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Madeira Island Vacation Travel Guide | Expedia Madeira Island Vacation Travel Guide | Expedia
4 months ago En
https://www.expedia.com/Madeira-Island.d11326.Destination-Travel-Guides Pushed by volcanic forces from the sea floor into the warm trade winds of the North Atlantic, are the dramatic cliffs of Madeira. Volcanic activity may have settled millennia ago, but the island’s rich soils and spring climate means Madeira explodes in lush vegetation all year round. Madeira’s capital, Funchal, was named after the wild fennel which once carpeted its hillsides. Walk streets paved with patterned stonework that evokes the spirit of Portuguese culture and pride. Explore centuries-old churches and homes, which have endured pirate raids, German U-boat attacks, and earthquakes. From Funchal, head west to Cabo Girão, one of the world’s mightiest cliffs. You’ll find colossal views just a fifteen-minute drive east of Funchal too. At Garajau, watch divers far below enjoying the undersea gardens of the marine reserve. Madeira’s ring road strings together coastal towns and beaches, each one a little different from the last. If you’re looking for the island’s sunniest spot, head to Ponta do Sol. If you’ve got a sweet tooth, head to the old sugar town of Arco da Calheta and enjoy a honey cake. And if the rumbling sound of breakers is your idea of relaxation, spend a night or two at Paul do Mar. Madeira’s northern coastline offers plenty of drama and adventure too. Feel the power of the Atlantic in the natural swimming pools of Porto Moniz. If you’re keen on hiking the levadas into the mist-covered interior, the town of Seixal makes an ideal base. Less than an hour’s drive from Funchal is Pico do Arieiro, Madeira’s third highest peak. From here, experienced hikers can follow knife-edged trails to even higher peaks, the same peaks that guided Portuguese mariners to Madeira six centuries ago.
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Guernsey Vacation Travel Guide | Expedia Guernsey Vacation Travel Guide | Expedia
5 months ago En
https://www.expedia.com/Guernsey.d1290.Destination-Travel-Guides Guernsey is the second largest of the Channel Islands. Just twenty-five square miles in area, this pocket-sized British Crown dependency is big on sunshine, serenity and history.    St. Peter Port, is one of Europe’s prettiest harbor towns. Standing guard over the capital for over 800 years is Castle Cornet, which houses some of the island’s finest museums.    Continue your history lesson back in town, at the Guernsey Museum and Art Gallery. Just outside in Candie Gardens, stands a tribute to the literary giant, Victor Hugo, who fell under Guernsey’s spell in the 19th century.    Follow coastal paths, which pass coastal forts like Clarence Battery and sheltered beaches like Petit Bot Bay. While Guernsey’s coastline often steals the show, you’ll find plenty to explore inland too, such as the nature trails and floral displays of Saumarez Park and Sausmarez Manor.    Step into the damp netherworld of the German Underground Hospital, a maze of tunnels hewn from solid rock during World War Two. On the outskirts of St Peter Port, a former U-Boat fuel depot houses the La Vallette Underground Military Museum.    After the war, German equipment littered the island. The German Occupation Museum displays an incredible array of this wartime memorabilia, and pays tribute to the resourceful islanders who endured the years of occupation.     After spending a few hours wandering through the shadows of war, stepping back into the island’s sea air and sunshine is all more the sweeter.
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Ljubljana Vacation Travel Guide | Expedia Ljubljana Vacation Travel Guide | Expedia
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https://www.expedia.com/Ljubljana.d2085.Destination-Travel-Guides Situated in Slovenia’s heart lies its capital, Ljubljana, a small but innovative city with a car-free heart, a hip attitude and a mythical history. Step into the narrow streets of the town center, where instead of traffic you’ll hear bicycle bells, and instead of gridlock you’ll find river banks lined with cafes, pubs and historic architecture. Ride the funicular to Ljubljana Castle, a beloved landmark that has been standing above the city for more than 900 years.Then head to Preseren Square, named after France Preseren, whose poem “A Toast” became the country’s national anthem. Stroll to nearby Congress Square and Park Zvezda. From here, you can see the University of Ljubljana, one of the largest places of learning in Europe. Visit the Slovene Philharmonic Orchestra building, one of the world’s oldest musical institutions with famous connections to composers such as Beethoven and Brahms. Cross the Dragon Bridge, famous for its fearsome dragon statues, whose tails are said to twitch when a pure and untouched maiden is nearby. Pick up a free bicycle rental and follow the Jokopic Promenade to the Tivoli Castle and check out the print collection at the International Centre of Graphic Arts. Immerse yourself in art of a different kind in the Metelkova Mesto, a funky cultural zone which hosts more than 1500 events each year. Ljubljana may have taken a dragon as its symbol but unlike that mythical beast, this city is welcoming, warm and delighted to share its treasures with visitors.
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Jersey Vacation Travel Guide | Expedia (4K) Jersey Vacation Travel Guide | Expedia (4K)
6 months ago En
https://www.expedia.com/Jersey.d55539.Destination-Travel-Guides 100 miles from the coast of Britain and just 14 off the coast of France is Jersey, the largest of the Channel Islands. Jersey is compact, making it easy to explore. Country lanes and walking trails lace the island, ensuring Jersey’s attractions are never far away. After exploring the picture-perfect capital, St. Helier, head off to explore the island. Each of Jersey’s four coastlines has its own distinctive personality. Head eastward to La Hougue Bie, one of the world’s oldest buildings, and the port of Gorey, with its iconic medieval castle. Be sure to take in a few sections of the North Coast Path, which offers some of the island’s most dramatic views. Then head south along the west coast to St. Ouen’s Bay, where surfers will find some of the island’s best waves and history buffs can explore the Channel Islands Military Museum. On the southern coast, don’t miss the sheltered sands of St. Brelade, the WW2 German command bunker at Noirmont Point, the tiny islet of Janvrin’s Tomb, and St. Aubin’s Fort. While the coastline serves up Jersey’s finest views, the island’s interior offers plenty for visitors too, such as the Jersey War Tunnels, the Hamptonne Country Life Museum, the Pallot Steam and Motor Museum and the Jersey Zoo. If you’re looking for history, adventure, incredible food, and total relaxation, Jersey weaves it all together into something truly magical. It’s not quite British and it’s not quite French, but Jersey is 100% unique.
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Ilha Grande Bay Vacation Travel Guide | Expedia (4K) Ilha Grande Bay Vacation Travel Guide | Expedia (4K)
7 months ago En
https://www.expedia.com/Ilha-Grande-Bay.d6069922.Destination-Travel-Guides Brazil’s Costa Verde is an incredible ribbon of coastline between Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo. Here the emerald jungles of the Serra do Mar plunge into the Atlantic in spectacular fashion, but nowhere more so, than at Ilha Grande Bay. Just a two-hour bus ride from the non-stop-energy of Rio, Ilha Grande Bay offers rhythms that are in total tune with nature. Once here, you’ll find yourself caring less about finding the perfect Wi-Fi signal, and more about connections of a deeper kind. One hundred miles to the southwest of Rio is the historic port town of Angra dos Reis. Once slave ships unloaded human cargoes bound for the vast coffee plantations of the interior. Today the port is a popular escape for Rio’s harried locals. Once you’ve explored the town, there are endless beaches to enjoy, while offshore, over 350 islands are calling. Climb aboard a ferryboat or set sail on a schooner to the bay’s undisputed jewel, Ilha Grande. For much of last century, this incredible island was home to Brazil’s Alcatraz. What was once purgatory for the country’s most notorious felons is now heaven for nature lovers. For those seeking the best kinds of treasures, Ilha Grande’s riches know no bounds.
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Portland, Maine Vacation Travel Guide | Expedia (4K) Portland, Maine Vacation Travel Guide | Expedia (4K)
7 months ago En
https://www.expedia.com/Portland.d181420.Destination-Travel-Guides Portland, Saco, Cape Porpoise and Kennebunkport sit on the southern coastline of Maine. Part of Portland’s great charm is its working waterfront. Amble down Commercial Street and spend a few hours drifting around the many wharves and piers. Then, follow the salty breezes through the streets and lanes of the historic port district. Tour the ornate rooms of Victoria Mansion, and visit the historic home of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, one of America’s most beloved poets. Head west along Congress Street to the Portland Museum of Art. Many of the artists whose works feature here were inspired by Portland’s coastline, including one of the giants of American Art, Winslow Homer. Cross the Fore River to South Portland and peer through the gun ports of Historic Fort Preble. Just below the fort is the Spring Point Ledge Light, one of the smaller of Maine’s 57 active lighthouses, while just a few miles south, on Cape Elizabeth, stands one of New England’s most beautiful, Portland Head Light. Seven miles south of Portland is Scarborough, where families have been returning to sleepy havens like Higgins Beach for generations. From here, let the bend of Saco Bay sweep you further south to Saco, Cape Porpoise and Kennebunkport. On your way back to Portland, grab a ticket and take a ride at the Seashore Trolley Museum, the largest collection of streetcars in the world. Welcome to Portland. It’s more than just a city by the sea, it’s a song.
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Merida Vacation Travel Guide | Expedia (4K) Merida Vacation Travel Guide | Expedia (4K)
9 months ago En
https://www.expedia.com/Merida.d6023536.Destination-Travel-Guides Mérida is the capital of the Mexican state of Yucatan. While much of the peninsula is famed for its resorts, Mérida is the epicentre of Yucatan culture, history and pride. Radiating from Plaza Grande are pastel streets filled with architectural treasures and cool parks. In the late 1800s, Yucatan became the centre of henequen production, and Mérida fast became one of the world’s wealthiest cities. Take a walk up Paseo de Montejo, an avenue inspired by the great boulevards of Paris, where Yucatan’s elite built their stately homes. Mérida is filled with windows into the past, including its many museums, which cover everything from Yucatan song to the folk arts of Mexico. Just a short walk south from Plaza Grande is the Museum of The City of Merida, which charts the rich and sometimes turbulent history of Yucatan’s capital. Once the residence of a former governor and general, Palacio Cantón is now home to Yucatan’s Anthropology and History Museum. While nearby, the Great Museum of the Mayan World creates a striking contrast to Mérida’s historic streetscapes. Mérida is surrounded by ancient Mayan cities such as Dzibilchaltun, Mayapan, Uxmal, and Chichén Itza. The Yucatan Peninsula has also been blessed with an incredible network of over 6000 cenotes. Some, such as the Sacred Cenote of Chichén Itza, were considered portals to the afterlife. Today, many of these cenotes are the perfect places to cool off. But of course, there’s nowhere better to wash away the Yucatan dust than back in Mérida, one of the most cultural, historic and coolest cities in all of Mexico.
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Long Island Vacation Travel Guide | Expedia (4K) Long Island Vacation Travel Guide | Expedia (4K)
9 months ago En
https://www.expedia.com/Long-Island.d602887.Destination-Travel-Guides Long Island stretches eastward for 115 miles, from the New York boroughs of Brooklyn and Queens to the bluffs of Montauk Point.   Take the short train ride from Manhattan to the sands of Long Beach, which for many is where Long Island begins. From here, Long Island’s protective barrier islands continue all the way to Westhampton Island. Halfway along the chain, visit Fire Island Lighthouse, which for generations of immigrants was their first glimpse of America.   Many of those immigrants went on to create vast financial empires, and it was on Long Island’s northern shores where they built the mansions that would inspire F. Scott Fitzgerald’s classic, The Great Gatsby.   At the Cradle of Aviation Museum in nearby Hempstead, discover how Long Island launched generations of aviators into the wild blue yonder. Nearby, continue your flight into the past at the American Airpower Museum.   In the mid 1800s, well-to-do New Yorkers were drawn to the unspoiled beaches of Long Island’s East End. Today, the pioneer settlement of Southampton Village is a place where history and style have blended as smoothly as the spirits in a Long Island Iced Tea. The past been also been beautifully preserved in nearby Sag Harbor, a historic whaling port immortalized in Moby Dick.   Just a 30-minute drive east from Sag Harbor is Montauk, a place locals refer to as “The End”. America’s first president, George Washington, commissioned Montauk Lighthouse on Long Island’s easternmost point. Climb to the top to take in the sweeping views of this place that has played center stage in some of America’s greatest stories.
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Gibraltar Vacation Travel Guide | Expedia Gibraltar Vacation Travel Guide | Expedia
10 months ago En
https://www.expedia.com/Gibraltar.d66.Destination-Travel-Guides Although it covers less than 3 square miles, Gibraltar’s strategic location has made it one of the most fought over places in Europe. For centuries, it has withstood political manoeuvring, sieges and battles and today, with its red call boxes, Union Jacks and high street shops, Gibraltar staunchly stands as a small pocket of England in the heart of the Mediterranean.
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Lisbon Vacation Travel Guide | Expedia Lisbon Vacation Travel Guide | Expedia
10 months ago En
https://www.expedia.com/Lisbon-District.d178278.Destination-Travel-Guides From its days as a Phoenician outpost to its expansion into a 16th century trading giant, from the Great Earthquake of 1755 to its glorious reconstruction, Lisbon has long been a city of shifting fortunes.   Lisbon has forever been linked to the sea and it’s on the waterfront where you’ll find the city’s grand gateway, Praça do Comércio. Pass beneath the triumphal arch, a tribute to the city’s reconstruction, and drift down Rua Augusta to another of Lisbon’s great squares, the Rossio.   Climb aboard Tram 28, which passes some of the city’s most iconic sights, then climb the battlements of Castelo de São Jorge to see the red tiled roofs of Lisbon spread out before you.   Although the Great Earthquake reduced much of Lisbon to rubble, the ancient suburb of Alfama was spared. Lose yourself amid the cobblestones, where cafes, bars and artisan shops have taken residence in the dockworkers homes of old. As the sun gets low, join locals in a fado bar to hear heartrending songs of the working class.   20 miles west of the city is Cascais, a sleepy fishing village until Lisbon’s nobility discovered its golden bays in the late 1800s.  Another playground for Portugal’s Monarchs was Sintra, which Hans Christian Andersen called the most beautiful place in Portugal.   After Sintra, spend a few days exploring some of Europe’s most beautiful beaches, such as Praia das Maçãs, Adraga and Ursa. At Cape Roca, stand upon the clifftop, which until the 14th century was considered the end of the world.
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Frankfurt Vacation Travel Guide | Expedia (4K) Frankfurt Vacation Travel Guide | Expedia (4K)
11 months ago En
https://www.expedia.com/Frankfurt.d179894.Destination-Travel-Guides For centuries, Frankfurt has been one of Europe’s most important trading capitals. Today, Frankfurt is home to the European Central Bank, the German Stock Exchange and an airport, which handles almost 60 million travelers a year.   Despite its stature as a financial giant, Frankfurt remains surprisingly compact. Most of its attractions are clustered close to the city centre, making the city perfect for exploring on foot or by bicycle.   Cross the Eiserner Steg into Frankfurt’s ancient heart, the Römerberg. After being devastated by allied bombs in World War Two, many of the square’s most important buildings have been lovingly restored. From the Römerplatz, head deeper into the old city to discover important buildings such as Paulskirche and Goethe-Haus.   In the eighteenth century the city’s elite built villas across the river from the old town. Today, many of these villas house specialist museums, such as the German Film Museum, the German Architecture Museum and the Stadel Museum.   Just behind the museum embankment, lose yourself in Old Sachsenhausen, where you’ll find narrow lanes lined with traditional houses and some of the city’s best ebbelwei pubs.   Once you’ve replenished your energy, hop on a tram to the city’s northwest and spend a few hours at the Frankfurt Botanical Gardens and Palmengarten. 70 years ago, as the city smoldered from war, few could have imagined that these greenhouses would ever again see such beauty, that this city would ever again experience such peace and prosperity.
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Seoul Vacation Travel Guide | Expedia (4K) Seoul Vacation Travel Guide | Expedia (4K)
2 years ago En
https://www.expedia.com/explore/south-korea/seoul.d178308 Welcome to Seoul, the capital of South Korea. Start your adventure at the K-Style Hub, a state-of-the-art visitor centre where South Korea’s past, present and future converge.   At the head of Gwanghwamun Square sits the statue of Sejong the Great, whose reign oversaw a golden age of literature, science and technology. The great leader sits before the grandest of Seoul’s five royal palaces, Gyeongbokgung, the Palace of Shining Happiness.   A short bus or subway ride to the east, are the adjoining palaces of Changdeokgung and Changgyeongung, while just to the south at Deoksugung Palace, see the changing of the guard which takes place three times each day. Just to the west, is the last of Seoul’s great palaces, Gyeonghuigung, a royal refuge in times of unrest.   After exploring Seoul’s temple complexes, see how ordinary Koreans once lived at the Namsangol Hanok Village. Then explore the Korea Furniture Museum where over 2000 exquisite items of furniture are displayed within ten traditional houses. The story of Korean craftsmanship continues at the National Museum of Korea, which houses national treasures such as the Ten Story Pagoda.   Close to Seoul’s great South Gate is Namdaemun Market, where locals have been bargaining hard for over 600 years. Looking for some Gangnam style? Head just upriver to Samseong-dong, the Beverly Hills of Seoul.   Spend a few hours in the wooded surrounds of the Bongeunsa Buddhist Temple, a peaceful antidote to the fierce pace of Seoul’s shopping. Then hike to the peak of Namsan, and take in the sweeping views from Seoul’s iconic tower. When the sun gets low, join locals on the banks of the Han River to see the Banpo Bridge erupt in waves of water and light.
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Dunedin Vacation Travel Guide | Expedia Dunedin Vacation Travel Guide | Expedia
2 years ago En
https://www.expedia.com/explore/otago/dunedin.d6048046 The industrious Scots made their mark all over New Zealand, but nowhere is the Caledonian spirit more alive than in Dunedin. Set at the head of the South Island’s Otago Harbour, the city center is shaped by The Octagon. From here, wander down Stuart Street to New Zealand’s most photographed building, Dunedin Railway Station. Just up the tracks, venture back in time at the Toitū Otago Settlers Museum, while just across town is the Otago Museum. Retracing centuries of history can be thirsty work, so combine a little learning with leisure, at Speight’s Brewery, which has been serving up the Pride of the South since 1876. Then stretch your legs on St Clair Beach, a popular summertime hangout for generations of Dunedinites. Rent a car and head into the peninsula’s hills to Larnach Castle. Further up the peninsula is the Ōtākou Marae, the hub of Ngāi Tahu cultural life. The peninsula comes to an end at Taiaroa Head, home to the world’s only mainland albatross breeding colony. In Dunedin’s North, visit rare Yellow Eyed Penguins at Shag Point. Then just up the road at Hampden, marvel at the mysterious Moeraki Boulders. At the historic port town of Omaru, Victorian warehouses have become places where imaginations run free, earning the town the title of The Steampunk Capital of the World. If it’s total isolation you’re yearning for, turn southward to the sparsely-populated Catlins Coast, and for even more adventures, head west into the rugged interior of Central Otago.
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Taranaki Vacation Travel Guide | Expedia Taranaki Vacation Travel Guide | Expedia
2 years ago En
https://www.expedia.com/Taranaki.d6047979.Destination-Travel-Guides Taranaki is a region on the west coast of New Zealand’s north island, about a five- hour drive south of Auckland. It is named after the dramatic volcanic mountain that dominates its skyline, and known for its spectacular landscapes. Set against a canvas of endless hiking tracks, pristine surf breaks and world-class skiing, Taranaki is a region where nature and creativity are intimately entwined. Art is everywhere here. It’s in the jaw dropping landscapes. It’s in the art trails and festivals peppered throughout the region. It’s even in the bridges and on the wind.
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Lake Tahoe Vacation Travel Guide | Expedia (4K) Lake Tahoe Vacation Travel Guide | Expedia (4K)
2 years ago En
https://www.expedia.com/explore/greater-sacramento/lake-tahoe.d180041 Filled with over 39 trillion gallons of pure Sierra snowmelt and pushed a mile into the Californian and Nevada skies, Lake Tahoe is the USA’s largest alpine lake and one of the country’s oldest, year-round vacation playgrounds. Lake Tahoe has forever drawn travellers to its shores, from the Native Americans who call this place Big Water, to the trappers, timber cutters and pioneers who followed. When you’re ready for a little alpine magic, take the four-hour drive from San Francisco to the sunlit shores of Kings Beach. Set on Tahoe’s northern end, this beach was named after local card shark, Joe King, who used his winnings to develop some of the lake’s earliest lodgings. On the lake’s southern shore, is Pope Beach, where you’ll find another Tahoe institution, Camp Richardson. From Pope Beach follow the bike path to the Taylor Creek Visitor Center. An open-air classroom for the entire family, the center features fabulous interpretative walks such as the Rainbow Trail. Nearby, at DL Bliss State Park, follow the spectacular Rubicon Trail into neighboring Emerald Bay State Park. This park is home to the Eagle Falls Trail, a moderate two-mile hike that takes in some of the Sierra high country’s finest views. When the ponderosa pines bend with the season’s first snow, Tahoe transforms into the nation’s favorite winter playground. Whether you’re looking for snow-capped peaks or crystal clear coves, places to bond with loved ones or pockets of pure solitude, The Lake in the Sky has it all.
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Monaco Vacation Travel Guide | Expedia Monaco Vacation Travel Guide | Expedia
2 years ago En
https://www.expedia.com/Monaco.d6050648.Destination-Travel-Guides Fabulously wealthy and gilded by history, the Principality of Monaco lies on the French Riviera in Western Europe. Smaller than New York’s Central Park, this graceful destination is bordered by France and the sparkling Mediterranean sea. With ancient streets full of exotic cars, a natural harbour filled with super yachts and a glittering royal legacy, Monaco is a tiny relic of medieval Europe that has made itself at home in the 21st century. It draws the rich, the famous and those seeking the kind of lifestyle usually only found on the silver screen.
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St. Lucia Vacation Travel Guide | Expedia (4K 60fps) St. Lucia Vacation Travel Guide | Expedia (4K 60fps)
2 years ago En
https://www.expedia.com/St-Lucia.d168.Destination-Travel-Guides Floating like an emerald teardrop between the waters of the Atlantic Ocean and the Caribbean Sea is the island nation of St Lucia. For centuries the original Arawak and Carib made their homes around the islands northern bays. In the 1550s, the notorious buccaneer, Peg Leg Le Clerc, became the first European to settle here. After the pirates came the plantations, and the bittersweet years of sugar and slavery. Between the 17th and 19th centuries, St Lucia was pulled back and forth between the French and British, before finally gaining her independence in 1979. Right in the heart of the capital, Castries, the main square pays tribute to two of the island’s Nobel Prize winning sons. Just across from the park, visit the basilica, filled with murals that blend the colours and traditions of Africa, the Caribbean and the West. At the Central Market, taste the fruits of this island’s volcanic soil, enjoy real St Lucian home cooking, and browse crafts made by local hands. The creation story continues at Eudovik’s Art Studio, where master carvers transform tree roots into sensual works of art. The sleepy French colonial town, Soufriere, is cradled by some of the island’s greatest natural treasures. Just a short boat ride away is one island’s finest resort beaches, Anse Chastanet. While nestled between the two volcanic spires of Gros and Petit Piton, is one of the west coast’s most secluded hideaways, Sugar Beach.
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Antigua Vacation Travel Guide | Expedia (4k 60fps) Antigua Vacation Travel Guide | Expedia (4k 60fps)
2 years ago En
https://www.expedia.com/Antigua.d11729.Destination-Travel-Guides Just 3 hours from Miami and 8 from London is Antigua, the largest island in the nation of Antigua and Barbuda. Antigua’s capital is St. John’s, a port town of plantation shutters, iron roofs and colors as bright as our spirit. Mix up a little history and shopping down by the city’s quays, where old shop houses have been given new life as cafes, bars and duty-free boutiques. Take a break from the noonday sun in the shade of the old Courthouse, now the home of the national museum. Then, spend a lazy afternoon walking the ramparts of the harbor’s fortifications. Just to the north of St. John’s, you’ll find Runaway Beach and Dickenson Bay, home to some of the purest sands and finest resorts in the West Indies. On the island’s eastern side, visit the historic sugar plantation, Betty’s Hope. A few miles east, feel the power of nature at Devil’s Bridge, a natural arch carved by Atlantic waves. Let the breeze carry you further around the Island, to beauty spots like Half Moon Bay and Mamora Bay, then drop anchor for a while at English Harbor. From English Harbor back to St. John’s, it’s just one perfect beach after another. Some say there are 365 beaches in Antigua, one for each day of the year. But you won’t see them all, don’t even try. Just take it easy, because the slower you move, the better you’ll feel and Antigua is all about feeling good.
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Dubrovnik Vacation Travel Guide | Expedia Dubrovnik Vacation Travel Guide | Expedia
2 years ago En
https://www.expedia.com/Dubrovnik-Southern-Dalmatia.d6050111.Destination-Travel-Guides The Croatian city of Dubrovnik is one of Europe’s most enduring treasures. Cross the medieval bridge and enter the Old Town through Pile Gate, then climb the ramparts for a history lesson like no other. It takes an hour or two to walk the Old Town’s ramparts. At Fort Bokar, take in the views to Fort Lawrence, then follow the sea wall to St John’s Fort, which once protected the City Harbor from enemy ships. Explore Fort Revelin, which offers even more commanding views of the harbor, then continue on to the highest point in the city’s defenses, Fort Minceta. Once you’ve arrived back at Pile Gate, descend into the streets of the Old Town. The town is divided in two by the Stradun, a street marked at each end by a bell tower and a fountain. Refresh yourself at Onofrio’s Fountain, then pay your respects at Saviour Church. Next door at the Franciscan Monastery, order an elixir from one of the world’s oldest functioning pharmacies. At the Stradun’s eastern end, is Luza Square, where you’ll find treasures such Sponza Palace and Saint Blaise Church. After refilling your water bottle at the Small Onofrio’s Fountain, explore even more of the city’s sacred places, such as the Dominican Monastery and Dubrovnik Cathedral. There’s also plenty to explore beyond the Old Town’s walls, such as Banje Beach, and Gruz harbor, where gigantic cruise ships have replaced the little trading vessels of old.
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Cuba Vacation Travel Guide | Expedia (4K) Cuba Vacation Travel Guide | Expedia (4K)
2 years ago En
https://www.expedia.com/explore/caribbean/cuba.d44 It’s only 93 miles from Florida, and just 13 from the Bahamas, but like the smoke that coils from its legendary cigars, The Republic of Cuba exists in a time and space all its own. Few cities can stir the imagination like Cuba’s capital, Havana, a city preserved by forts, a five-mile seawall, and an imposed embargo, which held back the excesses of the 20th century for over 50 years. Havana’s lure can be hard to resist, but Cuba offers so much more beyond the seductive lights of its capital. In Cuba, a long sandy beach is never far away. Just 12 miles from Havana’s downtown, the Eastern Beaches unroll toward the town of Matanzas, the birthplace of the rumba, and Cárdenas, where the Cuban Flag flew for the very first time. From here, follow the scent of fresh lime, rum and suntan lotion north to Varadero. After exploring the northern coastline, turn south towards Cuba’s most revolutionary city, Santa Clara, and Trinidad, once the sugar capital of the world. Don’t miss elegant Cienfuegos, the only Cuban city founded by the French. Sometimes it’s hard to know whether Cuba is awakening to the world, or if the world is awakening to Cuba. Whatever your politics, it's easy to admire this island nation that has proudly gone its own way. Cuba may still have one foot firmly in the past, but as the world tumbles towards tomorrow, we can be thankful for the many things it has not let go.
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Townsville Vacation Travel Guide | Expedia Townsville Vacation Travel Guide | Expedia
2 years ago En
https://www.expedia.com/Townsville.d6047631.Destination-Travel-Guides The Australian city of Townsville sits on the sun-drenched coastline of Queensland, around 400 miles north of the state capital, Brisbane. First established as a port town in 1866, Townsville quickly blossomed. Take a walk along Flinders Street and admire some of Australia’s finest 19th-century buildings, including gracious pubs, which have been serving up ice-cold beers to thirsty locals for generations. For years Townsville was a busy but provincial port, until her northern skies darkened with the clouds of war. At the Army Museum of North Queensland, learn how the city became one of the largest allied bases during World War Two. Discover even more of Townsville’s historical and natural treasures at the Museum of Tropical Queensland. Right next door, dive into Reef HQ, where the wonders of the Great Barrier Reef have been brought to shore for all to enjoy. Just a few miles south of Townsville, continue your walk on the wild side at the award-winning Billabong Sanctuary. To experience Townsville’s brightest jewel, take the 5-mile ferry ride to Magnetic Island. From Nellie Bay, set off to discover Maggie’s national parks and coastal communities. When it comes to Aussie vacation adventures, be sure to set aside a few days in Townsville. Because sometimes it’s the lesser-known places which hold the sweetest surprises and offer the warmest welcomes.
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Budapest Vacation Travel Guide | Expedia Budapest Vacation Travel Guide | Expedia
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https://www.expedia.com/Budapest.d179994.Destination-Travel-Guides The Hungarian capital, Budapest, is situated on the banks of the Danube in Central Europe. It’s the political, economic and cultural heart of the nation, and one of the most beautiful and livable cities on the continent. For a sweeping overview of the city head to the Buda side of the Danube and take in the views from the 19th century ramparts on Gellért Hill. Just upriver is Budapest’s oldest area, The Castle District, home to Buda Castle, Matthias Church and Fisherman’s Bastion. Once you’ve explored the heights of Castle Hill, cross the Széchenyi Chain Bridge to the Pest side of the city and follow the riverbank upstream to Hungary’s Parliament Building. Nearby, pay your respects at the Shoes on the Danube Memorial, a sobering tribute to the thousands who were executed here during The Second World War. After admiring the magnificent dome of St. Stephen’s Basilica, allow yourself to be swept up Andrassy Avenue. This world heritage listed boulevard opens out onto Heroes’ Square and City Park. The park is home to the Széchenyi Thermal Baths, just one of the city’s many lavish bathhouses. For many in Budapest, “taking the waters” is a weekly ritual. Whether it’s the sparkling Danube or the thermal springs, there’s something truly rejuvenating in the water here. So when you’re ready to experience moments of refection, inspiration, and sublime beauty, come to Budapest, you’re sure to come away rejuvenated too.
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Salzburg Vacation Travel Guide | Expedia Salzburg Vacation Travel Guide | Expedia
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https://www.expedia.com/Salzburg.d180020.Destination-Travel-Guides The Austrian city of Salzburg is situated on the northern edge of the Alps, close to the border of Germany. Surrounded by lakes and mountains, and straddling the banks of the Salzach River, few cities can match Salzburg’s fairytale setting.   Few places can match its musical heritage either. Salzburg is the hometown of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, and provided the settings for one of cinema’s most-adored musicals, The Sound Of Music.    Take the funicular to Hohensalzburg, one of Europe’s best-preserved medieval fortresses. Down below in the Old Town you’ll find Salzburg Cathedral and the Salzburg Museum. Nearby, wander along narrow Getreidegasse, one of the loveliest shopping streets in the world.   Just off the Old Market Square, savor 300 years of coffee-making tradition at Café Tomaselli. For classical Austrian fare served with a side of Opera, take the short walk to Stiftskeller St. Peter. At the Müllner Bräu Brewery, hang out with beer devotees from all over the world.  Salzburg has long been a city where inspiration knows no bounds, especially when it comes to its palaces. Just a short stroll from the Marionette Theater, the grandeur of Mirabell Palace and Gardens awaits. While on Salzburg’s southern outskirts, explore the playful water features at Hellbrunn Palace.   While Salzburg abounds with fountains, some of the city’s most impressive water features are its natural ones, such as Lake Wolfgang and Krimml Waterfall. For a waterfall with a difference, visit the spa town of Bad Gastein, whose falls roar straight through the heart of town. From the town, take the cable car to the summit of Stubnerkogel Mountain and walk Europe’s highest suspension bridge.   The Salzburg region is full of surprises, so before heading back to the city, head underground, into the Hallein Salt Mine. From its salt mines to its symphonies, from its fountains to its waterfalls, Salzburg plays out like a living opera, filled with drama, comedy, intrigue and passion.
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Cape Town Vacation Travel Guide | Expedia (4K) Cape Town Vacation Travel Guide | Expedia (4K)
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https://www.expedia.com/Cape-Town.d6046820.Destination-Travel-Guides Cape Town sits on South Africa’s Cape Peninsula, where the waters of the Atlantic and Indian Oceans converge. Begin your adventure at The Castle of Good Hope, the centerpoint from which the city grew. Nearby you’ll find Company’s Garden, the Parliament Building, and the South African Museum. Don’t miss the District Six Museum, which gives voice to the 60,000 non-white residents who saw their vibrant multi-racial neighborhood flattened during the darkest days of the Apartheid era. One neighborhood that was spared from apartheid’s wrecking ball is Bo-Kaap, where traditional Cape Malay culture continues amid the row houses of this colorful hillside suburb. Visit the Victoria and Alfred Waterfront, and explore attractions such as Two Oceans Aquarium. The waterfront is also the gateway to one of the world’s most infamous prisons, Robben Island. Table Mountain is Cape Town’s most beloved landmark. From the Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens, take a walking trail up the mountain, or take the Cableway for the spectacular ride to the viewing area. Cape Town is one of the world’s great beach cities. From Green Point, the site of Cape Town’s futuristic stadium, follow the coast and discover one incredible beach after another. Cape Town’s riches don’t end with its beaches, it’s also blessed with some of the best wine country in the world. After touring the acclaimed wineries of Paarl and Stellenbosch, head up Franschhoek Pass and wander hillsides filled with Proteas. In local tradition, the Protea represents transformation, courage and hope. Cape Town is a city which shares the same soil, so it’s not surprising that it embodies those same qualities too.
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Vanuatu Vacation Travel Guide | Expedia (4K) Vanuatu Vacation Travel Guide | Expedia (4K)
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https://www.expedia.com/Vanuatu.d192.Destination-Travel-Guides The Republic of Vanuatu lies in the South Pacific Ocean, just a short flight from Australia and New Zealand. Most visitors to Vanuatu arrive at the nation’s capital, Port Vila, situated on the main island of Efate. Vila, as it’s affectionately known, sits at the edge of a magnificent natural harbor filled with corals and sea life. Like many South Pacific ports, Vila is wonderfully relaxed, so leave your designer gear at home, pull on some flip flops and slide into island time. Just a ten-minute drive from port Vila, is Ekasup Cultural Village, where proud villagers are waiting to share their centuries-old customs, crafts, music and stories. From Vila, take a 50-minute flight to Espiritu Santo. At the island’s sleepy capital Luganville, stock up on supplies at the markets, before venturing off to explore the island’s natural wonders. After exploring mainland Santo, visit the islands off its southern coast, such as Aore Island, Bokissa Island and Malo Island. Just a 45-minute flight south from Port Vila, Tanna Island is fringed with beaches ranging from pure white to black volcanic sands. Many of the hillside villages on Tanna remain largely unaffected by the trappings of the modern world. Feel the earth shake on Mt. Yasur, one of the world’s most active and accessible volcanoes. After experiencing the warmth and generosity of Vanuatu’s people, it’s easy to feel that Vanuatu could be one of richest places on earth.
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Jakarta Vacation Travel Guide | Expedia (4K) Jakarta Vacation Travel Guide | Expedia (4K)
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https://www.expedia.com/Jakarta.d178269.Destination-Travel-Guides Indonesia’s capital, Jakarta, lies on the northwest coast of Java, the most populous island in the world. From the center of Merdeka Square rises the towering National Monument, whose Flame of Independence shines its reassuring and unifying light across the entire archipelago. All around the square are some of the capital’s most important buildings, such as the National Museum of Indonesia. To the northeast rises the gleaming minaret of Istiqlal Mosque, the nation’s main house of worship, while directly opposite is magnificent Jakarta Cathedral. In the heart of Jakarta’s old town is Fatahillah Square, home to Jakarta’s best heritage architecture and more fine museums, such as the Jakarta Historical Museum, the Wayang Museum and the Museum of Fine Arts and Ceramics. After you’ve explored the museums around Fatahilla Square, pull up a chair at Café Batavia. Then take a boat ride around Sunda Kelapa and see traditional Makassar Schooners unloading and resupplying for inter-island voyages. When it’s time to take a break from the non-stop bustle of Jakarta, embark on a nautical adventure of your own and explore the Pulau Seribu National Park. Indonesia is made up of over 17,000 islands. To sample them all in a single day, head to Taman Mini, a theme park that brings the entire archipelago to Jakarta. Jakarta is a gateway to Indonesia through which many rush. But it’s a gateway that offers much to those who linger.
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Yosemite National Park Vacation Travel Guide | Expedia Yosemite National Park Vacation Travel Guide | Expedia
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https://www.expedia.com/Yosemite-National-Park.d180672.Destination-Travel-Guides Yosemite National Park sits on the western slopes of California’s Sierra Nevada Mountains. Most visitors spend their time in Yosemite Valley, which despite being only 7 miles long and 1 mile wide, packs in more jaw-dropping scenery than just about any other place on Earth. Near the valley entrance stop at Tunnel View, and stand before a panorama that’s reduced generations of visitors to silence. From Tunnel View it’s just a short drive to Bridalveil Fall. Fed by snowmelt, the fall reaches its thundering peak in May. The Yosemite Valley ring road follows the banks of the Merced River, which shifts in character as it thunders from the valley walls, before gently winding across the valley floor. The ring road is dotted with trailheads that lead to 800 miles of hiking trails. The Four Mile Trail climbs the valley’s southern wall to two of Yosemite’s great outlooks, Glacier Point and Washburn Point. Further along the ring road is the trailhead for The Mist Trail, which offers stunning views of Vernal and Nevada Falls. For thousands of years, the Ahwaneechee had villages throughout this valley, but it was at the base of Yosemite Falls where their great chief resided. Take the one-hour hike to the lower falls, or spend the day climbing all the way to the upper falls. To the north of Yosemite Valley, is Tioga Road, one of the USA’s most scenic highways. Fill your lungs with alpine air at Olmsted Point, refresh yourself by the waters of Tenaya Lake, then spend the day at Tuolumne Meadow, the traditional summer hunting grounds of the Ahwaneechee. From its high country to its waterfalls, its towering sequoia groves to its valley meadows, Yosemite is an American story unlike any other.
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Tuscany Vacation Travel Guide | Expedia Tuscany Vacation Travel Guide | Expedia
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https://www.expedia.com/Tuscany.d601686.Destination-Travel-Guides Tuscany is a legendary region in central Italy that stretches from the Apennine Mountains to the west coast, meandering through endless vineyards, medieval towns and the impossibly beautiful cities of Florence, Siena and Pisa. In today’s modern world, defined by alarm clocks, deadlines and traffic jams, Tuscany lures travelers with the promise of a warmer, gentler way of living. Here, high art mingles deliciously with warm sunshine and fragrant wine. History seeps through the cobblestones and small occasions are transformed into the greatest of pleasures. Around six hundred years ago, Tuscany changed the world forever when economic, cultural and political forces collided, sparking the Renaissance. It was a new way of thought in which art and education were highly prized and the search for happiness, a noble goal. Although the world has changed much since then, Tuscany’s values hold firm and visitors to this region can happily spend days and weeks slowly rediscovering them.
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Vancouver Vacation Travel Guide | Expedia Vancouver Vacation Travel Guide | Expedia
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https://www.expedia.com/Vancouver.d178315.Destination-Travel-Guides Vancouver’s breezes carry the scents of nature and aromas of all the urban delights you’d expect from a city regularly voted, “the Worlds most livable”. The city takes its name from the British navigator who landed here in 1792. The original settlement was called “Gastown”, in honor of Gassy Jack, who built the city’s first tavern. Gassy Jack and his makeshift pub may be long gone, but in the historic neighborhood of Gastown, his spirit lingers on. Vancouver’s early history continues at Waterfront Station, the western terminus of the Canadian Pacific Railway. The railway’s construction brought Chinese workers by the thousands, whose descendants have enriched Vancouver ever since. Experience this interweaving of cultures in Chinatown, where the fusing of Oriental flavors with local seafood has helped earn the city the title, “the Culinary Capital of Canada.” After visiting Vancouver’s central highlights, ride the ferry to Granville Island. Stock up on provisions at the Granville Island Public Market and sample craft ales at Granville Island Brewing. From Granville Island, head to Queen Elizabeth Park on Little Mountain, a peaceful oasis high above the city. When it’s time to answer the call of the wild, cross the Lions Gate Bridge to The North Shore, a wilderness where bears roam and salmon-filled rivers flow through old-growth forests. Less than a two-hour drive from the city is Whistler Blackcomb Resort, the largest ski resort in North America. The beautifully connected runs here cater to all skill levels and attract elite skiers and beginners from all over the globe.
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Queenstown Vacation Travel Guide | Expedia Queenstown Vacation Travel Guide | Expedia
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https://www.expedia.com/Queenstown.d180018.Destination-Travel-Guides Queenstown, in New Zealand’s South Island, is the gateway to stunning fiords, glaciers, ski fields and vineyards. This lake-side city provides the pulse that keeps this remote corner of the world energetic and youthful. As the descendants of fierce Polynesian warriors and determined European settlers, the Kiwis have the spirit of adventure running though their veins. Experience the beauty of Lake Wakatipu aboard the TSS Earnslaw. Nicknamed “The Lady of the Lake”, for over 100 years this steamship hasn’t missed a beat, transporting livestock and passengers to and from the High Country. Back in Queenstown, soak up the Aotearoa sunshine on a sandy beach or in Queenstown Gardens. For a bird’s-eye view, ride the Skyline gondola to Bob’s Peak. Then when the sun gets low, head to Marine Parade and enjoy Mother Nature’s spectacle with kindred spirits from all over the world. Queenstown expands and contracts with the rhythm of the seasons. After the hectic summer, the town transforms into a world-class ski destination. Queenstown has three main ski fields; The Remarkables Ski Field, Cardrona Alpine Resort and the Coronet Peak Ski Area. When the snow melts, Queenstown transforms again to accommodate visitors who flock to the Arrow Basin to explore its charming historic towns. The Kiwis know when it’s time to slow down, unwind and enjoy the finer things in life. Queenstown and the nearby Gibbston Valley are home to over 75 wineries, where vintners produce pinot noirs acclaimed for their purity, freshness and vitality, a perfect reflection of the region itself!
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Northern Rivers Vacation Travel Guide | Expedia (4K) Northern Rivers Vacation Travel Guide | Expedia (4K)
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https://www.expedia.com/Northern-Rivers.d6047794.Destination-Travel-Guides The Northern Rivers region sits at the easternmost point of Australia. The heart of the region is Mt Warning, created 23 million years ago when the Tweed Volcano erupted and reshaped the land. It was an event which blessed the entire region with incredibly fertile soils, deep forests, and a unique geology, which many believe gives the region its special energy. The Northern Rivers begins at Tweed Heads and unrolls southwards for over one hundred miles, taking in some of the purest beaches and most laid-back coastal towns in the world. Enjoy the salt water and sunshine of Kingscliff and Cabarita. Soak up the soulful vibes of Brunswick Heads, a port town created by cedar cutters a century ago. Or head just a few miles south to Byron Bay, acclaimed for its incredible beaches, lifestyle and lighthouse. Drift even further down the coast and discover coastal towns like Lennox Head, Ballina and the classic mouth-of-the-river seaside town, Yamba. When it’s time to take a break from the coast, the inland towns of Mullumbimby and Nimbin possess a pace of life and sense of community that creates a different kind of magic. From its forests, to its beaches, to every rolling hill in between, this is one of the world’s special places, a place where the spirit of country touches, heals, and enriches all who walk it. So come with us, and find yourself in Australia’s Northern Rivers.
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Mendoza Vacation Travel Guide | Expedia Mendoza Vacation Travel Guide | Expedia
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¡Bienvenidos a Mendoza!, the “The Land of Sun and Good Wine.” Located on an arid plateau, Mendoza was built on the irrigation channels, or “acequias,” that were originally dug by the indigenous Huarpe people. These waterways also feed snowmelt from the Andes to Mendoza's vineyards, which produce about the majority of Argentina’s wine today. Noteworthy Spanish colonial buildings in Mendoza include the Banco Hipotecario Nacional, the domed Espacio Contemporáneo de Arte, in a former bank, the monumental Teatro Independencia, and the central Basilica de San Francisco. As seen from above, Mendoza’s most central parks take on the shape of a dotted number five, like the on dice. The leafy Plaza Independencia, with has an underground modern art museum, makes up the central dot and the corners are formed by the Plaza Italia, Plaza General San Martín, Plaza España and Plaza Chile, with their richly decorated statues and fountains. Just west of the city center is the biggest park of all: Parque General San Martín. It’s overlooked by the grand Monument for the Army of the Andes atop El Cerro de la Gloria. Visit this “Eden of the Andes” during the annual Grape Harvest Festival, Vendimia, to see Mendoza in full swing. https://www.expedia.com/Mendoza-Wine-Region.d6054200.Destination-Travel-Guides -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Follow us on social media: Twitter: https://twitter.com/Expedia Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/expedia Instagram: http://instagram.com/expedia Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/Expedia/ Google+: https://plus.google.com/+Expedia -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Follow us on our travel blog, Viewfinder: http://viewfinder.expedia.com/
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Quito Vacation Travel Guide | Expedia Quito Vacation Travel Guide | Expedia
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Quito, the capital of Ecuador, sits high in the Andes and straddles the equator, making it the closest national capital to the sun. San Francisco de Quito, as this harmonious city is officially called, is all about balance. Its World Heritage protected Old Town is contrasted by its progressive New Town. The New Town, or La Mariscal, is centered on the bustling Plaza del Quinde and has markets, trendy cafés and nightlife. The Plaza de la Independencia is the Civic heart of Old Town, is overlooked by the Municipal Palace, Archbishop’s Palace and Presidential Palace. Quito has a wealth of ornate churches, including the Santo Domingo Church, the Metropolitan Cathedral, the Basilica de la Merced, de San Francisco Church, the Church of the Society of Jesus and the Basilica of the National Vow. There are two hills that are worth exploring: Panecillo Hill is famous for its winged statue known as the “Virgin of Quito.” Itchimbia Park has a contemporary Cultural Center and panoramic city views. The nearby Pichincha Volcano was once the setting of a historic battle that resulted in Quito’s liberation from Spain. But it’s the Cotopaxi Volcano, that is the Quito’s most famous landmark.While in the area, you can’t miss the Mitad del Mundo Monument and the Intiñan Solar Museum where you walk the line of the equator and be in two hemispheres at the same time. https://www.expedia.com/Quito.d6053672.Destination-Travel-Guides -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Follow us on social media: Twitter: https://twitter.com/Expedia Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/expedia Instagram: http://instagram.com/expedia Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/Expedia/ Google+: https://plus.google.com/+Expedia -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Follow us on our travel blog, Viewfinder: http://viewfinder.expedia.com/
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Warsaw Vacation Travel Guide | Expedia Warsaw Vacation Travel Guide | Expedia
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https://www.expedia.com/Warsaw.d178317.Destination-Travel-Guides For centuries Warsaw has been a center of refinement and knowledge. Its strategic position has also made it one of the most invaded countries in Europe. Shaped by history’s defining events, World War Two, and the closing of the Iron Curtain, Warsaw is a survivor, and has risen from the ashes of war and the shackles of Communism. Its true heart is its Old Town, the site of the Warsaw Uprising, one of the most heroic resistance actions ever seen against the nazis. After the war much of it, such as the opulent Royal Castle, was painstakingly rebuilt. One of the few statues not destroyed by the German army, is the mermaid Syrena, the symbol and protector of Warsaw. Visit St Johns Cathedral and St Anne’s Church, whose interior miraculously survived the war. The Warsaw Museum, is the keeping place of the city’s dramatic stories. Warsaw University served as military barracks while education was mostly outlawed, but an underground “secret university” of more than 3000 students emerged. The POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews was once the infamous Warsaw ghetto, where over 400,000 were incarcerated in just less than one and a half square miles. Nearby, the Warsaw Uprising Monument and the Warsaw Rising Museum pay tribute to one of the bravest chapters of the city’s history. Visit the Palace of Culture and Science, a gift to the Polish people from Stalin. Stroll along the Royal Route, a path once used by Polish Kings, today a popular tourist walk, studded with historical sites. Along Nowy Swiat Street, pass the monument to Polish astronomer, Nicolaus Copernicus. Closer to the river is the Copernicus Science Centre. See the heart of another of Warsaw’s famous sons, Fryderyk Chopin in the Holy Cross Church. His music floats through Lazienki Park, home to Lazienki Palace. The last stop on the Royal Route is Wilanow Palace, with luxurious artworks and formal gardens. Since the fall of the Iron Curtain, Poland’s economy has boomed, reflected in the luxury malls, such as Zlote Tarasy and the VITKAC Department store. Visit Praga to discover venues like the Soho Factory. An ammunition factory now home to a range of stylish shops and the Neon Museum. These reclaimed urban areas are perhaps the perfect reflection of Warsaw today.
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Bolivia Vacation Travel Guide | Expedia Bolivia Vacation Travel Guide | Expedia
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Bolivia, a landlocked South American country, holds the promise of discovery for adventurous souls. While pretty Sucre, “La Ciudad Blanca,” is Bolivia’s judicial capital, La Paz is its political capital and also its main tourist hub. On the Mirador at Laikacota, you get a feel for how incredibly high up in the Andes this city sits. Deep in the valley below lies the central Plaza Murillo, home to the most precious buildings: the Presidential Palace, National Congress and Metropolitan Cathedral. Most visitors stay near the Plaza San Francisco, because of its proximity to hidden gems, such as the curious Witches’ Market, the Musical Instrument Museum and the Coca Museum. Around La Paz, you can ride down “El Camino de la Muerte," hike through the lunar landscape of Valle de la Luna and great the alpacas that road around the Tiwanaku Cultural Heritage Site. Bolivia is a diamond in the rough. It’s relatively poor and undeveloped, but its extremely authentic, colorful and cultural. Bolivia’s riches shine through in the country’s high altiplanos, its floating reed islands on Lake Titicaca, the silver mines of Potosi, the infinite salt flats of the Salar de Uyuni and the untamed tropical lowlands in the vast Amazon basin. https://www.expedia.com/Bolivia.d21.Destination-Travel-Guides -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Follow us on social media: Twitter: https://twitter.com/Expedia Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/expedia Instagram: http://instagram.com/expedia Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/Expedia/ Google+: https://plus.google.com/+Expedia -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Follow us on our travel blog, Viewfinder: http://viewfinder.expedia.com/
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Change Your Hotel Booking | Expedia Change Your Hotel Booking | Expedia
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Some hotel bookings allow you to make changes to your reservation online in your itinerary. You can make the following changes to an existing hotel room reservation online. •Guest name •Bed type •Smoking preference •Special requests •Accessibility options •Room type •Number of guests •Travel dates Still need help? If you still need help with your reservation, select Contact us. If you need to make special requests, such as accessibility options, please contact your hotel directly.
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Change Your Hotel Booking | Expedia Change Your Hotel Booking | Expedia
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Some hotel bookings allow you to make changes to your reservation online in your itinerary. You can make the following changes to an existing hotel room reservation online. •Guest name •Bed type •Smoking preference •Special requests •Accessibility options •Room type •Number of guests •Travel dates Still need help? If you still need help with your reservation, select Contact us. If you need to make special requests, such as accessibility options, please contact your hotel directly.
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Manage Your Seat Assignment | Expedia Manage Your Seat Assignment | Expedia
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To select seats during booking: 1. In the Who's traveling? section of the booking process, select Seat requests, frequent flyer, known traveler, redress and more, and follow the instructions. 2. Repeat the step above for each traveler in your itinerary. To manage seats after booking: • To view your seat assignment, check your confirmation email or your itinerary. • To select or change your seat, open your itinerary and select Choose Seats under Manage Booking.
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Manage Your Seat Assignment | Expedia Manage Your Seat Assignment | Expedia
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To select seats during booking: 1. In the Who's traveling? section of the booking process, select Seat requests, frequent flyer, known traveler, redress and more, and follow the instructions. 2. Repeat the step above for each traveler in your itinerary. To manage seats after booking: • To view your seat assignment, check your confirmation email or your itinerary. • To select or change your seat, open your itinerary and select Choose Seats under Manage Booking.
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Margaret River Wine Region Vacation Travel Guide | Expedia Margaret River Wine Region Vacation Travel Guide | Expedia
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The Margaret River region runs down the Western Australian coastline for over 80 miles, and stretches inland for a further 20. Busselton marks the beginning of one of Australia’s most scenic drives, Caves Road, which gets its name from the incredible limestone caves which honeycomb the region. Caves Road winds inland, through picturesque villages and historic timber towns, before arriving at the region’s main settlement, Margaret River. Surrounded by coasts on three sides, and enjoying virtually rain-free summers, as a wine-growing region, Margaret River has been compared to France’s famous Bordeaux region. Cruise from cellar door to cellar door, sampling some of the most exciting Chardonnays, Shirazs and Cabernet Sauvignons on the planet. At Margaret River’s northern end is Cape Naturaliste, a headland surrounded by secluded spots, like Bunker Bay, Eagle Bay and Meelup Beach. Between June and December, the lookout points around the lighthouse make this cape a fabulous place to spot whales. Cape Naturaliste marks the start of one of Australia’s most beautiful walking trails, the Cape to Cape track. The track follows beaches and cliff tops, and strings together many places, which still retain their Aboriginal names. The Margaret River region’s southern end is marked by the Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse, where below, the waves of the Indian and Southern Oceans meet. Margaret River is one of those rare destinations that’s a feast for all the senses, with tastes, touches, sights and sounds you’ll savor, for the rest of your days. https://www.expedia.com/Margaret-River-Wine-Region.d6046852.Destination-Travel-Guides -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Follow us on social media: Twitter: https://twitter.com/Expedia Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/expedia Instagram: http://instagram.com/expedia Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/Expedia/ Google+: https://plus.google.com/+Expedia -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Follow us on our travel blog, Viewfinder: http://viewfinder.expedia.com/
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Dublin Vacation Travel Guide | Expedia Dublin Vacation Travel Guide | Expedia
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Despite a long and sometimes tragic history of invasion and resistance, this thriving business capital has poetry, music and literature percolating through its cobblestones. Dubliner, Oscar Wilde once said “life is too important to be taken seriously.” While Dublin proudly honours its past, it is equally passionate about enjoying each and every new day. Nowhere is life celebrated more than in the city’s nearly 700 pubs. Nothing matters more to Dubliners than having a good time or, as locals call it, the craic. Of all the gifts, Dublin has given to the world, perhaps the most intoxicating are its stories. Originally built for the sons of the Irish gentry, the ivy-covered stone buildings of Trinity College are home to some of the oldest remaining manuscripts in the world, including the 1000-year-old Book of Kells. Dubliner Jonathan Swift, once said, “May you live all the days of your life.” There is no better way to define Dublin. Its passion for life is contagious, captivating and sure to stay with you for the rest of your days. https://www.expedia.com/Dublin.d178256.Destination-Travel-Guides -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Follow us on social media: Twitter: https://twitter.com/Expedia Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/expedia Instagram: http://instagram.com/expedia Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/Expedia/ Google+: https://plus.google.com/+Expedia -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Follow us on our travel blog, Viewfinder: http://viewfinder.expedia.com/
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Sao Paulo Vacation Travel Guide | Expedia Sao Paulo Vacation Travel Guide | Expedia
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São Paulo, one of the world’s most populated cities, is Brazil’s exciting hub of business, culture, creativity and hospitality. ‘Sampa’ was founded in 1554, at the spot of the historic Pátio do Colégio. Once home to the region’s first main Catholic Church, the central Praça da Sé now houses the towering Metropolitan Cathedral. Two beautiful historic buildings have been transformed into Cultural Centers: The Banco do Brazil and the Júlio Prestes Train Station. While the city’s most esteemed museums are the São Paulo Museum of Art, on the famous Avenida Paulista, and the Pinacoteca do Estado. The Viaduto Santa Ifigenia, an art nouveau bridge, leads pedestrians to the ornate Municipal Theatre, with its impressive Sala São Paulo concert hall. Don’t miss Ibirapuera Park, which is home to the modern Ibirapuera Auditorium, the São Paulo Museum of Modern Art and the Afro Brazil Museum. Meet Brazil’s soccer heroes through the interactive exhibits of the Football Museum in Pacaembu Stadium. Nearby, Vila Madalena is a bohemian district with quirky stores, funky cafés and colorful street art. In the Mercado Municipal, tourists gather to taste the local cuisine while the Paulistanos bargain for fresh produce and gourmet food. Explore all of São Paulo’s neighborhoods and bustling cultural hubs to discover that this city is not only the engine behind Brazil’s economy, but also its cultural powerhouse. https://www.expedia.com/Sao-Paulo.d180023.Destination-Travel-Guides -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Follow us on social media: Twitter: https://twitter.com/Expedia Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/expedia Instagram: http://instagram.com/expedia Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/Expedia/ Google+: https://plus.google.com/+Expedia -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Follow us on our travel blog, Viewfinder: http://viewfinder.expedia.com/
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Montevideo Vacation Travel Guide | Expedia Montevideo Vacation Travel Guide | Expedia
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Uruguay is emerging as one of South America’s favorite destinations. Its capital Montevideo has a warm, temperate climate, pleasant sea breezes and miles of boulevards. From Montevideo’s Telecommunications Tower you can see the hill that gave the city its name. Another tower, the Palacio Salvo looms high above the Plaza Independencia in the City Center. Under this square is the mausoleum for the country’s revolutionary hero José Artigas. Nearby Plaza Matriz is the city’s oldest square and home to the 18th-century Metropolitan Cathedral, the focal point of Uruguay’s Old Town. Soccer is big here and in 1930 Uruguay hosted and won the first-ever FIFA World Cup in the Estadio Centenario. Another proud local tradition is “parrilla" and the best way to try it is to buy cuts of meat in the Mercado del Puerto, and have those cooked for you on the spot. The 19-mile long promenade, La Rambla leads to the city’s favorite playground: De Los Pocitos Beach. To the west along the river is the UNESCO-listed Old Town of Colonia del Sacramento, with its landmark lighthouse, sleepy Plaza de Armas, historic Portón de Campo and atmospheric Street of Sighs. To the east of Montevideo, if you follow the coast, is Piriápolis. This beach resort offers great views from its hilltop San Antonio Temple. The next highlight on this road trip is the lighthouse of La Paloma on the Cabo de Santa María peninsula. On your way to the lighthouse of Punta del Este, don’t miss eccentric Casapueblo, a wonderful hotel and art gallery designed by local artist Carlos Páez Vilaró in Punta Ballena. Uruguay may be small, but its big heart and relaxing vibe create a lifetime of memories. https://www.expedia.com/Montevideo.d2461.Destination-Travel-Guides -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Follow us on social media: Twitter: https://twitter.com/Expedia Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/expedia Instagram: http://instagram.com/expedia Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/Expedia/ Google+: https://plus.google.com/+Expedia -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Follow us on our travel blog, Viewfinder: http://viewfinder.expedia.com/
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Edinburgh Vacation Travel Guide | Expedia Edinburgh Vacation Travel Guide | Expedia
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The Scottish capital of Edinburgh is one of the world’s most beautiful cities. Its Old Town and Royal Mile are filled with the ghosts of medieval merchants, body snatchers, and poets, while its Georgian-styled New Town shines with the glories of the Scottish Enlightenment. To see Edinburgh in all her glory, climb to Arthur’s Seat, the highest of the city’s seven peaks. Some historians believe this was the site of King Arthur’s legendary castle Camelot. Nearby, on another volcanic crag, rises Edinburgh Castle, the very symbol of Scotland itself. Over the last eleven centuries, this castle has been laid siege to 26 times but still it stands, a testimony to the indomitable spirit of the Scots. Edinburgh has long held a special place in the hearts of the monarchy. Her Majesty’s Yacht Britannia sailed over one million miles before being permanently moored at Ocean Terminal as a symbol of the Royal Family’s affection for the people of Edinburgh. Edinburgh has been the jewel in the crown of royals for centuries and its old-world chivalry continues today. Thistle Chapel, in St Giles’ Cathedral, honors the Knights and Ladies of Scotland’s oldest order. In Princes Street Gardens, rises the world’s largest monument to a writer, dedicated to Sir Walter Scott. At the Writers Museum, learn about more of Scotland’s cherished literary adventurers. Edinburgh casts her spell over contemporary writers too, JK Rowling wrote two of her Harry Potter series in cozy Old Town nooks, such as the Elephant House Café. For centuries, the University of Edinburgh has given us intellectual giants such as Charles Darwin, David Hume and Alexander Bell. Explore centuries of innovation at the Scottish Museum, or head to South Queensferry to see the Forth Bridge, an engineering marvel when it opened in 1890. The Royal Botanic Gardens is one of the world’s oldest and most important centers of botanical science, yet it’s still a place which invites one to slow down. Edinburgh is a city that has given the world countless gifts, but perhaps her greatest is showing that all parts of the human experience - the sciences and the arts, the past and the present, the sacred and the light-hearted - all have equal value. https://www.expedia.com/Edinburgh.d6069845.Destination-Travel-Guides -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Follow us on social media: Twitter: https://twitter.com/Expedia Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/expedia Instagram: http://instagram.com/expedia Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/Expedia/ Google+: https://plus.google.com/+Expedia -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Follow us on our travel blog, Viewfinder: http://viewfinder.expedia.com/
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Cook Islands Vacation Travel Guide | Expedia Cook Islands Vacation Travel Guide | Expedia
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https://www.expedia.com/Cook-Islands.d41.Destination-Travel-Guides Situated at the very centre of Polynesia, the Cook Islands is an archipelago nation comprised of 15 islands. It is spread across an area in the South Pacific, three times the size of Texas.. Supremely beautiful, with pristine white sands fringed by coconut palms, the Cook Islands possess a castaway island magic and yet is only a four hour flight from New Zealand. According to legend, these tiny islands, dotted amongst the vast ocean, were discovered thousands of years ago by the very finest Polynesian seafarers. Guided by the stars and using other sophisticated navigation techniques, they landed their legendary double hulled Vakas and set about creating paradise. It is a rhythm you’ll feel as soon as you touch down in Raratonga, the largest island in the group. You could easily drive around this sparkling island in half an hour if you hurry, but that’s the charm of the Cook Islands….. no one does. It has been almost 250 years since Captain Cook became the first European to discover these islands and yet there is a gentle timelessness that endures here. Come and discover the generous rhythm and warm hospitality of the Cook Islands for yourself.
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Sunshine Coast Vacation Travel Guide | Expedia Sunshine Coast Vacation Travel Guide | Expedia
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https://www.expedia.com/Sunshine-Coast.d180069.Destination-Travel-Guides Just over an hour north of Queensland’s capital, Brisbane, lies Australia’s Sunshine Coast, blessed by mother nature, one side offers miles of spectacular coastline - the other, tranquil hinterland. Endless golden beaches, year-round swimming and an easygoing attitude, make this the perfect place to slow down and unwind. In this beautiful region, the casual glamour of Noosa, merges into the family fun of Caloundra and blends with the artistic flair of the hinterland. The most famous town is Noosa Heads - an indulgent and stylish getaway that attracts many of the world’s A-list. Its white beach is almost completely surrounded by national park. Follow winding tracks to unspoilt headlands then cool off in crystal clear waters. Step straight from the beach into a luxurious lifestyle that shines just as brightly at night. Noosa is the place to enjoy 5 star accommodation, designer stores and of course, romance. For more low-key relaxation, head further south to the villages of Sunshine Beach, Peregian and Coolum. For more action, join surfers drawn here from all over the world. There are more than 100 surf breaks in the region so there are waves to suit everyone. Surf life saving clubs have been keeping beaches safe since the early 1900’s; visit Mooloolaba surf club to enjoy local seafood overlooking the ocean. Explore rock pools at Mooloolaba Beach or learn more about ocean life at Underwater world - Sea life. Wildlife experiences don’t come much more intense than the legendary Crocodile Hunter’s Australia Zoo, come touch a snake, see big cats and of course watch the crocodiles be fed. In the Sunshine Coast’s green hinterland are the Glasshouse mountains, an important gathering place for the area’s traditional owners and still considered spiritually significant. Offering sweeping views of the coast, they are ideal for hiking and picnicking. The area has long attracted a vibrant community of artists and the Eumundi Markets showcase their work. Since 1970’s, it has become one of the biggest and most beautiful markets in the country. Now more than 600 stalls offer local produce and crafts created in the nearby hills. The small towns of Montville, Maleny and Mapleton, originally built around the logging industry, are now known for their fine local produce, beautiful buildings and breathtaking views. The Maleny Botanic Gardens and Bird World offer the chance to learn about the local wildlife. Head to Caloundra, where families have been holidaying for generations and relaxation is down to a fine art. In a country famous for its beaches and its laid back attitude, the Sunshine Coast is where Australians go to relax, so follow the footprints and make a few of your own in this beautiful place.
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Trujillo Vacation Travel Guide | Expedia Trujillo Vacation Travel Guide | Expedia
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https://www.expedia.com/Trujillo.d3537.Destination-Travel-Guides Trujillo is known as the Peruvian Capital of Culture. This Spanish colonial city in the northern desert of Peru is a vibrant place, with colorful architecture and proud Latino traditions. The surrounding desert coast is dotted with the ancient ruins of lost civilizations. Some 2,000 years ago, long before the first Incas arrived, the Moche people and later the Chimú, managed to cultivate the arid Moche Valley and build thriving cities such as Chan Chan, made entirely from adobe bricks. These pre-Columbian civilizations also created the mighty Temple of the Sun and the Temple of the Moon, wove reed boats for fishing, dug canals for irrigation and designed refined jewelry and pottery. The museum in the coastal site of El Brujo contains a tattooed mummy of a warrior leader or priestess, who was dubbed the Lady of Cao. Find out more about these ancient cultures in Trujillo’s Archaeological Museum. Then, admire the region’s pure-bred Paso Horses during a Marinera show with costumed dancers. End your stay with a visit to the Cathedral and Freedom Monument on Plaza de Armas in the city’s picturesque Historic Centre.
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Amalfi Coast Vacation Travel Guide | Expedia Amalfi Coast Vacation Travel Guide | Expedia
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https://www.expedia.com/Amalfi-Coast.d180060.Destination-Travel-Guides The Amalfi Coast stretches for 30 miles along the southern coast of the Sorrentine Peninsula in Southern Italy. There are some places that are so famous and so legendary that even before you set foot there, it feels familiar. The Amalfi Coast or “road of a thousand bends” is one such place. This route has attracted society’s rich and beautiful for thousands of years and inspired some of the world’s greatest artists and writers. The area’s largest city, Amalfi is a great place to begin this legendary journey. A wealthy and powerful town during medieval times, merchants here were amongst the few who had gold coins to spend instead of the barter system used throughout the rest of Italy. Visit the magnificent buildings that reflect that early wealth. Positano is perhaps the best known destination on the coast. A favourite of celebrities since the 1950’s this town glitters with old-world glamour. From Marina Grande Beach, most of the paths lead right to the town centre and the Byzantine Santa Maria Assunta. Visit the Terraces of Infinity, at Villa Combine, a view so stunning that the famous american writer, Gore Vidal called it “the most beautiful view in the world.” Before it’s medieval glory days, the Amalfi Coast’s charms drew the Roman aristocracy. With its endless sunshine, mediterranean colours and a landscape of gripping drama and breathtaking beauty, the Amalfi Coast truly is a legendary destination.
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Lima Vacation Travel Guide | Expedia Lima Vacation Travel Guide | Expedia
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https://www.expedia.com/Lima.d178277.Destination-Travel-Guides Lima gives access to the mystical city of Machu Picchu in the Andes, Lake Titicaca in the highlands, the lush Amazon jungle and Peru’s coastal desert. But, before you go to see all of this, it’s worth exploring the capital first. Just like Peru’s landscapes, Lima is a city of contrasts: rich and poor, ancient and modern, practical and elegant, fascinating and entertaining. In Lima’s Historic Center is the Plaza de Armas, also known as the Plaza Mayor. This is where the Spanish explorer founded Lima and the Lima Cathedral, contains the tomb of Francisco Pizarro. Next door, the Government Palace is still the official seat of government today. Outside of the city center are many more visitor attractions. The Bajada de los Baños in bohemian Barranco is home to the Bridge of Sighs. In Miraflores is Huaca Pucllana, a pre-Columbian temple of some 1,500 years old. The pleasant mansion of the Museo Larco in Pueblo Libre contains amazing pre-Columbian artifacts. Lima’s parks is where the rich and poor find common ground. Parque de las Leyendas is a zoo and Parque de Exposición has fountains to play in and an awe-inspiring light show.
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Mexico City Vacation Travel Guide | Expedia Mexico City Vacation Travel Guide | Expedia
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https://www.expedia.com/Mexico-City.d178285.Destination-Travel-Guides Mexico City is one of the financial powerhouses and cultural capitals of Latin America; it’s also a city of color. Mexico City’s colors run deepest in the main square, the Zócalo, once the epicenter of the Mexican Civilization. Today, this area is presided over by a temple of a different kind, The Metropolitan Cathedral. Throughout the Centro Histórico district, over 1500 heritage buildings vie for your attention. The streets of this district overflow with museums and galleries. For a window into the life and color of yesteryear, visit the fabulous Museo Franz Mayer. For a change of color, head to Chapultepec Park, one of the largest urban parks in the world. The park is home to cultural institutions such as the Auditorio Nacional and the Museum of Anthropology, as well as the popular Chapultepec Zoo. Pay your respects to the Niños Heroes, a monument which honors the six boy soldiers who gave their lives defending Castillo de Chapultepec. Today, the castle serves as the National Museum of History. Just to the north is Nuevo Polanco, a former warehouse area rapidly being transformed by new architectural visions, such as the Museo Soumaya and Museo Jumex. To the south of the city is Coyoacán. In the early 20th century the district’s artists, writers and intellectuals inspired not only Mexico, but the entire world. Visit The Blue House, the birthplace of Frieda Kahlo, and the Museo Casa Estudio Diego Rivera y Frida Kahlo, where these two giants of Mexican art worked, lived and loved. Just to the south are the incredible murals and buildings of Ciudad Universitaria, which, when constructed in the 1950s, was the city’s largest single building project since the time of the Aztecs. The spirit of bohemia continues amid the sophisticated hues and beauty of districts such as Roma and Condesa. At Xochimilco, simply float away on a riot of color on the last of the city’s Aztec canals. In Mexico City there is color everywhere, and once you experience it, your memories will never fade.
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