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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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Tash Rabat. How about that?

Do you sometimes feel like you want to go away and stay away? Well, you’ll be glad to know that, as always, we here at Matouring have solutions for you.  Near or far, we have solutions at our fingertips and are eager to share them with you. May we present  the Tash Rabat Caravanserai in Kyrgyzstan?  If you’re not fully…

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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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Expo, Expo – read all about it!

Every so often, the world has an Expo. Montreal in 1967, Milan in 2015,  while Kazakhstan held the most recent specialised Expo in 2017. Expo 2020 will be happening in Dubai, and tickets will go on sale worldwide starting July 18, 2021, with the event occurring from Oct. 1, 2021 to March 31, 2022. As you might imagine, it will…

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Want to get high?

Actually – this is what we meant by getting high. (Photo: Alberto Pinto) With big success comes big responsibility – and big toys.  The Boeing 747 BBJ is the world’s largest private jet. With only a handful of examples in the world, it’s a rare bird. Even rarer is the Parisian design house Alberto Pinto-designed 747, a lavish labor of…

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Jet lag can make you stupid

We periodically feature content from AViewFromtheWing.com.  Gary Leff, who runs the site is a travel authority in a number of areas, especially when it comes to points, saving money and how to travel in the best ways. Here, we feature his best solution on how to beat jet lag and make the most of your trip.  He’s traveled enough, and…

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Right, said Fred

We’re happy to announce that Matouring is now an affiliate of Fred Olsen cruises. One of the things we like about Fred Olsen is the playful approach they have to cruises and touring.  They’re a not the biggest name in the cruise industry, but being family-run, they can do things the way they want, and that include bringing a laid-back,…

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Bay Watch 101

Alert:  don’t expect to find David Hasselhoff, nor Pamela Anderson here.  But, who can say?  With the world’s infatuation with South Korea, you never know.  Those who do (or have) visited really enjoy the sites, sounds and flavours of The Bay 101 in Haeundae.  Haeundae became a division of Busan Metropolitan City in 1976 and attained the status of district in…

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Italy: back in black

You may not think of Italy as a particularly diverse country, but its history includes a Black Roman emperor, Septimus Severus, and, in the 19thcentury, colonies in the North African countries now known as Eritrea and Ethiopia (from where Italians’ beloved caffè originates). I arrived here from New York two years ago, and have found my own dolce vita uncovering…

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Gimme Shelter Hall

For those who haven’t visited Britain’s city of Brighton, be sure to put it on your list. Arguably the second most groovy city it England (behind London, of course) Brighton harkens back not only to its Royal past, but it is also one of the most open and friendly cities on the planet.  Boasting a long, but pebble beach, it…

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SAF and sound

It’s starting to happen. Companies are taking it seriously.  We can’t continue the way that we have.  We must get green. An All Nippon Airways (ANA) Dreamliner winged its way from Tokyo to Osaka late last week using a sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) that blended traditional jet fuel with fuel made from microalgae. The flight came on the same day…

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Simon McLaren has left the building

As far as we know, this much is true.  And, it’s related to a travel company called Blade, hence it appearing here.  They rent  helicopter, seaplane and or jet services, mostly in New York City.  And there was an employee there named Simon McLaren, who was the company’s spokesman. When journalist Gabrielle Bluestone called the company to find out more…

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Someone actually cooks for you, for once

Cooking is a pleasure and a chore at the same time, especially if you’re the designated chef – every night.  And that can get boring when you run out of ideas and steam. Well, our affiliate friends at EatWith have got some ideas for you.  And travel can be part of the menu. Eatwith is the world’s largest community for…

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Find the hidden restaurant

Are you “in” with The In Crowd?  Do you know every latest dance?  When you’re in with The In Crowd, it’s easy to find a hidden restaurant.*  New York is the place that never sleeps, is sometimes confusing and maybe a bit too artsy, and is certainly in with The In Crowd.  We love it. So much so, that you…

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You’re worth it, and you know it

Who hasn’t – at least once – dreamt of basking in the sun in Saint-Tropez?  Since the 50’s, it has always represented the universal ideal in luxury, culture and aspirations. Well, for those in the mood and in the position to do so, you’ll be thrilled that the Airelles Saint-Tropez, Château de la Messardière will be opening again in July,…

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Seasons change, and so will we

Home:  there is nothing better than coming home.  A place for everything, everything in its place.  A home, not a house.  There’s no place like home.  To know the road ahead, ask those coming back. There are many platitudes that describe home, but the last one, above, is what we’re talking about here.  Why is home where it is now? …

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The second most romantic hotel in the world

Second best is not usually where we see ourselves appearing.  We’re winners, are we not, even in a small way?  We’ve got moxie!  Nothing’s gonna keep us down.  Chin up.  Pip pip.  So here’s a story that will bring a smile to your face. A small hotel in Guadalest has been voted the second most romantic in the world by…

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King of the road

We are writing this post when – it appears – the the Covid-19 pandemic is starting to abate, and that many of us can, once more, open our doors, step outside and begin to enjoy life again. And what can be more life-affirming than getting out into nature, and breathing in the air?  That is where camping comes into the…

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With ease, the Peloponnese

British author and playwright Patrick Leigh Fermor said of the Peloponnese region of Greece in his novel Mani: Travels in the Southern Peloponnese, “Passing by, you see Mani in three days, walking in three months, and in order to see its soul, you need three lives; one for the sea, one for its mountains and one for its people.” A…

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Some people claim . . .

Hey, Parrotheads!  Margaritaville Beach Resort Nassau, the Bahamas’ newest luxury island escape, is making its debut July 2021 on the eastern end of Junkanoo Beach. When you close your eyes and dream of the perfect island getaway, what do you see? Palm trees, softy lapping sapphire waves, white-sand beaches, and sunshine? Fantastic accommodations with a laid-back, tropical vibe? Spectacular food,…

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