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  • Europe with kids | Expedia.com.au
    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 all

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  • Notes from a Dublin Trad Session | Expedia.com.au
    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 important

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  • A Rome of your own | Expedia.com.au
    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 Culture

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  • Adventure in Savii Samoa | Expedia.com.au
    coconut trees I couldn t help but exclaim wow this is amazing Chi Chi our local guide looked at me very strangely responding with a confused the bush and we all laughed I guess after a while you get used to the beauty of a place For me it was all new and much more than just bush It was paradise Play Savaii is fringed with white sandy beaches calm turquoise lagoons and colourful seaside villages The stunning volcanic interior brims with lush green coconut groves fresh water swimming holes and gorgeous waterfalls You can spend days here meandering through nature ducking under vines rock hopping across streams and clambering up slopes Within the first few hours of exploring Savaii s natural beauty I quickly discovered that the island was one giant playground 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 Samoa Tips Things to do while on Savaii Swim with the turtles Head to the wetlands sanctuary at Savaii s Satoalepai village and get up close to one of the most majestic yet prehistoric creatures the green turtle These turtles were injured in the wild and the good people of Satoalepai take the time to help rehabilitate them before releasing the turtles back into the ocean Walk the suspension bridge Sitting high up in the trees within the Falealupo Rainforest Preserve swings the tree top suspension bridge which spans more than 30 metres As you step onto the sturdy bridge take a moment to enjoy being inside the tree canopy On the forest floor below ancient Banyan trees stand tall and the chatter of tropical birds filters through the branches above Alofaaga Blow Holes One minute the rocky shore is calm and tranquil and then the next it roar with fiery As the water launches up into the blue sky the unexpected power and force behind the natural wonder leaves everyone a little speechless Seeking a bit of excitement Try dropping a coconut into one of the blowholes and watch it launch high into the sky Afu Aau Waterfall Plunging from the rainforest above into a crystal clear swimming hole this is one waterfall you must visit The fresh water peaceful surrounding and picture perfect scenery make Afu Aau Waterfall an ideal place to swim and relax Catholic Church Ruins Whilst the beauty and spirit of Savaii stands strong Mother Nature has been harsh here too Two cyclones Ofa and Val hit Samoa in the early nineties and an earthquake followed by a tsunami devastated much of the coast in 2009 Despite the damage the locals picked themselves up cleaned the village and got on with life Standing in ruins in the village of Falealupo on Savaii s north west coast is the

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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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  • Justin Bieber Makes his Mark on the Gold Coast | Expedia.com.au
    from the Marina Mirage Farmers Market showcase the best of the local produce QT Gold Coast Pick up homemade jams and pickles at the Marina Mirage Farmers Market s Jamilicious stall 1 of 12 Justin Bieber Makes his Mark on the Gold Coast By Lisa Perkovic 2nd December 2013 Share 1 1 You don t go to the Gold Coast to sit in your hotel room white sand good waves theme parks farmers markets shops cafes restaurants bars and clubs there s plenty to do whether you re young old with the family or travelling solo When Justin Bieber was in town during November he stayed at the QT Gold Coast and aside from a concert performance he found discovered what I did that there s plenty to do at this cool hotel Free homemade lemonade in the lobby an edible chocolate welcome note a killer view out over Surfers Paradise For me by the time I try out the bed I m ready to never move Bieber seemed to need a little more stimulation choosing to graffiti one of the hotel walls While some locals were a little upset the hotel embraced its new decoration stating it was a coup for the hotel to have Justin want to paint a piece of art in appreciation of his stay This piece of art is now available to be viewed by fans of the artist and we believe that it is a wonderful addition to the colourful Gold Coast arts scene The QT Gold Coast is a new breed of hotel where the décor is as important as the destination And that décor just got a whole lot more street cred making the news around the world when the newest wall art was created Before Bieber left his mark there were still plenty of little touches designed to set this hotel apart From the vintage Holden in the driveway to the retro outfits worn by the staff QT Gold Coast is bringing Palm Springs 50s glamour back to life Each time I walked into an elevator I was greeted by pin up girls stuck on the mirrors In the rooms cockatoo night lights funky neon orange lamps and colourful wall hooks take the standard king to a new level And it s all for sale from the robes and bed to the pick up sticks game in the minibar you can buy it all 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 Australia Gold Coast Luxury QT Gold Coast definitely sticks to the more is better mentality the signature Bazaar Restaurant is an all you can eat affair This goes beyond the traditional buffet Start with the heaped bowls of salads move on to the

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  • Popular Activities in Tasmania | Expedia.com.au
    2 hectares in South Hobart these heritage gardens date back to 1824 and are still full of life Finish your tour of the gardens with Devonshire tea Tasman Peninsula 3 Hour Wilderness Cruise Tasmania is known for its dramatic scenery and there s no better way to see the rugged coast than on a 3 hour cruise Keep an eye out for deep sea caves dolphins and seals Port Arthur Historic Convict Site Tour One of Australia s most significant convict sites and home to the worst criminals during the 1800s Port Arthur is a surprisingly peaceful place Explore the ruins and restored buildings before taking a Harbour Cruise Salamanca Market with Grand Port Arthur Tour Every Saturday 300 stalls set up along historic Salamanca Place where the local artisans and producers put their wares on show Pick up some jam or a piece of art before heading off to Port Arthur Hobart City Tour A full day tour of this historic city gives you a glimpse of the past and a chance to meet the locals Swing by Salamanca Place the women s prison known as the Female Factory Battery point the Anglessa Barracks and the Tasman Bridge 1

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  • See Sydney for under $20 a day | Expedia.com.au
    of nature for everyone The Blue Mountains National Park located 80km west of Sydney is a famous destination for locals and travellers The activities are endless canyoning hiking and abseiling to name a few My all time favourites include bush walking to Wentworth Falls visiting The Three Sisters and taking on the Canyon Trail Another option is to stroll around the town of Leura where you can window shop in the antique stores Breathe deep and take in the natural beauty If you re up early start the day having breakfast with the kangaroos at Glenbrook National Park where a small National Park fee is all you ll pay There s a great little bakery in Glenbrook that s perfect for coffee and pastries pick up your supplies and head down to the park You want to be at the park before 8 00am to guarantee a kangaroo sighting A Day on the Harbour A holiday in Australia is never complete without seeing the famous Sydney Harbour Bridge It s a destination in its own right You can climb the bridge for an extraordinary view of the Habour but that s definitely not within the 20 budget Instead walk or cycle across the bridge for free Check out Pylon Lookout where for just 11 you get a fantastic view and can check out the interesting exhibits on the bridge s construction history Catching ferries is also one of the most cost effective and scenic ways to explore Sydney Hop aboard the ferry from Circular Quay to Watsons Bay where there s plenty of restaurants and cafes A must visit is the famous Doyle s Seafood a beachside restaurant that s been around since 1885 Get a seafood takeaway pack and eat it on the grassy park as you marvel at

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