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Discover the Birthplace of the Pina Colada in Old San Juan

on 03/13/2016 in San Juan
By Anita Draycott Fancy a Piña Colada? Head to Barrachina where the pineapple/coconut cream/ condensed milk frozen cocktail was first created in 1963 by bartender don Ramon Portas Mingot. Order it with or without alcohol, but the mini parasol, pineapple wedge and maraschino cherry are mandatory.

Visit the Andrew Carnegie Birthplace Museum in Fife

on 03/27/2016 in Dunfermline
By Anita Draycott The museum is the birthplace and memorial to Andrew Carnegie, the weaver's son who made a fortune from the furnaces of the American steel industry and who gave his fortune away to benefit humanity. Visitors can find out what life was like in 19th century Dunfermline and what it was like to emigrate to America with just...

Get on your bike and cycle Scotland!

on 03/27/2016 in Scotland
By Anita Draycott Mountain biking is hugely popular in Scotland and the country is home to some of the best cycling ranges and trails in the UK. 7stanes, Dumfries & Galloway and the Scottish Borders The 7stanes are eight world-class mountain biking centres spanning seven locations in the south of the country from the Scottish Borders to Dumfries & Galloway....

Marrakech: Feast for the senses

on 03/06/2016 in Marrakesh
By Anita Draycott I felt like I had just stepped into a movie. Snake charmers, teeth yankers, fortune tellers, acrobats, water carriers—good guys, bad guys all putting on their nightly performance in Jemaa el Fna square, in the marvelous mayhem that is Marrakech. Each evening as the sun starts to set the cast assembles, setting up stalls of street-food delicacies...

Duart Castle, Argyll: Home of the MacLean Clan

on 03/19/2016 in Duart Castle
By Anita Draycott Spectacularly situated on a clifftop overlooking the Sound of Mull, Loch Linne and the Firth of Lorne, Duart Castle has been the base of Clan MacLean for over 400 years. Dating from the 13th century, Duart was originally a rectangular wall enclosing a courtyard. Later in the mid 17th century the castle was extended with the addition...

Explore Aberdeen City and Shire

on 03/16/2016 in Aberdeen
The Granite City of Aberdeen boasts spectacular architecture and captivating museums, fascinating history, a wealth of art and culture and a lively social scene. Aberdeen's famous 'Granite Mile', Union Street, is the gateway to over 800 shops, restaurants and bars. North of the centre lies attractive Old Aberdeen, a village neighbourhood presided over by King's College and St Machar Cathedral....

Fill your days with visits to numerous churches in Braga, Portugal

on 09/28/2015 in Braga
Often called the “Portuguese Rome”, the city of Braga is the oldest city in Portugal and is known for its ancient culture, history and traditions. It is filled with old narrow streets where you can enjoy getting lost and discovering  its hidden gems including centuries-old buildings, churches and landmarks. Located in Minho Province, Braga was named the European Youth Capital...

Get Thee to a Convent in Old San Juan

on 03/13/2016 in San Juan
El Convento, originally a 17th century Carmelite convent, has been listed as one of the world’s best places to stay by both Condé Nast Traveler and Travel + Leisure magazines. It’s difficult to believe that this Old San Juan landmark, kitty-corner to the town’s Cathedral, served as a dance hall and flophouse before becoming member of Small Luxury Hotels of...

Regal Rabat

on 03/06/2016 in Rabat
By Anita Draycott Situated on the Atlantic coast, northeast of Casablanca, Rabat reigns as the capital of Morocco. A modern city of gardens and monuments, highlights include the majestic Hassan Tower minaret, and behind it, the Mausoleum of Mohammed V, Morocco’s first king and father of its independence, housed in a magnificent white marble pavilion. Nearby, the enormous Bab (gate)...

Where to Splurge on Coffee & Cocktails

on 02/29/2016 in Venice
By Anita Draycott Head to the Piazza San Marco, which Napoleon described as the drawing room of Europe and order exorbitantly priced coffee with zabione liqueur and whipped cream served on a silver tray to the accompaniment of a string quartet at Café Florian. I think Harry’s Bar is a bit overrated but it was Ernest Hemingway’s favourite watering hole...