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    Tales of Terror from New Orleans

    New Orleans reminds me of a cat with nine lives. It has survived so many disasters and the city rises today upon layers and layers of its historical past. The residents of New Orleans love their unique city and revel in its supernatural atmosphere. Ghost tours are a popular pastime and guides relay tales and legends so whole-heartedly, it was impossible not to get caught up in the dark world woven around you. I don’t pretend that the following tales are 100% fact, but are very entertaining and at least in part based on real life. So sit back with a glass of liquor on a bar porch. Hear the…

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    New Orleans – 48 hours in The Big Easy

    New Orleans was one of the biggest surprises of my six week tour of the USA. From friends visiting for Mardi Gras to the destruction on the news from Hurricane Katrina and books set against the backdrop of the city, I had heard a lot of stories. A heady mix of cultures, jazz and southern hospitality was on the cards and I couldn’t wait to see New Orleans for myself.   My tour of Louisiana had started in Lafayette, the most humid place I have ever been in my life. Home to some very ancient looking and pretty large dino-bugs, which love to hide in corners of tent folds by the…

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    USA – Washington’s Monuments

    It has been a little while since I visited the USA Capital city, but it still lingers strong in my memory. Considering its political and military importance, I thought they would be a very high army presence and did not expect the wide, clean streets and open parks. I was pleasantly surprised at how safe and at home I felt in Washington D.C. It is a place I would not hesitate to go back to if the opportunity arose. Washington has so much to offer the curious tourist. As far as museums go, visitors are in for an absolute treat with the brilliant Smithsonian museums offering a window into global…

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    Around the World with 80 friends in…Hawaii

    Hawaii is one of those dream destinations. A tropical blend of palm beaches, volcanic mountains and jungle forests, there is plenty to occupy tourists in the island’s natural surroundings. Hawaii is somewhere that is on most bucket lists, but what makes it such a popular choice? The Faraway Bug spoke to friend Amy to find out more about this idyllic location… What took you to Hawaii? A stressful experience which involved missing a flight back from Canada, finding a new ticket back to the UK that day for only £200. I got on that plane and it was grounded in Iceland overnight due to a broken toilets! I received 5…

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    USA – America National Parks Part 2

    Welcome to the second of this two-part special exploring some of the best and most beautiful National Parks in the USA. The Faraway Bug put on their walking shoes and took to the trails on an unbelievable tour. In Part 1, we cruised through the Badlands, gazed at natural wonders in Yellowstone and breathed mountain air at Grand Tetons. Now follow us in Part 2 as we journey through forests, mountains and deserts to discover what makes Yosemite, Zion and Grand Canyon National Parks all so fantastically different. Yosemite National Park, California is now in its 27th year.  The first view after you enter the park is that of Yosemite falls. Standing…