Archive October 2017

Beach Retreats near Mumbai

Mumbai is about much more than the ubiquitous Bollywood stereotypes. It is the capital of Maharashtra, a state which boasts of 720 km long shoreline along the mesmerizing Arabian Sea. This makes the maximum city a great destination for beach lovers as well. While the city of Mumbai has a few of its own beaches within city limits, the clean and pristine beaches outside the city are the ones which are highly recommended. The presence of many historical forts and age-old monuments make them interesting places to visit. Many sightseeing tours are organized by private agencies, but you can simply...

The ancient condiment that came back from the dead

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The tiny island the British traded for Manhattan

We sailed out of the Arafura Sea, through the Timor Sea and into the Savu Sea. Soon we’d be in the Flores Sea and then the Banda Sea – home of the Banda, or Spice Islands, a cluster of 11 lush islands in eastern Indonesia. In the early days of sail exploration, these seas were known by Arabic traders as the Seven Seas, those enchanting waters on the other side of the world where spice was in the wind. To sail them meant you had sailed as far from staid, grey Europe as you could. According to the old sea charts, you’d reached the mystical ‘land of dragons’. We...

The Indian dish you can’t find in India

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Why Italy is racing to save the game of bocce

“Piia na cadreia e setat su a vardà.” Battista Valenti greeted me, but I didn’t understand a word he was saying. His Italian was harsher than what I’m used to; he stretched his syllables, which rolled off his tongue with a twang. The energetic, silver-haired 70-year-old was speaking the dialect of Cornale, his native village in southern Lombardy, a region of northern Italy. A week ago, Valenti, a friend of my father, had invited me to Cornale’s Centro Sportivo (Sports Centre) to watch a game of bocce, Italy’s own version of lawn bowls. “Trust...

How to Become a Competent Travel Credit Card User

The world of finance is outstanding. Today, money rules the world. People learnt to convert cash into invisible assets and travel credit cards. This intangibility of money brought many advantages. Learn them all on a reliable https://effectify.com/ web resource. Now let’s see what key benefits of credit cards are: Safety. People are more secured with credit cards than with cash. Comfort. We pay freely in shopping malls, supermarkets, at railway stations and art galleries. Plastic cards changed our lives forever. Cross borders acceptance. Credit cards make it possible to pay at any place...

Turkey’s ‘voluptuous’ breakfast for one

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The 4 Best Family Friendly Places in Europe to visit by Motor Home

Any seasoned traveller will tell you that one of the best ways to really explore Europe with your family is by motor home. With a motor home you can visit some of the world’s most thrilling destinations without the hassle of finding suitable transport and accommodation. In this article, we have rounded up the most exciting places in Europe to take your family on a motor home holiday. Italy  – *Best for history and culture* Rome is the best place to visit if you want to treat the whole family to breathtaking and unforgettable history and culture. The Colosseum and Roman Forum is a...

Five Reasons to Use Luggage Shipping

Whether you are traveling for business, pleasure or education, your chances of having an enjoyable trip often come down to the little things. If not handled well, they can be a source of great inconvenience and irritation. One notorious headache for most travelers is luggage. What items do you need? How much should you carry? Knowing that airlines have limits on baggage and levy a surcharge for exceeding this, luggage shipping can be particularly attractive. The following are some of the major reasons why you should consider shipping luggage next time you travel. Avoid Airline Baggage...

Why Armenians love strangers

I never meant to spend the night in Dilijan. I’d been making my way through northern Armenia towards the capital city of Yerevan, having crossed from Georgia several days earlier. My travels were taking me south, but slowly. The landscapes up here were all muscle and brawn: dry escarpments and deep, hefty canyons. It was clear early on that Armenia was going to be interesting It was clear early on that Armenia was going to be interesting. After crossing the border from Georgia I’d hopped onto an old marshrutka – one of the cheap, omnipresent public minibuses that beetle...

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