5 things to do in cairo that aren’t the pyramids

Cairo is big. The largest city in the middle east. 10 – 20 million people depending on who you ask. Yet most tourists only stay here 2 days. 3 days tops. Huge mistake. Cairo is like an onion. Once you get past the pyramids and the garbage there are layers and layers of places to…

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my favourite things: BEIRUT

Crazy, wild wonderful Beirut. This glamorous city has it all. Dance all night, smoke shisha with someones grandmother; shop in the chic-est of boutiques. Current and ancient history collide on every corner, sculptures of modern poets and politicians vie for your attention with antique ruins.  Insane drivers and fearless pedestrians lay claim to the rule-shy…

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my favourite things: VENICE

Ah VENICE! Beyond crowded in summer, damp and foggy in winter, yet somehow always totally enchanting. A city packed with art, history, culture and the most incredible amount of tourist tat. Truman Capote said “Venice is like eating an entire box of chocolate liqueurs in one go”. Divine, indulgent, decadent; must be done at least…

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snooping or sightseeing?

It’s really a matter of perspective. I was pretty broke when I lived in New York City. By the time I paid rent and bought food there was not a lot left over for entrance fees. Lucky for me, NYC is home to so many great spots that are not officially open to tourists, but…

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splish, splash, its all about the bath

Especially a bath that has nothing to do with getting clean. In Budapest, baths are for healing, playing chess, socializing and relaxing. The city sits over what seems like an infinite number of natural hot springs. For over 1000 years, people, right back to the Celts, have been raving about how wonderful they are. But…

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art knows how to swim

You’ve done the Uffizi, admired the Academia and climbed to the top of the bell tower for the views. All very worthwhile, but maybe, just maybe, not so fun. So, now is the time to indulge in a treasure hunt of sorts! The artist known only as Blub has been putting scuba masks on his/her…

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