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Wine Tasting in Australia’s Yarra Valley

Yarra Valley wine tour

The Yarra Valley is arguably Victoria’s premiere wine and food region and is the birthplace of Victorian wine. We recently spent a day there sipping its highly regarded cool climate wines. Just one hour from Melbourne’s city center, a day trip is a great way to experience Victoria’s scenic countryside while sampling some fine wines […]

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December 19, 2012 by | 1 Comment

Top Things to Do in Dubai

Wander around the Bastakiya area with its enigmatic, restored wind-tower houses. Once home to wealthy Persian traders, it’s now the centre of a flourishing art scene. Head to the Majlis Gallery for some souvenirs, XVA gallery for a snapshot of contemporary Middle East art, followed by a casual lunch at the nearby Basta Art Café […]

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August 14, 2012 by | 11 Comments

10 Reasons to Shop Dubai: The Ultimate Dubai Shopping Guide

Although Abu Dhabi now boasts a few big swanky shopping centers, Dubai, with its scores of malls and atmospheric bazaars is still the region’s King of Shopping. And according to Terry, I’m the Queen of Shopping. So, here’s my Ultimate Dubai Shopping Guide, or, 10 Reasons Why You Should Shop Dubai.

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April 1, 2012 by | 16 Comments

10 Reasons to Love Abu Dhabi

Abu Dhabi, the dazzling capital of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) (no, the capital is not Dubai) has been getting a bit of media coverage lately. Dare I say it, but the city-emirate is even starting to steal some of the spotlight from Dubai. The attention is mainly due to the recent opening of a […]

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January 4, 2012 by | 8 Comments

10 Reasons to Take a Football Tour in Rio

There’s no question that you have to see some football (soccer) when you’re in Rio de Janeiro. The issue is whether you go independently or on a tour. I went with a couple of other travelers on my first trip to Rio fifteen years ago and while it was fun and the atmosphere was wild, […]

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October 28, 2010 by | 1 Comment

Moulin Rouge

A night at the famous Moulin Rouge in Paris’ red-light district Pigalle is a must-do experience for many visitors to Paris, if the long lines on Boulevard Clichy every night are any indication. This wasn’t our first trip to Paris, yet it was the first trip we’d actually considered seeing the risqué spectacle at the […]

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July 7, 2010 by | 3 Comments

Making Macarons and Pastry in Paris

Visitors to Paris (Americans in particular), and even the odd Parisian, go gaga over the things, oohing, ahhing, and salivating over the sugary confections through shop windows, so I have decided to find out first-hand just what the fuss is all about on a pastry cooking class organized by our friends at Viator.

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June 3, 2010 by | 2 Comments

Cava 101: A Guide to Drinking in Barcelona

Eating and drinking aren’t just enjoyable things to do when you travel – food and wine reveal so much about a culture and its people. Well, that’s our excuse for doing so much of both on Grantourismo, a contemporary grand tour we’re doing of the world this year. (Read more about Grantourismo here.) Learning was […]

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April 20, 2010 by | 2 Comments

2 Days in Tropical Darwin

For many visitors to Australia, Darwin is little more than the departure point for other more exotic adventures east, west or south, but Darwin is an intriguing city in itself. Weathering cyclones (occasionally), hungry crocodiles (generally), and air raids (during WWII), Darwin is a city that takes these events and the often-horrendous humidity in its […]

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March 30, 2010 by | 2 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