One of the best parts about being an expat is meeting others who have chosen a similar path. Here in Uruguay, many English speaking expats own small hotels and bed and breakfasts. A few weeks ago, I told you about Jerry Bruner, from the US. His Viapark Hotel now offers movie nights every Sunday evening. Meanwhile, over at Casa Inspiracion, owners Syd and Gundy, hailing from Western Canada, have discovered three stray puppies hiding in their garden. Given that the couple already has three dogs of their own, anyone interested in their own pup should contact them. Today’s expat couple, owners of the Tsitsicamma Inn in Atlantida, came to Uruguay from South Africa.
At 34 weeks pregnant, I just completed my last bit of travel until after the baby arrives. I’ve been traveling throughout this pregnancy, and thankfully it has gone extremely well. Each trimester has its own considerations, but the third trimester definitely brought the most challenges. Here are a couple of tricks and tips that I learned along the way.
Spring is a great time to visit Provence, particularly as the summers can be hot and busy. The area of Provence is essentially rural, but it does have cities such as Avignon, Nimes, Orange, Aix en Provence and Marseille. Some of the most attractive architectural features of Provence are the perched villages, situated on craggy hilltops where they were sited to resist the marauding tribes in the Middle Ages. The villages were built around castle keeps and wrapped in thick ramparts, from where they could keep vigil over the hinterland and even the coast to spot early invasions from the sea. Since the 19th century, many of these villages have lost their peasant communities, but more recently many have been restored by a new generation of artists, craftsmen and the influx of holiday makers.
Though I believe that this city has much more to offer than a weekend visit can expound, most travelers seem to allot 48 hours to this Udaipur. Only 5 hours from Jaipur, and less than that from Jodhpur or Ajmer, and an even shorter jaunt from the dessert oasis that is Pushkar, many backpackers pass through here, and for good reason – Udaipur, on the shores of Lake Pichola, is gorgeous.
Don’t miss out on Udaipur – check out my tripwolf guide to 48 Hours in Udaipur. Find where to stay, eat, shop and what to do in this simple guide. It’s available in the tripwolf app for iPhone or Android, or even as a print and go PDF.
After all the food posts I’ve done and the walking tours that I do when I travel, this seems like a slightly ridiculous post to write. Aren’t I getting enough of a workout by seeing cities on foot (often with a small child strapped to me)? Have I not earned a Liege waffle at the end of a multi-mile day of exploration? Probably, and definitely. But we could all probably be more fit than we are, and I definitely don’t exercise as much when I’m at home. I know that with a little extra effort, I could see and do more with greater energy when I travel. And with minimal prep, it will be easy to take the show on the road.
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It’s safe to say most travel lovers have ‘Africa’ on or near the top of their list. Fifty-three nations make up this continent, reaching from Algeria to South Africa. Africa may be unparalleled in diversity and vibrancy, and the continent’s cultural richness is rivalled only by its natural wonders. The continent is huge, the cultures expansive, and the experiences abound, so making this dream a reality can easily overwhelm. If you’ve always wanted to go to Africa, let this list of the top ten places to visit in Africa guide your planning process.
Three days in Amsterdam isn’t a lot of time, but it’s certainly enough to stuff oneself with the local delicacies. (Insert obvious joke about managing the munchies here.) There are lots of really good, simple foods to try that are filling, easy to find, and generally pretty easy on the budget. And since you’re probably going to be riding a bike around the city, why not make sure to up your daily calorie intake? We’re full of good ideas on this blog.
Bridges and Balloons follows the personal journey of Victoria and Steve, a writer/yoga teacher and filmmaker from London, who took their careers on the road. This inspiring blog is an exploration of living the life you want to, not the life you think you should – and the ups and downs involved in the attempt.
“We started the blog when we left London and set off for Rio in March 2012…We want to share inspiring stories and beautiful photography, which will encourage other people to live their dreams too. It’s taken a while to find our feet, but we try to publish posts we’d like to read – photo stories and personal tales of the ups and downs of trying to stay true to one’s dreams.”
Sometimes a stunning backdrop is as affecting as excellent actors in making films memorable. Mood and theme can often only be conveyed in an authentic milieu. We’ve chosen to feature our most loved and memorable movies, filmed in gorgeous locations around the world. A few of these cities are regular filming locations, where you might be lucky enough to see some action at any time. Others are not usual or popular locations for filming, but those films could never have been shot any where else – and their images are now inseparable from the narrative. Most of them are just darn good films, and some of our travel favorites – did we list yours?
Tokyo – Lost in Translation
A subtle travelers love affair between Bill Murray and Scarlett Johansson. The neighborhood where we see much of the bond forming between the two characters is the bustling Shibuya: The karaoke scene is filmed here, and the luxurious Park Hyatt hotel is where we see Bill Murray quite often, contemplative over whiskey, and solo.