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Istanbul, Turkey, famously sits astride both Europe and Asia but it often feels like it has much more affinity with the East, especially for casual visitors more used to predictable tourist experiences further west. These are some tips for visitors to minimise the culture shock and ensure that you get the best out of this ancient, varied and wonderful city.
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It’s simply the most beautiful city of the world, what else can we say about Paris?! When planning a visit to France’s capital, you may want to consider some of these tips to help you enjoy your trip.
For those of you who have never visited Brussels, Belgium, before and are planning a vacation there in the near future, you are definitely in for a number of treats to take advantage of when you are visiting the city. For one of the largest cities in Western Europe, Brussels will surprise you with all of its hidden “treasures” as there are tons to see and do when visiting. And don’t forget about the cuisine and shopping opportunities which are two of the primary reasons that so many people visit the city.
Copenhagen is the capital city of Denmark and is the home to over a million Danes. Whether it’s architecture, culture, the nightlife, or shopping, Copenhagen has it all. However, it is the Scandinavian cuisine that attracts numerous international travelers each and every year. If you visit the city during the summer months, you will quickly discover that the highlight of the day is brunch. This is literally a Copenhagen institution this time of the year. Most of the cafés in the city offer a brunch menu during the summer.
There are many traditional and international restaurants in Vienna, Austria. They will surely satisfy all tastes. Typical Viennese cuisine is a mixture of Hungarian, Bohemian and Austrian dishes. But the Italian influence from the 17th century and French influence from the 18th century can still be felt. Many restaurants offer a wide range of traditional unique dishes including its famous pastries: Sachertorte, Apfelstrudel, Palatschinken and Buchteln. Get inspired by the 5 following tips for the restaurants in the 1st district, the historical city center.
The capital of Japan and the country’s largest city (12 million plus) is Tokyo and is one of the world’s most modern cities. The city offers something for every type of international traveler. So no matter what your preference is, you are likely to find just about whatever venue you are looking for to satisfy your tastes. Whether you’re a backpacker, a family man, honeymooning, a retired couple, or just an obsessive shopper, you could be looking at your dream vacation in the city. Here are the top 5 things to do in Tokyo.
All roads lead to Rome. You’ve problably heard it before. But have you ever visited the “Eternal City”? For over 2,500 years Rome has been European centre of power, culture and religion. Thanks to all the antique ruins, roman basilicas and medieval palaces the historic city centre of the capital of Italy is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Visitors from all around the world like to come to Rome not only for sightseeing, but also because this city is a heaven for shoppers and Italian food and nighlife lovers.
I think that the ornate royal residences are on the itineraries of all breeds of travelers and tourists. May be because, only a few uber rich may be able to afford and own those residences. The majority of tourists, thus, like to pay small entry fee to experience the magnificence of the palaces for a while. If you visit Caserta in Campania, Italy, do not miss the Royal Palace (Caserta) of eighteenth century, which is now on the UNESCO World Heritage Site List. Inspired by the Palace of Versailles, this grandiose Bourbon palace fits beautifully in its scenic surroundings.
When visiting Dublin, the capital of Ireland, there are many sights worth to visit. Travelers can find many attractions all around the city. It is clever to buy a hop on and off bus ticket to explore the city. The bus stops at the biggest tourist spots of the city, like the National Museum or National Gallery. It is good to know that the city centre is relatively small and can be easily explored by foot. Dublin is divided by the River Liffey, on the north side a shopping area can be found. All shoppers should note O’Connell Street, Grafton Street and Henry Street. On the south side tourist explore numerous attractions, museums and galleries.
The culture and history drenched land of the Italians is marked by their unique cuisine. Italian cuisine is popular all over the world and the hearty dishes awake all the senses and make for a gastronomical delight for food lovers. True Italian cuisine is all about simple dishes that bring out the flavors of their ingredients. Accompany this with some good wine, old cheese and top it off with their famous sweetened fruit and gelato and you would have eaten a meal fit for a king. There are some Italian dishes that should not be missed.
If there’s one thing the French are proud of, it is their cuisine. The birth of the diverse French cuisine started in the middle-ages – the time of the aristocratic bourgeois and the working-class peasants, just before the French Revolution. Each of France’s regions that time has a distinctive cuisine which is acceptable to both classes. As history progressed and geographically speaking, these regional cuisines are destined to meet up in the middle of France which is in Paris.
Come and rub shoulders with the rich and famous this summer in the pristine French Riviera! Warm sunny days, elegant resorts and gambling through the night, this long stretch is found along the beautiful Mediterranean Sea from the town of Cassis in France till the border between France and Italy and includes many well-known cities in France like Nice, Cannes, Monaco, and Saint Tropez.
Although everyone loves to eat, this is especially the case with the Greeks in Athens. Unlike some of the spicier foods of the world, none of the local Athens dishes are so “hot” that you can’t eat them. Believe it or not, most of the seasonings used in Greek dishes are no different from the ones in your spice rack or on your spice shelf. Another benefit is that the Greeks consistently use olive oil where oil is required unlike the unhealthy oils that wreak havoc on our circulatory systems and hearts.
London, United Kingdom is a great place to visit and many millions of tourists arrive each year to experience the fantastic mix of the stately and historic with the stylish and modern. The city does have its problems, however, but ones that can be avoided or minimised by those in the know by following some simple advice.
The United Arab Emirates are formed by seven emirates, one of which is Dubai. It is the most modern emirate and is considered an independent city state. For people from all around the world it is well known as on of the world´s centres of business and entertainment. Dubai is also called a city of suprelativs: the fastest, biggest, tallest, largest and highest. All the sights of the city are basicaly divided into “Old Dubai“ and “Modern Dubai“ sights with a huge difference between what´s old and what´s new in the city.