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  • A Day in the Darwin Melting Pot | Expedia.com.au
    Parap Village Markets take over this small shopping area each Saturday morning Locals come early to stock up on fruit and vegies trays of pineapples crates of mangoes bundles of Chinese herbs and spices even whole stems of bananas hanging from the shade coverings the local growers have their produce on show Make your first stop the juice bars in the centre of the street with around ten blenders each all going non stop it s a noisy spot but there s always a line for coconut shakes mango smoothies and pineapple juice On the way out pick up a croc shaped chocolate fudge for the kids from Territory Fudge or maybe a pair of handmade short shorts or vintage swimming costumes 10am By the time the sun is well and truly up the crocodiles at Crocosaurus Cove are settling into their spots in the sun This reptile park is right in the centre of town on the corner of Peel St and Mitchell St You don t even have to leave the city to see giant saltwater crocodiles The Big Croc Feed is at 11 30am where you ll see plenty of snapping teeth but you ll need to get there early if you want a front row seat Before the big show draws all the crowds zip around through the reptile enclosures handle a snake hold a baby croc and see just how many different types of lizards are in the Outback High on my list is the newborn crocodile enclosure where you can stick your head up into plastic bubbles built into the floor Eyeball a croc and if you re lucky look up at its soft little belly while it sunbakes on your plastic globe If you re feeling brave take on the Cage of Death

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  • A Barcelona Short Break | Expedia.com.au
    city planners There don t seem to be any rules to his gravity defying whimsical designs which are photogenic from any angle Gaudi s most famous piece of work is the Sagrada Familia Catholic church still unfinished and now classed as a UNESCO World Heritage site His apartment blocks Casa Mila and Casa Batllo look like gingerbread houses with curving rooftops and twisted metal embellishments Park Guell s curving mosaics and dramatic staircases are the perfect foreground to fantastic city views You could easily spend your weekend on a photo shoot with the city playing willing model showing her good side around every turn Or you could get cultural and go to the MNAC Museum National Art de Catalunya for your fill of Romanesque Gothic Baroque and Renaissance art Happily it s also home to a sought after terrace bar with great views of the city Most Read 1 All Aboard the Sea Cabin fever is a term you definitely won t hear aboard the Allure 2 Listopedia Serious Are you serious about where you soak Hotel bath tubs are big 3 Listopedia Bucket Lists Want to suggest a Listopedia Bucket List topic Just let us know on Trending Topics Barcelona Culture Food Sights Spain And since you re in Barcelona you should visit the small Picasso Museum The famous artist moved here with his family in 1895 before his art became blockbuster stuff You ll see his classic portraits and landscape work as well as nudey rudey sketches and ceramic pick up a postcard or two to say you ve been there done that Head back to Las Ramblas for the night This is where first timers should have a few tapas to fuel the evening s fire But for a more local experience the Gothic Quarter Barri Gòtic

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  • Hogmanay Edinburgh New Years Eve | Expedia.com.au
    the correct way Every year on the 31 st December the city of Edinburgh shuts down the CBD for a massive street party The party complete with concerts dancing and fireworks is a limited number ticketed affair and is usually sold out well in advance thanks to the popularity of the celebration If squashing in with hundreds of thousands of other people while fireworks light up one of the most beautiful skylines in the world is your thing I recommend you sign up on the official Hogmanay site here and buy tickets as soon as they re available It s a good idea to book your accommodation well in advance too Christmas and New Years Eve are busy times Check out Expedia s Top Trending Edinburgh Hotels for a few options Most Read 1 All Aboard the Sea Cabin fever is a term you definitely won t hear aboard the Allure 2 Listopedia Serious Are you serious about where you soak Hotel bath tubs are big 3 Listopedia Bucket Lists Want to suggest a Listopedia Bucket List topic Just let us know on Trending Topics Edinburgh New Year s Eve But if big crowds aren t your thing and they weren t mine when I visited Edinburgh there s definitely different ways to spend the festival Here s a couple of things you might want to consider instead of the street party First of all it s important to remember that Hogmanay to the Scots is at least a four day event Rather than scrambling for New Year s Eve tickets take advantage of the celebrations on the 30 th December and the first two days of January The Edinburgh wheel a huge Ferris Wheel set up each year on Princes Street is a great way to see the city

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  • The best little shops in Paris | Expedia.com.au
    work I don t mind if a painting was done by a four year old as long as it speaks to me of the place I bought it So you can imagine my delight when I was wandering along the banks of the River Seine right at the Pont Neuf near Notre Dame Cathedral and I discovered the bouquinistes This little 3km section of the Seine river walk is an institution in Paris and is now a UNESCO World Heritage site It s the Portobello Rd of Paris a treasure trove of vendors selling antique books prints and paintings Bouquinistes used book sellers have been plying their trade along this portion of the Seine since the 16 th century Their little green kiosks just two metres long by one metre wide are fixed to the stone walls and have played a big part in local history From distributing Protestant propaganda to hiding messages in their books during the World Wars they re your ordinary bookstore Most Read 1 All Aboard the Sea Cabin fever is a term you definitely won t hear aboard the Allure 2 Listopedia Serious Are you serious about where you soak Hotel bath tubs are big 3 Listopedia Bucket Lists Want to suggest a Listopedia Bucket List topic Just let us know on Trending Topics Culture France Paris Shopping Today it s not uncommon to pick up rare leather bound books with engravings dating from the late nineteenth century If you re a collector of antique books or etchings take your time These vendors gather their wares from surrounding flea markets antique shows and deceased estates so you might find something truly amazing Sadly there s still touristy tat like magnets and postcards the city government granted them permission to sell as times have become tough

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  • Life's a Show at Venice Beach | Expedia.com.au
    bike and running track embedded in the soft Pacific Coast sand Following the snaking track past Muscle Beach with all its clichéd activity of tough looking nuggetty men in striking muscle popping poses I m joined by rollerbladers and families enjoying the Californian sunshine At first glance Venice Beach can be overwhelming The sea is about 300 metres across the endless sand on my right lush green grass and soaring palm trees punctuate the shoreline on my left and in between I m suddenly swept up into a carnival It s as if a Director shouts Action and all the colourful folk who hang out down here start performing Only they re for real Don t get run over by the guy on a bike with a taxi sign he s taken off a car and strapped to his head Skating past him is a man in a turban with an electric guitar selling T shirts Look out for groups of tattooed girls who are hula hooping on the grass under the palm trees Most Read 1 All Aboard the Sea Cabin fever is a term you definitely won t hear aboard the Allure 2 Listopedia Serious Are you serious about where you soak Hotel bath tubs are big 3 Listopedia Bucket Lists Want to suggest a Listopedia Bucket List topic Just let us know on Trending Topics Culture Los Angeles Venice Beach Stall holders sell T shirts and graffiti art tattoo parlours have Harley Davidson s parked out front people walk dogs the size of guinea pigs and a husky with wolf s eyes waits patiently for his owner to finish busking just opposite the Sidewalk Café which is the perfect spot for people watching My tip for the best bar in the area is located on the rooftop

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  • The Insider Guide to Auckland | Expedia.com.au
    re a connoisseur of creamy mushrooms head straight to the Mecca Viaduct Basin Café The Portobello mushrooms are served with tiny spicy sautéed potatoes and chorizo Their classic eggs Bene come with bacon ham salmon or spinach and have a cult following Hit the shops Most of Expedia s customers stay right in the city centre and the CBD is a shopper s heaven Queen Street s most loved department store is Smith Caughey s It s Auckland s equivalent to David Jones or Myer Lose yourself and a few pennies here then cross the road to High Street where New Zealand s fashion designers and international labels hang out Ponsonby Road At 2km long you need to know where to begin when you re exploring this street Start at the new Ponsonby Central think Melbourne s Prahran Markets on the corner of Richmond Road for a bite to eat and you ll find New Zealand designers and high street retailers all within cooee Most Read 1 All Aboard the Sea Cabin fever is a term you definitely won t hear aboard the Allure 2 Listopedia Serious Are you serious about where you soak Hotel bath tubs are big 3 Listopedia Bucket Lists Want to suggest a Listopedia Bucket List topic Just let us know on Trending Topics Auckland Culture Food New Zealand Tips Newmarket After the CBD and the North Shore Newmarket is Expedia s most popular Auckland destination It s south east of the city and gives the CBD a run for its money in terms of shops Two Double Seven is a small shopping centre with parking tip a 5 purchase from any store including Countdown supermarket gets you two hours free parking You ll find all the high street shops here plus cafes and a few

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  • London Markets | Expedia.com.au
    this narrow East End street Running from the boathouses lining Regent s Canal to the historic London Fields Park you ll find bookshops antiques and vintage clothing stalls not to mention some of the finest cakes the city has to offer The insanely pretty cupcakes from Violet are a real highlight and sell out fast Dine from one of the Vietnamese banh mi vans grab Mexican at The Taco Stand or tuck into a blue cheese topped burger from Lucky Chip just around the corner at spin off Netil Market If you want a really authentic East End experience order hot jellied eels from F Cooke s Pie Mash Shop which first started trading in 1900 Most Read 1 All Aboard the Sea Cabin fever is a term you definitely won t hear aboard the Allure 2 Listopedia Serious Are you serious about where you soak Hotel bath tubs are big 3 Listopedia Bucket Lists Want to suggest a Listopedia Bucket List topic Just let us know on Trending Topics England Foodie London Markets Camden Market Chalk Farm Road Nearest tube Chalk Farm and Camden Town Most stalls and shops open daily 10am 6pm Punk rock rave music and Camden go hand in hand and the area has long held a reputation for being home to alternative London It has one of the hippest high streets in London with rows of multicoloured shops decorated with large scale artworks and the multiple markets are equally cool First stop is Stables Market a labyrinthine nest of cobblestone paths leading through brick archways to a host of antique retro fashion and furniture stalls Why the name The market was once the site of a hospital for the horses who used to pull canal barges nearby Camden Lock is home to a market of its own with lots of alfresco food stalls Today Proud gallery is one of the newer occupants of the 200 year old building it s a great venue for live music and art exhibitions When it comes to food head to West Yard for When Mac Met Chees e As the name suggests this stall only sells variations on the classic American dish Our favourite is cheesy green afro which consists of vintage Stilton mozzarella and broccoli If that s not for you head to nearby Inverness Street Market for crepes at Artisans Crepier Brick Lane Market Whitechapel East End Nearest tube Aldgate East Open Saturday 11am 6pm and Sunday 10am 5pm Head east and you ll find another market saturated area at your fingertips First stop for food has to be The Old Boiler House at The Old Truman Brewery it s easy to spot just look for the tall red brick chimney Built in the 1830s it s now home to Brick Lane s buzzing food hall From vegan West African food to Japanese okonomiyaki the stalls regularly rotate so there s no guessing what you might find Just around the corner on Hanbury Street is the Sunday

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  • Surviving long haul flights with kids | Expedia.com.au
    for hours on end is not a good combination Good foods to pack are Vegemite sandwiches apples dried fruit muesli bars and individual mini packets of chips or biscuits Toys and activities Pack toys activities that have a long entertainment value so you re not carrying the whole toy box Try crayons sticker sheets finger puppets a favourite doll or teddy story books If your children are old enough to manage their own bag it s great for them to have their own stash toys too Don t put anything brand new in this bag keep that tucked in your hand luggage to reveal when you really need it Technology How did we ever travel without tablets smartphones or portable DVD s Although many airlines provide great kids entertainment it s always good to have your own preloaded with kiddie favourites Don t worry about screen time if watching hours of TV or playing games keeps them happy let it be Be prepared The better prepared you are the easier the trip will be Extra items to carry in your hand luggage include a change of clothes for everyone including you lots of nappies and wipes even if kids aren t in nappies paracetamol kids get sick unexpectedly a warm top or little blanket plane air conditioning can be cold Share the load Long haul flights are easier with both parents to manage moments like meal time Try taking shifts on off duty It really helps your patience levels if you ve had a rest too The age and number of children you have has a big impact on how this works I recommend discussing this idea with your partner before you embark Create routine then go with the flow For younger children it can really help to have a

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