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It’s safe to say that the hubbub, pace, and spirit of the Athens locals and area in general can get somewhat overwhelming. Athens is a popular tourist destination because of its history, yet it is persistently dynamic in nature and borders on being hectic.

Hydra Athens

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There are a number of fine quality 4-star and 5-star luxury hotels in Athens. Depending on your preference where location and quality are concerned you’re sure to find lodging that suits your specific needs.

Athens: Luxury Hotels

We’ve assembled a list of hotels in Athens that are sure to please the international traveler when visiting the city. Just remember that these are some of the more popular favorites so you will want to book your reservations well in advance, especially during the peak tourist months of June through September. read full article

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The city of Dublin is Ireland’s capital and largest city and is also one of the leading vacation destinations in all of Europe. Ptolemy, the famous astronomer and cartographer of ancient Greece, was the first person to ever make a reference to inhabitants in the Dublin area. The evidence dates back to 140 AD and the settlement was referred to in Ptolemy’s writing as Eblana Civitas”. Dublin is also referred to as the “Town of the Hurdled Ford” by many of the locals.

Dublin

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Prada, Ferragamo, Fendi, Pucci… these brands are as synonymous with Italy as gelato and gnocchi. Fashion is a high priority for Italians, second only to food. Luckily a trip to Florence can satisfy both your need for fashion and food. Once you get your food fixed covered head to the outlet malls.

Florence shopping

Thirty minutes south of Florence on the A-1 in the beautiful hills of Tuscany you can find The Mall. The drive alone is worth the trip, the golden fields are peppered with century old stone castles: it’s truly postcard perfect. read full article

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If you are planning a vacation to the city of Brussels, you definitely want to consider taking a few of their many historical tours that the city has to over. The city is revered as being the European Union’s de facto capital as well as being Belgium’s largest urban area. Originally designed as a fortress town in the 10th century, it has evolved into a metropolis of over one million residents. It is also the site of NATO’s headquarters as well as being the host city of numerous EU institutions.

Brussels Grand Palace

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Paris, also known as “The City of Light” has become one of the most popular tourist destinations to visit not only for its excellent array of cuisine (where do you think the word gastronomy comes from?) but is renowned for its wealth of culture and stunning architecture from the Louvre to Place des Vosges.

Paris St Germain

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Istanbul is one of the most visually-appealing metropolitan cities of the world. Rows of mosques have been constructed throughout the city, but these three really caught my eye and piqued my interest. While they all are beautiful pieces of architecture and popular tourist attractions, they are also houses of worship for many, so it is wise to be culturally-vigilant and cover up before entering.

Mosque

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The London Borough of Camden is one of several that comprise the central part of the city.  In addition to the borough, there is also Camden Town which is an inner city district of it and the central neighborhood as well.  Always a popular destination for both locals and vacationers, the borough and Camden Town are rich in history as well as entertainment venues worth attending.  This is especially the case if you’re a fan of music as it is the site of London’s Camden Crawl.

Camden Crawl in London

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Norway’s capital city is Oslo and is also the largest city in the country. For many summer vacationers, it is a popular tourist destination because the climate is mildly warm and there is much to see and do when visiting this historical Scandinavian city. Another characteristic of Oslo is that it is one of the most kid-friendly destinations in the world. Consequently, many families will vacation here during the summer months when school is not in session.

Oslo for Kids

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If you’re planning a vacation to Nepal, you will most likely visit Kathmandu and do some exploring in the Katmandu Valley. The city is the country’s capital and was once thought to be the fabled and mysterious Shangri-La. In recent decades, urban growth in Kathmandu has been phenomenal and it is now one of the most popular tourist destinations in this part of the world. As the country’s largest city, it is now a hub for international travelers and tourists with all types of budgets.

Attractions in KathmanduPhoto by eriktoner

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One of the joys of Marrakech is soaking up the atmosphere of the Souks, the markets and bazaars that spring up across the city where almost anything can be bought or bargained for. Always remember that haggling is expected and almost required and that if you are a foreigner you will end up paying higher prices than the locals, but try not to let obsessive bargain hunting get in the way of your enjoyment.

Marrakech markets

The main street market in Marrakeck is Souk located next to the Place Djemaa El-Fna. This is the largest, most diverse but also the most aggressive of Marrakech’s street markets. It is a great place to start your Moroccan shopping experience and get a feel for what’s on offer and at what prices. read full article

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As a traveler, I make it to a point to look and shop around if ever I find myself in a foreign place. I’m the sort of tourist who loves going around places while immersing myself to the new experience. I would walk around town as if I’m a local, if possible meet new people, and buy something significant which would best describe the new place I’m at.

street markets

One of my dream destinations is Milan in Italy. And what’s in Milan if you might ask? Not only is it the second largest city in the whole of Europe, nor is it the fashion capital of the world; Milan has a warm and accommodating atmosphere which can be experienced on the city’s rows upon rows of street markets which caters almost everything! From antique souvenirs, designer clothes, and fresh produce, the street markets in Milan will surely never fail to surprise even the most experienced shoppers. Want to know more what’s in store for you at Milan’s street markets? Read on! read full article

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Prague takes its beer seriously, very seriously indeed. This makes it a heaven for connoisseurs who will want to avoid the tourist trap pubs selling mass produced and often imported beer and head straight for the real thing.

Prague

The U černého vola, or ‘At the Black Ox’, is a great little place near the Castle and so convenient for sightseeing. It serves Kozel beer and great food in a friendly atmosphere, although the ratio of locals to tourists is falling. read full article

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This winter, skate under wintry sky of Oslo to energize and burn the extra calories consumed during winter. The Norwegian city offers indoor and outdoor ice skating rinks that welcome both amateurs and professionals. Ice skating is not a ho-hum physical exercise. It provides a chance to enjoy and relax with entire family on a dull cold day. If the idea of skating scares you, join audience at the rinks hosting ice skating competitions and events.

ice skating

Narvisen Skating Rink, located in the heart of Oslo, welcomes everyone. The rink in Spikersuppa remains open between 11 am and 9 pm on all days. Entry to the rink, which opens from December to March, is complimentary for everyone. read full article

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The 61st Berlin Film Festival (Berlinale), an 11-day film industry event, will start on February 10, 2011 in Berlin. This cultural event boasts the largest film festival audience in the world. The event will draw film lovers, film professionals, filmmakers and media community from across the world.

Berlinale 2011

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