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9 offbeat things to do in London. London is full of interesting and unusual things to do.

9 offbeat things to do in London

Photo by EO1. So you’ve hit up the museums and all the other usual suspects and you’re looking for something a little different to do in the British capital? Well look no further. Whether it’s food, sport, movies or art that interests you, there’s something for all tastes among my 9 unusual things to do in London. 1. Get competitive with a piece of fromage. 2. Create a brass rubbing and get a bite to eat in the Crypt of St. 3. See effigies of medieval knights in this intriguing church. 4. See the burial grounds of Karl Marx. 5. The British Library is home to some amazing historical documents. 6.

Awaken your senses by eating in complete darkness. 7. Have a drink alongside Sherlock Holmes. 8. Peep through the doors of “Gringott’s Bank”. 9. Make believe that you’re on your way to another world. Amazing Festivals Around The World That You Should See Before You Die. Tweet Once a year some of the countries around the world hold magical and outrageous festivals.

Amazing Festivals Around The World That You Should See Before You Die

Some like the Brazilian carnival and Spanish bull chase are famous world wide while others few people know about. So if you fancy living it up then check out our list of 20 of the most amazing festivals from around the world that we recommend you should see before you die. 1. Carnaval — Rio de Janeiro, Brazil – Feb. 28 – March 4 (for 2014) Much like Mardi Gras in New Orleans and Carnevale in Venice, Canaval is a nonstop party, just with special addition of Brazilian flair. [SEE ALSO - 35 Clearest Waters In The World To Swim In Before You Die] 2. Though there are many smaller offshoots of Oktoberfest around the world, Munich’s original fair is the biggest beer festival in the world. 3.

The Harbin festival is the largest snow and ice festival in the world, and it features carvings towering over 20 feet in height and full-size buildings made from gigantic blocks of ice. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. Pantheon. The Moses Bridge is Invisible to The Eye. A series of moats and fortresses were built over the West Brabant Water Line region of the Netherlands during the 17th century in order to provide protection from invasion by France and Spain.

The Moses Bridge is Invisible to The Eye

Fort de Roovere was surrounded with a shallow moat that was too deep to march across, and too shallow for boats. In turn the earthen fort had remained protected –until now. From afar, the Moses Bridge is invisible to the eye. The flow of the moat appears continuous, as the water level remains at the same level, reflecting the surrounding foliage. As visitors approach the fort, the bridge appears as a break in the water with its sloping walls containing it. First lying flush with the earth, the bridge then descends deeper into the ground. The bridge can’t be seen from a distance because the ground and the water come all the way up to its edge.

Ro&Ad-Architects Ad Kil & Ro Koster Via RO&AD Architecten. The Italian Hotel built inside Abandoned Medieval Grottos. Okay come with me, we’re going to explore every inch of this hotel built inside the deserted grottos of an Italian mountain village from the Middle Ages.

The Italian Hotel built inside Abandoned Medieval Grottos

The cliffs of the Gravina River Valley in Matera Italy are believed to be the site of the first human settlements in the country. So let’s begin our tour of this extremely off-beat, no doubt unique and very chic hotel, La Grotta della Civita… La Grotta della Civita, consists of 18 cave rooms as well as a restaurant, which took a total of 10 years to renovate from what was essentially a series of deserted caves, last inhabited in the 1950s by residents who lived very primitively. The now UNESCO-listed town of Matera has a prehistoric birthday; it’s dwellings are carved into limestone rock that overlook the Gravina gorge, connected by winding cobblestone streets, built right over the rooftops of other caverns. The mind and the owner of the hotel is Mr. Daniele Kihlgren isn’t just stopping with one hotel. Top 100 Hillman Wonders of the World - Rankings you can trust. Thanksgiving: a guide to New York City’s Thanksgiving parade.

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Thanksgiving: a guide to New York City’s Thanksgiving parade

Creative Commons Attribution licence (CC BY 2.0) Location: New York City, New York, USA Date: Fourth Thursday in November Level of participation: 2 – eat another drumstick and watch the parade Thanksgiving is a most renowned festival, thanks to firsthand experience for North Americans and to slushy Hollywood movies for the rest of the planet. The celebration, which takes place in Canada on the second Monday in October, has its roots in the New World’s rugged colonial beginnings. Today, fingers on the remote control are torn between the boss’s wise words and American football games. Local attractions: The parade finishes on 7th Ave, near the flagship Macy’s branch on Herald Sq. More info: social.macys.com/parade2012 See a list of other festivals in November here. Perang Topat (Rice Cake War): tips for Lombok’s multicultural food fight. DSC_3835.JPG.jpg by Nicolas Lannuzel.

Perang Topat (Rice Cake War): tips for Lombok’s multicultural food fight

Creative Commons Attribution licence (CC BY 2.0) Location: Lingsar, Lombok, Indonesia Date: Sixth full moon in the Sasak calendar (November/December) Level of participation: 2 – unity through rice adversity At this quirky harvest festival, the Hindu and Muslim residents of Lombok, east of Bali, unite to pelt each other with boiled rice. The food fight takes a week of preparation. On different sides of the temple, separated by a courtyard, the two groups perform a Pujawali ritual, which commemorates the temple’s anniversary and gives thanks for the harvest. After the good-natured fight, some of the leftover ammo is distributed among the participants and spectators.

Essentials: Bring an umbrella, in case there are any really poor marksmen. Local attractions: Swot up on Lombok and neighbouring Sumbawa among the masks, daggers, basketware and cloth in Museum Negeri Nusa Tenggara Barat. Surin Elephant Round-up: an unforgettable sight in Thailand. Elephant festival in Surin, Nov 15, 03 (26) by ryuw.

Surin Elephant Round-up: an unforgettable sight in Thailand

Attribution-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported (CC BY-ND 3.0) Location: Sri Narong Stadium, Surin, Thailand Dates: Third weekend in November Level of participation: 2 – cheer as an elephant scores a goal Thousands of Thais and travellers stampede into provincial Surin for the country’s biggest elephant show. The stars of the show start filling the city and parading the streets during the preceding week. The trunk waving finishes with an eight-act play about the elephantine life, with a grand finale featuring 2000 performers and hundreds of elephants.

Although it may sound like the animals are being exploited and treated unkindly, Thais hold them in great esteem and even believe their country is shaped like an elephant’s head. Local attractions: Located some 450km northeast of Bangkok, near the Cambodian border, Surin is a good base for visiting temples such as Phanom Rung and, across the border, Angkor Wat and Prasat Preah Vihear. Pirate Festival: how to celebrate buccaneers in the Cayman Islands. A Nice View On A Cruise by Jacrews7.

Pirate Festival: how to celebrate buccaneers in the Cayman Islands

Creative Commons Attribution licence (CC BY 2.0) Location: George Town Harbour, Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands Dates: Ten days in mid-November Level of participation: 3 – don an eyepatch and a hook The only festival to take place on all three of the Cayman isles, the Pirate Festival is geared towards infant swashbucklers. One of the more entertaining events is the Cardboard Boat Regatta, with gongs for the shortest race, best costume and most spectacular sinking. Essentials: Practise exclamations such as ‘Avast’ and ‘Shiver me timbers’.

Local attractions: Search for treasure at Grand Cayman’s 160 dive sites. More info: www.piratesweekfestival.com See a list of other festivals in November here. Festa del Cornuto (Festival Of The Horned One): a guide to Rome’s celebration of love lost. Piazza Navona by Zach Dischner.

Festa del Cornuto (Festival Of The Horned One): a guide to Rome’s celebration of love lost

Creative Commons Attribution licence (CC BY 2.0) Location: Rocca Canterano, Italy Dates: November Level of participation: 2 – watch the actors lampoon the love-sick The event has no truck with lovelorn moping. Cuckolds who have had their fill of jokes at their expense can pig out at another small festival taking place, dedicated to roasted chestnuts. Essentials: If a fellow festival-goer suggestively asks you, with a sly look at your partner, if you’d like to fare le corna (make horns), they’re not inviting you to a local craftwork demonstration. Local attractions: Find a new flame in Rome, the world’s unofficial capital of romance, with beautiful architecture and bars packed with good-looking single people.

More info: Rome Tourist Office www.turismoroma.it See a list of other festivals in November here. Five Towns of Cinque Terre. Located on the Italian Riviera, Cinque Terre is a rugged coastline, made up of “The Five Lands” or the five villages: Vernazza, Corniglia, Monterosso al Mare, Riomaggiore, and Manarola. The Cinque Terre is so appealing because it does not display any modern developments in its architecture. Many of the residents over the centuries have built terraces on the cliffs that overlook the sea from the coast. The villages are only connected by paths (specifically the Blue Path of Cinque Terre that connects all five villages and is a famous hiking trail), boats, or trains—nope, no cars. You definitely will not need to spend more money renting a car if you choose to visit the Cinque Terre; you can just focus on these almost mythical lands themselves.

Vernazza One of the truest fishing villages of Italy’s Riviera, Vernazza is a gem with no car traffic on its streets. Corniglia Corniglia is a village that dates back to Roman times, and sits on a steep cliff, surrounded by vineyards. Monterosso al Mare. New York City's Hidden Subway Station. Deep in the belly of New York’s subway system, a beautiful untouched station resides that has been forgotten for years with only a limited few knowing of its existence.

New York City's Hidden Subway Station

Stunning decoration with tall tiled arches, brass fixtures and skylights run across the entire curve of the station, almost a miniature imitation of Grand Central Station… But it sounds like something straight out of Harry Potter, right? It was opened in 1904, with the hope of making it the crowning glory of the New York subway system in elegant architecture and a place for commemorative plaques to honour the work that had resulted in such a successful underground mass transit system. It was to be the original southern terminus of the first ‘Manhattan Main Line’; however the station was closed and boarded up in 1945. The reason for its closure was that newer longer cars were required to match the demand of passengers that passed through the system. Five of the World's Best-Kept Secret Destinations. So you are a world traveler, you’ve visited four or five continents, you’ve even run out of fingers and toes to add up all of the countries you’ve seen … now what do you do?

You branch out. Forget Paris, London or Rome, these five world destinations are some of the best kept secrets among the locals, but we’re not hording them another minute. The word is out! Yogyakarta, Indonesia If you are looking for a place where Sultan palaces and Buddhist temples are met by miles of rice fields and majestic mountains – and aren’t we all? This village has maintained its glory and most of the ancient Buddhist and Hindu temples, palaces and monuments are in tip top shape. Travelers can get to Yogyakarta by plane, train or automobile, but be prepared to pay the exit tax if you fly domestically from Yogyakarta. >> Book flights to Jakarta and learn about traveling like a local in Indonesia Bimini Islands, Bahamas >> Find airfare to the Bahamas and learn about the best Bahamas beaches Roatan Island, Honduras.

The 12 Most Beautiful Castles in Europe. For centuries, people have been fascinated with castles. Whether they were home to cruel leaders (such as Count Dracula) or the settings of love stories, the castles always played an important part in European history. Nowadays, they make “guest appearances” in movies or are the perfect place to spend an interesting vacation. There are actually thousands of castles throughout Europe, though many of them are in surprising states of disrepair if they are even recognizable as castles at all.

But there are also hundreds of well preserved castles you can tour yourself, and the dozen below just might be the most beautiful of all of them. 1 – Château de Chenonceau, France The castle is built on river Cher, offering one of the most beautiful sights as it reflects in the water. The castle is located in the small city of Chenonceaux. >> Read about train travel in France or find out what to eat in Paris 2 – Neuschwanstein, Germany Does this castle also look familiar?

4 – Ashford Castle, Cong, Ireland. Top 20 free attractions in Paris - travel tips and articles. City of love, fashion capital, literary paradise…Paris has many different guises. And while museum entry can be steep and fine dining comes at a premium, the French capital can also be a very cheap date. Whether you go weak at the knees for soaring church spires or want to rub elbows at an authentic French market, let yourself be seduced by our top 20 must-sees.

They are all are completely gratuit, letting you save the euros for the really important stuff: wine, cheese and a flashing Eiffel Tower keyring you’ll regret the minute you return home. 1. Cathédrale de Notre Dame de Paris Festooned with gargoyles and gothic touches, this imposing Parisian icon is essential for every visitor. 2. Window-shopping (or lécher les vitrines to the locals) is a great way to take an indulgent peek at objets d’art and wild curiosities you’d never actually buy. 3. A lift to the peak of the Eiffel Tower can squeeze the budget at €13.40 per ticket, but luckily the views below are just as stunning. 4. 5. 6.

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