Archive | November, 2007

Skip the Line: Private Vatican Museums Walking Tour

Our Guest Blogger at the Vatican Editor’s note: The following was written by guest blogger Dr. Carla Melchior. Dr. Melchior is an Italian living between Italy and the United States. She is the principal of Studio Melchior, a leading translation company, and a freelance writer. She is a cancer survivor and is active in fund-raising […]

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November 30, 2007 by | Comments Off on Skip the Line: Private Vatican Museums Walking Tour

Holiday Gift Guide for Travelers

There’s really no better gift than a Viator gift certificate, but let’s say that you just gave someone a travel gift certificate and can’t possibly regift that again. Then what should you buy for your favorite traveler this holiday season? Might I make a few unique and possibly frivolous suggestions? If nothing else, perhaps this […]

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November 28, 2007 by | 2 Comments

East Coast Australia with Kid, Parts 3 & 4

Editor’s Note: These are the 3rd & 4th posts in a series from John “traveler, father & wit” Ryan. Somehow we forgot to publish John’s post from Bellingen, so we’re making up for lost time with today’s double-post. Have kid, will travel is John’s motto. Read his first post here. East Coast Australia Part 4: […]

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November 27, 2007 by | 2 Comments

Gaudi Broke My Heart in Barcelona

I arrived in Barcelona a fan of Gaudi and left with the relationship in tatters. I’m not sure what the turning point was. His erratic and changeable design? His perfectionism and the time it took him to do anything? The fact there were so many other people swooning around him? His unavailability? Barcelona’s Parc Guell […]

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November 23, 2007 by | Comments Off on Gaudi Broke My Heart in Barcelona

Argentina Insider’s Guide: Things to Do in Salta

The cathedral in Salta The biggest city in northern Argentina, Salta was my first real taste of the country when I arrived from neighbouring Bolivia last year. With decent nightlife, some beautifully preserved colonial architecture and a young population, this is a good place to spend a couple of lively days when you’re in Argentina. […]

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November 19, 2007 by | Comments Off on Argentina Insider’s Guide: Things to Do in Salta

Across Australia by Train

The Trans-Siberian, the Orient Express, the Royal Scotsman – just some of the world’s great train journeys. Even the names conjure expansive landscapes, crossed by shimmering steel horizons dividing the vast open spaces. Australia has several of its own romantic, adventurous rail adventures. And being some 4000kms across and 3000kms from top to bottom, rail […]

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November 17, 2007 by | 3 Comments

Breakfast Blogs: Our Top Picks

I love bacon. My apologies to any vegetarian readers we may have just lost. Bacon is one of my favorite foods. I have personally made bacon pies, bacon ice cream, bacon waffles, bacon Halloween costumes (don’t ask) and bacon cocktails (seriously good: basically a white Russian with 1/4cup of well-cooked bacon tossed in a blender). […]

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November 16, 2007 by | 6 Comments

Where the Bloody Hell is Tasmania?

Has Tasmania gone missing?? Imagine my shock when, arriving back at my New York hotel recently after purchasing a new pair of Merrell World Passport slip-ons, with the patented world map on the sole, I discovered that Tasmania, the place of my birth, does not exist in the Merrell world! Good gracious! I had been […]

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November 15, 2007 by | 2 Comments

East Coast Australia with Kid: Part 2

Editor’s Note: This is the 2nd in a series from John “traveler, father & wit” Ryan. He’s taking the family from Melbourne up along Australia’s eastern coast. Have kid, will travel is John’s motto. Read his first post here. Archibald Fountain in Sydney’s Hyde Park With an afternoon and night in Sydney under our belt, […]

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November 14, 2007 by | Comments Off on East Coast Australia with Kid: Part 2

Suggested Itineraries: 3 Days in Amsterdam

The rumors are true, illicit offerings abound for the Amsterdam traveler, but there is so much more. Amsterdam has all the offerings of a major world capital, and yet the atmosphere here is more akin to a village with tree-lined canals, art museums and a strong café culture. Even for the most puritanical visitors, Amsterdam […]

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November 13, 2007 by | 2 Comments