Dubai Guide: Top 10 Off-the-Beaten-Path Experiences

Most visitors to Dubai never catch the local buses, probably due to the fact that you can actually melt into a sizzling puddle on the sidewalk waiting for one. But it’s a great way to mix it with Dubai’s expat workers – not the ones on the executive packages. You’ll see the neighbourhoods where they live and get a feel for the different expat communities. It’s also a great way to find those authentic workers cafés. Just look for the crowds around a hole-in-the-wall and get off.

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April 29, 2008 by
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Olympic Torch Relay in Australia

Last week, Canberra, Australia’s small capital city, played host to the controversial Olympic Torch as it makes its way around the world. Organisers described it as the most successful outing yet for the flame – which isn’t really saying much after the chaotic debacles of Paris, London and San Francisco and the security-deadened, almost invisible […]

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April 28, 2008 by
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Swept Off My Feet by New York, Glasgow, Helsinki, Berlin

The cities I fall spontaneously in love with have one thing in common. They all have a sense of possibility, which you can feel seeping up through the streets and out into the air from the back alleys. While they may open to your curiosity at first embrace, they also keep some things secret. Their […]

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April 25, 2008 by
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3 Days in Rome

Ladies, if you ever need your mood lifted, go to Rome. It’s very difficult for a woman to walk down the street there without being greeted with ‘Ciao, bella’ or ‘Buongiorno, beautiful lady.’ Very good for the ego. And definitely not pick-up lines but just part of the joy of life embraced by Italians. My […]

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April 24, 2008 by
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Boab Trees (funny things), Western Australians (even funnier)

So, roll down the invisible hill again, straight outta Darwin, to Katherine. Or just get straight Outta Katherine if you’re already there already. Like you didn’t know to (get Outta Katherine, that is). Head west, which means south, but those people got it all upside down already, because this time it’s Western Australia that you have in your sights.

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April 23, 2008 by
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Things to Do in Berlin this Summer

A friend told me the first time I came here, that every summer you spend in Berlin, will be better than the last. You have survived the long winter, now the sunshine is warm and you want to make the most of it.The city parks are indeed plentiful, and inside their lush greenery is where […]

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April 22, 2008 by
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After-Hours Tour of the Vatican & Sistine Chapel

Last year Viator offered its first private after-hours tour of the Vatican & Sistine Chapel in Rome. This is a private small-group tour of the Vatican and Sistine Chapel. Yes, you heard right – a private two-hour tour of the Vatican and Sistine Chapel, after the crowds go home, without hordes of people spoiling your view.

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April 20, 2008 by
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Day Trips from Rome

You could easily spend a lifetime in Rome and still not touch every corner. Yet even if your goal is to experience each and every hidden alleyway in Rome, step outside the city for a day trip or two. Even for stays in Rome as short as 5 nights, you could follow our 3-day Rome itinerary and then take one or two of the following Rome day trips.

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April 19, 2008 by
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I Have Never Been to Brazil

Iguazu Falls area – Brazil, Argentina and Paraguay I have not been to Brazil. That’s the official line and I am sticking to it. However, the reality is, I have been to Brazil. Well… My trip was simple enough. After visiting the Argentine side of Iguazu Falls we would transit the very corner of Brazil […]

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April 15, 2008 by
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New Orleans: Slowly Recovering, As Interesting As Ever

It’s almost time for Jazz Fest in New Orleans — the last weekend in April and the first weekend in May, to be precise. It’s a time of renewal, when musicians and fans of the city return and, in some parts of town (for at least a week), it feels like Katrina never happened.

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April 14, 2008 by
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