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9 Stunning Adventurous Experiences in Mauritius You Must Do

September 30, 2012 by  

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Romanticized as a honeymooning paradise by the turquoise blue waters of the Indian Ocean, Mauritius is a haven in disguise for lovers of a different kind; those that love the heady rush of adrenalin from being suspended in mid air, or coming face to face with the big cats of the ocean, or feeling the wind whirl your two wheel ride. Its location off the southeast coast of Africa and its unique geography with mountains in its interiors and serene waters along all its coastlines, make it a hotspot for adventures that aren’t for the faint hearted. Mauritius map, Mauritius island map, mauritius maps, detailed map of mauritius Here is my pick of the 9 most hair-raising experiences in Mauritius, that should be on every bucket list: 1. Skydiving. Skydiving Mauritius, Skydiving pictures, Mauritius things to do The thrill of skydiving will leave you high for days no matter where you try it, but Mauritius turns it up a notch, with a 10,000 feet dive over the turquoise and deep blue ocean. You free fall for 40 seconds, with the…

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Meet Porvoo, One of Finland’s Six Medieval Towns

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porvoo 033 Day Trip To Porvoo From Helsinki Porvoo is a pretty, picturesque city 50 km east of Helsinki, one of Finland’s six medieval towns. It’s a good day trip on a nice day if you’re interested in taking photographs and poking around in handicrafts shops for an afternoon. We visited on an afternoon mid-week in autumn. I can imagine this place being packed in summer when everything is open. When you exit the bus, head straight for the Porvoo River to check out the famous red warehouses along the river. porvoo 056 Day Trip To Porvoo From Helsinki porvoo 038 Day Trip To Porvoo From Helsinki   porvoo 053 Day Trip To Porvoo From Helsinki Before heading into the old town. porvoo 059 Day Trip To Porvoo From Helsinki porvoo 066 Day Trip To Porvoo From Helsinki porvoo 079 Day Trip To Porvoo From Helsinki porvoo 073 Day Trip To Porvoo From Helsinkiporvoo 108 Day Trip To Porvoo From Helsinki porvoo 060 Day Trip To Porvoo From Helsinki porvoo 083 Day Trip To Porvoo From Helsinki porvoo 069 Day Trip To Porvoo From Helsinki porvoo 087 Day Trip To Porvoo From Helsinki porvoo 101 Day Trip To Porvoo From Helsinki porvoo 078 Day Trip To Porvoo From Helsinki porvoo 111 Day Trip To Porvoo From Helsinki porvoo 127 Day Trip To Porvoo From Helsinki porvoo 020 Day Trip To Porvoo From Helsinki I really recommend this activity for summer when the weather is nice. It was quite chilly when we were there out of season. Of course, shoppers with ample time in Helsinki shouldn’t let that stop them. Getting there: Buses depart from the lower level of Helsinki’s Central Bus Station at least every half an hour. The journey takes about an hour – it’s not worth it to pay more for an express ticket.


5 Urban and Non-Urban Treasures in London

September 30, 2012 by  

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I write about London a lot, partly because I briefly lived in the Rainy City but also because it is one of the most inspiring cities for finding global art and culture. On my recent trip to Europe, I managed to squeeze in a few days in London somewhere in between Berlin and Paris. It was a short trip but it was great seeing old friends, meeting new ones and simply wandering through my favorite neighborhoods. Here are some of my favorite London Pastimes:  1) Urban Nature I loved watching this mother swan lead her little ones through the St. James’ Park Lake. It’s a short walk from Buckingham Palace and a scenic way to get from here to Westminster. 2) Colorful Markets We all know I love a good flea and luckily London has several. I’m tied between Old Spitalfields Market and Notting Hill’s Portobello Market (pictured below). 3) Pub Food Britain may not be known for amazing cuisine but one thing they have mastered is the art of Fish & Chips. Below is one of my favorite pubs…

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Outside London, Your Next Stop NEEDS to be Bath

September 30, 2012 by  

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“If your only going to visit one other city in England besides London, make it Bath” – Lonely Planet.
Now that’s some advice I am willing to take! Continuing with my New Year’s resolution to travel more around the UK, this past weekend I headed to Bath. The downtown area of Bath is a dedicated UNESCO world heritage site due to its beautiful architecture. Simply imagine the setting for a Jane Austin novel, add some cars and tourists, and you pretty much have a perfect picture of the town:
Pulteney Bridge
Continuing with my New Year’s resolution to travel more around the UK, this past weekend I headed to Bath. The downtown area of Bath is a dedicated UNESCO world heritage site due to its beautiful architecture. Simply imagine the setting for a Jane Austin novel, add some cars and tourists, and you pretty much have a perfect picture of the town:


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Picture Keeper for Storing Photos on a Tiny Drive; Great for Light Packers

September 30, 2012 by  

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When you’re traveling, you need extra storage for your images, particularly if you shoot on raw or large format, or like I do — both. I carry small 500 gig drives with me so I can do a double back off in case my photo card gets corrupted or I simply run out of room on the card. Sometimes when you’re on the road, however, you need something even smaller, especially if you want to transport copies to others, such as friends you meet along the way. Matt Stanchie, founder of Simplified IT Products, devised a simple way to duplicate digital photos for safekeeping after some of his close friends lost precious family photos due to a hardware failure. Called Picture Keeper, there’s no software to download or complicated procedures. You simply plug the device into a USB port and it starts working. Picture Keeper automatically searches for digital photo files and copies them in their original file format and folders. You can move it from device to device (PCs and Macs), and it will keep on copying your favorite, funniest, most awkward and most treasured digital memories. They come in different sizes depending on how much space…

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The Magical Wiews of Barcelona…

September 30, 2012 by  

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Dinner on the terrace of a friend’s apartment accompanied by a breathtaking view of Barcelona. Magic.

UN BESO: Summer Barcelona nights  X


Santa Fe School of Cooking for Foodies

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Heading to New Mexico? The Santa Fe School of Cooking offers an opportunity to get an insider’s view of the capital city’s restaurant scene Lace up your most comfortable walking shoes and arrive hungry for the only tour of its kind in New Mexico. They have a tour that starts at the Santa Fe School of Cooking, 125 North Guadalupe Street, Santa Fe, New Mexico, then heads out to four of the town’s dining destinations. Each stop will include a private tasting and audiences with the chefs, owners and other key players that make this city one of America’s Top Culinary Capitals. Tours generally run twice a week from 2 to 5 p.m. and include lots of food and wine. There are four different routes, each route featuring a different grouping of downtown Santa Fe restaurants. Cost is $115 per person.


The Magic & Allure of 5 Cultural Cities Around the World

September 30, 2012 by  

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Skyline of Melbourne Australia 500x331 One Size Fits All Cities I love a good, long trip as much as anyone, but let’s face it: Not all travelers have the luxury of spending weeks or months in a single destination. Unfortunately, many would-be travelers take this to mean they simply shouldn’t bother travel. But, in fact, being time strapped doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice an awesome, all-around travel experience. Visit any of these “one-size-fits-all” cities for to pack a vacation that’s big on experiences into a small span of time.

Singapore

Tiny Singapore packs a big travel punch Singapore has been independent from Malaysia for just over half a century. But during that time, it has carved itself out not only as an economic superpower, but as a destination for any kind of travel. Foodies will delight in Singapore’s wonderful cuisine while beachgoers will find themselves at home on the sandy shores of Sentosa Island. Feeling wild? Head to Singapore’s cage-free zoo. Or, if you crave a more urban jungle, experience Singapore’s amazing nightlife. Ironically, the most-attractive feature for people who travel to Singapore is how easy it is to…

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