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A Trabi Tour of Berlin

The Trabant (known affectionately by Eastern Europeans as the Trabi) is the perfect mode of transport to take in the sights and overpowering fumes of life in Cold War Era Berlin. It was Hitler who first came up with the idea of an affordable car for all people – the Volkswagen (People’s Car). For post-war Germans, stuck behind the iron curtain, the Wolfsburg...

In the off season, Fenway Park still delivers the chills

If you want a taste of what going to a baseball game was like one hundred years ago, step up to the plate and step back in time at Fenway Park. Old bars ooze the stench of stale beer but at America’s oldest stadium, it’s the freshly popped kernels of corn that permeate the air. As you enter the stadium below its ancient brick and timber stands, you can feel the...

Raise a glass at Cheers, Boston

Grab a beer and raise a glass at the original Cheers, the bar where everybody knows your name. It’s testament to its writers, actors and uncanny ability to capture a moment in time so perfectly that has made Cheers such an iconic series ( and budget conscious networks who have rehashed annually since the mid-80s). And while you won’t find Ted Danson behind the bar, a...

Exploring Fisherman’s Wharf and meeting the Pier 39 seals

San Francisco’s iconic Fisherman’s Wharf is a colorful marketplace where the real fish catching is done by its famous sea-lion community. Catch the trolley down to the waterfront and you’ll experience an area devoid of the expect industrial wastelands normally found by a city’s docks. Any warehouses are now occupied by prime real estate and showrooms for brands like...

Racing history is made at the 150th Belmont stakes

The races – where the beautiful people go to get ugly. It’s never been truer than at the Annual Belmont Stakes and in its 150th iteration, the crowd is better looking and the worst behaved the track has probably ever seen. And by track we mean the train there. This section is a cautionary tale, so feel free to skip ahead The main access to Belmont Park is via...

From where you’d rather be – Worthing Beach

You know those ads for Corona where there’s an amazing beach with perfectly bowed palms, white sands and glowing blue waters? Well Worthing Beach isn’t quite like that. It’s actually better. Beach houses are built almost up to the beach and yellowing fiberglass leaking surfboards lean up against garden sheds. A whitewashed beach bar and café, the Crystal Waters Beach...

The Ultimate Local’s Guide to Summer in NYC

Summer in NYC is like no other With the city in winter mode for five months a year, it comes alive in summer. Get out and explore beyond the obvious attractions and add some of these to your to-do list. PARKS AND STREETS Free HBO presents movies in Bryant Park With the HBO head office across the road on Sixth Avenue, the cable channel is a major player on the free...

The United Colors of Bridgetown, Barbados

Barbados’ capital is full of color – colorful personalities, colorful buildings and open markets of fresh, colorful ingredients. Like most of the island, the housing is balanced between older bungalows, classic colonial homes and rustic shacks. Established in 1628, there’s none of the Spanish pirate forts but more than a few symbols of its British past. A...

72 hours in paradise – Barbados style

“In the sun I will come to see Barbados”  sung early eighties Australian band, The Models and thirty years on, it attracts Aussies and other Commonwealth expats like never before. This southern Caribbean paradise of Barbados is part of a chain of islands known in the cricketing world as the West Indies, with Jamaica just to its east. And it’s a...

Barcelona’s best tapas at Quimet y Quimet

Quimet? What is it about a hole in the wall outlet in a nondescript El Poble Sec side street that brings celebrity chefs and foodies from all over the world? Why Conde Naste? Why Anthony Bourdain? Why would anyone bring attention to this tiny bottle shop that can’t fit more than 20 people at a time? Why let the secret out? Quimet y Quimet (pronounced Kimmet and...