Archive | November, 2012

A Food Lover’s Guide to Filipino Food

Sinigang

While the foods of other southeast Asian countries like Thailand and Malaysia are readily available and well known in most parts of the world, Filipino food is a lot harder to find outside the country. With all of its cultural influences over the years, from Chinese to Spanish, and its range in dishes from region […]

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November 29, 2012 by | Comments Off on A Food Lover’s Guide to Filipino Food

Beer Tasting in Brussels

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When I signed up for the Brussels Beer Tasting Tour I thought it actually just seemed like a nice way to say pub crawl. But little did I know how serious Belgians were about their beer. Not only did we taste beer at 8 different places, but we learned about how it was made as […]

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November 28, 2012 by | 1 Comment

A Guide to Hawaii Island Hopping

Pu’ukohola Heiau

Of the eight major Hawaiian Islands, six are openly accessible to tourists. Only four, however, are regularly frequented by most Hawaii visitors. Whereas Maui, Kauai, Oahu, and Hawaii (commonly known as the “Big Island”) all see millions of visitors annually, the islands of Lanai and Molokai see only 50,000-75,000. Of the two inaccessible islands, Kaho’olawe—a […]

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November 28, 2012 by | 2 Comments

Meet Private Tour Guide Christine Segall in Paris

Viator Private Tour Guide Christine

Meet Christine Segall, one of Viator’s local experts in Paris, France with the knowledge, experience and license to guide you around.

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November 27, 2012 by | Comments Off on Meet Private Tour Guide Christine Segall in Paris

[PHOTOS] Animals of the Galapagos Islands

Galapagos Tortoise

As a devout nature-lover, the Galapagos Islands had been on my travel bucket list for years before I finally took a week-long, small ship eco-cruise through the archipelago. Made famous by Charles Darwin (who concocted his Theory of Evolution based on his groundbreaking scientific discoveries there), the chain of islands is located 600 miles off […]

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November 26, 2012 by | 3 Comments

Ode to Istanbul

For Western travelers, Istanbul is truly exotic. The dictionary defines exotic as “intriguingly unusual or different; excitingly strange” and that’s a great way to think about Istanbul. The sights, the sounds, the food, the music, the culture — it’s all excitingly strange, intriguingly unusual. I jumped into a taxi and headed straight to the small […]

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November 26, 2012 by | 10 Comments

The Original Sound of Music Tour in Salzburg

Mondsee

I was able to go on The Original Sound of Music Tour in Salzburg, the same tour that actors from the film and the real Von Trapp family have gone on.

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November 21, 2012 by | 3 Comments

Meet Private Tour Guide JP Nguyen in Washington DC

Washington DC private tour guide

Meet JP Nguyen, one of Viator’s local experts in Washington DCwith a license to private private tours in both DC and New York City.

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November 20, 2012 by | Comments Off on Meet Private Tour Guide JP Nguyen in Washington DC

Wine Tasting Near Cape Town, South Africa

Constantia Vineyards

Zipping between sandy bays and swank wine estates, our driver pointed out Kalk Bay—a popular site for seeing southern right whales—then drove us to the oldest winery in South Africa. We’d only left downtown Cape Town a mere 25 minutes prior, and my mind was trying to throw off preconceived notions as quickly as the […]

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November 19, 2012 by | Comments Off on Wine Tasting Near Cape Town, South Africa

A Diver’s Guide to Thailand

Thailand scuba turtle

Thailand is one of the best places in the world for scuba diving, drawing more divers than anywhere else in Southeast Asia — some 300,000 every year. The numerous islands that skirt the coastline offer an incredible range of marine life, with Reef Sharks, Leopard Sharks and turtles all being common encounters.

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November 19, 2012 by | 2 Comments