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EXPLORING AUSTRALIA: FROM THE OUTBACK TO THE CITY

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Whether you’re looking to venture around a tropical rainforest filled with indigenous species, would like to travel along awe-inspiring rivers and through spectacular mountain ranges, or if crossing a vast desert region and experiencing sandy plains and getting up close and personal with kangaroos, crocodiles, spiders and snakes is more your thing then there is no greater place on Earth to visit than the diverse sights and landscapes of Australia.

 

THE OUTBACK

The outback is about so much more than just a simple trip to Uluru (Ayers Rock). Head out deep into the wilderness of the Australian outback on a special outback driving experience and tour around some of the highlights of this vast desert and discover more than you could imagine. Take a walking trip down the Heysen Trail which sweep’s through a number of notable outback highlights such as the Flinders Ranges and Parachilna Gorge. Whilst travelling through the Northern Territory you will also definitely want to stop by the Kakadu National Park which is filled with noteworthy creeks, billabongs and Aboriginal rock art.

 

 

DAINTREE RAINFOREST

This breath-taking environment couples together mountain ranges and beautiful rainforest that stretch out right onto the adjacent beaches surrounded by crystal clear seas. The Daintree rainforest plays home to some spectacular vegetation and unique wildlife and it boasts the added advantage of being the ideal environment to discover and navigate in a variety of different ways. There are many tracks and trails within the rainforest you can work your way around, alternatively you may want to get into your 4×4 and discover the sights and sounds from behind the wheel instead. You can even kayak along the shoreline, or, for a more birds eye point of view, strap yourself in to the special canopy crane, sit back and inhale the beauty of your surroundings.

 

THE CITY OF SYDNEY

One of Australia’s largest cities is home to a variety of iconic landmarks and even though tourists from all over the world visit on a daily basis it should still be one of the must-see cities on your trip down under. The Sydney Harbour Bridge, Opera House, Bondi Beach, Port Jackson and the Royal Botanic Gardens are just a few landmarks amongst this cities vast array of striking attractions. If you need a relaxing evening out and want some fun then you can even check out some popular Australian casino games at the Star Sydney Casino and Hotel which overlooks the stunning Darling Harbour.

 

 

 

 

 

Copenhagen Budget Vacation

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Having A Copenhagen Budget Vacation? Try These Free Attractions

They say the best things in life are free and yet you’re probably wondering where most of them are. Apparently some of them are in Copenhagen waiting for you! One of the most visited places in Europe, the capital city of Denmark is home to numerous historic locations and astounding structures that are unbelievably free for anyone to visit. Here some of the most notable city breaks to Copenhagen. Many world-class attractions and tourist sights await you. So sign up now and get ready for a blast!

The National Gallery of Denmark

This museum is the country’s largest and is home to an astonishing collection of Danish and international arts from the last seven centuries. It also houses the country’s National Art Library which in turn is the haven for the museum’s in house cafe that is known for its exceptional dining experience and astonishing artworks. Admission is free for permanent exhibits for Copenhagen cardholders.

Free Walking Tour

The city’s Free Walking Tour is a guaranteed memorable trip around town. It also lets tourists get up close and personal with the community and the city itself. It is becoming one of the most sought after holiday escapades. After all, you’ll get to know more about the place through its streets. The tour starts at the city hall and will take you to some of the major attractions around Copenhagen. The trip is free but you are always welcome to leave a tip to the guides.

The Christiansborg Palace

The majestic landmark is open for all tourists and in fact, it’s infamous tower is now even free to access so that everyone can enjoy a great and unique view of Copenhagen. There’s also a restaurant in the tower that can make the experience more memorable.

World’s Oldest Amusement Park

This one is perhaps one of the most interesting and surprising city breaks. Dyrehavsbakken or Bakken is the oldest establishment of its kind in the whole world at 431 years old and it remains functional and entertaining. The entrance is free while you can purchase a ticket for the ride. You can also just settle down inside and have a picnic while surrounded by century old trees.

Summary

There are more of those free detours from where it came from so better plan ahead and set your itinerary in a way that you can surely take advantage of these wonderful destinations in Copenhagen!

Tourist Attractions in Paris

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Among the best attractions of the World, Paris has won hearts since two millennia. Enriched with miscellaneous dreamy locations where most people have found their soul mates with the air of love in the city; Paris is the centre of the Île-de-France region as well as the centre of attraction for pleasure seekers.

The city of Paris is not only home to attractive locations, but it is also the crème de la crème of the richest places of the world. It has  a ranking as one of the five wealthiest five regions of Europe and is included in the list of top cities around the world. The city hosts many top notch events focused globally; like FIFA. The museums here are also maintained and kept well-organized to serve the horde of tourists visiting the city. In short, Paris has everything that makes it an ideal destination for a vacation.

Summing up the description of attractions in Paris is difficult as there’s just so much to see here. However, some of the famous tourist locations are mentioned below:

Louvre Museum

 

The world’s most visited museum, which received more than 9.7 million visitors in 2012, has enough artifacts and history trapped within its walls to make itself standout among all the other museums of the world. This museum is usually visited by tourists as their first stop, because of its excellent reputation and fame. The museum is housed in the Louvre Palace, which dates back to the revolutionary period of France. The best collections within the museum are divided into eight curatorial departments: Paintings;  Egyptian Antiquities; Sculpture; Islamic Art;  Greek, Etruscan, and Roman Antiquities; Near Eastern Antiquities; Prints and Drawings; and Decorative Arts. All these include masterpiece sculptures of great artists throughout history; including the famous Mona Lisa painting.

 

 

Eiffel Tower

A well-known tourist attraction with an architectural structure that makes it a wonder of the world; the tower is located on the Chomp de Mars in Paris and is the tallest structure in Paris. It is also the most-visited paid monument with a record of 6.98 million visitors in 2011.

 

Orsay Museum

Originally a railway station, nearly a century ago; the museum is now one of the top tourist attractions. This museum is so grand that it has been used as a set for various films as well, ever since it has been opened for tourist visits. The halls are vast and spacious, making you wonder whether you’re even standing under a roof.

It has a lot of paintings by famous French and international artists including the famous “Whistler’s Mother” painting. The museum also exhibits sculptures of famous people, architecture and decorative art and photography.

Palace of Versailles

The palace is a royal chateau which is so compelling in its architecture that sky is truly the limit for it. There are four apartments within this palace’s premises, each one dedicated to a different work of art. Its famous gardens displaying the art of nature are beyond praise as well.

To get your Paris pass and visit these outlandish places, contact Concierge Paris where you can browse comprehensive packages for all your travelling needs in Paris.

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Royal Ascot is the most prestigious Flat meeting in Britain, and features the best horses, top trainers and owners competing for some of the biggest prizes over five days in June. The daily Royal procession at the start of each day adds to the pomp and ceremony of this fantastic event. Winning a race at Royal Ascot is a defining moment for horses and trainers alike. See the raw power and speed of the best flat horses at 2015 Royal Ascot.

Royal Ascot has seen many of the all-time great Flat horses compete for the best races over five days and 30 thrilling races. Royal Ascot 2015 betting is available well in advance and is the most eagerly anticipated betting event of the Flat season.

The Royal Meeting begins with three Group 1 races, the most on any day of the five day meeting. The Queen Anne Stakes is the curtain raiser of Royal Ascot and has been won by some of the greatest milers, including Frankel, Goldikova, Toronado, Canford Cliffs, Paco Boy and Declaration Of War. The 2015 running of the Queen Anne Stakes will potentially see Kingman add his name to the prestigious list of winners. With the King’s Stand Stakes, St James’s Palace Stakes, Coventry Stakes, Ascot Stakes and Windsor Castle Stakes on the first day of the 2015 Royal Meeting, it truly is a day to remember.

Day Two of Royal Ascot is highlighted by the Group 1 Prince Of Wales’s Stakes, which is a race for older horses over a mile and a quarter. The Prince Of Wales’s Stakes has been won by some fantastic racehorses over the years, with the likes of The Fugue, Duke Of Marmalade, Ouija Board, Dubai Millennium and So You Think on the prestigious list of winners of this race. With the Jersey Stakes, Duke of Cambridge Stakes, Royal Hunt Cup, Queen Mary Stakes and Sandringham Handicap all on the same day, Prince of Wales’s Stakes day at 2015 Royal Ascot will be one to remember.

Thursday at Royal Ascot is Gold Cup Day. The Group 1 Gold Cup is the most prestigious race for stayers, with endless stamina required to win this race over two and a half miles. The remarkable Aidan O’Brien trained Yeats won the Gold Cup four times in a row from 2006-2009 and is probably the greatest Gold Cup winner ever. In 2013, Estimate became the first Gold Cup winner to be owned by the Queen, which raised the roof at Ascot on the day known colloquially as Ladies’ Day. With races like the Norfolk Stakes and Ribblesdale Stakes also on Gold Cup day, there is plenty of top class racing to whet the appetite.

The Coronation Stakes is the big race of the fourth day of Royal Ascot raced over a mile for three year old fillies. Typically featuring horses that have performed well in the 1,000 Guineas, Poule d’Essai des Pouliches or the Irish 1,000 Guineas, the Coronation Stakes is one of the toughest races at Royal Ascot. 2013 winner Sky Lantern is the most recent 1,000 Guineas heroine to go on to Coronation Stakes glory. The Albany Stakes, King Edward VII Stakes and Queen’s Vase will help to make Coronation Stakes day at Royal Ascot 2015 one to savour.

Royal Ascot finishes on a Saturday with Diamond Jubilee Stakes Day. The race was renamed in 2012 to commemorate the Diamond Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II. The race that year was one of the most eagerly anticipated of the whole meeting as Australian superstar sprinter Black Caviar made the long journey to take on the best six furlong horses from across Europe. She won the race, but it was a lot closer than it should’ve been, with Moonlight Cloud almost causing an upset. The race has been won by the likes of Slade Power, Starspangledbanner, Choisir and Danehill, which shows the prestige of the contest. The 2015 running of this race should be one to savour.

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Winter in Finland by Rail (Video)

Exploring places more these days via video. I didn’t expect that I would be doing a video of my rail journey in Finland, but the scenery was so nice and the train was simply one of  the best I have taken anywhere in the world. So I hope you enjoy one of my first video efforts that is fully edited, with music and everything. Thanks.

Exciting Hong Kong

Hong Kong is such an oddity. Now part of China, it still has a strong Western feel after being run for decades by the British. More interestingly is that China appears not to be quickly assimilating it to be more like mainland China. It is huge, robust, modern, exciting and fun. And you should check it out and see what you think for yourself.

Finland via Instagram

Finland has quickly become one of my favorite destinations… even in winter! I was stupefied at how much I loved it there in February. Now admittedly, I was lucky on the weather since it was just below freezing for my trip, but given a few extra layers of clothing, I could have handled it even colder than that. Hope you enjoy some of my photos from there!

The Surprise that is Uruguay

South America is one of my favorite continents (and I am headed back there in just a few short weeks). But while countries like Brazil, Argentina and Chile get most of the attention, the tiny country of Uruguay is one of my favorites down there. Part of the appeal is that it really is a slightly undiscovered location. So come check out some of the reasons to visit.

Special Roman Tours, Walking Style

I love Rome. It is one of those iconic tourist destinations that everyone should take an extended period of time to enjoy. Too many times, people just come in for a day or two, but to truly appreciate it, I think you need to spend 4-5 days walking around to see what this city of history has to offer. There are so many things to see in Rome that it deserves your time, your attention… and bring your camera and appetite.

Ireland for 2013 Anyone?

I have only been one time, but with TBEX coming up in Ireland in 2013, I am certain to be heading back there yet again. In fact, since I am going to base out of London for the near future, I think I am going to roll over to Ireland more than a few times in the next year. Great beer, good hotels, golf and more golf, amazing scenery, and the wonderful Irish hospitality to enjoy. What’s not to love? Take me to Ireland!

Costa Brava in Photos

There are few areas of the world that I love more than Costa Brava. Its the part of Spain north of Barcelona, all the way up to the French border. While the mountains in the region are spectacular, I particularly love the small fishing villages on the coast. They are some of the places that I just can sit and rest and relax in for day after day. Here are some of my photos from a recent trip.

Headed Back to Los Angeles Soon

And the question for me is what to do when I get there. My folks moved to just outside LA a few years back, so that is where I do my Christmas holidays these days. But I am not from there and don’t really have any friends there, so I asked around to my blogging friends to come up with a good list of things to do there (frankly, just to get away from my family a little bit, no offense). They can up with ten fun options.

Consider Namibia a Possible New Hot-Spot

There are few places in the world that I recommend more highly than Namibia. It has a lot more to see and do than you would think, especially because South Africa and Botswana get all the tourist attention in this area of the world. From great safaris to the unrivaled dunes of the desert, this is a location that deserves far more attention on the traveler’s agenda than it currently gets, for sure.

Over Shanghai

Zooming to Shanghai via high-speed train – 200 mph, yo! – we were buzzing from our hutong experience in BeijingContinue reading →

Happy in the Hutong

The smartest thing we did in Beijing was getting out of our posh hotel and moving into a traditional residential area. Sure, the fancy hotel had us about as close as we could be to the major tourist attractions, but it certainly didn’t give us an accurate feel for how the city pulses and moves.

Snap Judgement – 24 Hours in Beijing

Before landing in Beijing, China, we decided that – once on the ground – we’d pay close attention to our first impressions. Unfiltered first impressions.

Up for an African Safari Adventure

Its been way, way too long since I went to Africa. 2009 to be exact. I have promised myself that 2013 will be the year that I get back there and explore. There are so many reasons I can’t wait to get back there, but the animals are right up at the top of the list. They are the most unique creatures you will run into anywhere on the planet and well worth your time and money, just to see them. It is awe inspiring to be in their presence.

Cabo Polonio, Uruguay

Want a place where you can literally get away from it all? Here is the spot for you, because this little beach village has no electricity. It was one of my favorite little spots I discovered on my RTW trip and I spend about four glorious days there, totally off the grid. Literally.

Angkor Wat Photo Essay

Angkor is one of the best places to take photos anywhere in the world. It is literally almost impossible to take a bad photo there and here are some of the best ones I took during two trips that I had there this last fall. It is one of my favorite places in the world.

New 7 Wonders Scam

The New 7 Wonders of the World is one of the biggest scam operations going on in travel today. This post is the result of me pulling every bit of information I could find out about it anywhere on the web. Suffice to say that it is must reading.

Travel and Social Conscience as it Relates to Egypt Today

Whether one should travel to a country or not, based on what is going on internally there, is one of the thorny questions for every traveler. Right now, Egypt is in the midst of some internal turmoil (though we all hope it ends soon) and in this post, I address my feelings on current travel there.

Good Jordanian Wine?? Yes… It Does Exist

One of the things that surprised me when I traveled in the Middle East earlier this year was that there are some really good wines made in that part of the world. Both Lebanon and Israel have a series of good wineries, but I was most pleasantly surprised by the Zumot Winery in Jordan. There were some wines here that would retail for $60-100, if the label said Napa Valley.

Monte Carlo Train Station in Photos

I was lucky enough to get to the Monte Carlo train station while it was almost empty one afternoon this summer, so I had a chance to take some longer exposure shots and turn them into HDR photos. I hope you enjoy them, as it is one of the prettier stations I went to on the Ultimate Train Challenge.

Museum of Broken Relationships

In Zagreb, Croatia I randomly walked into the Museum of Broken Relationships thinking that it would make the subject of a funny post lightly making light of the subject matter. An hour later I walked out thinking it was perhaps the best museum I have ever been to. It was breathtaking in its emotional connection to me.

The Damascus Souk in Photos

The Damascus Souk is simply my favorite market in the world. It is huge. Simply huge. And the variety of products you can see and buy there is immense. Here are just a few of my hundreds of photographs I took on my last trip there, before things blew up in  Syria.

Running of the Donkeys?? Why yes, indeed.

After going to the Running of the Bulls in Pamplona, I thought my close encounters with animal races were over, but no. The Running of the Donkeys happens at the end of a lovely three day festival in the small down of Sali on an island off the Croatian Coast. As you can tell from the pictures, it is a blast.

Innsbruck Impressions

I recently attended a travel blogger conference in Innsbruck in the Austrian Alps. A full and interesting program, lots of inspiration and great fun to meet up with fellow bloggers and writers. Hats off to Oliver and Travel Bloggers Unite (TBU) for a well-organised event.

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