Archive | November, 2008

Dear London: A Love Letter

Dear London, you confuse me so much. How can you give so much with one hand and then slap me in the face with the other? I remember the first time I visited you. It was the lead-up to Christmas. The weather was cold and crisp, perfect actually. Everyone had told me it would rain […]

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November 24, 2008 by | 3 Comments

Angels & Demons in Rome

I love it when a book I’ve enjoyed is turned into a movie, though I’ve just discovered an even better way to extend my enjoyment: the official tour. And this one — the Angels & Demons tour in Rome — is so good the movie’s producer (Ron Howard) and star (Tom Hanks) have both done […]

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November 21, 2008 by | 1 Comment

Exploring Lake Geneva: Geneva, Laussane, Montreux

After battling off a nasty cough and a week’s worth of work in London, some fresh air and a restful change of scenery were in order. In true budget traveler fashion I picked the destination with the cheapest flight: Geneva, Switzerland on easyJet. Armed with the determination that I’d find some tasty fondue and chocolate […]

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November 19, 2008 by | 1 Comment

Where Are You Wearing?

Most people, if they haven’t cut them out because they itch, consult the tag on their clothing for washing instructions. I consulted mine for a travel itinerary. My goal was to track down the factory that produced my item of clothing, and meet the workers. To me this sounded like fun.

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November 18, 2008 by | 5 Comments

A Budget Guide to Shoestring Travel

You’ve planned your dream trip, saved up working three jobs (taking every hour of overtime you can), cut back on luxuries and stayed home almost every night, in order to enjoy yourself on holiday. You’ve finally bought the ticket and booked the hotel when all of a sudden… The economy turns upside down, the currency […]

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November 17, 2008 by | 7 Comments

Neon Graveyard in Las Vegas

As a recent resident of Las Vegas, I was excited by the prospect of visiting the Neon Graveyard. Located on Las Vegas Boulevard (The Strip) north of Downtown and the Fremont Street Experience, the Neon Graveyard (a.k.a. Neon Museum or The Boneyard) offers an eclectic mix of old Vegas and new. From pre-WWII signs to […]

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November 15, 2008 by | 5 Comments

My Paris Gourmet Food Walking Tour

We recently sent Jodi on a Paris gourmet food walking tour, to get a first-hand look at one of Viator’s most popular walking tours in Paris. The fact that Jodi was broke and in need of a good gourmet meal, well, Jodi, we’re always glad to help a fellow traveler out.

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November 14, 2008 by | 4 Comments

Jetset Life: Milan & Lake Como

Okay, I need a plan. This travelling life is expensive and I’ve realised it can only be sustained by becoming as one with the jetset crowd, those who own houses dotted all around the globe. But I do have class and standards – I am not going to sell my soul, I am not looking […]

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November 13, 2008 by | Comments Off on Jetset Life: Milan & Lake Como

Travel in the Footsteps of Barack Obama

Last year I wrote about some vacation ideas for George Bush: places where he might brush up on his knowledge of world affairs while at the same time getting some much needed respite from the rigors of Washington DC life. He didn’t, alas, take my advice and now finds himself with only a couple of […]

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November 12, 2008 by | 5 Comments

Hungary for Action

I found Hungary lurking off down by Serbia and Croatia, spreading its little bit of happiness around with language that had more in common with Finnish (14 declinations anyone?) than any of its neighbouring-country cousins. Thought a few days down in Budapest could be just the thing – bit of time by the water, plenty […]

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November 12, 2008 by | 2 Comments