France’s Top Cycling Climbs

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Let’s face it. Even if you are not a fan of the sport, you’ve probably heard of France’s biggest annual sporting event: Le Tour de France. Organized for the first time in 1903, Le Tour of France has gained global popularity and attracted millions of people to competitive cycling. The greatest of athletes described this event as being torture and a highly difficult tour to finish, let alone win.

Fortunately, you do not have to face such struggles. While in France explore the epic climbs without the pressure or the commitment. It is a great opportunity to get some exercise and explore the vast landscapes.

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How to Cycle Like the Dutch

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If you ever been to the Netherlands, you probably know there is a lot to talk about. Certain buildings, plants and traits define what the Netherlands is all about for a passing visitor or even a local.

There are the lilies, the windmills and the stunning buildings that fill the country with color. There is the freedom of expression and the everlasting traditions of the nation.  All this being said, there is one particular aspect of their culture that cannot be stressed enough and it is a must for every traveler that chooses Netherlands as their next vacation destination: bicycling.

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What’s a Surfari?

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“Let’s go surfing now, everybody surfing now, come on a safari with me.”

In 1962, the surf was definitely up in California and surf rock bands were gaining popularity. The Beach Boys released their ‘Surfing Safari’ and in the same year the band Surfari was formed. Whether or not they coined this term, the surfari has come a long way since adolescents were waxing lyrical about ‘Wipe Outs’ and ‘Surfer Joe’.

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Feeling Bullish For Spain?

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Spain has always been known for their passionate language, their passionate men and their beautiful landscapes. Fortunately for thrill seekers, those are not the only things Spain is known for. One great piece of history lies in their less conventional sport of bull fighting.

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Source: Reuters

The bullfighting season starts in April and goes until September, with the biggest cities holding events on a weekly basis for tourist entertainment. But the greatest of the most bullfighting events in Spain come only a couple of times in a season. If you want your adrenaline flowing and your heart pounding, here are the two best times to book a vacation to Spain

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Macedonia: The Food Wonderland You Need to Discover

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Snuggly tucked in the heart of the Balkan Peninsula, Macedonia hides some of the healthiest, divinely tasty dishes you should add to your “must try” list. Besides their rich history, breathtaking nature, friendly people and befuddling atmosphere, Macedonians are proud of their original cuisine. Positive waiters, loud vendors and smiling ladies in aprons will surround you with tempting offers that cannot be refused. Get ready to put on few pounds on the way!

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German Beer Purity Law

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Ever wonder what makes German beer so good? Or maybe you’re still stumped as to why your hangover was mild or non-existent? A lot has to do with Germany’s Beer Purity Law, dating back to 1434 or 1516 (depends on who you ask). This law, which is still in force, states that beer can only contain hops, malt, yeast and water – nothing else!

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Sushi Delivery In Mykonos Greece?

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Greece is known for its great seafood cuisine, and experiencing in Mykonos is no exception.  But I couldn’t help but wonder, what would sushi delivery compare to back home?  So I set out to find out!  Surprisingly, it didn’t take me long to find a highly recommended sushi delivery service right in the heart of Mykonos.

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Ios Greece

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This past July, I had the privilege of joining dozens of travel insiders at Travel Massive’s Unconference event in Ios, Greece.

The conference was generously hosted by the Luxurious brand of hotels and restaurants. As we went through the week’s events, it became clear that Luxurious and its founders are trying to keep Ios Greece from going the way of the other islands in the region in becoming a party haven, but to position it as a sustainable, luxury island.

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SeaJets Greece Seat Classes and the Differences.

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For those of you looking to jet set to the Greek Islands, you will likely be taking a SeaJets high-speed ferry to one of the many Greek islands, including Ios, Mykonos, Santorini and Paros.

One thing that is difficult to find online is the difference between the classes of seats on the ferries.  Below is a breakdown of the three available classes.

 

Looking to book a ferry?  See the latest ferry deals here or scroll down to the booking tool below.

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