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24 Hours in Normandy

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  • user Ian Harrison on June 15, 2011
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Normandie is a peerless portion of France that borders the English Channel and unfurls a relentless lineup of tourist gems. The historic region covers modern-day Basse-Normandie and Haute-Normandie and is home to approximately 3.5 million people. From Cistercian abbeys to epic seascapes immortalised by the likes of Renoir, quaint half-timbered village architecture to regional culinary […]

24 Hours in Monaco

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  • user Ian Harrison on June 3, 2011
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If your resumé does not include a stint as a Formula One driver or French pop star, 24 hours in Monaco is about all you can afford. All the glitz and glam of the Côte d’Azur coalesces most notoriously in the tony (and tiny) Principality. The Monégasque constitutional monarchy is the realm of the House […]

The Amalfi Coast Guide

  • category Europe
  • user Ian Harrison on May 30, 2011
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UNESCO World Heritage Site and summer pleasure destination par excellence, the Costiera Amalfitana can lay claim to some of the most exquisite physical beauty and diversity in Italy. It all creeps up rather quickly too, a mere 50 km from Naples, a city not exactly synonymous with exterior allure at the moment (not as long […]

10 Fun and Easy Day Trips From Paris

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  • user Ian Harrison on May 20, 2011
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Dial up a list of Paris day trips and, inevitably, two staples come up: Versailles and Disneyland. One of these made the cut in our “fun and easy” top 10. The other is a theme park. Photo credit Now Disneyland Paris hotels abound and serve as popular platforms for harmless holiday family fun. But Versailles […]

20 Under the Radar Greek Islands

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  • user Ian Harrison on May 18, 2011
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Some stats on the isles of Greece. Though a good many of us think only of the holy quintet of Crete, Corfu, Santorini, Mykonos and Rhodes, the country contains a prodigious 6,000 islands. Not Indonesia, not the Philippines but still, impressive in the pantheon of world archipelagos. Oia, Santorini – Photo credit Now, of the […]

Beyond Refuse: 24 Hours in Naples

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  • user Ian Harrison on May 14, 2011
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Italy PM Silvio Berlusconi sent army troops on a dirty, thankless mission this past week. The charge: clean up Naples.

Europe on a Budget: Where to Go, How to Get There

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  • user Ian Harrison on May 12, 2011
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May is in full bloom and that primal scream you hear is the collective howl of relief and exuberance from secondary school and college students all over North America and Europe. Rite of passage, coming of age travel plans are underway and, indeed, already, the first backpacker hordes have been spotted, from Reykjavik to Riga. […]

48 Hours in Istanbul

You have two days to tackle the top city in Turkey. 48 hours in Istanbul, a mega-metropolis of 13 million people? With a little focus and nerve, you can do it. Photo credit Cruise the Bosphorus Not literally, of course – you only have two days – but yes, a boat ride on the mighty […]

New Zealand Ski Guide

New Zealand is wildly and famously eclectic when it comes to recreational pursuits, with a voluminous range of options available to hearty, intrepid souls. The country is not alone in this regard, of course, but unlike a Canada or Australia, to name two prominent examples, Aotearoa crams all that topographical diversity in just 268,021 km2; […]

Montréal: Summer Festival City

The 3.6 million residents of metro Montréal (or Montreal if you prefer) dwell in a foremost capital of culture and, indeed, take advantage of such with exceptional bravura, enthusiasm and pride. The premier city in Québec, Canada has more museums and festivals (not to mention restaurants, cafés and bars) than you can shake a Canadiens […]

Last Minute City Guide

Prague: Last Minute City Guide

Prague, “City of a Thousand Spires”, is consistently one of the most desirable tourism targets in Europe, if not the world. Over the past decade, th...