Tuesday, 27 June 2017

Stay in the Heart of New York City!


One of the world’s most captivating places, New York City has it all: celebrated concert halls, a renowned dining and drinking scene, and fascinating neighborhoods filled with people from every corner of the globe.

Located 350 yards from Times Square in New York, LUMA Hotel - Times Square is the hotel to stay!

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Every room at this hotel is air conditioned and is equipped with a 50 inch flat-screen TV with cable channels and windows with electronic control sheer and blackout shades. King rooms feature a sofa area where you can relax. You will find a Nespresso coffee machine in the room. Rooms are fitted with a private bathroom. For your comfort, you will find Frette Linens and bathrobes, slippers and ETRO bath amenities.

Closest Landmarks
Times Square 0.2 miles
Madame Tussauds New York 0.2 miles
Playstation Theater 0.2 miles
New York Times Building 0.2 miles
Fifth Avenue – Bryant Park 0.3 miles
42nd Street – Port Authority Bus Terminal 0.3 miles
New York Public Library 0.3 miles
The Majestic Theater 0.3 miles

Most Popular Landmarks
Empire State Building 0.4 miles
Grand Central Station 0.5 miles
Madison Square Garden 0.5 miles
Rockefeller Center 0.5 miles
Museum of Modern Art 0.6 miles
Central Park 1.2 miles
Metropolitan Museum of Art 2.1 miles
Ground Zero 3.4 miles
Statue of Liberty 5.5 miles

Closest Airports
LaGuardia Airport 6.1 miles
Newark Liberty International Airport 11.1 miles
John F. Kennedy International Airport 12.9 miles

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Monday, 26 June 2017

Austria - The Salzkammergut (PDF Chapter) Lonely Planet

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The Salzkammergut is a spectacular region of alpine and subalpine lakes, picturesque valleys, rolling hills and rugged, steep mountain ranges rising to almost 3000m. You’ll always find isolated areas with peaceful, glassy waters for boating, swimming.

reel from views from the 5fingers Viewing Platform, high up in the Dachstein Mountains

hike Hallstätter See, lakes-edge from Obertraun to Hallstatt and cool off in the crystal waters between trails

discover Wolfgangsee’s remarkable pilgrimage church, St Wolfgang, filled with priceless works of art

Coverage includes: Bad Ischl, Southern Salzkammergut, Hallstätter See, Bad Aussee, Northern Salzkammergut, Traunsee, Attersee, Wolfgangsee and Mondsee.

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Wales - St Davids & Pembrokeshire (PDF Chapter) Lonely Planet

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This wild and incredibly beautiful landscape is the county’s greatest asset and in summer people flock here from all over Britain to enjoy the spectacular walking, surfing, coasteering and sea kayaking, as well as the glorious beaches and abundant marine life.

explore the laid-back little city with the spectacular cathedral and gnarly surf beach at St Davids

trace the breathtaking collision of rock and sea on a trail that encompasses the Pembrokeshire Coast Path

join the summer fun in the colourful seaside resort of Tenby flanked by velvety-sand beaches

Coverage includes: South Pembrokeshire, Saundersfoot, Tenby (Dinbych Y Pysgod), Manorbier (Maenorbŷr), Stackpole (Stagbwll), Angle, Pembroke (Penfro), Narberth (Arberth), Haverfordwest (Hwlffordd), Skomer, Skokholm & Grassholm Islands, Little & Broad Havens, Newgale (Niwgwl), North Pembrokeshire, Solva (Solfach), St Davids (Tyddewi), Porthgain & Around, Fishguard (Abergwaun), Cwm Gwaun, Newport (Trefdraeth) and St Dogmaels (Llandudoch).

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Here, days can be spent gazing upon Karlskirche’s baroque frescoes, Otto Wagner’s art nouveau buildings and Klimt’s sensual friezes. Nights lift the curtain on high-calibre opera and classical music the world’s finest concert halls.

ride the elevator up to Karlskirche’s elliptical copper dome for a close-up view of the incredible frescoes by Johann Michael Rottmayr

contemplate the sensuous shapes, gold mosaics and mythological symbolism of Klimt’s Beethoven Frieze at the 1897-designed exhibition centre of the Vienna Secession movement artists

breathe in the heady aromas of spices, olives, oils and vinegars, cheeses, hams, sausages and much more while snacking your way from stall to delectable stall at Naschmarkt

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

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The Matsu Pilgrimage, one of the country’s biggest and holiest celebrations, is definitely a highlight. This nine-day parade across half of Taiwan is an extravaganza of feasting, prostrating, praying and great acts of generosity.

enjoy Taichung’s excellent museums, stroll in lovely parks and party at hidden dives

seek the spiritual at the legendary Matsu Pilgrimage procession, which starts in Dajia

explore Chiayi’s historic temples and the traditional shops in their vicinity, don’t forget to sample the local treats

Coverage includes: Yushan National Park, Dongpu, Taichung, Dasyueshan Forest Recreation Area, Alishan National Scenic Area, Alishan Forest Recreation Area, Fenqihu, Rueili, Chiayi, Changhua, Lukang, Nantou County, Checheng, Cingjing, Hehuanshan Forest Recreation Area, Jiji, Ershui, Puli, Sitou & Shanlinhsi and Sun Moon Lake.

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Set your watch back five minutes, turn your brain setting to ‘ironic’ and cross the Fremont Bridge into the self-proclaimed ‘People’s Republic of Fremont.’

walk around Seattle’s most irreverent neighborhood in search of its peculiar public art, as well as keep an eye out for any spontaneous ‘art attacks’

explore Woodland Park Zoo, one of the better animal projects in the US

join the walking, running, skating, cycling mass of humanity powering around beautiful Green Lake Park

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

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Want to escape the city? This chapter includes the very best outlying islands, each offering unique insights into Hong Kong. Must-sees include laid-back Lamma and the unmissable Big Buddha on Lantau.

Lamma is the quickest island escape from downtown Hong Kong, laid-back Lamma exudes a bohemian charm and is home to many a commuter who prefers more space and greenery.

Lantau is the largest of the islands and boasts bountiful sights and recreational possibilities: country parks, hiking trails, fishing villages, beaches, monasteries and the unmissable Big Buddha.
Cheung Chau is a bustling isle with seafood, seafaring culture, great windsurfing beaches and temples dedicated to water deities. The annual Bun Festival is a highlight.

Coverage includes: Lamma, Lantau and Cheung Chau.

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Kuala Lumpur, Melaka & Penang - Penang (PDF Chapter) Lonely Planet

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If there’s a better microcosm of the exotic east than Penang, we’ve yet to find it. This is one of Malaysia’s most diverse, cosmopolitan and exciting cultures; an urban centre that delivers old-world Asia in spades.

- explore the World Heritage Zone of George Town, staying in a boutique heritage hotel and digging into delicious hawker food

- hike through rainforest to beaches where monkeys scamper in Penang National Park
become familiar with the contents of your spice rack at the wonderful hillside Tropical Spice Garden

- encounter nature and enjoy cool breezes and fantastic views of the island from The Habitat atop Penang Hill

- marvel at the outdoor gallery of incredible plants, glass sculptures and contemporary art at Art & Garden by Fuan Wong

Coverage includes: History, Sights, Eating, Drinking & Nightlife, Shopping, Activities and Sleeping.

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Scotland - Northern Highlands & Islands (PDF Chapter) Lonely Planet

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Scotland’s vast and melancholy soul is here: an epic land with a stark beauty that indelibly imprints the hearts of those who journey through the mist and mountains, rock and heather. It’s simply magical.

drive North Coast 500, one of Europe’s most spectacularly scenic road trips

gorge on fresh, succulent seafood in the delightful Ullapool, with its picture-perfect harbour

dip your toes in the water at harris, some of the world’s most beautiful beaches in the Western Isles

Coverage includes: East Coast, Strathpeffer, Tain, Portmahomack, Bonar Bridge & Around, Lairg & Around, Dornoch, Golspie, Helmsdale, Caithness, Lybster & Around, Wick, John O’Groats, Mey, Dunnet Head, Thurso & Scrabster, North & West Coast, Durness, Ullapool, Kyle of Lochalsh, Skye, Kyleakin (Caol Acain), Broadford (An T-Ath Leathann), Armadale & Sleat, Isleornsay, Elgol (Ealaghol), Cuillin Hills, Minginish, Portree (Port Righ), Dunvegan (Dun Bheagain), Duirinish & Waternish, Trotternish, Raasay, Outer Hebrides, Lewis (Leodhais), Harris (Na Hearadh), Berneray (Bearnaraigh), North Uist (Uibhist A Tuath), Benbecula (Beinn Na Faoghla), South Uist (Uibhist A Deas) and Barra (Barraigh).

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Romania & Bulgaria - Moldavia & the Bucovina Monasteries (PDF Chapter)

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Moldavia rewards those intrepid enough to seek it out: from glorious medieval monasteries to rugged mountains ideal for hiking, this region combines natural beauty with plenty of action. Moldavia’s bucolic villages and endearing towns feature some of Romania’s friendliest lo-cals.

admire the artistry of Arbore Monastery and the surrounding painted monasteries

gawk at the size and gleam of the Palace of Culture, Iasi’s now fully renovated grand royal palace

gaze at the soaring limestone rock formation of the Lady’s Stones, part of the Rarau Mas-sif

Coverage includes: Moldavia, Iasi, Targu Neamt & Around, Piatra Neamt, Ceahlau National Park, Bucovina, Suceava, Bucovina Monasteries, Rarau Massif.

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Sunday, 25 June 2017

Wales - Snowdonia & the Llyn (PDF Chapter) Lonely Planet

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This part of Wales really packs it in, from rugged mountain trails to coastal paths, old industrial sites and heritage train lines. The gem in this diadem is Snowdonia National Park, where the mightiest peaks south of Scotland scrape glowering skies.

climb Snowdonia’s second-most-famous peak, Cader Idris, a legendary haunt of giants

float through the air across Pontcysyllte Aqueduct, a pinnacle of Georgian civil engineering

test your claustrophobia in the gloomy slate caverns of Blaenau Ffestiniog

Coverage includes: North Wales Borderlands, Holywell (Treffynnon), Ruthin, Llangollen, Snowdonia National Park (Parc Cenedlaethol Eryri), Bala (Y Bala), Coed y Brenin Forest Park, Dolgellau, Cader Idris (Cadair Idris), Tywyn, Barmouth (Abermaw), Harlech, Blaenau Ffestiniog, Penmachno, Betws-y-Coed, Capel Curig, Llanberis, Snowdon (Yr Wyddfa), Beddgelert, Llŷn Peninsula, Porthmadog, Criccieth, Pwllheli, Abersoch, Aberdaron, Bardsey Island (Ynys Enlli), Morfa Nefyn, Pistyll and Nant Gwrtheyrn.

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Saturday, 24 June 2017

Scotland - Inverness & the Central Highlands (PDF Chapter) Lonely Planet

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From the subarctic plateau of the Cairngorms to the rolling hills of Highland Perthshire and the rugged, rocky peaks of Glen Coe, the central mountain ranges of the Scottish Highlands are testimony to the sculpting power of ice and weather.

hike among the hills, lochs and forests of Scotland’s most beautiful glen, Glen Affric

wander through ancient Caledonian forest in the heart of the Cairngorms on the Rothiemurchus Estate

make it to the summit of the UK’s highest mountain, Ben Nevis – and be able to see the view

Coverage includes: The Great Glen, Inverness & Around, West of Inverness, Black Isle, Loch Ness, The Cairngorms, Aviemore & Around, Grantown-on-Spey, Kingussie & Newtonmore, Tomintoul & Around, Royal Deeside, The Angus Glens, Highland Perthshire, Dunkeld & Birnam, Pitlochry, Blair Atholl, Lochs Tummel & Rannoch, Aberfeldy, Kenmore, Loch Tay & Ben Lawers, Fortingall, Glen Lyon, West Highlands, Glen Coe, Glencoe Village, Kinlochleven, Fort William & Around, Ardnamurchan, Road to the Isles, Knoydart Peninsula, Small Isles, Rum, Eigg, Canna and Muck.

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Friday, 23 June 2017

Shanghai - Hongkou & North Shanghai (PDF Chapter) Lonely Planet

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Hóngkǒu and North Shànghǎi may not have the lion’s share of sights in town, but prize chunks of heritage architecture rise up from the swirl of street life and an authentic grittiness survives.

get a history lesson on Jewish Shànghǎi in Ohel Moishe Synagogue

take a self-guided tour of Hóngkǒu’s concession-period and art deco buildings, such as the Broadway Mansions

get lost along the labyrinth of concrete walkways in the 1933

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The Museum District and Neubau walk a fine line between Habsburg history and modernity. Hang out in the courtyards of the MuseumsQuartier in summer and the creativity in the air is palpable.

throw yourself head first into the artistic vortex of the Kunsthistorisches Museum, a whirl of Habsburg treasures from Egyptian tombs to rare breed Raphael, Dürer and Caravaggio masterworks

check Vienna’s cultural pulse during an art-packed day at the vast ensemble of museums, cafes, restaurants and bars of the MuseumsQuartier, inside the Hofburg’s former imperial stables

make a date with the dinosaurs and prehistoric divas at the Naturhistorisches Museum

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Timisoara, Oradea and Arad boast wonderful examples of art nouveau architecture, and many buildings are getting a long-awaited facelift. There are spas at Baile Felix, while the pristine Apuseni Mountains are criss-crossed with hiking trails and amazing caves.

get a riveting lesson in Romanian history at the Museum of the 1989 Revolution in Timisoara

explore the city’s stunning and increasingly renovated art nouveau monuments of Oradea

enjoy a night of opera, dinner at a fine restaurant and a nightcap on Piata Victoriei or Piata Unirii in Timișoara

Coverage includes: Banat, Timisoara, Crisana, Oradea, Baile Felix, Ar-ad.

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