Archive | May, 2009

Competitours, What’s That?

Did you notice the Competitours ad on our blog? We don’t normally carry ads on the blog, but in this case we’re making an exception because (yes this is a pop quiz): (a) we at Viator like what they do (b) we’ve decided to provide their contestants with trip planning and tour advice (c) they’re […]

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May 29, 2009 by | 1 Comment

Ping Pong Berlin, Tischtennis for the Well-Dressed

When you think of all the great sports stars Germany has to offer – Michael Schumacher, Katarina Witt, er, Boris Becker, and Steffi Graf – one is imbued with a sense of grace, power and athleticism uncommon in the everyday punter. But does one ever consider Timo Boll? “Who!?” I hear you cry. The current […]

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May 29, 2009 by | Comments Off on Ping Pong Berlin, Tischtennis for the Well-Dressed

Top Things to See and Do in Lisbon

I call Lisbon my impossible love. While I adore the city’s low-key energy, the bittersweet saudade sentiment that echoes through the zigzag of its hilltop streetscapes, I know it’s a love that can’t be sustained. Perhaps because Portugal’s poignantly pretty capital still has the provincial feel of a backwater town. Perhaps because the slow mentality […]

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May 28, 2009 by | 4 Comments

Dublin: Guinness Brewery Celebrates 250 Years

Arthur Guinness, he was one smart fella. Here’s what I know: Your man walks into a Dublin real estate office in 1759 (pre-global mortgage meltdown). He’s thirsty. He’s thirsty for something in the very way that John T. Coke and Thomas Daiquiri and Jane Champagne and Abraham L’Emonaide were once thirsty, years before their eponymous […]

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May 26, 2009 by | 1 Comment

Things to Do in Memphis, Tennessee

Along the highway in Arkansas, a bright pink billboard for Graceland got my heart a-thumpin’ for Memphis, and even though Timmy was driving, I pushed the eject button right in the middle of “Truckin’” and popped in Chuck Berry’s “Memphis, Tennessee.” Such a sad and beautiful song. Timmy cursed a blue streak all the way […]

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May 24, 2009 by | 1 Comment

3 Days: Uluru & Kata Tjuta

First off, the awe-inspiring Uluru–Kata Tjuta National Park is immense. Not Kakadu big, but big enough so that you need to plan your visit to the Red Centre with precision as some activities and sights are best at dawn, others at sunset, and certain things should not be done in the middle of the day […]

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May 22, 2009 by | 1 Comment

Cruising through Germany on the Danube & Rhine

The small town of Regensburg in southern Germany was a revelation. We docked there at sunset, next to a butcher selling the region’s famous wurst, then strolled through the winding narrow streets to the magnificent cathedral, which is apparently the prime example of Gothic architecture in southern Germany. We could only admire the exterior, as […]

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May 19, 2009 by | Comments Off on Cruising through Germany on the Danube & Rhine

10 Reasons to Linger in a Town Like Alice

For time-poor visitors to Australia’s ‘Red Centre’, Alice Springs is merely a sleepover before visiting that big red rock in the centre of Australia. However ‘The Alice’, as it’s known, offers far more than lodgings for the night. For starters it’s the best place in Australia to buy Aboriginal art from the Central and Western […]

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May 18, 2009 by | 1 Comment

Jack’s Nuttering Guide to Corfu, Greece

So if you were a bit of a mug, or a romantic – which is the same thing in some people’s books (not mine, but that’s another bloody story, so mind your business) – a boat is one of those things that you’d use to get between places girt by sea, as our Australian national […]

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May 14, 2009 by | 5 Comments

Cuba, My Surprising New Year’s Eve

It is New Year’s eve, a warm balmy evening. I’m at the farm with friends and family, there’s a pig roasting succulently on a spit, and the CD player is controlled by the teenagers. A friend of the family is drunkenly playing a guitar surprisingly well in the corner. But this is not my family, […]

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May 13, 2009 by | 4 Comments