Bondi Beach: A Look Under the Surface

For the five or six months I spend each year in Sydney, I’m happily lodged in a small but unbelievably well located flat (Americans would say apartment) right across the road from Bondi Beach, Australia’s most famous strip of sand. Bondi is only a kilometer or so long, but it’s a magnet that attracts both […]

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November 12, 2007 by
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New Orleans: Another Small Step Forward

New Orleans has a special place in my heart. I’ve spent many holidays there. I was married on the front steps of The Columns Hotel on St Charles Avenue. I even have a dog named Tchoupitoulas (Toula for short). Needless to say, I pounce on every positive piece of post-Katrina news I can find. When […]

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November 12, 2007 by
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Mate, Don’t Chuck a Spaz

It’s Friday, a day when we look to the Internet for gags, funny links, Paris Hilton updates and other mirthful frivolities. And today was better than your average Friday. I didn’t need to access the Internet’s tubes and levers for entertainment. Instead I checked my personal email account (yes, we all do it, admit it, […]

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November 9, 2007 by
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Tourist Confusing & Sunsets in Alice Springs

The full moon is bigger in the desert. At least that’s what the denizens of open spaces say, those lucky enough to be spared the daily fluctuations of coastal climes. In the desert the full moon is bigger. Chamber Pillars: Is this your first sunset? The moon in Alice Springs ascends from behind the MacDonnell […]

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November 8, 2007 by
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Abu Simbel Tours & Travel Tips

When you do your checklist of things to see and do in Egypt, there’s one pretty amazing place that better be on it. Of course you will see the Giza Pyramids and the Sphinx, check out King Tutankhamun’s treasures at the Egyptian Museum in Cairo and walk amongst kings at Luxor’s Valley of the Kings, […]

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November 7, 2007 by
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Squatting in Amsterdam

Amsterdam is famous worldwide for its liberal attitudes. Amongst its residents, it is more known for its shortage of housing. In the past decades, this problem has been solved by squatting. Nearly everyone I met in Amsterdam lives, or had once lived, in a squat. But with the social and political climate of the city […]

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November 6, 2007 by
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Australia’s East Coast with Kid, Part 1

East Coast Australia: Have Kid, Will Travel After a great time travelling from Australia to Italy and Spain with our little boy a while ago, we’ve decided to stay a bit closer to home this time around. My wife, 20-month-old son Seamus, and I are heading up the east coast of Australia, visiting some of […]

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November 5, 2007 by
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New York Art Underground: Lower Manhattan to Astoria

NYC Underground Art: This is Your Last Resort Where’s the New York underground scene these days? Asking that question is a little like catching shooting stars with a fishing net: they will always slip through your fingers and lead you on a wild dance across the night. While it’s hard to keep up with the […]

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November 3, 2007 by
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The Viator Blog Turns One (Happy Birthday)

We didn’t want the day to pass without wishing ‘Happy Birthday’ to the Viator Travel Blog, which went live exactly one year ago today. Here’s an excerpt from our very first post: It’s official — the Viator travel blog is up and running. Tell your friends, tell your coworkers, tell random people in the street. […]

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November 2, 2007 by
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Temple Fatigue vs. Awesome Guide in Egypt

Temple fatigue – it happens in Egypt, it happens in Asia and it happens in Europe, only there it’s called church fatigue. Basically, there are only so many ancient/old sites you can see before they all look the same. On my recent trip to Egypt this phenomenon threatened to take over the vacation with no […]

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November 2, 2007 by
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