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On the Shores of Lake Baikal

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On the Shores of Lake Baikal

I was sitting cross-legged on a pebble beach. My roll mat and sleeping bag were already laid out next to me, in anticipation of the night ahead sleeping under the stars. It was perhaps on the cold side to attempt a bivouac, but the flickering campfire and large pile of branches beside me would ensure I stayed warm, or at the least, survived, the night. That same fire, that I had cooked my dinner on just half an hour before, now sent shadows dancing down to the shoreline. The waves curled and licked at the pebbles in front of me. Unlike the...

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Paris: Beyond the Tourist Trail

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Paris: Beyond the Tourist Trail

Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame, Champs-Elysee, and the Arc de Triomphe. These are just a few of the major sights that Tourists flock to on a trip to Paris. This is understandable of course, everyone wants to see these major sights that Paris has to offer. I myself spent my first two trips to Paris visiting these major tourist attractions, so who am I to judge. However, I now find that my favourite places to visit or to see are those that are away from the main tourist attractions, whether they are located in different areas altogether or are in...

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The Mayor of Pula, Croatia

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The Mayor of Pula, Croatia

Getting lost in a foreign town is an inevitable part of travel. It can be exciting, enlightening and incredibly frustrating, but it’s never permanent, as by some mysterious law of the universe a helping hand or friendly face invariably seems to appear. In my case, this helping hand belonged to the self-proclaimed Mayor of Pula. I met him on a sun splashed residential street some way out of the centre of town. I had arrived at this street after following some dubious guidance from the staff at the Pula coach depot, and possessing no map,...

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A Hidden Concert
in a Berlin Warehouse

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A Hidden Concert in a Berlin Warehouse

It is a chilly Sunday evening in Berlin. Late October and the trees have shaken off their leaves. I shuffle my feet through piles of golden yellow and approach two steel doors with graffiti scrawled on them. Two smokers huddle in the cold, shifting from one foot to the other, trying to stay warm. I go inside. A man with a white head of hair runs his finger down a list, stops and draws a line through my name. He hands me a chit of paper with a row and seat number on it and tells me to walk straight and left. My jacket is flung over my arm. I...

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Bandits of Barcelona

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Bandits of Barcelona

Retrospectively my priorities were probably somewhat skewed, but I remember experiencing a strong sense of loss for the chocolate that was in my bag. Admittedly it wasn’t any ordinary chocolate, but a chocolate with the pinnacle percentile of cocoa, which is 78 by the way, as well as the promise of zesty pieces of orange, but the benefit of hindsight has allowed me to see that the theft of my passport, phone and money should probably have been what inspired this acute sense of distress. I say theft, but for all I know my bag could have...

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“Next Train Game” – Aachen, Germany

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“Next Train Game” – Aachen, Germany

My favorite thing to do when traveling is – play the “Next Train Game”. As a traveler it can become monotonous waiting for the train to so-and-so place at so-and-so time. I don’t want to spend my time waiting to travel, I want to be traveling each and every moment I possibly can, and as a spontaneous and impatient person meticulous planning isn’t for me! So, I came up with a little game to keep things fast paced and exciting. The “Next Train Game” is my favorite thing to do. I turn up to the train station and get a ticket...

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Dog-sledding in Svalbard, Norway

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Dog-sledding in Svalbard, Norway

After a late night wandering the streets of Longyearbyen, under the midnight sun, I was up early. Waiting in the crisp Arctic morning air, my breath visible despite it being June, I could see the tour van driving towards the guesthouse that I was staying in. This was the start of an amazing day in Svalbard. I had wanted to go dog sledding for a long time. Probably because it is so different to anything that I had grown up with in Australia. I hadn’t really seen snow until I was in my mid-twenties. Now I found myself in the Arctic Circle,...

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Walking Montepulciano

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Walking Montepulciano

“Hear, all ye drinkers! Give ear, and give faith, to our edict divine – Montepulciano’s the King of all Wine!” Bacchus in Tuscany – Francisco Redi, 1685 Using the Map Embedded in this post is an intersection between a story and space age satellites, an interactive Google Mashup Map of Montepulciano. In addition to the map’s standard scaling and scrolling abilities, mashups populate it with information – just click on any marker to reveal a sub-window giving tips. It’s optimized both for desktops...

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Twilight Tours of Neolithic village available until 31 August 2016

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Twilight Tours of Neolithic village available until 31 August 2016

EDINBURGH, 2016-Jul-18 — Uncovered by a storm in 1850, Skara Brae is world famous for being the best-preserved Neolithic settlement in Western Europe. During the summer months staff at Skara Brae welcome hundreds of visitors, who can view the nine surviving Neolithic houses from the path that winds through the settlement – but lack of space means they haven’t been able to get up close to the delicate ancient monument. Now special Twilight Tours for groups of up to 12 people will allow visitors to avoid the crowds and get up close to...

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Le Crete Senesi –
The Italian Road Trip

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Le Crete Senesi  – The Italian Road Trip

In his classic road movie La Strada, Anthony Quinn finds adventure driving Italian roads. In Tuscany I found this adventure too… Le Crete Map Driving Le Crete The starting point for the trip begins in Siena, my home base for jet lag recovery and stocking up on road trip supplies. I’m set to leave this UNESCO World Heritage city behind and plunge south into the countryside, at times traveling on roads built over Etruscan paths. Naturally I was bit concerned about driving in a foreign land where, Dio ce ne guardi, a minor fender...

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A Virtual Tour of the Luxury Hotel Rangá

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A Virtual Tour of the Luxury Hotel Rangá

ICELAND – June 7th, 2016 – Travelers considering a luxury getaway to Iceland can now take a virtual tour of 4-star Hotel Rangá, the first hotel in Iceland to offer Google Maps Street View. The tour which launched today was created using over 1,000 images photographed on location at the country’s top resort in May. With just a few clicks guests can interactively explore three artist-inspired guestrooms, two Around the World themed suites, the Royal Bridal Suite, plus deluxe amenities like a Stargazing Observatory with retractable...

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Things To See and Do London

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Things To See and Do London

Things to do in London London is perhaps the most iconic of the incredible cities of the past. There is almost too much to do. Whether it is food, culture, architecture, museums, riding the tube (as I have on many days) or traditional tourist destinations like the Tower read more

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Driving into Tuscan/Umbrian Culture

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Driving into Tuscan/Umbrian Culture

Tuscany and Umbria In all of Italy, Tuscany and Umbria are tops in my book. Friends who’ve visited all tell me they love it and although I normally don’t follow the herd, I have to admit I love it too. To me, Toscana and Umbro epitomize the Italy that travelers’ dream about – with all the intact medieval architecture and towering cyprus-lined lanes, plus wine and the flavors of delectable food. As with any trip time is limited, so are six days/seven nights going to be enough to cover these towns? Realistically, the answer is no – but...

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Eating Ireland

Posted by on 12:57 pm in Food and Wine, Ireland, Spotlight | 27 comments

Eating Ireland

Food in Ireland Fish and Chips in Ireland I am an unapologetic travel addict. So it’s no surprise I jumped at a recent, last minute invitation to stay with friends just outside of Limerick, Ireland. I was eager to see the land of verdant hills, castles, Celtic history, high crosses, pubs, and Guinness pints. The cook and foodie side of me couldn’t wait to discover a new cuisine, and perhaps add some recipes to my repertoire. Fish and chips, although cliché, were the first foods I wanted to sample. Locals in Limerick told me to order takeaway...

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KaZantip, Crimea’s Uncharted Republic

Posted by on 8:31 pm in Spotlight, Ukraine | 2 comments

KaZantip, Crimea’s Uncharted Republic

Welcome to Kazantip Craziness in Crimea “Stand up! I need to dope right now to get my reality back!” I get up hastily and peer into the darkness, trying to see who has awakened me. All I can see is half of a face in big gaudy red glasses. “Ah, it’s not you!” Obviously, a stranger is disappointed. He turns around and leaves the cold doss-house quickly. I thought, “If me is not me, so who am I, after all?” Loud music strikes my ears trenchantly; bright electric light dazzles my tired eyes. Who am I? Where am I? But let me start at the...

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