Archive | February, 2009

Grand Canyon National Park: Happy 90th Birthday

Happy 90th birthday to the Grand Canyon! Yes we’re a day late, hopefully the Grand Canyon isn’t offended that we forgot to call yesterday and sing it birthday greetings. No cupcakes or birthday cake either. Sheesh, what kind of birthday party is this? Let’s call it less of a party and more of an homage. […]

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February 27, 2009 by | Comments Off on Grand Canyon National Park: Happy 90th Birthday

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

Yarra Valley Fire Update

No doubt you’ve been hearing about the tragic fires in the Australian state of Victoria. It’s been one of the worst years on record for fires, and already the death toll is approaching 200. Thousands of acres have burned, entire towns have been destroyed. It’s truly staggering to contemplate the destruction. We just had a […]

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February 11, 2009 by | Comments Off on Yarra Valley Fire Update

Dinner in the Sky Las Vegas

Have you heard of the ‘dining in the dark’ craze? Sure it sounds fun. And yet we already hear you wondering, what will they possibly think of next? We have the answer! It involves Las Vegas, a very large crane, and an outdoor platform almost 200 feet above the ground with 180-degree views over the […]

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February 9, 2009 by | 1 Comment