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

[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

Blue Mountains: A Different Kind of Australian Wilderness

Fairy Penguins are some of the most attractive residents of the Blue Mountains

OK, close your eyes and picture the Australian wilderness…. If you are like me, you probably have an image of a sun baked red dirt path heading off into the horizon. Actually, there is a whole different kind of wilderness in Australia in the Blue Mountains, just a short bus ride from Sydney. (You can […]

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September 21, 2011 by | Comments Off on Blue Mountains: A Different Kind of Australian Wilderness

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

[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

A Day Trip to Niagara Falls from Toronto

Maid of the Mist at the American Falls

I suspect that even Chuck Norris would quiver a little at the sight of Niagara Falls. I’m sure many turn up thinking they’re about to see one of the highest waterfalls in the world, but that’s a mistake. The Falls at Niagara aren’t particularly lofty, but they sure are powerful. It’s the force and volume […]

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September 15, 2011 by | Comments Off on A Day Trip to Niagara Falls from Toronto

[VIDEO] Thai-Style Adventure: Phuket Jungle Elephant Trek

Phuket Elephant Jungle Trek

There are not many experiences quite liking riding an elephant. Doing it at a carnival or when the circus rolls in to town is one thing, but doing it in Thailand is entirely another! The Phuket Elephant Jungle Trek is an hour on top one of the world’s most respected and majestic animals through the […]

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September 14, 2011 by | Comments Off on [VIDEO] Thai-Style Adventure: Phuket Jungle Elephant Trek