Archive | January, 2010

Saudi Arabia: The Sandy Kingdom

When thinking of a new travel destination, the world is rife with places to go. The search for sun, sea, sand, some good food and nice people are pretty much necessities for everyone. Yet there is one country that has all of the above in some of the greatest quantities and yet remains off any […]

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January 29, 2010 by | 4 Comments

The UAE: Winter Wonderland

When you think of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) as a holiday spot, sun and sand probably come to mind. You picture yourself working on your tan on the beach all day, punctuated by dips in the Arabian Sea – which you would normally associate with summer anywhere else. Yet summer in the Persian Gulf […]

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January 22, 2010 by | 1 Comment

Making Art in Besançon

“That bridge goes to the dark side of Besançon,” says my local informant, as he tells me about the punk concert he saw under the bridge 20 years ago… about how the famed German post-industrialist noise band Einstürzende Neubauten also played there, grinding metal under the bridge. That was enough incentive for me, I had […]

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January 22, 2010 by | 2 Comments

720° at 360°: Circling Above Sydney

When we sat down at our table at the 360° Restaurant in Sydney’s Centre Tower there was no doubt the view before us was the best view of Sydney. As the evening evolved and we revolved, we ended where we began, watching the little ferries dart between Circular Quay and Balmain.

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January 12, 2010 by | 2 Comments

Best Afternoon Teas in London

Put down your scones and raise your teacups and champagne glasses in a toast. Each of us owes an enormous debt of gratitude to the Duchess of Bedford. If not for her whimsical decree back in the 1800s that a tray of tea and buttered bread be delivered to her each afternoon, the charming English […]

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January 7, 2010 by | 2 Comments

The Secrets of Segovia

Segovia hides out in the Castilian hills of central Spain like a well-guarded secret. Hemmed in by arid plains and fortress-like walls, she has stood as proof of man’s ingenuity since the 2nd century AD. The jewel in her crown is her Aqueduct; shaped like a ship on the crest of a limestone elevation, with […]

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January 5, 2010 by | Comments Off on The Secrets of Segovia