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insights & reflections on the things that are cool about travel



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Aleppo's labyrinthine souqs

Mon, 10 Aug 2009 01:11:00 PDT

Aleppo's labyrinthine medieval souq - or rather souqs within a souq - has long been one of our favorites in the Middle East, mainly because it has remained relatively untouched by tourism up until...

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Access momentarily denied

Tue, 11 Aug 2009 09:31:00 PDT

My harmless little blog Cool Travel Guide has been blocked in Syria for a whole 24 hours - I was confronted with the dreaded "Access Denied" sign when I tried to update it yesterday. But, there's...

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Blogging and Blogspot in Syria

Thu, 13 Aug 2009 23:16:00 PDT

A number of people have contacted me via the comments to my post below and on Twitter in response to my appeal for advice after my blog was momentarily blocked in Syria. Shukran jazeelan to everyone...

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Postcript: blogging and Blogspot in Syria

Mon, 31 Aug 2009 08:33:00 PDT

Another postscript to my posts of a couple of weeks ago on blogging and Blogspot in Syria (see my last post and the postscript before it): after uploading the posts below, I received loads of emails...

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Desk update from Abu Dhabi: month #45 on the road but whose counting?

Mon, 21 Sep 2009 05:57:00 PDT

We're back in the UAE and after a couple of days in Dubai (pictured*), we're chained to desks once again in Abu Dhabi - not our desks, but our friends', at their colossal home in the new part of the...

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Envying a donkey his pace - the frenetic tempo of travel writing, part 1

Wed, 07 Oct 2009 08:06:00 PDT

Our recent trip around the Middle East (see this post) wasn't meant to be that kind of trip. There was no guidebook to write. No insane photography commission for Terry to undertake. Just lots of...

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Envying a donkey his pace - the frenetic tempo of travel writing, part 2

Wed, 07 Oct 2009 08:35:00 PDT

So how, as travel writers, do we get ourselves into the situation I described in the last post? And is it possible to be a travel writer and avoid this frenzied pace of life? To answer the second...

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In print and online

Thu, 08 Oct 2009 04:13:00 PDT

It's been a busy period for Terry and I, as you've gathered from the dearth of blog posts these last months. And we've got a lot of work being published to prove it, from a small 'Up Next' piece on...

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Behind-the-scenes in a Michelin-starred chef's kitchen and the kindness of chefs

Fri, 09 Oct 2009 03:15:00 PDT

Being able to spend a night in the restaurant kitchen of a Michelin-starred chef - in this case that of Pierre Gagnaire at Reflets, Dubai - is one of the delights of our job. It wasn't our first time...

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Travel experts versus 'real' travellers

Mon, 12 Oct 2009 06:29:00 PDT

Travel 'experts', whether they are travel writers, guidebook authors, travel bloggers, tour guides, travel agents, hoteliers etc, are also 'real' travellers in my mind. Yet publishers and travel...

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Travel insights from travel experts

Tue, 13 Oct 2009 01:02:00 PDT

I am probably suffering from chronic information overload - how about you? - but increasingly I'm finding myself wanting to read more informed opinions from people with experience and expertise in a...

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Your worst hotel experience?

Fri, 16 Oct 2009 00:36:00 PDT

A recent hotel stay reminded us of just how bad they can occasionally be. We checked into a respectable five star city hotel in the early evening, did some work, then went out to dinner and checked...

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An update from the road

Sun, 22 Nov 2009 23:10:00 PST

I've been silent for some time, I know. We've been on the road again in the Middle East on commissions for a few in-flight and travel magazines, and our pace has been hectic to say the least - from...

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Are you a once-in-a-lifetime traveller or a creature of habit?

Wed, 09 Dec 2009 21:45:00 PST

Are you a ‘once-in-a-lifetime’ traveller? That is, every country you visit you consider it to be a ‘once-in-a-lifetime’ experience and treat it as such? Do you go to a place thinking you may...

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The affection that comes with familiarity versus the energy of an unfamiliar destination

Thu, 10 Dec 2009 20:20:00 PST

Only two of the nine countries we visited in the last six months were new to us, places we hadn’t been before and were experiencing for the first time. Obviously, as travel writers, it’s inevitable...

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In print and online

Sat, 12 Dec 2009 06:49:00 PST

There's a reason I haven't been blogging much these last few months - or rather, lots of reasons. Terry and I have been busy travelling, mainly through the Middle East - to Syria, Qatar, Kuwait,...

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What is Cool Travel Guide?

Sat, 12 Dec 2009 20:26:00 PST

One of the reasons I began Cool Travel Guide was to write about the things I couldn't write about in the highly prescriptive guidebooks I made my living writing. My first post 'Aleppo: no...

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Cool Travel Guide's Posting Policy

Sat, 12 Dec 2009 21:18:00 PST

While the vast majority of comments I get on Cool Travel Guide are wonderful and warmly welcomed, I've received a few comments over the last year that have caused me to reflect upon what Cool Travel...

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Where travel writers stay when they go on holidays

Sun, 13 Dec 2009 05:52:00 PST

Which hotels do travel writers check into when they go on holidays? That's what Mark Hudson, a writer himself for The Sunday Times, among other publications, was keen to know, so he asked 50 of them...

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Busy in Beirut, Bangkok, Bendigo, and now blogging the globe

Wed, 06 Jan 2010 18:14:00 PST

The posts I will be popping up on my poor neglected travel blog over the next few days have been a long time coming. Some I drafted back in Beirut in November, others I scribbled almost a month ago...

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Burj Khalifa and How Bridges, Buildings and other Big Things Unite Nations

Wed, 06 Jan 2010 23:56:00 PST

I'm a fan of Twitter but I was on deadline and only half-following tweets a few nights ago as messages streamed in from people in the UAE at the inauguration of the world's tallest building Burj...

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Grantourismo - 12 months, 24 destinations, countless experiences

Fri, 05 Feb 2010 21:31:00 PST

Finishing writing projects (books, stories, reviews) and planning our exciting new project called Grantourismo, a contemporary grand tour of sorts, has kept us busy throughout December and January,...

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Grantourismo & how we came to be going on a grand tour in 2010

Fri, 05 Feb 2010 22:31:00 PST

Terry and I have been dreaming about doing a grand tour of sorts for a few years - since way back when we wrote the Grantourismo blog for Charles and Marie. We started to seriously develop the idea...

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In print and online

Fri, 05 Mar 2010 08:51:00 PST

Life has been keeping us busy as usual with our Gran- tourismo project now well and truly under way; you can keep up with our travels and what we're doing here. We've had a few bits and pieces...

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An update from the road... we're on our grand tour and we're in Montenegro!

Tue, 04 May 2010 14:03:00 PDT

This is the longest I've gone without posting on my poor neglected Cool Travel Guide. You want to know why? Drop by Grantourismo and you'll see that we've been a tad busy on our yearlong grand tour...

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  • Cool travel guide
    Travel insights, reflections and other stuff you won't find in guidebooks: a perpetual globetrotter and professional travel writer muses about the things that are cool about travel and what inspires us to travel.
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