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An Insider’s Guide to Paris’ Passages Couverts

The glittering shop-fronts and designer emporiums of the Champs-Elysées and the world-renowned Galeries Lafayette department store might be top of the itinerary for shoppers in Paris, but some of the city’s most atmospheric shopping arcades are hidden from view down the side streets. Paris’ Passages Couverts (“Covered Passageways” or “Les Arcades”) date back to the early 19th century, when some 150 such shopping arcades sprung up around the city, fast becoming the place to be seen for affluent Parisians.

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August 22, 2016 by | Comments Off on An Insider’s Guide to Paris’ Passages Couverts

Explore Haunted Asheville on a Ghost Tour

Explore North Carolina’s eerie history on a Haunted Asheville Ghost Tour.

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October 14, 2015 by | Comments Off on Explore Haunted Asheville on a Ghost Tour

Swakopmund Township Tour in Namibia

Musical performance from local university students.

The town of Swakopmund, Namibia was established as the main port for what was once German Southwest Africa in the early 1900s. During colonial times, the 12 native tribes of the area were moved to areas of the city called townships, where many still live today. In order to understand these integral parts of the city and Namibian culture, we decided to take a tour of the Swakopmund townships.

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July 29, 2015 by | Comments Off on Swakopmund Township Tour in Namibia

A Walk Through Culture & Food of Sofia

Bulgarian sausages and dried meats.

To learn about the city we took a Food Tasting and Cultural Walking Tour on our first day in Sofia–which proved to be the perfect introduction. We set out to spend three hours sampling Bulgarian cuisine and discovering the layers of this fascinating city.

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July 20, 2015 by | Comments Off on A Walk Through Culture & Food of Sofia

Exploring Savannah on a Culinary and Cultural Walking Tour

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When the city of Savannah was first established in 1733, the entire area was free of lawyers, liquor, slaves and Catholics. I pondered this bit of historical trivia while strolling the cobbled streets, sipping on a Chatham Artillery Punch made with seven types of booze. Savannah’s original liquor law, it turns out, only lasted for nine short years. Today, the entire Savannah historical district is completely open-container — meaning anyone with a single, plastic cup can legally carry up to 16 ounces of liquor out on the street.

While the potent punch was originally poured in the confines of Tondee’s Tavern, I find myself swilling the drink en route to Scottish-themed Molly Macpherson’s. The pubs, respectively, are stops two and three on a culinary, cultural walking tour of Savannah’s historic district — which, aside from stopping at seven eateries from bakeries to beehives and bars, also offers tasty morsels of Savannah’s early history.

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June 19, 2015 by | Comments Off on Exploring Savannah on a Culinary and Cultural Walking Tour

Tallinn, Estonia by Foot and Bus on a City Sightseeing Tour

Like most tourists who visit Estonia, I arrived via the two-hour boat from Helsinki, located just 85kms across the Bay of Finland. I only had a day and a half in the capital city, so a combination bus and walking tour or Tallinn seemed like the perfect way to make the most of my time checking out the city’s major sights.

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April 4, 2013 by | 0 Comments

Street Art in Buenos Aires

The front of a restaurant. Photo by Sherry Ott.

“A commissioned piece of graffiti on your home can actually raise the value of your home in Buenos Aires,” she says in a factual manner. As my brain catches up with my ears, I interrupt our guide and say, “What, can you repeat that last part about increasing the value of your home?”

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March 27, 2013 by | 2 Comments

Aoyama and Roppongi Hills Walking Tour

Wedding ceremony at Nogi Shrine

While I don’t think you can go wrong exploring any of the Tokyo neighborhoods, I opted for a tour because it would give me a chance to take a look at the modern side of the city. The tour lasts about three and a half hours and covers a couple miles on foot. It’s not a strenuous walk, but be prepared with comfy shoes and a bottle of water.

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December 6, 2012 by | 0 Comments

Skip the Line Vatican Museums Walking Tour

Before I saw the Vatican for myself, I’d imagined it as merely a cavernous maze of churches festooned with angels and weeping saints. But now that I’ve taken the Skip the Line: Vatican Museums Walking Tour including Sistine Chapel, Raphael’s Rooms and St. Peter’s Basilica, I see the Vatican as home to one of the most amazing, impressive and extensive collections of artistic endeavor on the face of the Earth.

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July 16, 2012 by | 0 Comments

Skip the Line: Ancient Rome and Colosseum Half-Day Walking Tour

The tour meets up close to the Colosseum, a building that continues to be so emblematic of everything Roman. Our spirited young guide first makes sure that our radios are working and then takes us past long queues of waiting tourists, so the skip the line really is true. You cannot but be overwhelmed by the ancient enormity of the place and while your eye takes in various details the guide is full of anecdotes about the various rooms, arches, carvings etc. Outlining how the seating was arranged, why there was a need for a Vomitarium and just how cozy and social the lavatories were.

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June 21, 2012 by | 0 Comments

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