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Travel tips: the Chilean and Argentinian Lake Districts

This is the first of several long-delayed posts of tips from our trip to South America in 2009. Here I cover our visit to the Chilean and Argentinian Lake Districts. We flew into Bariloche from Patagonia, rented a car, and … Continue reading

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Rome in 2 days with as many hills and as few tourists as possible

Rome in 2 days? Sounds like a rush … however, the news is it can be done. And you needn’t spend all day “gladiating” tourist hordes in the Colliseum. Neighbourhoods with fewer tourists: Trastavere “west of the river” (Google Maps) … Continue reading

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Mount Sutro saunter

I’d often wondered about the accessibility of Mount Sutro (207m), one of the 7 hills of San Francisco. Seen from afar, it looked enticing – thickly wooded slopes rising up in the middle of the city. However, on maps it … Continue reading

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Kanji on the hills above Kyoto

If you find yourself in Kyoto and want to escape the hubbub, I recommend a climb up Mount Daimon-ji, famous because of the large kanji symbol (literally meaning “big”) carved on the hillside. You can see it huge from the … Continue reading

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The Utah Subway

Just back from Zion NP in Utah, a truly amazing place. Thanks Mor and Tonya for inviting me along, and to Mor for taking the pics. We did 3 fantastic hikes – all of which I think would make my … Continue reading

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Historic London on Google Earth

The British Library is offering some fabulous historical map data which you can layer over modern day London in Google Earth. It includes maps of my old stomping grounds of South Kensington and Paddington in the days back when Imperial … Continue reading

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24 hours in Reykjavik

If you find yourself here: Its reykjavik not rekjavik or rekyavik. Hooray for the Google spellchecker Its one hour behind the UK in Summer (don’t let the timezone maps mislead your jetlag-fuddled brain) Get your bearings up the Hallgr√≠mskirkja Food … Continue reading

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Tokyo wifi cafes

Surprisingly, it can be quite hard to find good cafes with wifi in Tokyo, at least ones that you'd want to spend time in. As I find places during my stay I'll note them here: Ben's Cafe – great coffee, … Continue reading

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Lost in Los Angeles

I just spent a wonderful weekend in LA with Jon and Rashmi. Unlike my previous 3 visits, this time I really felt like I found "the city in the suburb". Whats the secret to enjoying LA? Buy a decent street … Continue reading

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