Archive for August, 2018


Transylvania: The good, bad and ugly sides of Dracula’s Romanian haunt

August 15th, 2018 by

A favourite haunt of Britain’s Prince Charles, the region is a myth-filled medieval marvel, but Dracula-based tourism trade can be a far-fetched pain in the neck, writes Tim Pile of the South China Morning Post The good When…

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Earthly delights: Prague’s Kafkaesque Toilet Museum

August 15th, 2018 by

Graham Reid gets to the bottom of things in Prague. The pleasant middle-aged woman at the private museum in central Prague looks baffled by my simple question. I don’t need one, but I ask again: “Do you have a toilet here?”I haven’t…

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Happy AirbnBirthday: Airbnb reveals the holiday lets of the decade as the website turns ten

August 15th, 2018 by

The upstart holiday-lettings website Aibnb turns ten this month. The scourge of hoteliers and the champion of travellers in search of a bargain, the website has been shaking things up for a decade.Since the company’s foundation…

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Mother jailed in Dubai with daughter, four, for drinking one glass of wine on Emirates flight speaks out, will never go to UAE again

August 15th, 2018 by

A mother who claims she was jailed in Dubai for drinking a glass of wine on a flight from London has told for the first time the full story of her harrowing ordeal.Dr Ellie Holman revealed how she was spat at, had her hair pulled…

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Chef Che Barrington’s favourite spots for food around the world

August 14th, 2018 by

Ponsonby chef Che Barrington shares his favourite spots for food around the world. I’m all about flavours, tastes, herbs, broths, and bases.No matter where you travel in the world we are becoming a melting pot of flavours and…

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Philadelphia: Philly’s winning streak

August 14th, 2018 by

Greg Fleming visits the City of Brotherly Love You know Philadelphia even if you’ve never been — that’s the steps of Philadelphia Museum Rocky jogs up; it inspired the best song Elton ever wrote (Philadelphia Freedom is a tribute,…

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Flying from Amsterdam to Toulouse on KLM Cityhopper

August 14th, 2018 by

Grant Bradley flies on KLM Cityhopper flight KL1301 from Amsterdam to Toulouse. My seat: 16A, a window Economy seat in a 92-seat plane. Pitch at 29 inches and width at 17 inches a bit tight, but fine for the 1hr 25m flight. There’s…

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Illegal holiday lets told to ‘throw in the towel’, by vigilante hoteliers

August 14th, 2018 by

Homeowners who are illegally renting out flats to holidaymakers in Spain are being caught by police because of the large number of towels hanging over balconies.Tourist hot spots across the country are cracking down on “black market”…

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Hawke’s Bay: Whet the arts apetite

August 13th, 2018 by

Hawke’s Bay’s table of plenty is about to be extended, writes Alexia Santamaria. Not sure if it’s just me, but when I think of arts festivals, Wellington and Auckland are the first New Zealand locations that come to mind. I was…

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Travellers’ fury sparked by fake power outlet stickers left around airports

August 13th, 2018 by

A seat next to a power socket is a prized object at an airport.And pranksters in the US have been using this fact to their advantage – by placing, of all things, fake power outlet stickers next to them, MailOnline Travel reports…

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