When will Americans be allowed to travel to Italy again?


Tourists take photos at the Portico d’Ottavia ruins in Rome’s Jewish Quarter on September 15th. Photo: AFPSome travel from the US to Italy is allowed, but only in certain circumstances. Here’s what you need to know. With many people in the US still anxious to get back to Italy as soon as they can, here’sContinue reading “When will Americans be allowed to travel to Italy again?”

Tourist: Hey Uber, Take me to the most Dangerous place in town


Australian Tourist asked Uber driver to take him to the most dangerous place in Rio de Janiero Brazil  By: Vanessa Brown/news.com au When it comes to making stupid decisions after a few beers while on holidays, this Australian tourist may well take the cake. After travelling around Central and South America as part of aContinue reading “Tourist: Hey Uber, Take me to the most Dangerous place in town”

Seven surprisingly strange traditions celebrated at Easter in Spain


Spanish actor Antonio Banderas takes part in the “Lagrimas y Favores” (Tears and Favours) brotherhood Palm Sunday procession in Malaga. Photo: Jorge Guerrero / AFP Pardoning prisoners, dressing up as skeletons, “killing Jews” and just what are those white pointy hats about? We reveal all…   Easter week is celebrated in Spain like nowhere elseContinue reading “Seven surprisingly strange traditions celebrated at Easter in Spain”

Is this the world’s most underrated train journey?


Washington DC’s palatial Union Station CREDIT: AP By: Anthony Horowitz/UK Telegraph A book tour of America is a true rite of passage.Everything is arranged – hotels, flights, limos – and you travel huge distances but see almost nothing; mainly bookstores and schools. If what follows feels confused and a little brusque, I’ve captured something of the experience.Continue reading “Is this the world’s most underrated train journey?”

The dos and don’ts of taking your clothes off on French beaches


France is world famous for its nudist beaches and its topless sunbathers but there are some rules or customs you need to abide by when it comes to taking your clothes off this summer. Here’s what you need to know about dropping your top (or bottoms) on French beaches.   Like all things French, gettingContinue reading “The dos and don’ts of taking your clothes off on French beaches”

Tourism is killing Venice, but it’s also the only key to survival for the Italian City


Throngs of tourists flood the streets of Venice. Photo: Venezia Autentica By Catherine Edwards/The Local Venice has topped travellers’ bucket lists for centuries, but in recent years the city has struggled to cope with mass tourism, while tension has grown between visitors and locals.   By the 17th century, a trip to Venice had becomeContinue reading “Tourism is killing Venice, but it’s also the only key to survival for the Italian City”

The quirky Spanish habits you can’t help picking up if you live in Spain


If you’ve moved to Spain, chances are you have picked up some Spanish habits. How many of these do you do?   Kissing people – even strangers Photo: Simon Blackley/Flickr  Kissing as a form of greeting is an alien and often horrific concept for Anglos, who would much prefer a firm handshake or, even better,Continue reading “The quirky Spanish habits you can’t help picking up if you live in Spain”

Hotel Confidential: The six week Ghost


A robbery, then a murder suicide in the first two months after the  hotel opens .   Every fall a ghost visits the hotel.  Locked electric doors open at night,   Many of the hotel housekeepers say they have seen him on the first floor.   Some of the employees are amused others are frightened.Continue reading “Hotel Confidential: The six week Ghost”

Many Swiss would consider having sex to get an flat


  A survey has shown that finding a place to live in Switzerland can cause so much desperation that one third of men say they would consider offering sex in order to secure somewhere. Online news site 20 Minuten has carried out a survey on just over 2,300 people into the difficulties faced by thoseContinue reading “Many Swiss would consider having sex to get an flat”

Hotel Confidential: The Electronic Divide (Boomers Confused)


Once upon a time in hotel-motel land.  A good hotel had a color TV, air conditioning  and a pool.  The remotes had eight buttons, the air conditioner had controls right on the unit  or if it where an upscale hotel it had a thermostat on the wall.  A thermostat much like one would have atContinue reading “Hotel Confidential: The Electronic Divide (Boomers Confused)”