Archive | February, 2010

Europe: Cheater’s Guide to Art Museums

I don’t know much about art but I know what I like. Actually, that’s not true. I studied art history. In Australia. Do you know how crazy it is to study the culture of places you’ve never been and write about paintings you’ve never seen? Very crazy. I learnt more in two months of travel […]

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February 28, 2010 by | Comments Off on Europe: Cheater’s Guide to Art Museums

Top Things To Do in Durban, South Africa

Durban is the third-largest city in South Africa. It’s generally regarded by South Africans as a beach destination, but the large Indian population gives the city an Eastern feel. Durban makes an excellent base for exploring the rest of KwaZulu-Natal, but the city has more than enough to keep visitors occupied.

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February 26, 2010 by | 1 Comment

Exploring Mexico’s Pyramids of Teotihuacan

If you can’t get your tongue around pronouncing Teotihuacán (tee-oh-tee-wah-KAHN) while in Mexico City, then just say you want to visit “the pyramids.” Most of the other pyramids in this area are gone. Either they were dismantled (the stones used to build Spanish colonial churches) or they were used as a base for other colonial […]

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February 25, 2010 by | 1 Comment

Dearly Departed in Los Angeles

Why is the idea of a Dearly Departed tour in Los Angeles so popular? Partly it’s that fantastic mug shot of Hugh Grant. And partly it’s the concept of the tour itself: a 2-1/2 hour romp across Hollywood in a ‘Tomb Buggy’ tracking down gruesome, ghastly and notorious episodes in Tinsel Town history.

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February 23, 2010 by | Comments Off on Dearly Departed in Los Angeles

Top Cape Town Day Trips & Excursions

Cape Town, South Africa, has plenty to offer on its own, but venture slightly further afield and there’s a whole lot more to explore – whether it’s wine and brandy, heartening township projects or glorious coastal scenery. Here are some top picks for unforgettable Cape Town day trips.

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February 19, 2010 by | 3 Comments

Things to Do in Marrakech

There are few cities that buzz like Marrakech – it boasts an incredible mix of exoticism, energy and romance. But the hectic activity of the main square and the souks is balanced out by a modern New City and peaceful gardens, as David Whitley discovers while checking out the Moroccan city’s highlights.

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February 18, 2010 by | 2 Comments

Mexico City: Top Boutique Hotels

Where to sleep in Mexico City? For a long time Mexico City was dominated by big business hotels and international chains. As crime has plummeted and more tourists have arrived, developers have felt more confident in opening the kind of intimate, stylish hotels found in other great capitals around the world. So if money is […]

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February 16, 2010 by | Comments Off on Mexico City: Top Boutique Hotels

Interview with a Beefeater

I was summonsed to the Tower of London. Five hundred years ago this might have made me quake in my boots. These days, it made me quite excited. In fact, I felt honoured because I’d been granted an interview with John Keohane, Chief Yeoman Warder and Gentleman Porter, the head Beefeater of the Tower of […]

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February 15, 2010 by | 1 Comment

Top 5 Things To Do in Johannesburg

Johannesburg is the biggest city in South Africa, and its heartbeat. Many travellers skip past Jo’Burg (as it’s called) to head elsewhere; yet from hanging out in the city’s coolest bars and restaurants to learning some important history lessons, Jo’Burg and nearby Soweto have a lot to offer.

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February 11, 2010 by | 1 Comment

Maastricht? Yes!

Located in the southern-most tip of the Netherlands along the River Maas, Maastricht is quite literally in the heart of Europe – surrounded by Belgium, Luxembourg and Germany and only an hour from Brussels and Köln. Sure you know Maastricht as the ‘birthplace’ of the European Union and the birthplace of the European currency. But […]

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February 9, 2010 by | 2 Comments