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Welcome once again to Pride month, celebrated in increasing numbers of destinations around the world - although also under pressure in some of them, sadly even including part of the United States. Of course, depending on where you go, travelling while LGBT+ can be a challenge, particularly if you're with a same-sex partner and/or if you are visibly queer. Sadly, there are still many countries where being gay is still considered a crime, and even in some areas where it's legal there is

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If someone asks you- What would be the one thing you should do more often? Without any doubt, you would say traveling. Yes, as an avid traveller, you must have yearned to explore some of the unique sights and sounds of the UK. Traveling to new destinations help you get acquainted more with the culture and heritage of the nation.  

If you are wondering about where to go for your next holiday, you should think about Grasmere Lake District, as it is a popular holiday destination for all travel buff

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It’s baaaack! The 67th edition of the world’s largest, longest, and perhaps most anticipated/beloved music competition, pulling in a worldwide television audience of some 160 million and inspiring tens of thousands of fans to travel

On a personal note, although I haven't yet attended the Eurovision song contest in person, ever since I started traveling more extensively to Europe in 1977 – well before American Idol, The Voice, or The X Factor – it's always been a big deal for mor

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A SIM card (which stands for "Subscriber Identification Module") is a small circuit board inserted into a mobile phone which allows it to communicate with the cell towers of local carriers, and getting a locally based SIM card allows travelers to use their phones without outragenous roaming charges. Of course, when it comes to Europe, the world's most popular destination, the "roam-like at home" rule of the European Union became operational in June of 2017, according to which service pr

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The Allures of Marmaris, Turkey in 2023


Marmaris is a tourist town at the end of a bay, surrounded on all sides by forested mountains.

In the 1960s, there were only 3,000 regular residents, but during the warmest months of the year, that number has grown to over 250,000. Here, it's easy to see how much has changed over the past 50 years.

Why? Because Marmaris excursions have almost everything a Mediterranean tourist would want in a place to stay.

In town, you can visit museums and archaeological sites, and from the resort's stylish h

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Marmaris is on the "Turquoise Coast," which is where the blue waves of the Aegean Sea meet the sandy shores of the town. There's a lot to do in this area, but in the summer, when it's hot, you'll probably just want to rest by the water.

That's great, but if you want to get the most out of your time in this beautiful part of Turkey, you should know about the best places to visit and things to do in Marmaris.

When is the Best Time to go to Marmaris?

Let's kick off this party. Let's talk about the

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is known for its breathtakingly beautiful natural wonders, including cascading waterfalls and majestic glaciers. But there's so much more to discover. On an unforgettable journey across the real Iceland, you'll get to explore some of the country's hidden gems, from and rugged landscapes and beautiful beaches (yes!) to fascinating cultural attractions. Along the way you'll learn more about the fascinating history and culture of this captivating country. So come join us and experience t

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Nikolaev, Ukraine, is an enchanting city that is gaining popularity among travelers. This city is located on the southern coast of Ukraine and is a perfect blend of rich history, culture, and natural beauty. Nikolaev is a city located in southern Ukraine, surrounded by beautiful natural landscapes. The city's location on the banks of the Southern Bug River provides breath-taking views of the waterway and its lush banks. The region surrounding Nikolaev is known for its fertile soil, which support

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At just 206 metres (680 feet) above sea level, the Great Orme (below) might be thought of as rather a slight hill. But it looks as imposing as a far greater eminence, as it overlooks the seaside resort of Llandudno, on the north Welsh coast about a 4½-hour drive or train ride from London and just over an hour's drive and two hours by rail from Liverpool. It’s a limestone headland about two miles long and a mile wide where, back in the Bronze Age, copper was mined (but they only discovered the

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Spain's 21 Niftiest Nude Beaches



Thinking of coming to the playa in Spain this coming summer? Well, if you're also a fan of all-over tans, nude beaches mark nearly a half century in this country, which has sprouted a whopping 400 where you can swim starkers and sun your bum to your heart's content. Here are nearly two dozen of the top choices!


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Bolonia (Tarifa, Cádiz)  One of Cádiz province's loveliest and most popular strands, with turquoise waters and natural pools create

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Annually since 1985, the cultural poobahs of the European Union have designated one or more of the continent's cities (and as of last year it's been three), as Capitals of Culture, focusing on their own cultural offerings and allowing them to organize a series of wider cultural events (many with a strong pan-European dimension) - which bring in considerable additional revenue; foster urban renewal; and raise their international profiles and image

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The place that is known as the playground for famous and rich The up-market resort of Marbella has a lively vibe and is well-restored Andalusian tradition.

The city is situated in the Costa del Sol, this stylish destination is popular by the wealthy, who frequent the top restaurants, luxurious hotels as well as championship golf course.

Marbella is also known for its trendy boutiques, the luxurious Puerto Banus Marina and it's many lively nightclubs.

Make sure you dress to impress during your tr

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 9553051694?profile=RESIZE_930xAll photos by Victor Block unless otherwise noted


It happens all the time with the tour operator Overseas Adventure Travel. I start out expecting to write about the trip itself – in this case, Sicily's Ancient Landscapes & Timeless Traditions"-- and I end up writing about all the things that aren't on the itinerary – what OAT refers to as "learning and discovery." Sure, I wanted to focus on the extensive ruins of the Greeks and Romans from the 8th century BCE; the city market initiated by th

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Europe’s towns and cities famously light up and don holiday finery for Yuletide, but during the Christmas season in Colmar, in northeast France’s Alsace region – already famous for its charming historic quarter, with its cobblestone streets, canals, and half-timbered houses – the displays reach another level entirely, going far beyond lightbulbs adorning the main streets to the façades of the small houses in its old town illuminated in all the colours of the rainbow. The results, as any perus

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photos: Victor Block

Some places are more than a destination, and topping that list is Provence. This Maryland-size region, nestled in France's southeastern corner, immediately immerses visitors in a setting and lifestyle that cajole and captivate. And while the glitzy French Riviera has many advocates, my wife Fyllis and I limited our recent stay to what we what we call the “real” Provence. 

It’s an area of tiny towns and even smaller villages.  Mountain chains overlook valleys blanketed by a c

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5 of Oslo's Top Attractions



Norway's beautiful capital is a major global hub, yet only around 20 percent of its extension is truly urbanized, so in addition to city streets it's possible to spend time in parks, woodlands, hills, and lakes. Oslo's major avenue, Karl Johans gate, is lined with pedestrian-friendly areas. Oslo's main pedestrian boulevard begins at Oslo Central Station on the waterfront and winds its way past several prominent tourist attractions, including the Royal Palace and National Theatre, as well as a

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