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  • Europe with kids | Expedia.com.au
    there is plenty that children will enjoy even if all they eat is Croque Monsieur toasted ham and cheese sandwich If you tire of history and culture there is always Paris Disneyland Prague Prague is a city that inspires fairy tales and has lots on offer for children Prague Castle is lovely to explore Children enjoy the changing of the guard hourly at gates or midday in the courtyard and there is a Toy Museum on the grounds additional charge Petrin Hill offers spectacular views over Prague Children will enjoy the Funicular ride up and the Mirror Maze Prague Zoo a lovely day trip and located only 3km from the city Easily reached by bus Astronomical Clock one of the most popular attractions in Prague this huge Medieval clock puts on a wonderful display hourly with wooden figurines National Marionette Theatre Marionettes are a big part of Czech culture and this is a fabulous place to see them in action There is also a great museum to see them up close 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 Berlin Family Flights France Italy Lucca Italian s LOVE kids and you will be welcomed everywhere Tuscany is especially beautiful and Lucca is a great family friendly place to stay Lucca is a walled city and you can hire bikes and cycle the walls Inside the walls is pedestrian only making it safe for little walkers It has great shops food culture and history but is small and not too touristy or crowded How could kids not love pizza pasta and gelato gelato and more gelato Popular Tuscan towns such as Sienna and San Gimignano are a short drive way If you prefer not to drive catch public transport to the beach at Viareggio Collodi where Pinocchio s father lived and go to Parco Pinocchio or Pisa to visit the famous Leaning Tower Berlin Berlin is a fascinating and vibrant city and surprisingly family friendly Attractions for the whole family include Tiergarten a vast city park 210 hectares which was once a royal hunting ground There are playgrounds lakes and gardens forested areas with hiking trails boat hire and more Berlin Zoo is located at one end and Tiergarten hosts landmarks such as the Brandenburg Gate Berlin Zoo Germany s oldest Zoo is easily accessible by train get off at Bahnhof Zoologischer Garten Children under 5 are free and a combined ticket available to visit the Aquarium too Berlin Zoo houses the world s largest number of species Aquarium located next to Berlin Zoo this is Germany s largest aquarium Opened in 1913 it was destroyed in World War II and rebuilt in the fifties Legoland Discovery Centre in Potsdamer Platz fun for kids of

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  • Notes from a Dublin Trad Session | Expedia.com.au
    on a pint while watching a group of musicians pick and pluck their way around jigs and reels until the wee hours of the morning Finding traditional music in Dublin isn t hard The city s Temple Bar precinct purpose built to cater to tourists is bursting at the seems with pub based live music in particular at Oliver St John Gogarty s Fitzsimon s and the Temple Bar itself But for me these sessions always felt a little too polished and professional and it was in the quiet back street or suburban pubs that really provided the authentic experience Every Tuesday night I used to venture to The Purty Kitchen a gastro pub in Dún Laoghaire south of Dublin city for a pint or two and their regular Irish music session Here there was no pretence no segregation of the performers and the audience and the night was far from polished and professional this was an Irish trad session just the way it should be If you haven t been to a session before let me paint you a picture There is no stage In fact there is no designated area where the band is expected to play Instead the session will just take place wherever the musicians usually local enthusiasts or professionals happy to be paid in Guinness find room amongst the bar stools and tables There are no rules for a session no hierarchy no band leader Just as much time is spent gossiping and drinking as actually playing When the music does start it s all in with whoever kicked off the set guiding the rest of the musicians through which tunes to play although if the players have been jamming together for long enough there s normally certain tunes that always go together And its

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  • A Rome of your own | Expedia.com.au
    back to 1938 the caffe isn t as old as Rome s ancient landmarks but it s certainly a local institution Stand at the original stainless steel bar and choose an espresso or a cappuccino served zuccherato with sugar unless requested otherwise Away from the hustle and happy hour bars of Campo de Fiori you ll find locals stopping for their daily fix of vino at bottle shop and wine bar Antico Via Monte della Farina 37 Pizza Gelato Tick off another essential Italy experience and grab a slice of pizza from hole in the wall eatery Pizzeria 00100 in Testaccio Via Giovanni Branca 88 They churn out hundreds of trappizzini triangles of pizza bianca stuffed with savoury fillings a day What about dessert Gelateria Gracchi Via dei Gracchi 272 doesn t worry about fancy fit outs preferring instead to focus on flavour and fresh fruit Their pistachio ice cream made with roasted nuts from the slopes of Mount Etna sells out in seconds Modern Italian Get familiar with Italy s most recent foodie preoccupation creative cuisine at Pastificio San Lorenzo Via Tiburtina 196 Giving traditional dishes a modern twist this place is surely in line for a Michelin star Sitting in a former pasta factory in the once gritty now cool neighbourhood of San Lorenzo the dining room channels industrial chic with white tiles exposed concrete cinder blocks and marble topped tables Arrive early to check out Pastificio Cerere the contemporary art space next door 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

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  • The Best Ski Hotels in North America | Expedia.com.au
    Hole This mountain retreat is fitted with fireplaces dark wood and natural stone finishes The Fairmont Chateau Whistler Ski in Ski out luxury nestled at the base of Blackcomb mountain The Sebastian Vail Vail s newest boutique hotel has ski in ski out access to Gondola 1 The Sebastian Vail Experience the ultimate ski holiday in true style and luxury St Regis Deer Valley A luxury Park City resort on

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  • The Three Amigos of Mexico | Expedia.com.au
    half a million people descend on San Jose del Cabo every year Around half of those people seem to be celebrities Hollywood heavyweights love to escape to the white sandy beaches and five star hotels of Los Cabos They settle in for a week and so do I The exchange rate is a real bonus when you re travelling from down under You can afford to splurge on a hotel room because everything else is cheap cheap cheap All inclusive hotels are everywhere keep an eye out for awesome six night package deals like the Riu Palace but make sure you leave the resort for at least one meal Fresh fish tacos are the dish not to miss and the Cabo San Lucas marina is home to Cabo Wabo Cantina the live music bar owned by Sammy Hagar of Van Halen fame It serves up the best fish tacos in town all to retro music blasted into the balmy night sky History Buffs Interested in more than beaches and tequila shots Cross over to the Yucatan Peninsula on the Eastern coast and check out UNESCO World Heritage Listed Chichen Itza just two hours drive west of Cancun It s a popular day trip from Cancun but you can stay in traditional Haciendas nearby See our Top Trending Chichen Itza Hotels Stories from Mexico s ancient Chichen Itza ruins make the gore on The Game of Thrones look tame And right here says our guide sweeping his hand in the direction of chiselled stone walls the captain of the winning team was sacrificed Considered THE Mesoamerican ball sport and played from around 1400BC this ancient game was played out in large arenas Miraculously the walls are still standing and the high hoops make it look just like Harry Potter s Quidditch field But killing the winning captain In Mayan culture to die a hero was an honour The dead winner was thought to go directly to heaven Sounds more like Go Directly to Jail Do not pass Go to me I m really glad I wasn t good at ball sports Aqua Adventurers Cancun has its fill of Spring Breakers but the Riviera Maya is a coastal strip 45 minutes drive south that s a world away from the pool parties and piñatas The upmarket resorts are a mix of adults only and family friendly properties The Riveria Maya has become a hotspot for travellers wanting to explore Mexico s natural assets In fact Expedia has seen a 70 increase in travel to this unique destination There s around 10 000 cenotes hidden in lush jungle all over the peninsula that juts into the Caribbean Sea and the Gulf of Mexico The natural sinkholes reach down into underground river systems created by a meteorite millions of years ago You can swim dive and go caving deep underground in these fresh water caverns Don t worry if you re not Bear Grylls or you ve brought the kids the Rivera Maya is

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  • Meet the Neighbours - Melbourne’s Food and Drink Hot Spots | Expedia.com.au
    chic aesthetic Chapel St Spanning the suburbs of Windsor Prahran South Yarra and Toorak this seemingly never ending street is fantastic if you are up for a spot of retail therapy Catering for all budgets you ll find bargains galore at the thrift shops while trendy boutiques and designer labels pop up the further north you head If you can t continue on foot under the weight of all your bags simply hop on a tram and trundle your way to the next stop For a hit of caffeine to get your day started make for Dukes This welcoming cafe roasts its beans onsite so if you are having trouble finding it simply follow the aroma You ll find great local produce at Prahran Market and the food court is the perfect place to sample it Fitzroy Channelling a laid back bohemian vibe Fitzroy s main drag Brunswick Street is a visual feast with vibrant street art and inspiring galleries at every turn Brunswick Street is also brimming with cheap eats Start your crawl with a boutique Australian beer or cider at Little Creatures Dining Room and make your way to hotdog heaven at Phat Brats Or just a block away on Smith Street the meat and seafood sandwiches buttermilk fried chicken and beer battered onion rings served at Rockwell Sons are hard to resist CBD Here s a hint Melbourne is famous for its laneways so whenever you spy a graffiti covered alley take that route instead of sticking to the main thoroughfares You ll be rewarded with unique cafes and quirky boutiques Centre Place and Degraves Street are particular popular with coffee drinking locals while Myer Place and Crossley Street boast some awesome late night drinking holes Nearby Little Bourke Street is Chinatown central and some of the

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  • Over Sea Sleeps | Expedia.com.au
    Cambodia Where villas are made from recycled timber Song Saa Private Island Koh Ouen Koh Ouen Cambodia Natural materials create a sense of synergy Likuliku Lagoon Resort Fiji The resort is a haven of subtle luxury Likuliku Lagoon Resort Fiji The Bures feature traditional architecture and materials using natural elements Hilton Moorea Lagoon Resort and Spa Moorea Take in spectacular lagoon views or the majestic mountain views of Moorea Hilton

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  • A Himalayan honeymoon | Expedia.com.au
    and into the mountains as far as the Annapurna Base camp with a maximum Elevation of 4095m This trek can take 7 14 days depending on detours hours a day walked fitness and weather We walked on average 6 5 hours with good weather and completed a 7 day trip Our first lesson was you must walk down to walk up The typical day is a climb up a steep descent and then a steep climb to arrive at a higher altitude than the night before Santi Santi Ram would say to us which roughly translates to gently gently or slowly slowly The first few days we walked through local villages with terraced fields yaks rivers and rhododendrons Low cloud still obscured our mountain views Geoff and I were welcomed into Chhomrong local school and we were as delighted as the children 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 Asia Culture Himalaya Kathmandu Nepal Day three saw glorious sunshine and the most amazing views of Machhapuchhare Hiunchuli and Annapurna South The magnificence of the Himalayas surrounded us At 3700m I felt the effects of altitude walking through powdered snow My lungs burned as they tried to take in enough oxygen Santi Santi became my mantra Day five started at 4 30am to reach Annapurna Base Camp by dawn We walked by moonlight without a breathe of wind and it was incredibly tranquil I had a cold and struggled in the altitude I had no choice but to walk slowly and send Geoff ahead so he wouldn t miss sunrise I was a little sad but there was also something magical walking surrounded by mountains alone with my thoughts as dawn broke Annapurna Base Camp did not disappoint We enjoyed breakfast with a mountain backdrop grateful to be there We opted for a quick descent and long days but ensuring we stopped in Jhinu Danda for a night to enjoy the hot springs We were welcomed by Ram s wife in Pokhara and enjoyed a beautiful family meal with their children Ram was a great guide good company and generous in sharing knowledge and answering all our questions about life in Nepal We returned to Kathmandu choosing to trek independently for a different experience Our second trek was Langtang to Helambu via Gosainkund Lakes Starting at the northern edge of Kathmandu Valley this beautiful trek crosses the valley of Langtang National Park to the Sherpa region of Helambu We walked together for 6 days averaging 6 7 hours a day and reached a maximum elevation of 4610m Being experienced hikers and aware that Australian James Scott was lost for 43 days in 1991 after wandering off the track in this region we frequently checked

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