Friday, 24 May 2019

Europe on a Shoestring - Balkans (PDF Chapter) Lonely Planet

Europe on a Shoestring - Balkans (PDF Chapter) Lonely Planet

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The Balkans are an incredibly diverse and fast-changing slice of Europe, where the traces of the Habsburg and Ottoman Empires are never far away and the ancient and modern often coex-ist. Few people visit the Balkans without leaving in awe.

- stroll around Ljubljana, Slovenia’s tiny green capital

- admire fairy-tale Lake Bled with the Julian Alps as a backdrop

- explore Split’s mazelike Diocletian’s Palace, the living soul of Dalmatia’s great Adriatic port

Coverage includes: Slovenia, Ljubljana, Bled, Piran, Slovenia Survival Guide, Croatia, Zagreb, Rovinj, Split, Dubrovnik, Croatia Survival Guide, Bosnia & Hercegovina, Sarajevo, Mostar, Bosnia & Hercegovina Survival Guide, Montenegro, Budva, Kotor, Perast, Lov?en National Park, Cetinje, Montenegro Survival Guide, Albania, Tirana, Berat, Gjirokastra, Albania Survival Guide, Macedonia, Skopje, Ohrid, Pelister National Park, Macedonia Survival Guide, Serbia, Belgrade, Novi Sad, Niš, Serbia Survival Guide.

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Sheraton Grand Tbilisi Metechi Palace reopens in Georgia

Sheraton Hotels & Resorts has unveiled the transformation of the Sheraton Grand Tbilisi Metechi Palace following a full-scale renovation.

Carrying the Sheraton Grand designation, the property truly delivers on the heritage and sophisticated design that characterises these hotels.

“Following a stunning transformation of this iconic property, we are very proud to welcome the Sheraton Grand Tbilisi Metechi Palace into this premier tier of hotels,” said John Licence, vice president premium and select brands Europe at Marriott International.

“The designation of the Sheraton Grand status celebrates a new era for the renovated hotel, maintaining its reputation as the most recognised gathering place in Tbilisi.”

Set in the historical heart of Tbilisi, the Sheraton Grand Tbilisi Metechi Palace is a short drive from the old town and close to the ancient Narikala fortress overlooking the city, the Presidential Palace, Tbilisi Botanical Garden and other cultural attractions.

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David Copperfield at the MGM Grand Hotel and Casino

No visit to Las Vegas is complete without a magic show. Book your ticket in advance and guarantee a seat at a 1.5-hour magic show delivered by the legendary performer David Copperfield. The MGM Grand Hotel and Casino hosts the critically acclaimed star, who has impressed audiences for years with convincing illusions and fascinating stories. Choose from three show times per day.

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- Ticket to David Copperfield at the MGM Grand Hotel and Casino

- Watch the world's premier magician perform live on stage Choose from three performances each day

- See the world-famous magician who has more than ten Guinness World Records

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Fountains of Bellagio

Fremont Street Experience

The Strip

Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area

High Roller

Stratosphere Tower

Eiffel Tower Viewing Deck

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Chicago - Andersonville & Uptown (PDF Chapter) Lonely Planet

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Chicago - Andersonville & Uptown (PDF Chapter)

These northern neighborhoods are good for a delicious browse. Andersonville is an old Swedish enclave centered on Clark St, where timeworn European-tinged businesses and bakeries mix with new foodie restaurants, funky boutiques, vintage shops and gay and lesbian bars.

amble along the busy thoroughfare of Clark Street, pop into funky shops by day and drink and dine in gastronome taverns at night

listen to jazz and sip martinis with Al Capone’s ghost in velvet booths amid candlelit, art-deco décor in Green Mill

slurp pho and bubble tea in the steamy-windowed shops of ‘Little Saigon’ on Argyle Street

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

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Turkey - Thrace & Marmara (PDF Chapter) Lonely Planet

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Turkey - Thrace & Marmara (PDF Chapter)

Grand narratives have unfolded in this corner of Turkey for millenniums, leaving an extraordinary archaeological site (Troy), a city of Ottoman buildings (Edirne), historically significant battlefields (Gallipoli) and a fascinating and physically beautiful island outpost (Gökçeada) for visitors to explore.

- visit Selimiye Mosque, the exquisite World Heritage-listed building in the former Ottoman capital of Edirne

- sample local wine and food at vineyards among stunning scenery along the Thrace Wine Route

- investigate the fascinating Greek heritage and windswept landscape on the Aegean island of Gökçeada

Coverage includes: Edirne, Tekirdağ, Gallipoli Peninsula, Eceabat, Çanakkale, Troy (Truva) and Gökçeada.

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Seattle CityPASS

Experience Seattle’s must-see tourist attractions — and enjoy considerable savings — on this exciting Seattle CityPASS tour. Visit the world famous Space Needle, Seattle Aquarium and take a 1-hour Argosy Harbor cruise. Then choose from the Museum of Pop Culture or Woodland Park Zoo and the Pacific Science Center or Chihuly Garden and Glass to complete the tour. This Seattle CityPASS is valid for nine consecutive days from date of first use. An unused ticket booklet is valid for 6 months from the date of purchase. Transportation to and from attractions not included.

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- Admission to Seattle's premier attractions including the Space Needle

- Also included in your CityPASS booklet is attraction information, transportation directions, maps and discounts

- Huge savings off individual admission prices

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Chihuly Garden and Glass

Space Needle

Washington State Ferries

Museum of Pop Culture

Kerry Park

Seattle Aquarium

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England - Manchester, Liverpool, Northwest England (Travel Guide) Lonely Planet

Two cities brimming with history, a Tudor delight, an island that marches to the beat of its own drum and some of the most pleasant countryside in Britain…welcome to the northwest of England.

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- be overwhelmed by Sir Giles Gilbert Scott’s awesome neo-Gothic masterpiece, Liverpool Cathedral

- visit the Liverpool houses where John and Paul grew up – and wrote their earliest hits

- explore Chester’s Tudor-era shopping district, the Rows

Coverage includes: Manchester, Chester, Liverpool, Lancashire, Blackpool, Lancaster, Ribble Valley, Isle of Man, Douglas, Northern Isle of Man, Southern Isle of Man.

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Madrid city guide - 9th edition by Lonely Planet

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Madrid city guide

No city on earth is more alive than Madrid, a beguiling place whose sheer energy carries a simple message: this city really knows how to live.

View the marvellous frescoes at Plaza Mayor, enjoy tapas in La Latina and take a stroll with the locals in the Parque del Buen Retiro.

Coverage Includes: Salamanca, Plaza Mayor, Royal Madrid, La Latina, Lavapiés, Malasaña, Chueca, Parque del Oeste, Sol, Santa Ana, Huertas, El Retiro, and more

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Chicago CityPASS

Chicago CityPASS

Get the most out of your trip to Chicago as you enjoy discount access to five of the city’s top attractions with the CityPASS. This easy-to-carry booklet grants you free entry into top-tier sights including the Shedd Aquarium, Field Museum, Art Institute of Chicago, Adler Planetarium, Skydeck Chicago, Museum of Science and Industry and 360 Chicago (John Hancock Observatory). Plus enjoy a wealth of useful Chicago tips and savings at a variety of other venues and retailers.

- Free admission to Chicago's premier attractions

- Visit the Shedd Aquarium, Skydeck Chicago, the Field Museum, Museum of Science and Industry OR 360 Chicago and Adler Planetarium OR the Art Institute of Chicago

- Ticket booklet features lots useful information, visiting tips and additional savings on shopping or other venues

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Millennium Park

Cloud Gate

Skydeck Chicago - Willis Tower

The Magnificent Mile

Navy Pier

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Canary Islands - Fuerteventura (PDF Chapter) Lonely Planet

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Canary Islands - Fuerteventura (PDF Chapter) Lonely Planet

The second-largest island in the archipelago, Fuerteventura has year-round sunshine and the biggest and best beaches in the Canaries. Just 100km from the African coast, there are striking similarities in the colours of both the landscape and the architecture.

Coverage includes: Puerto del Rosario, Betancuria & around, Antigua & around, Pájara, Caleta de Fuste & around, Road to La Oliva, La Oliva, Corralejo, El Cotillo, Tarajalejo, La Lajita, Península de Jandía, Costa Calma, La Pared, Playa de Sotavento de Jandía and Morro Jable.

You can pick and choose from complete guides and individual chapters, and download them to any device you like.

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Croatia - Kvarner (PDF Chapter) Lonely Planet

Sheltered by soaring mountains, the Kvarner Gulf has long been loved by visitors attracted by the mild climate and cobalt waters, and those in search of more than just beach appeal.

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- wander the cobbled streets of ancient Rab Town

- sample Croatian specialties in Volosko

- find bears and views in the high country, in U?ka Nature Park

Coverage includes: Rijeka & Around, Risnjak National Park, Volosko, Opatija, U?ka Nature Park, Lošinj & Cres Islands, Beli, Cres Town, Valun, Lubenice, Osor, Nerezine, Mali Lošinj, Veli Lošinj, Krk Island, Malinska, Krk Town, Punat, Vrbnik, Baška, East Kvarner Coast, Crikvenica, Senj, Rab Island, Rab Town, Lopar.

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Wake Up To A View Of Tower Bridge

The Tower Hotel

The Tower Hotel is nestled between the River Thames, St Katharine Docks and alongside the World Heritage Site, the Tower of London, boasting unparalleled views of the iconic Tower Bridge. The location and excellent choice of transport connections put you at the centre of this vibrant city, making it quick, convenient and most importantly, easy to experience the very best of what London has to offer.

Enter Tower Bridge Exhibition & See over 20 London Top Sights

London is considered home to many of the world’s most recognizable landmarks, but exploring solo means missing the hidden secrets they hold. On this walking tour, follow your guide through the streets of London and learn the histories of top sites of interest like the Houses of Parliament, Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, and Westminster Abbey. Watch the world-famous Changing of the Guard ceremony at Buckingham Palace, and visit Tower Bridge.

- Explore London on a comprehensive sightseeing and walking tour

- Your guide shares the secrets of London’s most famous attractions

- Discover must-see sites like Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre and Westminster Abbey

- Visit the world-famous Tower Bridge

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British Airways welcomes her majesty the Queen to celebrate centenary

Her majesty the Queen has visited British Airways’ headquarters at Waterside, Heathrow, as part of the airline’s centenary celebrations.

While at Waterside her majesty was introduced to colleagues in heritage uniforms from across the airline’s history and she visited British Airways’ museum, the Speedbird Centre, where she was shown artefacts and memorabilia relating to her many historic journeys with the airline throughout her reign.

These included images from 1951 when the then HRH princess Elizabeth and HRH the duke of Edinburgh made their first transatlantic flight on a Boeing Stratocruiser from London to Montreal aboard British Airways’ predecessor, BOAC, as well as a photo from her own first Commonwealth tour in 1953, after her coronation.

Aircraft models that the royal family have travelled on lined the Speedbird Centre route including De Havilland Comet 4s, Boeing 70s, Vickers VC-10s and Lockheed Tristars, along with items from royal flights such as the royal book, which has been signed by members of the family.

Delta Air Lines launches new Boston connection from Edinburgh

Delta Air Lines’ newest service is departing Edinburgh Airport on its maiden flight to Boston Logan International Airport.

The flight, which will operate daily during the summer, complements Delta’s existing Edinburgh-New York-JFK service which will become year-round in 2019, and means the airline offers two nonstop connections between the capital and United States every day this summer.

Delta first started flying to Scotland in 2016 when it launched its nonstop service to Edinburgh from New York-JFK.

It added a summer seasonal service from Glasgow to the Big Apple (which resumes today) a year later.

Together with joint venture partner Virgin Atlantic, the airlines will offer up to four daily flights this summer to three destinations in the US.

Cabinet secretary for transport, infrastructure and connectivity, Michael Matheson, joined executives from Delta, Edinburgh Airport and VisitScotland for the ribbon-cutting ceremony prior to departure, while a bagpiper offered a traditional welcome to guests on the inbound flight from Boston.

Canada - Yukon Territory (PDF Chapter) Lonely Planet

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Canada - Yukon Territory (PDF Chapter)

This vast and thinly populated wilderness, where most four-legged species far outnumber humans, has a grandeur and beauty only appreciated by experience. Few places in the world today have been so unchanged over the course of time.

- get caught up in the modern vibe of Dawson City, Canada’s funkiest historic town

- spend an extra day in Whitehorse, a surprising city filled with culture

- count moose and bears along the stunning Klondike Hwy – they may outnumber cars

Coverage includes: Whitehorse, Alaska Highway, Haines Highway, Klondike Highway, Carcross, Carmacks, Minto, Stewart Crossing, Dawson City, Dempster Highway and Arctic Parks.

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Thursday, 23 May 2019

The Musée d’Orsay voted world’s best museum...find out what the other 9 are!

The Musée d’Orsay art museum, in an old railway station on the Seine, is most-loved for its huge collection of impressionist and post-impressionist art.

It came out top in the latest TripAdvisor Travellers’ Choice awards for museums around the world. Check out the others in the Top 10 list.

1. Musee d'Orsay
Paris, France

This beautiful museum, once a railroad station, now houses a staggering collection of Impressionist art, as well as other items created between 1848 and 1914.

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2. The National 9/11 Memorial & Museum
New York City, New York

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3. The Metropolitan Museum of Art
New York City, New York

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4. The British Museum
London, United Kingdom

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5.  Prado National Museum
Madrid, Spain

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6. Acropolis Museum
Athens, Greece

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7. Louvre Museum
Paris, France

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8. The National WWII Museum
New Orleans, Louisiana

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9. Museo Nacional de Antropologia
Mexico City, Mexico

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10. War Remnants Museum
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

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Friedrichstadt-Palast Vivid Grand Show in Berlin

VIVID is a declaration of love to life. Featuring more than 100 stunning artists on the world’s biggest theatre stage. A production budget of 12 million euros for spectacular costumes and stage sets of unparalleled dimensions. A kaleidoscope of physical perfection and outstanding artistic performances that may prompt tears of joy. Welcome to Berlin’s #1 venue for dazzling entertainment. Welcome to your Palast.

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Outside control shapes the closed world of android R’eye. But then, a flicker of intuition stirs and suddenly she finds herself moving to a different beat. With the wide-eyed wonder of a child, she beholds the world with new eyes and perceives the overwhelming beauty of things we often overlook. As if split by a prism, her perception disperses into the colours of life. R’eye unlocks the identity concealed deep within her. Accompany R’eye on her hypersensuous quest and indulge your eyes in spectacular diversity.

The creative team (working in five different time zones and 15 cities) couldn’t be more international! The final flourish: Philip Treacy, “the world’s most famous milliner” (THE TIMES). The gifted hat maker works for Queen Elizabeth II, European royals, Alexander McQueen, Karl Lagerfeld, Ralph Lauren, Lady Gaga and Madonna. The London-based Irish milliner is responsible for design direction and Stefano Canulli (Paris/Rome) for the extravagant costume designs.

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Central Asia - Uzbekistan (PDF Chapter) by Lonely Planet

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Central Asia - Uzbekistan (PDF Chapter)

The region’s cradle of culture for more than two millennia, Uzbekistan is the proud home to a spellbinding arsenal of architecture and ancient cities. In terms of sights alone, Uzbekistan is Central Asia’s biggest draw and most impressive showstopper.

- marvel at Central Asia’s most stunning ensemble of larger-than-life Timurid architectural gems, in Samarkand’s Registan

- wander the exquisitely preserved holy city of Bukhara, boasting stunning 15th-century me-dressas, stylish B&Bs and fascinating history

- look for the ghosts of the last independent Central Asian khanate in Khiva, frozen in time behind mud walls in the middle of the Kyzylkum desert

Coverage includes: Tashkent & Around, Chimgan Ugam-Chatkal National Park, Fergana Valley, Kokand, Fergana & Around, Andijon, Central Uzbekistan, Samarkand, Shakhrisabz, Termiz, Nurata, Bukhara, Khorezm, Urgench & Around, Khiva, Karakalpakstan, Nukus, Moynaq, Understand Uzbekistan, Uzbekistan Today, History, People, Religion, Arts, En-vironment, Food & Drink, Survival Guide, When to Go, Visas & Permits, Itineraries, Fast Facts, Exchange Rates, Resources.

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REVIEW: The Rough Guide to Amsterdam

With its handsome gabled houses, olive-green canals, vibrant markets and exquisite art, Amsterdam never fails to charm. However, there are plenty of surprises too: the city is shrugging off itsold anything-goes image and smartening up its look, from reviving the long-neglected docklands to revamping showpiece sights in the Museum Quarter. But for all its reinvention, amsterdam retains a laidback, small-city vibe that's hard to top; this Rough Guide will help you to discover both sides to the capital.

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Discover Amsterdam with this comprehensive, entertaining, 'tell it like it is' Rough Guide, packed with exhaustive practical information and our experts' honest independent recommendations. Whether you plan to explore the Museum District, visit the moving Anne Frank Huis, hole up in a cosy brown café or cycle the leafy lanes of Vondel park, The Rough Guide to Amsterdam will show you the perfect places to explore, sleep, eat, drink and shop along the way.

Amsterdam's Top 10

1. Koninklijk Paleis

2. Van Gogh Museum

3. Anne Frank Huis

4. The Vondelpark

5. Brown Cafes

6. The Begijnhof

7. The Eye

8. Brouwersgracht

9. Oude Kerk

10. King's Day

California's Best Trips - Plan your trip (PDF Chapter) Lonely Planet

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California's Best Trips - Plan your trip

Start your planning here. We reveal the ultimate road-trip list for California PLUS the highlights you’ll discover on the way and practical advice to kick-start your trip.

- trip highlights: the best experiences and the road trips to take you there

- classic trips: check out the routes that you simply must drive

- expert advice: discover even more with our guides to San Francisco, Los Angeles,San Diego and Las Vega, plus practical need-to-know information

Coverage includes: Welcome to California Highlights, If You Like: Beaches, History, Food & Wine, Bringing Kids, Parks & Wildlife or Backwoods Byways, Need to Know, San Francisco City Guide, Los Angeles City Guide, San Diego City Guide, Las Vegas City Guide and California By Region.

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