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G Adventures Top 5: Vegetarian Hotspots

By: G Adventures
With a voracious appetite for vegetables, there are more than a few long-time vegetarians at G Adventures. If vegetables could talk, you’d hear them screaming when they trek into town.

Here are some memorable vegetarian stops we’ve had the pleasure to enjoy during wandering travels around the world.

#1 Chiang Mai, Thailand — While travelling through Thailand the most common vegetarian dishes are usually variations on veggie pad Thai or veggie Thai curry. While both are great dishes, don’t you wonder what the vegetarian Thai eats? In Chiang Mai we found a place that serves up the true North Thailand vegetarian experience. Mangsawirat Kangreuanjam is a small place within the city walls that serves up 20 to 30 different authentic thai dishes daily. Opening early in the morning this is a fantastic place for breakfast. All your choices are right in front of you and you can load your plate for less than two bucks.

#2 Rajasthan, India — (winner of our Best Vegetarian Country award) – India has got to be the best place in the world for a vegetarian meal. The variety in choices of dishes from north to south is mind boggling. One place that stands out however, is the Dream Heaven Guest House in Udaipur, Rajasthan. The meal of choice was a thali dinner consisting of 6 spectacular dishes served with rice, roti and papad. The open air roof top patio has a fantastic view over the lake, the old city and the floating palace. We enjoyed a Kingfisher beer as the sun went down and then enjoyed our meal in the cool evening air.

#3 Cuzco, Peru — Unlike India, South America can be a tough place to find a really good variety of vegetarian food. After a month touring around Peru we found ourselves a little tired of rice, beans and eggs and craving fresh vegetables. While in Cuzco we tried a place called Granja Heidi that had a Mediterranean theme. We had a delicious fresh green salad and penne pasta. Although the dishes were not peruvian, we did enjoy the meal with a Cusqueña beer.

#4 Chamonix, France — Okay, here is one of our favourite lunches. While in the Alps in early June we packed up a lunch consisting of fresh baguette, brie, olives, avocado and a great bottle of red wine and headed out for a hike through the mountains. After an amazing morning hiking through the forests, up the mountain and across alpine meadows we found a stunning view of the surrounding snow caps. There we sat in silence and enjoyed one of the best lunches we have ever had. Don’t forget the corkscrew.

#5 New Brunswick, Canada — No matter where you are you can usually find a vegetarian dish on the menu. But when you stumble upon a vegetarian restaurant in the most unexpected place it is a fantastic score and means you have more than one choice. While travelling through New Brunswick, Canada, we were fortunate, and surprised, to find a vegetarian restaurant just down the street from our bed and breakfast in a residential area of Moncton. The staff at Café Calactus restaurant were very friendly and they served us up some fantastic veg dishes at very reasonable prices.

Ditch the meat and contact R and B International Travel to visit one of these vegetarian hotspots!

Boston Tours with Collette Vacations

By: Johnny Quest and Collette Vacations
All of Collette’s New England tours visit historic Boston, MA. Doesn’t matter if it’s fall foliage or sunny beaches you are after – we have the trip for you.

Inspired by Patriots’ Day, the 115th Boston Marathon, and the Red Sox finally coming around, here are five Boston highlights:

  • The U.S.S Constitution – Old Ironsides! – the oldest commissioned warship in the world.
  • Old North Church – Grab your lanterns. “One if by land, and two if by sea.”
  • Beacon Hill – The historic neighborhood that’s home to the State House. Walking its streets is like stepping back in time.
  • Old South Meeting House – Organizing point for the Boston Tea Party.
  • Faneuil Hall – A must on the Freedom Trail, historic Faneuil Hall offers great shopping and some nice places to eat.

Wherever you go in Boston you are walking in the footsteps of history. It seems it’s always the oldest or first of something. Consider this list a starting point for visitors.

Other favorites of mine include, Fenway Park, the Bell-in-hand Tavern (America’s oldest continually operated tavern) and Boston Common.

For Collette Vacations offers contact R and B International Travel.

 

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Akrotiri Thera: after seven years it was well worth the wait!

By: Voyages to Antiquity

Aegean Odyssey really was in the right place on Sunday when we were the first cruise ship to visit the re-opened Akrotiri Thera site on Santorini. Regarded by many as the ‘Pompeii of Greece’ the site was destroyed by a volcanic eruption nearly 4,000 years ago and was closed to tourists after a safety incident in 2005.

Many of our guests were unaware that the site was being re-opened and as the first cruise ship into the island, we were assured of a warm welcome and most importantly few other visitors.

Commenting on his first visit to site, Dr Matthew Nicholls, one of our guest lecturers onboard said, “The winding road up from the port takes you over the rocky spine of Santorini and you can imagine what life would have been like on the island before the volcanic eruption which covered the town and its inhabitants. The archaeological site has been completely rebuilt and covered with a new steel roof and is now fully open to visitors.

“We were lucky to have been accompanied by one of Voyages to Antiquity’s tour guides which helped us uncover the wonders of the site. You really need a guide to get the most out of the visit as many of the signs and info boards have yet to be completed. This made our whole experience so much richer and enjoyable.”

“One of the best parts of a Voyages to Antiquity visit is you don’t have to fight through hordes of visitors. We had the site to ourselves and were able to see so much. This really is a ‘must see’ for anyone interested in Greek history. The whole site dates back 850 years before Homer and is truly unique. We were privileged to have seen the re-opened site in its newly refreshed style and I hope to be back in the coming years to discover more.”

Be Inspired by the Rhine River with Avalon Waterways

By: Avalon Waterways
As it winds through castle-dotted hillsides, dramatic rocky gorges and picturesque Old World villages, the Rhine River is the essence of romance. Born as an untamed river in the Swiss Alps, the Rhine takes the scenic route to the North Sea, illuminating some of Europe’s most fascinating sights and customs. Historically and culturally, the Rhine has been a crucial source of sustenance, pride and inspiration. Fortresses and castles along the Rhine’s embankments highlight the value ancient empires placed on these waters. While ancient times saw the Rhine as a dividing force, today the cities along its shores are an intriguing blend of cultures. Vineyards along the Rhine produce world-renowned vintages and riverside cafés and restaurants celebrate the region by pairing local wines with delectably fresh fare. With scenic splendor and enriching surprises around every bend, the waters of the Rhine set the stage for the very finest moments to be had in Europe.

15th century Attractions. 21st century amenities. Contact R and B International Travel and come experience the comfort of an Avalon Waterways Rhine river cruise.

Historic First for Silversea in Corfu

By: Silversea

For the first time in the 18-year history of Silversea Cruises, three of our ultra-luxury ships — Silver Cloud, Silver Wind, and Silver Spirit — called in the same port on the same day. The historic convergence of the three ships took place in beautiful Corfu, a Greek island renowned for its lush green hills and pure white beaches.

Surrounded by the sparkling turquoise waters of the Ionian Sea, Silver Cloud, Silver Wind and Silver Spirit greeted each other by sounding their whistles as they sailed into this charming and sophisticated port.

Corfu (or Kérkyra in Greek) is the second largest of the Ionian islands, and a land rich in history and myth. It was likely the last stop for Homer’s Odysseus on his fabled journey back to his homeland of Ithaca. For Silversea, Corfu will always carry special significance as the port that hosted an important milestone in our company’s own unfolding story.

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