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20
January
2012

In Search of Non-Singing Gondoliers - Enjoying the canals of Venice

Inevitably when you think of Venice you think of canals and when you think of canals you think of gondolas, the iconic symbol of the romance of Venice. They are indeed romantic and well suited to the environment but a few words to the neophyte Venetian traveler might be in order.


 
14
January
2012

Fine Dining in Paradise - a foodies guide to Bali

While you might immediately think of Paris, Rome or Hong Kong as culinary capitals (and they are) do not let the unsurpassed beauty of the people and the beaches of Bali blind you to the taste treats also awaiting you. If you are lucky enough ( or smart enough) to take an Ultitude experience, fine dining will already be built in but, if for some reason, you choose to visit on your own we are happy to suggest some places you may wish to consider.


08
January
2012

Rebuilding a jungle in Argentina, one tree at a time

The Misiones district of Argentina lies in the far north of the country and looks on a map like a wedge inserted to separate Paraguay and Brazil. It is the land of Iguazu Falls and the Parana River and was the focus and location of the movie “The Mission “with Jeremy Irons and Robert DeNiro.


02
January
2012

Mfangano: hard to pronounce; harder to leave- Luxury living on Kenya's Lake Victoria

As you have for the past two days you have risen early, enjoyed your morning coffee and headed out on to the Maasai Mara in search of the local game. If lucky you will have seen the lioness and her cubs from the Marsh pride before returning to camp to pack your duffel bag and head to the airstrip to board your waiting aircraft.


27
December
2011

World in Focus… Exploring the World One Country at a Time and Discovering a Country One Region at a Time

In 1969, a movie called “If it’s Tuesday, then it must be Belgium” parodied the multi-country bus tour that took first-time American tourists on a whirlwind tour from London to Rome visiting nine countries in eighteen days. While inaccurate in several ways there is no denying the reality that those programs existed and indeed some still do today.


20
December
2011

Urban Delights: Discovering the Essence of a City through its Markets, Neighborhoods and People

Too many travel companies, particularly those that offer packages online think that an airline ticket, a transfer to the city and a half day city sightseeing equates to a trip to Paris. The rest of the time you are there you are left to your own devices either missing the places you should have seen or seeing the “must-see” sights from a bus listening to taped narration through earphones explaining the sights in multiple languages.


13
December
2011

No Boys Allowed – Adventures for Women Only

Men certainly have their uses; as the women of ABBA sang “Gimme, Gimme, Gimme a man after midnight “but that was before they ditched their singing partners. Sometimes however it is just nice to get away and do the things that you want to do especially with a compatible group of fellow women travelers.


06
December
2011

Duet – Created just for Two. The Perfect Honeymoon or Anniversary

In the broadest sense if you care very much for your traveling partner, the place you travel to is somewhat irrelevant. Merely providing the location can allow the experience to be special. On the other hand, if the relationship is not the best then no matter where you go or how much money you spend it will not be an optimal experience. Perfection is a unique and special person combined with a unique and special experience. We can’t do much about the former but we can certainly help with the latter.


29
November
2011

Canvas and Curtain Calls - Art, Theatre, Opera and History

The arts play a role in all of our lives whether we recognize it or not. Art, Music, Theatre and Dance all play a part in enhancing the essence of living. A haunting piece of music can evoke the memory of a special time, person or place.A work of art first viewed as a page in a book or as a slide in a lecture takes on new meaning when seen for the first time in person when you come to realize how large Michelangelo’s David is or how small Da Vinci’s Mona Lisa. Literature passes the time or expands the mind, sometimes doing both and the theatre can make you laugh out loud or reflect in silence.


22
November
2011

Adventure in Style - Exploration and Elegance combined

When you have risen early in Rwanda to greet the misty dawn and then traveled up the mountainside to trek through forest with an expert guide to spend time with a family of Mountain Gorillas, there is a sense of awe and accomplishment as you return to your luxury lodge with its burning fireplaces and exquisite rooms. A reviving bath prepares you for cocktails as you watch the daylight fade over the mountain peaks you have recently visited.


08
November
2011

A Moveable Feast - Discovering a culture through its food and wine

If you are a committed traveler, you want to learn as much as possible about the culture and the customs of the people whose country you are visiting. If not, then you are a tourist sitting on a bus and viewing another part of the world through a window with one way glass. That is not our type of client and we believe that the best way to get to know a culture is through its cuisine and, in many parts of the world, the wines that enhance it.


25
October
2011

Vacation in Madrid, Spain – The Capital of Art and Culture

A vacation in Madrid allows you tom enjoy all that is Spanish. Madrid is the epitome of art, culture and fine cuisine, but all too often, it can be impossible to fully appreciate what this magnificent city has to offer. Indeed, a visit to Madrid can often feel but a scratch on the surface, and for this reason, more and more people are dedicating an entire vacation to this city in order to appreciate fully everything that it has to offer.


15
October
2011

A Kent Vacation in England: Land of Dickens, Chaucer and Canterbury

A Kent vacation in England offers you more than just Dover, Dickens, Chaucer, cathedrals, spires and castles – England, and in particular, Kent, represent the very epitome of all things English, and as Kent is referred to as the Garden of England, there is no better place to immerse yourself in the delights, beauty and history of this world class island and its people.


05
October
2011

A Vacation in Peru: A South American Vacation of Mystery

A vacation in Peru is the definitive South American holiday of mystery. For Peru is a mystery; a holiday here will bring history alive, but the more you discover, the more mysterious it becomes. Perhaps this is because of the sheer scales involved.


25
September
2011

Portugal Vacations by Road and Rail

Portugal vacations come in many forms, but if you are flying to Portugal with most of your travel then being by road and rail, you will want to travel as comfortably as possible. That involves business class flights, first class train tickets and your own private limousine with chauffeur. Whether you can find that or not is immaterial - it is what you will want, and there are travel companies that can provide you with level of comfort in addition to top class hotels and fine cuisine.


15
September
2011

Vacation in Japan: A Study in Contrasting Cultures

There are two words which come to mind when considering a vacation in Japan: culture and contrasts. The richness and diversity of life in Japan is matched only by its enthusiasm for its own cultural heritage, and whether you stay a week, two weeks or many months, you will always find it astonishingly easy to feel at one and the same time, both very much at home, yet transported to a world that seems uniquely set apart from anywhere else.


10
August
2011

A Vacation in England: How to Fit 2000 Years of English History Into an England Vacation

A vacation in England is an opportunity to experience history, culture, fashion and quintessentially English customs and traditions. From the moment you step off your plane, or disembark from your ship, you cannot help but be captivated by the charm and quirks of this island nation who have been so massively influential globally. Perhaps one of the first places you’ll think of visiting is London itself – the capital city of both England, and of course the entire United Kingdom.


05
July
2011

No Egypt Vacations are Complete without a Nile Cruise

A Nile cruise is an essential part of any Egypt vacations, and so important, in fact, that the cruise should comprise the entire vacation. Egypt is nothing without the Nile, and the ancient Egyptians even had a god devoted only to the Nile: Hapi.


30
June
2011

Enjoying Bangkok: The Great City of Angels

It is very easy to enjoy a Bangkok vacation because the city seems almost to have been designed for tourists. To the Asians it is Krungthep Mahanakhon (Great City of Angels): they do not like the name 'Bangkok' so try to refer to as the locals do when you visit. The official name of this city contains 21 words and 167 characters, and is named by the Guinness Book of records as the world's longest place name. It shall not be repeated here!


30
May
2011

Luxury Venice Vacations Offering a Taste of Northern Italy

Venice vacations make you think of canals, art galleries and palaces, and that is exactly what you get. However, you can also have entertainment and fun, and don't forget the delicious Italian cuisine, including their famous wines. Many people vacation in Venice for while, and then move base to visit other parts of Northern Italy that we shall come to shortly.



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