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  • Celebrating the colours of Holi | Expedia.com.au
    over our imagination It is all about colourful interactions with emotions It is all about letting reservations and inhibitions rest for a while and allow the rowdy inner self to lead the moment I remember when I was in school I was mortally afraid of colours and so during Holi one was sure I had locked myself inside one of the bathrooms with a stack of novels to read Holi was thus a boon to my reading habits but then one year my parents showed me a tree and said This is the palash or tesu tree The orange and the reddish orange flowers that you see are dried and then soaked in water and this is the colour that you can fill in your pichkari water canon to sprinkle during Holi This connection of colours with plants fascinated me and that was one year that saw me standing on my first floor balcony with my bucket of saffron coloured water It was exciting to fill my pichkari and let the spray surprise the small groups or tolis of people who were coloured beyond recognition and dancing to the melody of harmoniums and the beat of the dhols that a few carried with them There are different ways of celebrating Holi and with so many States in India the formats followed can be entirely different There are specific pujas that can be performed where for instance Badkoolas handmade from cowdung are made and strung on a rassi coconut fibre string The cuisine has its own Holi link with recipes that include sugarcane juice and dishes that include the inimitable dahiwada poori dried moong dal etc So wherever one is during Holi one is bound to get a refreshingly charming version of the festival Expedia travellers mostly travel to India from

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  • Take a bite out of the Big Apple | Expedia.com.au
    catch a boat to Liberty Island home of the famous torch bearing statue Afternoon Meatballs at Meatball Shop 200 9th Avenue Chelsea Meatballs sliders and sandwiches what s not to love Armed with a DIY menu and a marker pen diners can customise their order do you want your balls with mushroom gravy or pesto a side of polenta spaghetti or a green salad served in a baguette or toasted brioche bun and it s no wonder there are now four outlets across the city After eating your fill wander down to the Meatpacking District and ascend to the High Line an abandoned elevated railing that has been transformed into a urban park it stretches all the way to 34th Street Evening Nordic at Acme 9 Great Jones Street NoHo What do you get when a founding chef of Denmark restaurant powerhouse Noma crosses the Atlantic Nordic in New York of course With a menu made up of ingredients that can be grown caught or foraged locally Mads Refslund is busy introducing sea foam edible weeds heirloom varieties and under rated seeds to the hungry masses Don t be alarmed by the sign out front the promise of Authentic Southern Flavours and Cajun Cookin is a remnant from Acme s previous incarnation as a jambalaya joint Cocktails at Employees Only 510 Hudson Street West Village Recalling the underground glamour of 1920s Prohibition America this Art Deco styled bar has all your drink requirements covered once dinner service finishes at midnight the mixologists keep on serving classic and fancy creations until 3 30am Time enough to sample the majority of the menu from a Hemingway Daiquiri to a Quiet Storm bourbon and red bush tea infused bianco vermouth with ginger beer Look for the neon red Psychic sign outside Continue the old school odyssey with a trip to Brooklyn and Maison Premiere 298 Bedford Avenue Pull up a stool at the imposing marble bar and embrace a night of sipping absinthe and slurping oysters Between 4 7pm the tasty molluscs are 1 each In between times Coffee at Ninth Street Espresso 700 East 9th Street East Village This funky café is home to a double whammy of brilliance hand crafted coffees and the bragging rights of being the first place to pour latte art The bartenders not baristas mind have an ultra purist approach to their craft with four simple options adding 3 6 9 or 12 ounces of steamed milk to your expresso Mexican at Tehuitzingo Tacos 695 10th Avenue Midtown West We love uncovering local secrets so when we stumbled upon this traditional Mexican taqueria hidden at the back of a grocery store in Hell s Kitchen we were thrilled The takeaway tacos and tortas sandwiches are the real drawcard Stuffed with meat pork beef or for the really adventurous goat jalapenos cheese avocado and tomatoes you can add your own salsas and sauces from the selection situated under the chilli pepper fairy lights Pizza at Motorino 349 East

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  • Expedia Expert The Majesty of Morocco | Expedia.com.au
    the charm Our first port of call is the mystical Marrakech which has a well trodden tourist path but you ll still get lost exploring the intricate laneways Be wary of your new Moroccan friend who may help you out of one laneway but quickly into another featuring their family gift shop Most of the riads Morocco s boutique hotels housed in old palaces have reputable guides and they re definitely worth following about for a day After a day of discovery I retreated back to Riad Farnatchi a beautiful hotel in the Medina the old town to soak up the warm Moroccan sun by the pool Fresh figs and traditional Moroccan mint tea are a refreshing local snack don t expect scones and English Breakfast here Most of Expedia s visitors in Morocco head to Marrakech and Casablanca spending a few days exploring each city We hired an excellent guide who drove us for four days from Marrakech to Fez via the Atlas mountains and the Saharan desert This was the absolute highlight of Morocco for me As we drove high up into the mountains we came across an arid landscape scattered with Kasbahs and pockets of green valleys Riding a young spritzy donkey I could have been in a movie set as I approached Ait Benhaddou an 18 th century kasbah built by mud where the likes of The Gladiator and Lawrence of Arabia were filmed After all this adventure we laid our weary heads at Hotel Xaluca Dades in Boulmane Dades where I felt like I was Wilma Flintstone sleeping in cave like rooms with mattresses on rocks surprisingly comfortable 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

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  • Top Trending Destinations December | Expedia.com.au
    Melbourne s coolest hotels except for the theme Fresh from a renovation this converted warehouse boutique hotel is all about the sweets with a dessert theme DaruSultan Galata Istanbul Forget standard hotel décor this Turkish hotel is fit for a sultan Chandeliers gold lattice wall features plush bedheads and dramatic gilded mirrors there s bling on almost every surface Except the marble hamam Jumeirah at Etihad Towers When the heat hits you in Abu Dhabi it s tempting to find the nearest air conditioned building and stay there but at this hotel you can hop between the private beach or the three pools Moevenpick Resort Bangtao Beach Phuket The hustle and bustle of Phuket s main drag and popular beaches can be overwhelming If you re after a bit of peace and quite this hotel s villas sit tucked into quiet gardens and have access to a stretch of private beach 1 of 7 Top Trending Destinations December By Lisa Perkovic 18th December 2013 Share 0 0 Hotels from some of Expedia s top trending destinations for December JW Marriott Hotel Rio de Janeiro With the FIFA World Cup just around the corner Brazil is gearing up as a hotspot for 2014 At the J W Marriott in Rio de Janeiro you re in the heart of the action with a spot right on Copacabana Beach Pullman Reef Hotel Casino There s much more to Cairns than backpackers and hostels The Pullman sits right on the Cairns Marlin Marina and is just a few minutes from the centre of town With a rooftop pool and suites with big bath tubs we re not sure we d want to leave The St Regis Rome Italians are known for their extravagant architecture and you ll find some of the best of it

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  • Top Trending Destinations in October | Expedia.com.au
    Ms Darlinghurst Expedia About Listopedia Fiji Likuliku Lagoon Resort The very first Fijian resort with over water bures this stunning resort sits in the Mamanuca archipelago and is a world away from the rat race Seminyak Bali Anantara Seminyak One of Bali s best beach resorts the Anantara is well known for its serious spa menu and a killer cocktail list Check into the all suite hotel and settle in for a sunset drink at the rooftop bar Perth Australia Best Western Premier The Terrace Hotel You ll find plenty of character at this cosy heritage hotel in Perth s West End The hotel s site includes the heritage listed St George House Chiang Mai Thailand Centara Khum Phaya Resort Spa Centara Boutique Collection Opulent furnishings are just the beginning when it comes to this beautiful luxury property Expect four poster beds and serious spa treatments Johannesburg South Africa Davinci Hotel And Suites On Nelson Mandela Square Cutting edge design in the heart of Johannesburg s Sandton district this hotel is sleek and chic with uber cool interiors and stunning rooms Brisbane Australia Sofitel Brisbane Central Fresh from a multimillion dollar renovation this chic hotel is right in the heart

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  • Listopedia Hotel Bath Tub Bucket List | Expedia.com.au
    5 million litre tank home to 65 000 sea creatures Panorama Suite Planet Hollywood Resort Casino The Las Vegas strip never looked so good as when you re looking down on it from a bubble bath Check into one of the Panorama Suites and stay put 180 degree views of the city at night will win you over Harbour View Balcony Suite The Sebel Pier One In the past you d only get this close to the Harbour in a bath tub if you tried to float one underneath the Bridge The Sebel s seven over water suites are hot property showing off the beauty of a bathtub by the bridge Ocean Water Villa Six Senses Laamu Perched on the Laamu Atoll these Ocean Water Villas certainly make the most of the Maldives An all glass bath tub steals the show Forget snorkelling now you can soak and still watch the fish swim by Image by Jorg Sundermann Penthouse and Royal Suites Celebrity Solstice Cabin fever is a thing of the past aboard the Celebrity Solstice you ll find custom made Conduo Turbo tubs out on the balconies of the Penthouse and Royal Suites Designed by Kaldewei Listopedia Bucket Lists

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  • Top Trending Destinations September | Expedia.com.au
    Kris McIntyre yTravelBlog Ms Darlinghurst Expedia About Listopedia Dubai United Arab Emirates Al Qasr Madinat Jumeirah Next to but definitely not in the shadow of the Burj Al Arab this traditionally designed hotel has one of the best brunches around town Boracay The Philippines Shangri La s Boracay Resort and Spa Guests check in at Caticlan and board the Shangri La speedboat to zip across to villas perched above Puka Shell Beach Tasmania Australia Quamby Estate Outside of Launceston is where you ll find this peaceful lodge Curl up with a book by the fire hit the golf course or snuggle up in a four poster bed Port Douglas Australia Peppers Beach Club Sun sand and one of the biggest lagoon pools in Port Douglas Book into a Deluxe Lagoon Suite and make the most of your private swim up pontoon Canberra Australia Mercure Canberra Within walking distance of the War Memorial and Old Parliament House this hotel has a fair bit of historic charm in its own right Lombok Indonesia Novotel Lombok If you get bored of the private beach you could check out the other beaches nearby but why bother when you can walk just a few metres

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  • Myth Buster Flying 101 | Expedia.com.au
    So leave your sharp sporting equipment kitchen utensils tools scissors and cable ties at home The rules do change you can now take knitting and crochet needles pointed metal nail files nail clippers and disposable razors on board If you re unsure pack the item in your checked luggage See the Government s Travel Secure for a more detailed list 2 Aerosols You can take aerosols in your hand luggage as long as they re for personal or medicinal use hair sprays deodorants perfumes and medical inhalers The nozzle on the aerosol must be protected by a cap or have a release lock otherwise it will be confiscated For domestic travel the aerosols in hand luggage must be under a net quantity of 2kg 2L and a single article must not exceed 0 5kg 0 5L For international travel each aerosol should not exceed a 100gr 100ml bottle 3 Liquids pastes and gels While these items seem insignificant a combination of a pressurised cabin high altitudes and extended travel cause everyday substances to react This regulation is in place for international travel only to protect travellers from the threat of liquid explosives You must not carry liquids gels pastes and aerosols in containers greater than 100ml You also need to ensure you pack these products in a transparent resealable bag You re allowed one plastic bag measuring no more than 80 centimetres e g 20 20 cm or 15 25 cm To avoid any hassles pack the bigger items in your checked luggage Remember If you buy additional liquids and gels perfume Duty Free after security screening by law they must be packaged in a sealed bag which you can t open until you arrive at your destination My biggest tip is to only buy these items at the stop before your destination otherwise if you have a connecting flight you ll have to go through pre screening They could be confiscated even if they re in a sealed duty free bag There are exceptions to these rules especially when it comes to medicine and baby products Check with your aircraft carrier on what to do to get cleared to carry your required items on board 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 Flights Long Haul Flights Tips Travel Food You re allowed to pack and take your own food on a flight Just remember if you re flying international you can t take any liquid in a container greater than 100ml You can buy liquids to take on board once you ve passed security Remember You can t take on board or check in any self heating food such as cans of coffee or soup that are ready to eat drink once

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