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The view from a platform of the Brazil side of the Falls.

Experiencing the Iguazu Falls

The Iguazu Falls (or Iguaçu Falls) are arguably the most impressive waterfalls I’ve ever seen, even compared to the Niagara Falls and Victoria Falls. Straddling the border of Brazil and Argentina (map), the falls are one of the prime attractions in both countries. The falls, a UNESCO World Heritage site and voted as one of […]

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Plane views: Himalayas and Mount Everest

“Would you be interested in going on a scenic flight tour to Mount Everest?”, the gentleman asked. I was in Kathmandu, Nepal, for a conference and I was just milling around after my presentation when this gentleman approached me. I was stunned by his question. You see, it has always been a dream of mine […]

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Safari at the Gondwana Game Reserve

The light was fading quickly but we were determined to find them. Our guide expertly manoeuvered the jeep around a tight bend and stopped. Silence reigned as the dust settled. I surveyed the surrounding bushes before turning my gaze to the mountains, bathed in a soft pink light, in the far distance. We sat in […]

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Memories of Bora Bora

It was ten years ago but I still remember it like it was yesterday. When I sat down to plan my round-the-world trip in 2008, a trip which quite literally changed my life, I took out a world map and circled the places I wanted to visit. One place I certainly didn’t want to miss […]

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7 unique things to do in Jordan

Jordan – the name itself conjures images of breathtaking desert landscapes, ancient cities and Biblical scenes. Located in the heart of the Middle East, there are countless things to do in Jordan, a country with a history dating back to the times when the prophets walked the earth, and ancient empires ruled vast swathes of […]

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Inhotim park – where art meets nature

“What’s this Imhotep place about?”, I asked my good friends Claudia and Mauricio as we left Belo Horizonte on our road trip to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Claudia laughed and corrected me: “It’s Inhotim! And it’s a botanical garden and modern art museum in one”. I was intrigued. I enjoy strolls around botanical gardens and […]

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A gorgeous wine region you should know about

I’ve visited many wine regions around the world, from the Yarra Valley in Victoria, Australia to Stellenbosch in South Africa, and Tuscany in Italy to the Napa Valley in California. One wine region I recently visited turned out to be a wonderful surprise: South Styria in the southeastern corner of Austria, about a two-hour drive […]

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Discovering the South Styrian Wine Road

South Styria. To be honest, I’d never heard of this region before until my recent trip to Austria. Situated about a two-hour drive southwest of Vienna and less than an hour from Graz, South Styria is a gorgeous region with green rolling hills, mile after mile of vineyards, picturesque villages, wine taverns and lovely, family-owned […]

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Five reasons to visit Castilla-La Mancha

Mention ‘Toledo, Spain’ to anyone you know and you might get a response. Mention ‘Castilla-La Mancha‘ and chances are, you’ll receive a blank look and a shrug of the shoulders. At least, that was my response when I first saw the name. Hehe! I’d been to Toledo before; an unforgettable road trip from Barcelona to […]

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A schnaps adventure in Tirol

I have to admit… I’ve never been a big fan of schnaps. This clear brandy distilled from fermented fruits has a high alcohol content and the varieties I tasted in the past were simply mind-blowing, throat-burning strong with little flavour. That perception was radically altered after an extraordinary schnaps tour in Tirol, Austria! A fun-filled […]

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