Don’t fidget. Don’t even think about standing up. Keep your hands out of the water.” So warned, I clutch the edges of a tippy-prone canoe known as a mokoro in this part of the world as we push off into a carpet of lily pads. It seems to me, given that crocodiles abound in Botswana’s
Our Newest Bucket Trips
Greenwich was busier than usual. The river was full of sailing ships, here for the Tall Ships Festival, and it seemed as if all London had turned out for the event. So I wasn’t sure about visiting the Cutty Sark, a popular visitor attraction at the best of times. But I needn’t have worried: the
If there is a perfect example of Bavarian rococo architecture, the Wieskirche Church is probably it. Set among verdant, rolling Alpine foothills, surrounded by Bavarian farms and accessible by narrow country roads, the Wieskirche also comes pretty close to being the perfect example of a true hidden gem. The tiny town of Wies would be
I perched in the front of the bouncing rubber raft like a figurehead, clinging to the side straps for dear life, forgetting not to scream as wave after wave slapped my face and filled my mouth. Peals of pure laughter followed my shrieks of joy while my raft mates paddled furiously. Then all was calm.
The hulking, witchy-armed mangroves engulfed me in such solitude and deep darkness that I had the fleeting thought I should be apprehensive — out there in a solo kayak in the middle of the night with no one else in sight. But the magical liquid light show around me immersed me in such a profound
It is difficult to imagine a defensive structure more strategically situated. Guarded by steep slopes descending to an almost complete loop of the River Wear, Durham Castle remained impregnable for eight centuries. Yet even this fortress is dwarfed by the huge cathedral that shares its peninsula. Having grown organically through centuries, Durham city is not
There is something so striking about an indigenous population sporting a load of British-style bowler hats a la Stanley Kubrick’s Clockwork Orange, but travel for a little while in South America and you are bound to run into it. My first time to see this was even stranger because it was in a tiny mountain
In Prague, Old Town Square and Winceslas Square are the most popular attractions, a ten minute walk apart. In December, they host two of the biggest Christmas Markets in the Czech Republic.
I was the only guest left in the dining room. Two Darwin’s finches hopped on a chair before zeroing in on a bowl with freshly cut papaya, watermelon and pineapple on the breakfast buffet. When Natalia, one of the cooks, spotted the birds, she shooed them away. I frowned. Why did she do that? She
Sometimes it’s the ritual that matters. Vermont’s Killington Ski Area is one of the East’s iconic ski areas, and it makes a point of having the longest season in the East, as well as being among the first, if not THE first, to open every year. To be honest, that first day of skiing —