Blogs to enhance your travels

I’ve come late to this whole blogging thing – I’m of the generation that can still remember when computers took up a whole room. So I decided to take a peep at what other travel bloggers might be up to and shamelessly steal their best ideas to improve my own posts.

Being nothing if not methodical I started off with a few blogs, checked out their blog lists, then checked out their blog lists, then…. you get the picture. The whole process was pretty tedious to tell you the truth and once I got going the lists seemed never-ending.

But then it dawned on me that it could be fun to use these blogs like a friendly resident who can guide you on their home turf, and take you to the places most tourists would miss. So now I’ve spent hours wading through all those blogs and hand-picked this list of my favorites to help us all when we go travelling.

Paris
Eye prefer Paris
Blogging from the fashionable Marais district of Paris, the author aims to give you an insider’s view on the parts of Paris that most visitors don’t get to see.

Paris Daily Photo
As the name says, a quirky photo for each day to give you the essence Parisian life.

I V Y Paris News
Five artists in Paris have created a blog for the creative community in Paris covering art events and creative inspiration for those passing through.

Italy
Really Rome
Shelley manages two holiday apartments in the heart of old Rome, and started this blog to give people a look behind the scenes in her adopted city.

Bleeding Expresso
Michelle has moved back to her ancestors’ hilltop village in Calabria, finds love, her roots and nurses her coffee addiction.

Ms Adventures in Italy
The author cooks, explores and tastes her way around Italy with a sprinkling of cultural insight and irony.

Morocco
My Marrakesh
Maryam is an American living in Marrakesh, soon to open her guest house and boutique, The Peacock Pavilions. If you love design, food, fashion and shopping for beautiful things you’ll like this.

The Morocco Report
Written by an American with great insights on Moroccan culture – loads of other useful info for visitors and wouldbe expats and a long blog-list on all things Moroccan.

The view from Morocco
The insider’s view of where to visit, stay, eat and shop when in Fez or other parts of Morocco.

China
Beijing Notebook
Suzie covers all aspects of creative life in Beijing – design, culture, life around the city and lots of links the help the visitor.

South Korea
This time in Seoul
About beautiful places, cafes, shopping – photography and observations on life in Seoul.

Caribbean Now is Wow
This is the creative portal of Elspeth based in Trinidad and Tobago – photos, music, video, writing about her life in the caribbean.

I still haven’t found blogs about all the places I’d like to visit, so I’ll try and do a little more research each time I write about somewhere new.

For the full list of blogs I found click here.

Thanks to the following on Flickr.com for the use of their photos under Creative Commons; Danorbit (Paris) , Pensieros (Rome), Hunda (Marrakesh), frenz_69 (Beijing),Taliesin (Seoul), Island Boy (Tobago)

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