Amsterdam’s Secret Gardens

Bosschehofje

Imagine walking around Amsterdam – it’s busy, there are crowds of people everywhere, you’ve just spent an hour and a half walking around the Rijksmuseum after queuing for two hours to get in. You’ve had enough; you’re tired and fed up. You want to sit down somewhere without someone bothering you. That’s when you spot a doorway. You try the handle, and it opens. Inside is a beautiful courtyard with a garden and some houses – maybe even a chapel. You walk in, and sit down. There is nobody else there. You have found one of Amsterdam’s best kept secrets. It’s called a ‘hof.’

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October 2, 2013 by
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Exploring Tallinn Beyond the Walls of Old Town

Pirita convent

While the charming Old Town is undeniably the highlight of a visit to Tallinn, there is a lot to see elsewhere in the city as well. Kadriorg Park and the Cultural Kilometre are a long walk or short bus ride away and the Estonian Open Air Museum, the Tallinn Zoo and the Pirita Convent are all easily accessible by bus or trolley. If you have the time, be sure to spend a couple days exploring the sights in Tallinn outside of the Old Town.

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October 2, 2013 by
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Buy Any New Zealand Tour and Save 15% on Your 2nd!

From now until October 15, 2013, when you buy any New Zealand tour, you get 10% OFF of your 2nd tour! That’s right – Buy any tour, save 10% on your 2nd!

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October 1, 2013 by
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How and Where to Celebrate the Day of the Dead

No holiday celebrates death quite like Latin America’s Día de los Muertos, or ‘Day of the Dead’. The roots of this peculiar festival date back to number of ancient Mesoamerican cultures, all of which shared a fascination with death, but the main influence came from the Aztecs, who dominated central Mexico before the arrival of the Spanish. The Aztecs had a specific annual festival for the dead, held in the middle of the year. When the Spanish began to rule the area, however, the colonial powers moved the festival’s date to November 2 in order to coincide with the Catholic holiday of All Saints’ Day.

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October 1, 2013 by
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Festivals Around the World in October

Treasure Island Music Fest

From religious ceremonies to spotlighting breakout bands, October is filled with a variety of festivals around the world. The changing colors in many places, along with cooler days, and the refreshing calm before the hectic holiday season draw locals and travelers to some of the world’s most famous – and obscure – events.

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September 30, 2013 by
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13 Reasons to Be Excited Tokyo is Hosting the 2020 Olympics

Tokyo 2020 Olympics

Tokyo will host the summer Olympic Games in 2020, and it’s sure to be one of the most exciting and memorable in modern history. The vast majority of Japan’s population supports hosting the Games, the proposed budget comes in at a (relatively) reasonable $75 million, and the Opening Ceremony will be broadcast in a level of high-definition not yet created. Tokyo is guaranteed to host a safe and seamless Olympic Games, but that barely scratches the surface of all that attendees and fans can look forward to.

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September 27, 2013 by
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Out of Africa: Kenya Adventures Close to Nairobi

Feeding at the Giraffe Center

When Karen Blixen wrote the words, “I had a farm in Africa,” she probably had no idea how her words would inspire travelers and conjure up romantic images of the East African plains a century later. But as both a book and a film, “Out of Africa” continues to act as a siren song for the mystique and allure that only Africa seems to provide.

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September 27, 2013 by
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Copenhagen Food Tour

Cheese Tasting Counter

In recent years, Scandinavian cuisine (due in large to Denmark’s celebrated Michelin-starred restaurants) has risen in popularity. Therefore, I was more than a little excited to spend a day sampling some of Copenhagen’s famous culinary delights. To my surprise, I ended up with a special bonus; a fascinating cultural exploration of how this city has evolved through its food.

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September 26, 2013 by
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Meet Sergio Grom, a Private Guide in Rome

Meet Sergio!

An historian and certified guide who has been working in the tourism industry for more than 40 years, Sergio has led tours all over Italy and Europe. Over the last few years, however, his focus has been on his native city. Simply put, Sergio knows his territory and can help his clients design the perfect tour, one that meets their specific needs and preferences.

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September 25, 2013 by
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7 New Museums to Explore in Krakow, Poland

Krakow Pope John Paul II

A bunch of innovative museums have opened or reopened in Krakow over the last few years. Forward-looking and beautifully curated, they are a welcome addition to the manifold Renaissance charms of Wawel Hill and the fine decorative art displays in the National Museum. Several of these new venues are scattered around the historic Old Town within walking distance of each other, others are an easy tram journey out of the city center. When planning your itinerary in Krakow, bear in mind that most museums in the city close on Mondays and some have free admission on Tuesdays.

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September 25, 2013 by
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