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Naples is synonymous with presepe or Nativity scenes. From the big cathedrals to public squares right down to the small houses – there’s hardly any place where you wouldn’t find one! Setting up a nativity scene is a source of great pride for these Italians and is an art that is passed on from generation to generation. The nativity scene is said to have been first created by St Francis of Assisi in 1223 when he conducted a Christmas mass in the town of Greccio. It is usually set up around December 8th and continues right up to epiphany on January 6th.

naples in christmas market
Photo by House Of Sims

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Whether you are just out of the closet or have been openly gay your entire life, one thing that gets tricky for everyone is how to plan a gay vacation that meets your needs. Although gay travel and straight travel are very similar, there are a few things that you need to think about before you look at booking your next trip. With a huge variety of gay vacations out there, it is important to find one that meets your needs.

Plan Your Vacation

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Langkawi is a 99-island archipelago situated off the northwestern shores of Malaysia in the Andaman Sea. It is oftentimes referred to as “the Jewel of Kedah”, and is one of the most targeted tourist coastal destinations in this part of the world.

nightlife in langkawi
It is known for a nightlife that is almost a contradiction in terms in that it is lively and yet so relaxing because of the fact that so many of the popular nightlife venues are located in and around the numerous beach resorts that dot the entire coastline. read full article

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A visit to the 8th arrondissement of Paris will unfold a world of tempting luxury that we dream of. The arrondissement, an administrative unit located on the River Seine’s right bank, comprises seven ward councils: Hoche Friedland, Parc Moceau, Mairie, Europe, Saint-Philippe du Roule, Elysees-Madeleine and Triangle d’or. These councils house an assortment of world-class churches, memorials, museums and other magnificent attractions, and posh hotels, markets, residential structures and restaurants. However, a Paris itinerary will not be complete without the following landmarks:

paris 8th arrondissement

The Monceau, one of the most picturesque parks in Paris, is a treasure trove of beautiful trees, including Corsican pine, honey locust America, maple, Judas, silver lime, sycamore and tulip. read full article

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If you’re looking to take your next trip up a notch while keeping costs down, winter 2010 is the perfect time to go. With the global economy going south the last few years, the hardest hit sector in the travel industry has been the luxury market. Rates for 4- and 5-star hotels reached historic lows in 2009, and it’s continuing throughout 2010 and even to 2011. Las Vegas Luxury Hotel

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1. The art capital of Italy

florence fun facts

Known as the cradle of the Renaissance era (la culla del Rinascimento), the historic center of Florence was declared as a World Heritage Site by the UNESCO in 1982. In fact, the centro storico is home to some of the most beautiful monuments, churches and museums of the world and attracts millons of tourists to the city each year. The historic city lies within medeival walls built around it in the 14th century after Florence began to grow due to its economic growth. Some of its most prominent sights include the Duomo, the Uffizi museum, the Galleria dell’Accademia where the statue of David is held and the Ponte Vecchio. read full article

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The best way to see London is undoubtedly by foot (although the number 26 bus is pretty great too). There’s an awful lot of London to see, so if you’re after a walking tour for a few hours, here are some of the best:

walking in london

Insider London Tours: The Insider London tours offer something a little bit different. Want a tour of weird London? Want to know where the coolest interiors are? Or the best architecture? Then make sure you go on one of their tours and do some walking and learning. read full article

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When my husband and I set off on a birthday jaunt to the Amalfi Coast, I knew a big part of the holiday would be spent obsessing over his beloved birthday present, a new SLR camera. Although, I was pleased he had found a new interest besides his Xbox, I was concerned that my patience might be wearing a little thin by the end of the trip, if his camera received more of his attention than I did.

taking pictures in amalfi coast

Even though we had been told that the Amalfi Coast was a beautiful part of Italy, when we arrived the spectacular scenery surpassed all our expectations. The dramatic coastline with its lush green mountains, splashes of vivid fuchsia bougainvillea and sparkling sapphire seas must be seen to be believed. read full article

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I might be a grown-up (apparently) but that doesn’t mean I don’t like toys and playing and fun. London has some excellent toy shops, so once you’ve hit Hamley’s (you’ve all heard of that one, right? I don’t need to go into how awesome Hamley’s is. It’s big, there’s lots of toys and tourists. It’s expensive and fabulous fun. But, what about the more specific shops? Where are the independent toy shops that you can take your kids too?

toy shops london

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If that old saying is true – “a picture is worth a thousand words,” then half a century of film archives must be priceless for telling the story and the beauty of Italy’s Campania region. Many of the old Hollywood classics portray southern Italy in a simpler time and the black and white images add to the romance of the love stories and the sinister nature of the tales involving crime and mystery.

cinematic stroll through campania of yesterday

The 1950s and 1960s yielded a treasure trove of films shot in Campania. Here is a handful to get you started on your journey through a different time: read full article

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Classic Hollywood movies of the 1950s and 1960s shaped our early view of southern Italy both as a destination full of love and passion and as a sinister, dark hotbed of corruption. Yet, in the 1990s, filmmakers explored the more colorful side of Campania, often making its lush scenery as much a part of the plot as the characters themselves.

cinematic stroll through campania of today

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The Royal Botanical Garden of Madrid, a beautiful secluded place in the heart of the Spanish capital, is just across the Prado Museum. Nature lovers and gardening enthusiasts should not miss it, as the garden is home to flora from diverse climatic zones. The garden comprises greenhouses, pavilions, a bonsai section, kitchen garden, orchid section, rose garden and aromatic plant section.

madrid botanical garden

Greenhouses present exotic plants from different parts of the earth. Catroviejo Bolibar Santiago, a computer-managed greenhouse, has three plant sections: tropical, subtropical and desert. Graells Stove or Las Palmas greenhouse features tropical species, mosses and ferns. There are dedicated pavilions: pavilions of bananas and buckeyes. read full article

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One of the aspects of Budapest that many international travelers oftentimes overlook is the assortment of shopping malls and bargain opportunities that the city has to offer.
Shopping Mall in Budapest
We’ve decided to compile a list of the most recommended ones in the city so you have a head’s up should you be planning a vacation to Budapest. read full article

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The capital city of Italy is Rome and is one of the top picks for an international vacation, especially for lovers and romantic couples. It is the famed city of the Roman Empire, the Seven Hills, and Vatican City. It was also the site of several famous movies such as “La Dolce Vita” and “Three Coins in the Fountain.” Rome has been a center of culture, history, power, and religion for over a millennium as well as being home to one of the world’s greatest civilizations.

Kid Friendly Rome
The following list of kid-friendly destinations in Rome is far from complete. However, you should consider these as events and attractions that you don’t want to miss while vacationing in Rome. read full article

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Madrid gives you the opportunity to make some great day trips from the city. Take advantage of European trains that for little money will take you around some pretty nice and interesting places.

Madrid Day Trips

One of the most popular trips is a visit to the El Escorial palace. Take the Cercanias Train line C-8 from Atocha train station for a one hour-long ride. read full article

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