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  • Taking the kids to Paris | Expedia.com.au
    simple once you get the hang of it and makes getting to attractions really easy A trip on a Bateau Mouche is a great way to get orientated with the city and its major landmarks These boats take you on a tour of the River Seine with great commentary on sites and their historical significance The tours generally last about an hour Children under four are free Eating Out with Kids Cafes if you see a kids menu expect kid sized portions of adult meals e g escargot not chicken nuggets There s plenty that children will enjoy even if all they eat is a Croque Monsieur toasted ham and cheese sandwich Picnics with an abundance of beautiful parks and small supermarkets Paris is perfect for picnics Buy fresh baguettes ham and cheese sit on the grass and let the kids play while you eat Crêperies you ll find streetside crêperies all over Paris selling sweet and savoury options such as Nutella or ham cheese and egg What child would say no to pancakes for lunch Pâtisseries perfect for a treat or bribe for the whole family No one will say no to a fresh Pain au Chocolat or Éclair Take your little ones into Ladurée on the Champs Élysées where the brightly coloured macarons look too good to eat Get takeaway and munch while you tackle this long avenue 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 Family France Kids Paris Exploring Museums If you want to see one of the major museums such as the Louvre or Musée D Orsay set a realistic time limit to spend there with kids These museums are enormous and you wouldn t see everything even if you were on your own Keep your expectations realistic and just enjoy sharing some remarkable art with your kids A smaller more child friendly favourite of mine is Musée Rodin Beautiful sculptures including famous The Thinker are located in an outdoor setting where kids can run around Older children might enjoy the Paris Catacombs where you ll find the remains of approximately six million Parisians transferred around two centuries ago when Church Cemeteries were being closed to manage health risks The narrow tunnels are lined with neatly stacked bones and skulls providing an interesting and slightly macabre history lesson Entrance is free for children 13 and under Hint Many museums have FREE ENTRY on the 1 st Sunday of the month but they ll be crowded Churches to Visit The Notre Dame is my favourite This cathedral is free to enter but be mindful it s a functioning church and Mass may be in progress The intricately carved entranceway stunning Rose window gargoyles and arched ceilings will appeal to big

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  • Communion is changing the face of the UK music scene | Expedia.com.au
    In 2006 three friends started a club night in London s Notting Hill Arts Club a night that has become a global phenomenon Those friends were Mumford and Sons keyboardist Ben Lovett Bear s Den bassist Kevin Jones and renowned producer Ian Grimble And that night was Communion Hundreds if not thousands of live music nights are held in clubs and pubs around the world but somehow this little club night held on the first Sunday of the month has broken through the noise to become something more What has made Communion successful in London the UK and throughout the world seems to be the organisers dogged devotion to the original ethos of those early shows For one Communion has kept itself to smaller intimate venues despite constantly selling out Secondly the price remains affordable This isn t an exclusive night just for the it crowd And the quality of artists is always top notch Many of the artists who once graced the Communion stage are now international stars if not household names From Mumford and Sons to Laura Marling to Australian artists like Matt Corby Angus and Julia Stone Sarah Blasko and Gotye the consistent quality of music presented by Communion sets it apart from so many of its contemporaries When you go to a Communion night you know you re going to be part of something pretty special 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 Communion England London Music Notting Hill If you re like me and are always hunting out

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  • Top Ten Tips for Tackling Jet Lag | Expedia.com.au
    you feeling flat and lethargic when you land Pack healthy snacks to give your body a nutritional kick and a vitality boost Some of my favourites are tamari almonds or a raw trail mix chocolate bars made with 70 cacao protein balls make your own and natural popcorn Get on time Cause as little disruption to your circadian rhythm as possible by setting your watch to the destination s local time as soon as you board the plane Try to eat and sleep on that time zone so your body clock has longer to adjust Drink water Airplane cabin pressure and altitude is extremely dehydrating so you ll feel tired and flat even if you sleep Aim to drink at least two litres of water in the air Get a green boost Give your body a burst of nutrients on the plane and as soon as you land B Vitamin Complex is wonderful for jet lag because it gives you energy and helps rebalance your body Vitamin C and a high grade multi vitamin help protect you from germs onboard and a dose of natural Spirulina or chlorella tablets every 4 5 hours aids body repair You ll find all of these at a health store Sip on herbal teas Pack your own tea bags and ask your friendly flight attendant for a cup of hot water Peppermint will settle your stomach chamomile helps sleep and ginger is great for motion sickness Keep your complexion clear Celebrities manage to arrive looking fresh and so can you For an instant uplift I spray rose water on my face every hour to keep my skin refreshed and hydrated Facial mists are great for removing impurities and brightening your complexion Bliss out with Lavender Soothe your soul with a dab of lavender oil

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  • Unique Sleeps Katikies Hotel Santorini Greece | Expedia.com.au
    Katikies Hotel Santorini Greece Breathtaking panoramic views of the Santorini Caldera Katikies Hotel Santorini Greece Santorini view suites with private terraces overlooking the sea Katikies Hotel Santorini Greece Relax in the the two infinity swimming pools indoor Jacuzzi and sunbathing deck Katikies Hotel Santorini Greece Relax in the the two infinity swimming pools indoor Jacuzzi and sunbathing deck Katikies Hotel Santorini Greece Well proportioned rooms furnished with hand picked Greek

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  • Venice On A Plate - The City’s Food History | Expedia.com.au
    at Le Meneghina Antica Offelleria This 200 year old cafe on Via Cavour was the meeting place of 19th century freedom fighter Giuseppe Garibaldi and his followers And don t forget to sample the plethora of pastries flavoured with fragrant rosewater In addition as a result of years of Austrian dominance Venetians love festive food for example the Easter cake fugazza which contains cinnamon cloves ginger and almonds and can usually be found all year round Italian tapas Thought tapas were only on offer in Spain Think again Cicchetti are the Venetian alternative and every evening of the week you are likely to come across locals feasting on these tasty plates of food at their local bàcari wine bar And while the rest of Italy consumes pasta by the bucket load here in Venice polenta is the starch of choice and it forms an important part of the city s bar snacks it s usual to allow a crust to form at the base of saucepan when preparing polenta which is then salted cut into squares and topped with vegetables hard boiled egg meat and seafood to make cicchetti The offerings at La Cantina Cannaregio 3689 Campo San Felice are so special you might want to stay for dinner There isn t menu but it s easy to point at the oysters being shucked to order at the bar extensive counter of fresh fish and charcuterie selection Water water everywhere When you do come across pasta in Venice it is likely to be bigoli This thick spaghetti shape pasta is made with a special bronze press called a bigolaro and usually served alongside a sauce featuring duck veal or anchovies It differs from pasta found elsewhere as it is made with whole wheat flour a remnant of the days when this was the only flour imported into the city Being surrounded by water everything used to have to be brought to the city by boat until railway and vehicular bridges from the mainland to the island where built in 1846 Similarly dark bread is fairly common a legacy of World War II when white flour was a luxury The city s proximity to water has resulted in the fantastic Rialto fish market and you can sample its wares at Osteria Antico Dolo San Polo 778 Rialto a 14th century restaurant steeped in tradition Try bacala mantecato creamed dried cod and fish pasticcio a hearty baked pasta dish Wine bars No visit to Venice is complete until you have stood with the locals and slurped a glass of home grown wine Many of the city s historic wine bars are still thriving and they don t come much more historic than Do Mori San Polo 429 Rialto which is about to celebrate its 550th birthday Join traders from the nearby Rialto fish market as they order their first drink of the day usually around 11am or sample spicy cabernet from the nearby town of Pramaggiore and sweet golden moscato as an

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  • Milan’s Coffee Culture | Expedia.com.au
    Milan in September coinciding with Fashion Week and they discover it s a cultural gem home to Leonardo da Vinci s Last Supper one of the best soccer teams in the world and a buzzing international fashion scene this northern Italian city has something for everyone It even has a cafe for everyone but first a word of warning The Milanese take their coffee very seriously and have a whole set of ordering and drinking rituals that might seem perplexing to an outsider To save face it s worth taking a quick crash course in coffee etiquette with our tips below Simple Straight Up Italians like their coffee simple and straight up especially after breakfast when a cappuccino latte or any milk based coffee is considered a no no Try the Local Specialty If you fancy something a little unusual order the region s speciality marocchino An upside down cappuccino it is served in a small glass that is sprinkled with cocoa powder before a layer of frothed milk is added followed by a shot of espresso For a punch caffè corretto is an espresso corrected with brandy or grappa and caffè freddo iced espresso is refreshing on a hot day Don t order your drink to go Traditionally Italians see their morning coffee as a pick me up and not something to linger over And as drinking coffee while standing at the bar is usually much cheaper than sitting down the whole affair is usually over in 30 seconds flat Take it Short Forget soup bowls masquerading as mugs Coffee is taken short even a doppio espresso double espresso or long black can prove to be too big a proposition for many Milanese Most Read 1 All Aboard the Sea Cabin fever is a term you definitely won t

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  • Guide to Amsterdam Street Food | Expedia.com.au
    and prepared according to Dutch traditions the freshly caught fish are gutted immediately on the boats leaving only the pancreas in the fish to be called Hollandse nieuwe These are sold at street stands and shops all over the city look out for the red white and blue flag or a picture of a woman in national costume holding a fish To eat them simply grasp the fish by the tail and drop it into your mouth with your head tilted back Pancakes Poffertjes and Pannenkoeken The Dutch like their pancakes so much they have different names for small poffertjes and large pancakes pannenkoeken The former are made with yeast and buckwheat flour and the batter is poured into a special pan with shallow indentations that help create perfectly puffed small pancakes Topped with icing sugar and butter they are traditionally sold from street stands in autumn and winter Other sweet toppings include stroop syrup whipped cream and strawberries Then there are pannenkoeken large thick Dutch pancakes topped with savoury or sweet ingredients Syrup waffle Stroopwafel Sure to satisfy sweet toothed travellers and history buffs alike stroopwafels were first made in Gouda during the 18th century But it wasn t until 1870 that news of the deliciously chewy waffles spread across the country and today you can find them pretty much everywhere Even Ikea Consisting of two thick layers of batter sandwiched together with a sticky syrup they are best enjoyed with a mug of steaming hot tea or coffee Place the waffle on top of the drink to soften and melt the gooey centre naughty but so nice Take some home with you you will find bags of stroopwafel being sold at most bakeries Chips Patat The Dutch can t claim to have invented the humble chip but they

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  • Two perfect days in London | Expedia.com.au
    lavish High Tea Make a booking at The Goring and take the Tube to Victoria Station This hotel was where Kate Middleton and her hot sister Pippa got ready for the royal wedding It s also the overflow from Buckingham Palace so expect to hob nob with high society here It s also quite possibly the best high tea in London so save plenty of room Now that you re replete take a bus to King s Road and start at department store Peter Jones before high tailing it up the high street I love the Conran Shop Anthropologie Jigsaw Cath Kidston Whistles Banana Republic If you re in the market for a pair of Cowboy style boots you ll love the cheekily named R Soles You ll also find a few of the same shops as Brompton Road which is good if you saw something you were umm ing and ahh ing about Now for dinner I say Covent Garden where you ll find wine bars pubs and restaurants buskers and boutiques Just away from the square is Porterhouse a 2 level Irish pub where they brew their own beer And of course when you re in London you really should have a curry I can recommend Dishoom for modern Indian cuisine It s not far from Porterhouse and is popular read busy but they have a downstairs bar to wait in and get your starters underway Day 2 Leave a whole day to shop Oxford Street Hours are 9am 8pm Starting at Marble Arch head straight for Marks and Spencers then next door to Next and Dorothy Perkins before having a good look around Selfridges This is also the place to stop for lunch or for a designer sandwich on the run try Pret a Manger across the

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