Daily Archives: October 20, 2009

Win a copy of “Extreme Cuisine” from Lonely Planet!

Posted by on October 20, 2009

One of the most frequent questions I’m asked is “what is the strangest thing you’ve ever eaten while traveling?” In my case the answer is probably a grasshopper in Thailand. Author Eddie Lin has put together a list of 60 bizarre and exotic foods from around the world in her book: Extreme Cuisine: Exotic Tastes From Around the World.

Here is the description from Amazon.com:

Imagine tucking into grasshoppers as you wander the Mercado Benito market in Oaxaca, Mexico, or chowing down on juicy witchetty grubs on your travels through Central Australia – such meals can be the perfect entrée to a culture. In this book you’ll find over 50 delicacies that creep, crawl, sizzle and spit, where they originated from and wher eyou can experience them. You may not salivate over blood, scorpions, chicken’s knees or partially digested coffee beans, but travel long enough and you’re bound to meet someone who does. Extreme Cuisine is sure to challenge your idea of what makes good eating.

I am giving away FIVE copies of “Extreme Cuisine”. All you have to do is leave a comment telling me what the most extreme thing is you’ve ever eaten.

UNESCO World Heritage Site #92: Westminster Abby and St. Margaret’s Church

Posted by on October 20, 2009

UNESCO World Heritage Site #92: Westminster Abby and St. Margaret’s Church

UNESCO World Heritage Site #92: Westminster Abby and St. Margaret’s Church

From the World Heritage inscription:

Westminster Palace, rebuilt from the year 1840 on the site of important medieval remains, is a fine example of neo-Gothic architecture. The site – which also comprises the small medieval Church of Saint Margaret, built in Perpendicular Gothic style, and Westminster Abbey, where all the sovereigns since the 11th century have been crowned – is of great historic and symbolic significance.

Westminster is London. When you think of London you think of Big Ben, Parliament and Westminster Abby. In addition to the abby you can also enter parliament, which is something I did back in 1999 when I visited London. If I had to list one thing everyone should do if they only have a brief layover in London, it is to visit Westminster.

View my complete list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites

UNESCO World Heritage Site #92: Westminster Abby and St. Margaret’s Church

Posted by on October 20, 2009

UNESCO World Heritage Site #92: Westminster Abby and St. Margaret’s Church

UNESCO World Heritage Site #92: Westminster Abby and St. Margaret’s Church

From the World Heritage inscription:

Westminster Palace, rebuilt from the year 1840 on the site of important medieval remains, is a fine example of neo-Gothic architecture. The site – which also comprises the small medieval Church of Saint Margaret, built in Perpendicular Gothic style, and Westminster Abbey, where all the sovereigns since the 11th century have been crowned – is of great historic and symbolic significance.

Westminster is London. When you think of London you think of Big Ben, Parliament and Westminster Abby. In addition to the abby you can also enter parliament, which is something I did back in 1999 when I visited London. If I had to list one thing everyone should do if they only have a brief layover in London, it is to visit Westminster.

View my complete list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites