Category: Travel Miscellany

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil - the ultimate World Cup experience

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil – the ultimate World Cup experience

The World Cup, in all its splendor, is considered by some as the premiere sporting event in the world. Although the Summer Olympics are a global event, the experience is different. The world comes together to celebrate the competition and camaraderie of sports. The World Cup is another kind of event. The world comes together, but […]

Make a splash at the World Puddle Jumping Championships!

Make a splash at the World Puddle Jumping Championships!

Competitors from across the UK are being invited to make a splash at the inaugural World Puddle Jumping Championships, being held at Wicksteed Park, the home of children’s play, this Autumn. The Kettering park was founded by Charles Wicksteed, who invented the modern day slide and swing, as part of his vision to inspire and encourage […]

Top 3 Barcelona surprises

Top 3 Barcelona surprises

Hopping on a jet to Barcelona at the spur of the moment during the height of tourist season is not a smart move. I did it anyway, and my first 48 hours in town could inspire a whole book of travel “don’ts”. Yet even dumb choices can have wonderful outcomes. In this case, leaping before […]

Feasting, fishing, shooting and world class golf in the Scottish Borders

Feasting, fishing, shooting and world class golf in the Scottish Borders

In less than four hours you could be living the idyllic British sporting life. In less than four hours, a sleek train could whisk you from the bustle of central London to the quiet green banks of the crystal clear River Tweed, where the only sounds are the swish of your salmon line and the […]

Recipe of the week: Pan-fried line fish on warm Nicoise salad, parmesan cream sauce and leek angel hair

Recipe of the week: Pan-fried line fish on warm Nicoise salad, parmesan cream sauce and leek angel hair

This dish is an adaption of the traditional Nicoise salad and was originally made in South Africa using the kob fish (kabeljou), a well-known saltwater fish that is readily sourced from local fishing villages. Wild sea bass would also work well as an easily sourced responsible alternative for those living in the northern hemisphere. Soft […]

New York state: one of the best regions in the US for fine dining and creative cooking

New York state: one of the best regions in the US for fine dining and creative cooking

New York state continues to be recognised as one of the best regions for fine dining, award-winning wine and creative cooking in the USA. Home to the famous ‘Culinary Institute of America’, which is noted as the world’s premier culinary college, the State offers food fans a chance to experience America’s passion for cooking. With […]

Something different for football fans heading to Brazil in 2014

Something different for football fans heading to Brazil in 2014

As football fans turn their minds to the FIFA World Cup in Brazil, the more adventurous can choose Rainforest Cruises‘ new World Cup Manaus Amazon Cruise for a different view of the tournament. Manaus is the gateway to the Brazilian Amazon and one of the 2014 World Cup cities. It plays host to four group games […]

5 things you need to know about taking your phone abroad

5 things you need to know about taking your phone abroad

Now that pretty much everyone has a smart phone, taking your phone abroad has become more complex.  Simply turning it off will not prevent you from being changed hefty data roaming fees.  Here are a few simple tips to make sure you don’t get a huge mobile phone bill when you return home from your […]

The fake city of Paris... in China!

The fake city of Paris… in China!

Do you remember our blog post about the Chinese replica of the Austrian village of Hallstatt? They built a full scale replica of the Apline village in the Guangdong province of China. Well, it doesn’t stop there – the Chinese have also designed replicas of Italian, German, English and French towns. One such place is Tianducheng, […]

The Memphis Peabody Duckmaster experience

The Memphis Peabody Duckmaster experience

Larry King’s done it. Emeril Lagasse’s done it. Even Oprah’s done it.  Now it was my son’s turn.  The elevator doors open, and a parade of ducks march out. My five year old walks the red carpet behind them. His chest is puffed; his stride is confident. Being an Honorary Duckmaster for the famous Peabody […]

Day 7 of leg 8 of the Silk Road Trail 2013 – New Delhi #SilkTrail2013

Day 7 of leg 8 of the Silk Road Trail 2013 – New Delhi #SilkTrail2013

Today was a well-earned rest day and an opportunity to do some sightseeing in Delhi. Unfortunately, it was one of those days that just didn’t go as smoothly as it might. The traffic didn’t help matters and, take note, a number of Delhi attractions are closed on Mondays, but unfortunately our guide didn’t appear to […]

5 must-see sights in Taiwan

5 must-see sights in Taiwan

Probably my favourite of all the islands in Asia, Taiwan is a little known yet fantastic destination, offering a variety of culinary, cultural and visual treats. It’s tough to whittle down the list but after much hand-wringing I have managed to select what I consider to be the five must-see sights on the island: A […]

Afternoon tea - 13 choices

Afternoon tea – 13 choices

Afternoon tea is thankfully a Great British institution and it is very unlikely to ever go out of fashion. It also blends 2 very good quotes and so as a result it must be something that needs to be taken often? 1. Henry James: there are very few hours in life more agreeable than the […]

Two October foodie events on Mallorca

Two October foodie events on Mallorca

October is a great month for visiting Mallorca – particularly if you’re a foodie. There’s lots of room on the beaches, the sea is warm, the island is lush and green, and there are two upcoming events that could tempt you to book a last minute short break on the Spanish island, which remains mainly […]

Luxury by credit

Luxury by credit

Going on a luxury holiday was once something many of us could only dream of but now, instead of being reserved for the rich and wealthy, there are some other ways you can pay for a once in a lifetime holiday in the Maldives, and ones that might even earn you some cashback or air […]

5 scary things to do for Halloween in Paris

5 scary things to do for Halloween in Paris

Halloween is coming up in less than a month now. Are you tired of the standard, same old ghost and vampire fancy dress outfits? Looking for something different from the usual pumpkin carving this year? We’ve selected 5 quirky, freaky activities especially for you so that you and the family can enjoy a spooky, spine-chilling […]

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