Made for Walking: San Francisco’s Telegraph Hill

When people ask me if I’ve seen the Parrot Movie, I say yes. And when I ask people if they’ve walked San Francisco‘s Telegraph Hill, the answer, surprisingly, is almost always no.

To which I always say, Fer cryin’ out loud. Don’t just see the movie.

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August 15, 2008 by
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The Foolish Adventure Begins

Editor’s Note: Read the latest on the Optimistic Fools preparation for the 2008 Mongol Rally. Viator is pleased to be a sponsor of the Optimistic Fools rally team, on their journey to complete the 2008 Mongol Rally from London to Ulan Bator, Mongolia. The race began July 19, and this is the Fools’ first post […]

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August 13, 2008 by
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Jack’s Guide to the World’s Best Surfing Breaks

Sometime ago I lived opposite two of Australia’s best surfing breaks, I won’t tell you where because I wouldn’t want the poor beleaguered local folk to be overwhelmed with people wanting to know what Jack’s really like. Suffice to say I spent my share of time out in the surf, spurning all offers of boogie […]

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August 12, 2008 by
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The Challenge of Language

How long may you spend in a country before you make an effort to learn the language? I have been visiting Croatia regularly for three years. I have even had a couple of jobs here and now have decided to settle here for a while. But I still can’t speak Croatian. I don’t blame myself […]

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August 6, 2008 by
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Things I Love about Prague: Castles, Charles Bridge, Cake

My sister wanted to go to Prague. I had always resisted the place but she was coming all the way from Australia so I dutifully got online and booked flights and hotels. Why had I resisted? It’s meant to be the jewel of the ex-communist world, the prettiest, the most cultural, the place that seems […]

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August 5, 2008 by
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Vatican Guide: Vatican Tours, Sistine Chapel & St Peter’s

Piazza San Pietro in Rome So, I’ve been to the smallest country in the world. Just 0.44 sq km (0.17 sq mile) in size; main exports: stamps, tourist items and publications; population: 900. Great architecture, a pretty incredible art collection, and a police force who wear the oddest uniform in the world and are from […]

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August 3, 2008 by
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A Cure for Jet Lag in Brisbane

This is the third in a three-part series on beating jet lag after a long flight to Australia. If you’re touching down in Sydney or Melbourne, read our tips for overcoming jet lag in Sydney or overcoming jet lag in Melbourne. This installment is all about beating jet lag after an arrival in Brisbane. Beat […]

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July 31, 2008 by
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Things I Love about Poland: Krakow, Bison, Mountains

Sightseeing in Poland Rumour has it that some years ago, deep under the cover of the EU night, I snuck (that’s right, snuck, not sneaked, snook or sneakered) across the border from Central Europe into the deep dark East. Poland to be precise. Like a secret double agent, only single and not so secret, I […]

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July 30, 2008 by
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Only in Las Vegas: Weddings from Classic to Cheesy

Las Vegas wedding – the classy version Las Vegas is known for many things – gambling, neon, mega-resorts and, of course, the infamous “quickie wedding.” Obviously not all weddings in Vegas are last-minute drunken and debauched events! In fact, almost 50% of weddings that are booked in Las Vegas are carefully planned in advance, right […]

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July 26, 2008 by
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London’s Hyde Park, An Ode

There are times in London when the sun shines and – because it’s been pouring with rain and blowing with wind for what seems like an eternity – the quality of that sun shining is, well, it just makes you head for a park. Just drop everything you had planned, phone in sick, shut down […]

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July 25, 2008 by
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