Archive | September, 2009

Atlas Obscura: DYI Temples, Castles, Cathedrals

For those of you anxiously awaiting this next installment of wonder-inspiring, off-the-beaten-path places that don’t make it into traditional guidebooks. This week’s Atlas Obscura theme is self-built temples (in Italy), castles (in the U.S.) and cathedrals (in Spain)!

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September 30, 2009 by | 2 Comments

Horrible History: Edinburgh’s Dark Past

OK, it’s confession time. I know that tourist boards want to promote the positive and – honestly – I really do love all the good things. But sometimes I just feel in need of something a little…darker. Fortunately, we’re in Edinburgh. Now this is a city which has (it seems) more than its fair share […]

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September 29, 2009 by | 2 Comments

Summer in Melbourne: Top Outdoor Cinemas

Summer and the movies used to be great together. Me and my mate Simon would buy a ticket to an 11am session, then spend the whole day sneaking from cinema to cinema (via the snack bar) watching movies all day. Good times. While it’s still possible to sneak into sessions through the day at Melbourne‘s […]

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September 22, 2009 by | 1 Comment

Jack’s Monopoly Guide to London

Now, I’ve played plenny of board games – scrabble, draughts (or chequers if you will), a spot of chess as a young’un, and word has it maybe even a spot of Trouble, though not that I’d own up to that with less than a sixpack on the table. London town had come a-calling, so seemed […]

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September 21, 2009 by | Comments Off on Jack’s Monopoly Guide to London

Atlas Obscura: Snakes & Salt Flats

What, you’ve never heard of the Atlas Obscura? The founders – Dylan Thuras and Joshua Foer – have created a compendium of the world’s wonders, curiosities and esoterica. It’s all about the wonder-inspiring, off-the-beaten-path places that don’t make it into traditional guidebooks. This week’s installment: endless salt flats and deadly snakes that melt human flesh!

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September 18, 2009 by | Comments Off on Atlas Obscura: Snakes & Salt Flats

Viator.com Earns Top 10 Web Award from TRAVELtech

You may have read earlier about Viator.com being nominated for the TRAVELtech 2009 Website of The Year award (click here if you missed it). TRAVELtech honors the top travel websites in Australia. And yes, mate, Viator has Australian roots! Viator was founded and maintains a strong presence in Australia (along with our offices in San […]

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September 17, 2009 by | Comments Off on Viator.com Earns Top 10 Web Award from TRAVELtech

The Beatles on Tour

I’ll start off with a confession, I am becoming hopelessly addicted to Beatles Rock Band, I would play it eight days a week. My brother and I are big Beatles fans, so naturally we got the game, and despite genetic advantages, are still trying to get our high harmonies in sync. Let’s just say I […]

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September 17, 2009 by | Comments Off on The Beatles on Tour

Funeral & Vigil for Edgar Allan Poe

Hon, you may know Baltimore as Charm City USA. But did you know ‘Bawlmore’ is also home to Edgar Allan Poe? OK OK so Poe was actually born in New York City. Whaddabout it? Baltimore’s claim to fame is that Poe died here. He was found unconscious in the streets of Baltimore and admitted to […]

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September 16, 2009 by | 1 Comment

Europe in Miniature

While the European Union is developing in an ongoing process of enlargement, I was curious about the miniature version. I wondered, what on earth would possess anyone to visit a mini-Europe theme park in Brussels? And what had me baffled even more, why did anyone build such a thing?

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September 14, 2009 by | Comments Off on Europe in Miniature

Southern Iceland in a Day

During the perpetual light of Iceland‘s summer, people like to get out of town. Leaving their posts at their city desk jobs for weeks at a time, people load up the car with supplies, strap in their pretty blonde children, and merge with the summer traffic. Since the completion of the national ring road in […]

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September 11, 2009 by | 3 Comments