Category: Beyond Africa

Budget-friendly US vacations

Budget-friendly US vacations Traveling the world can be a great adventure, but the United States is blessed with a remarkable variety of vacation destinations, and you can find remarkable sights and have extraordinary experiences without leaving the country. Best of all, while the most famous spots can be expensive, there are bargains to be had […]

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Step back in time on a tour of Florence in Italy

A tour of Florence in Italy Florence in Italy is often called the best city in the world. It was ranked top of the list in the Conde Nast Traveler Reader's Choice Awards for several years. I took some photos of Florence that will give you an idea of what it is like, if you […]

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6 Best Things To Do in Florida

6 Things To Do in Florida Florida is the southeasternmost state in the United States and one of the country's largest states. It's flanked by the Atlantic Ocean on the east side and the Gulf of Mexico on the west. The beautiful state offers a diverse range of family-friendly attractions, from natural wonders to theme […]

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10 best things to do in Venice

Top 10 things to do in Venice It is difficult to choose just 10 things to do in Venice. From my last whirlwind visit to Venice about 18 years ago, I just remember being serenaded with “Sole Mio” on a gondola ride through the canals and posing for old-fashioned non-digital photos in St Mark’s Square. This […]

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The Ancient City of Petra in Jordan - One of the New 7 Wonders of the World

A visit to the Ancient City of Petra in Jordan "A rose-red city, half as old as time"... John William Burgon . Apt words to describe Petra , one of the "New" 7 Wonders of the World, even though this fascinating city is not exactly new. Also called The Lost City, it was carved into […]

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Experiencing the 4 magical parks of Walt Disney World

Experiencing the 4 magical parks of Walt Disney World “Here you leave today- and visit the worlds of yesterday, tomorrow, and fantasy.” – Walt Disney A visit to Walt Disney World is almost every child's dream - and I must admit it was on my bucket list too - the part of me that wanted to […]

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The Wizarding World of Harry Potter

Caution: This post is about The Wizarding World of Harry Potter . It contains a lot of Harry Potter jargon. Muggles (non-magical people) may not understand. If you are a muggle or do not know what a muggle is, read this version. The Wizarding World of Harry Potter When the Harry Potter books took the world […]

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10 Best Things to do in Seville

Looking for the best things to do in Seville , Spain ? Read on... “The air soft as that of Seville in April, and so fragrant that it was delicious to breathe it.” Christopher Columbus - Journal of First Voyage to America (ed. 1924) Seville or Sevilla (pronounced Sehveeya) as the locals call it, is […]

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How to apply for a Schengen visa for Spain (with kids)

This guide applies to South African passport holders. I've said this before and I'm saying it again- you must really want to visit a Schengen country in order to go through the Schengen visa application process. Apart from UK and USA visas which are equally onerous, I don't know of any other visa which is […]

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3 Stunning Island Destinations You Need to Visit

3 Island Destinations You Need to Visit B.E.A.C.H - Best Escape Anyone Can Have Often, those wishing for a vacation dream of crystal clear sea, white sand beaches, and delicious fresh food and drinks they can’t find anywhere else. For this reason, island destinations are incredibly popular, and will usually feature quite highly on people’s […]

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7 Best Coffee Shops in Melbourne

7 Best Coffee Shops in Melbourne Melbourne is the capital of Victoria, the second-most populous state in Australia. The local inhabitants are known as Melburnians, and the city attracts tourists and travellers from all across the world. The city is home to several popular cultural institutions like the National Gallery of Victoria and the Melbourne […]

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Seven Great Road Trips in Australia

Looking for great road trips in Australia ? Read on... “I can speak to my soul only when the two of us are off exploring deserts or cities or mountains or roads.” – Paulo Coelho Did you know that Australia is the sixth largest country in the world by area? It is also referred to […]

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Phang Nga Bay & Koh Panyee - Golden Guns & Floating Villages

Phang Nga Bay & Koh Panyee One of the things that I just had to do when visiting Phuket was go on a day trip to Phang Nga Bay . Deciding on the best way to do it was a more difficult decision.  After mulling over umpteen brochures and websites offering the James Bond Island tour […]

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Family fun at the Crowne Plaza Abu Dhabi Yas Island

Crowne Plaza Abu Dhabi Yas Island Review Often referred to as the Playground of the Emirates, the vibrant Yas Island is a man-made destination island that is home to some of Abu Dhabi’s most exciting family-friendly attractions. Ferrari World, which boasts the world’s fastest roller coaster, the Yas Marina F1 Circuit where the Abu Dhabi Grand […]

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Strolling through the old town of Dubrovnik

Dubrovnik was the first port of call on our Mediterranean cruise  . I must confess that I didn't know much about it a month before I went there- other than that it was a picturesque city with orange roofs that I'd love to visit someday - and the location of many Game Of Thrones scenes. […]

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