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20 Stunning European Cities To Visit In Your 20s. From major metropolises to charming, overlooked locales, Europe is brimming with cities everyone should visit. But where does a penny-pinching, adventure-seeking twentysomething even begin when it comes to traveling Europe? The big players -- London, Paris, Amsterdam -- are great. Those should be on everyone's bucket list. For millennials, these 20 cities offer delicious street food, hip hostels, cozy cafes and many glimpses into new cultures. And there's a bonus -- these beautiful cities are even worth visiting if you're not exactly in your 20s anymore. 1. By day, Berlin is a cultural wonderland, with an impressive roster of museums, art galleries and historic neighborhoods to explore. 2.

Riga was named a 2014 European Capital of Culture for good reason. 3. Hip, exciting and undeniably beautiful, Stockholm should be high on your bucket list. 4. The capital of Denmark is possibily one of the most charming, friendliest cities on Earth. 5. 6. 7. Norway is the greatest place on Earth. 8. 9. The secret world of Disneyland. Disneyland may look like a straightforward theme park. But there's a secret world hidden behind the balloons, castles and cotton candy - a place where wild cats roam the park at midnight, Mickey Mouse hides in the wallpaper, and movie stars sip martinis behind closed doors.

Feline security It's not easy keeping the grounds of Disneyland utterly spotless, as well as free of unwanted pests. Every night after closing time, 200 feral cats are released into the park to help keep the rodent population under control. Hidden Mickeys At Disneyland, the round-eared Mickey Mouse emblem is everywhere. Cocktails behind closed doors Disneyland is dry - unless you can manage to get your name on the list at Club 33.

Trick of the eye Things are not always as they appear at Disneyland. Always on stage At Disneyland, a janitor isn't a janitor - he's a 'cast member'. A light stays on When construction was underway in the early 1950s, Walt didn't want to miss a moment of his dream coming to life. The Seven Wonders of the World.

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Madison. Chicago. Private Sistine Chapel Tours & VIP Vatican Tours | Dark Rome Tours. Sort by: Zoom Text Normal Medium Large Vatican Group Extended Vatican Museums Vatican Semi-Private Papal Audience Vatican Private Vatican Tickets Vatican Sistine Express Vatican Full Day Vatican by Night Vatican Breakfast Vatican Sistine Express and St. Peter's Basilica Rome tours that take you past long, general access lines to see the best Rome monuments. Travel with expert, English-speaking guides to the best attractions in Rome, including Colosseum tours, Rome walking tours, Ancient Rome tours and day trips from Rome to Pompeii, Tuscany and Florence. In operation for over eight years now, our Rome tours offer an insight into the city, with small group sizes and Skip the Line Access at all the most popular Rome monuments. Wondering what to do in Rome? Our Rome walking tours visit the all the best things to see in Rome, from the Trevi Fountain to the Roman Pantheon, Piazza Navona and Spanish Steps.

Vatican tours that show you the very best of the Vatican Museums. Capture the City Photo Competition: the winner – Lonely Planet blog. When we launched the Capture the City photo competition, we weren’t sure how travellers would respond. After sorting through over 2500 beautiful entries we now know the answer: everyone who entered aimed to make our job of picking a winner as difficult as possible.

There just were too many great photos to get our heads around from cities big and small all over the globe, many that we could easily imagine as covers of Lonely Planet city guidebooks. Some were classic images of famous landmarks, while a surprising number showed sides to cities you rarely if ever see. Other photos came from cities we don’t publish standalone guidebook for, but were so gorgeous it made us wish we did.

We chipped and whittled and hacked away at the list until we had the best of the best, and now – at long last – we’re ready to announce the winner. But let’s start with the short list of our favourites. And among these, who won? Bangkok: still the world’s greatest backpacker hub? – Lonely Planet blog. This is a guest post from Colm Hanratty, Editor at Hostelworld.com. Bangkok is unique for many reasons. On every second street corner you can sit down and get food that will tantalise your taste buds for next to nothing. Upon sitting down to eat, in the blink of an eyelid you can see a bunch of ‘working girls’ rub shoulders with a group of orange-clad Buddhists, all to the soundtrack of tuk-tuk drivers, hawkers at stalls and farang (foreigners) from all over the world.

That’s why I love it. You genuinely don’t know where to set your eyes. Something else that makes it unique is a road almost exclusively populated by budget travellers from around the globe: the Khao San Road. Having been lucky enough to have been to Bangkok twice in the last nine months, I was asked whether the Khao San Road still reigns supreme for budget travellers going to Thailand. Let me start with the Khao San Road. But what are these hostels like? The common area at Lub D hostel in Bangkok.

Top 10 Most Beautiful Cities in the World | ListFave.com. Dreaming of traveling the world or visiting some of the most famous cities in the world? Then this list of the top ten most beautiful cities in the world can help you plan your dream vacation. It is little bit hard to come up with this list because beauty is very subjective. Nevertheless, this list was created based on surveys, number of tourists, and the overall aesthetic design of the cities. Budapest brings you back to the period of renaissance with its baroque and gothic monuments. Danube River runs through the city which makes the city more alluring.

One of the greatest landmarks of Budapest is its awe-inspiring Parliament Building that is designed by renowned architects. While you are visiting this city, take a walk through its most romantic pathways and the Chain Bridge. World's coolest zip lines. It wouldn't be Vegas if zip lining didn't take place at night beneath a laser light show set to music. Zip lines have become a common feature of the Caribbean, but newcomer AdrenaLUNA provides the special treat of exploring a rainforest by night. A father-and-son team launched the Skyline Tour in 2002. It travels thousands of feet above ground and above the clouds near the summit of Haleakala Crater. If you want bragging rights, drive two hours from Johannesburg to the Sun City entertainment complex to conquer the world's longest zip line: roughly 1.2 miles of uninterrupted thrills.

Look out for birds, rhinos and other creatures as you fly high through the Safari Park. Get your Rocky Mountain highs along the Zip Adventures zip lining tour in Vail, Colorado. Flightlinez, Las Vegas, Nevada AdrenaLUNA, St. Haleakala Skyline Tour, Maui, Hawaii Pronutro Zip 2000, Sun City, South Africa Flightline Safari, San Diego Wild Animal Park Zip Adventures, Vail, Colorado After the sun goes down in St. 27 of the deepest canyons you can explore [PICs] Canyons can be the most committing — and rewarding — places to hike, paddle, climb, float. Whether you’re there to take pictures or immerse yourself deep in the backcountry, here are 27 formidable places.

Note: All depths listed are maximum canyon depths. 1. Glen Canyon, near Page, Arizona, US Within Glen Canyon National Park, which is over 1.2 million acres area-wise, Horseshoe Bend is a spot along the Colorado River where the river bends so sharply, it almost completes a circle. 2. In some places, Sumidero’s vertical canyon walls reach 1,000 meters. 3. “The Wave” in the Coyote Buttes North Area of Paria Canyon-Vermilion Cliffs Wilderness Area is a section of multicolored carved sandstone that looks like it was taken out of a page of Dr. 4.

Because all canyons and gorges are different, from the slope of their walls and their rim height above sea level, it’s difficult to determine a list of the “deepest” canyons in the world. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. Image by Matt Mawson 13. 14. 15. 16. My Top 10 Historic Travel Destinations. History has a weight, a specific gravity. As travelers, we seek out destinations that feel heavy, that impress us with their endurance and their power. The following destinations are my picks for the heaviest history destinations in the world. 1) Angkor, Cambodia Your first approach to the massive temple of Angkor Wat will be an awe-inspiring experience. The sheer scale and striking symmetry of the towers is staggering. The best thing about Angkor, though, is that the temple complex is huge, so you will have no trouble finding moments of solitude amongst the ruins.

Don’t miss the rest of Cambodia, though – it’s far and away my favorite country in Southeast Asia. tylerdurden1 2) Varanasi, India Varanasi is an ancient and sacred city on the banks of the Ganges in northern India. Varanasi is a destination for seasoned travelers with strong stomachs. Jorge Bassy 3) Aleppo, Syria Aleppo, a medium sized city in northern Syria, is one of the oldest continually inhabited cities in the world. guido camici. Top 10 Incredible Caves. A lot of cool stuff goes on under the ground. Check out these 10 amazing underground caves that will makes you think twice about what’s beneath your feet! I remember learning about stalagmites and stalactites in school. Stalactites on top – tights go up, remember??

Anyway, the lessons weren’t a patch on the real thing. Check out these 10 incredible underground caves, Physics at it’s finest! 1. Reed Flute Cave, Guilin, China Ian Sewell 2. Andrew Stawarz 3. Dave Bunnell 4. Antoine Hubert 5. Coline Boitel 6. 7. Soham_pablo 8. Walknboston 9. Visulogik 10. Philip Larson Been to any of these places?? Coming soon… the world’s best nature destinations. Tagged as: bermuda, caverns, caves, china, destination ideas, france, kuala lumpur, New Mexico, new zealand, stalactites, stalagmites, Sweden, UK, virginia. 15 Most Magical Places in the World. Want to share the magic? Tweet or Stumble this article! Wizards, sorcerers, hobbits and goblins. This maybe the stuff of fairy-tales but you can bring magic to life! Visit these breath-taking magical destinations and live out your own travel legend! Travel and make-believe certainly go hand in hand. Whether it’s royal palaces, enchanted forests or magical lagoons, traveling the world can bring your favorite fairy-tales to life!

So grab your wand, mount your white horse and take a virtual journey through the 15 most magical places in the world! 1. Pear Biter 2. Fugue 3. Pasotraspaso 4. Magical-World 5. Panoramas 6. Nutbird 7. Robwest jmhullot 9. Net_efekt 10. RebelXTious 11. Tambako the Jaguar 12. Macieklew 13. Germanium 14. Jurvetson 15. Magical-World Been to any of these places? Post up your comments! Liked this post? Don’t miss out on more magical places, sign up for free article updates below… *(I’d be the Snow Queen!) World’s 10 best festivals. Being at festivals is like standing inside the mind of a culture as it dreams. They have the ability to be both extremely intimate and public spectacles at the same time. Here are 10 of the world's best festivals. Let yourself go. Mardi Gras, USA Image by Infrogmation New Orleans; early January. This famous two-week festival features parades headed by ‘Kings’ and ‘Queens’ leading a flotilla of garish floats manned by ‘krewes’ who throw trinkets to the crowds (who usually beg for it; if they don’t, female krewe members bare their breasts in encouragement).

Carnaval, Brazil Image by sfmission.com Rio de Janeiro; early February. Kanamara Matsuri, Japan Image by Ryuugakusei Kawasaki; 31 March & 1 April. Semana Santa, Guatemala Image by marinakvillatoro Antigua; Easter. Il Palio, Italy Image by SpecialKRB Siena; July & August. La Tomatina, Spain Image by flydime Buñol; last Wednesday in August. Burning Man, USA Image by *christopher* Black Rock City, Nevada; August or September.

Diwali, India. Brittany, France: readers' tips, recommendations and travel advice. Auray is the next delightful stop. Stroll down the hill to Saint-Goustan. A 17th-century bridge leads you to wooden medieval houses that surround a small port where Benjamin Franklin landed to obtain support for the Americans in the War of Independence. Enjoy the atmosphere while you take refreshments at one of the restaurants on the quayside. You can also take a boat trip on the Gulf of Morbihan from here. This will allow you to stare in wonder at the prehistoric standing stones that are underwater and are part of the amazing site of more than 3,000 stones and tumuli that cover the area around Carnac. This historic site is absolutely staggering and well worth exploring as a final destination in your sojourn.

C Darch, Somerset One of our best holidays was cruising on the canals in Brittany, which we booked through Hoseasons (0844 847 1356; www.hoseasons.co.uk). We moored near some wonderful places, one being Josselin Castle, an interesting place and very picturesque. What to avoid. Mystical, Magical & Magnificent Monasteries in Meteora (20 Pics) The caves in Meteora, Greece, had inhabitants for fifty millennia, but due to raids, “hermit monks” moved to the safety of sandstone rock pinnacles in the 9th century and began building monasteries. More monks and nuns came, building more monasteries perched high upon the cliffs. Wikipedia reports, “Access to the monasteries was originally (and deliberately) difficult, requiring either long ladders lashed together or large nets used to haul up both goods and people.

This required quite a leap of faith — the ropes were replaced, so the story goes, only ‘when the Lord let them break.’” UNESCO World Heritage says, “The net in which intrepid pilgrims were hoisted up vertically alongside the 1,224 ft. cliff where the Varlaam monastery dominates the valley symbolizes the fragility of a traditional way of life that is threatened with extinction.” Photo #1 by Vaggelis Vlahos A view of Meteora monasteries in Greece. Photo #5 by Gabriele Quaglia The Holy Monastery of St. 66 Beautiful Small Cities & Towns In Europe. Stay Inside Batman’s…Erotic Sexcave? World’s Most Expensive Date – England.

Fascinating and Luxurious: Pimalai Resort & Spa in Thailand. Freshome readers, here’s a post that we believe will raise your spirits. For today we decided to showcase this impressive resort and spa located in the beautiful Thailand. Found on adelto, the luxurious 5- star Pimalai “refuge” blends with the natural environment creating unforgettable experiences for the tourists who decide to spend their holidays here: Peace, Serenity, Solitude.

These are the words that come to mind for Pimalai. Located well distant from crowded beaches and other boutique resorts on Koh Lanta (or Ko Lanta) and close to Lanta Marine National Park, the only sound is that of the waves sliding in and out and slowly breaking onto the sandy beach. Built within the rainforest as it meets the silver ocean strand, you would hardly know Pimalai was there. This boutique beach resort occupies 100 acres of tropical vegetation with direct access to a 900 meters stretch of pristine sandy beach and offers 121 accommodation units. Jade Mountain, St Lucia's Most Romantic Luxury Resort. Hidden flavours of Paris. Forgotten NY. Paulista Avenue Residence – Sao Paulo, Brazil.

Canada Image - Banff Springs Hotel, Canada.