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Desserts Glorious Desserts on the Highseas

Desserts Glorious Desserts on the Highseas

Chocolate Chocolate Orange Cake by Nadia Ali

When most people think about going on a cruise, the first thing that comes to mind is the dreamy vacation onboard a luxury ship surrounded by the sea. Spending evenings watching the cabaret …

Splashing about in Thrilling Indoor Water Parks

Splashing about in Thrilling Indoor Water Parks

Fun water characters by Nadia Ali

 

The best thing about summer has got to be splashing about in water, after all, who doesn’t like getting wet when the days are balmy and hot. While many kids and adults look

Salimat Hari Raya

Salimat Hari Raya

While traveling in Asia this last summer, my wife and I had the unique opportunity to visit Malaysia and to celebrate the end of the Islamic holy month of Ramadan with Dayang, a Malaysian friend of ours. The fast-breaking festival, …

Two Exclusive Game Reserves in South Africa

Two Exclusive Game Reserves in South Africa

Heading northwest, towards the Mozambique border, we left Wonderboom Airport (near Pretoria) via a chartered Cessna. Ninety minutes later we arrived at Cheetah Plains, a privately owned game reserve located within the 65,000 hectare Sabi Sands reserve, which itself shares a 50km …

“Hunting” The Perfect Safari

“Hunting” The Perfect Safari

As part of a larger seven-month trip around the world, my boyfriend and I knew we wanted to complete an African safari somewhere along the way. But where? How? I wondered where to start and how to budget for something …

Port Elizabeth: South Africa’s Sunshine Coast

Port Elizabeth: South Africa’s Sunshine Coast

If you’re looking for cosmopolitan urban culture or beautiful buildings, Port Elizabeth won’t be your first choice for a South African holiday destination. It’s a busy yet relatively crime-free industrial city (important to the South African motor industry) that marks …

Seven Wonders of the Weald

Seven Wonders of the Weald

Thirty miles south of London, and halfway to England’s South coast, lies the Weald — an area of outstanding natural beauty dating back to the Saxons of 900 AD. Visiting the Seven Wonders of the Weald, I started my journey …

Liverpool, It Oozes Culture and Style

Liverpool, It Oozes Culture and Style

Liverpool, a city with a glorious history as a mercantile hub and gateway to the New World, is today a key destination for art lovers, fans of the theatre and museum-goers. The very name of the city invokes images of a magnificent …

Cruisin’ in Sunny San Diego With Your Canine Companion

Cruisin’ in Sunny San Diego With Your Canine Companion

Does your winter warm-weather search include a stop in San Diego? If it doesn’t, it should. Mild winters make this destination a favorite for anyone seeking an escape from snow and cold. It’s not uncommon to go walking on the …

Brussels at a Bargain

Brussels at a Bargain

Those looking for an August getaway without paying the high hotel costs associated with visiting Europe at the height of tourist season might want to consider booking a stay in Brussels. After business-people  frequenting the capital of Belgium and the …

Spain Celebrates – Summer Festivals and Parties

Spain Celebrates – Summer Festivals and Parties

La Mercè
La Mercè

As the summertime approaches, the Spanish find reason to celebrate. Mark these festive dates for the best bashes on the Iberian Peninsula:

Sant Joan - Barcelona's Beaches Fill
Sant Joan – Barcelona’s Beaches Fill

June – Welcome Summer in Mediterranean Spain

June 21, or …

The Flower Festival and Spanish Spring Celebrations

The Flower Festival and Spanish Spring Celebrations

Blossoms blanket the city - Temps de Flors
Blossoms blanket the city – Temps de Flors

Walking down Barcelona’s Passeig de Gracia the other day, I looked to the horizon and saw green. Spring had sprung while I was updating Twitter, and there it was suddenly, fresh and …

The Most Romantic Day in Spain? A Book and a Rose for April

The Most Romantic Day in Spain? A Book and a Rose for April

According to the legend, brave Saint George slayed the dragon and saved the village from its wrath. The dragon’s blood spilled out onto the cold dirt, and from this blood, a rosebush magically grew. From this bush, Saint George plucked …

Hopping Through Europe’s Easter Markets

Hopping Through Europe’s Easter Markets

Europe is known for having an extensive and impressive array of Christmas markets, but the seasonal merriment doesn’t have to stop there. In springtime, when flowers, trees and hibernating critters begin to come out of winter hiding, new markets also …

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