Archive | July, 2009

A Quantum of Sunshine

After three days rest and reparations in my hideaway sanctuary in Spreewald just outside of Berlin – contemplating sunshine and catching up on my colleagues most recent exploits in Casino Royale – a sudden message had me call my accountant, who in turn called my travel agent, who in turn called my mother (as it […]

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July 31, 2009 by | Comments Off on A Quantum of Sunshine

Suggested Kuala Lumpur Itineraries

So you’ve made it to Kuala Lumpur – the capital of Malaysia and one of the undiscovered gems in southeast Asia. Very few tourists pass through KL, as Kuala Lumpur is universally known. Most favor Thailand or Singapore for their southeast Asian adventures, but not you, because you are looking for something different. And we […]

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July 31, 2009 by | 3 Comments

San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge: Musings on Beauty & Death

When I was a kid I owned a book called This is San Francisco. It was essentially a child’s large-format guidebook to the city, with illustrations of cable cars, sea lions, dungeness crabs, Chinatown, Willie Mays, and other highlights that, to most children and out-of-towners at least, sum up the city. My awareness of the […]

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July 30, 2009 by | 1 Comment

Viva la Summer: New York City

Haven’t heard of Viva la Summer? Here’s the deal – as part of Viator’s celebration of summer 2009, we’re pointing a spotlight at top summer destinations around the world. This week’s featured destination is New York City (see below for some of our favorite things to do in New York). Our first order of business: […]

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July 29, 2009 by | Comments Off on Viva la Summer: New York City

Montenegro in a Day

Montenegro is only 5,300 square miles (13,800 sq km), with a total population of 680,000. And let’s be honest: this is not a large country. How hard can it be to see most of it in one day? The answer is very hard. Because Montenegro is not some flat plain you can speed across with […]

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July 28, 2009 by | 1 Comment

Running in Europe: 10 Races, 10 Countries

Do you like to run, but hate running? Maybe you’re tired of running few miles a day, monotonously, on a treadmill or around the block. Not any longer! Why not run over to Europe for a short race or a marathon? Seriously, you can do this without being a fanatical athlete. It’s easy: book a […]

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July 24, 2009 by | 1 Comment

Cuba: My Top 5 Travel Picks

The other Cuba is the one the Cuban’s live in, and it is an intoxicating mix of Caribbean color with Spanish heritage with the uniqueness that the 47 years of blockade and its own unique blend of communism have brought. Cuba is the largest Caribbean island and there is a real diversity of places and […]

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July 23, 2009 by | 6 Comments

Viva la Summer: London

Haven’t heard of Viva la Summer? Here’s the deal – as part of Viator’s celebration of summer 2009, we’re pointing a spotlight at top summer destinations around the world. This week’s featured destination is London (see below for some of our favorite things to do in London).

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July 22, 2009 by | 4 Comments

Google Maps, You Suck

Apologies for the rude headline. I am hoping somebody at Google Maps will be offended enough to actually read this post. And maybe then, Google will finally do something about all the spam infecting Google Maps and Google Local Business listings. On one hand, Google Maps is a great tool. Remember MapQuest? Not so much. […]

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July 17, 2009 by | 13 Comments

Northern Territory. Best Place in the World. Ever.

This may be an unashamedly biased overview of an already generalised topic. However, Australia’s Northern Territory is clearly and obviously the best place in the world, anyone could tell you that. Before it was discovered by a couple of kangaroos a few years back, there was little more than an empty can of Fosters up […]

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July 17, 2009 by | 1 Comment