Archive | June, 2008

Ode to Midsummer Madness

I used to think that “Northern Lights” was just an exotic name for nasty skunk / plutonium-powered hydroponic weed from the boffins back at the Smoking Lab in Amsterdam. Turns out it’s more than just the stars you see on the back of your lids when you’re belly-up in a back alley outside a “coffee […]

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June 30, 2008 by | Comments Off on Ode to Midsummer Madness

A Cure for Jet Lag in Sydney

For almost everyone in world getting to Australia takes a long time. Sure, it’s no longer necessary to hang your head over the ship’s rail for a month or more, as visitors from the mother country (that’s England, for the history-challenged among you) routinely did until just 40 years ago. But a flight time that […]

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June 28, 2008 by | 3 Comments

Things to Do in Istanbul: Go Shopping

It’s wrong to buy designer ripoffs, right? But when they are being sold as ‘original copies’ do the same rules apply? Because that is the sales pitch of the guys in the markets of Istanbul. Sincerity abounds as they shake Dolce and Gabbana shirts and Prada boots and Versace jeans in front of you: ‘Original […]

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June 27, 2008 by | 4 Comments

Free Thing to Do in London? Speakers’ Corner

London is brimming with life, from the pounding underground nightclubs (catering for every music taste known to mankind) to the chic boudoirs bustling with sparkling Russians in Bond Street. Tourists and natives alike are spoilt for choice on how to spend their days, but rest assured the majority will cost you an arm and a […]

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June 23, 2008 by | 3 Comments


The kids got it sorted If it’s hot, the kids have got it. Like yellow T-shirts this summer. They are “it”. It’s taken me a few years, maybe ten, but I have just started to get used to mobile phones in movies. Y’know like the villain is out doing some villainous thing and then the […]

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June 21, 2008 by | Comments Off on C U IN PARIS 4 LNCH

Australian Outback in 3 Days or Less. It can be done.

The iconic Australian Outback – kangaroos, the Red Centre, akubra’s, four-wheel drives, Ayers Rock (Uluru). I always thought that it was something I would do when I “had more time”. But whether it’s 2 or 3 days out of your trip to Australia, or a long weekend from Sydney for me, this is an exhilarating […]

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June 17, 2008 by | Comments Off on Australian Outback in 3 Days or Less. It can be done.

Day Trips from Amsterdam

Traveling further afield from Amsterdam? You can try the well-known tourist destinations in Belgium like Bruges and Ghent, or Antwerp and Brussels. Yet there are several options for quicker day trips from Amsterdam, whether your tastes lean towards modern urbanism or pastoral tulip fields.

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June 13, 2008 by | 9 Comments

Ardmore. Yes, Ardmore.

The Disillusioned Dubliner isn’t usually one for giving romantic advice, but here’s a pearl of wisdom for all you lonely hearts out there: Get yourself a lover from somewhere else. Katie Lincoln comes from a small fishing village (I know every village says that, but you can take my word for it, people fish there) […]

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June 7, 2008 by | 2 Comments

2008 Mongol Rally: The Countdown Begins

Editor’s Note: Read the latest on the Optimistic Fools preparation for the 2008 Mongol Rally. Viator is pleased to be a sponsor of the Optimistic Fools rally team, on their journey to complete the 2008 Mongol Rally from London to Ulan Bator, Mongolia. The race starts July 19, so the next time we hear from […]

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June 6, 2008 by | Comments Off on 2008 Mongol Rally: The Countdown Begins

Things to Do in Nice, Cannes, Monaco

So the south of France, the French Riviera, the Côte d’Azur. I know what you’re thinking: expensive, clichéd. Think again. I discovered that the south of France is one of the most beautiful places on earth, plus it’s relaxed, fun, affordable and very, very welcoming. The south of France / Côte d’Azur / French Riviera. Call […]

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June 3, 2008 by | 4 Comments