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Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Germany Travel Tip - Discover Cologne

Saint Nicholas ChurchImage by tamburix via FlickrBy Monika Petra

There are many ways to discover a city. One way is definitely through the taste of local foods and drinks. It's fun, delicious and tells a lot about the cultural heritage. Some dishes are only served or liked in a particular season, depending on the availability. Typical winter dishes will be a bit heavier while starting in early summer; people prefer fresh salads, fruits and vegetables. Tradition also still plays a role in the daily lives of Germans and thinking about the winter season in Cologne, one might picture Spekulatius, freshly roasted chestnuts and Reevkoche.

The Sestieri of Venice, Six Districts With Six Different Personalities

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Author: Albapp

Venice is divided into six districts or sestieri, three to the west of the Grand Canal and three to the east. Each of these districts has a personality of its own and hosts a part of the historical and cultural heritage of this city that is a work of art in itself.
Santa Croce is the first district the majority of tourists visit in Venice since the bus terminal where the majority of tour operators leave the tourists, Piazzale Roma, is located in this area. Santa Croce is one of the smallest districts and is the home of several significant churches like San Giacomo dell'Orio and San Stae, and of the International Gallery of Modern Art.

A Few Places of Romance in Paris

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Author: Phil Chavanne

In Woody Allen's judgement, "As long as you haven't been kissed during any of those rainy Parisian afternoons, you haven't been kissed at all." A long-time dweller of the French capital, I'd have a hard time not to agree with the most Parisian New Yorker. Paris is a place as perfect as they come to live a glorious romance, rekindle your marriage, or meet your lifetime someone. The question is: where do you start?

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Tour of Paris Canals and Underground Waterways

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Author: Suze

Taking a tour of Paris by boat is unparalleled as romantic experiences go. The city seems to be fanned out before you as you lazily drift down the Seine River or Paris' miles-long network of canals.

By taking a Paris boat tour, you can get a glimpse of some of the city's most mythical spots, enjoy a romantic dinner amid the soft glow of light on the water, or just sit back and revel in the fresh air and delicious floating in a scenic setting.

Friday, September 16, 2011

Top 8 Sexiest Cities In The World

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Author: GGadmin

Top 8 Sexiest Cities In The World
"Sex Sells"….. We have all heard this term and see it every day, whether if we're watching television, listening to the radio, browsing the internet or looking at a magazine, it's around us 24/7. When using the word "sexy" we are usually relating it to a person or article of clothing but in this case, I am relating it to some of the sexiest cities around the world. What makes a city sexy? It's a quality that transcends the mere physical beauty of its inhabitants. We are talking about those special places that make you feel incredibly alive, whether it's the people, food, music or atmosphere. There are countless reasons why we love cities, many of them admirably linked to the environmental advantages and sense of community that arise when people live in close proximity. Yet they also fascinate us for reasons that are less virtuous, but which help explain the enduring appeal of urban life through the centuries. Cities, in short, are sexy. The seductive quality of some places fills us with longing in the same way as a wink from an attractive stranger. Below are 8 amazing cities that make you want more once you have visited. I'm going to start you off in the west with some Latin flavor then escort you across the Atlantic.

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Verona becomes a playground during the Festival of Street Games

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Author: Albapp

The International Festival of Street Games, Tocatì, is back in Verona in its ninth edition that this year has the focus on emphasizing the importance of games and leisure traditions as a part of the cultural heritage of many countries.
To this end, the Association of Ancient Games, in collaboration with the local authorities has invited to this year's event several countries among which Brasil, Iran, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Portugal and Mexico.
Each of these countries will share with the citizens and visitors that will be in Verona the 23rd, 24th and 25th of September some of the most representative traditional games of their cultures, like the Capoeira from Brasil, the Malha from Portugal, l'Ulama de Cadera from Mexico and the Varpa from Sweden.

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

3 Best-kept Clothing Store Secrets in Paris

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Author: Phil Chavanne

Oh mon Dieu! Not all of us visiting Paris have the wherewithal to spend $1000 on this irresistible couture blouse, or the all-time favorite little black dress. Let us be realistic: going on a shopping spree in Paris can be hard on our finance. Fashionistas of the world, let's sin no more, and shop smartly from now on!
Expensive? A matter of area, mostly
Those of you who visited Paris already know that from a shopper's perspective, the city is divided in broad sections where stores of the same trade tend to congregate. A mosaic of many colors, tastes, and price ranges.

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Venice Tourist Attractions - Most Visited Place Around The World

Ponte dei Sospiri - the Bridge of Sighs - in V...Image via Wikipedia

Author: Jhon Napier

Incredible is the only word that rings in the minds of tourists visiting Venice tourist attractions. In addition, this city is famously known as "Bride of the sea" because of many canals that crisscrosses the entire city. Venice tourist attractions are one of the most romantic and lovely places where time has stood still. Moreover, this city is indeed a jewel of Italy. Furthermore, the stunning architecture, impressive museums, art galleries and miles of canals is perfect for an everlasting vacation.

Basilica di Santa Maria is the world's third largest church, and one of the major Venice tourist attractions. Moreover, this enormous building can be instantly recognized by its grand dome. In addition, this magnificent church is one of the most photographed buildings. Furthermore, this church was build to honor St. Mary to protect locals from diseases. And, many visitors believe that visiting this church would protect them from diseases due to which this church is most visited Venice tourist attractions.

Monday, September 12, 2011

Parisian Wonders Off the Beaten Track

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Author: Phil Chavanne

In this issue I have yet more Parisian shopping bargains and discoveries in store for the readers of designer leather and furs direct from the manufacturer’s workshop, fine crystal and more!

Rue de Paradis – A crystal paradise?

Another thing that will strike you as you visit Rue de Paradis will be the number of shops offering world-renowned Limoges porcelain, plates, and dinner sets, as well as fine crystal products, from glasses and wine decanters to chandeliers.

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Best Places to Eat in Val D'Isere

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By Fiona Monk

Val d'Isere, as one of the top ski resorts in the world, has a wide selection of bars and restaurants to keep you entertained and well-fed.
Prices are relatively high but, in the main, you will receive a high standard of service and delicious food. For lunches, there are several mountain restaurants that serve fresh home-cooked fare to keep your energy levels up for skiing the rest of the day.
La Table de l'Ours restaurant is set within Hotel Barmes de l'Ours, and has the accolade of a Michelin one-star rating. As you would expect, menus are inventive and the food beautifully presented.

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

A Visit to Venice, Italy

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By Warren Ward

Venice is one of the most romantic cities in the world and the best time to visit it is in spring just before the weather becomes too hot and humid and the place is overrun with tourists.
Venice consists of one hundred and seventeen islands and the best way to explore all of them is by foot, as it provides you proximity with the culture of Venice.
The city is completely water locked and presents you with a unique mixture of modernism and ancient but thriving culture.

Saturday, September 3, 2011

Venice Italy, A Guide for Travelers to One of the Most Romantic Destinations in the World

The Rialto Bridge was the site of this leg's F...Image via WikipediaBy Sylvia Grgas

History, Beauty and Culture
Venice is possibly the most romantic city you'll ever visit. It is almost redundant to describe the charms of this fabulous floating city, surrounded by hundreds of tiny canals. While wandering through the maze of footpaths or sitting back in a gondola and exploring the city by water, be sure to stop and visit San Marco Square, the famous Rialto Bridge, the elegant Doge's Palace, the Bridge of Sighs and the Church of San Giorgio Maggiore. Venice is truly a place like no other, with its quaint alleyways, waterways and way of life.

Friday, September 2, 2011

How to Explore Florence - A Classic Tourist Guide

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By Chris Dale

Florence: Florence is full of ancient riches and treasures, it is also the birthplace of the Renaissance.
Florence is a colourful, living museum that rejoices in the great works of Michelangelo, Giotto, Leonardo da Vinci and Botticelli. Florence has the world's largest collection of Renaissance art and stunning architecture, it is often referred to as being one enormous museum or art gallery, with more art treasures per square meter than any other place on earth.
This classic destination is nestled on the banks of the river Arno, below the wooded foothills of the Appennines. The beautiful and romantic city of Florence makes a great choice for a classic short stay or an exciting weekend break of discovery.