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Re: Sydney Expat Guide

GarryRF ·
My first impression of Australia was how clean and modern everywhere is. Oz has a shorter history span than the US. Their view of people from other countries is limited to what they see on TV News. Similar to Americans. My 3 kids lived in Australia for a while and found it very safe with well mannered folks. I have lots of family over there and the great plus of living in Oz is being able to enjoy the great outdoors. Even in winter when most days are above 60f - which the locals call cold !
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Re: The Maltese Islands – Underrated gems or best kept secret ?

Former Member ·
It does not seem fair that one place should have so much going on. Worse, it is less fair that I am not there ! Thanks for the great pics and a bit of history. What are the good months to visit for water sports like paragliding ? Is it winder or the surf stronger some months than others ?
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Re: The Maltese Islands – Underrated gems or best kept secret ?

IslandMan ·
Thanks for your comments TatToo. Summer is the best time for water sports,from May to October. Most operators usually shut down over winter. There isn't much surf to speak of unless there is an exceptionally stormy day, but the northern parts of the island are more suited for windsurfing and paragliding as the winds from the northern Mediterranean tend to have more strength in them
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Re: The Maltese Islands – Underrated gems or best kept secret ?

DrFumblefinger ·
That's a great piece about a great destination most of us have not heard a lot about. Would you know if there are direct flights between Malta and Sicily, Islandman? How would you recommend connecting these two. I think a great way to spend two or three weeks would be to combine stops at Sicily and Malta.
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Re: The Maltese Islands – Underrated gems or best kept secret ?

Travel Rob ·
Thanks IslandMan! Your history insights and photos do make it look like an ideal travel destination.
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Re: The Maltese Islands – Underrated gems or best kept secret ?

IslandMan ·
Hello DrF, there are direct flights from Sicily to Malta and also a daily ferry. Yes, many visitors take in Sicily when coming to Malta, or they combine it with other European destinations. There also regular cruises around the Mediterranean which stop in the Grand Harbour for a day.
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Re: 7 of many reasons to choose Bulgaria for your next trip

PHeymont ·
A nice introduction to Bulgaria! Like many Americans, I've never really thought of visiting Bulgaria, and have mainly traveled in other parts of Europe, but not the Balkans. And after reading your blog I'm thinking...why didn't I think of this? and when will I go? I'm looking forward to learning more about your country from your blogs!
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Re: 7 of many reasons to choose Bulgaria for your next trip

Travel Rob ·
Thanks for telling us! I've been to Bulgaria a few times and was unaware of so much. I need to go back! Bulgarians really appreciate travelers. For budget travelers wanting to experience Europe, it really is a great country to spend some time and stay within budget.
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Re: 7 of many reasons to choose Bulgaria for your next trip

MAD Travel Diaries ·
LOL @ coz HuffPost says so. I just did the Baltics, I need to do the Balkans next. I worked with a Bulgarian guy in Boston and for years he would passionately talk about his country. Since then I have always wanted to visit and after reading this you've definitely encouraged me to hurry up and get there! I'd like to go before the mass tourists do
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Re: 7 of many reasons to choose Bulgaria for your next trip

DrFumblefinger ·
Thank you very much for this introduction to your very interesting country, Travelling Buzz! Like PHeymont said, we in the Americas need to take a closer look at this region. I don't like to travel to Europe during the months of July and August as it's just too busy. When would be a good time to visit Bulgaria? Weather doesn't have to be perfectly warm, I don't mind wearing a jacket. Is it a Mediterranean climate? Also, is there a good guidebook or reference you'd recommend?
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Re: 7 of many reasons to choose Bulgaria for your next trip

Travelling Buzz ·
I'm glad you liked the article. I would be more than happy if the post make you visit the country. @DrFublefinger I believe the best time to come to Bulgaria is september-october from the weather perspective, but if you want to see the charm the blooming trees give to the city, you should come in the spring. The summer is really, really (I mean really) hot and dry! The country lies between the strongly contrastic continental and Mediterranean climate zones, so it has an unusually variable...
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Re: 7 of many reasons to choose Bulgaria for your next trip

HistoryDigger ·
You sold me. Bulgaria is now on my travel wish list. Thanks.
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Re: Iran: Friendliness, Culture, Modernity - So Far Away From The Clichés!

DrFumblefinger ·
That's a fascinating look at a country rarely visited by people in North America. I especially enjoyed your lovely photos, which share so vividly the experience with all of us. I have two specific questions: 1) What is the tourist infrastructure in Iran like? Easy to find hotels or hostels? Restaurants? Public transit? 2) I've always enjoyed those Iranian people I know, but I'm not sure if the bulk of our readers (Mostly from the USA and Canada) would receive the same welcome from the...
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Re: Iran: Friendliness, Culture, Modernity - So Far Away From The Clichés!

IslandMan ·
excellent article and amazing pictures....definitely one for the wish list
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Re: Iran: Friendliness, Culture, Modernity - So Far Away From The Clichés!

Grand Escapades ·
Hello Dr. Fumblefinger, Thank you for your Feedback! To answer your questions: 1) The infrastructure is good to very good, and it is extremely easy to travel within Iran: there are lots of buses and excellent trains, there is a wide range of hotels, from simple guesthouses to world-class 5 stars hotels, restaurants going from street food stalls to fine dining, ... I have read that with the very fast development of tourism, the high-end category of hotels is the one that might get overbooked...
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Re: Have your World Heritage and eat it, too!

GarryRF ·
Similar to the status of Champagne. I've tasted some excellent California Champagne. But to be sold here in Europe it has to be from that designated region of France. Same with Palma Ham.
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Re: Most of China's Wall in danger: Can it be saved?

DrFumblefinger ·
I'm not sure it's even a good idea to rebuild the entire thing, but certainly significant sections should be restored and preserved. I think most of us agree this great human site should survive.
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Re: Most of China's Wall in danger: Can it be saved?

PortMoresby ·
This is old news. Very old. Villages in proximity to the wall have been built from it's bricks for eons and the parts that people love to visit and pretend are historical are nothing of the kind, but completely newly built and Disney-fied versions for the tourists, foreign & domestic. The Chinese government, in its (lack of) wisdom has no more interest in cultural preservation than it does in playing fair in any area of endeavor. History and its artifacts are tools having no value beyond...
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Re: Gumbo's Pic of the Day, Nov. 13, 2013: Jeronimos Monastery

Former Member ·
Prince Henry certainly knew how to overnight sailors in style. I have visited this museum and found it just terrific. It is worthwhile for seaman and landlubber alike. The original church on the site was built about 1450 by Prince Henry the Navigator, and became the place where sailors spent the night before leaving on the expeditions that built Portugal’s colonial empire.
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Re: Capital of Culture Series: Marseilles

Former Member ·
The pictures are so nice. We never thought that Marseilles looked like this. We thought it was a dreary port town. This makes us rethink any trips to the south of France. If we were to go hiking, how many days would be good there ? 2 ? 3 ? Thanks.
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Re: Gumbo's Pic of the Day, April 1st, 2014:Traditional Maltese Musical Instruments

DrFumblefinger ·
Thanks for the lesson in these instruments. It's amazing what I learn on this website everyday.
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Re: Classic American Cars #6

WorkerBee ·
This looks like a 1955 Ford sedan. Does it have some type of lights on top of the rear fenders? I don't believe I have seen that before.
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Re: Classic American Cars #6

DrFumblefinger ·
What say you and I take a ride in above "Black Beauty" sometime soon?
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Re: Classic American Cars #6

WorkerBee ·
Originally Posted by TravelandNature: Thinking '55 4 door sedan with a replacement grill... If I went for a ride in the Black Beauty, I would want a nice Cuban meal - do they have plantains in Cuba ? I would like something made with plantains. Plantains? You betcha!
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Re: Classic American Cars #6

GarryRF ·
Don't think I've ever seen an RV in Cuba ! I've seen plantains cooked a hundred different ways.
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Re: Classic American Cars #6

GarryRF ·
Sorry T&N - not a fan. Plantain is another item on the list of foods we never see over here !
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Re: Classic American Cars #6

GarryRF ·
People wouldn't recognise them ! Got more chance of selling Yorkshire Puddings and a hot bowl of Scouse in Times Square !
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Re: Classic American Cars #6

GarryRF ·
No - I cant stand and take pix until the owner runs over! I'd be caught up in a guided tour for the rest of the day. These cars are very expensive and the owner's never far away !
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Coming: TG's 'European Capital of Culture' Series

Travel Rob ·
TG Update:   These articles are now available  -Capital of Culture Series: LiverpoolCapital of Culture Series: Marseilles Each year, the EU designates a special city or cities as the European Capital of...
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Gumbo's Pic of the Day, Nov. 13, 2013: Jeronimos Monastery

PHeymont ·
Sunlight and shade highlight the complex carving of this stonework at the Monastery of Jeronimos at Belem, in Lisbon. This late-Gothic style is called Manueline, after King Manuel I. It’s marked by ornate stonework, often including maritime...
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Capital of Culture Series: Marseilles

Travel Rob ·
 Marseille Cathedral, near the Vieux Port I was lucky enough to spend a few days in Marseilles this past June and was very impressed. It really is an excellent example of what the Capital of Culture designation can do for a city. Have a walk...
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Iran: Friendliness, Culture, Modernity - So Far Away From The Clichés!

Grand Escapades ·
    Iran is one of the cradles of our civilizations: the Persian Empire shaped the early history of mankind. It is famous for its craftsmanship, its architecture, tile work, its unparalleled Persian carpets and literature to name a few...
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May 7, 2017: Birds of Paradise, Caguas PR

Jonathan L ·
The Jardin Botanico y Cultural in Caguas is home to many species of Bird of Paradise flowers. Here are some of the examples from a recent visit.
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Know Everything About Goa Travel Information

Abhishek Mathur ·
Why Goa? India is one of the countries which have always fascinated different countries. Some invade it while some ruled it. Some brought blunders to this heritage country while some others made such wonders which made their names immortal with their works. The state of Goa is part of India and is situated at the west coast of the country. The state is rich with the Portuguese’s culture, heritage and history. Goa and the Tourism Goa is listed among the best tourist destinations in India.
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Diamante Eco Adventure Park: Animals, Culture and Adventure

Jonathan L ·
Jonathan L got away from his hotel and out to an adventure park in Costa Rica
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Albuquerque: Southwest Culture and Nature

Jonathan L ·
Jonathan L. visits some of Albuquerque's excellent tourist attractions
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Carnival of Cultures lights up Berlin this weekend

PHeymont ·
Berlin's Karneval der Kulturen (Carnival of Cultures) kicks off for four days this weekend, with a parade, interactive workshops, and music, art and food of all kinds—all in celebration of diversity and openness. It's been celebrated since the...
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Mr. Carson invites you to London...

PHeymont ·
Jim Carter, known to millions as Mr. Carson, the stiff and formal, but warm-hearted, butler of Downton Abbey, has taken on a new job as a spokesman for VisitLondon's "Autumn's Season of Culture" digital campaign.   London doesn't like to boast,...
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Starbucks to pop up in France's Monoprix

PHeymont ·
French department store/supermarket operator Monoprix will open its doors to Starbucks 'salons du café' in some of its flagship stores, starting with one in Lyon and one in Paris. For Starbucks, it's an opportunity to break out into a...
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Grevin Opens its 1st Asian Wax Museum in Seoul

Travel Rob ·
            Gangnam Style : Photo by TG Member Kingtikitaki Grevin's newest waxwork museum opened its doors in Seoul on Thursday, because of South Korea's pop culture that is so popular throughout...
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Most of China's Wall in danger: Can it be saved?

PHeymont ·
The Great Wall, built in the Ming Dynasty and one of China's greatest tourist attractions, is a mere remnant of itself, according to a Beijing Times report.   The newspaper says that nearly a third of the wall has completely disappeared, through...
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France's radio war: What's French music?

PHeymont ·
Not French enough: French duo Daft Punk have been recording in English   A number of French radio stations are in revolt against a 1994 law that requires that 40% of the songs played on radio stations be in French.   The law, aimed at...
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Changing the guard at Italy's top museums

PHeymont ·
At the Uffizzi in Florence           Photo: Corinasdavide / Wikimedia   Twenty new chiefs for 20 of Italy's museums—including some of the most famous—have been named by the Ministry of Culture, and seven of...
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5 Most Visited Indian Destinations by Foreigners

Trainman ·
India, the name itself, translates power into one’s system. With its incredible mix of cultures, the country has been attracting a huge number of travellers and tourists from around the world. From the massive stretches of golden sand, the snow-clad mountains to the serene water bodies and the lively streets, India is a land of wonders. Every year, foreigners come to get mesmerized by its picturesque natural beauty and rich cultural heritage. And, there are several places in India that just...
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Sydney Expat Guide

Ian Pearson (Guest) ·
Ian shares some practical ideas on things to do when moving to another country or just another city. You will feel better if you prepare in advance and do a bit of research first. Knowing where to go and what to look for will help your transition to expat be smooth.
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Gumbo's Pic of the Day, Oct. 6: Chateau D'If, France's Alcatraz

PHeymont ·
The storied Chateau D’If sits on the small island of If,  just a short ferry ride from Marseille’s Vieux Port. Built originally (depending on your view) to defend Marseille from invasion or to keep Marseille under the king’s...
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7 of many reasons to choose Bulgaria for your next trip

Travelling Buzz ·
I'm honored to introduce you my charming and full of history home country - Bulgaria!   Bulgaria  is small but charming country in Southeast Europe. It is a European, Balkan, Black Sea and Danube country. Its geographic...
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Cultural Heritage Of Hong Kong

alisamura ·
Alisa Mura shares some of the traditions and cultural gems you can find tucked amid the skyscrapers of Hong Kong.
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German tourists up the wall at Colosseum

PHeymont ·
A pair of German tourists sneak through night-time security at Rome's Colosseum and scale its walls...and then post the exploit on YouTube.
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Cultural Dos and Don’ts In Nepal

Muhammad Irfan Bajwa (Guest) ·
Muhammad Irfan Bajwa offers some interesting insights into the cultural experiences you can expect when visiting beautiful Nepal (sponsored content)
 
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