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Malaysia with kids

Malaysia with kids My children are now 7 and 9 years old. We usually take them with us when travelling locally unless we are going to a venue where children are not allowed. But we don’t always take them with on our foreign trips, mainly for three reasons: firstly the considerable additional cost, secondly because […]

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My Indian Adventures - walking down memory lane

Indian Adventures Incessant blasting horns, thick smog in the air,  the scent of marigold flowers mingled with the smell of cows, red betel-nut leaf stains – all combine to launch an intensive attack on the senses. India is definitely not for the faint-hearted. It is a melting pot of cultures, and a smorgasbord of experiences. […]

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China Travels - Beijing , Xian and Shanghai in 1 week

China Travels - Beijing , Xian and Shanghai in 1 week The Great Wall of China should be renamed The Great Walk of China. My Fitbit (step counter) registered over 1000 steep steps going up and then another 1000 steps down and that was just in the tiny section we visited. The Great Wall is […]

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Irene Country Lodge - a blissful countryside getaway

Irene Country Lodge Review Feeling stressed out by the city? Need some rest, relaxation and revitalisation in a rustic setting? You can get all this and more at the charming Irene Country Lodge in Pretoria, one of the gems in Protea Hotels By Marriott's luxurious African Pride collection. But unlike many of the others which […]

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Visit Istanbul - an incredible city

Why you should visit Istanbul Have a cup of tea with a Turk and you'll be friends for 40 years. So said the Turkish gentleman to us as his associate served us with warm apple tea in Istanbul. This is the nature of Turkish hospitality. Of course, after that, he tried to sell carpets and […]

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Travel agents - Never again?

Travel agent horrors Yes, I do prefer to use a travel agent when they can offer me a package with lower costs or hassles than I can do myself. But then you get the travel agents who are not interested in the business or those that give you problems every step of the way and […]

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Two days in Zanzibar...Hakuna Matata!

Two days in Zanzibar From across the sea, the enchanting island of Zanzibar beckoned to us. The stunning view of endless palm-fringed beaches was the perfect appetiser for our two-day visit and the shrubbery at the airport welcomed us warmly with the words “SMILE U R IN ZANZIBAR”. Zanzibar is an archipelago located in Tanzania, […]

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Masai Mara - Game viewers paradise

Masai Mara - Game viewers paradise About the Masai Mara The Masai Mara National Reserve is one of the most visited and renowned game viewing destinations in the world. Located in southwestern Kenya, it encompasses an area of over 1510 km2 and is home to large populations of wildlife. The wide open plains provide excellent […]

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Garonga Safari Camp - Safari for the Soul

We hurtled down the ochre path, the cool wind exhilarating, in our faces. Lawrence, the game ranger, manoeuvered the Landrover expertly around the torn-down trees, through dense bushes and around dusty bends. It was evidently the path less traveled. At one point, a wildebeest emerged from the bush and ran across the path in front […]

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How I like to travel

How I like to travel A recent travel survey I completed got me verbalising how I like to travel... Ideally, I would love to go and stay in a new country for a few months at a time, to absorb the culture, learn the language and explore the surrounds. I've done something like that once […]

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Freedom Of The Seas

A cruise on Freedom of the Seas Ahhhh, the incredible sensation of freedom! Imagine this: deep blue waters, the scent of salt in the air, standing hand-in-hand with your beloved on the top deck of a floating resort, while sailing past the picturesque Miami mansions of the rich and famous into the orange sunset. We […]

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2010 FIFA World Cup Fever

The 2010 FIFA World Cup I can feel it – it is here! I live in Johannesburg – the centre of the 2010 FIFA World Cup where this year’s most exciting soccer (otherwise known as football) matches, will be played. Even I, who am not a football fan, have been affected with it. I have […]

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Kruger National Park…After Dark

Kruger National Park…After Dark We had been driving around Kruger National Park since early morning. We had had an eventful day in which we had encountered several creatures that we didn’t normally see, perhaps due to the recent heavy rains. Smaller creatures,such a mongoose, tortoises, chameleons and snakes. Larger creatures, such as the lion, elephants, […]

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Holiday reading and co-incidences?

Last week, I was in Kenya. I had bought Barack Obama’s book Dreams from My Father: A Story of Race and Inheritance almost a year ago in Mumbai. Since I’m too busy to read much else besides my six magazine subscriptions when at home, I’d been reading the book on and off everytime I went […]

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