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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“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”.
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 what to eat and drink in Brussels.
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 you head to the southwest and see what all the fuss is about?
Barbados packs a punch (not only the rum kind). This small island welcomes over 1 million visitors annually and shows them all a good time. Whether you’re a gourmet diner, water sports nut or shopping addict, you’ll find plenty to please you here.
The rich and famous migrate here like clockwork. But there are activities for every budget. And no matter how deep your pockets, you’ll have a warm welcome in Barbados.
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, whose modernista creations are dotted all over the city.
Relax! Focus on a few sights and you’ll still have time to stroll about and smell the café amb llet, or kick back with a canya of beer.
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.
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.
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 solo travel? But it is possible to organise your trip, your way. I’ve visited India regularly since 1994, so here are a few tips:
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 are we to argue?