Friday, November 20, 2009

Things to do in Rome

Take a small-group walking tour (20 people max) of the Vatican Museums and St Peter's Basilica. Jump the queue. Get inside before the crowds swarm. This is one of the top things to do in Rome, the Vatican is simply unmissable. What, you don't like the pope? Fair enough. Just think about all the art. The history. The sculptures, mosaics, frescoes, ancient maps, tapestries... the mind boggles to think about all the amazing art squirreled away in the Vatican's museums over the years. Definitely worth doing.

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Parlez-vous travel?

OK, I am back. With a vengeance. Or should that be vengeances (it's a French thing. Not funny, I know. But there it is). Doing some digging on the Frenchies. If you're a travel Frenchie, here you go: Check out the main site:

It's been a while, so what's your problem?

I've been off traveling. Yes, for real. Mainly in London. Having a few weeks of pubs, long summer days (weather was crap, then nice, then crap, go figure) and some sightseeing. Figured I'd pick off the list of London attractions here. I made it all the way through 'C' (the list was alphabetical, if you're clueless). Way too much to see. And maybe next time I won't plan my travels in an alphabetical order. It's highly likely I missed a few of the top attractions, do you think? One bit of advice: buy a freakin' Transport card. London is expensive on tube and bus. Those Transport multi-day cards are a good deal. CHEERS.

Thursday, April 30, 2009

Ode to Joy (in German)

Another chapter in the saga of Viator. This time it's all about the Germans. Must be something in the travel sphere that makes companies like Germans. After all the Germans do travel a lot. A lot. Probably they are way more represented in destinations like Thailand, Costa Rica, Nepal, India than most other western Europeans (per capita). Anyway, it's obvious that Viator is now looking at Germans for some growth. Interesting times. The site tagline is Touren, Tagesausflüge & Aktivitäten. Here are some of the top areas they're covering: That's just a small sample. Check it out, it's kinda cool. Especially if you speak German.

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Thoughts on Swine Flu

Hard to imagine that swine flu is more severe that SARS or avian flu, but that's what it is looking like. Not sure what effect this will have, long-term, on travel trends. I assume it's still too early to know for sure. I think it's strange how some people are already freaking out about it. Sure, I won't be going to Mexico anytime soon. But I ain't canceling my trip to New York because of it. At least not yet.

Friday, March 20, 2009

Twitter Travel Deals

Just noticing the Twitter fad is taking over travel, too. Here I thought we were safe and sound from Twitter, but no, if you like to travel it seems that now Twitter has become an indispensable tool. It's a little annoying -- I need another travel website like I need a hole in the head. But such is progress, and life. Things change, and now, to find good travel deals, you need to check on Twitter. OK OK OK, fine. Just make it easy. (Thankfully it is). Here's the Viator Travel deals Twitter feed. Worth a look. Tell 'em the other Viator sent you.

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Ode to Bermingham

Birmingham (pronounced “Berming’am” with a silent H) might have some of the weather that England is known for but it’s much faster variability is far more endearing than menacing. Cloud can turn to clear skies in minutes and these clear skies have the kind of bright blue that I’ve only seen in far away Australia. From ponderous cumulous wonders bumping across the sky to dainty wisps of cirrus, the heavens in Birmingham prove to be the perfect backdrop to slowing down and actually enjoying life.

Thursday, December 04, 2008

Dreaming of Things to Do

Checking for cool things to do when you travel? Well friends, check out the latest tours and activities over on the Viator site. I am especially interested in two things right now. Planning a New York tour for my upcoming trip to the Big Apple. And trying to find a cool gift - maybe a Las Vegas helicopter tour - for a friend who's getting married. It's also coming up to the holidays. I wonder if I should buy myself something. Ho ho ho.

Friday, November 07, 2008

London's Leicester Square

I have to say I am always disappointed with this square. London is full of beautiful, calm, treed oases; Leicester Square by comparison is grey-stoned and not very pretty. And the tube station is busy and unforgiving; no one’s going to help you carry your suitcase up the stairs here. But it is also slap bang in the centre of a fabulous part of London so it’s a necessary evil on any visit.

Saturday, September 13, 2008

Las Veagas Tour Tip

Ideas for your next trip to Vegas. I'm not a huge fan of the Las Vegas - Grand Canyon helicopter tour, mainly because I don't like heights. But check this guy out - is that Vegas or what! He looks like a cross between Elvis and Kramer on Seinfeld. And this guy will sing to you from the top of a bus as it crisscrosses the Las Vegas strip. That's what I call a Las Vegas sightseeing tour, baby! I am sold. I'm in. Let's go.

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Touren, Tagesausflüge & Aktivitäten

Yeah, I don't speak German either. But I know enough to know that Viator just launched a site in German. It covers Las Vegas, Barcelona, Rome (or Rom, if you're German), Sydney, New York. It's in Beta release, so have a look: Here's the German bit: Viator Touren, Tagesausflüge & Aktivitäten. Machen Sie jeden Urlaub zu einem unvergesslichen Erlebnis. Wer bei Viator bucht, erhält immer das beste Angebot, garantiert niedrige Preise und Flexibilität wie sonst nirgendwo. Links to the city pages: What's next? Polish? Chinese? Stay tuned.

Friday, June 06, 2008

Fellow Holy Rollers: Tours to the Vatican?

Do you believe in God? Wow, that's an interesting way to open a blog post. Religion, politics, bring it on! I ask because God (the one with a capital "G") is such strange thing. Does "H"e really have a beard? Does he really live in the Vatican? Does he really speak Italian? Odds are that "H"e does not. And yet, "H"is agent on Earth -- aka the Pope, Papa, Man with Funny Hat -- does live in Italy. In Rome. In the Vatican. And in fact, you can even take Vatican tours if you like and meet the man. What do you say to God's agent on earth? I'd start with something light, something to break the ice. Maybe a little joke. How about, "A priest, a rabbi and an immam walk into a bar..."

Thursday, June 05, 2008

Stonehenge tours, now that we know the answer

You know they -- who is 'they'?, save it for a different day -- have discovered the answer of Stonehenge's mystery. What, you didn't know there was a riddle at Stonehenge, have you been living under a monolith? Sheesh. Yes, there's been a heated debated over the origins of Stonehenge. Who built it, why did they build it, what purpose, that sort of thing. Now after years of study, some smart scientists have an answer. Apparently it's a cemetery. That's right, a cemetery. Likely for some well-to-do people. The rocks at Stonehenge are aligned in such a way as to honor the dead. I think. For sure it's a cemetery. Trust me on that one. Maybe it's time for a Stonehenge tour now that the mystery is solved. Maybe.

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Dubai Tours & Things to Do

Just read a nice post about things to do in Dubai over on the Viator blog. I must admit, I've never thought about going to Dubai. Truth be told, I've never thought much about Dubai, full stop. It's always struck me as an oil-rich emirate without much to do. But I'm man enough to admit when I am wrong. Did the photo of Dubai's 'creek' (that's what they call their river, they need some tourism marketing help, clearly) did catch my eye. As did the Dubai desert safari shot. OK, maybe I'm not going to rush out and sign up for a Dubai tour. But sure, I'll add Dubai to my travel wishlist. And really, what's the point of traveling if you don't have a wishlist?