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Montreal Meandering

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Posted in Canada, Quebec, Sightseeing

Montreal’s Basilica It’s Saturday night in Montreal, and I’m determined not to slink back home until at least 10pm; I don’t want my two young Airbnb hosts to think I’m such a social failure  I can’t find anything to do in Canada’s self-proclaimed party city.
Montreal prides itself on being
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Ocean Friendly Whale Watching

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Posted in 18-35 Youth, Accessible Travel, Activities, Adventure, Around-the-World, Australia, Beach Vacations, Caribbean, Cruise, Cruise Tours, Cruises, Destination Weddings, Eco-Cruises, Ecotours, Exchange Students, Family Travel, Film Locations and Festivals, Gay and Lesbian Travel, Gay-Lesbian, Green Travel, Hawaii, Historical travel, History Tours, Holiday Travel, Honeymoons, Last Minute Travel, Nature-Wildlife, Photography, Private Jet Tours, Resorts, Scuba, Senior Citizens, Solo Travel, Spiritual Travel, Upscale Travel, Voluntourism, Whale Watching, Wildlife Watching, Women Only

Whales are one of the Earth’s largest mammals, the beauty of which is best seen in the open waters of the ocean. There are numerous destinations around the world where you can observe these gentle creatures swim, thrash, and play in the water. All that is needed is a quiet
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Actively Enjoying the Maldives

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Posted in Activities, All Inclusive, Beach Vacations, Maldives, Resorts

A deserted beach at Club Med Kani On most tiny tropical islands the activities for the day are pleasingly predictable: snorkeling, diving, a spot of swimming and cocktails served in coconut shells.
If that’s all you require, the non-stop action at Club Med Kani in the Maldives can feel rather
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Offbeat Venice

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Posted in Accommodations, Arts and Culture, Historical travel, History Tours, Italy, Jewish Heritage, Romance

If you come away from Venice thinking, “It’s too crowded and it smells,” you’re doing it wrong. Sure, the labyrinthine city’s glory days are long gone, and many of the palazzos along the Grand Canal have been converted to restaurants or left to rot, their first floors already reclaimed by
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Exploring Whidbey Island’s Natural Charm

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Posted in Arts and Culture, Beer and Pub Tours, Culinary, Nature-Wildlife, North America, Photography, Shopping, Sightseeing, Soft Adventure, Spectator Sports, United States of America, Walking, Washington, Wine Tours

Visitors in the Seattle area looking for a quick getaway might want to check out Whidbey Island, one of the most scenic and accessible destinations in the Pacific Northwest. Within an hour of leaving North Seattle, travelers can arrive on this island via a 20-minute ride from the Mukilteo ferry
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Mumbai’s Fast Food

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Posted in Arts and Culture, Culinary, India, Sightseeing, Uncategorized

Dozens of dabbawallas congregate under a tall Banyan tree; more arrive every minute. I watched these tiffin carrying deliverymen sort out the lunch boxes at a frantic pace, then load the steel tiffins onto their bicycles and push carts. Soon groups of three or four dabbawalas push carts laden with
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Happiness in Hippo Land

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Posted in Africa, Safari, Tanzania

Hippos in the Ruaha River in Tanzania It’s about 2am when I scare myself by remembering that hippos are the most dangerous animals in Africa. I’ve been taking photos all day of at least 30 hippos in the river right in front of my lodge, especially when they lumbered their
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The Northern Lights: 6 Tips for Catching a Glimpse

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Posted in Astronomy, Escorted Motorcoach Tours, Iceland, Photography

The Northern Lights are one of Iceland’s top tourist attractions, and for good reason. They’ve fascinated peoples from around the world for thousands of years, from the Inuit of Nunivak Island in the Bering Sea to the Laplanders of northern Scandinavia. In Iceland, Viking lore maintained that the dancing Aurora
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What Can You Do in the Biggest Mall in the U.S.?

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Posted in Accommodations, Activities, Holiday Travel, Minnesota, Shopping

Nickelodeon Universe at Mall of America. Can you imagine heading to the mall and having your family begging to come along? The Mall of America in Bloomington, Minnesota, is more of a city than a shopping mall. It has a selection of attractions which include an indoor amusement park and
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Savoring the San Juan Islands

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Posted in Activities, Destinations, North America, United States of America, Washington

The San Juan Islands affords visitors to the greater Seattle area the opportunity for a quick overnight or weekend connection with the natural beauty of the Pacific Northwest. On these islands, which are located about three and half hours from Seattle, nature lovers can unwind sans the kitsch that characterizes
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Chez Tante Fauvette: A Tiny, Disheveled Restaurant that Oozes French Charm

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Posted in Activities, Destinations, Europe, Food Tours, France

Northern France is a bit of a secret place for foodies. Its gourmet reputation is well known, but only amongst those who live there. Saint Omer for instance, just 30 minutes inland from the French port of Calais, has a great little bistro in the old town – Chez Tante
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The Caribbean and All That Jazz

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Posted in Activities, Caribbean, Destinations

The Caribbean is one of the most popular regions to host jazz festivals with almost thirty to date happening in and around the island chain. The festivals have managed to attract international artists such as Earth, Wind and Fire, John Legend, Chakka Khan, Emel Sande, and even Sting! Unlike Jazz festivals
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Hong Kong Highlights

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Posted in Hong Kong, Sightseeing

Hong Kong under the storm clouds I seem to have lost Hong Kong.
It was there a moment ago, with 1,295 steel and glass skyscrapers glinting in a stunning display of wealth and style.
Now the spectacular skyline has disappeared inside moody storm clouds, with just a few neon lights
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Venice 101: Hit the Highlights in One Day

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Posted in Arts and Culture, Cruise, Cruises, Destinations, Europe, Italy, Romance

I was lucky enough to take my first trip to Venice at 14 but that early exposure to world travel came with an early exposure to budget travel accommodations as well. We stayed on a campground on the mainland and had to leave the lagoon before sunset to make sure
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