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About Louise Heal

Louise Heal grew up in Luxembourg, a country so small that you need a passport to go shopping. As a London University student, she begged her bank manager for a loan to travel to Africa. One overland trip later and she was hooked. In between bouts of software development, she has travelled to India, Sri Lanka, Borneo, Indonesia, Australia and New Zealand. She is researching a travel book about India, and hopes to go to Namibia soon. She will also go to South America as soon as Asia stops getting in the way. Her blog-in-progress is as

Cycling on the San Andreas Fault

On the road

One of the best ways to see the canyon is to cycle, which is why I’m wearing a helmet and straddling a bike for the first time in, ooh, more years than I care to remember and readying myself for The Earthquake Canyon Bike Express.

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April 24, 2013 by | Comments Off on Cycling on the San Andreas Fault

Joshua Tree National Park Jeep Adventure

Joshua Tree

“You got air back there?” Dori asked from the front of the Jeep. Bouncing around in the back seats (although fortunately strapped down), we replied in the affirmative: yes, we had gotten airborne for just a moment. “Good,” she yelled happily, “it ain’t a Jeep Tour until you’ve got air”.

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March 21, 2013 by | Comments Off on Joshua Tree National Park Jeep Adventure

What to Eat and Drink in Brussels

Afternoon Tea at Wittamer - Chocolate Samba

Brussels provides all the answers. Bruxellois take their food seriously and woe betide any restaurateur who doesn’t meet their high standards. Whether it’s street food or sophistication you’re after, you’ll find plenty to satisfy you here. And the best thing is that you definitely don’t have to sacrifice taste for euros. Here’s your guide for […]

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September 14, 2012 by | 1 Comment

[PHOTOS] Highlights of South Devon England

Slapton Sands

Mention South Devon, England to a British adult, and there’s a good chance that you’ll see a nostalgic look appear in their eyes. They’re casting themselves back to childhood summers: fishing in rockpools, cricket on the beach and arguments over ice cream. Even for adults, Devon is “getting away from it all.” So why don’t […]

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March 21, 2012 by | 2 Comments

Barcelona: What to See?

Barceloneta Beach

If Barcelona does have a flaw, then it is possibly that there are too many sights. This can present a challenge for the first-time visitor. Where to start? For the culture vulture, there’s Picasso’s art or the medieval buildings in the Barri Gotic. Like sport? Try the Camp Nou. And you can’t miss Antonio Gaudi, […]

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July 5, 2011 by | Comments Off on Barcelona: What to See?

Boston: Take to the Streets

Revere Rides Out

Boston seems an eminently respectable city. The neatly arranged brownstones of Back Bay boast high-end shopping and café culture. The Massachusetts State House on Beacon Hill represents all that is good and fair about America. Across the Charles River, the alumni of MIT and Harvard include US presidents and Nobel prize-winners.

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February 18, 2011 by | Comments Off on Boston: Take to the Streets

Normandy: What to See, Do, Eat & Drink

Normandy conjures up a few images. For starters, there’s the D-Day Beaches. Then there’s the Bayeux Tapestry, Joan of Arc and Mont St Michel. And don’t forget the coastal resorts of Deauville, Trouville, Honfleur and the birth of Impressionism.

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September 24, 2010 by | 2 Comments

India: Top Tips for Travel

India. The very name evokes both awe and fear in first-time travelers. The lure of grand palaces, exotic food and mysterious temples is countered by the thought of Delhi belly, intense poverty and chaos. Guide books frequently confuse the issue further. Cheap guesthouses or 5-star hotels? 1st-class carriages or 3rd-class seats? An organised tour or […]

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June 17, 2010 by | 1 Comment

French Riviera: Top 10 Things to Do

Whether you call it the French Riviera or the Côte d’Azur, France’s Mediterranean coast from Cannes to Nice and beyond has an almost mythically glamorous appeal. The beautiful people (le Beau Monde) have flocked here for generations. And if Ernest Hemingway, David Niven, Joan Collins and Elton John have all holidayed here then, frankly, who […]

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May 17, 2010 by | 3 Comments

New York City by Land, Sea and Sky

Where do you go to get the best views of New York? Me, I’ve always spent most of my time on the Manhattan sidewalks, gazing upwards with my mouth open. I did wind up on the receiving end of some “Watch where you’re going!” comments, and I did get a sore neck, but I didn’t […]

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March 9, 2010 by | 1 Comment