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LOVED RUGS AND LOVE DRUGS – Istanbul

Unbeatable value!

Irrepressible value!



Turkish Viagra comes in a little jar. A silhouette on the lid depicts a toddler with an oversized member pointing skywards. ‘APRODISIAQUE,’ declares the label, ‘For Man and Women (sic)’. At 2 euros a jar you won’t find a better offer in your junk email and you won’t find a more interesting place to buy it than in Istanbul’s Grand Bazaar.
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AMSTERDAM FOR MISERS – 10 tips for cheap fun

It costs nothing to look at one of the world’s most beautiful cities.



As a renowned scrooge, usually travelling on a tight budget (read: ‘my own money’), I’m regularly asked for advice about finding cheap fun in otherwise expensive cities.

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CHEAP FUN IN PARIS No.1 – Marche aux Puces

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Nearly everyone in the Western World has too much stuff and the Parisians apparently have more stuff that the rest of us.

It’s all fine and dandy if you’re Louis the Sun King and have hundreds of rooms in the Palais de Versailles to fill, but when the time comes to downsize, say when the kids leave home or there’s a French Revolution, what happens to the things you’ve accumulated in a lifetime of shopping?  Sure, the Musee du Louvre may take some of it off your hands, but there will still be a lot of clutter up in the attic.

So the surplus gold clocks, teddy bears, Louis XIV chairs and old magazines end up in the Marche aux Puces, the biggest flea market in town, if not the world. It stocks a very high class of flea. Continue reading

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NIGHTLIFE AT SYDNEY MARKETS

Sydney Markets 2am. The early bird catches the bargain.

‘If you get to the markets after 2.30, the good stuff is gone,’ our daughter tells me. She doesn’t mean 2.30 in the afternoon; she means that other 2.30, the ridiculous 2.30 that happens while normal sensible people are asleep.

Shopping is hell for me at any time, so bargain hunting at 2 am?? You’re kidding! But I’m a writer, and any new experience is a potential story. Continue reading

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WHY MARKETS FEEL GOOD

Coffee under the trees at Marrickville Market, Sydney.

I hate shopping. Mevrouw T hates crowds. So why, whether in Sydney, Amsterdam or places in between, do we follow a weekend ritual of going to the local markets? Continue reading

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AMSTERDAM’S BEST MARKETS

Lots of trash, a few treasures at the Waterlooplein.



I’ve just done another little (paid, thank you!) travel-writing job, giving my take on Amsterdam’s markets.

Here’s what I decided was worth including… Continue reading

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