By all accounts, Athens is the womb from where modern western civilisation emerged many millennia ago. Evidence of this cultural wealth is still visible throughout the city. And during the wide-spread modernization of Athens’s public infrastructure, which proceeded the 2004 olympic games and continued afterwards, several acres of archeological discoveries have been unearthed, catalogued and exhibited in among other places, Athens’s ultra modern subway stations and in the new Acropolis Museum.
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A visit to the Italian heartland – the wine country in Tuscany – should be on everyone’s ”bucket list”. Because the region is really just as beautiful as you may have heard from friends, read in books or seen on the silver screen.
While driving through the vast plains, sloping valleys and softly rolling hills of Tuscany, I realize how far away I am from the bustling cities of that other Italy. This is soul country and a region where a slow pace is quintessential to the symbiotic relationship between man and our delicate host, the earth. [click to continue…]
The Mediterranean party mecca island is so much more than just nightclubs and foam parties. In 48 hours, you can enjoy the wineries, charming country hotels and magical sunrises.
The capital Eivissa (Ibiza Town) is a bustling city, dating from the Middle Ages and comes with a huge variety of bars and cozy restaurants. In Sant Antoni, on the other side of the island, is where the majority of the island’s giant nightclubs are situated. If not feasting and drunk Englishmen are your thing, there is no reason to go to this rather charmless place. In addition to these two cities Ibiza offers dramatic mountain scenery and a tranquil countryside, especially in the north.
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“Meatpacking” is a fairly small but interesting neighborhod covering about 20 blocks (depending on who you ask) – making it very walkable. At its peak, there were over 250 slaughterhouses here and even if there are still a few in operation, the majority have been either torn down or renovated and transformed to accommodate new businesses wishing to tap into the areas resurgence. [click to continue…]
In of the world’s quietest capital cities, you can enjoy modern Laotian food and with a good purpose too.
Vientiane delivers up to its reputation. In the Lao capital you are more likely to hear birdsong than traffic noise. The monks are still more than tourists. And whatever time of the day, it feels as if the city has taken a long afternoon siesta. One can not help but wonder, are the inhabitants of Vientiane never in a hurry? [click to continue…]
This may be the perfect beach on Phuket. Super close to the airport (without being disturbingly close), Nai Yang Beach really has something to offer everyone. Aside from being typically postcard beautiful, it’s also perfect for walking or jogging, the shoreline is shallow enough for young travellers to swim in (with adult supervision) and a bit further out, sufficiently deep for those of you geared up for a bit of snorkelling. [click to continue…]
Sometimes, you just have to let go and forget about calories, BMI and the latest health trends. And so, when in L.A., I’ll indulge in a scrumptious meal at Baby Blues BBQ on Lincoln Boulevard near Venice Beach.
This is nothing less than culinary heaven for those of us that love BBQ food and enjoy eating it in an easy-going, shabby chic atmosphere. [click to continue…]
Along the bend of majestic Irrawaddy river in central Myanmar (Burma), lies the ancient city of Bagan. And if you hurry, you’ll get to enjoy one of South East Asia’s most beautiful and unspoiled destinations – before the inevitably tourist invasion.
With plenty of cheap accommodations at family run guesthouses and a country-wide network of affordable train and bus routes to choose from, Myanmar has been a favourite among hard-core backpackers for decades.
Coinciding with the long overdue democratisation process, the regime is now slowly allowing both local and foreign businesses to tap into the burgeoning but yet nascent tourism industry.
With it’s island-rich coastline, expansive plains and lush southern jungles and northern forests (just below the Himalayan mountains), Myanmar has huge potential to become a top destination for visitors in search for something new and unique. [click to continue…]