La Dolce Vita a Capri..

The Island of Capri has long been a popular day trip for travellers visiting Naples or the Amalfi Coast (Sorrento, Positano  & Ravello). The island can also be considered an excellent alternative to stay on as well.

Text by Shobita Louis, The Wanderers

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Location:

Capri is a pretty island in the Bay of Naples and has two towns – Capri and Ana Capri. The historical city centre (Piazzetta) is located in Capri.

How do I get there:

Ferries or speedboats, if however, you want, a helicopter transfer can be arranged.
Getting around the Island:

The city centre of Capri and other parts are car free. However, public transport is very efficient and taxis are available 24 hours. The easiest ways of travelling whilst on the islands are,

  1. Buses (they are actually minibuses)
  2. Taxis
  3. The Funicular railway
  4. Walking – for those inclined, you can actually walk from Capri to Anacapri (It is about an hour uphill)

When to go or not to go:

PEAK SEASON (July & August) – It is crowded and expensive and is better to avoid

HIGH SEASON (June – September) – Rates are lower than the peak season, however, can be a bit crowded

LOW SEASON (April, May & October) – This is a good time to visit as the rates are better and crowds less

REMEMBER – Most hotels are closed from November to about mid or end March. Many shops and restaurants are also shut. There are about two restaurants open during this time, mainly for day trippers. Ferries will have less service and the funicular is also closed usually in November and December for maintenance.

The Wanderers’ Take

  • Hire a ‘Gozzo’, a traditional Sorrentine wooden boat to take you around the island for the day. This allows you to swim at various locations and explore the rugged coastline, hidden caves and secluded beaches.
  • The island is a ‘walker’s hikers paradise’ and there are several amazing walks and hikes around the island. Even if you are not an enthusiastic walkers, this would be a unique and once in a life time experience because of the views!
  • A visit to the iconic Blue Grotto is a bonus for those staying on the island. Once the day trippers with their boats are gone, you may be allowed actually swim around the Blue Grotto cave!
  • If you are more adventurous, you could explore the coast on a canoeing trip
  • In the evening, once the day trippers are gone, the island is less manic and becomes a different place. Add a touch of pizazz to your holiday; dress up and relax in the glamorous and charming main square, in one of several cafes and bars, listening to the live bands that sometimes play there while you sip on a glass of wine.

 Who should go there:
- Someone looking for something different!
- Excellent for couples, honeymooners or someone celebrating an anniversary
- Families with teens – there’s history and also some fun outdoorsy things to do!

 

 

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*All images courtesy Capri Tourism

 

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High Tatras National Park – Slovakia

Alifiya Calcuttawala – Regional Director, The Wanderers Kolkata writes about her experience at the High Tatras National Park which she visited in December 2013..

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The way Tatras are today is a remnant  from the last glacial period. The first travellers who visited High Tatras came only about 200 years ago and believed that the Tatras were full of gold, silver and other gemstones.
The Tatra is the oldest and the most visited national park in Slovakia and is in the list of UNESCO biosphere reserve. Every year the park is visited by approximately 5 million people and it offers 600 kilometers of hiking trails. The High Tatras are spread over 341 sq kms, 260 sq kms of which are on the Slovak side and is rich with mountain lakes (approx. 190).

We drove from Krakow to The High Tatras National park and stayed in a ski village of ‘Stary Smokovec’ for two nights. This was a good break between seeing cities. In the 2-3 days that we were there we rode snow mobiles, did dog sledging and also took a horse carriage ride. The weather was kind, it was -7 degrees, but the two hours of bright sunshine in the morning gave us the courage to go all out and experience the outdoors.

By 03.30 pm it starts getting dark and obviously very cold. The Grand hotel where we stayed, was a delight since it had an indoor pool, sauna and jacuzzi,  giving an ample opportunity in the evenings to thaw out. :)

Interestingly, it was their peak season – after 2-3 days almost all the hotels were sold out for the New Year; and apparently Russians have their New Year after a week, so this is place is almost booked out till January 15!

This region is a playground for the affluent Russians who like to spend and have a luxurious stay complete with skiing activities, spa etc. (there aren’t many  luxurious and high end accommodation  option available in their country hence most of them come to the Tatra National Park and stay in Zakopane, Smokovec and Pleso etc.
High Tatras offer 22kms of well kept downhill courses – the skiing centres are among the top winter centres in Europe.

 

Winter activities..
Dog sledging, skiing, hikes with snowshoes, snow mobile excursions,  climbing the icefalls, avalanche courses, snow rafting, sledding and skating.

There is a winter fun park situated in Pleso where one can do snow tubing, air boarding, snow bags and zorbing.
And of course, you can also do sky adventures (sky diving, scenic flights, balloon flights and paragliding). These can be done throughout the year!

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In December 2013, Alifiya Calcuttawala travelled on a 12 days journey to Eastern Europe with a small group who wanted to see the Christmas markets. Her itinerary started in Munich, ended with Budapest and included Salzburg, Český Krumlov, Prague, Krakow and the high Tatras!
 
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“An insiders view of London”

..Everything the guide books or tourism websites won’t tell you about the place..

The Wanderers in conversation with Minaxi Mistry

 

 

One little known fact/trivia that everyone should know about when travelling to London

That the London Underground Tube service is excellent, efficient, and the fastest and easiest way to get around the City

 

What is a must buy when in London?

English Tea!

One take-away after a visit to London? 

British pomp and pageantry – no one does it quite like the British.

 

What is your advice to first time travellers?

Purchase an Oyster Card, it’s the fastest, smartest and most cost effective way to pay for travel around the City.

 

One thing to definitely pack when travelling to London

Jumper / Umbrella as you can never predict the down-turn in temperature

 

One activity anyone travelling to London should not miss..

Hop On / Hop Off Red Bus – excellent way to see all the amazing sights properly with guided information

 

Where should anyone, travelling to London, definitely get their picture taken?

Buckingham Palace

 

Which is the best place to get a panoramic photo?

By Big Ben / Westminster Abbey

 

Best place to enjoy sunset/sunrise?

London Bridge

 

Most romantic place to take a special someone to.

Duck & Waffle located on the 40th Floor of the Heron Tower – the highest restaurant in the UK !

 

Best place to have local food?

Any good old fashioned London Pub

 

Your favourite local dish and drink that you would recommend.

Traditional Fish & Chips served in newspaper and a refreshing Gin & Tonic

 

One place only the locals would know.

Camden Lock Market for it’s sheer funkiness and eccentricity……you will see sights here of the wackiest people that you will only ever see in London

 

The best pub and best place to catch up for a drink..

The Royal Standard of England – 900 years old making it the oldest Freehouse in England.  Wonderful food, dog friendly and very cosy.

 

A local festival you feel more travellers should come and see

Trooping Of The Colour Parade is the celebration of the Queen’s official birthday in June. You can watch it for free as it marches past Buckingham Palace and down The Mall, but the real spectacle takes place on Horse Guards Parade, where the Queen will take the salute from one of her Household regiments

 

The things guide books will not tell anyone about London

How Expensive just about Everything is in London from Food to Accommodation to Travel Expenses

 

Is there any particular month you would not recommend travel to London and what would that reason be?

January / February as it can be quite depressing – dark, dismal days

 

In one sentence,  London is .

London is innovative, dynamic, and outrageous, with history and culture leaking from every brick and individual style around every corner.

It’s a supremely cosmopolitan city , with excellent restaurants, quirky pubs, avant-garde shops, unparalleled museums – most of which are now free – superb theatre and attractions and a blitzing nightlife.

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Born in Lancaster in the North of England (near the Lake District) in the UK, Minaxi Mistry moved to London when she was 6 years old.  All her education and working life has been in London so she is definitely a Londoner through and through – accent and all.  For the last 25 years, she has worked in a sales capacity and always in the Travel Industry which she absolutely adores. Minaxi  has travelled extensively and her aim is to still travel lots more as nothing makes a person richer and wiser and gives more of a thrill than Travel!
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Wandering around Paris…

Paris has since long held a special place in the quintessential traveller’s heart. However, while most tourists are enamoured by the Eiffel Tower, Champs-Élysée and Musee du Louvre, Paris has much more to offer.  We bring you little known (among Indian travellers), yet highly recommended places to go to and things to do around Paris..

Text by Shobita Louis, The Wanderers

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Grevin Musee

Grevin Musee is a wax museum and very similar to Madame Tussauds™ and is housed in a very opulent building, which is very similar to an Italian opera house from inside. Thanks to its Baroque architechture, it has got a very French flavour. It houses a host of international wax statues in several themed rooms – The famed House of Mirrors, The Spirit of Paris, The Champions, The Discovery Tour, The Childrens World, History – Yesterday and Today. While it houses a number of exhibits from around the world, the only Indians whose wax models are exhibited here are of M.K. Gandhi and Shah Rukh Khan!
At the end of the exhibits, there is a workshop that shows how the figures are created. This is a part of The Discovery Tour.

Grevin Musee is located centrally in Paris. It is situated on Grands Boulevards, near the opera Garnier.

 

The Wanderers tip:
A visit to Grevin Musee is a must if:

  • You are a  second time visitor to Paris and who has been to Madame Tussauds™ before
  • Someone who has been to any Madame Tussauds in the world
  • You are visiting for the first time and want to do something fun. Also, you are fine if a visit to Grevin precedes Tussauds experience. (Grevin is cheaper than Madame Tussauds™)

 

USP

  • Cheaper than Madame Tussauds ™
  • It has a fun 8 min audio visual show at the entry hall
    A leisurely and comprehensive visit can finish in 1 ½ – 2 hours
  • The Wax figures at Grevin Musee are globally and locally famous, so it is better to read up on them

 

 

Parc Asterix

Parc Asterix is a theme park located North of Paris and as the name suggests, it is based on the iconic comic – Asterix!
There are 32 attractions, 08 shows and 06 different ‘worlds’, as opposed to 60 odd attractions at Euro Disney that are spread between Disneyland Park and Walt Disney Studios. Given its smaller size and the crowd being less, more rides can be done at Parc Asterix in a day than at the parks in Disney. However, it has the capacity to hold only about 07 – 08 thousand people as opposed to 80 thousand at Disney. The park has more exiting rides that are suited for older children and adults whereas, Disney’s rides cater to young children (and therefore ideal for kids aged 08 and younger).

It is located in the North of Paris – close to Roissy Charles de Gaulle! From Paris take a shuttle bus that leaves from a meeting point at the Louvre every morning at 08.30 Am. The buses depart from the park back to Paris at 06.30pm. Depending on the traffic, it can take about 45 minutes to an hour.
From Roissy Charles de Gaulle Airport, there are shuttles that leave half an hour from an appointed point. They leave from 09.00 hours until 1 hour before Park closure. For the return journey from the Park to CDG, the shuttle is available every 30 minutes from 0930hours till an hour after the park closing time, i.e. 1800hours. Depending on traffic, it will take approx. 15 – 30 minutes

 

The Wanderers tip – Who should go

  • Anyone who is a fan of Asterix comics!
  • Clients who have already been to Disneyland
  • Adults and families with older children, especially not particularly enamoured with Disney and want a fun day out on roller coasters and other exciting rides

Other important info:

There is a hotel (3 star family hotel) - Hotel des Trois Hiboux – on the grounds of the park. The Dolphin shows happen every day at 01.00pm. The park is open from April to November. But remember, that the park is closed during winter.

 

Chantilly

The Chateau de Chantilly is a beautiful chateau and has been closely associated with French Royalty. The last private owner was the Duc d’Aumale (Son of the last French King Louis Phillipe). The Duc was a great collector of arts and books and his entire collection is housed in the chateau.
When he died in the late 19th century he left the chateau and his entire collection to an organisation called the Institut de France, which has now opened the grounds and chateau to the public. It is managed by Domaine de Chantilly and has received donation worth 40 million euros in the past from The Aga Khan for restoration work. The art collection and the Museum is said to be only 2nd in ‘greatness’ to the Louvre. The books and manuscripts are also said to be the 2nd greatest collection in Europe.

Located in the North of Paris, by train it takes 25mins from Gare du Nord to Chantilly station. Or you can take a private transfer from Paris to Chantilly.

Your tour can consist of the following:
A tour of the chateau, which will include the Grand Apartments and the Museum – Musee Condee ( the art works and books).  At an extra cost you can also add a visit to the Grand Stables that once housed 100 horses and hunting dogs. It now has 35 horses used for dressage! There is a horse dressage show that happens (at additional costs) which can be added depending on the schedule. There is a Relais Chateaux hotel – Auberge Du Jeu De Paume on the grounds. It is very romantic and perfect for Honeymooners

Important events:
Famous horse races happen in June and in September, which are very similar to Ascot. If you are planning a trip to Paris at this time, it makes sense to tie your visit to Chantilly.

Why Chantilly
Chantilly is traditionally famed for

  • Chantilly lace
  • Horses
  • Chantilly cream ( precursor to ‘whipped cream’)
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“An insiders view of Northern California”

..Everything the guide books or tourism websites won’t tell you about the place..

The Wanderers in conversation with Megan Parfitt

One little known fact/trivia that everyone should know about when travelling to Northern California.

Redwood National Park in Humboldt County is home to the tallest tree in the world, which is a coast redwood at 379.1 feet. Six stories taller than the Statue of Liberty in New York.

What is a must buy when in Northern California?

The beer and wine – Northern California has award winning wine and beer!

One take-away after a visit to Northern California?

Just how green the landscape is…

 

What is your advice to first time travellers?

Get into the woods and take a hike. Even if it is a short, less than a mile hike, you will see the redwoods in their full grander when you walk amongst them.

 

One thing to definitely pack when travelling to Northern California.

A camera!

Definitely carry a camera as you will want to capture the beauty of the trees, the coast and the rolling green hills.

 

One activity anyone travelling to Northern California should not miss..

Kayaking – Whether it be on the coast of Mendocino or through the redwoods in Redwood National Park, it is a spectacular way to experience the beauty of the Northern California.

 

Where should anyone, travelling to Northern California definitely get their picture taken?

In front of a redwood.

 

 

 

 

Which is the best place to get a panoramic photo of Northern California?

The best place to get a panoramic photo would be Trinidad. This small fishing village in Humboldt County is part of the California Coast National Monument and features a very photographic coastline with beautiful rock formations.

 

Best place to enjoy sunset/sunrise in Northern California?

For sunset, you can go anywhere along the coast. It is great place to catch the sun dipping down into the ocean.

 

Most romantic place to take a special someone to.

The Moonstone Grill overlooking Moonstone Beach in Trinidad, CA. The Moonstone Grill has 180 degree views of the beach and ocean below.

 

Best place to have local food?

Restaurant 301 in Old Town Eureka features local seasonal foods, some from their own gardens.

 

Your favourite local dish and drink that you would recommend.

Dungeness crabs and oysters are plentiful along the Northern California Coast and are some of the best in the world.

The best drink would have to be the beer made by the local microbreweries.

 

One place only the locals would know.

The ‘Lost Coast Scenic Drive’ takes you to California’s only coastal wilderness, where no development or major roads come near the ocean. This wild and spectacular scenic drive is the closest you can come to the Lost Coast without a backpack. Drive from Victorian Ferndale, through high alpine forests, to the water’s edge, along the northern edge of King Range and then to the redwoods of Humboldt Redwoods State park.

 

The best bar and best place to catch up on a drink.

Any of the six microbreweries in Humboldt County. At each of them you can get tasters, small servings, of each of the microbrewery’s beers.

 

A local festival you feel more travellers should come and see.

The Kinetic Grand Championship is a 3-day race over Memorial Day weekend in May along California’s northern coast from Arcata to Ferndale. Racers compete for glory in all variety of people-powered kinetic contraptions, pedalling along roads, the beach… even through the Humboldt Bay!

 

The things guide books won’t tell anyone about Northern California?

Where exactly to find the Roosevelt Elk in Redwood National Park. More info here.

 

Is there any particular month you would not recommend travel to Northern California and what would that reason be?

Perhaps March just because it is usually pretty rainy.

 

In one sentence, Northern California is…

A beautiful collection of small Victorian towns surrounded by the redwoods, the beautiful coast and productive, small organic farms.

 

 

 

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Megan lives in Arcata California in Humboldt County along the Northern California coast. She grew up in Davis, California near Sacramento before serving five years in the U.S. Navy as a journalist. After serving in the Navy, she earned her degree in Recreation Administration, with an emphasis in travel and tourism, from Humboldt State University in Arcata, California.
 
When she is not working, she enjoys cooking, salsa dancing, hiking in Redwood National Park, white Water rafting on the Trinity River in Humboldt County and crabbing for Dungeness crab in Humboldt Bay.
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“An insiders view of Zanzibar”

..Everything the guide books or tourism websites won’t tell you about the place..

The Wanderers in conversation with Niall Anderson

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One little known fact/trivia that everyone should know about when travelling to Zanzibar..

Zanzibar is home to the most endangered antelope in Africa – Ader’s Duiker.

They number less than 500 on the planet, and can be found in Jozani Forest and on Mnemba Island.

 

What is a must buy when in Zanzibar?

Kikois – the traditional and colourful, Zanzibari multi-purpose item of clothing that can be worn as a wrap, a scarf, head dress, or used simply as a blanket or throw.

One take-away after a visit to Zanzibar..

You will never see whiter sand or an ocean so turquoise blue!

 

What is your advice to first time travellers?

Bring lots of sunscreen!

 

One thing to definitely pack when travelling to…

Swimming costume…

 

One activity anyone travelling to Zanzibar should not miss!

A sunset Dhow cruise across the ocean.

 

Where should anyone, travelling to Zanzibar, definitely get their picture taken?

On a local Dhow sailing across the ocean

On the beach at Mnemba Island

Under water on the Mnemba house reef

 

Which is the best place to get a panoramic photo?

The best place to get a panoramic photo is off a local Dhow sailing in the ocean, looking back at Zanzibar or Mnemba Island.

 

Best place to enjoy sunset/sunrise?

Sipping a cocktail on the beach at Mnemba Island!

 

Most romantic place to take a special someone to.

Mnemba Island – your private island!

 

 

Best place in Zanzibar to have local food?

Foradhani garden in Stone Town

 

Your favourite local dish and drink that you would recommend..

Zanzibar Curry and a dawa!

A local cocktail made of vodka, lime and honey, ‘dawa’ means medicine, or poison in Swahili – Depends how much you drink!

 

One place only the locals would know.

Jozani Forest!

Zanzibar’s only national park, search for rare birds, Red Colobus monkey, Ader’s Duiker and Suni here.

 

The best pub and best place to catch up for a drink..

Sundowners with live music at Livingstone, or on the roof at Maru Maru hotel, both in Stone Town.

A local festival you feel more travellers should come and see…

Sauti Busara, an annual African music festival, which takes place in historic Stone Town, attracting artists from all over the world. It had been dubbed the ‘friendliest festival on the planet’. http://www.busaramusic.org/

 

The things guide books will not tell anyone about Zanzibar?

The best samosas and biryani in East Africa can be bought at Passing Show, a local restaurant near Zanzibar port in Stone Town.

 

Is there any particular month you would not recommend travel to Zanzibar and what would that reason be?

April & May, as this is the rainy season in Zanzibar

 

In one sentence, Zanzibar is..

The exotic spice island!

 

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Niall Anderson is the Regional Director for Tanzania with &Beyond, which it joined six years ago. Settled in Arusha, Niall takes on exciting challenges in leading teams in Tanzania
 
*Images of Mnemba Island and Suni courtesy &Beyond
 
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”Insiders view on Botswana & Namibia”

Q’s Botswana Namibia
I) One little known fact/trivia that everyone should know about when travelling to Namibia/Botswana. The Okavango ‘Delta’ is in fact an ‘Alluvial Fan’ as it does not flow out into an ocean Namibia has the highest concentration of Cheetah (2000-3000) in the World, as well as the highest sand dune (980ft)
ii) What is a must buy when in Namibia/Botswana? Grass woven basket or ostrich-egg jewelry Wood-carvings, diamonds and semi-precious stones (leather shoes are also a great find)
iii)One take-away after a visit to  Namibia/Botswana? The diversity in landscape, wildlife and culture makes for a great travel circuit The variety in topography that makes up Namibia’s landscape is breathtaking to say the least!
iv) What is your advice to first time travellers? Do not try to squeeze as many places/destinations in a short space of time, rather enjoy a few places for longer (i.e. do not stay shorter than 3 nights at any destination)
v) One thing to definitely pack when travelling to  Namibia/Botswana. Walking shoes & binoculars Sun cream, hat and scorpion-viewer torch
vi) One activity anyone travelling to  Namibia/Botswana should not miss.. Walking, motor boat and mokoro (in the Delta) Dune climbing, hot air ballooning & quad biking through the dunes. Also the scenic flights that fly over the Skeleton Coast is a must!
vii) Where should anyone, travelling to Namibia/Botswana, definitely get their picture taken. In the Okavango Delta, overlooking the crystal clear channels Sossusvlei in the Namib-Naukluft National Park
viii) Which is the best place to get a panoramic photo? Makgadigadi Pans Fish River Canyon and the Namib Desert Dunes
ix) Best place to enjoy sunset/sunrise? Sunrise overlooking a savanna or floodplain with a hot chocolate and amarula in hand. Sunset without a doubt is best enjoyed either on a boat in the Okavango Delta/Chobe River, or on one of the many islands in the Okavango Delta. Sunrise from the top of a dune, and Sunset sitting on the beach as the sun sets over the Atlantic ocean (with a gin & tonic in hand)
x) Most romantic place to take a special someone to. Private bush dinner in the Okavango Delta! Request a private dinner when staying in Sossusvlei, either on a dune or in a fairy circle surrounded by lanterns
xi) Best place to have local food? Choice Restaurant in Maun is best for local cuisine. If you want to eat a lovely lunch, try Hilary’s Coffee Shop and for dinner we recommend Sports Bar or Thamalakani River Lodge The Tug Restaurant on the beach in Swakopmund has amazing food and is very popular amongst the locals! We also highly recommend Joe’s Beerhouse in Windhoek.
xii)Your favourite local dish and drink that you would recommend. If you can get your hands on Marula Beer made by the locals, this is amazing! Make sure you do not leave Botswana without trying Seswaa (ground goat or beef), Mopani Worms and Leboa (large fleshy mushrooms that grow on termite mounds during the rains) Namibia is well known for its locally brewed beers. On the food front, we recommend trying the German dishes, potjie-kos (stew made in cast-iron pot) as well as locally grown Calamata Olives and Oysters!
xiii) One place only the locals would know. If you boat from Maun into the Okavango Delta, there is amazing swimming and picnic spots along the Boro River Gaia is a natural spring in Damaraland. Nearby there is also a petrified forest to be seen. Very view guides know about these natural occurrences…
xiv)The best pub and best place to catch up for a drink.. River Lodge and Sports Bar in Maun Tiger Reef Beach Bar in Swakopmund
xv) A local festival you feel more travellers should come and see Rock Festival in December held in Maun Octoberfest (Beer fest) and WIKA (Windhoek Carnival) both held in Windhoek
xvi)The things guide books will not tell anyone about Namibia/Botswana? Botswana hosts the 2nd largest Zebra Migration starting in Northern parts of Botswana (Linyanti/Chobe) through to Savute Marsh/Mababe Depression at the start/before of the rainy season. They then move onto the Makgadikgadi Pans, and after the rains they head back North. Lions, Brown Hyena and Jackal can sometimes be seen strolling along the beaches of Namibia’s Skeleton Coast. If you are up for a challenge, go in search of the desert-dwelling Elephants in the North-West of Namibia!
xvii) Is there any particular month you would not recommend travel to  Namibia/Botswana and what would that reason be? October is not a good month to travel to Botswana, it is incredibly hot! Very little vegetation protecting you from the harsh sun. November – February is very hot in Namibia. These months also receive rain which means wildlife in areas such as Etosha scatter
xix) In one sentence,  Namibia/Botswana is. Botswana is a serious adventure, the landscape goes from dry pans to floodplains, all hosting magnificent people to meet wildlife to see! Namibia will not fail to impress with its magical desert landscape paired with great culture

Meet Grant Oliver & Dimari Oliver:

 

 

 

 

Grant Oliver: Grant Oliver is the Botswana Expeditions and Under Canvas General Manager with &Beyond. In the past, Grant has played provincial Rugby in South Africa and Italy and is well known for his adventurous nature.

Dimari Oliver: Dimari Oliver is Botswana Expedition and Under Canvas Operations Manager with &Beyond. She is married to Grant with two little ones and is well known for executing all of Grant’s plans…

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“An insiders view of Tanzania”

..Everything the guide books or tourism websites won’t tell you about the place..

The Wanderers in conversation with Niall Anderson

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One little known fact/trivia that everyone should know about when travelling to Tanzania

There are more than 120 different tribes in Tanzania!

 
What is a must buy when in Tanzania?

Tanzanite – this gem is rarer than Diamonds and is only found in Tanzania.

One take-away after a visit to Tanzania

You will leave wanting to return…

What is your advice to first time travellers?

Patience is a fantastic trait to bring with you to Tanzania. It will assist you in your travels and surprise you on safari.

One thing to definitely pack when travelling to Tanzania..

A good sense of humour, this will stand you in good stead with the Local Tanzanian people and will ensure you have a lot of fun…

One activity anyone travelling to Tanzania should not miss.

Hot air ballooning over the Serengeti!

 

 

Where should anyone, travelling to Tanzania, definitely get their picture taken?

The Clock Tower in Arusha – It is said to be equidistant between London and Cape Town and a famous stopping place for early adventurers.  Apart from the tower, you can get your picture taken on the rim of the Ngorongoro Crater, in the vast plains of the Serengeti and at the summit of Mt Kilimanjaro.


Which is the best place to get a panoramic photo?

From a hot air balloon while floating over the Serengeti

On the rim of the Ngorongoro Crater

Half way up Kilimanjaro

Mto Wa Mbu – looking back at the great rift valley

 
Best place to enjoy sunset/sunrise?

The &Beyond Serengeti Under Canvas, in close proximity to the Great Wildebeest Migration


Most romantic place to take a special someone to..

The &Beyond Ngorongoro Crater Lodge, overlooking the world famous Ngorongoro Crater

 

Which is the best place to have local food?

Nicks Pub, Chicken on a bonnet or the Lively Lady in Arusha.

 

Your favourite local dish and drink that you would recommend..

Nyam Chom and Ugali with a Serengeti Beer!

 

One place only the locals would know..

A (very) special visit to the Hadza Tribe, one of the smallest tribes in Tanzania
 

A local festival you feel more travellers should come and see..

A Maasai Graduation ceremony!

 
Is there any particular month you would not recommend travel to Tanzania and what would that reason be?

Tanzania is a year round destination – June and July are the busiest months of the year on the tourist calendar as they are fantastic months to visit Tanzania. However, the rest of the year is incredibly special too.


In one sentence, Tanzania is..

Is the best African country to visit for a Safari…

 

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Niall Anderson is the Regional Director for Tanzania with &Beyond, which it joined six years ago. Settled in Arusha, Niall takes on exciting challenges in leading teams in Tanzania
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“An insiders view of Vienna”

..Everything the guide books or tourism websites won’t tell you about the place..

The Wanderers in conversation with Verena Hable

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One little known fact/trivia that everyone should know about when travelling to Vienna.

Vienna is one of the safest places in the world and is also the city with the highest quality of living.

 

What is a must buy when in Vienna?

Fine hand-crafted pieces from the former so called Purveyors to the Imperial Court. This can be anything from confectionary to porcelain, from jewellery to headgear.

 

One take-away after a visit to Vienna?

Sweets – Be it a whole Sacher cake (available in different sizes), nostalgic chocolates from Demel or tiny confectionaries from Altmann und Kühne!

What is your advice to first time travellers?

Look behind the imperial facade!

Despite its history, Vienna is one of the youngest and fastest growing cities in Europe.

 

One thing to definitely pack when travelling to Vienna.

Vienna is a very walkable city, so definitely bring shoes you are comfortable walking in.

 

One activity anyone travelling to Vienna should not miss..

Take your time and visit a coffee house the way the locals do: have a coffee, browse through the international newspapers and have a chat with the people on the table next to yours.

 

Where should anyone, travelling to Vienna, definitely get their picture taken?

On the iconic Enzi designer benches in the Museums Quarter, one of Europe’s largest cultural districts.

 

Which is the best place to get a panoramic photo?

The best place for a panoramic photo would be the restaurant – ‘Le Loft’, on the top floor of the hotel Sofitel with a 360 degree panorama view.

 

Best place to enjoy sunset/sunrise?

Rent a boat and drift around on the calm waters of the Old Danube.

 

Most romantic place to take a special someone to.

A romantic picnic in the green vineyards with a stunning view on the city centre. Many wineries offer readymade picnic baskets with delicacies, a bottle of wine, wine glasses and a blanket.

 

Best place to have local food?

Try one of the markets, e.g. Naschmarkt, Vienna’s most popular market.

 

Your favourite local dish and drink that you would recommend.

In so called ‘Heurigen’ restaurants, traditional wine taverns with local food, you should try ‘Kaiserspritzer’- white wine mixed with sparkling water and some elder syrup. Be sure to have a ‘Brettljause’, a dish including a little bit of everything they offer.

 

One place only the locals would know.

The Restaurant Pöschl, in the very city centre offers genuine Viennese kitchen and is so not touristy. They don’t even have a website!

 

The best pub and best place to catch up for a drink..

The area around Gumpendorfer Straße (between Naschmarkt and Mariahilfer Straße) is full with bars and cafés of all styles.

 

A local festival you feel more travellers should come and see

Popfest – a free open air festival in the middle of the city centre and in front of beautiful Karlskirche. 2014 will be its 5th birthday!

 

The things guide books will not tell anyone about Vienna?

Do not buy bottled water!

Tap water in Vienna is not only safe to drink, it’s actually really healthy as it is mineral water coming in a pipeline directly from the Alps.

 

Is there any particular month you would not recommend travel to Vienna and what would that reason be?

Vienna can be visited all times of the year: While in summer the operas and theatres are closed and the locals enjoy spending time outside, winter is time for the indoor activities such as balls and museums.

 

In one sentence, Vienna is.

… The best of Europe in a nutshell.

 

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Verena Hable works with the Vienna Tourist Board handling media relations for Japan, China, India, Russia and the Middle Eastern Countries.
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“An insiders view of Geneva”

..Everything the guide books or tourism websites won’t tell you about the place..

The Wanderers in conversation with Kristelle Gentina


One little known fact/trivia that everyone should know about when travelling to Geneva..
The Geneva Transport Card is your free passport to Geneva’s transport network, which means that taking the tram, the bus and the train within Geneva, will not cost you a penny.  You even can cross the lake with the yellow taxi-boats for free. If you stay in a hotel, a youth hostel or at a campsite, you receive the Geneva Transport Card free of charge.  This personal and non-transferable card is offered to you at arrival. During your stay in Geneva, you can use the entire Geneva transport network (UNIRESO: bus and tram (TPG), train (CFF) and taxi-boats (Mouettes Genevoises).  If you arrive at Geneva International Airport, you can get an 80-minute ticket free of charge for a ride to the place of your accommodation. The ticket machine is in the luggage retrieval hall at the airport.

What is a must buy when in Geneva?
Definitely a watch!

One take-away after a visit to Geneva..
A box of Favarger chocolates – This delicate, high-quality chocolate is a world-famous Geneva speciality. The company, founded in 1826, was initially located on the Pont de l’Ile (in order to use the waters of the Rhone to drive the machinery), but in 1875 it moved to Versoix. Specialities include ‘Avelines’, ‘Nougalines de Genève’ and chocolate fondue.

What is your advice to first time travellers?
Once you check in at your hotel, go straight to the shore of the lake and enjoy the beautiful view of our Geneva’s Water Fountain (Jet d’eau) and the Mont Blanc in the backdrop (Europe highest summit).

One thing to definitely pack when travelling to Geneva..
A pair of sunglass and extra luggage space to bring all your souvenirs and chocolates back with you.

One activity anyone travelling to Geneva should not miss.
One of Geneva Tourism new product:  the Geneva Mystery – a great discovery of the Old Town where you are the hero of your own story.

Where should anyone, travelling to Geneva, definitely get their picture taken.
In front of the Jet d’Eau or in front of the flower clock!

Which is the best place to get a panoramic photo?
At the top of St Peter Cathedral North tower!

After climbing the 157 stairs of the tower, you can enjoy a 360° view of Geneva.

Best place to enjoy sunset/sunrise?
Les Bains des Pâquis – All year round; the Bains des Pâquis is for those who know how to
relax.
The ‘city beach’ lies just across from the Jet d’Eau. Visitors can enjoy a splendid view of the lake. Every season has its own activities, but it’s one of the coolest place to enjoy the sunrise.

Most romantic place to take a special someone to..
I would suggest the Rose Garden of the Parc La Grange!
The Parc La Grange has the most beautiful rose garden in Geneva with more than 200 varieties of roses. Adjacent to the Parc des Eaux-Vives, the Parc de la Grange has a splendid view of the lakeside. In summer, the Théâtre de la Verdure organises free concerts here. The Parc de la Grange is one of Geneva’s lakeside parks where you can relax without leaving the city and is a legacy from the Favre family in Geneva who gave it to the city in 1918 and opened it to the public. At the lower end of the park is a gate which leads to the Parc des Eaux-Vives. A manor house with fountains and beautiful flower gardens dominates the gentle slope leading to the lake.

Best place to have local food?
Definitely the Brasserie de l’Hotel de Ville : Grand-Rue 39, 1204 Genève!

Your favourite local dish and drink that you would recommend.
Anyone travelling along the sunny side of Lake Geneva will notice them time and again on menus – freshly caught “filets de perches” (perch fillets), served fried, à la meunière, or in a fine white-wine sauce!

Professional fishermen sail out onto the lake early in the morning to collect the perch from their nets. Their glittering catch can be bought at the harbours in Lausanne, Montreux and Vevey, as well as at the region’s markets. Or you can simply head out onto a breakwater with your rod and try your luck.

One place only the locals would know.
During summer, trendy locals would invade a private beach (normally reserved for a windsurfing school) and enjoy DJ music and freshly squizz juice at LE TROPICAL CORNER.

The best pub and best place to catch up for a drink..
One of my favourite pubs in town is La Clémence. Located in the Old Town, this bar/café is the meeting point of local Genevean. Enjoy our local beer: the calvinus. This beer is an unfiltered organic beer
that has been brewed by the Papinot brothers for 10 years now. It is made from spring water and organically grown barley, hops and yeast; it’s fresh and tasty. There are three types: light, wheat and dark.
La Clémence : Place du Bourg-de-Four 20, 1204 Genève

A local festival you feel more travelers should come and see
The Geneva Festival – Imagine a month of festivities taking place, and to crown it all, one of the world’s most spectacular musical firework displays. A city celebrating!

Hundreds of concerts and activities, a huge funfair, more than 200 food stalls, as well as arts and crafts stands… The whole world seems to be attending the Fêtes de Genève. www.fetesdegeneve.ch

Things guide books will not tell anyone about Geneva?
During summer, enjoy a free private transfer on a luxury motor boat to one of the best five stars hotel in town, La Réserve  – Only few people know that this free ride exist and is allowed to anyone (hotel resident or none resident).

At la Réserve, enjoy a beautiful view of the Alps and pamper yourself in their beautiful garden.

Is there any particular month you would not recommend travel to Geneva and what would that reason be?

I think that the month to avoid travelling to Geneva is November.

The weather is not the best, very cold and windy and the city is very calm. People are not buzzing anymore as it is the end of summer and are not ready yet for the Christmas shopping fever.

What is the best month to visit Geneva?
To me the best month to come is June-beginning of July. The weather is as its best, the sun sets late, so you can enjoy a typical summer day. You can enjoy a swimming session in the lake, or just a sunbath in one of Geneva’s park and garden, and enjoy Geneva’s best quality of life.

 In one sentence, Geneva is…

A world on its own!

Kristelle is the PR & Media Relations Manager for Tourism Geneva and  in charge of the overseas markets including India. She feels her multi-cultural background is what has made me fall in love with the travel industry!
 
Born and raised in Geneva, she started her career in Paris and London.  She always loved travelling and loves to be connected to people. Working in Travel PR has helped her unite her two passions. 

 

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