Archive | July, 2007

The Business Traveler’s Guide to San Francisco & Beyond

Does this sound familiar… You’re traveling on business. Your work day is done. The choices are endless – you can do more work all night in your room, you can dine alone with a book, you can sit in the bar and try to chat-up the bar staff, heaven forbid you can even order room […]

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July 30, 2007 by | 1 Comment

Darwin to Alice by Road

So you’ve been following the Northern Territory (NT) motto for a while now — Not Today, Not Tomorrow, Not Tuesday, Not Thursday. You’re kicking back with some second-rate Australian beers (Fosters anyone?) or expensive imported stuff underneath the palm tree of your choice, and now you reckon the day has arrived to leave Australia’s northern […]

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July 28, 2007 by | 7 Comments

Whitsundays vs Tropical North Queensland

On a recent long weekend break to Airlie Beach in Queensland’s stunning Whitsunday Islands, I was forced to consider the notion that there may be a place on earth better than Tropical North Queensland! What a thought! Having lived in Port Douglas for possibly the best 6 months of my life, this area of the […]

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July 26, 2007 by | 4 Comments

Just Another Great (North) American Road Trip

The goal? Los Angeles High-rise Atlanta shimmered in the thick Southern summer. The Bank of America skyscraper’s pinnacle reflected in the lakes of Piedmont Park. And picnickers thumped to crunk and country, as I signed the title on my new (used) Acura. I was moving to Los Angeles, and my first car in almost five […]

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July 25, 2007 by | 7 Comments

The Yin and Yang of California’s North Coast

The towns of Mendocino and Fort Bragg, situated on the snaky asphalt ribbon of Highway 1, represent the Yin and Yang of the Northern California coast. Whether you’re there for the sea or spa, shopping or nature walks, or to simply do nothing, a trip to the Mendocino coast is most memorable in the spirit […]

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July 21, 2007 by | Comments Off on The Yin and Yang of California’s North Coast

Melbourne in Winter

It’s been said over and over, but it remains a truism: Melbourne is a secretive city. Unlike glitzy cities like New York, Paris or even Sydney, Melbourne is your classic ‘second city’ best experienced from the inside out. Art, sport, food, wine… these are Melbourne’s drawcards.

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July 19, 2007 by | 1 Comment

Helsinki Madness

Reindeer – the Finnish Icon I was drawn to Helsinki by tales of an art lecturer about the wild and wonderful world of Finland, and a childhood love of Tove Jansson’s stories about the Moomintroll family. Their adventures included a summer floating in an abandoned theatre, the strange things that happened after a comet landed […]

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July 18, 2007 by | Comments Off on Helsinki Madness

Suggested Itineraries: Cape Town, South Africa

With its breathtaking scenery, fascinating culture and turbulent past, Cape Town and its surrounding environs has enough sightseeing opportunities to keep a curious traveler busy for at least a month. But for those of us who aren’t fortunate to be blessed with unlimited vacation days, I have compiled a list of the top “must sees […]

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July 17, 2007 by | 5 Comments

Moscow for the First Time

I’d been wanting to go to Moscow for a while, and when a friend started working there it was the perfect opportunity. Russia — and its bureaucracy, its history, its reputation — made it seem worthy of a bit more caution than I usually take when I hop on and off trains and planes. I […]

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July 12, 2007 by | 3 Comments

This ain’t Wal-Mart – Ken’s Top Ten Places to Shop in the World

Welcome to the Medina One of my favorite things to do in any destination I visit is a little shopping. I am not talking postcards, logo shot glasses or t-shirts (..My uncle went to Paris and all I got was this lousy t-shirt!..). I am talking about the places where the real locals shop. Instead […]

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July 11, 2007 by | 5 Comments