I wasn’t really naked. I simply didn’t have any clothes on.

PRUDES:  look away now. Inspiration comes from the most unusual places.  You can never predict what an artist will do to make a statement or grab your attention. Art comes in all styles, from the Romans to the Renaissance the Impressionists and beyond.  And so much of it has been saved for us by museums, collectors and, now, electronic media.…

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The “civilized” wilderness of Europe

Europe is many things, but one thing that is consistent across almost all of the European countries is the general approach to tolerance.  Good, mature behaviour is recognised, and rewarded with few limitations or rules.  The  Europeans intrinsically get this. And one area where this all blends together for Europeans is camping.  This article talks about “wild” camping:  pitching your…

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More sabor

Tripadvisor fans (like us) get around.  They every corner of the globe to discover the newest, the wildest, the most obscure and the, well,  just plain fun. It’s almost impossible to travel without eating something.  And if your budget permits, the lure of “best of” restaurants is just too strong to resist.  Here, here to that,  we say. So, may…

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Happy July!

It’s always good to think ahead, when you can.  And while you’re enjoying the summer sun, there are probably a dozen or more items on your list that you’re ignoring / forgetting. Well, let us give you a little prod to recommend that you start looking into your winter holidays now.  Chances are good that resorts, hotels, cars and flights…

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But what if they’re right handed?

You’ve got questions?  We’ve got answers – especially to ones that you probably thought you’d never find yourself asking.  Unless you’re bored, doing research or are an anorak. This particular peculiarity focuses on the urgent need to understand why airline captains sit on the left-hand side of the plane? You’ll find out here, but if you have any other ideas,…

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Ciao, Alitalia

Who doesn’t love Italy?  We bet that only a few will raise their hands.  Italy, for tourists, seems to bring out all that’s good in traveling. But, sadly, Italy’s official airline, Alitalia has had its troubles in the past and up until now, and, as a result, will be shutting its doors for good. Happily, out of the ashes comes…

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Mama Prati

As if Rome isn’t fun enough – may we present to you Mama Shelter, Roma.  Created by the owners of Club Med, Mama Shelter goes waaay beyond the normal.  Just a short walk from the Vatican, and just  250m from the Cipro Metro station,  everything is close and the nightlife is not far away. Treat yourself to some silly playfulness. …

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I’m sorry Dave, I’m afraid I can’t do that

The vast majority of Airbnb rentals go smoothly, but do you know what to do when they don’t? What happens if your host cancels your booking two days before you arrive, or the spacious bedroom shown in a listing turns out to be the size of a closet? Read more courtesy of SmarterTravel.com. As you might guess, we have other…

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Breaking news: Ireland has more than two cities

Ireland is one of the more hip, inclusive, free and charming places in Europe.  When you meet an Irish human, you will inevitably strike up a natural and amiable conversation, no matter the situation.  The Irish – the same as the Australians – are simply like that. Everyone tends to gravitate to Dublin and Belfast – naturally – but when…

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Try not to drool

AirBnB, constant bad press notwithstanding, has created a wonderful new model on how to travel.  Almost everyone wins. VRBO, an Expedia company (and one of our valued affiliate friends,) have taken the model and successfully given AirBnB a run for their money:  in some recent months, they have marched past AirBnB in bookings. But, this post is about something similar,…

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Hey, bungalow thrill

“If looks could thrill it would have been us instead of him”  All the children sing. These looks will thrill – at Reserva Alecrim EcoSuite & Glamping in Portugal. The properties, the views, the surroundings, the location – wow!  And the bungalows look more like dwellings on the moon. Set by a lake in the Alentejo countryside, Eco Suites Resort offers…

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Notre Dame calm

It’s hard to believe that (as of this writing) it has been two years since Notre Dame cathedral in Paris burst into flames.  There were tears in our eyes as we watches – helplessly as the roof crumbled. It will still be a very long time for the restoration to be completed.  Watch the video below to understand why: the…

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Epcot thoughts

Whether we want to admit it or not, almost all of us feel a little tingle when we think of Disney parks.  The company knows how to push our buttons, and even lead us to new places. But, one of those places – Epcot – in Florida is a bit of an enigma to many.  Why is it there? What…

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Every breath you take, every move you make

Those with tin foil hats, look away now. People are people and, therefore, unpredictable.  Sometimes that’s fine (and fun) but when it comes to wrangling millions of us at a time, that can be . . not fun. In the UK,  Transport for London is using aggregated and anonymised data from its wi-fi network to provide real-time data on how…

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H2Go!

Nature provides, if we respect her.  And respect is something that seems to be in short supply nowadays.  Automobiles still (mostly) run on 1900’s technology, we still pump fuel out of the ground, which has untold repercussions. The worst thing is that we know better and have the technologies, and yet, we as humans, are slow to adapt. Well, let…

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When football is all

We suspect that there are some football fans in our audience:  in this instance we are talking about the football played around the world – you know, the round ball, black and white. Some football fans are beyond passionate:  they get tattoos of their team, name their children after star players, relocate to cities where their favourite teams are located…

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Pardon me, madam, but your palace awaits

How often does one get the chance to sleep in the same halls as royalty?  Not often for most of us. But, you can at the Ciragan Palace Hotel Kempinski in Istanbul directly on the Bosphorus.  A former home to Ottoman royalty, you will find yourself bathed in history, glamourous surroundings, sumptous spas and world-class restaurants. And, of course, you…

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Saab story

This post may be somewhat specific – it’s about Saab automobiles, so look away if you have no interest in that.  But there is a reason why we’re writing this. However, if you do have an affection for the brand, your love of Saab is probably a long, happy and sad story.  Created and manufactured in Sweden, Saab was bounced…

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The menace of Venice

Venice in peril.  If it’s ancient foundations crumbling, and literal hoards of tourists aren’t troubling enough, Venice is now being genuinely threatened by the gargantuan cruise ships that pull up to the ancient city. So much so, that UNESCO has put Venice on its endangered list unless Italy permanently banned cruise ships from docking in the world heritage site.   And…

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But, will we have enough extension cords?

Mother earth is heating up – dangerously – but so is the race to enable humans and animals to live in a world that will not burn to a crisp, like it seems now.  We have the brains and the technology, but our will needs a kick in the pants. Fortunately, more and more evidence of green thinking appears everyday. …

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