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Most itineraries for a trip to Venice start with the obligatory visit to the Piazza San Marco with its host of glittering monuments, followed by an overpriced trip in a gondola down the Grand Canal towards the Rialto Arch.
But if the thought of jostling for a photo opportunity among the crowds leaves you longing for a taste of the real Venice, there are plenty of hidden gems to be found in the city’s backwaters.
Exploring the twisting maze of streets where the real Venetians live and work, will lead you to a variety of little-visited but fascinating museums and galleries that offer an alternative insight to this magnificent city. read full article
Marrakech is also known as Marrakesh and is Morocco’s 3rd largest city. It is divided into two distinct districts – the historical city known as the Medina and the newer European district called the Gueliz or Ville Nouvelle. The narrow intertwining passageways and the many local shops are the key features of the Medina. Conversely, Gueliz is much more modern and features big brand stores, fast food chains, and numerous modern restaurants.
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The spas in Sweden were established to encourage people to exercise and swim for mental and physical well being. Most of the spas are set up in brilliant secluded locations in line with its second important tenet: oneness with nature.
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However, this long Swedish tradition could not have escaped global influences and wave of modernization. read full article
There are two undeniable things about the Bahamas. The first is that the island chain represents possibly the global pinnacle of luxurious holiday making in beautiful surroundings.
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The second is that this comes at a price, often a fantastically high price that makes the islands the preserve of the rich and glamorous. read full article
London has lots of ice skating rinks, many of them right in the heart of the city. Here are some of the best places to go ice skating in London.
Ice Skating in Hyde Park
The Winter Wonderland theme park comes to London’s Hyde Park every year before Christmas with lots of seasonal activities and a very popular ice skating rink. Hyde Park is a nice setting for skating and you can also browse the German Christmas Market, check out the Christmas Circus and enjoy a hot drink in the bar. read full article
Located in the central part of Romania, Transylvania is most commonly known because of Count Dracula, Bram Stoker’s most famous character but it is actually one of the most beautiful regions in Eastern Europe.
Bran Castle, Transylvania, Romania. Photo by Horla Varlan
It is rich in myth and medieval sites like castles, fortresses, monasteries and fortified churches, some of the very well preserved. read full article
Switzerland is world renowned for its great ski destinations. The Alps in the southern part of the country and Jura to the northwest, attract winter sports aficionados from all over the world. The following article provides information on some of the best ski resorts in Switzerland.
Andermatt – is one of those popular ski resorts that lull you into a sense of getting in touch with the season and well-being. read full article
Many of the locals as well as international travelers rave about the nightlife in Riga and oftentimes refer to it as the Latvian city that never sleeps. There is no time of the year that this is more apparent than during the summers when the sun sets for only brief periods. The Riga nightlife typically starts between 8 and 9 pm when locals and tourists begin to cluster in the many cocktail bars and restaurants in the city. It is usually between 10 and 11 pm when the nightclubs open for business.
Women are typically the first individuals to arrive at the clubs as they are not charged a cover fee and the prices they pay are discounted up until midnight. read full article
Switzerland is one of the best places in Europe to visit traditional Christmas markets. The city of Zurich alone has several good markets in November and December. Zurich city centre gets its Christmas lights in the end of November when the famous shopping street Bahnhofstrasse is decorated for the holidays. From the traditional Christmas Market in Zurich’s old city to the annual Christkindlimarkt, here are the best places to go Christmas shopping in Zurich.
Bahnhofstrasse Christmas Shopping
Zurich’s most famous and possibly most luxurious shopping street, Bahnhofstrasse, is decorated for the holiday season in the end of November. read full article
Stockholm Archipelago is a mosaic of numerous skerries, islets and islands scattered in the Baltic Sea. However, only 1,000 are populated.
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These serene landmasses are accessible by boats (classic white archipelago boats) or cars. Some islands are tiny while others are huge. Most of the islands are not affected by tides. The archipelago, the home of fishermen and farmers, has inspired many Swedish writers and artists. read full article
So you’ve checked Florence’s major sites off the list: David, the Uffizi gallery, Piazza della Signoria and the Ponte Vecchio to name a few. Now what?
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Florence’s historic, cultural and artistic treasures are undeniably many of the world’s best. But that’s not the only thing the city has to offer. And 24 hours are all you need to discover how to live it up like a true Florentine! read full article
I remember trying to convince my ex boyfriend to stay in a castle in Gloucester. Apparently it wasn’t a real holiday because it wasn’t abroad (he then balked at the prices of castles abroad and that was the end of that). But I like the idea of going on holiday in the UK. There’s loads of the country that I haven’t seen, and I really want to. There are some really unique hotels around UK, and here are the top three that I’m itching to try.
The Old Railway Station
Rail travel is something I’ve romanticised for years. It’s Brief Encounter’s fault. And the Orient Express. read full article
Happy Thanksgiving to everyone!
For those who are wondering why Thanksgiving is such an important celebration in the United States, here are some Thanksgiving facts: read full article
Helsinki is a small city but has a vibrant nightlife. Most pubs, bars, clubs in Helsinki stay open until 2 to 4 am, and there are late night clubs, concerts, events and gigs almost every night of the week.
The age limit to enter Helsinki’s bars and clubs can be anywhere between 18 and 24. On weekends many clubs have a minimum age of at least 20. Ordinary bars and pubs generally keep the age limit at 18. read full article
Spending the run up to Christmas in the UKs capital is festive tradition at its best. London of course has some of the best Christmas shopping in the world; although if you are looking for something a little different to celebrate the build up of this magical time of year, here is a selection of yuletide activities the city has to offer for 2010.
5k Santa Run/Christmas Pudding Race
If you feel like something a little bit different, even a bit of winter exercise to help you keep those unwanted holiday lbs at bay, head to Greenwich Park on Sunday 5th December where they are holding their annual 5K Santa race. read full article