometers in the desert north-east of Palmyra, Syria, and we’d found…

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Alexandria: the people you meet, part 1

ByLara DunstonAug 16, 2007

It’s people that make my travels so memorable. And I don’t necessarily mean the people I befriend. Sometimes it’s a person I merely see on my travels, an exchange of…

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Taroudant: the hot chip man

ByLara DunstonAug 16, 2007

Taroudant is a wonderful walled town east of Agadir on the way to Ouarzazate in Morocco. If you’re doing a road trip from Marrakesh to the Sahara make sure you…

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Aleppo: souq pharmacy

ByLara DunstonAug 16, 2007

This is a little shop that’s typical of many in Aleppo’s atmospheric souq, selling everything from medicinal herbs and dried lizard skins to Clairol hair colors and loofahs for the…