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Marrakesh, Morroco: A Charming African Metropolis

September 20, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

By Samuel Phineas Upham

Morocco is an exciting vacation spot. The culture is incredibly unique and fascinating. My favorite city in the country is the fourth largest city of Marrakesh. There’s so much to see in this beautiful country.

1) Jemaa el-Fnaa: This is one of the most famous squares in all of Africa. It’s a fascinating place because it’s where Moroccan tradition intertwines with an emerging modern culture. Historically the square was used for public decapitations by various rulers in order to frighten the locals. Yikes! Today the square is much more tame and welcoming, although one should still keep their wits about them as there are many pickpockets hanging around. Jemaa el-Fnaa on a typical day is packed with tourists from all over the world observing the myriad of snake charmers, acrobats, magicians, monkey trainers, story tellers, and other various entertainers dressed in medieval apparel.

2) Souk Semmarine: Marrakesh is famous for its souks. Souks are the most popular outside shopping centers. Souks sell all the quintessential Moroccan trinkets such as leather, carpets, metalwork, pottery, traditional Muslim garb, and lanterns. You can also find delicious foods and popular ingredients found in Moroccan cuisine. My personal favorite is Souk Semmarine which is the largest and most interesting souk. Souk Semmarine is full of brightly colored bejeweled sandals, slippers, and gorgeous jewelry.

3) Kasbah Agafay: One of the new popular activities for tourists to take part in while in Marrakesh is a Moroccan cooking class. My favorite is the Kasbah Agafay. It’s hidden away in a peaceful spot of the Kasbah’s grounds. The cooking class is held in a beautiful garden there. I love this class because it’s very interactive. You begin the class by picking out your own herbs and vegetables. They even teach you how to make your own nan.


Samuel Phineas Upham About the Author: Samuel Phineas Upham is an investor at a family office/ hedgefund, where he focuses on special situation illiquid investing. Before this position, Phin Upham was working at Morgan Stanley in the Media & Technology group. You may contact Phin on his Samuel Phineas Upham website or Twitter page.

Italy – The Best Tourist Attractions

September 19, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Italy is ranked as the fifth most visited tourist destination in the world. Tourists come to Italy to sample some of the best history, culture, art, cuisine, and fashion that the world has to offer. Additionally, the beautiful scenic features presented by the country in form of beautiful beaches and coastline serve as an enticement to nature loving tourists. Venice is one of the leading tourist attraction cities in Italy. This city has numerous tourist attraction sites. Tourists taking Venice tours should consider visiting attraction sites such as Piazza San Marco, Basilica of Saints Paolo and Giovani and the Islands of Burano and Murano. A visit to the Grand Canal is also encouraged, as it is the largest canal in the entire city and from it many other attraction sites can be seen.

Aside from visiting Venice, tourists can also visit other cities in Italy. Italy’s capital city of Rome has numerous monuments and museums, which carry a rich history of the country. Tourists taking Italy tours can visit different attraction sites around the country. The ruins of Pompeii found in the city of Naples and the historic town of Lecce provides a memorable experience to its visitors. Tourists can also sample the Sicilian cuisine as they behold the amazing seascape that is found in the city of Sicily.

This article was submitted by ItalyTours.com. Italy Tours is a leading tours and travel firm operating in Italy. The firm offers a variety of tours and travel packages to its clients. The firm is famed for its ability of organizing Italy tours both for individuals and for groups.

Exploring the Grand Cayman with Total Freedom

September 13, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

The Cayman Islands, a great getaway for young and old alike, not only offers picturesque views of the sun, sea, and sand, but also is one of the world’s major offshore financial centres. Long been a haven for the world’s rich and affluent, the Grand Caymans is the perfect place to conduct offshore financial business.

When in the Grand Caymans, nothing is as easy and as simple as travelling via automobile. Through Grand Cayman car rentals having a car in this beautiful island could never be easier. Driving through town and navigating around the many majestic circumferential roads in this beautiful island nation is also one of the best ways to discover the many world-class scenes and landscapes the Grand Caymans has to offer. While in town, travelling about is much easier when you are in control of your time and transportation such as when taking a lease with a Grand Cayman car hire service. Business transactions and meetings are never easier than when you have your own car.

After you have completed your business transactions on this world-class financial hub, enjoy the time on the Island by enjoying the freedom and flexibility of your own vehicle on the island by touring the many beautiful, and exciting tourist attractions littered across this Island paradise. With Cayman Islands rent a car, not only are your business transactions made easier, but getting to point A to B becomes more than a task, but rather, an enjoyable and memorable adventure.

This article was submitted by Andys Rent-A-Car. Andys Rent-A-Car offers fast, competitive, and friendly Grand Cayman car rentals.

Australia: Ecotourism vs. Flash Packing

September 10, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

By Phin Upham

There is so much to do and see in the “Great Outback” that it can be a daunting task trying to pick out an itinerary. One way to narrow down your activities is to decide if you’re more into the ecotourism type of travel or if you prefer flash packing. Flash packing means that you’re way more into the urbanized style of traveling: you prefer the city life, going out at night, and always dress to impress. Whether you’re into nature or partying it up on your vacation, Australia offers plenty of both.

It’s no secret that Australia is a country full of gorgeous nature. It’s home to stunners like the Great Barrier Reef, the renowned caves of the Margaret River, the 12 Apostles in Victoria, and of course Uluru, a famous sandstone formation in the Northern Territory. In addition, Australia is full of gorgeous beaches and picturesque deserts. There are also plenty of wildlife tours. Kangaroos, koalas and crocodiles are just a few of the wild animals that Australia is known for.

One of the things that I love about Australia is that it’s great for outdoorsy and active people. Water sports like surfing are very popular attractions here for both tourists and natives alike. It’s hard to beat the waves of Australia. There are also plenty of opportunities to sky dive, rock climb, snorkel, scuba dive, and wake board. You name a sport or outdoor activity and you can find it in Australia.

For nightclubs and drinking beer, Australia will definitely not disappoint on that front. There’s a reason that Australians are known worldwide as fun. To put it bluntly, Australians like to party! There are always crazy parties going on at every club and bar throughout the country. Melbourne and Sydney in particular offer amazing nightlife.


Phin Upham Phin Upham is an investor from NYC and SF. You may contact Phin on his Phin Upham website or Linkedin page.