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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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What to do in Ljubljana – a video guide

Ljubljana is the capital of Slovenia and is situated along the banks of the Ljubljana River more or less in the centre of the country. Ljubljana (and Slovenia, for that matter) had been on my list of places to visit for a long time and when the opportunity presented itself, I grabbed it! After several […]

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Easy international data roaming for travellers

Staying connected as we travel has never been easier. Travellers can choose from a variety of options; from subscribing to international data roaming plans to purchasing local/global SIM cards or a wifi device, or simply making use of wifi connections at hotels, cafés and restaurants. Each option has its pros and cons. International data roaming […]

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An afternoon at La Motte

La Motte is one of the finest wine estates in the Cape Winelands of South Africa. Situated in the Franschhoek Valley, near the town of Franschhoek (map), against the imposing backdrop of the Wemmershoek mountains, the La Motte wine estate can trace its roots back to the 17th century. These days, La Motte is famous […]

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Impressions of Kathmandu

It was my first time in Nepal – or the Indian sub-continent for that matter – and I was filled with a mix of apprehension and excitement as the plane embarked on its final approach into Kathmandu airport. I’d seen many photos of Kathmandu (map) before and they always gave me the impression of an […]

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Finding bliss at Jordan Wine Estate

I stepped out onto the terrace of my suite at the Jordan Wine Estate. The birds chirped excitedly as the sun slowly disappeared behind the hills, blanketing the rows of vines with a soft orange glow. In the distance, the Stellenbosch mountains were a warm pink. It was a such a serene moment and I […]

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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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The best of Puglia – the ultimate guide

Puglia is a region that occupies the ‘heel’ of southern Italy and is home to historic towns (many of which have histories that go back thousands of years), diverse landscapes, excellent food and some of the best beaches in southern Italy. The main entry points for most international visitors are Bari and Brindisi (both have […]

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Ten things to do in Dresden

Dresden (map) is a historic city in eastern Germany, situated approximately 200km south of Berlin. Renowned for its historic Baroque architecture, the city is the capital of the state of Saxony and boasts a rich cultural heritage. Heavily bombed during World War II, the historic centre was rebuilt and many of its grand monuments, such […]

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