The Cultural Landscape of Sintra, Portugal: A Comprehensive Guide

Palace of Pena

Sintra is an easy day trip from Lisbon. The rusty, old trains with graffiti covered windows run every fifteen minutes from Rossio Station, taking forty minutes to trudge through Lisbon’s more unattractive suburbs, until they pass through a tunnel into the lush, green Sintra Hills.

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June 28, 2013 by
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Florianopolis: Brazil’s Beach City

Relaxing at Barra da Lagoa in Florionoplis

While the name Florianopolis technically refers to the capital city of Santa Catarina state (also the name of the island), locals refer to the entire island by its nickname: Floripa. The island is located in southern Brazil, south of Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paolo, and is home to 42 beautiful beaches. Given the large size of the island, we structured our trip to spend several nights on the northern side, followed by time further south in Lagoa da Conceição.

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June 28, 2013 by
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Behind the Scenes Tour at the Eiffel Tower

The effervescent Eiffel!

For me, a visit to Paris is never complete without a view of the Eiffel Tower, and this time, I decided to take a closer look at my favorite Parisian monument on a behind the scenes tour at the Eiffel Tower. Fittingly, our tour began at the base of the tower in front of a statue of the man who created all the excitement: Gustave Eiffel.

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June 27, 2013 by
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Asha and Brock in Asia and Australia

In 2012, Viator sent two teams of two travel videographers around Europe and North America with our Dream Travel Job project. For 60 days each, they traveled, took Viator tours, and filmed.

This year we have Asha from our Europe team and Brock from the North America team back to do it all again in Asia and Australia! Read on to see where they are and what they’re doing on their adventure.

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June 27, 2013 by
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What to See and Do in Split, Croatia

Peristil Square

When Roman Emperor Diocletian decided to retire, he could have chosen anywhere in the Roman Empire. The building of his vast retirement palace at Split was entirely an accident of geography – it was three miles (five km) down the road from the major Roman outpost at Salona, which in the third century AD was the capital of the province of Dalmatia and in modern-day Croatia is near the town of Solin.

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June 26, 2013 by
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Paia: A Funky-Chic Getaway on Maui’s North Shore

Paia Beach

These days, Paia, an eclectic beachfront community, is a destination in its own right for visitors looking for lodging, shops, and restaurants with more character than West Maui’s chain hotels and Cheeseburgers in Paradise. You won’t find big resorts or shopping malls here. What you will find are surfing beaches, independent shops and restaurants, and several cool places to stay.

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June 26, 2013 by
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The 10 Strangest Trees and Forests in the World

Guillotin tree, Paimpoint in France. Courtesy of Andy Hay via Flickr.

Put simply, humanity would not exist without trees on planet Earth. Forests cover 31 per cent of our world and are the oxygen-producing lungs without which we could not survive. They clean our air, provide shade, stem soil erosion, and filter the soil. Trees have long since been subject of worship and some of the strange trees and forests pinpointed below have great historical significance, due to their age, size, or simply through their extraordinary determination to survive.

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June 25, 2013 by
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Meet Jean Liu, a Private Guide in Shanghai

Meet Jean!

As a professional tour guide with years of experience as a private guide in Shanghai, Jean Liu strives to have her clients walk away from her tours satisfied and with an increased awareness of Shanghai’s historical and cultural legacy.

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June 25, 2013 by
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Penguins and Postcards in Port Lockroy, Antarctica

In my excitement I ended up with two stamps – the first, placed by the kayak expedition leader on my ship, the second one stamped myself in the British Antarctica Research Center at Port Lockroy. Now, my passport holds two blue ovals, each with the same date and map coordinates, each displaying an indigo blue Gentoo penguin.

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June 25, 2013 by
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Sailing through Panama and Colombia

Snorkeling around the islands.

Because there is no road crossing, combining both Panama and Colombia into one trip has historically been difficult – the simplest way having been to hop on a plane. However, there is now another way. Signing on as ‘crew’ and hitching your way through the beautiful aquatic world of the Guna Yala archipelago. Not only will you be crossing continents, you will feel like you are traversing time itself.

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June 21, 2013 by
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