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Long tail boat Chao Phraya River Bangkok

Explore Bangkok by Long Tail Boat

Boats of varying shapes and sizes ply Bangkok’s Chao Phraya River, but none of them make their presence known quite like the raucous long tail boat. Powered by an unmuffled car or truck engine with a propeller attached to a long shaft resembling a tail, the narrow boat doesn’t slip silently along the murky river. …

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Flea market Sunday at Naviglio Grande Milan

Navigating the Navigli in Milan

Navigating the Navigli in Milan History It may come as a surprise to learn that Venice isn’t the only large Italian city with canals. Although located inland, Milan was once a port city with canals connecting to Lake Como, Lake Maggiore, Switzerland and the Adriatic Sea. The extensive canal system, known as Navigli, expanded over …

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Adria Palace a Rondocubism building in Prague

Prague Art and Architecture

Prague Art and Architecture at the Turn of the Century Photos of beautiful buildings inspired me to learn more about Prague’s Art and Architecture during my first visit to the capital of the Czech Republic. After an eye-opening tour of Barcelona’s Gothic Quarter with Context Travel, I knew who to contact. The Context Travel tour …

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A sculpture of the torso of Anna de Codorníu on a brick pedestal

Traveling Deeper at Codorníu

I clung to the seat as the train rattled through the darkened tunnel, racks of dusty bottles flying by. Every once in a while, the train slowed. Was our driver was searching for the way through the 30km network of underground tunnels? Or pausing so we could absorb the gloomy view.   Hand painted black …

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Top travel experiences 2015 Plaça Nova, Barcelona

Secrets of the Gothic Quarter

Secrets of the Gothic Quarter As I walked through the crowd gathered around one of the most photographed sights in Barcelona, Spain, I wondered if they knew the true story. Although the Pont dels Sospirs or Bridge of Sighs looks like it has been around forever, it isn’t even a 100 years old. The history …

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An elderly couple shopping in Mercat de l'Abaceria in Barcelona

Exploring Gràcia with Devour Barcelona

Exploring Gràcia with Devour Barcelona “It’s 1:00 pm and time for vermouth”, announced Renée, our Devour Barcelona tour guide. At home, vermouth at 1:00 pm would be unusual, but it seemed entirely appropriate as we strolled through the Gràcia neighbourhood. Things are different here – in a good way. Life in Barcelona, Spain seems more relaxed, spontaneous and …

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Sagrada Familia spires

Barcelona – Gaudi’s Workshop

Barcelona – Gaudi’s Workshop “Not so long ago, a man dreamed of a city. In his dream, the dragons had scales of tiles, the houses smiles of wrought iron and the buildings waves of the sea and mountains. Barcelona was the open workshop that gave shape to the imagination of the genius: Antoni Gaudi” via Ciutat …

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Tour de France heading up Mont Ventoux

Where to Watch the Tour de France

Where to Watch the Tour de France I plotted, schemed and agonized over how and where to watch the Tour de France. With options ranging from organized tours to renting a caravan and parking on the roadside, selecting the perfect experience for the family was serious business. Unable to choose between city and country, I …

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View of Budapest and the bridges over the Danube

Exploring Budapest

After visiting some of the more popular European destinations, we decided to change it up on our next family vacation and spend a week exploring Budapest, Hungary. It was an excellent decision. I highly recommend exploring Budapest if you haven’t already been to this incredible city. Buda + Pest = Budapest Budapest has two sides – Buda and Pest, …

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Kalahuipua'a Fishponds are located along the Pacific Ocean and the setting is stunning.

Kalahuipua’a Fishponds Mauna Lani

We love spending time in Hawaii and have visited all of the islands except Moloka’i. Each island has a different vibe, and we have favourite family activities at each destination.  A visit to the Kalahuipua’a Fishponds Mauna Lani Resort is one of our favourite family activities on the island of Hawaii. On the Big Island, we …

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Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II Milan Italy

Milano – A Family Destination?

I have always thought of Milan, or Milano, as a city for fashionistas and bankers and I wasn’t sure if the city would work as a family destination. That being said, the luxe Four Seasons Milan was on my must-visit list and based on my extensive experience with the Four Seasons brand, I was confident that …

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