Top five Monday
Munich has developed a reputation as being a city dominated by a single attraction, the Oktoberfest beer festival. This is unfair as the city has a lot to offer, especially to those who wouldn’t dream of attending a beer festival. The city has cultural and historical attractions aplenty, as well as being a useful gateway city and transport hub for the Bavarian Alps. Here are five fun facts about this beguiling and often misunderstood city.
The most populous city in Turkey is Istanbul and is also considered the cultural and financial center of the country. As of this past year (2010), Istanbul is one of the three Capitals of Culture in Europe and has grown in popularity as an international tourist destination.
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While it may not be possible to take children on any and every adventure they dream of, one of the joys of literature is that they can discover the world around them from the comfort of home. This is a great way to inspire youngsters about travel before a trip or simply increase their awareness of other lands and cultures. Here is my pick of travel books for kids, with notes on the appropriate age group for each.
The Tintin series of books is possibly the best series for kids yet written. read full article
So you’re planning a trip to Rome and you’ve done a bit of research beforehand. You’ve worked out how to get from from the airport to your hotel. Naturally, you’ve made your hotel room reservations on Venere.com (wink, wink) and you’ve made a list of recommended restaurants you want to check out during your trip. You’ve even mapped out your itinerary of the ‘Must’ sights to see. But how well do you really think you know Rome? We’ve put together some fun facts about Rome that maybe you didn’t know yet.
Milan is certainly a city that should not be overlooked when planning your itinerary for the Bel Paese. With good fashion, good food and a great nightlife, what more could you possibly want from a city? We’ve put a list together of some fun facts about Milan which will undoubtedly make your planning to the fashion capital a bit easier.
The region of Campania has it all: stunning scenery, glorious gastronomy, captivating culture & jaw-dropping geology! What more could a tourist ask for? Not much, which is why tourists swarm to the Campania’s main attractions every year. With so much on offer and such diversity, it would be easy to spend weeks, if not months, exploring the different faces of Campania. Nevertheless, here’s my take on what’s not to be missed, in a list of the top five things to do in Campania:
The Balearic Islands are a Spanish archipelago in the Mediterranean sea that includes Majorca, Menorca, Ibiza and Formentera.
Majorca is the biggest island combining a little of everything. It doesn’t matter if you like mountain sceneries and hiking or enjoying sun on the beach – you can find it here. Ibiza is a well-known clubbing island, Menorca is a heaven of tranquility with isolated beaches and Formentera is a small chill-out island. read full article
Swiss cuisine is mainly known for its cheese dishes: fondue and raclette. Here are the top 5 Swiss dishes to try in Zurich, and some tips for vegetarians.
1. Zurich Geschnetzeltes
If you can manage to pronounce this one, try Zurich Geschnetzeltes, made with small pieces of veal cooked in a creamy mushroom and white wine sauce. Zurich Geschnetzeltes is usually eaten with noodles. read full article
Disneyland Paris has had its share of controversy, catastrophe and crisis, but its position in the pantheon of top European and world tourist destinations has been assured for many years now. No matter whether you fall into the equally vocal ‘love it’ or ‘hate it’ camps, here are five fun facts about the eternally divisive yet popular theme park resort.
Serious planning to bring the Disney franchise to Europe followed the immediate success of the Disney theme park in Tokyo in 1983. read full article
Marrakech is in the enviable position of offering an exotic taste of distant lands to travellers while still being within range of European based budget airlines. While the profile of this North African gem has been raised in recent years and visitor numbers are rising ever higher, there is still a lot of mystique shrouding the history and culture of Marrakech.
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The name Marrakech is thought to derive from the ancient language of the Berber people that live in the Western Sahara region and means ‘Land of God’. read full article
Rome abounds with no-frills pizzerias that serve a variety of pizzas. A classic Roman pizza is crispy and wafer thin. Pizzerias with wood-fired oven produce excellent thin crust pizzas. Almost all pizzerias serve traditional capricciosa and margherita pizzas. A capricciosa pizza consists of a bit of everything such as eggs, prosciutto, artichoke hearts, olives, sausages, mozzarella and tomatoes, whereas the margherita features basil, mozzarella and tomatoes.
Pizza Al Taglio, “pizza by the cut,” is the most popular pizza. These rectangular pizzas are cut by scissors and weighed as per customers’ requirements. read full article
Traveling with children has challenges of its own: where to go, which toys… The first and foremost task is to select kid-friendly attractions. Indeed, they love fun-filled activities, yummy food, colorful places, parks, zoos and interactive activities. If your kids have different tastes, consider them while planning the itinerary. Also, review educational value of the selected attractions. We have identified five interesting attractions for a family trip to Oslo, capital of Norway.
Italy’s southern region of Campania is rich in both history and beauty. It’s also quite large at about 5,240 square miles. It runs from the province of Caserta in the north to the province of Salerno in the south. It would be impossible to tackle it all in a 1-2 week visit so here are 5 tips to keep in mind when setting forth on your first journey through Campania:
1) Beaches – Campania consists of 210 miles of coastline, which is unparalleled in its beauty, running from the teal-colored blues of the Amalfi Coast and Naples to the more rugged beauty of the Cilento Coast in Salerno. read full article
Amsterdam is a city with a long and eventful history, much of which will be known to visitors and much of which won’t.
Firstly, the origin of the name Amsterdam is in a combination of the river Amstel and the recognisable English word ‘dam’. The dam was built by locals protesting about the imposition of a bridge tax during the thirteenth century. This makes Amsterdam the location of one of history’s first tax avoidance schemes. read full article
For many years Lisbon was an enigma to people all around the world. The cradle of the globe-spanning Portuguese empire became a haven of axis and allied spies during the Second World War and then represented part of an outpost of dictatorship in free Western Europe. When the revolution came it seemed to be Spain which seized the initiative and attracted the tourists. Yet while the discerning always had a special affection for Lisbon, its charms are now becoming much wider known.
The area today covered by the city of Lisbon was first settled by the peripatetic Phoenicians who arrived by boat on trading missions from the Eastern Mediterranean centuries before the era of Christ. They called their settlement Alis Ubbo which translates as ‘beautiful shore’, a name as fitting today as it was all that time ago. read full article