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  • Listopedia The Ultimate New Year’s Eve | Expedia.com.au
    but don t expect fireworks Instead the tower will be covered in sparkly lights Image by IM photo London The best place to stand when the clocks strikes 12 is right underneath it Big Ben will not only ring in the New Year but is also the place to be for pyromaniacs who love a good show Image by Bike world travel Rio de Janeiro Stand anywhere along Copacabana Beach from 8pm and join the millions who travel from all over the world to ring in the new year with live music and fireworks launched from barges in the ocean Image by Riotur and the photographer New York The most iconic place to be in America is Times Square rugged up warm and waiting for the famous Waterford crystal ball to drop Get here early to count down with one million of your closest friends and a billion more watching on TV Image by Zina Seletskaya 1 of 10 Listopedia The Ultimate New Year s Eve By Lisa Perkovic 26th December 2013 Share 0 0 For some of us New Year s Eve is the biggest night of the year The clock counts down to midnight and then the party is over But it doesn t have to be With 2014 almost upon us here s the Listopedia Ultimate New Year s Eve Bucket List for how to stretch New Year s Eve to the max Auckland Be almost the first in the world to usher in the new year by celebrating on Auckland s waterfront under fireworks blasting off from the Sky Tower and all around the city Other vantage spots include across the harbour on Mt Victoria at Devonport or out on a boat with your party gear on Sydney Circular Quay is the place to be as Sydney Habour gets ready to ring in the new year The night starts early with aerial acrobatic displays over the harbour from 6pm followed by music fireworks at 9pm and midnight and a light display Vantage points are dotted on both sides of the harbour with many offering free sites as well as ticketed events with more hoopla including Paradise NYE which will take over the Overseas Passenger Terminal with international DJs and local celeb chefs Tokyo The ringing of bells 108 times across all the Buddhist temples marks the new year in Japan Fireworks burst into the sky and one of the best places to view them is from Disneyland Tokyo Stay out until dawn when the hilltops and beaches are full of people marking the first sunrise of the year known as Hatsuhinode Shanghai While Chinese New Year actually takes place at the end of January December 31st is still a night of celebration and in Shanghai you ll be treated to a laser light show and fireworks on the Bund Get there early before the police close the roads and the show begins Moscow Red Square is the place to be when the clock strikes midnight and

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  • Into the Wild The Mary River Wetlands | Expedia.com.au
    Into the Wild The Mary River Wetlands By Lisa Perkovic 25th December 2013 Share 0 0 The Northern Territory for many people this place conjures images of red dirt dust and horsemen even possibly Hugh Jackman in an Akubra hat No the Australian Outback isn t straight from the set of a movie nor is it just a dry dusty place Yes in some pockets you could drive for hours and see nothing but termite mounds but just 150km from Darwin are the lush green and life filled Mary River Wetlands Soaring over Point Stuart in a small aircraft we see the river snake a wide path through the mangroves its banks dotted with giant water lilies and reeds that sway when we dip low Brolgas pick their way through the swampy shallows while cattle graze on the grass by the water s edge From above you could call this an oasis but once you re down on the water it s clear this is definitely not a tropical paradise The Mary River Wetlands are famous for barramundi fishing and during the main season from October to December the fishing lodges and camp grounds are full to the brim but year round the crocodiles call this area home The saltwater crocodiles can grow more than 4m long but are friendly unless you get too close Lodges in the area run barramundi fishing trips and they know exactly when they ll get a visit from regular crocs like Fang who are fed a few smaller fish each day Fang comes right up to the edge of the boat until you can see the teeth that give him his name Most Read 1 All Aboard the Sea Cabin fever is a term you definitely won t hear aboard the Allure 2 Listopedia

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  • Listopedia The Christmas Food Bucket List | Expedia.com.au
    by a helper called Zwarte Piet Translated as Black Pete this traditional character plays a key part in the annual feast of St Nicholas which is usually celebrated on December 5 by handing out presents to local children And when it comes to Christmas dinner hosts can take things easy as the guests do most of the cooking themselves Armed with individual frying pans and an array of finely chopped vegetables meat and fish people cook up a feast for one at the table Mole in Mexico Why confine the celebratory eating to just one day In Mexico locals observe Las Posadas a nine day celebration that commemorates Mary and Joseph s journey to Bethlehem with heaps of special dishes Tuck into romeritos con mole a wild herb that is considered sacred and used to add an extra dimension to the traditional multi ingredient sauce Save room for crispy bunuelos These doughnuts are made with queso fresco fresh cheese and cornstarch shaped into balls and deep fried All this is before you even reach the traditional Christmas Eve dinner which consists of tamales and suckling pig A purple patch in the Philippines With celebrations officially beginning on December 16 the Philippines is home to the longest festive season in all of Asia You ll know it s nearly time to swap presents when street stalls start selling brightly coloured serves of puto bumbong This sweet rice dessert gets its cylindrical shape from being cooked in hollow bamboo tubes placed over steamer The vibrant dish is served on a banana leaf with little heaps of brown sugar and grated coconut sprinkled over the top Japan s finger licking festive menu One of the world s strangest Christmas food traditions sees Japanese families tuck into Kentucky Friend Chicken by the bucket load The fast food outlet is such a popular December 25 destination the restaurant even allows customers to reserve their takeaway meals up to two months in advance What started this craze for the Colonel Sanders secret recipe Apparently an advertising campaign that ran in the 1970s managed to convince city slickers from Tokyo to Kyoto that fried chicken was the Western world s festive food of choice and the idea took off Brits bite into a mince filled dessert What exactly are mince pies The tradition of serving spiced meat pies dates back to 11th century Britain when mincemeat was cooked with dried fruit cinnamon and cloves in order to preserve it From these savoury origins emerged the mini mince pie that we know and love today the modern recipe is no longer the same list of 13 ingredients once used representative of Jesus and the 12 Apostles and while the the shortcrust pastry cases might contain meat suet there are heaps of veggie options Christmas Day is also the only time you re likely to see children fighting over a turkey carcass snapping the wishbone is an age old tradition thought to bring good luck Germany s toothache inducing

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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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  • Not a Resort Family? Think Again | Expedia.com.au
    trip to Kota Kinabalu we had the opportunity to stay at three The Magellan Sutera Resort is a five star resort situated in the beautiful Sutera Harbour just 10 minutes drive from the heart of Kota Kinabalu Shangri La Tanjung Aru Resort is also only 10 minutes from town and boasts a spectacular sunset vantage point from the Sunset Bar The Shangri La Rasa Ria Resort is 40 minutes from the International Airport and sits between lush rainforest and a long white sandy beach I have officially been converted to LOVING resorts especially with young children in tow The two words that best describe the reasons behind my new love affair are EASY and FUN Kids Clubs All the resorts we visited had Kids Clubs and our kids loved the different toys and activities on offer Our children are aged 5 2 and 1 year Kids aged 4 can be left at most kids clubs without a parent which means you can have some alone time on your holiday Younger children can use the Kids Clubs when accompanied by a parent or babysitter We also discovered the kids clubs are the perfect place to make a dash to during tropical downpour who wants to be stuck in your room when you could be playing musical statues instead Food Resorts make family dining easy offering a range of cafes and restaurants all on site Whether it be buffet breakfast overlooking the water five star dining once kids have gone to bed or a poolside cocktail with your meal you can do it all at the resort My kids loved the buffet breakfasts and there was always a special kids section set up where they could choose their own meals A great mix of western and local food on offer ensured everyone had plenty to eat and even tried a few new things 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 Borneo Family Resorts Tips Water slides and Pools In a hot tropical climate there s nothing nicer than a few hours in the pool each day The resorts we stayed at each had waterslides a huge hit with our kids Special mention for Shangri La Tanjung Aru with Borneo s first family friendly Water Play Area complete with water slides for adults children and toddlers a super splash bucket water fountains and water balloon battle stations For parents with young children there s also a children s slide and a padded toddler s pool Our kids had fun and quickly made new friends in the pool at every resort Great Rooms Resorts cater for any need you could have in your room extra supplies of crispy apples each day my children adore apples bottled water

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  • Listopedia The Ultimate Christmas Bucket List | Expedia.com.au
    York City USA New York never sleeps less than at Christmas time when the city is lit up with dazzling decorations A classic is the decadent Christmas tree at the Rockefeller Center Image by Jessica L Archibald 1 of 5 Listopedia The Ultimate Christmas Bucket List By Lisa Perkovic 15th December 2013 Share 1 1 All over the world it s starting to feel a lot like Christmas From giant Christmas trees to festive Christmas markets there s something magical about the holiday season whatever country you happen to be in For those feeling festive here s our special yuletide Listopedia bucket list to the most Christmassy places on Earth Lapland Finland You can t get much closer to Christmas than visiting Santa in his alleged home town Santa Clause Village in Rovaniemi At Santa Park there s seasonal fun for the whole family including Santa s Office the Toy Factory and an Elf Workshop For a less Santa centric experience Christmas lovers can visit a local reindeer farm spend a day ice fishing and go skiing and sledding in the snow Rio de Janeiro Brazil Rio de Janeiro growing in popularity with Expedia customers is home to the famous Bradesco Seguros Christmas tree the largest floating Christmas tree in the world according to the Guinness Book of World Records Standing at a whopping 85 meters tall the tree is lit with millions of lights during a special ceremony on the night of 30 November and remains on display until the end of the year You can also catch the world s largest exhibition of life sized nativity scenes at the Festival de Presépios Christmas Festival Quebec City Canada Visit Quebec City over the holiday season for an enchanting white Christmas as the cobblestone streets and historic buildings are coated

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  • Galway Uncovered | Expedia.com.au
    wish I had longer Galway isn t just quaint it s cool I was staying in the uber chic The g Hotel designed by renown milliner Philip Treacy aka creator of the bold hat Princess Beatrice wore to the Royal Wedding Bright bold colours plenty of spots and stripes and stunning images of his amazing headwear in each room The g Hotel is the only 5 star property in Galway and amid the history and heritage of this town the high tech it pops Have a cocktail in the crimson pink lounge where the psychedelic black and white carpet will make your head spin have breakfast beside the car hood that s now a painting of Marilyn Monroe or watch day turn into evening at the main lobby lounge where you ll sit under 100 silver balls that reflect the street scene outside If you want to get out and explore the city the hotel is just a 10 minute walk into the heart of Galway Start at Eyre Square where the streets are pedestrianised and follow your nose past pubs and shops along the cobblestoned streets Expedia s Aussie travellers make the most of Ireland s warmer months choosing to travel from July through to September when wandering through the quaint towns and historic villages doesn t require too many layers of clothing As always when I travel I pick the brains of the hotel concierge on where to go for great music and good food In Galway there were so many places to try that I my map was covered in circles With so many pubs offering live music we went on a mini pub crawl sipping wine I m not a huge Guinness fan and tapping our feet in one place after the other 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 Galway Ireland The shopping and cafes could easily distract for a day but with more time I d tootle out to the coast and explore the Cliffs of Moher only an hour and a half away Drive around the winding coastal road of Galway Bay past ancient stone walls and castles cottages and rambling paddocks edged in blackberries which taste great by the way Be prepared to stop every few minutes as the picturesque photo opportunities are endless On a clear day you ll see the Aran Islands if you have time take a ferry and visit before rounding a bend to find the mighty Cliffs of Moher rising more than 200m out of the North Atlantic Sea in County Clare Made famous by the Princess Bride and Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince they re a pilgrimage for tourists who come by bus and car and the

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