Friday, 21 July 2017

Morocco - Atlantic Coast (PDF Chapter) Lonely Planet

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This windswept coast is home to Morocco’s cultured capital, Rabat, and its economic hub, Casablanca. The Mauresque architecture and liberal attitudes on display in both cities are a far cry from the medieval medinas and conservative lifestyles of inland cities such as Fez and Marrakesh

- wander through the oceanside medina in Essaouira and watch traditional wooden boats being constructed in the bustling port

 - explore the historic walled medina and evocative Kasbah in Rabat

 - feast on freshly shucked oysters next to a tranquil lagoon in Oualidia

Coverage includes: Casablanca (Dar el-Baïda), Rabat & Around, Salé & Around, Moulay Bousselham, Larache, Lixus, Asilah, El Jadida, Azemmour, Oualidia, Safi, Essaouira, Diabat and Sidi Kaouki.

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Lufthansa expands European schedule this winter

Lufthansa is launching seven new winter destinations starting at the end of October: Pamplona, Genoa, Bari and Catania are the new destinations available from Frankfurt.

The offer from Munich will be extended to include Nantes, Glasgow and Santiago de Compostela as further attractive city connections.

Pamplona is on the Lufthansa flight schedule for the first time ever.

From November 6th onwards, the city in northern Spain will be connected with four weekly flights from Frankfurt.

Furthermore, Genoa, Bari and Catania will be new winter destinations available from Frankfurt.

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Romania & Bulgaria - Black Sea Coast (PDF Chapter) Lonely Planet

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Romania & Bulgaria - Black Sea Coast

Bulgaria’s long Black Sea coastline is the country’s summertime playground. The big, pur-pose-built resorts here have become serious rivals to those of Spain and Greece, while inde-pendent travellers will find plenty to explore away from the parasols and jet skis.

- explore the cobblestoned lanes of the lovely old former Greek harbour of Sozopol

- learn of the Black Sea coast’s rich Thracian, Greek and Roman origins in Varna's Archaeo-logical Museum

- stroll through the Summer Palace of Queen Marie, the Romanian queen's picturesque seaside cottage summer in Balchik

Coverage includes: Southern Coast, Burgas, Sozopol, Primorsko, Tsarevo, Sinemorets, Central Coast, Pomorie, Nesebar, Northern Coast, Varna, Sveti Konstantin, Bal-chik.

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China - Fujian (Chapter)

Fujian is an attractive coastal province with a long seafaring history. As a significant stop on the maritime Silk Road, its cities developed an easy cosmopolitan outlook that’s evident in its architecture, food, language and people.

drift between cat-filled cafes on a car-free Gulang Yu, a Chinese island with European flair

sleep in Fujian Tulou’s packed-earth fortresses like a character from Game of Thrones

explore Quanzhou’s temples and near-medieval streets on the maritime Silk Route

Coverage includes: Xiamen, Gulang Yu, Fujian Tulou, Quanzhou, Chongwu, Xunpu Village, Cao’an Manichaean Temple, Fuzhou, Wuyi Shan.

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Japan - Okinawa & the Southwest Islands (PDF Chapter) Lonely Planet

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The Southwest Islands reveal a Japan you may not know exists: a chain of semitropical, coral-fringed islands evocative of Hawaii. But spectacular nature is only part of it – the Southwest Islands exude a peculiarly ‘un-Japanese’ culture – the Ryūkyū cultural heart still beats strongly here.

- soak up the sun on one of the Kerama Islands white-sand beaches

- hike into the mountainous heart of Yakushima to commune with ancient yakusugi trees

- dive with playful manta rays at Ishigaki-jima

Coverage includes: Ōsumi Islands, Yakushima, Tanegashima, Amami Islands, Amami-Ōshima, Tokunoshima, Okinoerabu-jima, Yoron-tō, Okinawa-hontō, Naha, Southern Okinawa-hontō, Motobu Peninsula, Northern Okinawa-hontō, Kerama Islands, Aka-jima, Zamami-jima, Kume-jima, Miyako Islands, Miyako-jima, Irabu-jima & Shimoji-jima, Yaeyama Islands, Ishigaki-jima, Iriomote-jima, Taketomi-jima, Hateruma-jima and Yonaguni-jima.

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Iceland - Plan your trip (PDF Chapter) Lonely Planet

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Iceland - Plan your trip (PDF Chapter)

Your journey to Iceland starts here. You’ll find the tools to plan your adventure: where to go and when, how much to budget, plus in-depth info on the Northern Lights.

- tailor-made itineraries, arranged by region, themes and events
- list of highlights and best experiences
- everything you need to know about planning your Ring Road route
- user-friendly country overview ensures you won’t miss a thing

Coverage includes: Welcome to Iceland, Iceland’s Top 14, Need to Know What’s New, If You Like: Wildlife, Stunning Scenery, Hiking, Lagoons & Swimming Pools, History, Local Food, Waterfalls, Unique Sleeps or Architecture & Design, Month by Month, Itineraries, Ring Road Planner, Outdoor Adventures and Regions at a Glance.

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Buenos Aires - Retiro (PDF Chapter) Lonely Planet

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Buenos Aires - Retiro (PDF Chapter)

Retiro is a compact neighborhood most easily seen on foot. Wander around the Plaza San Martín area or join the crowds on pedestrian Calle Florida and follow it into the Center; Reconquista, another pedestrian street, is perfect for a lunch or coffee break.

- wander around the grand Plaza San Martín and get an eyeful of the impressive surrounding buildings

 - tour the opulent Palacio Paz, once Argentina’s largest private residence

- check out the amazing silverwork at the under-the-radar Museo de Arte Hispanoamericano Isaac Fernández Blanco

Coverage includes: Neighbourhood Top Five, Local Life, Getting There & Away, Sights, Eating, Drinking & Nightlife, Shopping, Sports & Activities.

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Vienna - Day Trips from Vienna (PDF Chapter) Lonely Planet

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Vienna - Day Trips from Vienna (PDF Chapter)

Want to escape the city? This chapter includes the very best excursions from Vienna and they can each be completed in a day. Must-sees include Salzburg and Krems an der Danau.

- crowned by its hilltop fortress, Salzburg, Mozart’s birthplace and the backdrop for the evergreen musical The Sound of Music, has a fairy-tale charm

- quaint Krems an der Danau makes an ideal starting point for a loop through the beautiful Danube Valley

- easily reached from the Austrian capital, Stift Melk and nearby Shallaburg castle are an unmissable architectural duo

Coverage includes: Salzburg, Krems an der Danau, Melk & Around.

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Thursday, 20 July 2017

Vancouver - Kitsilano & University of British Columbia (PDF Chapter) Lonely Planet

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Kitsilano and UBC occupy the same peninsula, but you’ll hit Kits first when traveling from downtown. The number 4 bus will take you along West 4th Ave, which is Kitsilano’s best shopping district.

- Take a guided tour of Vancouver’s best museum, Museum of Anthropology, with its immersive array of First Nations art and artifacts as well as fascinating, sometimes mysterious, exhibits from cultures around the world

- watch a Shakespeare show in a tented Vanier Park theater, as the sun sets over the mountains behind the stage

- shop for yoga gear, vinyl records or great travel books at West 4th Avenue, and stop for artisan ice cream

Coverage includes: Sights, Eating, Drinking & Nightlife, Entertainment, Shopping and Sports & Activities.


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Japan - Sapporo & Hokkaido (PDF Chapter) Lonely Planet

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Japan - Sapporo & Hokkaido

Hokkaidō is the Japan of wide-open spaces, with primeval forests, lakes, fields of alpine wildflowers and bubbling hot springs. In winter, Hokkaidō has earned a reputation as a paradise for skiers and snowboarders; there are international-level resorts here, but also remote back-country opportunities.

- chart a path through the wilderness in Daisetsuzan National Park, nicknamed the ‘rooftop of Hokkaidō’

- carve fresh tracks in the famous powder of Niseko, Asia’s top ski destination
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- get your urban fix in the restaurants and bars of Susukino and drink Sapporo beer straight from the source

Coverage includes: Sapporo, Central Hokkaidō, Niseko, Otaru, Shikotsu-Tōya National Park, Tomakomai, Northern Hokkaidō, Asahikawa, Biei, Furano, Daisetsuzan National Park, Wakkanai, Rishiri-Rebun-Sarobetsu National Park, Eastern Hokkaidō, Abashiri, Shari, Shiretoko National Park, Akan National Park, Kushiro, Kushiro-shitsugen National Park, Tokachi and Hakodate.

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Buenos Aires - La Boca

Blue-collar and raffish to the core, La Boca is very much a locals’ neighborhood. Its colourful shanties are a well-known symbol of Buenos Aires, while El Caminito is the barrio’s most famous street, full of art vendors, buskers and tango dancers.

- stroll the cobblestones and admire the colorful houses of El Caminito, where art vendors and buskers vie for your spare change

- watch Argentina’s most famous fútbol (soccer) club, Boca Juniors, play in front of an exuberant crowd at La Bombonera

- catch a concert at Usina del Arte, a spectacular former power station turned arts center

Coverage includes: Neighbourhood Top Five, Local Life, Getting There & Away, Sights, Eating, Drinking & Nightlife, Entertainment, Shopping.

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10 Amazing Things to do in Tokyo

Tokyo has everything you can ask of a city, and has it in spades: a rich, cosmopolitan dining scene, more cafes and bars than you could visit in a lifetime, fantastic public transport and grassy parks – plus it’s clean and safe.

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- stroll through the manicured gardens at the Imperial Palace - once only for the emperor and his family - and climb the base of the keep that was at the centre of Edo Castle.

10 Things to do!


1. Browse some of Japan’s top designers at Dover Street Market Ginza, then continue shopping at Ginza’s poshest shops and department stores.


2. Enjoy contemporary art and Tokyo’s urban panorama from the Mori Art Museum which occupies the top of Mori Tower.


3. Explore the boutiques, cafes and leafy lanes of fashionable Daikanyama & Naka-Meguro, far removed (spiritually, at least) from central Tokyo.


4. Get lost in the tiny alleyways of well-loved, bohemian Shimo-Kitazawa, which offers a picture of how Tokyo might look if hippies – not bureaucrats – ran the city.


5. Stretch out on the grassy lawn or catching a food festival at Yoyogi-kōen, the city’s most popular park, which buzzes with life on weekends.


6. Amble through the woodsy grounds of beloved Inokashira-kōen, past buskers and performance artists, and pay your respects to the sea goddess enshrined here.


7. Explore the crackling neon canyons of Shinjuku, Tokyo’s biggest and most colourful nightlife district, where the vivacity and sheer volume of dining, drinking and entertainment options are something to behold.


8. Slip into the beautiful verdant world of Koishikawa Kōrakuen, a classic traditional garden with a central pond, charming bridges and seasonal flowerings.


9. Get schooled in Japanese art history at the finest collection of Japanese art and cultural artefacts in the world at Tokyo National Museum, home to samurai swords, ukiyo-e (woodblock prints) and gilded screens.


10. See Tokyo’s glittering waterfront and the lantern-festooned pleasure boats glide languidly across the water from the seaside promenade, Odaiba Kaihin-kōen.

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Morocco - Southern Morocco & Western Sahara Lonely Planet (PDF Chapter)

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Morocco - Southern Morocco & Western Sahara

The Souss Valley, where goats climb argan trees, draws a line across Morocco. South of this valley, the pace of life in mountain villages and Saharan gateways is slow. Continue further south to Dakhla for some of the world’s best kitesurfing, and an emerging scene for outdoor activities and desert exploration.

- stroll past art-deco relics in seaside Sidi Ifni

- trek, drive or cycle through the Anti Atlas

- explore green palmeraies at Afella-Ighir

Coverage includes: The Souss Valley, Agadir, Souss-Massa National Park, Taroudannt, Taliouine, The Anti Atlas, Tafraoute & Around, Ameln Valley & Jebel L’Kest, Tata, Trekking in the Anti Atlas, Jebel Siroua, Southern Atlantic Coast, Tiznit, Aglou Plage, Mirleft, Sidi Ifni & Around, Goulimime, Tan Tan & Tan Tan Plage, Tarfaya, Western Sahara, Laâyoune (Al-’Uyun) and Dakhla (Ad-Dakhla).

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Wednesday, 19 July 2017

China - Zhejiang Lonely Planet travel guide (PDF Chapter)

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China - Zhejiang

It’s Hangzhou, the handsome capital city, that lands Zhejiang on many a traveller’s itinerary. Home to picture-perfect landscapes of classical Chinese beauty, Hangzhou is the obvious highlight. Yet the province offers so much more.

- cycle around Hangzhou’s scenic West Lake, a reflecting pool for willow trees and traditional pavilions

- bask in the glow of the goddess of mercy on the sacred island of Putuoshan

- explore the cobblestone alleys of the ancient village of Zhuge, designed for maximum feng shui
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Coverage includes: Hangzhou, Moganshan, Wuzhen, Nanxun, Xinye, Zhuge, Siping, Jinhua, Putuoshan, Ningbo, Shaoxing.

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Tuesday, 18 July 2017

Myanmar - Northern Myanmar Lonely Planet travel guide (PDF Chapter)

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Myanmar - Northern Myanmar

Rugged and remote, northern Myanmar offers a fascinating mix of ethnic minority peoples, the prospect of travel through some of the least-visited areas of the country, timeless hill villages, Myanmar's Himalayan peaks and lazy days on the Ayeyarwady River.

- walk into unspoilt Shan and Palaung villages from Hsipaw, a delightful laid-back plateau town with royal connections

- head to Putao in the far north and the Himalaya region, where tough trekking and exhila-rating whitewater rafting are taking off

- cycle around serene Indawgyi Lake and then take a boat to the mystical Shwe Myitsu Paya

Coverage includes: Lashio & Around, Pyin Oo Lwin (Maymyo) & Around, Kyaukme & Around, Hsipaw, Lashio, Mogok, Upper Ayeyarwady, Myitkyina, Indawgyi Lake, Bhamo (Banmaw), Shwegu, Katha, Kyaukmyaung, Shwebo, The Far North, Putao.

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