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3 Cheap Sleep Hostels in Seattle

3 Cheap Sleep Hostels in Seattle
Lack of funds need not stifle your Seattle travel plans, it just takes a little creativity with your hotel arrangements.  While I love a nice luxury hotel, it’s an expense that not many can work into the travel budget. At the other of the budget spectrum, you’ll find a few hostels in the city.  Some have shared rooms, others have private en suites, and all represent a substantial savings that can stretch your travel dollars. Green Tortoise Hostel – Located on the corner of 1st Avenue &...
December 17th, 2009 | Mary Jo Manzanares | Read More | Comments: 0
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Triangle Sidings – secrets of the Tube

Triangle Sidings – secrets of the Tube
Behind the Tube stations and the platforms that we see, there’s a whole hidden Tube out there – sidings, depots, closed stations. One of the delights of writing this blog has been that I get to research all these fascinating places you dimly glimpse from the window of a train. Triangle Sidings is one of those strange places. If you look out of the window between Earls Court and High Street Kensington, you’ll be able to see how the track suddenly splays out and the tunnel seems...
December 17th, 2009 | Andrea Kirkby | Read More | Comments: 1
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The Top 10 Spots to See Christmas Lights in Sydney

The Top 10 Spots to See Christmas Lights in Sydney
It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas, especially in the following Sydney neighbourhoods. If you’re looking for festive lights, you can’t do better than these spots around Sydney’s suburbs! Churchill Street, Bardwell Park There are more than 10 houses tizzied up, but the highlight is definitely number 4. This display has custom made decorations and more than 12, 500 lights! The residents get into the Christmas spirit every year by decorating not just their house, but those of three...
December 17th, 2009 | Lauren Katulka | Read More | Comments: 0
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Miraculously Saved Painting Back to The Hermitage

Miraculously Saved Painting Back to The Hermitage
A famous painting stolen in 2001, then secretly delivered back by thiefs, then restored  has finally come back to the Hermitage and is now being diplayed in a plastic “container”. An incredible story. In March 2001, an unknown thief when visitng the museum in the opening time just cut the painting “Harem Pool” off its frame, folded it and took the piece of art with him away. We only can guess why he did so. Maybe he liked women pictured by Jean-Leon Gerome. In 2007, the...
December 16th, 2009 | Ivan Stupachenko | Read More | Comments: 1
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Tips on Taking Barcelona’s Subway

Tips on Taking Barcelona’s Subway
The subway, or metro, is the quickest way to get around Barcelona. There are 9 metro lines crisscrossing the city, and they will get you where you need to go with in the center. Barcelona's Metro and Transport. By Regina Winkle-Bryan Here are some facts and tips for safe and easy riding on Barcelona’s metro system: 1- Time. The metro is open Sun- Thurs from 5am to 12 midnight. Friday from 5am to 2am and Saturday ALL NIGHT LONG….. 2- Tickets. You could buy single tickets for the metro...
December 16th, 2009 | thebarcelonaguide | Read More | Comments: 0
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Twinkle Twinkle Christmas Lights

Twinkle Twinkle Christmas Lights
Enjoy the holiday season with your family by driving through the beautifully decorated and fun to see Christmas decorations in San Diego County.   Chula Vista – Whitney St./Mankato. Circle between First and Second Ave. off H St. & 1st Ave. “Christmas Circle.” Over 55 homes decorated until December 26 from 5-10pm. Carmel Mountain Ranch – Fairway Village, west side of Stoney Gate Pl. 65+ homes decorated until January 1, 5:30-10:30pm.  A neighborhood block party on December...
December 16th, 2009 | Pam Nagata | Read More | Comments: 0
Filed under: Attractions, Christmas-lights, Events, Family Friendly, featuredarticle, San Diego

Winter in Amsterdam

Winter in Amsterdam
Going on a city trip to Amsterdam in December is an excellent idea even though the average temperature is only 6ºC or 44 ºF. True to say it is a dark month. It gets light at about 8.30 am and is dark by 4.30 pm. December is a great months for shopping with lots of extra shopping hours. The cultural calendar includes special holiday performances. The last few days have been unusually cold, with freezing temperatures during the day. The good thing is it is sunny with a promise of snow.   This photo...
December 16th, 2009 | Marianne | Read More | Comments: 3
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Best Holiday Light Displays in DC

Best Holiday Light Displays in DC
All around Washington, DC, the area is lit up with holiday light displays and Christmas Trees decked out in ornaments and lights. Here’s some of the Washington, DC best area’s best displays of holiday lights. Bull Run Festival of Lights This festival has been lighting the holidays for over a decade.  This huge display of holiday lights in Northern Virginia has drawn over 125,000 visitors each year.  Stop by the winter carnival, complete with carnival rides, ice skating, live entertainment...
December 16th, 2009 | Jon Rochetti | Read More | Comments: 1
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Banger Bros – meeting my sausage obsession

Banger Bros – meeting my sausage obsession
One of the things I most enjoy when I’m travelling is the sausage. From the German Bratwurst to the Polish kielbasa, from Italian salamis to the French saucisson sec or the North African/French merguez (a fixture at all French village fetes!), the long spiral of a Cumberland sausage or the chubby pink Norfolk sausages with mustard and ale… whether it’s lamb, beef, pork, or duck and venison, or even a vegetarian option from time to time, the sausage is king. You’ve got the...
December 16th, 2009 | Andrea Kirkby | Read More | Comments: 1
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Delicious Dinner with Harbour Views at Coast

Delicious Dinner with Harbour Views at Coast
There’s nothing that my husband and I enjoy more than a meal that is truly luxurious. There’s something special about sharing indulgent food with the one you love. We cook a lot, but every now and then we enjoy letting someone else do the work. Saturday was one of those times when we set out for an evening at Coast. As you approach the restaurant you know you’re in for something extraordinary. The escalators ascend take you higher and higher, until you’ve got one of the most breathtaking...
December 16th, 2009 | Lauren Katulka | Read More | Comments: 0
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Holiday Celebrations Buenos Aires Style

Holiday Celebrations Buenos Aires Style
Christmas Eve in Buenos Aires is much like New Year, with families staying home to enjoy a special meal together, eating, drinking and dancing until late in the night. Maybe the best choice is to just take it easy and stay close to home with some good friends. The scene at midnight in the streets is more like this: families, friends, people of all ages gathered in the warm night to watch fireworks explode all around. Children set off startlingly loud firecrackers, and sparklers are passed around,...
December 16th, 2009 | Pablo Juan Augustinowicz | Read More | Comments: 0
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Atlantic Station starts Christmas traditions

Atlantic Station starts Christmas traditions
Atlantic Station is working hard to become your holiday go-to place. (They already have nine million visitors a year.) Besides the shops and restaurants, there’s a special open-air market of holiday shops open from 10 to 10 every day until 12/31 (except Christmas Day.) The market has special hand-made gifts, art, and decorations for sale plus a free gift-wrap station. The light extravaganza was held in November (see map) complete with snow. In fact, every evening people gather around the 50-foot...
December 15th, 2009 | Linda Erbele | Read More | Comments: 0
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Edinburgh’s Best Off Beat Art Galleries

Edinburgh’s Best Off Beat Art Galleries
This past weekend, I spent the days exploring some of Edinburgh’s more off beat but fabulous art galleries.  There is truly a wonderful counter-culture here, fuelled by the influx of talent from the Edinburgh Festival but sustained by Edinburgh’s charm and romance.  Who wouldn’t be inspired to create great brilliant art seeing the Edinburgh Castle atop the hill, or watching the sun set on our glorious Georgian architecture? Regardless, if you’re a visit and want to checkout...
December 15th, 2009 | Andy Hayes | Read More | Comments: 0
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Bird-watching in Monteverde, Costa Rica

Bird-watching in Monteverde, Costa Rica
Costa Rica is known for high-adrenaline activities such as zip-lining and white-water rafting and climbing active volcanoes – so at first the thought of bird-watching might sound a bit lame. Until, that is, you spot an elusive baby quetzal in the cloud forest. The brightly coloured quetzal is considered one of the world’s most beautiful birds – it was a sacred symbol of the ancient Maya, symbolizing freedom (since it cannot survive in captivity). The Guatemalans even named their...
December 15th, 2009 | Vawn | Read More | Comments: 0
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Woodland Park Zoo Winter Celebration

Woodland Park Zoo Winter Celebration
The entire Seattle area will be enjoying the winter holiday season, and that includes the residents of Woodland Park Zoo.  You can take a break from the hectic schedule of your holiday shopping and festivities to join the animals in their own, and very special, Winter Celebration. All your favorite animals will enjoy holiday-themed treats, like wreaths trimmed with fish or assorted fruit, evergreen trees with ornamental fruit, or wrapped boxes containing their own very favorite snacks.  This special...
December 15th, 2009 | Mary Jo Manzanares | Read More | Comments: 1
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Jim Brickman Presents: Beautiful World

Jim Brickman Presents: Beautiful World
Jim Brickman, the famous American songwriter and pianist is bringing his Beautiful World Christmas Tour to the Roy & Lillie Cullen Theatre tomorrow night at 8:00 pm and tickets are still available. His performance will feature his awe-inspiring piano solos, pulsating vocals, and his own personal style of humor to entertain you. He will be playing a series of traditional Christmas piano classics, as well as songs from his recent album released in the fall called Beautiful World. His goals for...
December 15th, 2009 | Katrina Verweel | Read More | Comments: 0
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Young Frankenstein is Alive in Washington, DC

Young Frankenstein is Alive in Washington, DC
The classic Mel Brooks monster movie, Young Frankenstein, has been recreated into a monstrous new musical play, direct from Broadway.  And over the holiday season, Young Frankenstein the musical, is playing in Washington, DC at the Kennedy Center. The story follows the talented Dr. Frederick Frankenstein (Fronkensteen) as he attempts to escape his family’s dubious past but still complete his grandfather’s masterwork – resuscitating a corpse. Together with his bent-over and bumbling...
December 15th, 2009 | Jon Rochetti | Read More | Comments: 1
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Round and round and round and round, for the last time

Round and round and round and round, for the last time
I promised myself I would take a trip all the way round the Circle Line before it stopped being a Circle. And I’ve done it. Twice! I got on at Victoria, and went round. And round again. It was quite an interesting trip. First of all, I was impressed by the timings. First time round; 61 minutes. Second time round; 58 minutes. That’s pretty smooth running considering the number of stations (27) and the length of the route (14 miles). Secondly, I was intrigued by the differences in the...
December 15th, 2009 | Andrea Kirkby | Read More | Comments: 1
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Sheraton Waikiki’s Enticing Holiday Menu

Sheraton Waikiki’s Enticing Holiday Menu
Photo courtesy of thezipper/Flickr The Sheraton Waikiki Kai Market’s Executive Chef Darren Demaya has created a Christmas menu reminiscent of his small kid time growing up in Hawaii. The menu will feature traditional local-style dishes alongside holiday favorites for Christmas Day brunch and dinner. Kai Market’s family-friendly atmosphere is the perfect place to enjoy a holiday brunch or dinner while treating the hard-working cooks in the family to a well-deserved day off. This farm-to-table...
December 15th, 2009 | byun | Read More | Comments: 0
Filed under: brunch, christmas, featuredarticle, Hawaii, honolulu, kai's market, sheraton waikiki, Waikiki

Sydney Gets Wicked | Broadway Smash Visits Capitol Theatre

Sydney Gets Wicked | Broadway Smash Visits Capitol Theatre
Wicked broke box office records around the world and earned a swag of Tony Awards. After playing for more than a year in Melbourne, it’s earning rave reviews at Sydney’s Capitol Theatre. On Saturday it was my turn to see what all the fuss was about. From the first moment you know this will be a spectacle. A dragon with fiery eyes looms ominously over the stage as the orchestra soars into the Overture. The first number, “No One Mourns the Wicked” is just as grandiose. But Wicked isn’t all...
December 15th, 2009 | Lauren Katulka | Read More | Comments: 0
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