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Emerald City

We just added a little page on Seattle in the US. Have a look if you are going there soon, it’s a great city with loads to do. Pike Place Market, great coffee, the Space Needle and great views of Mount Rainier await you!

Take a look at our Seattle Travel Guide

June 23rd, 2009

Heineken Brewery Tour

A fun thing to do in fantastic Amsterdam if you have a couple of hours to spare and enjoy beer, is to do a tour of the Heineken Museum Brewery – www.heinekenexperience.com. The tour started in 2001 and is done in the former Heineken brewery which is now a national monument.

It’s great! They take you through the old brewery explaining their brewing method, show you videos detailing the whole brewing process and give you beer at the end of the tour.

1 comment November 29th, 2008

Robert Mugabe is an Idiot

Plain and simple.

It’s a crying shame really what’s happening over there in Zimbabwe. A once prosperous nation is on its knees due to the bumbling idiotic paranoid Robert Mugabe. What’s worse is that there are bigger idiots than him, clearly, the ones voting for him. They also need their heads checked. Whether so many people could vote for him is debatable. How could such an idiot garner so many votes? Inflation is in the 100s of thousands, unemployment rife and empty store shelves are everywhere. To me, it’s a clear indication that even though he “lost”, he’s still rigging the vote and doing it so badly that he still lost the election. Now that is a moron!

Now will you Zimbabweans please stand up and rise against this idiot! Clearly, no one else is going to do it. The sooner the better!

1 comment April 4th, 2008

Traveling with babies

We just had our son. He’s a real cutie but you can tell he’s gonna be a hand full.

His arrival has raised several questions for us now when traveling. Where do we go? What should we do? What do we take with us? How long can we go for? Will the destination be good for him? Will they even care?

So if you have any tips for traveling with a baby, please add them. I’ll start off with a few below:

1. Take plenty of food if not breastfed.
2. Take enough diapers to cover for a few days.
3. Don’t forget the bottles.
4. Will there be lots of sun, take some good sun-screen with you.
5. Their toys…always useful to distract them for a little while.

Anything else you can think of?

3 comments December 20th, 2007

Mauritian Holiday

We just spent about a week on the beautiful island of Mauritius. We had a great time, the people were so nice, the scuba diving was great and we would recommend a short break there to anyone.

September 16th, 2007

Thames Boat Tour

The Thames, cuts through London it does!

When people think of London, invariably the Thames comes up. It’s fun to take a boat down the Thames. You can get a ticket and board your tour boat close to Parliament. The trip consists of a cruise down the Thames with a tour guide slowly talking you through all the major attractions on the banks of the famous river. Parliament, the London Eye, Tower Bridge and the Tower of London are a few you’ll see along the way.

At the end of your little trip that takes about an hour or two, you end up in Greenwich which is also quite nice. We always went for a walk in the beautiful park after one these little tours. It was fun and you can go check out the Greenwich Meridian at the top of the hill. You know … GMT … I’ve been on both sides of the Meridian, have you?

Enjoy!

P.S. You’ll be knocked-up for a tip as you leave the boat. Up to you really, can’t remember if I ever tipped the staff.

July 12th, 2007

Belly Dancing in Istanbul

We went to Istanbul a few years ago over the Valentine’s day weekend. February in Istanbul…it’s freakin’ cold! It’s a beautiful city and the Turks were very friendly and helpful bar the usual 1 or 2 locals anywhere you go in the world who try to rip you off or take you for a ride. That’s exactly what a cab driver did there so be careful with those crazy cabbies in their shitty little yellow cabs.

There’s quite a bit to see there,especially in the Old Town where the Mosques, Ayia Sophia, the Blue Mosque, Topkapi Palace and other attractions are really fascinating. There’s so much history there. The apple tea, for tourists, is also quite nice when it’s cold out.

We took a boat ride along the Bosphorus. It wasn’t the most exciting thing in the world but it was kind of fun to see the nice palaces and buildings along the shoreline of a famous waterway. It’s worth doing if you are in Istanbul for a few days.

While there we also went to a belly dancing evening which was good fun. The dancers were clearly interested in the tourists from the richer nations as the American and Brit were constantly offered to come on stage and paid more attention to than we were. It’s for the tip at the end you see. Might be bigger, might not. Anyway, they fed us and danced for us and it was quite a nice evening. At the end though, the place turned into a strip club. Sitting there with my would-be wife, a waiter came to me after the show with a “free” entry card to the upstairs strip club. Dude, I’m attached or does that not bother you?? No big deal, we just laughed it off and even more so as we left when we realised the belly dancers were also the strippers. 🙂

Two jobs eh!

Go to Istanbul, it’s a great city!

June 15th, 2007

Amsterdam Sex Shows

We went to Amsterdam a while back and enjoyed what this great Dutch city has to offer. We decided to go to a Live Show one afternoon and proceeded to select one from the many on offer in ther Red Light District.

In terms of price, they aren’t particularly cheap. Given that we were on a budget, it was quite an outlay for us and with the added sales pitch that there were actually 2 parts to the show and that a couple of free drinks would be thrown in as part of the deal, we opened our wallets and succumbed to the lure of lust and all that naughty stuff.

The venue wasn’t all that nice, it was kind of a grimmey bar/theatre with a large stage. The drinks, well actually, the half-drinks were sucked back in about 3 minutes due to their size and the show was sort of interesting, a banana featured, and then some guy got on stage and lay on his back while some ugly broad rode the crap out of him.

Anyway, it was interesting but I wouldn’t do it again. If you haven’t seen one and really want to, go for it. It is an eye-opener and will help you decide whether or not it’s worth the money and all the fuss. I’m sure there are much more interesting ones out there than the one we were party to but the price we paid for this one leads me to believe that a “classy” show is gonna cost you an arm and a leg.

If this post offends you, sorry, but it was interesting and worth writing about.

May 19th, 2007

Wine Tasting in South Africa

The Cape Winelands of South Africa are beautiful. The wines from the region are also excellent.

While in the winelands areas including Stellenbosch, Paarl, Constantia, Swartland, Durbanville and Franschhoek, a popular activity for both locals and residents is to go for a wine tasting or two at many of the top class wine producers. They are usually open to the public during the week, on Saturdays and some on Sundays. For a small fee, you can taste a few wines, whites, reds, ports, champagne – read Cape Classique, sorry, and decide whether or not you want to purchase a bottle or two from the estate itself. The grounds of the estate are often pristine, with mountain settings and great views. Some also have restaurants where you can enjoy a pleasant meal, a bottle of the estate’s finest and good company.

My wife and I go wine tasting occassionally, I don’t taste though cause I am driving 😉 . It’s a lot of fun, a great way to see the beautiful Cape Winelands and savour a glass or two of South Africa’s finest.

The Cape Winelands

March 20th, 2007

Helicopter flight over the Grand Canyon

We recently went to that crazy and popular city called Las Vegas in the desert of Nevada. It’s a fantastic place really, there’s so much to do there besides gambling it’s mind boggling.

One of them is flying over the spectacular Grand Canyon in a helicopter. There’s enough companies who do it and plenty of resellers selling these tours so look around a bit before you book. But seriously, it’s great. You get to fly around in a chopper which is a blast in itself, see the Hoover Dam, fly over the massive Lake Mead, see the spot where Thelma and Louise rode to oblivion and best of all fly over the canyon carved by the Colorado River and maybe even land in it!

It’s such a cool thing to do and the bragging rights will last you a lifetime! If you go to Vegas, how can you possibly give this a miss!

2 comments February 22nd, 2007

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