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Koh Rong- Your Cool, No-Sugarcoating Guide to Cambodia’s Fun Island

We were supposed to chill. Crash on the sun beds like a couple of beached jellyfish, gone all soft and limbless after the two-week tour de force through mainland Cambodia. Temples, ancient and modern, villages, jungle treks, lakes, the capital’s museums, and more temples…it felt like we’ve done it all. Three nights on this paradise-postcard island had kept us going like The Promised Land, the ultimate reward for our intense journey. No more alarm call early mornings to catch a speedy breakfast and start the tour with our guides like marching students on a school trip. My legs looked like one of the first explorers’ poorly drawn maps: bumps and bruises, scratches and insect bites everywhere. Those poor pins with…

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DESTINATIONS, EAT, DRINK & TRAVEL

Panarea, Queen-Chic of the Aeolian Islands: a perfect window view over the Vulcano of Stromboli

Just like that, literally out of the blue (and the apricot blush color of the sunset) a tall spray of incandescent magma shot into the sky: Stromboli, the most active volcano in Europe, was putting on a show again. We were sitting on the beautiful terrace of Panarea’s most famous hotel, the Raya Panarea, having a state-of-art aperitivo with plump arancini alla Norma (eggplant and tomato sauce rice balls, lightly-fried and crispy) and fat green olives with a glass of chilled Etna Bianco, my favorite Sicilian white wine that hails from the island’s other famous vulcano vineyards.  From Panarea’s small but picture-perfect port you get a wonderful view of the island of Stromboli just across: you can also reach it in just 30-40 minutes…

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DESTINATIONS, EAT, DRINK & TRAVEL

Uluwatu Siren Song

When I dream of Bali there’s only one place I think of: the plunging cliffs and glittering shores of Uluwatu. Driving there after the days spent in Seminyak and Ubud we could feel a distinct change of vibe: entering the cradle of the local surf culture, an almost mystical energy of the wave-worshippers. The dusty roads, the lush gardens of the villas and homestays perched on the limestone cliffs, the incessant sound of waves at reef breaking point. Everything inviting you to disconnect from your old habits and embrace the new element of life force. I was about to discover the real Bali, beyond the crowds and the commercial thrills of busy Kuta. Our stay: Morabito Art Cliff Villas The…

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EAT, DRINK & TRAVEL

Best Ramadan Experiences in Dubai and Iftar/Suhoor Etiquette

It’s my eighth Ramadan in Dubai this year and with time have seen the atmosphere gradually change- from a more conservative, reclusive veil that was slowly descending over the city to a more relaxed and permissive vibe. Yes there are more tourists visiting Dubai in Ramadan each year because they too felt that it’s a great time for booking discounted fares in hotels- although those will automatically jump back up, and higher, in Eid Al Fitr time. It’s peaceful out here, less crowded, sales and offers everywhere- from clothes to cars, furniture and appliances, there is a lot of soul-rewarding charity work to be done, Ramadan fridges near mosques and labor camps to fill for those in need, fundraisers to…

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10 Fun Experiences While Visiting Morocco

I started my Moroccan trip in the vibrant city of Marrakesh, moving towards South over the span of a 9 days journey. More than enough time to gather beautiful memories around the most meaningful experiences…written here with the hope of inspiring your own journey! The heart of Marrakesh: watch the sunset over the famous Jmaa El Fna from one of the rooftop cafes around the square: It’s a welcome respite from the overwhelming crowd beneath- taking a break from the snake charmers, the thug-grinned monkeys, the henna ladies- basically the hard-hustling sellers everywhere. Have yet another glass of fragrant mint tea and watch the evening settle with the call to prayer reverberating from mosque to mosque in a time-lapse atmosphere….

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How To Travel with Discounted Fares and Huge Savings!

. www.umustsee.net   You might wonder how I manage to travel so often (on a monthly basis!), hop on flights and stay in beautiful hotels around the world. Well, in the beginning I did like everyone else- use web aggregator sites such as booking.com, Agoda, Skyscanner, hotelscombined etc- spend my money, do price alerts on flights, try to save here and there. Then by a wonderful touch of luck I got introduced to IBuumerang and unlocked a world of affordable traveling and massive discounts on hotel stays- as the website puts it nicely- stay at five stars hotels and resorts for the price of three stars!  From that moment everything changed- I could finally travel for less, make better choices…

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Best Breakfast (All Day) Cafes in Dubai

Dime-sized fact about me: I’m not a morning person, but I’m totally down for breakfast! Well more like late breakfast. Better yet, brunch, if only it wouldn’t be just a fancy weekend affair. So by the time I wake up, stretch my limbs and have a Bulletproof Coffee (double shot of espresso enriched with some health store powdered herbs!) most traditional cafes have moved on from their breakfast menu and onto lunch. (Boo)

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DESTINATIONS, EAT, DRINK & TRAVEL, HITLIST

My Top 5 Best Restaurants in Venice

Gosh, writing this post wasn’t easy. I had to go to all this places in Venice, fill the table with all sorts of delicious antipasti, struggle with heart-wrenching choices- pasta or risotto for today?- pour some wine,    make space for secondo (the main dish!) after pasta-induced bloating, pour some more wine…and bring forth my superpower, the secondary stomach capsule meant only for dessert. Numero Uno according to my humble but discerning  palate is… 1. Ristorante Da Ivo  As many celebrities can testify- among them George Clooney and Matt Damon, Maddona, Sting and a plethora of others- this cosy one-room restaurant makes you dream to come back over and over again. I’ll never judge a place based exclusively on food-…

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Hoi An Highlights

Once the memories settle, it’s time to start writing. Such a feeling of relaxed peace upon our arrival in a homestay close to the Old Quarter. Had a Vietnamese coconut coffee (sweet and creamy with condensed milk) and took a minute on the terrace to breathe in the surroundings. The homestay provided free bicycles to explore the neighborhood but we chose to walk as I have the compulsory habit to stop and check out almost every shop, read every menu and take pictures of charming doorways and buildings.

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