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15May/16Off

The Best Honeymoon Destinations

sThe honeymoon is a celebration to mark a couple's union. Hence, they carefully choose among ideal destinations. They decide based from their personal considerations such as finances, interests and location. They plan the occasion to ensure an enjoyable, unforgettable, and romantic experience.

If you want a remarkable event, here is the list of the best attractions you can consider:

• Hawaii

Newlyweds consider Hawaii as the top destination for their after wedding vacation. The place provides a perfect setting for a memorable adventure. It features many tropical sights such as magnificent waterfalls and beautiful beaches. Couples can explore the islands of Kauai, Lanai, Maui, and Molokai. They will never run out of things to do such as watch the sunrise, admire the sunset, and sail along the coastline.

• Fiji

Fiji is an island paradise often considered as the new Garden of Eden. The island displays a diverse collection of fauna and flora, hot springs, and fine beaches. Couples can follow the trails leading to the stunning landscape of the island. In addition, they can go to the nearby villages and discover their culture.

• Italy

Italy is a favourite post-wedding holiday spot. You will be fascinated with the intricate designs of the buildings in the cities of Florence, Rome, and Venice. You can embark on romantic adventures as you ride the gondola along the Grand Canal, go on a cruise to one of the nearby islands, or just take a leisurely walk in Piazza San Marco.

• Paris, France

Paris is often hailed as the city of romance and boasts of its striking architecture, great art and superb food. Other places in the city include the Eiffel Tower, the Grand Palais, Jardin des Tuileries, the Musee du Louvre, and Pont des Art Bridge. Instead of lovelocks, you can tie a ribbon at Pont des Art Bridge to affirm your strong commitment to each other.

• Phuket, Thailand

Couples will be captivated with the breathtaking beauty of this island. They can experience the white sands, clear water, and spectacular sunsets. Although it is an exotic island, it is a venue of lively nightlife and fine restaurants. The dining places offer excellent local Thai cuisine. Couples will surely enjoy the leisurely boat ride going to Phi Phi islands and the traditional Thai massage. Moreover, they can take a time off from the beach by visiting historical places such as Buddhist shrines.

• Santorini, Greece

Santorini is an island situated in the Aegean Sea. Together, you can admire the amazing sunset and brilliant white villas. You can visit its sun-drenched beaches, posh shops, historical sites, and wine cellars.

• St. Bart's

It is an expensive and famous attraction in the Caribbean. Couples can visit the Colombier beach, which is famous for its vivid aquamarine colour and fine white sand.

• St. Lucia

This is a group of islands in the Caribbean, which is one of the top choices for honeymoon destinations. You can spend your day on any of the islands where you can play various water activities and sports together. The friendly local staff will help you appreciate the wonders of their islands.

The best honeymoon destinations will allow you to spend time with your partner. Take advantage of the precious moment to have fun and build memories together.

 

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2May/16Off

Best Places in the World to Visit

svChoosing the perfect place to visit is challenging since there are many enticing places to see. Several countries highlight their elegant architecture, delectable cuisine, booming markets and popular destinations. Finding the best attractions involve your budget and preference.

Great places for a holiday should allow you to spend exciting activities throughout the day. People on the lookout for a tour at nearby or far places must consider these destinations:

• Barcelona, Spain

Barcelona is a city, which attracts different types of travellers. You can roam the narrow alleys and streets in Las Ramblas, which is the centre of events in the city. The stretch thrives with numerous markets, pubs, and restaurants. You can even watch talented street performers as you take a sip of wine at a café. The city is the home of the renowned Spanish Architect, Antoni Gaudi. He designed iconic structures in the city such as the Church of the Sacred Family.

• Hanoi, Vietnam

Hanoi, the capital of Vietnam, has preserved historic monuments and classical architecture. The city's famous travel destinations include Ho Chi Minh's Mausoleum, lakes, pagodas, parks, and temples, which you can access via a taxi.

• Hong Kong

Hong Kong is a territory, which features a unique skyline and tasty dim sum. You will marvel at the urban landscape of towering skyscrapers and lush gardens. The British and Chinese culture collides to make it a world-class metropolitan area.

• London

London showcases historical sites and contemporary attractions. History fuses with food, fashion and arts. Culture enthusiasts will delight in the Royal Opera House and Tate Modern. For fashion aficionados, you can check Oxford Street for the latest collection. If you are fond of books and music, do not miss the Sherlock Homes Museum and Abbey Road.

• Istanbul, Turkey

Travellers are absorbed with colourful bazaar, grand castles, historical mosques, and Turkish baths. You should not fail to visit the famous blue mosque or the Sultan Ahmet Camii. Take a leisurely stroll along the Galata Bridge and visit the Miniature Park, which displays impressive small artifacts.

• New York City, United States of America

Travellers are drawn to New York's bustling metropolis. The must-see attractions include the Central Park, the Empire State Building, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the Statue of Liberty. Amid the high-rise building, you will discover the rich culture of the area. New York is dubbed as the most famous city in America and the leader in arts, fashion, and food. You should also watch popular shows on Broadway. The Big Apple offers endless adventures that will occupy your stay in the city.

• Paris, France

You will be in awe with the structures such as Arch de Triomphe and Eiffel Tower. Tourists frequent the city because of its romantic ambiance. The place contains fascinating museums, ancient churches, and Neoclassical architecture.

• Prague, Czech Republic

Prague is a flourishing city that draws more visitors every year. It is a historical landmark, which survived conquerors, floods and fires. Visitors are enchanted with its historical churches, royal castles, and fortified bridges. The city was once a concealed haven of wonders, but has now transformed into a favourite destination.

• Rome, Italy

Rome is a timeless city, which prides itself in open markets, and ancient structures. You can check the Trevi Fountain, Colloseum and the Pantheon. Savor the special pasta, sumptuous oxtail stew, Italian espresso and gelato.

Always remember that the best vacation will let you have fun. You should gather complete details about the place you intend to visit. Plan your tour well, so you can maximize the experience that the country can offer.

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2May/16Off

What to See and Do in Macau

vI traveled to Macau last month, skeptical that the country might be a complete contrast to my idyllic international travels across Europe and USA. Stories of increased prostitution rackets and crimes added to my skepticism.

After a 7-hour flight from Mumbai to HongKong and 40 minutes of riding the ferry, Macau welcomed with shiny night roads.

The grandeurs of Macau left me stunned. By the time I set foot in the hotel, one thing was sure - Macau was more first-rate than it looked in pictures. The hotel was as big as it could get, even though it was only a three star. Golden walls embossed with dragons looked larger than life. Luggage staffs, the ones with gloves escorting you safely to your room, are privileges of a common man there. Macau's royalty smote me faster than I thought.

Minutes later, tucked away into the confines of white linen and bounded with terrific Chinese dinner, I carefully jotted down the plan for my first day out in the city next morning. The plan was to experience the cultural difference between the slow life of Coloane and the gaudy existence of the mainland.

A night passed and soon enough I was wandering onto the streets of Taipa and the fishing village - Coloane. This part of Macau remained virgin. Immaculate Portuguese influence made it peaceful and laden with old charm. From last night's memory of sparkly buildings, this felt like concrete colorful countryside without sheeps.

Pine forested hills sprawled across Coloane. Feng Shui mirrors dangled on the wooden doors of tiny village shops to ward off evil spirits. It is believed that when they see their own reflection through the mirror, they flee in terror. The Chinese culture is exactly intriguing.

These shops led to a small fishing pier, huddled with scores of fishermen and nets. The Macanese borders merge within the seas of China, but passports are uncalled for. The workday starts with trawling and ends in a happy lunch. Quiet a fishy village.

Breakfast to lunch was a time-lapse. Hunger pangs began. After navigating (with difficulty) Chinese signboards and directions, we found ourselves at Lord Stow's bakery, the iconic bakery that first introduced egg tarts. In fact, the whiff of sweet sugar gave away its location and led us straight to it. However, I highly recommend using GPS considering the verbal snag. Because even though the Portuguese left behind their legacy in architecture, the locals hold on strongly to Chinese language.

The exterior of the building is enveloped in faded white wash and is etched with traditional green windows. A lazy afternoon lunch of crab curry and rice is all it takes to be giddy with joy. Finishing it with the very reason I came here - the Egg tarts. The dish became a present in 1950s to the Portuguese rule and till date remains the most popular, replicated by many on the streets of Macau.

The first half of the day was over. The second half needed me to get on the Ponte de Amizade bridge and cross over. Ready to be introduced to the now transformed and culturally sophisticated Macau.

As a traveler, it is hard to miss out on the contrasting lives of the citizens here. While there is lavishness sprinkled on the streets of Macau, there is also a picture perfect middle class life. As inexpensive hotels are ornamented with golden fabric, the locals struggle in houses that look like matchboxes.

You cannot miss out the imagery of a two-wheeler riding behind a Porsche. There was an air of might, wealth and co-existence amongst blue collared citizens of Macau.

On the bright side there has been massive development, improving the lifestyle of Macanese population. More than half of them are employed in the casinos. All the citizens of Macau also receive an annual payout from casino earnings every year.

Nowadays, an old fisherman's son claims livelihood, plying tourists in the free casino shuttle buses that run across the town. A lazy little colony of fishermen resided before they had to deal with flocks of tourists' everyday. Macau has dipped itself completely in luxury trade, bypassing total earnings of even Las Vegas casinos.

Yet the Macanese continue to work hard. Fishermen by the day and street show artists by noon, these men cannot resist old habits.

My bus arrived at Senado Square. Walking past the classic structure designs at this main town square, I was transported to the Ruins of St. Paul's that stands tall and charms steps full of vacationers munching on porn buns and tasty sticks.

Flanked by brand stores on one side and street shops on the other, I spent my evening sitting and munching on peanut candy from Koi Kei Bakery. You know it is famous when every family is carrying atleast a couple of brown bakery bags around. Observation is key.

The after party of a great day in Macau begins just when it starts getting dark. The black sky is a flawless backdrop to majestic city lights that draw you incessantly. The casinos run 24 hours a day but it is magical to visit them during late hours. I chose the Grand Lisboa, giving in to the guilty pleasures of frisking Macanese Pataca. Until I was ready to drag myself back to the fashionable gold walls of my hotel.

Waking up once again, the next day, to find some peace in the old town.

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