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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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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The Sylvia Path

We’re not sure if Sylvia Plath ever stayed at Sylvia’s Restaurant and Lounge in Vancouver, but we’re sure she would have felt at home. The Sylvia Hotel is a designated heritage building – there aren’t too many of those in Vancouver  – ideally located on English Bay, beside Stanley Park and just 5 minutes from downtown Vancouver. Built in 1912,…

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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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Take a “trip” to Hong Hong

No, this is not about drugs.  But it is about sensory experiences that you can enjoy no matter your mood. The Hong Kong Tourism Board (HKTB) is featuring a collection of four autonomous sensory meridian response (ASMR) videos that show off the acoustic ambience from the all parts of the city. Custom-made to arouse the viewer’s perceptions and arouse a…

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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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The campings

Europeans love to camp.  There are literally thousands of them dotted around the continent.  Not only are they plentiful, they are usually in beautiful, if not stunning, locations and are a very cost effective way to holiday. You can enjoy all of the traditional ways of camping, including tents and resorts, but hiring a fuel-efficient European camper is really the…

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If you’re goin’ to San Francisco…

…be sure to visit SFO.  The airport itself is a wonderland, especially since the team there have lovingly and carefully  been saving artefacts, toys and more.   And you can see them.  There are dozens of exhibitions happening at SFO. The San Francisco Airport Commission Aviation Library and Louis A. Turpen Aviation Museum provides unique opportunities for learning about the development…

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Lies and honest mistakes

The other day, I told a friend that Knoxville is the capital of Tennessee. Five seconds and a blur of fingers later, he said: ‘No, it’s Nashville.’ My statement was obviously not true. But since I sincerely believed in the accuracy of what I was saying, I was nonetheless being truthful. I was mistaken, not mendacious. This distinction between truth…

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I’m Antman and I will be your server tonight

Disney Cruise Line is upping the “ant-e” on immersive family dining with the debut of “Avengers: Quantum Encounter” at Worlds of Marvel restaurant aboard the Disney Wish. Premiering in summer 2022, this all-new cinematic dining adventure will assemble some of Earth’s mightiest and tiniest— Super Heroes in a larger-than-life showcase of revolutionary quantum technology and cuisine. Learn more courtesy of…

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Go where the air is free

The Covid pandemic has wreaked havoc almost everywhere in the world . . . and has taught us some important lessons along the way.  What we once took for granted has the possibility of slipping through our fingers – such as travel. But, with destinations slowly blossoming again for tourism , and travelers tentatively making plans, locations that feature the…

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True Xiqu

Every country and every peoples have stories to tell.  The Chinese have such a long and colourful history, it’s only natural that their catalogue is perfect for relaying those stories via opera. The West Kowloon District in Hong Kong, has the Xiqu Centre which is dedicated to preservation of the art of traditional Cantonese opera, Xiqu. The centre’s design has…

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Stiff upper quip

Some need that little extra push, or perhaps a bit of “what for.”  If you know someone who would benefit from some sharp-as-a-tack, quick-as-a-whip, stiff upper lip education, there can be no better place than in London.  Home of stern educators such as Mary Poppins, Martin Chuzzlewit, Mr. Tomkinley, Melissa  Wackles . . . the list goes on and on,…

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Welcome to giant pandas airways

China’s long-anticipated Chengdu Tianfu International Airport has officially opened for business, providing travelers with a new option to the home of giant pandas. The first flight, via Sichuan Airlines, took off at 11:10 a.m. on Sunday, 27 June, 2021 headed for Beijing. Chengdu, the capital of Sichuan province, is now the third city in the country to have two international airports, along…

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Oh, we go …Ouigo

Oh, we go Ouigo! As if European rail wasn’t as appealing as it is now, they’ve made it even better. High-speed train travel between Spain’s most beautiful cities has no more reason to cost the earth, with Rail Europe opening ticket sales for OUIGO, Spain’s new affordable train network. Prices can be as low as €7.00.  That’s a bargain, no…

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Passports of power

In the past, have you been able to waltz through airport customs like you owned the place, simply based on your nationality? Well, it might be time to check your ego, because the world is becoming a very different place (for the better, in our opinion.) Now a new Henley Passport Index, the original ranking of all the world’s passports…

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