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Tips for Visiting the Statue of Liberty, New York
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Tips for Visiting the Statue of Liberty, New York

New York is not short on iconic landmarks and visiting the Statue of Liberty is generally near the top of most visitors’ list. There are plenty of places to stay in New York so choosing where to stay shouldn’t be a problem but finding time to see everything is your biggest issue in the city that never sleeps so some advance planning is really important. The Statue of Liberty was a gift from France as a symbol of the international friendship forged during the American Revolution. It was dedicated on 28 October 1886, designated as a National Monument in 1924, inscribed as a World Heritage Site in 1984 and restored for her centennial on 4 July 1986. Here’s everything that you need to know about visiting the Statue of Liberty when touring New York. Visiting the Statue of Liberty in New Yor...
Tips When Visiting Universal Studios Orlando, Florida
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Tips When Visiting Universal Studios Orlando, Florida

I had been to Disney World three times, but never to Universal Studios Orlando, Florida.  After just one day, I realized I was missing out.  But to make the most of the often very crowded theme park you have to plan your visit. Here are a few of my top tips when visiting Universal Studios in Orlando. Universal Studios Orlando, Florida Tips When Visiting Universal Studios Orlando, Florida  Purchase a Universal Express Plus Pass I highly recommend the Universal Express Plus Pass which gives you faster access to most of the rides with just a couple of exceptions, especially if you are visiting the park at peak times. It will cut down your wait time considerably. Plan Your Visit in Advance Find out which rides are the most important for you and then see if the Express Pass is valid on thes...
Things to do in Lancaster, California
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Things to do in Lancaster, California

Plenty of sightseeing awaits those who are looking to travel to beautiful Lancaster, California. This city north of Los Angeles is currently among the fastest growing cities in the United States.  Notably, Lancaster has become an increasingly popular filming location for the movie business. The city is additionally known for many contributions to the aerospace industry, which is just one of the many things to do in Lancaster.   It’s time to discover all the fun and entertainment that Lancaster has to offer for travelers looking for something a little different.   Quality motels in Palmdale and hotels in Lancaster, California await your arrival (read about the difference between a motel and hotel). Lancaster Aerospace Walk of Honor Lancaster Attractions Cultural Lancaster attractions Ma...
Must See Art Museums in San Francisco
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Must See Art Museums in San Francisco

While San Francisco may not be a well known art center, like New York or London, it does have a lot to offer. But, there are many great art museums in San Francisco! Here is my list of San Francisco museums any art lover must visit on their next trip to the city. Related Read: The Most Unusual Museums in Barcelona San Francisco Museum of Modern Art Must See Art Museums in San Francisco Asian Art Museum Located in the Civic Center across from City Hall in the former library building, the Asian Art Museum houses one of the largest collections of Asian art in the Western world. While primarily focused on traditional art, the museum has done a great job of promoting contemporary artists from all across the region.   It’s largest displays cover Indian, Chinese, Japanese and Korean art, thou...
Traveling to Marrakech: Top Tips Visiting Morocco’s Most Exotic City
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Traveling to Marrakech: Top Tips Visiting Morocco’s Most Exotic City

Marrakech is packed with sights, smells, sounds, and exotic experiences. It’s a highlight on many Moroccan itineraries and a must see for tourists in Morocco. We’ve pulled together a few top tips for those traveling to Marrakech – including things to do and not to do. Here’s how to experience the best of Marrakech! Traveling to Marrakech, Morocco Something to see in Marrakech When you can pull away from the souks and Jemaa el-Fna (a hard move but a necessary one) make sure you check out some of Marrakech’s thriving and underrated art scene – start at the Medina’s hidden culture house – Dar Bellarj (from the Madrasa Ben Youssef, look for a door emblazoned with a Stork’s head!). Something not to see in Marrakech The Bahia Palace always makes it on the ‘must-see’ lists for those travelin...
A Weekend in Copenhagen in the Winter
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A Weekend in Copenhagen in the Winter

Back at the beginning of March this year, I spent a weekend in Copenhagen for the first time. As the final instalment of a three weekend-long succession of city breaks, the past month had already seen me battling hail and gale force winds at the top of the Eiffel Tower and nipping in and out of cafés and museums to avoid the cold in Rotterdam, but nothing could have prepared me for the biting temperatures of Copenhagen. So, if you end up visiting Copenhagen in the winter months, here are my recommendations for some must-visit places to help you thaw out during a yuletide trip to this chilly city. A weekend in Copenhagen in winter A weekend in Copenhagen in the winter Here’s how to keep warm on your winter weekend in Copenhagen. Frederiks Kirke aka The Marble Church With its great dome ...
The Moroccan Hammam: Why Every Traveler Should Step Outside Their Comfort Zone
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The Moroccan Hammam: Why Every Traveler Should Step Outside Their Comfort Zone

As an American, my upbringing was pretty conservative regarding nudity. For this reason I had to experience a local Moroccan Hammam, also for this reason I will still giggle about it like a school child as I write this tip. I mean no disrespect.  I’ll start with sharing a few tips for experiencing a Hammam in Morocco. The Moroccan Hammam A few tips for experiencing a Moroccan Hammam  For a Real Experience You Must Go to a LOCAL Moroccan Hammam Hotels and resorts offer hammam as well, but many are very westernized and lack authenticity. Look for a more authentic Moroccan Hammam – here’s a few places in Marrakech. Pay For an Attendant to Wash You Rather Than Washing Yourself Again, I recommend this for the full experience, but for those that chose to wash themselves, research etiquette f...
A Guide to Visiting Chefchaouen: The Jewel of North Morocco
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A Guide to Visiting Chefchaouen: The Jewel of North Morocco

When visiting Morocco, you’ll likely have Marrakesh and possibly Fes and Tangier on your itinerary, but what about visiting Chefchaouen? Here’s our guide to visiting the Jewel of North Morocco – Chefchauoen. Visiting Chefchaouen Morocco A brief guide to Chefchaouen Chefchaouen, close to the popular port of Tangier is named as such because a mountain range above the city that looks like two chaouen or goat’s ‘horns’. The city lies between the horns. Chefchaouen was built by Spanish exiles as a fortress against in Portuguese in 1471, who were as you will know still ruthless, powerful kings of the sea at the time. Picture perfect Chefchaouen With its pale blue houses and buildings (painted as such as a result of a pact we were told, between Arab- white and Jew- dark blue, the buildings ar...
A Weekend in Strasbourg – A Lovely Small City with a Very International Atmosphere
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A Weekend in Strasbourg – A Lovely Small City with a Very International Atmosphere

Looking for a unique place to spend a weekend in Europe? How about a weekend in Strasbourg. Strasbourg, on the French-German boarder, is a lovely small city with a very international atmosphere, not only due to it being the venue of several important European institutions, but also as it has an excellent university with international attendance. Weekend in Strasbourg, France The capital of the french province of Alsace Strasbourg is the capital of the French province of Alsace, a historically German speaking part of France, located close to the German border. Strasbourg is fused into the Franco-German culture and although violently disputed throughout history, has been a bridge of unity between France and Germany for centuries, especially through the University of Strasbourg, currently...
Visit Kazakhstan – Where Old Meets New on the Ancient Silk Road
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Visit Kazakhstan – Where Old Meets New on the Ancient Silk Road

Until twenty years ago Kazakhstan was one of the great unknowns, a relatively undiscovered region of the former USSR. But today, many travelers are excited to visit Kazakhstan.Located along the ancient Silk Road, this land of vast plains, beautiful mountains, clear lakes and clean rivers was considered basic, unwelcoming and remote to all but a few of the hardiest adventure travelers.Today, Kazakhstan is an ethnically diverse republic with a unique culture mix on the border between Europe and Asia.It is prosperous, modern, and chic in places, unspoiled, cultural, and quiet in others. It borders the Caspian Sea, the only inland sea in the world and is famous for its caviar; it is also the nation which gave the world tulips, apples and domesticated horses. Bol’shoye Almatinskoye Ozero, A...
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