Archive | April, 2009

Trans-Mongolia Part 5: Moscow & St Petersburg

At the heart of Moscow – geographically, politically and culturally – lies the Kremlin. If you lived through the Cold War or even just seen early Bond films, even a mention of the Soviet-era landmark suggests KGB plots and political intrigue. In fact many Russian cities have a kremlin, a fortress that has survived since […]

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April 28, 2009 by | 2 Comments

What to Do in Poland? Slow It Down.

An opportunity extended itself to travel to Poland and, of course, I was happy to follow through. Poland: a land of soft slow landscapes, with a pace that suits me well, with friendly people, and with a language that, although a little hard to get the tongue around, is very gentle on the ears. I […]

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April 24, 2009 by | 2 Comments

Vatican Tours – Which One?

It’s no secret that the Vatican is one of Rome’s (and the world’s) most famous – and most crowded – attractions. The art, the sculpture, the architecture, the history – a tour of the Vatican is basically a tour of western history (the good, the bad, and the sometimes ugly) over the past 1,000 years. […]

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April 22, 2009 by | Comments Off on Vatican Tours – Which One?

Travel for the Love of Film, Music, Books

There are some films that make you just want to be there, even though you know rationally that it was only a movie, not real life (and even if it was real life, by the time the film comes out the original event is long-gone). There is something exciting about standing on a street corner […]

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April 20, 2009 by | 2 Comments

Viator in German? Ja!

Mein Deutsch ist nicht so gut. No, don’t panic. We are not writing this entire post in German. Though here at Viator HQ we’re very pleased to announce the birth of Viator’s German-language website. Head on over to and have a look. The tag line is ‘Ausflüge, Unternehmungen und Besichtigungstouren’, which is another way […]

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April 18, 2009 by | 1 Comment

Trans-Mongolia Part 4: Farewell Siberia

From Tomsk it’s an ass-numbing 50-plus hours to Moscow. We’re prepared, though, with plenty of supplies for in-carriage picnics. The dining car sounds like a good idea for a change of scenery but on the first night of the trip we get stung for over 1,000 roubles (including separate, extra charges for tomato and cucumber […]

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April 16, 2009 by | 2 Comments

London Airport Transport: Heathrow, Gatwick, Luton, Stansted

So, you’re thinking a little summertime in London might be nice. And you’re right. All those divine parks to walk in, gorgeous spring fashions to buy, and delicious pints of lager to drink outside on a warm evening. Not to mention the fish and chips, mushy peas and spotted dick to eat. (Settle down, it’s […]

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April 12, 2009 by | 20 Comments

England Rocks. London Too.

England Rocks takes a simple concept – that London, England and the UK in general have spawned innumerable great bands and have rich musical legacies – and makes it accessible to music fans. Did you know that a young Jarvis Cocker once worked in a fish stall at the Castle Market in Sheffield? Or that […]

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April 8, 2009 by | 24 Comments

Trans-Mongolia Part 3: Mushing to Moscow

Irkutsk is the jumping off point for Lake Baikal, the world’s deepest and weirdest lake. Water gushed into the space between two tectonic plates and created a huge crescent-shaped water that runs over 600km. It’s apparently more than a fifth of the world’s fresh unfrozen water. The tectonic plates are slowing moving away from each […]

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April 7, 2009 by | 3 Comments

Melbourne: 10 Things to Do in Summer

I’ve just spent a couple of months in Melbourne catching up with family and friends. And I have to admit I’d forgotten what a fab town it is. I was born and raised there, and sometimes it’s hard to really see your hometown, but a few years away gave me fresh eyes. So here’s my […]

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April 6, 2009 by | Comments Off on Melbourne: 10 Things to Do in Summer