Archive | February, 2009

133rd Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show

My Mum turned 60 and wanted to go to the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show for her birthday, the trickiest part is getting tickets and everything else is easy. On the tickets front, just mail in your form early (I think I mailed it in October), download it at the Westminster Kennel Club website. Beautiful […]

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February 25, 2009 by | Comments Off on 133rd Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show

One Pick-Up Truck, 9 People, 900 Kilometers, No Map

Here’s a recipe for adventure: a long weekend visit to family in Nakon Patom, Thailand. Naturally nobody has a map, but the general instructions seem to be, “head west to the big road, then head south; turn right just before you hit Bangkok“. Uh-huh. Great instructions to cover a 900km trip! So it’s 4am, off […]

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February 23, 2009 by | 1 Comment

Barcelona Tapas

Barcelona means tapas. Well, it also means Gaudi, and Picasso and a whole lot more, but when evening comes and you’re starting to feel just a little peckish, tapas is the answer. In Barcelona you are surrounded by tapas bars, and it can be a little daunting knowing how the whole process works, what the […]

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February 20, 2009 by | Comments Off on Barcelona Tapas

Croatia: An Artist in Winter

If you’ve ever wanted to run away from the world, a small Croatian island in winter is the place to do it. Mild weather, hours and hours of peace and quiet, with nothing to do but walk around the peninsula, look at the fishing boats, and read lots of books. There is something very romantic […]

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February 18, 2009 by | 1 Comment

DIY London: A Walk in Piccadilly

Everyone’s heard of Piccadilly Circus. It’s one of the most famous landmarks in London with its neon advertising signs, the statue of Eros, all those red double-decker buses swinging around. And it’s a great starting place to explore Piccadilly, the road which heads off down from the circus, towards Green Park across which crouches Buckingham […]

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February 17, 2009 by | 2 Comments

Suggested Malaysia Itineraries

One of Malaysia’s truly unique features is its cultural heritage. Malaysia is home to three diverse ethnic groups: Malay, Chinese, Indian. And traveling in Malaysia is like visiting three countries in one. Visit a Hindu shrine, score a bargain in Chinatown, and experience a traditional Malay meal, all in one afternoon. This cultural blend makes […]

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February 13, 2009 by | 5 Comments

San Francisco’s Academy of Sciences

Do you have kids? I have one. His name is Emmett. He’s nearly three years old. He loves penguins. And fish. And butterflies. And snakes. And jellyfish. And alligators. Most of the time we only get to experience these things in books. Which is why I was super-duper excited to check out the newly reopened […]

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February 12, 2009 by | 7 Comments

Western Australia: Halls Creek to Windjana Gorge

Well folks, sorry to have left you hanging longer than a chicken in a back street BBQ shop window, but now’s the time to get back to the tale of how the west can be won. Even the most foolhardy souls can find something to warm their wagon on the road that lies ahead, so […]

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February 4, 2009 by | 3 Comments

Why I Loved My San Francisco Helicopter Tour

I’ve lived in San Francisco most of my adult life. (Cue nostalgic music and violins.) Somehow I’d lived here all these years and never seen SF from above. You get a hint of the beauty when you fly in or out of SFO airport and are lucky enough to have a window seat. So I […]

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February 3, 2009 by | 5 Comments