It’s time to start thinking about your next cultural adventure! The Day of the Dead is one of Mexico’s most beloved festivals and G Adventures has teamed up with National Geographic to take you on an incredible journey to celebrate this macabre yet beautiful celebration of ancestry. Elaborate street parties, larger-than-life pageantry combined with picturesque landscapes and a fury of flavours promise to deliver an experience you’ll never forget. This is your backstage pass to exploring not only the cultural significance of Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead), but learn how family, community, food and art all ties in with this colourful tradition.
Blue Caterpillars, caviar scotch eggs and applewood smoked croque-monsieur. Not exactly the traditional fare one expects to find on a table set for English high tea, but find it we did. High Tea is often thought of as a ‘touristy’ London activity, but I assure you, this English ritual is steeped in tradition, and any tradition that includes Devonshire cream, sweets and exotic aromatic teas is not one I want to miss out on. Full disclosure, the main reason I chose the Sanderson was because Claridge’s and the Palm Court at the Ritz were booked up until September. My beau had never experienced a proper high tea, so I was a little disappointed when the preferred venues weren’t available. However, when I heard the Sanderson was celebrating the 150th anniversary of one of my favourite childhood books, I couldn’t wait to tumble down the rabbit hole.
Every year the I pay homage to my favourite animal, the African Lion. A few years ago I had the distinct honour of working/volunteering with the Dambwa Pride, a young pride of lions protected by the African Lion Environmental Research Trust (A.L.E.R.T). It was a truly surreal experience. As you can imagine, working with lions, the day-to-day goings on were anything but usual. Tracking dwindling Wild Dog populations, learning about the migratory patterns of the local elephant herds , and frolicking on the savannah with playful cubs in the hot afternoon sun were all in a day’s work. This year’s day of commemoration is shrouded in sadness as the world mourns the loss of one of Africa’s most beloved lions, Cecil the Lion. Cecil was cruelly lured out of a protected conservation area, shot with an arrow belonging to American big game recreational hunter Walter Palmer. Hwange National Park’s most famous lion succumbed to his injuries some 40 hours later.
Food in Dubai has an enormous variety. With a majority population of expats, the diversity is endless. You can find just about every kind of cuisine from around the world; Indian, Pakistani, Bangladeshi, Chinese, Japanese, European, Continental, Italian, Arabic, and French to name a few. But if you’re visiting Dubai, make sure you experience local Emirati cuisine. Emirati dishes are an amalgamation and representation of the mixed culture of Dubai. The best dishes stem from the Arabic origin, and are a beloved favourite of local Dubai residents. With an array of sumptuous options available for all budgets, starting from delicious street food, the best in fine dining options and the famous Dhow cruise dinner, Dubai is known for its culinary excellence. Here are a few of the best known Dubai eateries to satiate your Emirati appetite:
Every travel consultant worth their salt has a favourite tour company to share with their clients. I have a few favourites, depending on the demographic, but for anyone between 18 into their mid thirties, as a Canadian travel consultant, my top choice is Topdeck. With more than 40 years of awesome tour experience under their belt, Topdeck has more than earned their stripes on the organized tour landscape. And after personally travelling with them on three separate occasions in Africa, North America and Europe, I have 5 great reasons to get you on a Topdeck tour: