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The Calgary Stampede: An Insider’s Guide

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The freebooting days of the Wild West may have occupied a relatively short slice of American and Canadian history, but it’s also a period that both nations identify with on a massive scale. A testament to just how much the Canucks love their cowboys can be found in the Calgary Stampede in Alberta. Billed as…

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The Real Willy Wonka: A Trip To Maison Cailler

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Everybody has different tastes: some despise celery, others can’t bear the sight of a brussels sprout, and many think zucchini the poor cousins of cucumbers. We all have our predilections too. Some are partial to cake and a few prefer decadent deserts but overall there seems to be no rhyme or reason to the mystery…

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King of the Castle: An insider’s guide to Chateau de Rochette

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The chateaux of France, ranging from functional Medievalism of de Vincennes and de Vitre, to the later Mannerism of Fontainebleau, number among the architectural wonders of their ages. And the 18th century chateau de Rochette, sits comfortably in the same pantheon: a powerfully elegant statement, sitting half way up a hill on the Loire valley,…

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10 Oscar Winning Films that Inspired Us To Travel

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Some movies leave one aching with wanderlust from the opening credits. Others roll out their landscapes and landmarks with a slow, seductive ease. But one thing’s for sure; most of our favorite films feature a backdrop that’s equally as inspiring as their storyline and celebrity cast. With the star-studded Oscars fast approaching, we got to…

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Soundtrack to the City: The Ultimate London Playlist

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From Oasis to The Smiths to the late great David Bowie, Britain’s musical legacy includes some of the world’s most celebrated performers, many of which found fame in the bars and clubs of the capital. We’ve put together the ultimate London playlist to accompany your explorations in this remarkable city of sounds. Paris © denizya/iStock…

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Brewing the Best: The History of Bavarian Beer

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Beer is practically synonymous with Germany. Though the Teutons didn’t invent the stuff, they have (from the late Dark Ages onwards), taken it extremely seriously. So seriously, in fact, that they consider it both a drink and a type of food: Flüssige Brot, or liquid bread, is one of its popular monikers. Beer Wagon ©…

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Where to Visit in July

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With many destinations enjoying warmer weather, July is traditionally the month associated most with vacations. Yet it’s also undoubtedly a month of two halves. Travelers should seek the period before schools break up if they are chasing peace and quiet (and a good deal), while those after a buzzing, family-friendly atmosphere might do well to…

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An Insider’s Guide to Versailles

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The famed Palace of Versailles had a comparatively modest beginning as a hunting lodge built by Louis XIV in 1624. It would evolve, of course, into an emblem of the absolute rule of the Ancien Régime – and a visible symbol of the wealth that supported it. Located to the west of Paris in what is now…

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Travel Memories to Hold on to

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After several sunny, warm days touring through the countryside of Ireland, our arrival into Waterville, in the county of Kerry, was met with crisp weather and cloudy skies. While some might have bemoaned the sun’s departure, under misty skies is how I like Ireland best. My Ireland tour with Insight Vacations took part during the…

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10 Incredible Heritage Hotels

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Blessed with a character only the passage of time can bestow, heritage hotels are invariably bastions of superlative taste. Each has its individual charms, from the grande dames of Europe to the peach-colored palaces of India, from the boozy glamour of New Orleans to the Renaissance allure of Tuscany’s villas. Here we delve into what…

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