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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Everybody has to pay and pay

Traveling on highways and having to struggle with toll booths is certainly one of the joys of driving – NOT. If you drive across the USA – especially when you’re a visitor – you will inevitably come upon a highway with toll booths.  But, if you have purchased a toll pass when you rented your car, you might be expecting…

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Nothing up my sleeve, presto!

Your flight tickets will be $550.  Your suitcase will be another $212. Give this man, Bruno, a medal. Overpacked and no room in my carry on, this is the outcome of that predicament – the travel coat: a couple meters of nylon from the Flea Market in two perfect tones of forest green, 29 carefully folded items of clothing, 6.8…

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From Alto Cedro I go to Marcané

If you’re a music fan, then you certainly must know of the Buena Vista Social Club, 1999 documentary film directed by Wim Wenders. The film follows renowned guitarist Ry Cooder and his son, Joachim, as they travel to Cuba and assemble a group of the country’s finest musicians to record an album. But, even if you know the film, you may…

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

Sometimes, you wonder where peoples’ minds are. The USA’s TSA (Transportation Security Administration) Blogger Bob Burns once shared funny, but serious, messages with the public.  Now,  Lisa Farbstein and the team on duty now are doing a great job of keeping the public informed with light but serious messages about what can and cannot go through airport security checkpoints. Read…

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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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It wasn’t too long ago…

Sometimes, we don’t realise how lucky we are. If you’re not familiar with this story, prepare to be amazed.  Kowloon Walled City was an ungoverned and densely populated de jure Chinese enclave within the boundaries of Kowloon City, British Hong Kong. Originally a Chinese military fort, the walled city became an enclave after the New Territories were leased to the…

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They walk among us

Do you fully recognise that “they are among us?”  Do you fashion yourself as an extraterrestrial hunter?  Do you have the knowledge, desire and hardware to search for them? The US Pentagon says there’s no explanation for “unidentified aerial phenomenon” detected by pilots over the years. But scientists use tools such as the SETI Allen Telescope to research the possibility…

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First viewer will buy! Don’t wait!

The electric interwebs are full of articles and videos about failed attempts on a grand scale.  We know that there was thought and planning put into these – there had to be.  But, in the cases here, the dreams crumbled in a number of different ways.  Rather than ridcule, let’s be glad that we’re able to learn from these examples.…

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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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Do good, feel good UNESCO style

This is a simple, but very important request.  For those of us who are fortunate enough to travel, this should almost be mandatory. UNESCO has created the Sustainable Tourism Pledge. The pledge takes an industry-first approach to environmental and cultural protection, requiring hotel operators to introduce firm measures to eliminate single-use plastics and promote local culture. The intention is to…

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We are the robots

As mother earth spins faster, and more and more of us spin with her, big changes happen.  New ideas, new materials, new studies, new pharmaceuticals . . all culminating into new “us”? Very soon, we will be presented  with all types of complicated information about the condition of our health, including our individual levels of risk for any number of…

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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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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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