Archive | June, 2009

Vatican Confidential: Behind the Scenes of the Guided Tour Industry

Personally I have rarely been tempted to take guided tours. The times I have were usually accidental; faced with some complicated monument in the depths of India, an ageing guide has approached me and very softly urged me to take a tour at a wonderfully reasonable price. This is the sort of guided tour that […]

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June 30, 2009 by | 3 Comments

Venice: Boating through Lagoon City

When you travel to Venice, it’s easy to tramp around the narrow streets of the historic centre, getting lost at every turn and not caring because everything you see is beautiful, magical and wonderfully old. And at the end of the day, if your feet are aching and your eyes are popping out with an […]

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June 25, 2009 by | Comments Off on Venice: Boating through Lagoon City

Paris Attractions: The Quirky Side

In Paris, it is often easy to just settle for the clichés; sit in a café, gawk at the Eiffel Tower, join the scrum to view the Mona Lisa and walk hand-in-hand along the banks of the Seine. And that’s just fine. But look a little further, and you can stumble into some of the […]

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June 22, 2009 by | Comments Off on Paris Attractions: The Quirky Side

Lost in Transit

You’ve probably been getting the idea lately that I’ve been all over the place like some kind of bad euro-rash – y’know: everywhere at once and no matter what you do you can’t seem to get rid of it. I’ve had more than my share of disorder and, dare I say it in a public […]

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June 19, 2009 by | 1 Comment

Rome Photo Tour: Advice from Pro Photographers

If you are at all like me you have a pretty cool camera and you just love taking pictures. But none of them look like they would make it into National Geographic, and you really can’t put your finger on exactly why. It’s not that you don’t go to interesting places, or take enough shots, […]

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June 17, 2009 by | Comments Off on Rome Photo Tour: Advice from Pro Photographers

Project Easter Island: Seattle

I had three homes in Seattle recently. Number one: a performance studio in heart of Capitol Hill called Studio-Current. Two: just down the block, a new restaurant/café called Oddfellows. Three: A fabulous old home in the Madison Park neighborhood. I’d driven up from Portland for a brief artist residency and performance/art gathering for the Easter […]

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June 16, 2009 by | Comments Off on Project Easter Island: Seattle

Adelaide: Australia’s Most Underrated City

South Australia’s capital, Adelaide, must be Australia’s most underrated city. It’s also one of the country’s most attractive cities with lush botanic gardens, shady parks, charming beachside suburbs, elegant historic buildings and splendid old churches. In short, it’s the kind of city that makes you want to explore it on an old-fashioned bicycle with a […]

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June 15, 2009 by | Comments Off on Adelaide: Australia’s Most Underrated City

Iceland: Whale Watching, Waterfalls & Wonders

Most visitors to Iceland are blissfully unaware of the fact that the popular whale watching tour boats they happily bundle onto in Reykjavik share a dock with commercial whaling vessels. The same dock that is also home to a popular eatery that serves fresh whale kebabs daily. Funny, right? Or shocking?

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June 11, 2009 by | 2 Comments

Faster, Cheaper, Better: One Day in Sydney

So, I had one day in Sydney – what to do? For starters I booked into a hotel in the middle of the city, the CBD. I figured that would be close to everything important – Opera House, the harbour, Darling Harbour etc. Of course, to be within budget, I had to find one at […]

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June 4, 2009 by | 2 Comments

Paris Chocolate Tour

Do the words “chocolate” and “French pastries” get you excited? If so you should keep reading. Otherwise this borderline Paris food porn post will rub you the wrong way. You have been warned. It all started a few days ago, when we noticed an excellent review of our Paris Chocolate & Pastry Tour by Marie […]

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June 3, 2009 by | 2 Comments