If there’s one homewares shop that lets customers get a little boutique-hotel chic to go, it’s Graham & Green in Notting Hill. And now they have an outpost in Reading too. I grabbed a minute with one of its owners to ask him how he gets his travel kicks.
What is your favourite place in the whole world?
My colonial Portuguese villa in Goa in India, which I spent a year renovating. It’s in a tiny village called Assagao near Mapusa, where there’s a great market. It hadn’t been lived in for 40 years and we opened it all up, whitewashed throughout, added a water feature to the courtyard, kept all the original capiz-shell shutters, restored the big hardwood doors and replaced the mud floor with a yellow-dyed concrete floor.
What was your best ever holiday?
We had our honeymoon in Morocco and stayed at this lovely riad in Marrakech near the medina. It had this amazing ambiance in the evenings – they’d play opera and the mix of classical with the calling to prayer was really romantic and theatrical.
And the most memorable sight you’ve ever laid eyes on?
The Pushkar Camel Fair in Rajasthan is incredible – loads of travelling gypsies gather to trade and if you get there a week before there are thousands of camels in the desert. All the ladies are dressed up and there’s an amazing fun fair – we didn’t dare go on the rides, but we did hire a couple of horses.
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