Archive | September, 2011

Top 5 Pagodas in Historic Bago, Myanmar (Burma)

Shwethalyaung Buddha in Bago - photo courtesy of Christopher Voitus via Wikimedia Commons

For the explorer with a keen nose for early Southeast Asian anthropology, there are not many peoples that can exceed the historical and cultural significance of the Mon, one of the region’s earliest. With a large denomination currently residing near to and long the Thai-Burmese border, they have remained through time protecting their heritage as […]

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September 30, 2011 by | Comments Off on Top 5 Pagodas in Historic Bago, Myanmar (Burma)

Top 10 Characteristics of a Great Tour Guide

You could be standing inside a 12th-century French chapel, surrounded by rare stained-glass windows created for a king; the architecture is astounding, but if you don’t know what you’re looking at, its history and relevance, which king, why and when, you’ll be missing out on so much.

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September 29, 2011 by | 1 Comment

Meet Private Tour Guide Smaragdi Dize in Nafplio, Greece

Viator Local Expert Smaragdi Dize

Meet Smaragdi Dize, one of Viator’s local experts in Nafplio, Greece (and a highly rated licensed tour guide you’ll find at Viator Private Tour Guides).

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September 28, 2011 by | Comments Off on Meet Private Tour Guide Smaragdi Dize in Nafplio, Greece

[VIDEO] Spirit of Melbourne Cruise

Spirit of Melbourne Dinner Cruise

A dinner cruise down Melbourne’s Yarra River is a novel way to dine and offers the opportunity to see this attractive city from the water.

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September 28, 2011 by | Comments Off on [VIDEO] Spirit of Melbourne Cruise

Venice in a Day

Ponte di Rialto, the most important bridge in Venice

If you’ve only got a day to see this jewel of the Adriatic, there are a few ground rules that you need to obey. Firstly, be selective in what you want to see. Don’t try to cover everything. Venice is such a treasure trove that it would be impossible to do it justice in just […]

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September 26, 2011 by | Comments Off on Venice in a Day

Balloons, Bars, and Ballistics in Dallas

Exterior of the Sixth Floor Museum

To say that this wasn’t what I expected from Dallas would be an understatement. Downstairs at the Nasher Sculpture Center, I’m met with a room that contains a glass wall and door. It is full, pretty much floor to ceiling, with golden balloons.

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September 23, 2011 by | Comments Off on Balloons, Bars, and Ballistics in Dallas

Fall is in the Air in Washington DC

Sample local restaurants in historical Georgetown

Yes, things do seem to be winding down in Washington for the season (How can you tell? Because I’ve gotten a chance to write again!), but that doesn’t mean the fun is over. I actually think September and October are the best months to visit Washington; the lines have disappeared, the heat has died down, […]

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September 19, 2011 by | Comments Off on Fall is in the Air in Washington DC

Jordan: The Baptism Site, the Dead Sea, Mount Nebo and Madaba

Baptism Site

Amman  to the Dead Sea The first thing you notice when you drive down from Amman to the Dead Sea is that your ears suddenly pop. That’s hardly surprising when you consider that you are dropping from 780 metres to 423 metres (1118 feet) below sea level, the lowest point on the earth. The second […]

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September 19, 2011 by | Comments Off on Jordan: The Baptism Site, the Dead Sea, Mount Nebo and Madaba

National Mall in Washington DC

There are many sights to see on the Mall in Washington DC

The National Mall is the open green space between the U.S. Capitol and the Washington Monument. Four rows of elm trees line either side that are in front of the Smithsonian Museums, East and West National Galleries and Sculpture Garden, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture Administration Building. – Tim Kelly Find the complete article […]

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September 19, 2011 by | Comments Off on National Mall in Washington DC

[VIDEO] Venice Walking Tour and Gondola Ride

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Escape into the myriad of alleyways in San Marco, explore hidden Venice and glide effortlessly on a gondola down the Grand Canal. Learn the secrets of the construction of this jewel of the Adriatic and the race against time to preserve it and all its splendid magnificence. The Venice Walking Tour and Gondola Ride starts […]

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September 16, 2011 by | Comments Off on [VIDEO] Venice Walking Tour and Gondola Ride