Archive | November, 2009

London for Christmas: A Holiday Survival Guide

It was the second last weekend in November and a friend of mine was in London without a room booked for the Saturday night (a long story). Dragging her suitcase, she walked into about 50 hotels ranging from one star to five. None of them had a vacancy. She headed to an internet café, checked […]

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November 24, 2009 by | 3 Comments

London on Ice Skates

It’s the time of year when thoughts turn to healing bruised egos with mulled wine. Yes, all over London magnificent outdoor ice rinks are opening and perfectly sensible people are shodding their feet with narrow lines of sharp metal, sliding onto mirror smooth cold ice, and waving their arms around their heads in an attempt […]

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November 24, 2009 by | 1 Comment

Aurora Borealis in Iceland

With or without camera, go to Iceland. Go Aurora hunting. There’s no guarantee you’ll see it, this being one of nature’s most fragile tricks. But if you do… Wowza! Digging myself a whole trench full of trouble. Everyone knows the Northern Lights are capricious at best, downright elusive the rest of the time. But since […]

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November 20, 2009 by | 3 Comments

Your Travel Photos – Reborn as Toys!

So you’ve travelled and taken lots of digital photos. Now you are now home, pining for the next adventure. What to do? Why not dust off your travel pictures and have some fun? You could show them to your friends and family again, but apparently that is boring (note to self: why aren’t people more […]

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November 17, 2009 by | Comments Off on Your Travel Photos – Reborn as Toys!

Rome Catacombs Tour

I arrive for my Rome catacombs tour early and so sit in the last of the October sun munching on a suppli (a Roman snack containing a deep-fried ball of rice and mozzarella). Aptly our first destination is the catacombs of Saint Calisto – one small part of a huge network of catacombs in Rome.

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November 17, 2009 by | 4 Comments

New Zealand: Maori Hangi in Rotorua

It wasn’t easy dragging myself out of the hot thermal waters of the Polynesian Spa in Rotorua on that cold winter night. Birds were rising from the lake, heading home to roost as steam rose in the dying light of Saturday. As I forced my relaxed muscles to work, cold air hit skin: this traditional […]

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November 12, 2009 by | 1 Comment

Madrid on the Cheap

Before the arrival of the euro, Madrid was well known as one of Europe’s cheaper destinations. These days, as on the rest of the continent, you can go through money like water if you don’t come prepared. You need to plan ahead, and go with the local flow, to make Madrid achievable on a budget.

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November 11, 2009 by | Comments Off on Madrid on the Cheap