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Gourmets’ Dream: 10 Luxury Dining Restaurants in Las Vegas

Las Vegas is a paradise for gourmets, and this is surprising, given the huge amount of money that flows into the city. People want fantastic dishes when they enjoy winning at a casino, celebrate their wedding in Vegas, or throw millions dollars on a table in blackjack. Public persons and millionaires wish only famous chefs to cook them luxurious food.

Dining in Las Vegas is not always on the budget – you just cannot save money if you want to eat well. The following restaurants are the best establishments in the city, and they are easily reachable by car. If necessary, here you’ll find a suitable vehicle for your culinary trip to Las Vegas.

Michael Mina

The founding of Michael Mina took place over 25 years ago, it’s considered to be one of the iconic places in the city. It’s often included into the list of the greatest luxury culinary spots in Las Vegas.

The establishment specializes in the preparation of continental food, as well as seafood dishes. There are many delicacies: sea bass, salmon, clams and much more. Those who don’t like seafood, change their minds about it after visiting Michael Mina. The place will be liked by the sweet tooth – the major part of the menu is occupied by the original desserts.

Address: 3600 S Las Vegas Blvd

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Picasso

The main competitor of the Michael Mina is the chic Picasso restaurant, which is located under the roof of the Bellagio casino. The restaurant is decorated with the outstanding Pablo Picasso’s works of art, written in France. Therefore the cuisine of the restaurant is predominantly French. Facility’s dishes are simply amazing: lamb with truffles, lobster salad and so on. In order to get to this luxury establishment, the table will have to be booked for several months in advance.

Address: 3600 S Las Vegas Blvd

 

Valentino

There is no better place in Las Vegas for wine lovers than Valentino at The Venetian. Of course, the wine list is not the only advantage of the establishment. This restaurant will be remembered for delicious Italian cuisine and perfect service.

Address: 3355 S Las Vegas Blvd

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Nobu Restaurant

Nobuyuki Matsuhisa, the owner of culinary awards, brought a taste of Japan to Las Vegas with his Nobu restaurant. The establishment is an exact copy of the Nobu restaurant in New York. The room is decorated with bamboo and small mountain landscapes.

Nobu has a huge assortment of sushi, as well as many other Japanese dishes. For example, black cod, tuna tataki and muksun. The quality of the fish is always first-class – there’s always something unique to try. Nobu in Vegas is pretty cozy, but the atmosphere here is amazing.

Address: 3570 S Las Vegas Blvd

 

Le Cirque

Bellagio Casino continues to uphold the status of a place with the best restaurants. Similarly to Nobu, Le Cirque restaurant is a replica of the eponymous establishment in New York. In addition to the excellent menu offering an extensive selection of French dishes, the wine list of the restaurant has hundreds of items for gourmets. The fans of a healthy diet will be provided with a rich vegetarian menu.

Address: 3600 S Las Vegas Blvd

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Stratosphere

This fashionable establishment is placed in Stratosphere Tower, and it has long won recognition among tourists. The whole restaurant rotates, completing a full turn in one hour, thus allowing visitors to admire the fantastic skyline of Las Vegas from the huge height of 365 meters. Guests can find continental dishes in the menu, while a rich selection of wines will certainly delight visitors.

Address: 2000 S Las Vegas Blvd

 

808 Restaurant

All world cuisines are gathered in one restaurant at the Caesars Palace casino: Chinese, Japanese, Italian, French, Thai and Indian one. It doesn’t matter what cuisine do you prefer, be sure that the chefs of the 808 restaurant will make sure that they are tasty. In addition to food, 808 Restaurant has a wide selection of coffee and cocktails.

Address: 3570 S Las Vegas Blvd

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Aureole

The main highlight of Aureole restaurant, appreciated by the visitors is the four-story glass wine tower, in which the “wine fairies” rise and fall on the ropes to get bottles of grape alcoholic drink. In addition to the unique way of choosing wine, guests can enjoy a variety of delicious dishes. Aureole specializes in contemporary American cuisine.

Address: 3950 S Las Vegas Blvd

 

Carmine’s

As in Picasso, the walls of Carmine’s are decorated with various works of art. All paintings are from the private collection of Steve Wynn. The chef is Alessandro Stratta, who is well known to all lovers of delicious dishes of the Italian cuisine.

Address: 3500 S Las Vegas Blvd

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Spago by Wolfgang Puck

Spago is one of the most stunning Las Vegas’ top class restaurants. You are very lucky if you were able to dine in it. The fact is that the restaurant doesn’t have a visit by appointment. If you went to Spago and found a free place, then get ready to find out the features of its amazing cuisine!

Address: 3600 S Las Vegas Blvd

Shoppers’ Paradise: 5 World-Famous Malls to Enjoy It

If shopping is your way of life, and visiting malls is the best therapy for you, then go on your vacation to one of the places from this list. These 5 excellent shopping destinations are represented by some of the largest department stores in the whole world. In addition, these are the most beautiful, charming and most famous places in the world, with many interesting sights, and outstanding opportunities for relaxing. So choose one of the following shopping spots, and don’t forget to grab a bigger bag…

Mall of America, Minnesota, USA

Located in Bloomington, Minnesota, this huge mall is considered to be a real shopping paradise. The unique location of the shopping center just a short drive south of downtown makes the Mall of America a really attractive place to shop. It’s not the largest, but it’s definitely among the most visited centers in the world. With a huge interstate highway on the one hand and a modern international airport on the other – the shopping center is always full of shoppers. The fact is that it’s very convenient to reach the city by plane, then pick up car rental SIXT at Minneapolis Airport and go to Mall of America for unforgettable shopping!

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You can easily spend there the whole day traveling around numerous floors and boutiques of the center, where countless entertainment, discounts and sales are at your disposal. All these features can make your shopping experience even more amazing and interesting. In addition, on the south side of the shopping center there’s Minnesota River, where you can relax on the shore, surrounded by gardens and calm blue lakes.

 

Cabot Circus, Bristol, UK

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Within a short walking distance from Bristol city center there’s the stately shopping center called Cabot Circus. It’s so big it looks like a separate city. With hotels, cinemas, shops, restaurants and entertainment centers – you can easily get lost if you don’t follow signs and right directions. A trip to the Cabot Circus shopping center can be one of the greatest adventures, because at every corner you can find something interesting. After shopping, you can relax at the waterfront, visit the huge Castle Park, or simply admire the many modern and historic buildings with colorful facades, as well as numerous panoramic bridges and other attractions situated nearby.

 

Dubai Mall, Dubai, UAE

Dubai Mall is one of the world’s most gorgeous shopping spots. This is a real masterpiece in terms of modern architectural achievements, which includes a complex for winter sports, hundreds of exotic traditional markets and luxury stores of world famous brands, as well as a giant ocean aquarium.

It’s spread over a vast territory which is equal to the size of 50 football fields, and even if your vacation in the UAE doesn’t concern shopping, this Mall is worth a visit as one of the grandest attractions of Dubai. This shopping and entertainment complex has more than 1,200 shops along with various cultural and entertainment facilities.

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Those who are looking for entertainment in the UAE won’t remain indifferent. Dubai Mall offers an Olympic-sized ice skating rink, which is open to the public. For visitors, the first in the Middle East Sega theme park, as well as a huge cinema with 22 screens are open. Holidays with children can be held in the local KidZania children’s entertainment center.

As for shopping in Dubai Mall, you should visit the world’s largest indoor gold market called Gold Souk. Also, there’s a dedicated area devoted to 70 boutiques of such elite world brands as Burberry, Roberto Cavalli, Versace, Galliano, and Givenchy. In short, if you want to find all the UAE stores in one place, then go to the Dubai Mall.

 

King of Prussia, Philadelphia, USA

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In the northeast of Philadelphia, just a few minutes’ drive from the city center, you can enjoy shopping at King of Prussia, which is one of the largest US shopping centers. The complex includes three floors with shops, the surrounding parking lots, many entertainment centers, and restaurants. King of Prussia is really huge – you will need a lot of time to get from one end of the shopping center to another. Meanwhile, it can be a really exciting walk, because you will be surrounded by a real paradise of luxury shops, the best restaurants and other interesting services. Entertainment is an integral part of the atmosphere at King of Prussia Mall. Some of the local stores are the oldest in the country and give the shopping center an unrivaled historical background.

 

Berjaya Times Square, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

The giant city of Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia features a corresponding shopping center, which is considered to be one of the biggest shoppers’ spots in the world. Its name is Berjaya Times Square. This is a giant skyscraper with two towers and almost 50 floors, extending into the sky for more than 200 meters. On the area of ​​about 320 thousand square meters you’ll find about 1,000 shops, restaurants and cafes, a cinema, a bowling alley, and a hotel. This shopping center is the whole small town where there’s everything you need.

Berjaya Times Square. Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Berjaya Times Square is among the greatest world’s shopping centers, where you can buy clothes, shoes and accessories, electronics, souvenirs, cosmetics, interior items, jewelry and much more. The set of brands is standard: all possible affordable European brands, plus chic boutiques. After shopping, visitors can have a snack in one of the restaurants or cafes.

On the tenth floor you’ll be able to visit the main entertaining feature of the shopping center – the country’s largest indoor amusement park. It covers the area of ​​13 thousand square meters, where you can try 14 different attractions, including a roller coaster.

Unique but Comfortable: 6 World’s Extraordinary Hotels

Over the past few years such a direction as a vacation in unusual hotels appeared in tourism. In search of thrills, people book rooms in hotels located on trees, under water, at the North Pole, in the desert, on uninhabited islands and much more. Of course, the number of such hotels is not infinite, but again and again we continue to discover new amazing places.

Here’re some of the most unusual accommodation options for your vacation. You will probably need a car to get to some of them, thus here you can always book a suitable vehicle in any desired location.

  1. The Balancing Barn, United Kingdom

The owners of this unusual hotel, located a few kilometers away the coast of Suffolk, approached the business very creatively. They took as a basis the usual English barn, where the grain was once stored. As a result, this hotel, designed for 8 people, has the length of 30 meters – 15 of them are on a hill, and the second half hangs unobtrusively above the ground, creating the illusion that even a little bit more and it will collapse.

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However, you should not worry: the concrete foundation is strong enough to hold the house in that position. This is the perfect place for the fans of the countryside!

The hotel won many awards for its unusual design, so the owners decided not to stop there and create a few more hotels featuring a unique design.

Address: Thorington, Halesworth IP19 9JG

Cost of living: $38.90 for person per day

 

  1. The Wild Brown Bear Hotel, Finland

Located near the Russian border, in the Karelian Forest, the Wild Brown Bear Hotel allows all travelers to enjoy the beauty of the surrounding nature, walk along the spongy moss carpet, try real wild blueberries, lie down under the Karelian birch and feel like a hero some fairy tales.

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This hotel is designed for those who want to face the extraordinary nature of these places. Especially for you, the hotel can arrange an “away” night – you’ll spend this time in a specially equipped place in the forest and can watch brown bears and wolverines. Also, it’s possible to go on a small sightseeing tour by kayak or bicycle.

Address: Kostamustie 5644, Kuhmo Vartius, Kuhmo 88930

Cost of living: $213 for person per day

 

  1. Saratoga Hotel, Cuba

Built in 2005, Saratoga Hotel is one of the most luxurious hotels in the Cuban capital, and this is its main extravagance. When you live on the upper floors in luxurious rooms and you look out of your window at the poorest district of Havana – this causes a unique feeling.

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The hotel is located in the western part of the historic center near the Plaza de la Cathedral and José Marti Boulevard. The interiors created by European designers are simple, elegant, spacious and extremely comfortable. The only thing that is not very good is food. Unfortunately, in this regard, the service is still far from perfect.

Address: 603 Paseo de Martí, La Habana

Cost of living: $238 for person per day

 

  1. andBeyond Ngorongoro Crater Lodge, Tanzania

Ngorongoro Crater Lodge is part of one of the most popular nature reserves in Tanzania. Magnificent bungalows built on stilts, and finished in colonial style. From the outside, they look like the huts of the Masai tribe, who are indigenous to Tanzania. The walls are made of stone, and the roofs are covered with banana leaves.

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However, all this is minor compared to what you see inside. Antique furnishing, Persian carpets, crystal, giant mirrors – it feels like you are in royal mansions. Each room has its own butler, who fulfills all the whims of the guests: he gives tea, prepares a bath, makes a fire in the fireplace, brings fresh flowers every day and decorates the bed with petals.

The most interesting place is the terrace for observing the animals. You can see a calm walking lion, leopard, buffalo, rhino or elephant.

Address: Ngorongoro Conservation Area

Cost of living: from $720 for person per day

 

  1. Hotel Palacio de Sal, Bolivia

Hotel Palacio de Sal is located on the shores of the Uyuni salt marsh. The uniqueness of this hotel is that the building itself, and the beds in it are entirely made of salt blocks that are connected together by water.

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Only two things in the hotel are made of other materials – this is a tin roof and toilets. In addition to the salt bed for the night, this hotel offers its guests the services of a salt spa. There are not only cosmetic, but also medical procedures.

You can also play golf on the salt field, which is available from May till November. In the rainy season, the Uyuni salt marsh turns into the largest mirror in the world, and at the end of the autumn thousands of flamingos arrive there.

Address: 25 Km de Uyuni 25, Potosí

Cost of living: from $100 for person per day

 

  1. Great Orme Lighthouse, United Kingdom

The Great Orme Lighthouse Hotel is located in the old lighthouse, which was built in 1862 in the north-west of the country. Until 1985, it was used for its intended purpose and warned ships of the approaching cliffs.

Great Orme Lighthouse

Then, it was acquired by Fiona Kilpatrick, who decided to make it a hotel. She turned all the external premises and the upper part of the lighthouse into a viewing platform. Just two kilometers away from the hotel there’s the famous Victorian resort of Llandudno, where all entertainment venues are concentrated: pubs, restaurants, theater and shopping centers are among them. Here you can play golf, tennis, go sailing or fishing.

Address: Great Orme’s Head, Marine Dr, Llandudno

Cost of living: from $129 for person per day

 

 

 

 

 

Sizeable Statuary: Some of the Biggest Sculptures in the World

Public art is the artist’s great gift to the world, and a way for big organisations to give back to the communities that support them. Rather than being fenced off in galleries, public art in parks and on the streets is available for everyone, not reserved for those who feel comfortable and happy to visit a museum.

Some of the most notable public art in the world are statues and sculptures that tower over everyone – not dominating the skyline like skyscrapers but ornamenting it. Today we’re taking a look at some of these giants of the art world, and hopefully giving you inspiration for a few places to visit in 2019!

Zurab Tsereteli

The modern master of the art of gigantic statuary is undoubtedly the Russian artist Zurab Tsereteli. His work adorns colleges campuses, Caribbean islands and even the streets of the City of London. If you want to see his work, you can easily put a list together of highpoints to take in!

If you’re in the United States, you’ll likely be aware of his ‘Tear of Grief’ (officially titled “The Struggle Against Terrorism”) which was gifted to America and erected in New Jersey as a commemoration of the lives lost in the 9/11 attacks – it’s an awe inspiring and humbling sight for any art lover.

Christ the Redeemer

No list of sizeable statuary would be complete without this modern day colossus, which is visible from almost every point in Rio de Janeiro. It’s one of the most famous images in the world, but as with so many of these much photographed locations, an image in a book, on a postcard or online is no substitute for seeing it in person.

It’s 98 feet tall, and mounted on a pedestal that is itself 26 feet tall which itself stands at the top of the 2,329 feet tall Corcovado Mountain and that sort of unimaginable scale simply needs to be experienced in person to be even slightly comprehended.

The Big Buddha

If you’re interested in giant statues, then Asia is a fertile hunting ground. There are lots of large monuments, often religious in nature than have been constructed throughout China, Japan, and the whole continent, but the one that’s perhaps most on the tourist trail is in Thailand. The ‘Big Buddha’ is the centrepiece of the Wat Muang Temple in Ang Thong Province. It’s a towering of 302 feet tall – with a cannily implied greater height, as the Buddha is depicted seated – and gleamingly golden. It’s a sight to behold and one you owe it to yourself to experience!

5 Reasons to Visit Guam

Guam is a tropical island that boasts gorgeous scenery and a rich history, but a lot of people don’t think of it when they are planning a getaway. It turns out that there are many great reasons why you should definitely have Guam on your list of must-see places as you plan future trips, and five of those reasons are listed below.

1. There Are Many Great Places to Book Your Stay

Booking the right hotel can be tough when you are heading to a tropical island, but when you are sorting through the details of your Guam trip, you will find it surprisingly easy to find a variety of great places to stay. From simple hotels to luxurious resorts, there really is something for everyone, so you can book the location that will suit your preferences and budget best. Take, for example, Guam hotels Tumon, where you will find clean, spacious rooms, fine dining, spas, pools, and more.

2. There Are Beautiful Beaches to Explore

Another one of the top reasons why tourists are quickly falling in love with Guam is because it is home to some of the world’s most gorgeous beaches. Basically, anywhere you go while you are on the island will lead you to a pristine beach, so you are never very far away from the water. In Guam, the water will be clear, warm, and comfortable throughout the year, and you will be able to go snorkeling and diving to see some incredible marine life as well.

3. There Is History

With a rich history that dates back thousands of years, Guam is also a great getaway destination for travelers who are interested in visiting many different historical sites that are intriguing and beautiful in their own unique ways. There are many sites to explore that will take you back to ancient times or back to World War II. You’ll never get bored, and you’ll always be able to learn something new.

4. There Are Natural Places to Explore, Too

In addition to historical sites and beaches, there are many other beautiful, natural spaces to explore throughout the island of Guam. If you are a hiking enthusiast, or you just like exploring rich, diverse landscapes, this destination will not disappoint. A few of the many places that are at the top of the list for those who want to take a hiking trip include Talofofo Falls, Pagat Caves, Sigua Falls, Cetti Bay, Marbo Cave, and Ague Cove.

5. You Can Relax and Have Fun

Probably the biggest reason to visit Guam is that it offers the perfect combination of things to do, so you can relax at a spa or on a sandy beach one day, go snorkeling and off-roading the next, and go zip lining or parasailing the day after that. There is no shortage of fun and exciting things to do to make your trip unforgettable.

Now that you know a few of the reasons why Guam is becoming one of the most popular tourist destinations for those seeking a tropical island getaway, what are you waiting for? Start planning your unforgettable trip today!

3 Reasons Why Everyone in Thailand Goes to Krabi for Relaxation

Bangkok might be the most popular place in Thailand for outsiders, but those that actually live in the country know that Krabi is the place to visit if you are looking for relaxation and a break from everyday life. In case you have not visited Krabi yet for some reason, or if you have only arrived in Thailand recently, here are three reasons why you need to spend some time in this South-Thai province on your next break.

The Luxurious and Relaxing Resorts

With some of the best views of the Andaman Sea and in close proximity to the stunning Koh Hong islands, the Krabi luxury resorts are all by themselves – reason enough for people to come to the province. Klong Muang, Ao Siew and Tupkaek are the three beaches where some of the best resorts in all of Thailand are located, with the likes of Dusit Thani, Ritz-Carlton and Sofitel operating in the area. If you want a truly refreshing and relaxing vacation at a world class resort, built in the middle of lush green forests and right beside gorgeous beaches, you just have to visit this part of Krabi.

The Street Food

While your resort will of course serve great food, it is recommended to make your trip more interesting by experiencing and experimenting a little with the local dishes as well. Once you decide to step out of your resort in Krabi and explore some of the local food, you will be pleasantly delighted, even if you have been living in Thailand for a while.

The street culinary culture of Krabi is among the best in all of southern Thailand, although Bangkok gets most of the spotlight. South-Thai food is quite spicy and hot though, so you may want to try a small portion of gaeng som or gaeng tai pla first, before committing to the whole dish. Khao mok gai, on the other hand, is a rice and meat-based dish that would be more tolerable (sort of!) for the unaccustomed stomach. For the western crowd, there are plenty of steak and grill options as well.

The Lovely Elephants

Thai people have an ancient connection with the local elephants, but modernization, hunting and commercialization almost destroyed the local elephant population once. Elephant sanctuaries all across Thailand have since managed to better protect the gentle giants in recent years and these sanctuaries are open to visitors as well. Unlike some places that still exploit and demean elephants by letting people ride them, the protective elephant sanctuaries of Krabi only allow friendly interactions with the animals. There is nothing more relaxing than spending some time cuddling with a baby elephant in the mud, or just observing them in close proximity.

This list was made mostly by selecting the most relaxing of all available activities in Krabi, but if you are looking for adventures in Thailand, there are so many options for that in Krabi. Travelers can canoe, speedboat, swim, snorkel, scuba dive, water raft, trek, hike and climb rocks in Krabi, which is not even the full list! There’s just something for everyone here in Krabi, and you will be glad you made the trip.

IMG Description: Tropical island with resorts – Phi-Phi island, Krabi Province, Thailand

Perfect American Trip: 5 Unique Sights in Washington DC

Washington is the capital of the United States, as well as the main political, cultural and business center of the country. All the highest authorities are concentrated there. And though in size, Washington is inferior to New York, the political importance of the city contributes to its prosperity and development.

Most of the important historical and architectural monuments are situated in the US capital: the White House, the Supreme Court and the Congress are among them.

However, entertainment venues in Washington are not limited to museums and memorials. Due to the presence of the following places of interest, the capital of the United States will turn your vacation into truly an amazing and unforgettable journey…

Mount Vernon

Mount Vernon is the family plantation of the 1st US President George Washington, which is located 16 km south of Washington. Travelers usually get there by bus № 101 from Huntington subway station, or by using car rental Enterprise at Reagan Airport.

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George Washington inherited the plantation from his father, but remade everything in his own way, including a two-storey manor house. George Washington lived there all the time, until his death. He was buried in the family cemetery under Mount Vernon. Currently, there is a museum in which furnishing and personal belongings of the first American president are preserved.

Visitors can not only explore the mansion, but also visit farm buildings, a distillery, a forge mill, a Pioneer Farmer farm, as well as the burial site of George Washington.

The museum-historical complex is so large that you can spend the whole day there.

Address: 3200 Mount Vernon Hwy, Mt Vernon, VA

Admission: $15 for adults, $7 for    children 6-11 years old, kids under 5 years old are free of charge

 

Black Cat

Black Cat is the most famous nightclub in Washington, where alternative music concerts are held. The club is located in the northeast of the city, three blocks from the U Street-Cardozo metro station (green line).

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The aim of the club’s founders was to revive the traditions of independent music, and they succeeded. Today the club has such musical directions as, punk, indie-rock alternative and experimental music. The doors of the club are open to representatives of various subcultures.

Concerts are held on weekends. Such celebrities as Nina Hagen-German punk rock singer, American rock band Foo Fighters, Swedish rock band the Hives and British trip hop musician Tricky appeared on the local stage.

The club has a bar where you can play billiards, listen to music, as well as relax in a cozy atmosphere.

Address: 1811 14th St NW, Washington, DC

 

Ford’s Theatre

Connoisseurs of history are given a unique opportunity to visit such a landmark in Washington as the Ford Theater, which is famous for the fact that in 1865, during the play “Our American Cousin”, American President Abraham Lincoln was mortally wounded.

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On the first floor of the theater building there’s an exposition dedicated to that sad event. You can see there numerous items related to the murder of Lincoln, his personal belongings, portraits, as well as take a closer look at his biography.

Across the street you’ll find the Petersen House, where the American president died after being injured. By the way, theatrical performances are held daily. The theater building also features a shop where you can buy various unique souvenirs and books.

Address: 511 10th St NW, Washington, DC

Admission: $2.5/person

 

The National Zoological Park

Located in the territory of Rock Creek Park, a visit to the National Zoological Park in Washington will lead to indescribable delight. More than four hundred species of animals live in the Washington Zoo: bears, tigers, leopards, lions, giraffes, elephants, monkeys, reptiles and amphibians, wolves, pelicans, peacocks, eagles and many other animals and birds feel happy of being there. Large black-and-white pandas are especially popular among the visitors.

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In case of getting hungry, on the territory of the zoo you’ll find numerous food kiosks, as well as shops where to buy a variety of gifts and souvenirs. A visit to the zoo can take you almost the whole day, because the number of interesting things provided on the territory just amazes.

Don’t forget to grab a video camera to capture these lovely animals!

Address: 3001 Connecticut Ave, NW, Washington, DC

Admission: free of charge

 

National Air and Space Museum

This landmark in Washington keeps the world’s largest assemblage of historical aviation and space flying exhibits. The museum exposition includes such thematic sections as the “Golden Age of Aviation”, “Early Flights”, “Early Jet Aviation” and many others.

In numerous exhibition galleries you will learn about the history of aviation, the solar system, satellite imagery, aerial photography, as well as studies of the universe.

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By the way, here’re such rare exhibits as the Spirit of St. Louis aircraft and the Wright Brothers glider. Be sure to grab a camera to take photos of unique aircrafts.

A visit to the museum will take about two to three hours. Also, the museum offers a planetarium, IMAX cinema, flight simulators, a shop and a cafe. Admission to the museum itself is free of charge, but the price for tickets to the cinema and planetarium are $9 for adults and $7.50 for kids 2-12 years old.

Address: 600 Independence Ave SW, Washington, DC

Admission: free of charge

No Big Expenses! How to Have a Budget Trip to Milan?

Milan is traditionally considered to be the hackneyed center of shopping, where you need to take lots of money for purchases. But when looking at Milan from a different viewpoint you will see that a trip there may be not only capturing but also budget-friendly, especially in case you use rentalcars24h car rental, which is a good way to supply yourself with comfort transport for affordable price.

So, what other fun things can you do in Milan except for never-ending shopping? How to explore the city and relax there without spending a single euro? Read on the article to find it out!

Museums in Milan that have free admission hours (after 2pm on Fridays and the last hour before closing on the other days):

The Museum of Natural History

The Museum of Natural History at Castello Scaligero di Malcesine

The Halls of this oldest city museum are divided into several categories: a “mineral” collection, represented by 30 thousand exhibits, the largest of which is a 40-pound topaz; a paleontological hall with skeletons of huge dinosaurs, terrifying the visitors. The museum also has a section devoted to insects, animals and human evolution.

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Currently there is a group of museums in Sforza Castle: an art gallery and a museum of arts and crafts, a collection of ancient sculptures and musical instruments, and even the museum of Egyptian and primitive art. By the way, the admission to the Sforza Castle is always free of charge!

Archaeological Museum

The museum is housed by the former monastery of San Maurizio, founded in the VIII century. You can learn there about the history and culture of Lombardy region and the whole Northern Italy. The museum houses a large collection of household items, glassware, jewelry and weapons of ancient peoples who inhabited the Apennines.

 

The museums, which you can always visit for free:

The Gallery of modern art

The museum exhibits a contemporary art with an emphasis on the works of Italian artists. The collection includes over 2,700 paintings and sculptures, displayed in almost fifty rooms. Among the artists, whose works were included to the collection are Auguste Renoir, Pablo Picasso, Modigliani, Henri Matisse, Claude Monet, Van Gogh, Umberto Boccioni and many other artists and sculptors.

Royal Museum (Museum della Reggia)

Once being home to Milan monarchs, this building currently houses various exhibitions and cultural events. You are always welcomed to visit the Royal Museum with its luxurious interiors for free.

Astronomical Museum and Botanical Garden in Brera Palace

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The combination may seem strange but interesting. For those who take an interest in the science about outer-space it will be interesting to see the old instruments used by astronomers in XVIII-XIX centuries. For those who enjoy being close to the nature might love going to the botanical garden, founded a few centuries ago in the palace courtyard.

The house-museum of Alessandro Manzoni

If you are acquainted with the works of this writer it might be especially interesting for you to visit the place. The museum was established in the building where the famous Italian writer spent almost 60 years of his life. The unique spirit and interiors of the time have been well preserved there, especially the bedroom and Manzoni’s office, which remained virtually untouched since his death.

Milan Aquarium

Being not a typical representative of museums, the aquarium can offer nice exhibits. There are various species of underwater inhabitants that were brought to Milan from the surrounding lakes and rivers as well as from the Mediterranean and the Red Seas. This aquarium is one of the oldest in Europe, and it is located in a beautiful building, decorated with bas-reliefs on the marine theme.

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Other free of charge entertainments

  • Listen to the classical music

Apart from the museums in Milan, you can also visit for free the concerts of classical music performed by one of the best Italian youth band, the Orchestra of Milan University. The performances are held 1-2 times a month on Tuesdays at 9:00 pm. They are usually held at Giuseppe Verdi Music Conservatory.

  • Get tickets to the performances for free

If you are young and love watching theater performances, then make sure you join Milan social project “Una poltrona per Te”, which means literally “a chair for you”. Here’s how it works: 30 city theaters allocate a certain number of free tickets to their performances and offer young people under the age of 35 to win one. You may book a seat on the official website of the project.

  • Enjoy Milan Free Tour

You can examine the main city sights not only on your own, but also with the professional guides of Milan Free Tour. Daily sightseeing tours start at 10.45am at Fontana Pertini stone monument, opposite the Montenapoleone metro station. The tour is conducted in English and lasts for about 2.5 hours.

  • Go to Milan outskirts

Chiaravalle

Just a few kilometers southward of bustling Milan there is a quiet and peaceful Chiaravalle Abbey. It is the country’s largest monastery complex of the Cistercian Order, and its church is considered to be one of the oldest Italian Gothic temples. You may feel almost a thousand-year old history in everything there: in the old church frescoes in shady galleries and in the cozy monastery courtyard.

  • Guastalla gardens

This is the oldest and one of the coziest parks in Milan. Fortunately, this place is not a popular tourist destination, so you can enjoy there the solitude and the true spirit of the city. You may do that best of all around the elegant baroque pond, surrounded by white granite wall. The admission to the gardens is free.

 

Parco Sempione, Milan

As you see, there are really lots of alternatives to the major sights of Milan, which can bring you lots of joy without even inflicting any expenses. Hopefully, the ideas on inexpensive pastime in Milan mentioned above will help you to enjoy your dream trip to the full!

TOP 8 Safety Tips for First-Time Budget Travelers! Read and Start Packing!

It is not a secret that experience is very important for travelers. It makes us happier. So, stop thinking that traveling is impossible when you don’t have much money. It is possible to travel on budget! There are many helpful advices to help you! First of all, start planning your trip from home or even on the way. Try to book a car from Enterprise rent a car in Austin when you are going to Texas. Remember, whenever you go, there is always a big choice of cheap cars for rent. It is much cheaper to book them beforehand. What’s next?

Here are few more helpful advices for first-time young travelers. Saving your budget is important but traveling safe even more important. Where to start?

Insurances | Sunshine Coast

 

Get Insurance

Of course, it sounds like an obvious routine thing. Nevertheless, you can be surprised of how many people are so exited of their future trip that can easily forget about the main thing. It is all about insurance! If you still don’t have a traveling insurance, you definitely need it! What does it mean? It means that you protect yourself from health problems, luggage loss, flight cancel. It can happen that you don’t use your insurance at all! But nobody knows what will happen tomorrow.

Minimum Gadgets

As a rule, people try to take as many gadgets as possible for traveling. It can be digital cameras, pocket irons, laptops, smart watches, trackers, boilers, chargers. Stop! Do you really need that big camera and accessories? Do you really think you’ll have time to work on your laptop on the go? Your smartphone is all you really need! This is a good gadget to check your mail, use GPS, find a good room for sale or book a table for dinner. Don’t forget to charge it from time to time!

Watch Your Way!

Be fast and attentive! If you don’t know the way, use your GPS to find it. Navigation means much. It doesn’t take much money from your budget if you take a car with navigation. Also, try to use your phone to learn more about the city or state you are going through. You may even use your earphones and voice guide.

Minimum Alcohol

Definitely, you may have dates, meet new people, visit bars, concerts, eat in the street cafes, anything. Just be careful. It often happens that you can be fooled by bad people. Watch your drinks and try to use less alcohol in a company. Trust to no one!

 

Use Apps

As it was told before, you need a smartphone with different apps. You don’t know for sure what app you will need in future. There must be a moment when you will lose your way and walk around the same place for many times looking for a museum. Your Must-haves are:

  1. Uber: The most of the experienced travelers already have it on their smartphones. If you can’t drive for any reason and you are really scared of using public transport, you should try Uber.
  2. Rental24h: This app is needed to rent a car from home when you want the cheapest one. It really works!
  3. bSafe: This app is very helpful for young and solo travelers. If you are in danger just click and send a SOS message to your friends or relatives. Of course, if you are traveling through the country, your friends can hardly help you. Nevertheless, they can call the police.
  4. Drunk Mode: You can use your app when you feel you are lost and your company is far from you. Just click and find your company. It is not a pleasant thing to lose your way in a new city.

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Watch Your Expenses!

Traveling on budget you have to count! Also, don’t forget to keep your money in safe. Don’t forget to inform your bank that you are going to travel to avoid possible uncomfortable situations and money limits.

Wear Neutral

Traveling solo makes you keep an eye on what locals usually wear and how they look like. It is not a key factor of your traveling but it helps to feel like locals. Even if you are traveling through the American states, clothes of the South state people differ from others. Try to be neutral for not to attract people attention to your traveling person. Also, this advice is important when you are a traveling woman.

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Learn Address of Your Country’s Embassy

Embassies and consulates of your country can be very helpful when you have difficulties or troubles. Try to find out the address beforehand. Traveling through the USA you can assign for Smart Traveler. This free service helps to give your any needed information on your request. Why don’t you use it?

First time travelers make many mistakes, especially budget travelers. It’s natural! Don’t be afraid to travel from the state to state and discover new places. It is interesting for your age. Moreover, it is absolutely possible to travel on a small budget. Start saving money right now!

Bali’s Best- Our Top Five Spots to Visit!

Bali, a dream destination for lovers and dreamers everywhere, is a place that should be marked on everyone’s map in their lifetime. Don’t be fooled by its honeymoon-esque stigma because it’s still the perfect place for some solo soul searching and rediscovery. I was lucky enough to have the opportunity to spend four incredible nights in this slice of paradise so let me share my experience with you. I specifically chose to stay in Ubud village because of its rich culture, close proximity to all of the top sightseeing locations and activities, and immaculate scenery- the jungle. Each morning I was greeted by the sound of birds fluttering through the trees of the dense rainforest that surrounded my villa, the sun peeking through the leaves to reflect light on the infinity pool that welcomed a quick morning dip, and the serene calmness of the village- secluded from the bustling city centre. Normally, I choose between being a budget traveller or an opulent leisure traveller depending on the destination, but in Bali I found that I could be both – Chanel sunglasses and scrubber all in one! This was a luxury that set Bali apart from any other country I visited thus far, and trust me, I’ve done a ton of backpacking and vacationing! If you’re in for a quick stop in Bali, check out my best tips below on what to do and where to visit during your stay!

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Hike to Campuchan and Karsa Spa

If it’s your first day in the Ubud village, you’ll need to get a feel for what makes this place so special. I say start with a quick morning hike just 10 min walking distance from the city centre to get an unforgettable view that overlooks the entire village and the rice terraces that run through it. I recommend this hike as your first activity as it forces you to walk through parts of the city centre before escaping into the tranquil landscape of the trail. You’ll pass through a temple and some small rice fields with local art shops and coconut stands before you reach the top. Once you’ve made it to the top, and you’ll know once you’ve hit the apex, take your time indulging in the city landscape. Afterwards, you’ll see welcome signs to the Karsa spa. This spa is still ranked as number one on Trip advisor and is always booked up, but you might be lucky enough to catch an open slot depending on the day and time. Get treated to an hour long foot massage and a pedicure all for just $18! Do yourself a huge favour by booking an appointment ahead of time as the impeccable service and scenery is one that you won’t find anywhere else.

Aling Aling Waterfalls

Nothing says adventure like trekking through the secret hidden treasures of Bali. Aling aling, meaning just that- hidden secret, holds some of the most beautiful and secluded waterfalls in all of Bali. It’s a 1.5 drive up north from the city centre that offers a gorgeous scenic route full of temples and the Buyan lake for you to stop and take some quick pictures. Upon arrival you’ll have to get yourself a local guide to lead you through the trek and you can choose from doing a short one ( 2 hours) to a long one ( 4-5 hours) with activities included such as waterfall jumps and slides. No matter the decision, you’ll be in awe of discovering the many secret jungle pools with the crisp and clear waters that are safe to swim and relax in.

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Monkey Forest

Sure it may seem a bit too touristy to do the given but the Monkey forest is a must do when you’re exploring the city. It’s a part of the city centre so prior to checking out the local market and art scene of the village, I encourage you to make some new friends by walking into the Monkey forest. There will be a small entrance fee and banana stands in the front for you to purchase a few bunches. I highly recommend that you stow away your bananas in a bag or backpack for if the monkeys see you with it, they’ll try to take the entire thing! Be warned that the monkeys can be aggressive so be sure to stay calm and hand a banana to them one at a time. Don’t touch them first but let them come onto you and you’ll be surprised at how much they like to sit on your lap or shoulder for some amazing selfies!

Tegalalang Rice terrace

It might not seem too appealing at first to check out some rice fields but the Tegalalang rice terrace of Ubud offers an incredible terrain of what seems like dreamy green steps, layered onto the hill side. I personally find it to be a peaceful and easy little hike up and down the terraces but be careful of the small passageways as they’re literally made in between the rice paddies and can get slippery! Be sure to take photos from the top where the rice terraces are directly behind you for that perfect background shot.

Rice Bali

Dreamland and Blue Point Beach

Bali would not be complete hitting it’s famous beaches. Get a driver to take you down south ( about 2 hours depending on the traffic) and hit up multiple beach stops along the way. I say this because some of the more popular and larger beaches can get crowded with local Indonesian tourists more than foreigners! Dreamland and Blue point both offer the most exquisite blue waters for swimming and will help you capture that perfect instagram moment while resting on shore. However, if you’re looking for something more private and exclusive, make reservations to stay at the Ayana resort ( even if it’s only for a day!) to sit cliff top above the ocean waters with a private beach that is reserved for guests only alongside their famous rock bar!