Archive | December, 2009

Things to Do in Barbados

I touched down in Barbados for the first time in April 2009. Prior to my visit, the vision I had of this Caribbean island nation was that of a celebrity hideaway. A place where the international jet set goes to vacation, in private villas and in exclusive five-star resorts – far, far away from the […]

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December 31, 2009 by | 1 Comment

Off-Beat Holiday Destinations for 2010

They say half the fun of a holiday is in the planning, so in case you’re stuck for ideas and looking for your next grand adventure, consider these six destinations with an off-beat twist: a Mediterranean resort in Wales, a tropical beach in Germany, a nostalgic Baltic sea resort, a yurt in Sussex, the Von […]

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December 30, 2009 by | 2 Comments

Dream Travel: Itineraries for a Magical Trip

Ancient maps marked uncharted territory with the warning: here be dragons. But what if you wanted to find a magical creature? Where would you start in these modern times (when every part of the globe has been explored and mapped)? Some days when people are just too difficult you may start to feel a world […]

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December 24, 2009 by | 1 Comment

Winter Escapes with a Twist

What point is there trying to run away from winter’s cold embrace? At some point you must hunker down, snuggle up, and give in to the hibernating spirit of snow and ice! In the spirit of winter, here are some of my favorite off-beat ideas for making your own alternative winter fun.

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December 22, 2009 by | 1 Comment

[contest] Win 2 Free Tickets on a Sydney Opera House Backstage Tour

**Editor’s Note: The contest is now closed** We’re offering 2 free tickets on a Sydney Opera House backstage tour! The Opera House is one of Sydney’s iconic landmarks – you’ve seen its distinctive sail-shaped roof on countless television shows and films. This top-rated Opera House tour gets you exclusive access to areas normally reserved for […]

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December 21, 2009 by | 37 Comments

Best of Brooklyn: Sightseeing & Food

I’m used to being a tourist. Perhaps this was why I decided to play tourist in my own city. Back in July, before leaving New York for a two-month stint, I signed up for Viator’s Best of Brooklyn Sightseeing, Food and Culture Tour. I’ve lived in Brooklyn for the last 10 years yet I wanted […]

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December 18, 2009 by | Comments Off on Best of Brooklyn: Sightseeing & Food

Up, Up & Away: A Sunrise Balloon Flight Over Melbourne

OK, so here’s how a sunrise balloon flight in Melbourne works. It’s 5am, it’s freezing cold and you’re in the middle of a school oval somewhere in a Melbourne suburb you’d never visit unless your aunt lived there. Your shoes are soggy, and you’re wondering what on earth you’ve got yourself into.

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December 17, 2009 by | 1 Comment

Berlin’s Mysterious Mountain

Remarkably, very few visitors to Berlin know about our mountain, rising up in the heart of the city. Berlin Berg hovers 1,000 metres above the site of the old Tempelhof airport, offering panoramic vistas over this once flat swampy landscape. How did the mountain get there? Why hasn’t it been included in official postcards before? […]

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December 16, 2009 by | Comments Off on Berlin’s Mysterious Mountain

And the Winner is: Iceland

You’re asked to create your perfect country. What’s on your list? Mine has: endless hot water; spectacular nature; excellent coffee, pastries and cakes, perhaps some fish to balance the diet a little; lots of sea to gaze at; a lively artistic and social life. Did I mention good chocolate? I gave that list to a […]

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December 16, 2009 by | 2 Comments

Kelly’s Book Report: The Darwin Experience

There’s an old question that you hear from time to time: If there was one person living or dead you could have dinner with, who would it be? Obviously there are tons of enticing choices here, but for me, the answer is pretty easy, Charles Darwin. Not the famous Charles Darwin you see with the […]

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December 10, 2009 by | 1 Comment