The World’s Most Unique Hotels (II)

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The World’s Most Unique Hotels (II)

Spend the night curled up like a hamster in a mound of straw beside your wheel or hunker down in an old prison with hardwood beds and spartan facilities. The trend for offbeat accommodation continues to grow. Travelers have become tired of the generic blandness of hotel rooms with their predictable layout and minibar. They demand something different. From luxury to deprivation, there is certainly plenty of variety in the unique hotel market. Let's take a look at a few of the more interesting options available around the world.



The World’s Most Unique Hotels: The Capsule Hotel


The Capsule Hotel on The Hague in the Netherlands definitely falls into the deprivation end of the unique hotel spectrum. The accommodation is a TEMP which is a totally enclosed propelled craft designed to be used by survivors of an oil-rig disaster. These little orange pods afloat The Hague have a quaint 70s Sci-Fi appeal but are definitely not for the claustrophobic. Each of the pods is a mere 12 square meters containing a simple hammock while the deluxe version has a toilet and a sheepskin throw. People seem to find bobbing about without a creature comfort appealing as the capsules are popular and the company is expanding further afield.



The World’s Most Unique Hotels: The Art Museum Hotel


Ever wanted to live within a work of art? Well now you can at the Art Museum Hotel in the Sicilian seaside village of Castel di Tusa, 20 kilometers from Cefalu. Twenty of the 40 rooms have been created by leading European contemporary artists fashioning the space from a variety of materials—wood, paper, copper—working with textures and color to make unique rooms. You can choose to change your mom each day to inhabit a new vision. Beyond the hotel's ultra modern interior is the sea and the old traditional architecture of the Sicilian village. The hotel has its own sculpture garden and the outdoor Regional Museum of Sculpture in nearby. This is an art lover's destination for sure.



The World’s Most Unique Hotels: The Huettenpalastin Berlin


Finally, for a whacky Berlin option try the Huettenpalastin Berlin. Here you can relive childhood camping trips within the spacious interior of an old modernist vacuum cleaner factory. Temperatures are kept balmy all year round, and you can bed down in a retro caravan with 'outdoor' dining table and barbecue. The Huetenpalast is the brain child of the Agency for Everything which nicely sums up the unique hotel ethos.




Top 10 Destinations in South America (I): Santiago, Chile

Ole! Besides salsa, sombreros and tequila, South America is a feast for one’s senses, with something for every kind of traveler. The continent is a patchwork of remarkable sceneries, with its snowcapped massifs, dangerous jungles, dreamlike deserts and spectacular mountain ranges, with many of its wonders remaining largely undiscovered.


South America offers rich experiences to travelers seeking natural wonders, ancient ruins, and vibrant cultural experiences.


Any of these ten destinations would make a fascinating trip on its own, or you could combine some or all of them for a memorable tour.



Top 10 Destinations in South America: Santiago, Chile


Santiago de Chile, the capital city of Chile, sits squarely within the central valley of the country.


Santiago makes an ideal winter holiday destination for ski lovers, thanks to Valle Nevado. With nearly 3,000 hectares of skiable domain, it’s the largest skiing spot in South America. If you're planning to travel to Santiago in summer, you can go hiking or do a picnic at the same location. Consider using the Mirador chairlift to take you all the way up to the top, where you can also sign up for more fun activities like horseback riding, going trekking with guides, and even rock climbing.



Top 10 Destinations in South America: Santiago, Chile


Architecture lovers will fall head over heels for the city's neoclassical architecture, long winding streets decked with numerous art deco, neo-gothic and other famous style buildings. Start with the Plaza de Armas, the city's historic center, to view some of the best heritage architecture. Do not miss the National History Museum and the Central Post Office here. Take in a little bit of architecture and history together by paying a visit to Pablo Neruda's house in Santiago. If you want a little more of the poet, check out his houses in Valaparaiso and Isla Negro as well.


For the lazy holiday lovers, Santiago offers tours to hot springs at Banos Colina, the Fine Arts Museum, the bohemian Barrio Bellavista. The nightlife at Barrio Bellavista is best experienced in the many bars here, especially after midnight. You can even sample delicious late night street food in this area.


Top 10 Destinations in South America: Santiago, Chile


The best part about Santiago is its bicycle-friendly streets, so you can pedal all over the city to explore its culture.


Eiffel Tower – The Most Amazing Tourist Attraction in Paris

Eiffel Tower – The Most Amazing Tourist Attraction in Paris (French: La Tour Eiffel) is an iron lattice tower located on the Champ de Mars in Paris. It was named after Gustave Eiffel, who designed and built the tower. Erected in 1889, it has become both a global cultural icon of France and one of the most recognizable structures in the world. The tower is the tallest structure in Paris. More than 6.98 million people visited it in 2011. The tower is 1.063 feet tall, about the same height as an 81-storey building.


The tower has three levels open for visitors. The first and second level are with restaurants, while the third level is observatory's upper platform, 906 feet above the ground – the highest accessible to the public in Europe. To climb from ground level to the first level, you need to ascend 300 steps. Eiffel Tower – the most amazing tourist attraction in Paris was inaugurated in 1889 at the same time with the first Exposition: "The 1889 Exposition".


The tower itself is located at the intersection of the Quai Branly and Pont d'lena. More than 250 million people have visited the tower since 1889, and in 2012 there were 6.180.000 visitors. The Eiffel Tower is the most-visited monument in the world. The tower's restaurants, "Le 58 tour Eiffel", on the first floor and "Le Jules Verne", a gourmet restaurant on the second floor are the most visited restaurants in the Paris. These restaurants have one star in the Michelin Red Guide, ran by the multi-Michelin star chef, Alain Ducasse. The iron structure of the Eiffel Tower weighs about 7.300 tons, while the entire structure including the non-metal components is approximately 10.000 tons. Depending on the ambient temperature, the top of the tower may shift away from the sun by up to 18cm because of thermal expansion of the metal on the side facing the sun.


The Eiffel Tower is the most amazing tourist attraction in Paris, and because it’s so big, wind forces are of great importance. Many people were shocked by its daring shape. People thought that the Eiffel Tower was created without any regard to engineering, however Gustave and his engineers, as experienced bridge builders, understood the importance of wind forces. If they wanted to create the tallest building in the world, they had to be certain it would withstand against powerful winds. And the Eiffel Tower does.

Tourist Attractions in New York (III)

New York – it sounds like power, speed, and wealth. Although New York is not the capital city of the USA, no other city is a better example of the American way of life. Discover the most important Tourist Attractions in New York:


7. Tourist Attractions in New York: Lincoln Center

The Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts was built in the 1960s and is an exemplary cultural center. It is actually a complex consisting of individual buildings grouped around a plaza with a giant fountain. The three main buildings are the Metropolitan Opera, the Avery Fisher Hall with the Philharmonic and the New York State Theater. The frescoes by Marc Chagall in the foyer are an attractive detail of “The Met”. Experience the Lincoln Center on a guided tour, with a look behind the scenes.


8. Tourist Attractions in New York: Grand Central Terminal

Grand Central Terminal (often known as Grand Central Station) is a famous New York train station. The Art nouveau building, completed in 1913, was saved form demolition in the 1990s and comprehensively renovated. Today, alongside the underground platforms, there are also many restaurants, stores and a delicatessen market (Grand Central Market) in the basement of the building. The station has around half a million visitors per day. Don’t miss the famous brass clock and the arches decorated with constellation in the main hall. Free-guided tours (with a voluntary donation of USD 10) begin on Wednesdays and Fridays at 12:30 pm at the information stand.


9. Tourist Attractions in New York: Ellis Island Immigration Museum

More than 12 million immigrants passed through the little island in New York Harbor between the years 1892 and 1954. For most of them it was a symbol of hope for a new beginning in the United States. The historic buildings of Ellis Island were renovated in the 1960s and have been open to visitors since 1990. The newly opened Immigration Museum is especially worth a visit, and tells the history of immigration with a short film and many original travelers documents. The Wall of Honor immortalizes the names of more than 500,000 immigrants who once became US citizens in the registry room. Ellis Island can only be reached by ferry from Battery Park.


Tourist Attractions in Florida (Part 1)

Frequently identified as “The Sunshine State”, Florida is seriously dedicated to meeting your expectations. Its beaches are some of the most popular tourist attractions in Florida, along with few of the world’s most amazing amusement parks: Disney World, Universal Studios and Sea World.


1. Art Deco District (Tourist Attractions in Florida: District – Miami Beach)

The district comprising around 800 buildings was constructed in the 1930s in the then ultra-modern Art Deco style. Even today the unusually shaped facades, exotic ornamentation and bright pastel colors attract the attention of visitors and invite them to continue to discover new details in the works.


2. Coconut Grove (Tourist Attractions in Florida: District – Miami Beach)

Beautiful old buildings made from coral, luxury villas, which take inspiration from ancient Mayan temples, and spacious green lawns make a stroll through Miami’s high-end neighborhood an unforgettable experience. Once can view a well-maintained building from the pioneer times in the historic Barnacle Street, while exclusive stores await clientele in the Streets of Mayfair or in the Cocowalk shopping and entertainment center.


3. Palm Beach (Tourist Attractions in Florida: District – Palm Beach)

Many prominent figures are among the approximately 10,000 residents of the small island settlement, which is said to have the richest inhabitants in Florida. Top brands such as Cartier, Armani and Chanel can be found here, and with a little luck, you may bump into a famous face from the big screen when taking a walk around. Particularly impressive is the Breakers Hotel, based on the Vila Medici in Rome, a colossal edifice adorned in gold leaf and marble.


4. Holocaust Memorial (Tourist Attractions in Florida: Memorial – Miami Beach)

It was not until 1990 that the Jewish community of Miami Beach commissioned this memorial. Particularly impressive is the 42-foot-high (13 meter) bronze hand onto which around a hundred people in fear are clinging. The commemorative plaques display key information about the history of the Third Reich as well as the names of concentration camps and Jewish Holocaust victims. Right next-door is the former synagogue, which now houses the Jewish Museum of Florida, in which visitors can learn all about the history of Judaism.


5. Venetian Pool (Tourist Attractions in Florida: Leisure facility – Miami)

A former stone quarry which was flooded with water forms the foundations of this huge bathing paradise, in which guests are invited to relax and dream amidst the flower, palm trees, waterfalls and artificial caves. Visitors should also plan a side trip to the nearby Biltmore Hotel, a classy hotel in the style of a Spanish hacienda from the 1920s, which has a café, golf course and spa area available to external visitors.

Tourist Objectives in Lefkada, Greece (III)

6. Tourist Objectives in Lefkada, Greece: Valaoriti's Island Madouri


Madouri is located across Nydri. It belongs to the complex of Tilevoidi islands and the Prigkiponisia islands. The little island belongs to the Valaoritis family, who’ve built their mansion here. There is also a temple in Gothic style on the island, also property of the family. This is where Aristotelis Valaoritis grew up and lived and today the island of Madouri belongs to the poet’s great grandchild.


7. Tourist Objectives in Lefkada, Greece: Cape Lefkata


At Lefkada’s southern-most point is the Lefkada Cape. The cape is one of the most well known ancient rocks, probably the “White Rock” mention by Homer, as it consists of 60-meter high white cliffs that stand above the waves of the Ionian Sea. During the ancient era (1200 B.C.) it was the location where sacrifices took place to appease the gods and the Spirit of Tempest. In later years (400 B.C) they used convicts for sacrifices, to whom they gave the chance of salvation. Before throwing them on to the rock, they would tie birds and feathers around their bodies for a smoother landing. If the convict survived they would let him live.


Earlier cults were replaced by a temple of Apollo – well known throughout the ancient world. Apollo was also a god of the sea, protector of the seafarers and was believed to heal the body and soul. Every year, probably at the beginning of the spring, feasts would take place with people from all over Greece attending them. The leap to the rock is attributed to Apollo as a means against excruciating erotic passion. In the 6th century B.C. the tradition of leaping by those in love was widespread since it is mentioned in different verses by many ancient poets. This is commemorated by Sapfo, the great ancient female poet and it is from these verses that it is assumed that she also leaped to the Rock of Lefkada. The myth still lives on today and that is why it is known as Kavos tis Kyras, which mean the Cape of the Lady. Today there in nothing left of the temple of Apollo since in its location stands a lighthouse.


The lighthouse was built in 1890. It’s truly one of the most amazing tourist objectives in Lefkada, Greece. It is 14 meters tall and its visible height is 70 meters. In 1890 it functioned with oil, emitting a white light up until 1950, when it was destroyed by an earthquake and it was replaced by an automatic acetylene torch. In 1956 the lighthouse was restored and was fitted with new lighting equipment fueled by oil. From 1985 onwards it functions as a monitored electric lighthouse with a white flash every ten seconds and a brightness that is visible from 24 nautical miles away. It has a beautiful view of Kefalonia and Ithaki. Visiting it can overwhelm the visitor with awe and fear. The steep cliffs, the blue sea, the wind that blows up there allows the visitor to feel the aura of the place which the ancients chose as their place of worship, animal and human sacrifice. Choose to visit this place during sunset when the sun paints the cliffs in red. The experience is incredible.

Tourist Attractions in Bangkok, Thailand (II)

With over seven million inhabitants, Bangkok is one of the largest cities in the world. Bangkok is loud, hot, chaotic, full of people and noise. At the same time it is a city of temples, friendly people and exotic smells, a melting pot of cultures. Precisely these contrasts represent the diversity and fascination with this beautiful city. Keep reading to discover the most important tourist attractions in Bangkok, Thailand:


5. Lumphini Park (Tourist Attractions in Bangkok, Thailand – Park)

Lumphini Park is also fondly referred to as the “green lung” of Bangkok. The largest park in Bangkok is located directly in the town center. You will be able to take a step back here from the hectic and the traffic. Visitors can ride rowing boats and pedal boats on the artificial lake. Public concerts are held in the palm garden of the park in winter.


6. Wat Phra Kaeo (Tourist Attractions in Bangkok, Thailand – Park)

Wat Phra Kaeo, the most sacred of all Thai temples, is located in the grounds of the royal palace. Its treasures include the sacred Emerald Buddha, which is the most revered Buddha statue in Thailand. The statue, however, is not made of emeralds, as the name suggest, but green jade.


7. Wat Arun (Tourist Attractions in Bangkok, Thailand – Temple)

Without a doubt, the “Temple of the Dawn” is one of the most well known landmarks of Bangkok. It is located directly on the Thonburi bank of the Chao Phraya River. You can enjoy the glorious view of the town in the tower, which is 70 meters high. The temple was developed around 1780. The entire complex is coated with porcelain and seashells. You can take the ferryboat to the temple for Tha Tien Pier. The crossing costs approx. 5 Bahts.


8. Vimanmek Palace (Tourist Attractions in Bangkok, Thailand – Castle)

The Vimanmek Mansion is the world’s largest teak wood villa. Formerly, the 81 rooms were used as the imperial palace, but today a museum is housed here. The ground floor basically comprises brick and cement; King Rama V had the upper floors made of golden teak wood. The museum is home to many art treasures, personal items of the royal family and beautiful historical photographs. Only those wearing the right attire may enter the premises.

Points of Interest in Greece

Greece has a number of popular cities and destinations that truly satisfy any traveler's tastes — be it those looking for history, beaches, wine tasting, medieval structures, nightlife or even archeological digs. It is one of the world's most popular tourist destinations, with some major cities or points of interests to include, but not limited to the gems below:


Points of Interest in Greece: Athens

The country's largest, most influential metropolitan center, and also the capital city, Athens, is most known for the Parthenon. Athens was built in honor of the goddess, Athena. It is one of the world's oldest cities, with recorded history dating back nearly 3,400 years.


Points of Interest in Greece: Delphi

Delphi is home to the famous oracle of Apollo, which is a major archaeological site.


Points of Interest in Greece: Mykonos

Mykonos, often compared to Ibiza, touts a cosmopolitan lifestyle, sophisticated nightlife and picturesque villages — all adding to its allure.


Points of Interest in Greece: Thasos

Thasos is one of the smaller islands with a big reputation thanks — in part — to the treasures of its natural beauty, rich history, character and local color.


Points of Interest in Greece: Santorini

Santorini is a volcanic island known for its beautiful views, towns, and sunsets. With its popular black volcanic beaches and infamous Red Beach, Santorini offers picturesque views, eclectic cuisine, a bustling nightlife and excellent wines.


Points of Interest in Greece: Crete

Crete, the largest and most populated of the Greek islands, with a population of over 500,000 inhabitants, boasts the most temperate climate, and mountainous views; it’s no wonder this is the jewel of the Greek Islands tourism list.


With sites such as the Acropolis in Athens; Archaeological sites of Delphi, Olympia and Mystras; the medieval city of Rhodes; and Mount Athos, Greece is also home to approximately 17 UNESCO World Heritage Sites (8 tentative).


It’s a true paradise of endless possibilities!

Places To Visit In Switzerland (I)

Switzerland is a rather small country and its attractions are close to each other, and therefore can be reached quite easily. Mountain resorts, lakes, forests, castles, museums, and ancient or modern architecture make this federal republic an excellent tourist destination. This series will reveal some of the most amazing places to visit in Switzerland.


1. Nowhere is Switzerland more epitomized than in the wonderful, auto-less Alpine village of Zermatt, home to some of the world’s most spectacular mountains, including the mighty Matterhorn. The Gornergrat-Bahn takes you up to a plateau at 10,171 feet (3,100 m) near the Matterhorn, where you will have fine views of the peak. Here you can enjoy a fine meal or even stay overnight. This railway leaves from near the Zermatt train station. Also, it is well worth your time to take the Klein Matterhorn cable car up to the top station at 12,533 feet (5,265 m). The views are spectacular. This cable car is at the opposite end of the village from the Zermatt train station, and is usually loaded with skiers. This is one of the most unusual and most romantic places to visit in Switzerland. Don’t miss it! Located in Canton Valais.


2. A day spent in Lucerne (Luzern in German) is one of the best you could have on your trip. Besides the spectacular scenery of mountains like Pilatus, you can stroll through the Old Town, across the famous Chapel Bridge, and then take a relaxing afternoon sailing on one of the many ships that depart regularly from the Vierwaldstättersee dock. Luzern offers some of the best shopping anywhere in Switzerland. Located in Canton Lucerne.


3. The Alpine Grand Canyon in the Alpenarena of Flims-Laax-Falera features the Rhine Gorge and its bizarre rock formations, which can be experienced on foot, by car or train. However, one of the best ways to discover this natural wonder is via a river raft. Tours of this area on rafts take place from May through October, with the help of professional guides. The rapids are mild and suitable for almost anyone. This is a great trip and definitely one of the most beautiful places to visit in Switzerland.


4. Chillon Castle near Montreux on Lake Geneva is an ancient fortress at the foothills of the Valais Alps. This is absolutely the most impressive castle in Switzerland, and can be reached by a two-mile walking path from Montreux. It is one of the best-preserved medieval castles found anywhere. Located in Canton Vaud.


5. The Schilthorn, atop Piz Gloria, enables you to marvel at the breathtaking 360-degree panorama of over 200 mountain peaks dominated by the Eiger, Mönch and the Jungfrau. You can either sit inside the world-famous revolving restaurant or stand outside on the observation deck, where portions of the James Bond movie “On Her Majesty’s Secret Service” were filmed. It’s one of the greatest places to visit in Switzerland on sunny days, but horrible during a snowstorm – and be prepared… some days they won’t let you back down if a storm is too violent down below. Located in Canton Bern

Top Magical Places to Visit in New Zealand (I)

Nestled away in the southwestern Pacific Ocean, are the islands of New Zealand. Often overshadowed by its large neighbor, Australia, this is a country that should be singing its natural rugged beauty. Instead, it quietly carries on — knowing that every day, a few thousand new visitors fall in love with it.


There's a wealth of beauty to discover here — and these top magical places to visit in New Zealand are just a few of our favorite places.


The North Island, home to the capital Wellington and boasting great rolling hills, dense rainforests, fruitful wineries and steaming geothermal lakes, was the stunning setting for The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings films. Volcano cones dot the countryside — some extinct, others still bubbling. The South Island is best known for its spectacular scenery — vast blue lakes, world-famous glaciers, rusty red mountain ranges and dramatic fjord land.


1. Top Magical Places to Visit in New Zealand: Auckland

In New Zealand's largest city, you'll find yourself at the heart of the country's shopping Mecca. Designer stores line the streets of Chancery and the Otara Saturday flea market overflows with Maori and Polynesian homemade cuisine.

At the Viaduct, hire a jet ski and take a tour of the harbor to learn about the city's surrounding suburbs — and there's no better view of the Harbor Bridge than from underneath it. Stop for dinner at the marina, with dozens of sailboats, in the bar and a ruby sunset backdrop, this is the perfect welcome scene.


2. Top Magical Places to Visit in New Zealand: Matamata

If the love for Tolkien's Hobbits has brought you to New Zealand, then you'll find the velvety green fields of Matamata completely magical. Located two hours south of Auckland, one of the prime film sets for The Hobbit, and Lord of the Rings trilogy, is now open. A tour of 'Hobbiton' will take you to the homes of Bilbo and Frodo Baggins, along with other familiar scenes. Finally, the Green Dragon pub is open to all.


3. Top Magical Places to Visit in New Zealand: Rotorua

Thanks to its spot on the Volcanic Plateau, Rotorua is home to the world's most lively geothermal activity. Watch the famous Pohutu Geyser erupt hot spring water up to 30 meters into the air and take in the spectacular rainforest vistas from the banks of beautiful Lake Tarawera and Lake Tikitapu.

To get a bird's eye view, book in for a 15,000ft skydive with NZone Rotorua. The one-minute free fall allows plenty of time to take in the swirling blues and greens of the hot lakes below.

A short helicopter ride from nearby Whakatane town is an active volcano called White Island. Explore this sulphur-spewing beauty with a guide and a hardhat.