Cabin Crew Guides Keep up to date with our latest airline industry guides. Tokyo city guide Wed, 28 Sep 2011 16:35:41 GMT With that said, we’ve given you some information on a few of the best things to do, as well as a couple of restaurant choices and some places to stay with the budget traveller in mind. <br /> <br /> <strong>Must see sights</strong><br /> <br /> <strong>Disneyland</strong> <br /> Who doesn’t like Disneyland?! No matter which one you go to I bet you’d be hard pushed to say you had a rubbish time, we certainly would – so whilst in Tokyo make sure you check it out! It doesn’t need a great deal of explaining – just some of the best rides ever and a chance to let your inner child out!<br /> <br /> <strong>Tsukiji fish market</strong><br /> This might not be the best place to go if you’ve had a few too many Japanese cocktails the night before – you have been warned! But if you’ve got a clear head you can’t possibly visit Tokyo without going to the world’s largest open-air fish market. ‘But it’s just fish’ we hear you say – well yes, you’d be right, but there are thousands of them, and it’s full of hustle and bustle. <br /> <br /> <strong>Asakusa </strong><br /> Asakusa is Tokyo’s former red light and geisha district and is an absolute must for anyone visiting Tokyo! Not many places in Tokyo feel ‘old’ in the sense that it’s existed forever, this is mainly due to the amount of earthquakes they get – but if you’re looking for a little tradition then you’ll find it here in Asakusa. <br /> <br /> <strong>Omotesando</strong><br /> Omotesando street is Tokyo’s answer to Rodeo Drive – this is one of the most expensive shopping districts in the whole of Japan. The streets are lined with Louis Vuitton, Bvulgari, Chanel – you name anything designer and the chances are you’ll find it here. <br /> <br /> <strong>Places to eat and stay </strong><br /> <br /> <strong>Gonpachi </strong><br /> This place is where some of the scenes for Kill Bill were shot – yep, it really is. So if you go there for no other reason than to feel at one with Quentin Tarantino then we say go for it! <br /> <br /> <strong>New York Grill</strong><br /> Fear not burger lovers! Just because you’re in Tokyo doesn’t mean you have to survive on a diet of sushi and noodles, if you’re missing some of your Western favourites then head down to the New York Grill and grab yourself something meaty and covered in cheese. Mmmmm.<br /> <br /> • Hotel Asia Center of Japan<br /> • Yaesu Terminal Hotel<br /> • Sunshine City Prince Hotel<br /> • Mercure Hotel Ginza A Guide to Jamaica Thu, 22 Sep 2011 16:32:03 GMT The Jamaican’s know how to spoil their guests rotten, from amazing food to the strongest rum you’ll ever taste - they certainly do know how to give holiday makers a good time. Once you’ve shaken off the inevitable rum punch hangover, you might want to check out some of the amazing sights Jamaica has to offer. <br /> <br /> <strong>Must see sights</strong><br /> <br /> <strong>Dolphin Cove</strong><br /> We don’t know anyone who doesn’t want to swim with dolphins, even if you’ve done it before – you’d do it again right? Thought so, well luckily for you suitably named <strong><a rel="nofollow" target="_blank" href="http://www.dolphincovejamaica.comDolphin Cove">Dolphin Cove</a> </strong>is definitely where it’s at if you want to take a dip with flipper. <br /> <br /> <strong>Chukka Blue</strong><br /> If somewhere between swimming to the pool bar and getting a beach-side massage you’ve discovered your adventurous side, then you cannot leave Jamaica without going on a Chukka Blue tour. From jungle trekking to some seriously adventurous quad biking, these guys will certainly show you a good time. <br /> <br /> <strong>River Rafting</strong><br /> More white-knuckle rides for you adrenaline junkies! Go crazy and check out the river rafting down the Martha Brae. You can also go on a gentler float down the river on a bamboo raft made for two – very romantic. <br /> <br /> <strong>Bob Marley Museum</strong><br /> Yes, we are aware this is a museum – but it’s Bob Marley’s museum so we figured we’d get away with it. This place is pretty cool even if you’re not a fan on the Jamaican king of Reggae and Soul. This place has become a landmark since it opened and you’ll soon see why when you get there. <br /> <br /> <strong>Places to eat and stay</strong><br /> <br /> <strong>Bob’s Cafe</strong><br /> Located right by the Bob Marley museum, Bob’s Cafe is absolutely amazing and you can’t leave the museum without trying the ‘Natural Stew’ – it was Bob’s favourite don’t ya know!<br /> <br /> <strong>Scotchies</strong><br /> This place is famous for having the best jerk chicken and jerk pork in Jamaica – and it’s located at Montego Bay which happens to be one of the most stunning parts of the island – definitely worth a visit when you start to get a little peckish. <br /> <br /> <strong>Rick’s Cafe</strong><br /> Located in Negril, Rick’s Cafe serves up the most lethal – but completely delicious – Rum Punch you are ever likely to have. Just make sure you book a taxi back to your hotel upon arrival, because you will be hard pushed to leave this place sober! <br /> <br /> <strong>Hotels</strong><br /> • White Sands Negril<br /> • Legends Beach Resort<br /> • Negril Escape Resort and Spa A guide to Barbados Wed, 21 Sep 2011 16:58:11 GMT All over the Caribbean you will find beautiful white sandy beaches, tropical climates and crystal clear waters, and Barbados is no different, so tear yourself away from your sun lounger for five minutes and take a look at the sights around you. <br /> <br /> <strong>Must see sights</strong><br /> <br /> <strong>Sea spray watersports</strong><br /> Commonly described as ‘the trip of a life time’ and ‘unmissable’ the sea spray watersports tours are not to be missed. If you want to see sharks, turtles, and other amazing Caribbean marine life up close and personal then this is the tour for you.<br /> <br /> You don’t have to be a pro scuba-diver to enjoy it either, you can just bob along with your snorkel if you wish. <br /> <br /> <strong>East Coast</strong><br /> If you’ve ever been on a surf board then get yourself down to the East Coast because this is a surfing Mecca. The East Coast of Barbados has more ‘umph’ than the other areas as it gets hit by Atlantic winds and therefore has more of a current – and that means awesome waves!<br /> <br /> <strong>St Nicholas Abbey</strong><br /> Even if you’re not into historic buildings and beautiful gardens the Barbadians have got one more trick up their sleeve and that trick goes by the name of Rum. Yep, nowhere else in the world can you go for a civilised country stroll and get a little bit merry on the Caribbean’s most famous drink. <br /> <br /> <strong>Bathsheba Beach</strong><br /> As if all the other beaches weren’t enough to wow you – Barbados has one beauty that is just a little bit more special than all the rest and that is Bathsheba Beach. The sand is so white and waters so clear it looks as though it isn’t real – but it is, and it is completely unspoilt so you cannot afford to miss this one. <br /> <br /> <strong>Places to eat</strong><br /> <br /> <strong>Cafe Sol</strong><br /> This vibrant Mexican Grill and Margarita Bar is a favourite spot for locals and tourists alike. Open seven days a week, Cafe Sol attracts for their famous 'Tex-Mex' dishes, their massive margarita list, fun, cosy atmosphere and their abundant portions of food. Plus, they offer a large 'gringo' menu for the less adventurous! <br /> <br /> <strong>Cafe Bar Carizma</strong><br /> This place is a quiet little gem if you want to get out of the hustle and bustle (if you can call it that) from Caribbean life. Shanghai city guide Fri, 16 Sep 2011 12:31:28 GMT <strong>Must see sights</strong><br /> <br /> <strong>Jade Buddha Temple</strong><br /> It’s always nice to add just a little bit of culture to your trip – well we think it is anyway. On that note the Jade Buddha Temple should be right at the top of your list for things to see – it’s more than 100 years old and provides the perfect excuse to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city for the afternoon. <br /> <br /> <strong>Nanjing Road</strong><br /> This is the most well known shopping destination in the whole of Shanghai. Stretching for 3.5 miles this place is absolutely massive and you can pick up pretty much everything you can imagine here – from fashion and accessories to absolutely bizarre souvenirs, the Nanjing Road is well worth a visit. <br /> <br /> <strong>Super Brand Mall</strong><br /> A little more mainstream than Nanjing Road – Super Brand Mall one of the biggest shopping malls in the city. It was name brands which are known all over the world but also some that are mainly just associated with Asia which is brilliant if you fancy picking up some clobber that everyone from back home won’t have seen before.<br /> <br /> <strong>Shanghai Maglev Train</strong><br /> Now normally we wouldn’t bother writing about a train – we’ve all been on them, no biggy, but the Shanghai Maglev Train is just a little bit (and by a little bit we mean a lot) different than what you’ll be used to. This is the train that goes from the airport to the city centre and it levitates on magnets – yep, it really does. Not only that but it reaches speeds of over 250mph so the ride takes less than eight minutes.<br /> <br /> Once you’ve got over the mild whiplash and dizziness you’ll want to go on it again and again! <br /> <br /> <strong>Places to eat and stay</strong><br /> <br /> <strong>Always Cafe</strong> <br /> Popular with the regulars this cafe offers no fuss lunches to suit most budgets. The simple food will leave you feeling satisfied – not least because you’ll be able to identify most stuff on the menu.<br /> <br /> <strong>Jade on 36</strong><br /> If we just put you off by telling you about ‘normal’ food then fear not! Jade on 36 is completely the opposite to a normal dining experience – strawberry cola spaghetti and foie gras lollipops feature here. Just don’t go there on a hangover!<br /> <br /> <strong>Regal Shanghai East Asia Hotel</strong> <br /> If you like marble and glitz for a reasonable price then this is the hotel for you! Considering it is currently rated as a 4 star hotel, you’ll be pleasantly surprised by the price. <br /> <br /> <strong>Regal International East Asia Hotel</strong><br /> Look left and you’ll see the impressive HSBC towers, look right and you’ll see the Bank of China. This hotel is slap bang in the middle of Shanghai’s skyline and it definitely won’t disappoint – it’s 5 star too, how about that? San Francisco city guide Fri, 16 Sep 2011 10:55:27 GMT Everywhere you look you will see some kind of eccentric – mostly harmless of course, but this creative city doesn’t let a thing like normality hold it back from having a good time. San Francisco residents aren’t fans of gravity – with 43 mountains and the cable car being featured as a regular mode of transport, you will find it hard to keep your feet on the ground in this place! <br /> <br /> <strong>Must see sights</strong><br /> <br /> <strong>Hop-on Hop-off tour</strong><br /> The San Fran hop-on hop-off tour is definitely a must for those who want to see some really cool stuff but are too bad with a map to navigate the city themselves (let’s face it – map reading is a skill that most of us don’t possess). <br /> <br /> <strong>Chinatown</strong><br /> Is it just us, or is there a Chinatown in every city in the world ever? Not that we’re complaining of course, we love a bit of authentic Chinese food! Also, this happens to be the biggest Chinatown outside of Asia and is also the oldest Chinatown in North America so if you miss it you are massively missing out.<br /> <br /> <strong>Golden Gate Bridge</strong><br /> Going to San Fran and not visiting the Golden Gate Bridge is like going to Sydney and avoiding the Opera House – nobody does it, so take our word for it when we say it’s worth a visit. If you’re feeling particularly sophisticated you can hire a bike and cycle across it – failing that you can just go and take a few pictures to show the family. <br /> <br /> <strong>Union Square</strong><br /> Calling all shopaholics! Union Square is among the most famous shopping centres in the whole of San Fran. Pretty much every shop you can think of is housed here – with popular American chains such as Macy’s and Saks Fifth Ave. <br /> <br /> <strong>Places to eat and stay</strong><br /> <br /> <strong>Escape from New York Pizza </strong><br /> This place is an obligatory stop on the bar crawl agenda as you can buy pizza by the slice and it is absolutely amazing – especially after one too many in San Fran’s popular bars. <br /> <br /> <strong>La Palma Mexican-Tessen </strong><br /> Fresh homemade tortillas, slow cooked pork, enchiladas and more sour cream than you can shake a stick at. This is La Palma Mexican-Tessen and it definitely has to be on your list of ‘must eat at’ places.<br /> <br /> <strong>Park Chow</strong><br /> Cali comfort food at its best – if you’re visiting San Fran during the colder months this place will be sure to warm you up and put that holiday smile right back on your face. <br /> <br /> <strong>The Mosser Hotel</strong><br /> This hotel is designed for the tourist – comfortable rooms, reasonable rates and within easy reach of most amenities, The Mosser won’t disappoint. <br /> <br /> <strong>Stratford Hotel</strong><br /> Right on Union Square, the Stratford Hotel is ideal for those who want to shop ‘til they drop as you can make regular trips back to your room to relieve yourself of those heavy shopping bags! It’s not too bad on the old wallet either. Kuala Lumpur City Guide Fri, 09 Sep 2011 13:09:41 GMT Kuala Lumpur is a really popular holiday destination as well, and it’s no surprise really – tropical climates and amazing sights make KL a real Malaysian gem.<br /> <br /> <strong>Must see sights</strong><br /> <br /> <strong>Petronas Towers</strong><br /> <br /> These iconic towers pretty much define the skyline of KL – soaring high above the others they really are magnificent and well worth a look at. Locally they are known as the ‘twin jewels’ and they really do sparkle like jewels in the Malaysian sunshine. The 88-storey chrome and steel towers are the headquarters of Malaysia’s oil and gas company – Petronas – as well as many other corporations.<br /> <br /> <strong>Chinatown </strong><br /> <br /> This little pocket of KL is hectic, mystifying and a bargain hunters paradise – trawl through the sprawling markets to bag a few goodies and sample some of the best Chinese food you’ve ever had in your life. Traditional Chinese treatments and massage can also be found here which is fantastic if you need a bit of ‘me’ time amongst all that madness. <br /> <br /> <strong>Batu Caves</strong><br /> <br /> The Batu Caves are one of the most popular tourist attractions in Kuala Lumpur; built into a limestone hill are three amazing caves which feature various statues of icons and idols well known to KL.<br /> <br /> <strong>Little India</strong><br /> <br /> Little India, Brickfields, is one of the oldest Indian settlements in the whole country. Here you will find an abundance of traditional markets and food produce to keep you entertained all day long. You can buy pretty much anything imaginable here and it’s like getting a mini world tour without having to leave KL!<br /> <br /> <strong>Thean Hou Temple</strong><br /> <br /> One of the oldest temples in the whole of Southeast Asia, the Thean Hou Temple must be on your list of things to see. This temple is dedicated to the goddess of Mercy and Tian Hou – the goddess sent to protect fishermen. <br /> <br /> <strong>Places to eat and stay</strong><br /> <br /> <br /> <strong>Jln Alor</strong><br /> <br /> KL's biggest collection of roadside restaurants sprawls along Jln Alor, just north of Jln Bukit Bintang. From around 17:00 till late every evening, the street transforms into a continuous open-air restaurant, with hundreds of plastic tables and chairs and rival caterers shouting out to passers-by to drum up business.<br /> <br /> <strong>Hawker stalls in Chinatown</strong><br /> <br /> Pick what you like here; the hawker stalls in Chinatown are vast and each offer some delight that you’ll never have seen before let alone heard of. The food is different, delicious and cheap. Just make sure you don’t fill up at the first stool because you’ll want to try a bit of everything. Dublin City Guide Thu, 08 Sep 2011 15:50:43 GMT <strong>Must see sights</strong><br /> <br /> <strong>Temple Bar</strong><br /> <br /> Located in the cultural quarter of the city, the Temple Bar is famous in Dublin for a brilliant night out. Explore the winding cobbled streets in this area and sample some of Dublin’s best food and drink whilst you’re there.<br /> <br /> <strong>Dublin Castle</strong><br /> <br /> Even if you’re not much of a history buff, Dublin castle is well worth a visit. The building alone will take your breath away – the rich culture and history surrounding this place is really interesting too, you’d have to try really hard to come away from here without having learnt anything. <br /> <br /> <strong>Dublinia</strong><br /> <br /> Dubliana traces the history of Dublin through medieval Dublin from the English invasion through to the Black Death and the closure of monasteries in the 1500s. <br /> <br /> <strong>Henry Street</strong><br /> <br /> Dublin’s very own shopping Mecca – this is Henry Street. There are massive department stores as well as the ILAC shopping centre, you can get lost here for hours! <br /> <br /> <strong>Grafton Street</strong><br /> <br /> High-end meets high-street in this upmarket shopping area; the stores aren’t strictly what you would class as designer but unless you’ve saved a large part of your spending money for Grafton Street the chances are you’ll just be window shopping here.<br /> <br /> <strong>Dublin Theatre </strong><br /> <br /> This is one of the most traditional hubs in Dublin; this is the entertainment central in the city and is fast becoming popular with modern cultural arts groups. <br /> <br /> <br /> <strong>Places to eat and stay</strong><br /> <br /> <strong>Sixty6 </strong><br /> <br /> This place is styled as a swanky New York-style brasserie, and the food definitely matches the ambience. It is one of the most popular dinner spots in the city for young and trendy party-goers, so you will need to book ahead. <br /> <br /> <strong>Gruel</strong><br /> <br /> Yes, we know the name doesn’t really make you want to rush for a table – but give this place a chance because the food certainly will. It’s hearty, warming and you’d be hard pushed to leave here without a massive grin on your face. If you’re visiting Dublin in the colder months then this place is a must.<br /> <br /> <strong>Diep le Shaker</strong><br /> <br /> Popular with the local business crowds, Diep le Shaker is tucked away down some lovely cobbled streets. Once inside you’ll find a wonderful light and airy space. The food is mainly Thai style and it is fabulous. <br /> <br /> <strong>Lynams Hotel</strong><br /> <br /> Ok so it’s not the Ritz but it comes pretty close in terms of comfort and good service – it’s not over-priced and it is slap bang in the middle of some of the best bits of Dublin. If you want to get in on the action whilst still having a quiet night’s sleep then this hotel will see you right.<br /> <br /> <strong>Pembroke Town House</strong><br /> <br /> A skilful combination of traditional architecture with contemporary, modern touches, this place is fabulous – and the staff are friendly too. Barcelona City Guide Thu, 08 Sep 2011 14:50:43 GMT <strong>Must see sights</strong><br /> <br /> <strong>Sagrada Familia</strong><br /> Designed by the world famous architect Antonio Gaudi, the Sagrada Familia has been voted the number one tourist attraction in all of Barcelona. It is a stunning and almost gothic-looking temple which reaches high into the sky. This magnificent building has been under construction since the 1800s and they still have at least another 30 years worth of work to do to it – can you imagine?<br /> <br /> <strong>L’Aquarium De Barcelona </strong><br /> The second most popular attraction in Barcelona is the aquarium. We’ve all been to hundreds of them in our lifetime but when you’re somewhere different there is always some strange urge to go and see if their fish are different from yours. This aquarium will answer all your marine-related questions and more. <br /> <br /> <strong>Spanish Village</strong><br /> No, not just any village in Spain, this place is actually called the Spanish Village. It is a small village and each section represents different building styles throughout the years from all over Spain. It’s kind of like a real-life version of Legoland just with a lot more character – and buildings that aren’t made out of Lego, obviously.<br /> <br /> <strong>Barcelona FC Museum</strong><br /> One for the lads – well, we aren’t ignore you completely can we? The Barcelona FC museum is actually really quite interesting – you can learn all about the history of one of the world’s most well known and successful football teams.<br /> <br /> <strong>Places to eat and stay</strong><br /> <br /> <strong>Cafe Zurich</strong><br /> Ok so the food isn’t five-star but the location cannot be beaten – this is probably the most hectic, fascinating and downright crazy part of Barcelona and Cafe Zurich is slap-bang in the middle of it.<br /> <br /> <strong>Bar Celta</strong><br /> This place has every kind of sea creature imaginable on offer and it is all delicious and fresh. Well worth a visit.<br /> <br /> <strong>Casa Amelia</strong><br /> Heart home cooking – Catalan style. If you’ve had a few too many the night before this place will make you feel better; it’s like going home to your mums for dinner – just a bit more Spanishy.<br /> <br /> <strong>H10 Raco Del Pi</strong><br /> This hotel is oh-so stylish and is carved out of a beautiful chic building with a hint of that gothic architecture that is found all over Barcelona. <br /> <br /> <strong>Axel Hotel & Spa</strong><br /> At the opposite end of the scale we have this modern beauty to keep all you massage buffs happy. The spa in this place is second to none and it’s just what you need after a long day of being a tourist. Milan City Guide Tue, 06 Sep 2011 16:42:09 GMT <strong>Must see sights</strong><br /> <br /> <strong>The Last Supper:</strong> One of the most famous and arguably most magnificent paintings in the world was created by Leonardo Da Vinci and is now held at the church of Santa Maria Della Grazie. Due to the obvious popularity of this masterpiece it is recommended that you reserve a fifteen minute time slot in which to see it. <br /> <br /> <strong>Climb the Duomo:</strong> This is the third largest church in Milan and is probably one of the most magnificent structures you will ever get to see. The beautiful marble structure has over 135 spires alone! It took 500 years to complete and building work is still being carried out on it today to make sure it maintains its glory. You can take the lift right to the top of the structure which will allow you to appreciate the full scale of the building.<br /> <br /> <strong>Rectangle of Gold:</strong> Shopping enthusiasts – open your ears; this is where you will want to be. The Rectangle of Gold is a fashion Mecca. Being one of the fashion capitals of the world, Haute Couture in Milan jumps from the catwalks to the rails within a matter of weeks; so don’t be surprised if you feel a little out of place when you arrive. New styles and colours will be sure to capture your heart – and your wallet.<br /> <br /> <strong>San Siro Stadium:</strong> Football fan or not; this stadium is home to Milan’s very successful football team and has definitely got to be places on your ‘must see’ list whilst you’re there. When football matches aren’t being played it is a very popular venue for concerts and the like – boy band Take That even played there during their tour this summer.<br /> <br /> <strong>Places to eat </strong><br /> <br /> <strong>Ex Mauri:</strong> If you need a little down time from the glitz and glamour of Milan city, then take a visit to the Ex Mauri restaurant for a unique and delicious Venetian tapas experience. Fritters, sardines and sour onion jam are just a few of the most popular dishes.<br /> <br /> <strong>Luini:</strong> You can’t go to Italy without having a pizza; and if you do, well you’re just nuts. For the rest of us normal people, Luini has one of the best pizzas in Milan. The dough is always fresh and you can really taste all of the different ingredients.<br /> <br /> <strong>Princi:</strong> Princi is perfect for any kind of snack at any time of day; if you’re in a rush or you’ve indulged in a little too much wine and need something to settle your stomach them Princi is the place to go. This isn’t a late night kebab shop though – you’re in Milan darling. Miami City Guide Tue, 06 Sep 2011 15:59:59 GMT <strong>Must see sights</strong><br /> <br /> <strong>South Beach:</strong> Pretty much everyone in the Western world will have heard of South Beach! Not least those of us who are just a little too obsessed with the popular television show CSI. It is pretty similar to how you see it through the TV – full of beautiful people getting tanned and toned. It’s popular with the locals and visitors alike, and if you love nothing more than a trendy bar and a bit of shopping then this is definitely the place for you.<br /> <br /> <strong>Zoo Miami:</strong> Fast becoming one of the most popular zoos in America, Zoo Miami is definitely worth a visit. They have a wide variety of African, Asian and Australia animals for visitors to enjoy; what makes this zoo particularly special is that all of the animals are completely free-range. There are no cages anywhere so they get to live naturally and you get to view them without having to peer through reams of wire.<br /> <br /> <strong>Everglades:</strong> The Miami everglades have over one million acres of swamps and sub-tropical jungles so if you’ve shopped ‘til you dropped and you can’t take anymore swanky beach bars then you’ll find some peace here. You can arrange various tours to go jungle and swamp trekking which will give you the opportunity to see the crocodiles, panthers and even the West Indian Manatees! (Take bug spray though – because you will be like a walking meat-market to the local mosquitoes).<br /> <br /> <strong>Places to eat and stay</strong><br /> <br /> <strong>Xixon:</strong> It’s not easy to stand out in Miami’s vast mix of everything from pizza to kangaroo but somehow this little bakery has done it. <br /> <br /> <strong>Prime 112:</strong> When you’ve got a hankering for a juicy steak, nothing else will do. Luckily for you you’re in Miami and one of the best steak houses known to man happens to live there. Yep, Prime 112 will stuff you with so much steaky goodness you’ll never want to look at a cow again.<br /> <br /> <strong>Table 8:</strong> You can’t go to Miami without making reservations at Table 8 – yes it’s high end and swanky, but even if it wasn’t it would still be one of the best.<br /> <br /> <strong>Princess Ann hotel:</strong> At the budget end of the scale is the Princess Ann hotel – it won’t blow you away but you certainly won’t be traumatised by it! Cheap prices and clean, safe rooms as well as friendly staff will certainly see you right. Bahrain City Guide Mon, 05 Sep 2011 12:46:58 GMT <strong>Must see sights</strong><br /> <br /> <strong>Bab Al Bahrain:</strong> Bab Al Bahrain quite literally means the ‘gateway to Bahrain’ and visitors will soon discover that much of day to day life here surrounds the Bab Al Bahrain. At the time it was built it housed government offices and is still worth a look.<br /> <br /> <strong>Burial Mounds:</strong> This is less morbid than it seems – promise! Bahrain reportedly has the largest prehistoric cemetery in the world, once housing over 170,000 burial mounds dating between 3000BC and 600AD. Each mound contained a stone-built chamber which formed a grave for a person buried in the foetal position along with various elements presumably believed to be needed in the next world.<br /> <br /> <strong>Pearl Monument:</strong> At the gateway to the Seef district lays this fantastic modern monument; it is impossible to miss and is one of Bahrain’s most recognisable symbols. It represents the joining of the six Gulf countries, where a sail representing each of them is joined at the middle by this magnificent pearl. <br /> <br /> <strong>Al Alreen Park:</strong> Located 20km south of Manama, this wildlife sanctuary is definitely worth a visit; it houses some of the most endangered and rare species whose natural habitat is the Arabian Peninsula. Inhabitants of Al Areen Wildlife Park include the Arabian Oryx, which is virtually extinct in the wild; the Persian Gazelle, Impala and Springbok. You can get a bus tour of the sanctuary which will give you more photo opportunities and information on all of the animals housed there.<br /> <br /> <strong>Places to eat and stay</strong><br /> <br /> From Chinese to Lebanese there is such a vast array of restaurants in Bahrain you’d be hard pushed to get bored of the cuisine here.<br /> <br /> <strong>Monsoon:</strong> Fantastic Thai and Asian food choices can be found here; it is in a beautiful setting and the restaurant is always busy – which is obviously a good thing, but book ahead.<br /> <br /> <strong>Cafe Lilou: </strong>A fantastic and all-famous brunch venue, Cafe Lilou known how to do a traditional brunch, and do it well. The food is fantastic and it’s in a really sociable setting.<br /> <br /> <strong>Hong Kong – Al Hassan branch:</strong> Rumoured as the best Chinese on the whole of the island – their Lemon Chicken is meant to be fantastic. <br /> <br /> <strong>Ritz Carlton:</strong> Arguably one of the best hotels in Bahrain, if you can afford it, it is definitely worth a stay; the staff will leave no stone unturned to make sure you have an unforgettable experience. Paris City Guide Mon, 05 Sep 2011 11:40:16 GMT <strong>Must see sights</strong><br /> <br /> <strong>Eiffel Tower:</strong> An obvious recommendation but no Paris guide would be complete without at least mentioning the Eiffel Tower. The structure itself took more than two years to complete and used over 12 thousand pieces of individually made iron to create it. There are so many Eiffel Tower tours around you probably won’t need much guidance as to how to go about booking one – just make sure you visit the Eiffel Tower restaurant if you get the chance.<br /> <br /> <strong>Paris church – Montmartre:</strong> Sacre-Couer (Paris Church) can be found at the top of the Montmartre Hill which is one of the highest peaks in Paris. It is a stunning piece of architecture and well worth seeing – what’s more, you’ll get a brilliant view of the rest of the city while you’re up there.<br /> <br /> <strong>Musee Cluny (middle ages museum):</strong> Located at the Latin Quarter the Musee Cluny is filled with all things culture; you’ll learn a lot about the history of the city and surrounding areas; there are loads of ruins and artefacts to have a nose at – any history buffs will feel right at home here.<br /> <br /> <strong>Paris Eighth Area – Right bank:</strong> To put it simple; this is the widest street in Paris – it really is massive, and massively impressive. There is loads to see along the way and it is definitely worth a visit.<br /> <br /> <strong>Places to eat and stay</strong><br /> <br /> <strong>Elysees Ceramic Hotel:</strong> Central location and typical Parisian chic can be found here.<br /> <br /> <strong>Regina Hotel:</strong> A little pricey for most budgets but if you can afford it you won’t be disappointed – this hotel is everything regal and you will be sure to feel pampered here.<br /> <br /> <strong>Warwick hotel:</strong> This centrally located hotel was renovated in 2002 and is now a modern take on typical French style. <br /> <br /> <strong>Le Relais de l'Entrecôte Restaurant:</strong> You’d be crazy to miss out on this well known steakhouse – served with a secret sauce and some of the best French Fries you’ll ever have, this is definitely a must.<br /> <br /> <strong>Aux Trois Éléphants:</strong> ‘At The Three Elephants’ can only be described as a unique dining experience; the exotic dishes match the extravagant waitresses perfectly. The squid salad and the steamed fish wrapped in a banana leaf are well worth a try. A guide to Amsterdam Fri, 02 Sep 2011 11:41:37 GMT Whether you’re there to sample the likes of the beautiful and peaceful canals, or hit the bar scene for an awesome night out, you won’t be disappointed.<br /> <br /> <strong>Must see sights</strong><br /> <br /> <strong>The canals</strong>: Going on a canal cruise whilst in Amsterdam is an absolute must for anyone who wants to see the true delights of this city. There are various tours you can go on with plenty of different companies to choose from but make sure you try and include both of the following; Pizza Cruise and Candlelight Cruise – you won’t regret it.<br /> <br /> <strong>Amsterdam in a nutshell</strong>: This tour includes all of the best bits of the city and rolls it into one jam-packed adventure. You’ll get to see the Royal Palace, the canals at their best, the Skinny Bridge and the National Monument.<br /> <br /> <strong>Museums</strong>: There are three main museums in Amsterdam which are the most popular with tourists; the Van Gogh Museum, the Rijks Museum and the House of Bols – all of which will give you the opportunity to see some of the best artworks around.<br /> <br /> <strong>Right Light District</strong>: Contrary to popular belief the Red Light District is incredibly safe and a brilliant part of the city to visit whilst you’re there – you’d be silly to miss it. This is also one of the most historical parts of Amsterdam and guided walking tours are readily available to show you all the best bits.<br /> <br /> <strong>Places to eat and stay</strong><br /> <br /> <strong>Vondelpark</strong>: This park is really popular with all the locals and is a brilliant spot for a picnic so if you fancy taking in some fresh air then head here with homemade sandwiches and snacks for a brilliant afternoon in Amsterdam’s most scenic park.<br /> <br /> <strong>Bagel and Beans</strong>: Does what it says on the tin really but the bagels here are fantastic (apart from a few odd combinations) top it off with some fig cake to finish your meal.<br /> <br /> <strong>Lanskroon</strong>: For a traditional and historic baker you’ve found it at Lasnkroon – everything is amazing, you won’t want to stop after just one tasty treat so take your appetite – and your wallet. Bangkok city guide Thu, 18 Aug 2011 11:03:15 GMT During the day the Kaoh San Road is awash with all sorts of *ahem* designer markets, as well as hand crafted goods to take home as souvenirs – you can find a Buddha statue in pretty much any material imaginable here.<br /> <br /> Restaurants and bars line the sides of the road with a few hostels and hotels dotted in between. As soon as you hit Bangkok you will feel an overwhelming urge to submerge yourself in very cold water; the heat seems to be trapped in Bangkok because of the high rise buildings and sheer amount of people.<br /> <br /> On the Kaoh San Road itself is a fantastic hotel called The Kaoh San Palace Inn; for around the equivalent of 30 GBP per night you will get a modern, air conditioned room and the communal areas are all marble and extremely clean.<br /> <br /> The best thing about the Kaoh San Palace Inn though is the rooftop swimming pool; this really is an enviable asset in Bangkok and is strictly for hotel guests only. What’s more is that because it’s on the roof you can get some spectacular views of the rest of Bangkok in all its smoggy glory.<br /> <br /> As night falls and you start to feel like you can break yourself away from your personal rooftop pool; it’s time to hit the bars and the night markets.<br /> <br /> No sooner do you step out of the Kaoh San Palace Inn and you will see the road has transformed to a multicoloured, bustling street with drinks offers everywhere and Thai girls with whistles coming at you from all directions.<br /> <br /> The drink of the day here is Chang beer; and you always get two for one so ask for a drink sleeve or one of them will evaporate in the heat. <br /> <br /> After you’ve grabbed yourself a few drinks and a traditional Thai pancake from one of the many food stools you might want to head to the night market; jump in a Tuk Tuk from Kaoh San Road and just ten minutes later (that’s quick in Bangkok due to the congestion) you will find yourself submerged in every knock off label you can find. If you manage to dodge the offers of ping-pong shows and a meal you can enjoy hours of retail therapy here, and you can actually get some pretty nice items to take home with you.<br /> <br /> In terms of places to eat in Bangkok there are restaurants and food stools wherever you turn; and due to it being so westernised you won’t struggle to find some international franchised fast food places as well – but you’re in Bangkok after all so try and eat local if you can. Hong Kong city guide Thu, 18 Aug 2011 11:01:39 GMT The night life in Hong Kong is like no other; it literally doesn’t stop, but you can forget about a stroll down the high street into a few pubs – Hong Kong doesn’t work that way.<br /> <br /> The majority of nightlife is found in ‘The Mid-Levels’ which you’ll find just off the Des Voux road in the Central district. It basically scales the side of a mountain; you start at street level and then climb aboard the biggest escalator you’ll ever see (which is built into the mountain, by the way) and get off at a level of your choosing. Once you get off the escalator you will see streets of bars and restaurants to your left and right, all filled to the brim with ex-pats; businessmen and locals alike.<br /> <br /> It’s like a vertical Magaluf only with men in suits falling about all over the place rather than the typical 18-30 lot. It is a lively and vibrant scene for anyone looking for a brilliant yet incredibly weird night out!<br /> <br /> The more levels you escalate; the quieter it gets, and you are more likely to find some nicer restaurants with free tables for some late night dinner Hong Kong style. The lucky heart restaurant is brilliant for an authentic yet reasonable priced meal – try their crispy noodles. They look like very thinly sliced chips and turn straight back to sticky, soft noodles when you pour on the accompanying sauce; after a few drinks this will amaze you!<br /> <br /> With regards to places to stay; a reasonable yet pretty good option is the Holiday Inn express which is about five minutes outside of Kowloon.<br /> <br /> One piece of advice though; if you do nothing else make sure you steer clear of Chung King Mansions. Don’t be fooled by the fact it has ‘mansions’ in the title – when you get there you will soon realise there is no mansion in sight.<br /> <br /> In the heart of Kowloon sits this amazingly complicated and intimidating building which is Chung King; ‘Mamma’ as she is known to her guests will show you to a room after being swiftly led through a late night Kenyan market which surrounds the ground floor. Once you reach the room you’d wish you stayed downstairs in the market! Few of the doors have locks and the odd slug in the shower is a common site.<br /> <br /> Describing the nightmare of Chung King Mansions is difficult to do; but it’s not recommended that you find out yourself.<br /> <br /> During the day there are some amazing markets to visit in and around Kowloon; one of the most popular is the Jade market. Considering how vast and popular this market is with tourists it is a little difficult to find, but you’ll get there! This is an under-cover market and when you walk inside you will see that it is lit up by everything green – from chess pieces to jewellery there is Jade everywhere, pick up a handmade jade bracelet for a unique present for your loved ones. A Guide to Singapore Thu, 18 Aug 2011 10:59:37 GMT Considering how many different areas there are in Singapore it is so easy to travel around; everyone uses the underground and it is one of the most organised and high-tech modes of transport you’ll get on, it’s really cheap as well and you can buy top-up travel cards to make your life easier.<br /> <br /> <strong>Chinatown</strong><br /> <br /> It does what it says on the tin really; Chinatown is a mini version of China, you will find traditional Chinese cuisine on street stools that line the roads from end to end. There’s a shopping mall too which has a whole floor dedicated to traditional Chinese massage and beauty treatments, and downstairs you’ll find all sorts of knock-off jewellery and bric-a-brac.<br /> <br /> <strong>Little India</strong><br /> <br /> Little India is fantastic; if you get to go and see it you will be amazed by the intricately decorated temples. Some of them allow you to go inside but if you see shoes lined up along the street front near any of the temples then stay away, and try not to take photos; when you see this it means the temples are holding a ceremony of some sort and it is very disrespectful to snap away whilst people are praying.<br /> <br /> Little India is a sea of market stools with foods you’ll never have seen before and handmade rugs and bags all over the place; be careful of touts in Little India – if you look at an item for more than a few seconds with no intention of buying it you’re unlikely to make any friends!<br /> <br /> <strong>Orchard & Raffles</strong><br /> <br /> These are the main business areas of Singapore; take yourself out of India and China and you’ll be surrounded by amazing high rise glass buildings and every third person is carrying a Gucci handbag. This is where the ex-pats tend to go to do their shopping so you will find a lot of international brands here (including a rather large Marks & Spencer’s – who’d have thought it?) Suntec City is one of the main shopping malls and it is massive – you can literally get lost in there for hours. <br /> <br /> At night take a trip on the Singapore Flyer – it’s similar to the London eye and you get some beautiful aerial views of the city which looks amazing when it’s all lit up.<br /> <br /> <strong>Geylang</strong><br /> <br /> If you’ve been to Little India, Chinatown and Orchard you’ve probably confused your senses and are wondering whether Singapore actually has any Singaporeans living in it; well yes, it does, and you’ll find them all in Geylang.<br /> <br /> Geylang is not glamorous; there’s no boutiques and you won’t see a high-rise building in sight, but you’ll be treated like a celebrity here. <br /> <br /> The old-school Singaporeans sit out from first thing in the morning until the early house socialising; eating and drinking – just for the pure fact that it is so hot indoors and there’s no air conditioning. <br /> <br /> If you’re a westerner visiting Geylang you will be asked about fifty times a day if you know the Queen or Britney Spears – the people are so friendly, and so curious. You’ll get the best street food in your life from Geylang as well. For the equivalent of around £1.50p you’ll get duck breast; noodles and a broth soup which tastes like it’s come from a Michelin starred kitchen.<br /> <br /> <strong>Restaurants and Bars in Singapore</strong><br /> <br /> • Suntec City – Be sure to try a steamed collagen burger – you will not regret it.<br /> • Chinatown Street Stools<br /> • Little India supermarkets<br /> • Tony Roma<br /> • Geylang Street Stools<br /> • Wisma Atria Las Vegas Thu, 18 Aug 2011 10:56:32 GMT Whether you want to experience some serious class in the Bellagio; walk like an Egyptian in the Luxor, or see the sights of ancient Rome in Caesars Palace, you are guaranteed to never get bored.<br /> <br /> A top tip to enjoying Vegas is to keep on the move; you can accidentally spend hours marvelling at the Bellagio fountains and miss out on some very cool stuff; and of course, you’ll want to gamble, but just be aware that because there’s no clocks or natural lighting you can spend hours on end in there without knowing it.<br /> <br /> <strong>Must see sights</strong><br /> <br /> Grand Canyon Helicopter tour: for a one hour flight this tour will set you back around 100 USD but it is totally worth it; seeing the Grand Canyon at all is mind blowing but seeing it from a Helicopter just adds that extra bit of Vegas magic. <br /> The Aladdin Hotel: It doesn’t matter which hotel you’re actually staying in, it’s worth making the effort to visit the others, in true Vegas style they are all outrageously themed and the Aladdin is no exception. If you love shopping take a trip to the Desert Passage Shopping Centre. <br /> <br /> Legends in concert: Whitney Houston impersonators; various Elvis lookalikes and of course The Beatles – this is Legends in concert. But don’t think you’re getting some cheap karaoke night down the pub, these professional impersonators are some of the most convincing you’ll ever see, you will find yourself doing a double take just to be sure they’re not actually the real thing.<br /> <br /> Cirque Du Soleil: The Cirque Du Soleil is a truly unforgettable experience and if you’re lucky enough to catch them while they’re in Vegas you won’t regret it. Cirque Du Soleil is unlike anything you’ll have seen before and some of the stunts will take your breath away.<br /> <br /> The Clubs: If you’ve just spent a little too much time wasting away at the Roulette table then crack out your dancing shoes at one of Vegas’ outrageous night clubs. The LAX at the Luxor; The Bank at the Bellagio, Tao at the Venetian and Pure at Caesars are amongst the top rated.<br /> <br /> Casinos: It goes without saying – you are in Vegas after all – but check out a few of the Casinos whilst you’re there.<br /> <br /> <strong>Places to eat</strong><br /> <br /> It’s easy to forget you need nourishment in Vegas; the lights are constant, you have no way of telling what the time is in the Casinos and with shopping bags weighing down each arm it’s difficult to find time to sit down and stop for a meal, but if you do need food and you need it quick, here is where you should go:<br /> <br /> • Stack<br /> • Union<br /> • FIX<br /> • PBR Rock Bar & Grill<br /> • Sushi Roku<br /> • I Love Burgers Los Angeles city guide Thu, 18 Aug 2011 10:54:31 GMT <strong>Hollywood</strong><br /> <br /> You can’t visit LA without visiting Hollywood; from the amazing mansions of Beverly Hills to the designer shopping on Rodeo Drive and the golden stars on Sunset Boulevard, Hollywood is really the place to feel like a star.<br /> <br /> In terms of things to see and do; you can get on a tour of Beverly Hills from about 25 different points in the city, but it is really expensive for what you get and it can take a while. If you’ve hired a car you can pick up a map for around two dollars with all of the celebrity homes labelled on it with big gold stars – so you could essentially do a tour of your own!<br /> <br /> One of the other must sees here is the Hollywood sign; you can go on a mountain range walk to get right close to the sign and get the essential cheesy photo with you posing in front of it; it is best to do this walk in full daylight as some of the hills attract snakes and other creatures you won’t want to come across when it’s dark.<br /> <br /> If you want to catch a movie while you’re there then forget about the I-Max and visit the El Capitan instead. Until you see the El Capitan you won’t quite understand it’s attraction but this place is huge, and has some traditional cinema magic to keep you entertained. The seats are nearly big enough for two people and before the movie starts there’s a traditional organ player on the stage and waitresses bringing round drinks and snacks. Think gold and gaudy decorations – this is the El Capitan.<br /> <br /> Hollywood itself can feel a bit intimidating and unfriendly at times; especially at night, you’ll see a pretty obvious divide between those who have too much money and those who have none, so keep your wits about you and don’t go out on your own.<br /> <br /> <strong>Hermosa Beach</strong><br /> <br /> Hermosa Beach is about a 40 minute taxi ride from LAX airport and well worth a visit if you have the time; it is a typical surf strip with an abundance of luxurious homes spread across the seafront and some of the most fun bars you’ll ever get to experience.<br /> <br /> Whatever preconceived perceptions you have of LA, be prepared to get rid of them when you visit Hermosa Beach; the people are some of the most friendly you’ll meet, there’s beach Volleyball going on all day, every day and cute independent boutiques where you can find some really original stuff.<br /> <br /> It’s recommended to stay pretty near to the main strip as this has everything you’ll need; including a very plush early-morning Starbucks for that essential caffeine fix. After you’ve eaten breakfast from the deck of one of the seafront cafes why not hire a bike for the morning and travel along to Santa Monica which is a few miles to the west but a lovely ride as you get to go straight along the seafront. At Santa Monica you’ll find another glorious beach and plenty of things to see and do.<br /> <br /> In terms of nightlife; don’t worry about breaking out the five inch heels – you’ll have one of the best parties of your life – in your flip-flops. Start the night at Sharkies which is a very popular sports and cocktail bar, it’s not particularly cheap but it’s always busy so you’ll get to meet loads of people.<br /> <br /> If you’re after some typical British drinks during your stay in LA then pop along to the Underground Bar & Grill; this is directly opposite the main strip, about a five minute walk up the main road and is owned and run by a British couple. Walk inside and you’ll see everything London; from phone boxes to train station signs this place is a hit with visitors and locals alike. You can get British beer and typical British food as well, and they have all of the important English sports on from around 10am local time.<br /> <br /> <br /> <strong>Recommended LA Restaurants and Bars</strong><br /> <br /> • Sharkies<br /> • Underground Bar & Grill<br /> • Hooters<br /> • Cat ‘N Fiddle Pub & Restaurant<br /> • Barnacles Mumbai City Guide Wed, 17 Aug 2011 14:50:40 GMT Greater Mumbai has plenty to offer to excite the senses and it is easy to get caught up in the spectacle of it all.<br /> <br /> <strong>Must see sights</strong><br /> <br /> Elephanta Island<br /> In the middle of Mumbai Harbour you will find Elephanta Island; access is by boat but it is well worth crossing the waters for as when you get to the other side you will get to experience the wonders of the rock cut temples which create a labyrinth amongst the rocks. <br /> <br /> <strong>Sanjay Ghandi National Park</strong><br /> <br /> If the sound of thousands of cars beeping simultaneously and vendors grabbing at your sleeves to make you shop at their market is beginning to make you feel a slight bit claustrophobic then you’ll be pleased to hear there is a peaceful haven among this sprawling metropolis of high rise buildings and businessmen. <br /> <br /> The Sanjay Ghandi National Park is a chance to surround yourself in the wilderness of the jungle where the cars are replaced by flowers; birds, butterflies and the odd wild leopard. One of the most popular attractions here is the lion & tiger safari. <br /> <br /> <strong>Bollywood Tour</strong><br /> <br /> Like an Indian version of Universal Studios – the Bollywood tour will allow you to see behind some of the top Bollywood film sets and witness the bizarre glamour of Bollywood for yourself. Tour guides are available in most European languages but English is as standard. <br /> <br /> <strong>Juhu Beach</strong><br /> <br /> Another chance to get away from the sprawling hustle and bustle of Greater Mumbai is Juhu Beach; with tropical waters and golden sands you can take a few moments to gather your thoughts and bask in the sun. <br /> <br /> <strong>Marine Drive</strong><br /> <br /> Also known as the Queen’s Necklace – Marine Drive is a beautiful boulevard which outlines the city and separates Chowpatty beach and some of the lovely restaurants Mumbai has to offer.<br /> <br /> <strong>Where to eat and stay</strong><br /> <br /> • Aurus Bar – Juhu Tara Road, Mumbai; voted one of the world’s best bars, Aurus is not to be missed.<br /> • Dinner at the Renaissance Hotel<br /> • The Sheraton Hotel – pricy and glitzy the Sheraton will not disappoint, and they have the best Peshwari chicken you’re likely to experience. New York City Guide Wed, 17 Aug 2011 14:47:25 GMT New York is split into five boroughs and there’s stuff you need to see in all of them so the key to enjoying New York is to get organised, especially if you have limited time to do it in.<br /> <br /> <strong>Must see sights</strong><br /> <br /> Empire State Building: Even from the ground the Empire State Building is impressive; but it only gets better as you head to the top. The observatory here will set you back a few dollars but how often do you get to view the big apple from the sky? If you’re going around Valentine’s Day then expect serious queues – Sleepless in Seattle fans will be everywhere! <br /> <br /> Times Square: If you feel like spinning round in circles through confusion over where to look first then don’t worry, you won’t be the only one. Times Square is an abundance of flashing lights and digital bill-boards day and night. Discount Broadway shows; street peddlers, Madame Tussauds and the infamous ‘naked cowboy’ will have you entertained for hours on end.<br /> <br /> Central Park: Spanning a massive 843 acres, Central Park is one of the world’s biggest urban parks. You won’t believe how much there is here to do; there’s even a zoo! Summer or winter this park is breath-taking and well worth a visit.<br /> The Statue of Liberty: Arguably New York’s most recognisable landmarks; the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island are not to be missed. You can catch a boat all the way round to see it in its full glory.<br /> <br /> The Yankee Stadium: One for the sports fans, the original New York Yankee stadium has to be on your list of must see places; known as “the house that Ruth built” the stadium has been going since 1923 and was home to the Yankee’s until 2008.<br /> <br /> <strong>Where to eat</strong><br /> <br /> You’re not really going to struggle to find somewhere to eat in New York; from grabbing a bagel and an over-sized pretzel for mid-shopping fuel or sitting down to eat in a swanky restaurant there is everything you could imagine and more here; there are ten restaurants in New York that are requested more than any other, so if you want to eat at these places, plan ahead:<br /> <br /> • 21 Club<br /> • Becco<br /> • Balthazar Restaurant<br /> • Jean Georges<br /> • Four Seasons<br /> • Pastis<br /> • La Grenouille <br /> • Avra Estiatorio<br /> • Union Square Cafe<br /> • Babbo A guide to Dubai Wed, 17 Aug 2011 14:44:31 GMT <strong>Must see sights</strong><br /> <br /> Jumeirah Beach: Jumeirah is a must see spot in Dubai and is about a 40 minute drive from the city centre. From here you can visit the Wild Wadi water park which is one of the best water parks in the world – it’ll keep you entertained for hours!<br /> Burj Al Arab: The Burj Al Arab is the famous seven star hotel in Dubai; they will charge you a small fee to get in (I know – you’d figure they make enough money without it) but it is well worth it to go and have a nosey inside. <br /> <br /> Dubai Desert Safari: This is a must do activity in Dubai. This will take half a day, but worth spending that time even during a short break in Dubai. Your vehicle will clamber through sand dunes, climb Dune Mountains and scale back down them at 45 degree angles. Once the thrills are out the way you pitch up the van and get to watch the sunset in the desert which is absolutely beautiful.<br /> <br /> Shopping: Dubai is a haven for retail therapy; there are three main places to visit and lots of hotels schedule shopping tours for you that last around four hours at a time. Whether you visit the Burjuman, City Centre or Lamcy Plaza, you’ll find all the brand names you love all under one roof.<br /> <br /> Dubai Floating Restaurant: Take a cruise along the Dubai creek and have a lovely buffet dinner at the same time; this is the Dubai Floating Restaurant.<br /> <br /> <strong>Places to eat and stay</strong><br /> <br /> Deciding where to stay and eat in Dubai is easy once you know the layout; Deira is on the Eastern bank of Dubai and is one of the busiest areas, the streets are lines with shoppers and vendors and isn’t too far from Dubai Creek Golf Club. <br /> <br /> Bur Dubai is the restored historic section of Dubai and isn’t so popular with tourists as a base to stay at but is very interesting to visit on a day trip if you have the time. Jumeirah Beach is the place to be for most visitors as this is where all the glamorous beach and hotel resorts are including the seven stars Burj Al Arab with its famous underwater restaurant. Sydney City Guide imo1993 Tue, 16 Aug 2011 11:52:10 GMT <h2>Sydney Harbour</h2> The harbour in Sydney is probably one of the most well known landmarks in the world; with the Sydney harbour bridge and the breath taking architecture of the Opera House you have plenty to look at.<br /> <br /> For a costly sum of around 500 AUD (about 350 GBP) you can strap yourself into a safety harness and scale the Sydney harbour bridge yourself; it’s an awesome thing to do if you have the money, it does take a little strength but with qualified instructors everywhere you look and more harnesses than you can shake a stick at, it isn’t a scary experience.<br /> <br /> If you walk along the harbour front in round to the Opera House you will get a brilliant photo opportunity; with the bridge in the background and the Opera House standing proud at the front you can snap away to your heart’s delight.<br /> <br /> There is a beautiful park here too; late in the afternoon take a walk round and relax on the bank; at sunset you get beautiful views across the harbour and the Opera House and bridge are lit up in all different colours.<br /> <br /> <h2>Inner City</h2> If you fancy taking in the sights of inner Sydney then just head north of the harbour; you’ll soon find yourself in the hustle and bustle of city life. There’s plenty of retail therapy to be had here as well; check out Cotton On for some brilliant high street bargains. This shop is exclusive to New Zealand, Australia and the USA so stock up while you’re there!<br /> <br /> It’s not all just shops though; some of the buildings in Sydney are pretty amazing to look at, and there’s an abundance of fun Aussie bars to try out whilst your there.<br /> Places to eat<br /> <br /> Everywhere you turn in Sydney you will see restaurants and bars so you won’t suffer through lack of choice. For a picturesque meal though, head back to the harbour, at night the harbour really is beautiful and restaurants and bars line the front and they cater for all budgets, so whether you fancy a modest pack of fish and ships or an a la carte three course meal, do it in style at the harbour.<br /> <br /> <h2>Must see sights</h2> • Sydney Olympic Park<br /> • Harbour Bridge<br /> • Opera House<br /> • Royal Botanic Gardens<br /> • Fort Denison Ferry Cape Town City Guide imo1993 Tue, 16 Aug 2011 11:50:45 GMT <h2>Must see sights</h2> Table Mountain: Take a ride on the Table Mountain Aerial Cableway to see the sights of Cape Town in style; with magnificent views across the mountains and beaches alike this is definitely one not to miss. They run different tours which cater for varying budgets and preferences and once you get to the top there is an array of cafes and restaurants to enjoy a bit of lunch mountain-style.<br /> <br /> Cape Point: Located at the south-western tip of the country, Cape Point is a narrow stretch of land that has captured the imagination of visitors for many years with its dramatic scenery and fascinating history. There are a range of tours that will take you in and around Cape Point which will help you make the most of your time there; this is a tour for the cameras so don’t forget to get a few snaps.<br /> <br /> Cape Winelands: Visit some of the most scenic wineries and vineyards around and get to sample the finest South African wine; if this sounds like a good way to spend your day there are plenty of day tours available to suit all budgets.<br /> <br /> Hermanus: Unparalleled scenic beauty, adventure trips, whale watching and upmarket shopping – Hermanus has tripled in popularity and it’s no wonder why. Hermanus has the status of being the best land-based whale watching destination in the world. Southern right whales visit Walker Bay from June through to December and can be viewed from aboard a boat, an airplane or the shore. Hermanus is home to the world’s only Whale Crier who blows his kelp horn when whales are spotted along the central sea route. <br /> <br /> <h2>Places to eat</h2> • Two Oceans Restaurant – Cape Point. Located above False Bay this place is famous for its first class seafood cuisine.<br /> • Quayside Cabin – Hermanus<br /> • Meditterea – Hermanus<br /> • Lucky Moo – Atholl Square Cape Town<br /> • 221 Waterfront – Waterfront Cape Town