I was quite surprised that Lebanon does some really good wines, mostly in the Beqaa Valley area. I toured a number of wineries while I was there and here are my notes and photos from one of them, the Domaine des Tourelles. Hope you enjoy and think about your love of good wine everywhere.
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The Damascus souk is one of the world’s largest and most interesting. I thought that one way you could get a slightly better appreciation of it would be to take a few 30 second or so video clips. Bummer was that I forgot to do this in the height of the business of the day, but did get there to take a couple at night.
I got really lucky before I went to Lebanon a couple months ago and got introduced to some locals that were going to give me some tips about Beirut and Lebanon in general. Turns out they were the PR people for the Phoenicia Hotel — a 5 star property, which is so unlike what I am used to. Here is a bit of that story and the multi-day tour they took me on of that great hotel.
Help Support a great cause and become a whistleblower for peace in the Democratic Republic of the Congo where children too small to carry guns are armed with whistles where, “with falling whistles, their only choice is to feign death or face it.”
One of the many interesting things about traveling in foreign lands are the basic things that are different from back home. One of those in the Middle East is that Friday is more like Saturday in most parts of the world — it is the first day of the weekend. And midday Friday prayers are the only prayers during the Muslim week where are you supposed to go to the mosque… ergo that day being a day of organization in some of the recent uprisings over here. Go read more.
Rick is one of the most multi-talented travel bloggers out there today, but to limit him to merely a blogger would do him a great disservice. TV personality. One of the minds behind the popular #NUTS Twitter chat. Adventure traveler. Just go read his interview and enjoy getting to know him better.
One of the things that you are going to have to deal with as your travel around the world is taxi cab drivers. Some are the greatest people you will ever meet in your lifetime. Unfortunately, a lot more are out to try to scam every dollar they can get out of your pocket. Hope you enjoy some of these basic tips for how to deal with cabbies around the world.
There are many myths about traveling to Antarctica, the biggest being price. Most people don’t go to Antarctica and are scared away by the large $10,000 price tags that a cruise to Antarctica can have. I can easily tell you that you don’t have to pay that much cruise to Antarctica. You can find deals for an average price of $3,000.
The city that was once the epicenter of the world at the turn of the 21stcentury. People from around the world want to not only visit Buenos Aires, but actually live there. The Paris of the South can easily be compared to the romantic city of Paris. Things are changing however and you may not be able to see it much longer.
An inspirational young adventurer, Sarah Outen is 3 days into her ‘London-2-London via the World’ Expedition. A Two Boats, One Bike, Two Oceans and Three Continents journey around the world, Sarah will be paddling and pedaling her way around the world for the next little while.
A special “Best of” post for me during the week of #Blog4NZ was my Best of New Zealand post. It is one of my favorite countries and on the short list of places I’d like to eventually retire. Come check out the many reasons it is so great.
So-called British ‘thrill-seekers’ were competing today in the new extreme sport of horse boarding, in which participants are towed behind a horse on a skateboard at speeds of up to 35mph. It sounds more ‘extreme’ than the video actually shows; a couple of guys in full motorcross pads being tugged around a stable, and repeat, and repeat again. I wanna see some jumps!
Carnival is an experience that I think everyone should have. There are many people that were telling me to be careful and I would have been but it seemed that the entire world was converging for Carnival in Salvador. When there are hoards of people outside at even 5 and 6 in the morning you are much less likely to get jacked.
As an avid scuba diver, I wanted to take a quick (and hopefully humorous) look at the real risks of getting attacked by sharks verses real risks that you face in your everyday life. Here is the analysis. Let’s just say that it might be riskier to sleep naked than to scuba dive in shark infested waters…
Neko Harbour is home to a large penguin colony and also one of the oldest British bases. Once you depart the southern most city in the world, Ushuaia, your cheap Antarctica cruise will take you to this popular Antarctica attraction. This is also the location where you can send your Antarctica postcards which will take over 2 mos to arrive.
Taken on Mt. Cristobal, this great shot is at the peak of the mountain where you can get the best views of Chile. You can get to the top of Mt. Cristobal very easily through the popular neighborhood of Bella Vista in Santiago.
The wonderful Erica, from Over Yonderlust, did up this post of must-do’s when you go visit her hometown, Austin, Texas. Austin is clearly my favorite city in Texas and is one of the most livable and entertaining cities in the entire country. Go for the food, the music and the friendliest Texans you will find anywhere.
Travelling to the US or Canada soon? You can score 13 great city guides for free from Lonely Planet if you download them on iTunes before February 4th 2011. Up for grabs are the following cities: Boston, Chicago, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Miami, Montreal, New Orleans, New York City, San Francisco, Seattle, Toronto, Vancouver and Washington.
One must be careful upon close contact because you could lose an eye in simple conversation with this Argentine. As he moved his nasal appendage you could feel the wind change direction. Sometimes seen doing all the Argentina tourist attractions you will have to be careful when you spot an Argentine Pinocchio. Check out this great picture of the Argentine pinocchio.
As is the case with many travel fanatics, we knew early on that we wanted to make it to all seven continents. Until a couple of years ago – when we started to really remodel our world – neither of us would have believed that we’d actually make it to Antarctica before retirement.
Never Ending Voyage share their tips for learning Spanish. Listening to, translating and singing along to Spanish music is a great way to learn new vocabulary, improve your pronunciation and immerse yourself in the culture. Here are some tips on how to use music for language learning and some recommended Spanish music to get started.
Its a dream to make it to the white continent but with prices starting off at $3,000 its no wonder why only about 37,000 people made it to Antarctica last year. You can find a much cheaper cruise with a last minute Antarctica cruise, the total including airfare should range between $4,000 to $5,000 (includes both flight and cruise)
Midlife Road Trip’s Rick Griffin announced today that he will participate in the 2011 Mongol Rally, a 9000 mile journey crossing 2 continents and 15 countries on some of the worst roads in the world. Rick will join three of the world’s foremost travel writers to form the official “Unofficial Team of Social Media”, the Social Media Syndicate.
This is my current travel plan for the first half of 2011. Lots of the Middle East. Lots of diving. Hopefully lots of fun, photos and great stories from one of my favorite parts of the world. I’d love your feedback and thoughts. Thanks.
I have yet to taste any Chilean food out in the countryside but I can tell you that the rise of the American culture has certainly influenced the country and food in Chile as well. Much of the world is in a love and hate relationship with American culture, they hate rap but they love Eminem, they hate getting fat but love Mcdonald’s, etc.
Found at the massive Magellan penguin colony in Port Lockroy, Antarctica, this penguin is not a victim of being Albino. It just has a loss of pigment in its skin. These are very rare and are hard to find on any Antarctica travel ship. The It was quite unique and we were lucky to have a world renowned penguin expert, Frank Todd, on board the ship.
I not only tried a typical Chilean dish but also tried a delicious Chilean drink. If you haven’t read my post on living in Chile then I should inform you that there are two things that are constant in Chile, endless amounts of delicious ice cream and women wearing ugly jeans. I have now confirmed men wear ugly jeans but I digress.