Archive | July, 2007

Elvis Presley is Dead, Long Live the King

Editor’s Note: August 16th marks the 30th anniversary of Elvis’ death. I was a week shy of my 8th birthday when Elvis Presley died, and I still remember being in the playground at school with my friends when I heard the news. Even at that young age, I was shocked that such a prolific singer […]

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July 31, 2007 by | 5 Comments

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

Hawaii by Submarine, and the Kids Loved It

Yes dad, it’s a real submarine OK – so I’m heading to Waikiki and Oahu with my family (two boys – 8 and 6) and my lovely wife. What to do? Of course we planned on spending time on the beach, heading to the north shore (no waves in June… doh!) and enjoying the multitude […]

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July 29, 2007 by | 3 Comments

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

The Venice Biennale

Venice brings to mind a glorious past of glamorous parties in Palazzo lining the Grand Canal: champagne flowing, voices chattering, rich fabrics rustling. This year, I was lucky enough to be in Venice during the opening of the 52nd Venice Biennale. There were parties, there was champagne (fabrics, sadly, do not rustle much these days). […]

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July 27, 2007 by | 2 Comments

Chasing Angelina in Santorini

As I was walking past the newsstands today I noticed all the gossip magazines with Angelina Jolie on the front cover and it reminded me of my trip to Santorini. A few years ago, my sister and I headed over to Santorini on a ferry from Athens as we had heard it was the most […]

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July 26, 2007 by | 1 Comment

Give Me Bangers and Mash Anytime

It’s no wonder Bangkok, affectionately known as ‘Bangers’ by the expat community, is so popular with first time travelers to Asia. I once heard it referred to as ‘Asia for Dummies’ (inspired by the famous series of computer self-help books) and I couldn’t agree with the description more. Out of all the major cities in […]

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July 26, 2007 by | 3 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

Harry Potter Mania Worldwide

Let me start off by saying I am not a huge Harry Potter fan. I’ve read the books, but until recently I’d never bought any of them (all borrowed from friends). I mostly have seen the movies on tv. Of my friends and colleagues, I am the exception not the rule. I am not going […]

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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