Archive | October, 2008

The World’s 5 Top Domes

Whenever I travel, one of the things I inevitably do is visit the biggest church in the place. And judging by the queues outside Notre Dame in Paris, and St Peter’s in Rome, I’m not alone. But a few months ago when I was standing inside Hagia Sofia in Istanbul bending my neck right back […]

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October 29, 2008 by | 2 Comments

London Walking Tours

The fast paced city full of history and hidden nooks, London is a place to do on foot if you have time and hardy shoes. But plan your walks well – it’s a big city and you’ll end up walking miles if you’re not careful. I recommend lots of stopping for tea and cakes. So, […]

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October 29, 2008 by | 3 Comments

Germany on Tour (the Musical Kind)

Going on tour isn’t all sunglasses at night, exciting destinations and a breathless timetable. Long hours in the car / plane / bus / train and too much personal contact with the same people / person 24 hours a day can be a recipe for insanity. Or the road to delirious delight. In-jokes abound, late-night […]

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October 24, 2008 by | Comments Off on Germany on Tour (the Musical Kind)

Mongol Rally 2008: All Good Things Come to an End

We crossed the Caspian Sea in an ancient ex-Soviet cargo ship, from Baku in Azerbaijan, headed towards Aktau, in the world’s largest landlocked country, Kazakhstan. We had a chance to sit back and relax for a change. Having left London almost a month back we were part of 200 teams taking part in the 5th […]

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October 22, 2008 by | 3 Comments

Oman Tour: My 4×4 Adventure to Nizwa & Jebel Shams

It was hot at 8am when Munir, our guide for the day, picked us up at our Muscat hotel in his 4×4. Hot enough, in fact, for my camera lenses to fog when we went outside. Summer temperatures in Oman can reach 50°C (122°F), and air-conditioning in vehicles is a necessity rather than a luxury. […]

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October 15, 2008 by | 4 Comments

In Paris: My Citroen 2CV Tour

I’ve always been a great advocate of the hop-on hop-off bus tours that we offer in so many of our destinations. They provide a wonderful way to get acquainted with the city — its various districts, the key attractions and even the places to avoid — while at the same time getting you out in […]

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October 14, 2008 by | Comments Off on In Paris: My Citroen 2CV Tour

Be Unforgettable: Viator T-Shirts & Hoodies

We know what you’re thinking. “Do I really need a Viator T-shirt or hoodie (let alone a Viator bumper sticker, tote bag or key chain…)” The answer, friends, is yes! Because this isn’t plain ol’, run-of-the-mill Viator travel shwag. We’ve actually spent some time thinking about this stuff, trying to make it fun, fashionable and […]

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October 10, 2008 by | 3 Comments

Guide to Australia’s Flinders Ranges

Wilpena Aerial Sunris Say, fr’instance, you’re in Adelaide, South Australia. Why not head over to the Yorke Peninsula, or even out to the Adelaide Hills – I hear the markets are mighty fine up there – but all in all it’ll really just be more of the same: cold nights, y’know… a touch of dampness. […]

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October 9, 2008 by | Comments Off on Guide to Australia’s Flinders Ranges

7 Places to Really Experience a Drink

You can sip a Mai Tai in the middle of a freezing New York City winter, but really the experience is not the same as having one on a lanai in Maui. There’s something about the perfect drink in the perfect place that really rallies the senses together to experience something more than just the […]

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October 9, 2008 by | 1 Comment

Mongol Rally: Optimistic from the Adriatic to the Caspian

Irene in the shadow of the ancient fort town of Kotar, Montenegro I think that travel comes from some deep urge to see the world, like the urge that brings up a worm in an Irish bog to see the moon when it is full –Lord Dunsany My team mate , Olly, and I had […]

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October 7, 2008 by | Comments Off on Mongol Rally: Optimistic from the Adriatic to the Caspian