Category: Travel Miscellany

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
Day 5 of leg 8 of the Silk Road Trail 2013 – Nepalgunj to Mahendranagar #SilkTrail2013

Day 5 of leg 8 of the Silk Road Trail 2013 – Nepalgunj to Mahendranagar #SilkTrail2013

We get a wake up call at 6.30am with the intention of an 8am departure. I pull back the curtains and am presented with a view of a stack of bricks and a mound of sand. This “hotel” has certainly been the most basic so far, but I’m told that it will be surpassed in terms
Top 10 European restaurants in Hong Kong

Top 10 European restaurants in Hong Kong

Mention Hong Kong and food, and tiny morsels of delicately packed dim sum in light bamboo baskets spring to mind. That should come as no surprise – situated at the Southeastern tip of Canton, Hong Kong has some of the world’s best Cantonese cuisine. But many visitors (and locals alike) miss out on the high
Paris is for lovers...

Paris is for lovers...

A kaleidoscopic city of dreamy nostalgia, culinary wonders and effortless brilliance, Paris is both enchanting and inspiring. You can walk across it in a matter of hours, fall for its charms in minutes and feel the need to return. Constantly. Afterall, Paris is for lovers… of art. No matter how many times you visit the
5 ways to indulge in London during October

5 ways to indulge in London during October

Are you planning a visit to London this month? The month of October in England’s capital city isn’t just about dressing up as a pumpkin and eating witches’ broth from a cauldron – there are some far more sophisticated pursuits on offer. Here are some of the best, from cocktail tasting to bicycle polo. London
Recipe of the week: Roast loin of Dorset lamb and braised shoulder ‘shepherd’s pie’

Recipe of the week: Roast loin of Dorset lamb and braised shoulder ‘shepherd’s pie’

This delicious plateful of local Dorset lamb is a fine example of an English dish rejuvenated with a modern European twist. Lovingly braised shoulder gives the traditional shepherd’s pie an opulent twist, encased in a golden potato ring and topped with melt in the mouth potato foam. A generous portion of roasted lamb loin on
Recipe of the week: Fresh tuna tartar with wasabi ice cream and soya and passion fruit sauce

Recipe of the week: Fresh tuna tartar with wasabi ice cream and soya and passion fruit sauce

This week’s recipe is a refreshing delicacy from the heart of the Algarve. The fresh bluefin tuna melts in the mouth, perfectly complementing the smooth creaminess and spicy bite of wasabi ice cream. This dish is served with two beautifully contrasting sauces, sweet passionfruit and sharp salty soya, and garnished with chives to decorate. Comprised