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2012 Travel Gift Guide |

2012 Travel Gift Guide

Less than a month from Christmas and you have no idea what to buy the traveller in your life? Fret no more – I’ve researched it for you and cherry picked the products that I think would make the best gifts for those afflicted with wanderlust. Friends and family… you listening? It covers everything from luggage and packing, dealing with your electronics and a few fun things thrown in.


Seonim Bridge | Suitcase and Heels

Photo of the Week: Seonim Bridge

Seonim Bridge is an arch bridge over the Cheonjeyeon Waterfall on Jeju Island, South Korea. This was our third and final waterfall of the day and what a way to end it, standing 250 feet over the river on this gorgeous bridge, looking out at the ocean in the distance. What made this bridge really stand out, other than the height were the 14 nymphs (7 each side), each playing a musical instrument. The nymphs symbolize the Korean legend of the descent of seven beautiful nymphs from heaven at night.


My Love/Hate Relationship with Group Tours

I have a love/hate relationship with group tours when I travel. If we were in a relationship on Facebook, it could only be labelled as “it’s complicated”. When they’re good, they’re very, very good but when they’re bad they’re horrid. I tend to stick to day trips rather than multi-day tours. What’s your opinion on group tours?


Folklor Lindo |

Photo of the Week: Lindo, the Dubrovnik Folklore Ensemble

Over the last 40 years, more than 3000 people have taken part in Linđo, the folklore ensemble based in Dubrovnik, Croatia. On my last night in town I attended a show at an outdoor theatre, where I got to see traditional dances and hear folk songs from various parts of the country. It was a real treat. The singers were a delight to the ear and the costumes were gorgeous to look at.


Ston |

Ston, Croatia: Salt & Walls

Ston, Croatia is a small Medieval town who’s history goes back to the 14th century. Today it is know for its walls, salt pans and oysters. I was unable to really experience any of these and what I did see of the town left me feeling a bit down. Have you been to Ston? Am I being too hard on it?


Dubrovnik Parrot |

Photo of the Week: Dubrovnik Parrot

I heard these birds before I ever saw them. Sounds echos in a city of stone. I came across this scene while walking down the Stradun one day. You could pay some money and have your picture taken holding a brightly coloured bird – a busking scheme I’d seen before in a few places. I love how one of the parrots is stealing a treat while the man is distracted.


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