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Those seriously planning to attend Munich’s Oktoberfest this year were the ones who were at their computers on the first of January buying up 12 tickets for a table in a beer tent over nine months away. If you didn’t, you’re either planning on only a lunch at the calmer, daytime Wiesn, or you’re a knockout in a Dirndl and confident that some Lederhosen’d hunk will make room for your tush on the bench beside him.
Outside of July when the taut, glistening muscles and shimmering shorts of riders are pedalling through the switchback roads during the Tour de France, the Hautes-Pyrenees is largely forgotten by everyone not training for the next race. Ask anyone without a bicycle about the Pyrenees and you'll get, "It's the mountain range that divides France and Spain." Now ask where to stay and what to do. The answer is invariably, "I…Continue
Posted on January 5, 2015 at 3:27pm
LUNGING AND LURCHING past the shallow reef just beyond Mozambique's Tofo beach, our boat is transporting us out to Manta Reef. We are six divers all anxious to witness the enormous, elegant manta rays that glide around underwater like eagles soar across the sky, and our chances are good at this popular "cleaning station" with one of the largest populations of mantas in all the oceans. The cleaning station attracts all sorts of…Continue
Posted on December 8, 2013 at 9:00am
“What we do in life echoes in eternity.” So says General Maximus in the Ridley Scott film Gladiator (2000). It’s a poignant thought, standing in Verona’s Arena, the largest, best preserved open-air amphitheatre in the world.
Two thousand years ago in this very place, men were battling for their lives, for glory and for the amusement of an audience. Staring down from the stone steps on a sultry midsummer afternoon, it’s easy to visualize the gruesome events, man against man,…Continue
Posted on December 2, 2013 at 5:00pm
Those seriously planning to attend Munich’s Oktoberfest are the ones at their computers on the first of January buying up 12 tickets for a table in a beer tent that wont be assembled for another nine months. She who doesn't is either planning on only lunch at the calmer, daytime Wiesn, or is a knockout in a Dirndl and confident that some Lederhosen’d…Continue
Posted on September 29, 2013 at 11:30am