Enjoy fun, sun and plenty of rum at Riu Republica in Punta Cana

Enjoy fun, sun and plenty of rum at Riu Republica in Punta Cana

When my sandals first touched the tarmac after stepping off the plane in Punta Cana I could already feel the warm sand between my recently pedicured toes. This was not my first trip to the Dominican Republic and so I had a good idea of what I was in for – sun, fun and plenty of rum – but I’d never been to Signature Vacation’s Riu Republica on Arena Gorda beach, a newly constructed, adult-only all-inclusive that opened last summer. 

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Girls Flight Out Road Trip: Napa - San Francisco - Sonoma

Girls Flight Out Road Trip: Napa - San Francisco - Sonoma

You only have to re-watch your favourite road trip movie to know that road trips are about many things but most of all they’re about the journey. Certainly, the where, who, why and how matter, but collectively, it’s all about the what, that is, what each participant experiences. Recently, Girls’ Flight Out embarked on a road trip in northern California. Here’s the lowdown and the highlights. Of course, we invite all you virtual hitchhikers out there to hop on our video and come along for the ride.

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Tasting my way through "la cucina povera" in Puglia, Italy

Tasting my way through "la cucina povera" in Puglia, Italy

Every evening around seven o’clock the people of Puglia put on their glad rags and take a leisurely stroll through town. This ritual is known as la passeggiata, and here, on the heel of the boot of Italy, it’s as languid as the setting of the sun itself. It’s a time when everyone comes out to indulge in each other’s company as well as some local fare. Never mind its just before dinnertime, restaurant and café patios are packed with passersby who have stopped for a bite of antipasto and a glass of primitivo red wine; a basket of taralli (a pretzel-like snack) washed down with Birrozza craft beer; or a custard-filled pasticcioto with caffe in ghiacco, iced coffee laced with almond milk. Even the steps of ancient churches are lined with gelato junkies and pizza buffs.

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