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Namibia - 7 Spectacular Lesser Known Attractions

namibia transportationNamibia is not a destination that first comes to mind for most people when considering a trip to Africa. I was first drawn to the country when researching unique photography landscape locations in Africa. I quickly discovered that the country has so much to offer. Not many countries in the region can offer a combination of breathtaking and dramatic landscapes, an abundance of wildlife, a unique climate, friendly people, and political/social/economic stability. Whether you're a nature lover, a photographer or someone that likes to travel off the beaten path, Namibia has plenty to offer. Here are 7 great places to visit and some interesting facts about the country.

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10 Picturesque Destinations on the Eastern Adriatic

Perast, MontenegroThough not as popular or well known as Western Europe, the Eastern Adriatic boasts some of the most picturesque places in the world. Dubrovnik is by far the most well known city along the coast, but there are plenty of other gems that are less touristy and well worth a trip. I first visited the region in 2000 and will be returning this summer. What an amazing road trip it would be, traveling along the coast through Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Montenegro! Here are 10 stops I would definitely make on my trip.

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Tasty Local & International Treats - Toronto's St. Lawrence Market

St. Lawrence MarketI love discovering new foods when I travel. When I get home after a trip, I often find myself craving something new that I discovered abroad. The St. Lawrence Market, which has been around since 1803 and has over 120 vendors, merchants and artisans, is an amazing place to locate some of these hard to find international items and also to discover delicious local foods. Popular with locals and tourists alike, it was named the world's best food market by National Geographic in 2012. Here are some of my favorite stops when I visit the market, and some tips on how to make the most of your visit.

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5 Reasons Why I Love Sarlat-la-Canéda & the Dordogne

sarlat la canedaSarlat, a two hour drive East of Bordeaux, is a popular vacation destination for the French, but it isn't too well known outside of Europe. The town, and the surrounding Dordogne department, offer a wide variety of attractions and activities that appeal to those looking for a relaxing time to those in search of adventure. The region showcases so much of what I love about France. Sarlat has amazing 14th Century architecture and world class food. Not far from town, throughout the Dordogne, you'll discover stunning castles against picturesque backdrops, plenty of unique outdoor activities and a number of world-famous historic sites.

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Walkabout Florence - Best of Tuscany Tour Review

san gimignanoTuscany's rich history, beautiful landscapes, classical architecture and delicious food and drink make it a top destination for tourists looking for an unforgetable Italian experience. Unfortunately, if you're on a budget or if you have limited time, it's not the easiest region to explore on your own. Walkabout Florence's Best of Tuscany guided coach tour is a great option if you're on a tight budget but still want a great introduction to the region in a short amount.

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Yogyakarta - Java Indonesia's Cultural Capital

yogyakartaThough Java isn't as popular for most tourists as Bali, the Indonesian island has some of the best sites in all of South East Asia. Yogyakarta, not to be confused with the capital Jakarta, was the first stop on my first visit to South East Asia many years ago. Known as Java's cultural capital, Yogyakarta is home to many forms of art and is a great base for visiting important historical ruins. I found the city quite intimidating at first, but as I started to get more adventurous and stray from Jalan Malioboro, the main street, I quickly discovered the city's heart and soul. Combine the region's history, art, delectable street food and friendly locals and you get all the ingredients for an unforgettable experience. Here are a few reasons why I love this city and think you shouldn't miss it if you visit Indonesia and want more than just a relaxing time by the sea in Bali.

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Discovering Lakes to Locks Passage - Part 3: Outdoor Activities

ausable chasmDuring our recent trip to the Lakes to Locks Passage, our itinerary had a variety of activities centered on food, historical sites and outdoor activities. As we made our way to the first stop, the Crown Point State Historic Site, we were able to catch a glimpse of what the area has to offer those who love outdoor activities. We could see people climbing the large cliff that sat right on the side of the highway and we saw several people on bikes. What we soon discovered was that the region has some amazing natural sites, such as the Ausable Chasm, and that it caters to a wide variety of tourists that love outdoor-related activities.

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Tips & Insights - Victoria Falls Helicopter Ride

Victoria FallsVictoria Falls is one of the most amazing sites on this planet. Though not the tallest, nor the widest, it is considered the largest waterfall in the world at 5,604 feet (1,708 m) wide by 354 feet (108 m) high. Given its massive footprint, there's really only one way to get a complete view of the falls - from above. Though the entire flying experience will likely only take 10 to 15 minutes, it's definitely something you'll never forget.

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A Treat for Foodies - London's Borough Market

Borough MarketFor the past few years I've lived within walking distance of Toronto's St. Lawrence Market, which was recently named the top food market by National Geographic.  I love food and find that markets are the best place to meet locals and learn about their culture by tasting local treats.  Borough Market, in my opinion, tops the St. Lawrence Market in its selection of local and international ready-to-eat food.  With the help of my wife and our family, we conquered much of the market and left extremely satisfied and a wee bit heavier.  The trip to London was worth it just for this day!

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Rwanda - Much More Than a Mountain Gorilla Viewing Destination

Rwanda Street FoodOne of the most anticipated experiences on my recent trip to Africa was seeing the mountain gorillas in Rwanda. Though it was an extremely expensive one, it was well worth it for the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see one of the world’s most fascinating animals in their natural habitat. What I quickly discovered, from the first hour after we arrived in Kigali, was that Rwanda has so much more to offer. Unfortunately, because of the country’s dark past it is perceived unfavorably by many, but I soon found out that this is a wonderful country with beautiful scenery and amazing people, and I hope to convince you that it’s definitely worth a visit.

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Discovering Lakes to Locks Passage - Part 2: Food & Drink

dacy meadow farm quicheCuisine is such a huge part of travel for Thomas and I, so it should be no surprise that we based our decision of when to visit the Adirondacks on when the Taste of Local Food Festival was taking place.  That said, what we quickly discovered was that the region had so much more to offer. From delicious apple treats at Gunnison Lakeshore Orchards, to world-class farm-to-table dining at DaCy Meadow Farm, our palates were pleasantly surprised with the gastronmic experience!

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Win a Copy of Bruce Poon Tip's New Book Looptail

looptailBruce Poon Tip, founder of G Adventures, recently published his first for book called Looptail combines both Bruce Poon Tip's extraordinary first-person account of his entrepreneurial instincts to start and develop G Adventures, a highly-successful international travel adventure company, and along the way, he reveals his unusual management secrets that not only keep his employees fully engaged but also keep his customers extremely happy.

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Discovering Lakes to Locks Passage - Part 1: History

crown point historical siteHidden gems around the world are always of particular interest to Thomas and I, so when we heard of the Lakes to Locks Passage in the Adirondacks we had to go and experience this area for ourselves.  Not knowing what to expect, we went on this weekend trip with no expectations and an open mind.  What we got was a remarkable experience that taught us that this breathtaking area truly offers something for everyone. In this first part I'll go over some of the amazing historical sites we visited, while parts 2 and 3 will be centered on local food and outdoor activities.

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Tuscan Wine Tours Review

Greve, ChiantiA trip to Tuscany would not be complete without a wine tour to the Chianti region, undoubtedly one of the most famous wine regions in the world. Excited at the prospect of visiting some world class wineries, we spent a good amount of time tasting as many wines from as many different regions as we could!  Prior to leaving for Italy we booked our tour through Tuscan Wine Tours and after getting to know our fantastically French guide Pierre, we knew we were in for a treat.

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Italian Days Food Experiences Tour

italian days feastItalians are known for their passion for fresh quality food and have every right to be proud of what they produce. In the Emilia-Romagna region of Italy the seriousness of food is taken to a whole new level. The quality of the specialties is held in such high regard that the government has given a designation for products that have been deemed to be of the utmost quality. The acronym D.O.P. stands for Denominazione di Origine Protetta, which translates to Protected Designation of Origin. This means that any product marked with a D.O.P. stamp has been processed and produced in this specific region with its quality tested and critiqued by the very strict consortium to be deemed worthy of the label. We tasted many D.O.P. products and we like!

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Avondrood Guesthouse & Franschhoek - A Perfect Pairing

avondrood guesthouseOne of the things I love most when I travel is getting to know locals who give wonderful insight into their country and culture. They tell stories and give advice that you wouldn't find in travel guides. During our recent trip to Africa, my wife and I stayed at some truly wondrful hotels, many of which had amazing facilities and world class food. Something was missing though, and it wasn't until our stay at the Avondrood Guesthouse that we figured out what it was.

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