Great location within walking distance of many sites including the river Moldavia and the old town. We didn't need to get on a tram/metro: we walked everywhere.
Buffet breakfast included in the room price.
Staff extremely helpful.
Would definitely stay there again if I was visiting Prague!
Na Morani 15, Vaclavska 5, Prague, Czech Republic
Sail down the Seine in a bateau mouche. Have your camera ready for some night time shots of the Eiffel Tower when you pass and it's all lit up.
Adults: €8,5/person (before 8 p.m.), €9/person (after 8 p.m.) ; Children (under 12 years of age): €4,1/person.
These museums are worth a visit. Really enjoyed both and best of all - they are free entry!
Brighton Museum: Royal Pavilion Gardens, Brighton, BN1 1EE
tel: + 44 (0)1273 290900;
Hove Museum: 19 New Church Road, Hove, BN3 4AB;
tel: 01273 290200;
A cubed shaped arch that’s 106 metres wide. Take a lift to the top for excellent views, have a pint in the bar and visit the exhibitions on show inside. The business park also has sculptures surrounding it (one is a giant thumb!). Take plenty photos. There are some shops surrounding it but I didn't get a chance to see them!
Place de la Défense, La Défense business district;
Great food, big portions, and reasonable prices. Free internet too, although no printing facilities. Try the chocoholic fantasy on the dessert menu! Mmmmmmm.
1a Market St, opposite Fruitmarket Gallery and Waverley Station;
tel: 0131 226 9560;
Miette Hot Springs is the ultimate hot springs location. The Hottest springs in the Canadian Rockies offers two hot pools for a relaxing soak and a cold pool overlooking the scenic Fiddle River Valley (if you're brave enough - it's chilly!).
Tucked away in the Fiddle Valley, the springs offer solitude and relaxation, and with many hiking trails starting from this point, it makes for a perfect location to hike and soak.
Camping and other accommodation are also available nearby. If you are looking to leave the crowds behind and soak up some nature, visit the Miette Hot Springs on your next vacation.
Canadian Rockies Hot Springs - Miette Hot Springs
Box 2579 Jasper, Alberta T0E 1E0
Tel: 1-800-767-1611, or
Fax: (780) 866-2112
E-mail: email@example.com www.explorejasper.com/sights/miettehotsprings.htm
Miette Hot Springs
61 km east of Jasper townsite
51 km west of Hinton
From Jasper, proceed east on highway 16 for 44 km to the Pocahontas Bungalows and the Miette Road junction. From Hinton, proceed west on highway 16 for 34 km to Pocahontas Bungalows and the Miette Road junction. From there, proceed south on the Miette Road. Miette Hot Springs are at the end of Miette Road, 17 km ahead.
You can cover almost all of Florence by foot, but on the first day we took the bus. Most of the attractions are closely grouped together and signposted by the whirr of camera shutters. Visitors who are lost and do not feel up to asking directions should follow the umbrella hovering above the crowds – it’s guaranteed to be guiding a band of tourists to another one of the city’s attractions.
The open top tour bus is a cheap way to find your way around the city. Get on the bus, stay on for the whole tour, then jump off on the return journey if there is something you fancy seeing and jump back on when the next one comes along. You get a free pair of earphones included in the price of your ticket, which is valid for 24 hours. All tours have either a guide or audio commentary, with frequent departures throughout the day. Most tours take an hour if you don’t hop on and off, although some may take approximately two hours.
The start point is the central train station (Santa Maria Novella). Look for the red open top double-decker bus - you can't miss it! Tours depart every 30-60 minutes, depending on the season, and children four and under travel for free.
There are plenty of free museums and art galleries to see in Edinburgh: Chambers Street museums (Royal Museum and Museum of Scotland), Museum of Childhood, Museum of Edinburgh, The People’s Story (all central) and City Art Centre, Dean Gallery and the Scottish Gallery of Modern Art (n.b: you have to pay entry fee for some exhibitions within the galleries).
Royal Museum and Museum of Scotland: www.nms.ac.uk;
City Art Centre, Museum of Childhood, Museum of Edinburgh, The People’s Story: www.cac.org.uk;
Dean Gallery and Scottish Gallery of Modern Art: www.nationalgalleries.org
Take a guided tour around Girona, a very quiet and peaceful town. We took a bus tour from Barcelona - it's about an hour's drive. Girona is a walled city, some think it's one of Spain's most enticing. There are few hotels, so you'll need to make reservations if you're planning to stay in the summer months.
A shoppers paradise! Shop till you drop - you'll never see it all in one day. As the world's largest entertainment and shopping centre, West Edmonton Mall features over 800 stores, a giant water park and the world's biggest indoor rollercoaster. The mall receives 22 million visits per year, and sometimes refers to itself as "the eighth wonder of the world".
The Boboli Gardens (Giardino di Boboli) are beautiful! Approximately 111 acres (45 hectares) of lavishly landscaped gardens behind the Pitti Palace ((Palazzo Pitti), extending to modern Fort Belvedere in Florence. Designed in a carefully structured and geometric Italian renaissance style, the gardens were begun in 1550 by Niccolò di Raffaello de' Pericoli detto Tribolo, who had been commissioned by Eleanora de Toledo, wife of Cosimo I, to create a setting that would be appropriate for vast pageants and Medici court entertainments.
Lacking a natural water supply, the gardens relied on an elaborate system of water distribution, a special conduit being built to tap the river; this was further enlarged by Ferdinando I, Cosimo's son, and the garden waters are known as the Acqua Ferdinanda. The Boboli, preserved by the Italian monarchy and today a public park, displays statuary from various historical periods, and includes works by important mannerist and baroque sculptors. Among well-known features are the Artichoke Fountain, the Museum of Porcelain, a Rococo Kaffeehaus, and a much-copied, horseshoe-shaped amphitheatre with an Egyptian obelisk.
After touring through the Pitti Palace you may wish to meander through the charming renaissance gardens that occupy the hill behind the museum. You will notice the occasional baroque and rococo touches while enjoying the cypress laneways, the Limonaia & botanical gardens, the hidden statues and bubbling fountains. Inside the gardens you can also enter into the Porcelain Museum with the same ticket. Technically picnics are not allowed in the gardens but pick a secluded spot or an empty bench and you can normally eat without being noticed. There are cafes in the street before you enter into the gardens, and here you can easily purchase sandwiches and wine to enjoy in the sun. Take extra bread and feed the ducks while your there
Also take a look at the Bardini Gardens. These are newly opened gardens and can be entered with the same ticket purchased for the Boboli gardens.
You can reserve Boboli Garden tickets with Florenceart (www.florenceart.it/booking);
For more information see www.polomuseale.firenze.it/english/musei/boboli;
tel: 39 0552651838;
Austrians have a thing about death and have a museum dedicated to it. Having seen it featured on a holiday programme, it seemed interesting, so when we arrived in Vienna we got our hotel to phone and book (we don't speak German, and it said in guide books that visits are by appointment only). They said they didn't have any English interpreters to show us around and that they would have to get one in just for us (there were 2 of us on the trip) and that we would have to pay extra to cover the cost of the interpreter. We decided not to go in the end (tip for all who don't speak fluent German).
Bestattungs Museum, Vienna: telephone 501 95 4227 to make an appointment
Bit of a rip-off to see the balcony and statue of Juliet. You have to pay to go up the stairs to the museum, if that’s what you can call it - very sparse, and so busy that you’re lucky to get a picture on you own on the balcony. Graffiti everywhere on the arches as you go in and chewing gum - yuk! not worth the trek.
Via Cappello 21-23, south of Piazza delle Erbe, in the Old Town Just follow the crowds of tourists - you cannot miss it.
The central train station of Verona, Porta Nuova, is situated in the very centre of the town. It is a long walk to all the major historic sights of the town and to most of the hotels as well. Very dodgy looking people hanging about, so don't stay there too long, and watch out when crossing the road: the drivers are maniacs.
For departures or arrivals information see www.trenitalia.it/en/index.html
The eerie formations known as Hoo Doos (or Hoodoos) are found in North American badlands, formed by wind and water erosion of sedimentary rocks. Looking like petrified mushrooms, they have a protective rock cap which shelters their shaft, detering them from disintergrating at the same speed as the surrounding sandstone.
In the Drumheller area you can follow a special 25 km (15 mile) Hoodoo Drive Trail to where you can visit them along highway 10, 18 km southeast of town.
The hoodoos look like they are from a Star Wars setting. Best of all it's free!!! to visit
You can get information at the tourist office under the 90-foot Tyrannosaurus rex (world's largest dinosaur statue) in the centre of town.
Visit the catacombs in St Stephen’s Cathedral, where the remains of over 11,000 people are kept. Just be warned - if you start taking pictures you get told off (but I still got a few). There’s no cost for walking around the cathedral. A must-see when visiting Vienna.
I recommend that you reserve tickets in advance of your visit. Get one ticket for The Baptistry, The Cathedral, Camposanto Monumentale (Cemetery), Museo dell' Opera del Duomo (Museum of the Cathedral) and Museo delle Sinopie (Museum of Sinopites). Tickets for the Leaning Tower of Pisa are separate.
Visit in the morning to beat the crowds and the heat. You get to choose the date and specific time for your climb to the tower, but you may have to wait between one and a half to two hours (or more) if really busy, before your assigned time, as there is a very limited number of people that are allowed to climb at one time. Children under 8 are not permitted to climb the tower - the guard rails on the top are quite low and spaced too far from one another. You will not be allowed to bring a bag or backpack with you during the climb, but there are free, secured lockers at the ticket office.
Admission charges for the group of monuments and museums on the campo are tied together in a needlessly complicated way. The Cattedrale alone costs 2€ ($2.30). Any other single sight is 5€ ($5.75). Any two sights are 6€ ($6.90). The Cattedrale plus any two other sights is 8€ ($9.20). An 8.50€ ($9.80) ticket gets you into the Baptistery, Camposanto, Museo dell'Opera del Duomo, and Museo delle Sinopie, while a 10.50€ ($12) version throws in the Cattedrale as well. Children under 10 enter free. Admission to the Leaning Tower (17€/$20) is by advance reservation only.
For more information, visit their collective website: www.opapisa.it
Less than five minutes from the beach, this three-star hotel is located in the Front Maritim area, a few metres from the port and next to the sea. Spotlessly clean, the hotel has a restaurant, coffee shop, room service and a terrace. Request a room with a balcony because it's quite hot in the rooms, even with air conditioning on.
If arriving by taxi take a print out of the hotel with you. When we went the taxi driver couldn't find it at first (it’s in a new area). Nearby is a bus stop that takes you into town and passes Parc de la Ciutadella, where the zoo is.
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