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Balti-most

Balti-most

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As Viator's Head of Business Development - I get to travel to a lot of great places for fun and for 'work'. I always make the effort to find a great place to eat, a great place for a drink and a great place to people watch. My list is now up to 90 countries - only scratching the surface of where I want go!

Mar072014

Tour/Activity

Berlin Highlights and Hidden Sites Historical Walking Tour

Berlin, Germany

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

I really enjoyed this tour. There was a lot of walking but the guide kept it very interesting throughout and pointed out interested sites and facts. He was also able to provide ideas for restaurants and shopping for later in the trip. Highly recommended.

Aug042013

Tour/Activity

Amsterdam Super Saver: Zaanse Schans Windmills, Delft and The Hague Day Trip

Amsterdam, Netherlands

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

Excellent trip and very informative guide

Jul182013

Tour/Activity

Monaco and Eze Small Group Day Trip from Cannes

Cannes, France

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

A great trip and a fun way to see the area from Cannes without a car. The tour took us to some interesting places in Eze. It was very crowded, but that is France in July

Jul162013

Tour/Activity

Private Tour: Gin Tour of London

London, United Kingdom

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

This was an AWESOME tour and a great way to see parts of London not on any map/guidebook. Jane, our guide took us to an actual gin distillery in a London basement. We were able to learn lots of stories about the gin industry and taste several as well. The tour also included walks down several small alleys and lanes with all kinds of fun facts about what we were seeing. We ended up in an historic pub which had a debtors prison in the cellar. We were allowed to go down and check out the cells. Great trip!

Jun192013

Tour/Activity

Cancun Airport Roundtrip Transfer

Cancun, Mexico

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

A private transfer is a great option for Cancun. The taxis always seem to have some other agenda (shopping, time shares, etc) so it is best to book a real transfer. I booked a shared transfer, but as there were no others on my flight, it was actually a private transfer. The van left within 1 minute after meeting me and had me to the hotel in no time. The van was brand new and super clean. The driver was great (spoke perfect English) and was able to give some suggestions on things to do. THey also checked with me later at the hotel to make sure everything was OK and to confirm my return journey! A+++

My Photos

  • Two smiling faces - waiting for ME!

Jun032013

Tour/Activity

San Francisco Airport Roundtrip BART Transfer

San Francisco, California

My Rating
4 star rating: Recommended

My Review

I was required to have a paper voucher to get my card - even though the site said electronic and they had my name. I must say the BART people were not too friendly!

May172013

Tour/Activity

Quebec City and Montmorency Falls Day Trip from Montreal

Montreal, Canada

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

Great trip with a very helpful guide. I would recommend this tour

Apr182013

Tour/Activity

Washington DC Segway Night Tour

Washington D.C., District of Columbia

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

We loved this tour. Two of the four people had never been on Segways before and we're really nervous. However, they are SO easy to ride, it is amazing. Everyone was comfortable within about 5 minutes. Grace, our guide was super-friendly and knowledgeable. The tour was timed perfectly to be in front of the Capitol and looking back at the Washington Monument right at Sunset. We also made stops infront of the White House, Lincoln Memorial, Vietnam War Memorial and others. Riding the Segways down the bike lane on Pennsylvania Ave was also fun! What a great way to see DC.

My Photos

  • John gets Segway training
  • Segway Sunset
  • John gets Segway training
  • Fernando on the Segway

Mar102013

Tour/Activity

Berlin Segway Tour

Berlin, Germany

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

This was my fourth Segway tour - the guide was great and informative!

Mar082013

Tour/Activity

Grand Canyon All American Helicopter Tour

Las Vegas, Nevada

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

A great tour - a must do in Vegas

Feb122013

Tour/Activity

London Shared Arrival Transfer: Airport to Hotel

London, United Kingdom

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

Great experience - I arrived late, but the driver was still waiting for me. There were no other passengers, so the transfer became a private one!

Feb102013

Tour/Activity

Barcelona Airport Arrival Shuttle Transfer

Barcelona, Spain

My Rating
3 star rating: Worth doing

My Review

I had to call the company to arrange my pickup - it was the weekend, so their airport office was closed. Total - I waited about 20 minutes for their shuttle to arrive. I think next time, I would book a private transfer

Jan092013

Tour/Activity

Manhattan Sky Tour: New York Helicopter Flight

New York City, New York

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

Great way to see NYC on a clear day. It is quick, but worth it

Jan022013

Tour/Activity

Absinthe at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas

Las Vegas, Nevada

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review
I really enjoyed this show. To be honest, I was not sure what to expect. The set up is really quite unique- a large tent but decorated like a speak-easy. The seats are really close to the stage and the production takes place all around you. There is some audience involvement so if you are shy - this is not for you. Also - this is an 'adult' show - there is a lot of innuendo, and foul language - all very funny, but if you are easily offended by language, you should probably go and see Donny and Marie instead!

Nov282012

Tour/Activity

Sydney and Bondi Hop-on Hop-off Tour

Sydney, Australia

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

Good commentary and great for seeing the site, but also just good to get from point to point

Sep092012

Tour/Activity

Chicago City Hop-on Hop-off Tour

Chicago, Illinois

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

Great way to see the city and decide where we want to go back to. Highly reccomended

Sep072012

Tour/Activity

New York City Half-Day Tour with Spanish Guide

New York City, New York

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

The guide was excellent for my Spanish speaking friends

Jun282012

Tour/Activity

Private Wine and Cheese Tasting in Paris

Paris, France

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review
Great Small Group Experience! Our wine tasting had only 5 people in our group, so it was ideal to learn from the guide and to meet the other travelers. We really enjoyed our oenologist / guide, Miriam. She was very knowledgeable about both wine and cheese, but also made us very comfortable in expressing our own opinions of the wines. As she said ‘there are no wrong answers’ – which made us all comfortable. The wines selected (three reds and three whites) represented a broad range of styles and tastes. Tasting them blind also was very fun. The cheeses (as always) were phenomenal. At the end, we re-tasted each wine after having the cheese and were surprised to see how much our initial impressions changed. We also liked being invited into the Miriam’s home to do this tasting. This really gives you a much more local experience rather than a commercial tasting room. I would love to do more of these local experience tours in Paris! Highly recommended!

My Photos

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  • Two hands.jpg
  • Thoughtful Fernando.jpg
  • The start.jpg
  • The end!
  • Bordeaux
  • Three Delicious cheeses

May262012

Travel Recommendation

NYC to DC? Skip the train and take the bus

New York City

My Recommendation Tip

There are several new bus services between NYC and Baltimore, Washington DC and Philadelphia. The buses are new, fast, wifi enabled and generally just take a little more time than the train. The best part - the costs. My recent bus from Baltimore to New York City was $12 one way. The train: $103. Bus takes 3.5 hours, the train 2 hours 45 minutes. That's a deal.

Check out Bolt Bus, MVP Bus or Mega Bus

May262012

Tour/Activity

Brussels Beer Tasting Tour

Brussels, Belgium

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

A great and fun tour to take in Brussels. Belgian beer has always been a favorite, but with so many choices, it is hard to find the best - and the ones that I would not find at home. Our guide (the owner of the company) was very amusing and full of a lot of stories and tales about beer, Brussels and life in general. This was a very fun way to pass an afternoon and I met other fellow travellers, too. Caution - pace yourself: even though you are just tasting a few beers, these can sneak up on you! (in a good way, of course)

I would do this tour again!

My Photos

  • Belgian Beer!
  • Karmeliet
  • Karmeliet Triple
  • Beer!
  • Murals
  • Malheur Beer
  • Our First stop
  • Brussels Grand Place
  • Beer Museum
  • City Hall
  • Godiva Chocolate Shoppe - Grand Place
  • Grand Place
  • Brussels - Grand Place
  • Brussels - Grand-Place
  • Empty!

May262012

Tour/Activity

Singapore Private Departure Transfer: Hotel to Airport

Singapore, Singapore

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review
Excellent! The car was scheduled to pick me up at 5:40 from my hotel. The company called to reconfirm the time the day before and at 5:39 and 25 seconds they pulled in! Just like my arrival transfer, this was a really nice, late model BMW with a super driver. It's great to end the trip in style!

May262012

Tour/Activity

Singapore Private Arrival Transfer: Airport to Hotel

Singapore, Singapore

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

The driver was waiting for us even though our flight was an hour late. What a treat to have a nice new (Mercedes E Class) air conditioned car take you to your hotel!

My Photos

  • Departure Car
  • Departure Transfer

Mar222012

Tour/Activity

Malta City Hop-on Hop-off Tour

Valletta, Malta

My Rating
4 star rating: Recommended

My Review

A good way to see the sites - and get some sun

Jul262011

Tour/Activity

New York Helicopter Flight: Grand Island

New York City, New York

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review
Our helicopter flight was the highlight of our NY trip. Lovely staff at the heliport, a fantastic commentary by our delightful & knowledgeable pilot Dave and a bird’s eye view of the whole of Manhattan and surrounds made this an amazing experience. You HAVE to do this once in your life and when you do it should be with these guys!

My Photos

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Jul122011

Tour/Activity

Rome (Fiumicino or Ciampino) Airport Private Arrival Transfer

Rome, Italy

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

Well worth the money. The guide patiently waited for three of us arriving on two different flights. The car was new and well maintained and a nice welcome to Rome

May192011

Tour/Activity

Private Departure Transfer: Delhi Hotel to Airport

Delhi, India

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

The driver and guide were exactly on time. The transfer took a short 25 minutes. We were told to leave early as the transfer could take up to 90 min depending on traffic. Ask at your hotel so that you don't have to sit at the airport too long

May092011

Tour/Activity

Old Delhi Half Day Small Group Tour

Delhi, India

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

We thoroughly enjoyed this tour. The guide (Mohsin) was excellent and we felt that we learned so much about Old Delhi that we would not get from any guidebook or touring alone. All of our questions were answered and Mohsin took us to places where we would not have ventured in on our own.

Note - this tour can be 'intense' - the streets are crowded and it can be very hot. Make sure you have plenty of water, sunscreen, patience and a good sense of humor.

My Photos

  • Mosque Birds at the South Gate
  • Delhi Mosque
  • Delhi Mosque Pool
  • Delhi Mosque Clensing Pool
  • Delhi Mosque
  • Delhi Mosque 5
  • Delhi Mosque
  • Delhi Mosque
  • Delhi - Mosque birds
  • Community kitchen Sikh temple
  • Head covering to enter the Sikh temple
  • Sikh Temple
  • Community Kitchen - cooking sweets
  • Community kitchen Sikh Temple
  • Bird Hospital Delhi
  • Delhi - Sparkly Market
  • KS - Crowded Lane
  • Ken - Stephen Crowded Delhi Lane
  • Delhi Guide - Mohsin
  • Detail on Jain temple

May072011

Attraction

Taj Mahal

New Delhi

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

Of course, the Taj Mahal is a must see in Agra, or even in all of India. The detail of the architecture is absolutely stunning. It is said it is perhaps the most perfect constructed building and it is hard to dispute. Remembering the 'technology' available when the Taj was built makes it even that much more spectacular.

You can view and enter the Taj on your own, but I HIGHLY recommended getting a guide to point out some of the finer details. We used: Mohd. Shahnawaz Khan, who was excellent!

http://www.ourexplorer.com/tour-guide-mohd-shahnawaz--khan-8051.aspx

If you are not staying in the immediate vicinity of the Taj, your driver (or tuk-tuk) will stop a short way down the road and you will take an electric bus or even donkey cart up to the entrance gate.

Entry fees are high by Indian standards (750 rupees or roughly US$18), but money well spent

Apr162011

Travel Recommendation

Baltimore - Brewer's Art Belgian Brewery and Restaurant

Maryland

My Recommendation Tip

The Brewer's Art is just a few blocks from my house and my favorite place to visit for Happy Hour. They brew their own beer on site, many in the Belgian style - with 'classics' such as OZZY and RESSURECTION. Each style has a unique class. The bartenders are extremely friendly and the big open windows give great light out to charles street.

The crowd varies by time, from after work Hopkins and office workers, to bike messengers to a younger (hipper?) crowd that congregates downstairs in the dungeon bar late in the evenings.

The restaurant in back is in the parlor rooms of this beautifully restored mansion and serves up some of the best food in town. It is also fun to wind your way through a loud and fun crowd and then be in the quiet, dark pannelled restaurant.

Check it out - I may even be there!

Ken Frohling - Viator

My Photos

  • Brewer's Art
  • The Selection
  • Brewer's Art Windows

Feb272011

Tour/Activity

Go Los Angeles Card

Los Angeles, California

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

I love using the GoCard products. They are perfect to see so many attractions with one easy to use pass. Highly Reccomended

Feb232011

Tour/Activity

Denver Arrival Transfer: To Downtown Hotels

Denver, Colorado

My Rating
4 star rating: Recommended

My Review

Convenient and as fast as a taxi (much cheaper than a taxi!) but we had to wait 15 min for the van to load.

Feb212011

Tour/Activity

Singapore Night Safari with optional Buffet Dinner

Singapore, Singapore

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

Excellent - fun for the whole family

Jan192011

Tour/Activity

Avila and Segovia Day Trip from Madrid

Madrid, Spain

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

We loved the trip

Oct112010

Tour/Activity

Barcelona Museum Pass

Barcelona, Spain

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review
This pass is a great way to see a number of different museums for a low price. I was also able to make quick stops in some places that I likely would not have visited on my own.

Oct012010

Travel Recommendation

Helsinki outer island and Harbor by boat

Helsinki

My Recommendation Tip

The highlight of any trip to Helsinki is a cruise around Helsinki's Harbor. Getting out on the water shows you just how closely the city is tied to the sea. Finland has over 3,000 miles of coastline and Helsinki is dotted with hundreds of islands and coves. Several companies offer boat tours during the warm months. You can likely show up and find the best deal. We used our Helsinki Card to use public transit to get to the square, plus for several various discounts nearby.

My Photos

  • Helsinki Islands
  • Helsinki Harbor Cruise
  • Helsinki Train Station
  • Restaurant Menu
  • Old Market Hall

Sep302010

Travel Recommendation

Marfa, TX - Way off the path, but worth the trip!

Texas

My Recommendation Tip

Marfa is a small artist community in the Texas Big Bend area. It is 3+ hours from the nearest commercial airport (Midland/Odessa!) and 6+ hours from major cities like Austin or San Antonio - but is great for a few days side trip. Some must dos: 1. Food Shark - Marfa. A food truck with incredible food. It parks in the center of town each day. 2. Marfa Lights - the mysterious lights can be seen in the horizon on some nights. There are all kinds of theories as to what these might REALLY be, but if you can seem them, just make them anything you want. I vote Aliens. 3. Chinati Foundation - The museum and gallery space of artist Donald Judd. This is what really started the whole art scene here. Mr. Judd bought an abandoned army base and started working. Artists from all around followed and the town of just 2,000 people has about 20 different art galleries. 4. Big Bend National Park - it's a bit of a drive from Marfa, but the scenery is spectacular. Accommodation is a bit limited, but you can look at vacation/home rentals on sites like VRBO or HomeAway. There are also several great restaurants. Best of all - the weather was very HOT and dry during the day and cold at night.

My Photos

  • The Food Shark!
  • Food Sharks -backup car!
  • Downtown Marfa
  • Marfa Fire Station
  • Marfa CIty Hall and the Palace
  • Texas and Guns
  • Marfa National Bank

Sep232010

Travel Recommendation

My Favorite Restaurants in DC

Washington DC

My Recommendation Tip

Living in Baltimore, I like to take the train to DC once a month or so to try out some of the great restaurants. Here are some of my favorites: 1. Zaytinya - Greek, Lebanese, Turkish Mezze - or small plates. If you go with a small group, you can sample a bunch of different dishes. The wine list is almost all Greek - which I was not familiar with, but the waiter was a great help in selecting something good. www.zaytina.com 2. Ten Pehn - Asian fusion cuisine, but a bit more upscale. Located at 10th and Pennsylvania (get it?) this place is always good. Great Martinis, too! 3. Marcel's - Belgian / French. A bit more expensive, but always good. If you are going to a Kennedy Center performance, this restaurant also has a shuttle to take you there an back. Check out their site to confirm times 4. Blue Duck Tavern - in the Grand Hyatt hotel. EXCELLENT. They call it simple American cooking, but it is not anything I can make at home. This is always a nice splurge.

Aug152010

Tour/Activity

Paris L'Open Hop-On-Hop-Off Tour

Paris, France

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review
The Paris Open bus tour was a great way to get around the city without going underground and navigating the metro. Sitting on the top also allows you to get a different perspective on Paris!

My Photos

  • Paris BUS

Nov182008

Tour/Activity

Los Angeles Arrival Transfer: to Los Angeles Hotels

Los Angeles, California

My Rating
2 star rating: It was OK, but could have been better

My Review
Be prepared for a long trip. The shuttle can make many stops, so depending on whether you are first or last can determine how long it takes. However, for 1/4 the price of a taxi it was worth it.

Apr122007

Tour/Activity

Baipai Thai Cooking School Class in Bangkok

Bangkok, Thailand

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review
LOVED IT! A great tour for the beginning or experienced cook! The instructor and cook were both very informative and fun. The recipes were excellent and the class was the right mix of 'hands-on' cooking and demonstration. And the food at the end was fantastic!

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