Archive | February, 2013

Adventure Ideas 9: Home from home yet not at home

Adventure Ideas: Home away from home When it comes to travel I’m a bit of a restless soul, more into the journey than making a base from which to explore. But if adventure’s about getting out of your comfort zone maybe it’s time I settled down somewhere else for a week or two. So for […]

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I really can fly.. iFly Orlando Indoor Skydiving

iFly Orlando

I spent most of my visit to Orlando either upside down or flying backwards. I might not have been able to get to the Kennedy Space Centre but I did fly around Hogwarts, above a Miniature USA, over an alligator swamp and had slime flying at me. However, no ride, zip wire or even broomstick […]

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Surviving the sliming at the Nick Hotel Orlando

Slime Time Nick Hotel

Do you love or hate theme hotels?  I’m on the fence, so wasn’t sure how I’d feel about Orlando’s Nickelodeon Hotel. As colorful as a graffiti artist’s palette, and with a guest list of larger than life cartoon characters, spending a night there is a bit like stepping into the TV channel itself. It wouldn’t […]

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Talking Point 18: Just a cup of coffee?

Coffee and Water, Aqua Pavilion, Floriade 2012, Venlo

Talking Point: Just a cup of coffee? I took this photo in the water pavilion at the 2012 Floriade, a once a decade international horticultural festival that takes place in Holland. I thought a horticultural show would be a boring day out; I mean how much fun can you have checking out the latest flowers? […]

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Trabi Safari: the Berlin Wall Ride in a Trabant

Zebra Striped Trabant

A Trabi Safari in Berlin One of the quirkier ways we saw Berlin on our recent Expedia Blogger Shaped Berlin weekend was by taking a Trabi Safari. Trabant cars (or Trabis as they are fondly known) were the most common cars in the East while the Berlin wall separated East from West. Waiting lists were […]

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Carnaval de Loulé, Oldest Carnival in Portugal

Float Loule Carnival

Carnaval de Loulé, Oldest Carnival in Portugal The best travel experiences are often those you stumble into. Last week in the Algarve we stumbled into the Loulé Carnival, one of the oldest carnivals in Portugal. But while the tradition may be old, the 2013 theme was current, and something of an education in Portuguese politics, satire and the […]

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Berlin Cabaret: Loft at the Chamaleon Theatre

The LOFT Enemble by 7 Fingers Photo by Andy Phillipson

 Berlin Cabaret: Loft at the Chamaleon Theatre Berlin has been called the Capital of Cabaret and a top priority of our Expedia Blogger Shaped Travel trip was to take in a live show. But even as we picked up the tickets, we had no idea how much we’d be drawn into the spectacle of the […]

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Adventure Ideas: South American Style

Patagonia Cycling

Adventure Ideas – South American Style At the Olympic handover this summer, the world’s attention shifted from London to Rio as the Brazilian capital prepares to host the next Games. But Brazil is just one of many incredible options in South America for great active family adventures. In this edition of Adventure Ideas I’m going […]

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Looking for the Brothers Grimm in Berlin

Marchenhutte Berlin Wilhelm Hutte

Not so Grimm in Berlin There can be few children or adults that haven’t heard the words of the Grimm Brothers or come across one of their archetypal characters wither in books or real life. After all, who  hasn’t met an ‘evil stepmother’ and we’re all very  familiar with the plight of a lonely Princess. […]

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Talking Point 17: Do something fun for free

Berlin Hauptbahnhof

Talking Point: The everyday attraction On our weekend in Berlin we did many things. Some cost money. Some were for free. So where did we have the most fun? What was our favourite activity? You might be surprised. It kind of caught us by surprise as we wandered the vast glassy complex of Berlin’s Hauptbahnhof, […]

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