Archive | November, 2006

Have a Blues Christmas in Memphis

There is little protest to the claims that Memphis, Tennessee is the birthplace of rock ‘n roll. Sun Studio produced hit after hit in the early 50’s that transformed American music forever. This little “hole-in-the-wall” recording studio is where artists such as B.B. King, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, and Elvis Presley got their start. […]

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November 30, 2006 by | Comments Off on Have a Blues Christmas in Memphis

Lonely Planet’s Bluelist 2007: Northern Ireland

Giant’s Causeway, Northern Ireland According to travel publisher Lonely Planet, Northern Ireland is a “must see” destination for 2007. The guide says visitors will find a country “abuzz with life”, full of “warm, genuine people” — a far cry from the image of a grim, bomb-damaged place. The Troubles? They’re so 1990s. OK, so where […]

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November 30, 2006 by | Comments Off on Lonely Planet’s Bluelist 2007: Northern Ireland

There’s more to The Da Vinci Code than the Louvre

First it was Paris, then London and Rome. Now it’s Scotland’s turn to capitalize on its role in the phenomenon that is Dan Brown’s The Da Vinci Code. The Da Vinci Code and Scottish Borders tour, departing from Edinburgh, takes you to Rosslyn Chapel for a lesson in Holy Grail histrionics. The site is stunning […]

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November 30, 2006 by | Comments Off on There’s more to The Da Vinci Code than the Louvre

Penguins!

A lot of us here at Viator enjoy the company of our animal friends. Whether it be through lots of pictures of our pets, a regular visit to an aquarium or zoo, or, and I’m not naming names here, an elephant tattoo, we all show some spirit. I’ve taken time on a couple of trips […]

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November 29, 2006 by | 2 Comments

Cure for jetlag? Book yourself an airport transfer

As much as I love visiting London, the one thing I hate about the place is the crowds – there are 7.5 million people living there, plus who knows how many visitors on any given day. So many people crowd the streets, the buses and the tube, all of them seeming to know where they […]

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November 28, 2006 by | Comments Off on Cure for jetlag? Book yourself an airport transfer

The ultimate “local” experience in Barcelona

These days there is much talk of being a traveler not a tourist, and visiting a destination to meet the people rather than see the sights. With this in mind everyone seems to be searching for the ultimate “local” experience, so what do you do when you turn up in a foreign country and can’t […]

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November 27, 2006 by | 1 Comment

In Las Vegas, Do Not Line Up Here

Everything you need is in this box What do visitors do in Las Vegas? Simple: they gamble, they go to shows, they visit nearby attractions like Hoover Dam and the Grand Canyon… and they party! And what a great town for partying. There’s more great clubs in Vegas than you can poke a stick at, […]

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November 26, 2006 by | 7 Comments

Ga-ga at KA…

Cirque du Soleil owns Vegas. Who knows knows what percentage of visitors to Sin City take in one of their shows — (a lot) — but one thing is certain: there’s a good reason why. In one word: amazing-ness. You could argue that’s two words but it doesn’t change anything… the Cirque shows rock, big […]

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November 26, 2006 by | Comments Off on Ga-ga at KA…

Grand (Canyon) advice

Spending a day at the Grand Canyon with Wilfred Whatanome, perhaps the most recognised member of the Hualapai Indian Nation, may have some troubling effects on your outlook on life. Wilfred is connected to the Earth around here. The Hualapai have lived on the West Rim of the Canyon for almost a thousand years, and […]

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November 26, 2006 by | 1 Comment

Vegas: Get out of town!

Two AM: casino, club, show, slot machines, crowds, neon… Nine AM: desert, sagebrush, blue sky, emptiness, cowboys, horses. You’ve escaped from the Strip. This is going to do you good. Tex and friend, waiting for riders. Stream of consciousness: Wow, the air is clear out here. Which horse are they going to give me? That […]

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November 24, 2006 by | Comments Off on Vegas: Get out of town!