Archive | August, 2009

An Open Letter to Complainers

Being a frequent traveler has its memorable moments, and one of them occurred recently when I had the chance to dine at a well-known Georgian restaurant in Moscow, Russia. It was a great meal, and the restaurant’s location combined with the balmy summer weather provided the perfect opportunity for a late-night stroll through the streets […]

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August 31, 2009 by | 20 Comments

Viva la Summer: San Francisco

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 San Francisco. As always our first order of business: we’re pleased to honor our Viva la Summer traveler of the week. This week it’s Eduardo S. from the USA. He submitted […]

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August 28, 2009 by | 1 Comment

The Art of Travel Writing: Stonehenge Part 1

Editor’s note: We recently sent two of our hard-working travel writers on a private tour and private viewing of Stonehenge from London. We covered the cost of the tickets, and in return we asked for them to write about their experiences. And who knew their experiences would be so similar, yet so different. Here’s the […]

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August 27, 2009 by | 3 Comments

Cruising the Canals of Paris

When your feet are tired from climbing all those stairs in the Eiffel Tower and Notre Dame, try a nice relaxing cruise along two of the most fascinating waterways in Paris, the Canal St Martin and the River Seine. I love a good boat trip, and jumped at the chance to take a Paris canal […]

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August 26, 2009 by | Comments Off on Cruising the Canals of Paris

3 Days in Vienna

Maybe you already know Vienna for it’s culture, architecture and pastries. Now come with me and discover some unlikely features of this charming city. The ‘mobile generation’ can log into “Vienna Unlike” for GPS locations to all the hippest bars, clubs, shops and ‘wellness’ haunts, and experience the creative energy of the city, living like […]

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August 22, 2009 by | Comments Off on 3 Days in Vienna

2009 TRAVELtech Awards: Vote for Viator, Mate

2009 has been a good awards season for Viator, knock on wood. Our blog has been nominated (and won!) a handful of awards. And yesterday we learned that has been nominated by TRAVELtech as one of Australia’s Top 25 travel websites. What, you didn’t know we spoke Australian? Well we do, mate. Don’t believe […]

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August 19, 2009 by | 1 Comment

Athens – Controlled Chaos

Many cities can claim to be old, aging, but few can be said to be still walking the same streets as the ancients. And in many ways, as we walk to the streets of Athens, you really can feel the millions of feet that have trodden the same path…perhaps not on exactly the same piece […]

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August 17, 2009 by | 3 Comments

My Venice Walking Tour

What’s the secret to Venice? Comfortable shoes. But please, this does not mean you should throw style out the window. Venice is a stylish city. Paved in marble. Actually, more correctly I think it’s Istrian stone from across the Adriatic Sea in Croatia. Whatever it is, it’s hard. Very tiring on the legs and feet. […]

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August 14, 2009 by | 6 Comments

London: Tower Crusin’, Thames Boozin’

Young love in summertime, is there anything more wonderful to behold? Being the romantics that we are here at Viator, we sent Jack and Tina on a Thames River cruise & Tower of London tour. Little could we guess, it was the start of a beautiful relationship. The Brits wore gray, Jack wore Brown, the […]

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August 12, 2009 by | 1 Comment

Sydney Beach Guide

You think Sydney, you think the beach. And you’d be right. There are about 150 beaches in the Sydney metropolitan area! The city’s spread along a long coastline fronting the Pacific Ocean, full of coves and rivers, ocean pools and surf, cliffs and treacherous waves. It’s spectacular and awesome and chilled out, all at the […]

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August 11, 2009 by | 3 Comments