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Halloween in Edinburgh: Touring the City’s Dark Side

October 30, 2014
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Edinburgh is celebrated for its macabre sights and stories – its cemeteries, its bodysnatchers, the buried Mary King’s Close. But even if you ignore the macabre, it’s a city that can be downright weird. For instance there’s the Heart of Midlothian, a little mosaic heart set in the pavement where the old Tolbooth – prison, […]

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Doing the Laos Loop Without Planning It First

September 14, 2014
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We were fresh from the tranquil surroundings of Si Phan Don and the 4000 Islands. Our first days in Laos were peaceful and incredibly relaxing. But things were set to change quite drastically. I don’t know where we first heard about ‘The Loop’ but it sounded fun and we decided we’d do a little bit of it, in […]

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Driving safely around New Zealand

September 2, 2014
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One of the best – and most common – ways for tourists to explore and enjoy New Zealand is by hiring a car or a campervan. As we travelled around these gorgeous islands for over two months, we actually bought a car and sold it again at the end (something I really ought to write […]

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What To See & Do in Santiago, Chile

November 20, 2013
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In what will probably be the longest day of our lives, we arrived into Santiago de Chile four hours before we left Auckland. Go figure. Despite the dizzying confusion of the International Date Line to contend with, as soon as we walked out of departures, people were benevolently pointing us towards the awaiting Centropuerto bus […]

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Touring Amsterdam with TripAdvisor’s City Guide

March 28, 2013
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Last weekend, I visited Amsterdam for the first time. I know, I know, after nearly three decades, it’s hard to believe I’ve never made it there before – especially during those university years. But there you have it. I didn’t have much time to plan and I knew our houseboat wouldn’t have WiFi – something […]

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Hilly Barcelona – seeing the city from up high

March 8, 2013
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As any runner preparing for Barcelona’s up-coming marathon will tell you, Barcelona is not a flat city! The Catalan capital is anything but and several hilly areas spring up around the city, not to mention the slope all the way from the beach to Tibidabo in the north. While the hills may be a nightmare […]

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Salkantay: the alternative Inca Trail

February 27, 2013
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When I travelled to South America, visiting Machu Picchu was a ‘must’ on my list, but I didn’t want to have to book months in advance for the Inca Trail itself. I’d heard great things about the alternatives from other travellers, so was pretty pleased to turn up in Cuzco and book the 5 day […]

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