The Americas

5 Reasons why San Jose is great for family days out

When you’ve got to cater to a group of kids who range in age, it can be tough to plan family days out. You want to entertain all of the children at once, while not being bored out of your skull yourself. That can be a huge ask in some…

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Lizzie Borden and the killer rock-musical

The Borden family axe murders, arguably perpetrated by youngest daughter Lizzie, is so ingrained in American culture that there’s even a children’s rhyme about it. So why not go the whole-hog and turn the grizzly Victorian era killings into a goth-rock musical? Accompanied by a live band cranking out tunes…

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Two days in Yosemite National Park

If you want to get some cute critter sightings out of a camping trip, spending at least two days in Yosemite National Park is a great way to start. I’ve been twice and have so far seen various types of squirrels, chipmunks, deer, and the holy grail of forest creatures…

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Planning a successful trip to Yosemite NP

Camping in California’s Yosemite National Park either takes months of planning or a Leprechaun’s-pot-of-gold-worth of luck. Actually, it’s usually both of those things at once. Plus a good internet connection and a deft clicking finger. Yosemite is one of the world’s most famous national parks and a UNESCO World Heritage…

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A historic day in San Jose

Usually I’m the one dragging Mr M away from the comforts of home on some trip or adventure, but he surprised me the other day by planning a day in San Jose. I’ll make a trip planner out of him yet! There’s nothing like not having to be responsible for…

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Californian road trip must-see towns

A Californian road trip is a balance between wanting to get to your destination and stopping to see things along the way. At least it is for me, because there’s never enough vacation time to go round. So when Mr M and I packed the car for a jaunt down…

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Redwood City 4th of July in Pictures

The Redwood City 4th of July Parade was my first, and so far only, taste of the Independence Day holiday in the US. If you don’t already know, the day marks America’s independence from the British more than two centuries ago. It’s celebrated with parades, fireworks and more star-spangled clothing…

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10 County fair activities you can’t miss

The county fair is a staple of US life. We’ve all seen them in movies – they’re a snapshot of life wherever it is that you live. And this being America, there’s no shortage of interesting food to try and things to do once you’re there. So far I’ve sampled…

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The US electronic “visa” for tourists (ESTA)

This is a guest post by Josh Hobson, who has written an in depth website on the Electronic System for Travel Authorisation (ESTA) used by the United States. Why is this important to you? If you’ve got family or friends coming over to visit for the first time, who haven’t…

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How to spend two days in Los Angeles

Taking advantage of long weekends for road trips is an American art form. You’ve got to squeeze as much joy out of those few days as possible without using up your other precious paid vacation days. Our most recent holiday weekend (as they’re called here) was spent soaking up the…

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