North America

The Very Odd Side of Las Vegas

If you peel all the glitz away, you’ll see a very bizarre side of the city. For those of you who enjoy experiencing the absurd, check out some of these altogether truly unusual attractions.

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Nevis Mango and Food Festival

The Nevis Mango and Food Festival takes place over 4 days every year when the fruit ripens. Officially there are over 40 different varieties on the island, although locals say it’s more like a hundred. Even the shape of Nevis looks like a mango.

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Skyland Lodge in Shenandoah

Don’t let the rustic name fool you. Our bed at Skyland Lodge, in the heart of the Shenandoah National Park, was almost as big as the entire room we’d had the previous night in a luxury city hotel.

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Hidden View B&B, Virginia

We were driving to a vineyard in Loudon County, Virginia, when I noticed some houses with spectacular hilltop locations. ‘Look at those,’ I said to my wife, ‘They must have fantastic views. Hang on… I think that’s where we’re staying tonight.’

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Ten Best Museums in Mississippi

With four major museums opening in the last three years, Mississippi now has as much to offer culture vultures as fans of blues music and those interested in the history of the south. Mike Gerrard, a frequent traveller there, lists ten of his favourite Mississippi museums.

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Take the Tequila Express

Every Saturday morning at 11am a train leaves Mexico’s second city, Guadalajara, heading for a small town of about 14,000 people in the Jalisco highlands: Amatitan. Mike Gerrard takes the express train to Herradura, Mexico’s oldest tequila distillery. 

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