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Chez Tante Fauvette: A tiny dishevelled 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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9 Reasons to Head to Memphis

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Posted in 18-35 Youth, Accommodations, Activities, Arts and Culture, Destinations, Family Travel, Historical travel, Lodging, Luxury, North America, Tennessee, United States of America

Nashville may have been getting all the attention with a television show, but it’s not the only place you want to go to for the history of southern music and family fun. Memphis offers a look into the birthplace of the Blues, civil rights, and major attractions. Allow a full
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Zambia: Swimming with the devil

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Posted in Africa, Destinations, Zambia

“We have lost only one man,” said Alpha Omega, our Devil’s Pool guide, a tall stick of a man, “and that was because he saved a guest who chose not to take his advice.” All the guides standing at the edge of the briefing room/cafeteria, considered this statement solemnly, their
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A city alive with history

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Posted in Canada, History Tours, Holiday Travel, Quebec

The stunning skyline of Quebec. Quebec is one of the safest cities on the world, especially for women, my new friend tells me. That’s lucky, I think, because I’ve just jumped into his car and we’re driving up into deserted forests. If I disappear, nobody will ever know why. All
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Discover Chester, England

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Posted in Accommodations, England

Fairy tale-like Chester is considered one of Europe’s most beautiful cities. The old town’s collection of quirky stores housed in Rows (a fully-functioning medieval version of a shopping mall) is reminiscent of sepia toned Grimm’s tale. What is truly striking about Chester is its dramatic architecture. It has a Victorian
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Wild, Watery and Wonderful

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Posted in Africa, Holiday Travel, Safari, Sightseeing, Zambia

The mighty Victoria Falls It seems unlikely that anything could be thrilling enough to waylay me when I’m walking to Victoria Falls, already armed with a rain coat and a silly grin. But when the hotel gardener I’m breezing past says: “Hello, do you want to see the giraffes?” it
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Eating London’s Soho

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Posted in Europe, Food Tours

Whilst eating my way around the square mile of Soho I got to meet some of its food heroes – the people who create the greatest food in the capital. Like a gin-infused meat pie at The London Gin Club, La Bodega Negra’s modern-day twist on tacos, the Spanish ham
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A Fantastic Fjord Detour Worth the Drive in Iceland

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Posted in Activities, Driving Vacations, Europe, Iceland

Iceland’s most scenic and popular route is the so called “Golden Circle” of approximately 300 kilometers of breathtaking views, often traversed in a circular pattern out and back from Reykjavik. Within the Golden Circle lie some of the country’s top attractions, including Þingvellir National Park, the spectacular Gullfoss waterfalls and
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Parambikulam Tiger Reserve: India’s Real Jungle Book

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Posted in Accommodations, India

I arrived at Parambikulam, a government run Tiger Reserve in Kerala, and paid Rs300 to gain access, Rs70 for the car, plus another Rs300 for my camera. At the main office, where I’m to book in for the night, I’m told I need to pay tourist prices, not the fee I
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Miami Arts and Culture: More than Sun and Sand

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Posted in Activities, Archeology, Architectural, Arts and Culture, Beach Vacations, Destinations, Florida, History Tours, Sightseeing, United States of America

Modern skyscrapers on the Miami River in downtown Miami (Credit: Jerome Levine) Miami is probably best known to tourists as a popular cruise port and gateway to the sandy beaches of greater Miami Beach. But over the last decade, the downtown area of the city has been transformed into a
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A City of Politics and Playfulness

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Posted in Arts and Culture, Canada, Ontario, Sightseeing

Parliament Hill in Ottawa After visiting Canada’s party city of Montreal and its astonishingly beautiful neighbor, old Quebec, I was expecting to find Ottawa a little dull. I imagined the capital city to be dour and intellectual – a place with museums on every corner where you nod wisely at
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