Travel to Bangkok and discover a new world

Bangkok Temples and more – You will be in awe!

As the Asia’s backpacking capital, also known as the Banana Pancake Trail, because of the many stalls selling banana cakes within the cities along the trail. Bangkok is a commercial and economic center of Thailand. It can be a difficult city to navigate for single travelers, but if you get yourself familiarize with the transportation system, and a comfortable hotel around then you’ll easily tour the city’s sights on your own. It’s a fascinating yet chaotic place, brimming with sights, thrills, people, cultures, noise and bedlam.

It’s fun visiting the place and here are some things for you to know before going there:

Chatuchak Weekend Market

Chatuchak market is a famous weekend market in the Northern Bangkok. It’s quite easy to find thru public transportation. It’s a huge market that you really can find anything you’re looking for, along with many things you never knew you wanted!

Rooftop Bar

There are about 20 stunning rooftop bars in the city. And don’t ever miss the fun of visiting some, some of these bars are chilled out areas, some are simple tourist areas matched with sceneries around the city, yet a few more are hidden with a local crowd.

Chao Phraya River

With its low alluvial plain forming the center of the country, this river played a key role in attracting tourists from all over. There are numerous ways to experience the river, with many boats that tour in Bangkok’s prominent temples.

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Floating Market

There’s not just one, but 5 floating markets that every traveler has to visit. Most in these market places offer fruits, vegetables, snacks and sweets. The most popular tourist floating market in Thailand is Damnoen Saduak, great for picture taking, food variances, and such an attractive place to witness the traditional way of selling and buying things. A must try is the sticky mango rice! Yum!

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Temples

Splendid temples are just around the city that serves as religious dwellings, your tour will NOT be complete without seeing the magnificent infrastructures built in the historic center, located on the East bank of the Chao Phraya river. Most temples were built by Kings of the Chakri dynasty and some contain the ashes of former Chakri Kings. To name some of these temples are: Wat Phrao Kaeo Bangkok, Wat Benchamabophit White Marble Wat, and Wat Phrao Kaeo Bangkok.

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Haight-Ashbury: On San Francisco's Hippie Trail

Haight-Ashbury: On San Francisco’s Hippie Trail

Fueled by either flower-power or psychedelic drugs, an estimated 100,000 tie-dye-wearing, alternative-lifestyle-advocating, Vietnam-War-protesting, rock-and-rolling youths marched to the corner of Haight and Ashbury in San Francisco.

It was 1967 – the Summer of Love.

Be Sure to Wear Flowers in Your Hair

If the Summer of Love had a soundtrack, Scott McKenzie’s San Francisco would be the first track. The song – along with its now famous lyrics, “be sure to wear flowers in your hair” – was used to promote the Monterey International Pop Festival. 

Headlined by legends such The Jimi Hendrix Experience, Janis Joplin, Grateful Dead, The Who, Jefferson Airplane, The Mamas and the Papas, Otis Redding, The Animals, and Ravi Shankar, the now iconic three-day long music festival officially kicked-off the Summer of Love.

And as the festival wound down, the thousands in attendance continued their counter-culture pilgrimage to what will soon become as the epicenter of hippie culture – Haight-Ashbury district, San Francisco. 

Going on a Good Trip

Although the Haight-Ashbury district is a very different scene now, fragments of the 60s hippie culture still peeks through the high-end boutiques, private schools, and even through a Ben & Jerry’s franchise.

So, if you’re up for a very good – excuse the pun – trip, to re-live the era of free love, first, download this free app. The San Francisco Travel Guide and Offline City Maps SF has an augmented reality feature, offline metro maps, and suggested itineraries.

To get you started on following the hippie trail, here are a few suggestions of historical and groovy places to visit in the Haight-Ashbury district from eTips.

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The Red Victorian

As one of the Haight-Ashbury originals and witness to the Summer of Love, there are plenty of reasons to stay at The Red Victorian. 

But mostly, who wouldn’t want to stay in hotel that’s rumoured to have been a brothel, hosts World Peace Conversations on Sundays, and have rooms named Summer of Love, Flower Children, Earth Charter, and Peacock?

The Painted Ladies

If only Haight’s Painted Ladies can talk. These intricately-designed Victorian and Edwardian houses that line up the district’s streets, were once home to such greats as Jimi Hendrix (1524A Haight St.), The Hell’s Angels (719 Ashbury St.), Grateful Dead (710 Ashbury), Janis Joplin (122 Lyon St.), and Sid Vicious (32 Delmar St.).

Hippie Hill

Living up to its name (and history), Hippie Hill on the east end of Golden Gate Park hosts the annual 420 in the Park festival. Where thousands of visitors smoke up, listen to some drum circles, face paint, and most probably, satisfy their mid-day munchies. 

The festival isn’t exactly legal, so enjoy at your own discretion. But if you want a more law abiding happening, the Haight-Ashbury Street Fair is celebrated every year on the second Sunday of June.

Bound Together Bookstore

Nothing screams more of counter-culture symbol than a bookstore with “An Anarchist Collective” as its tag-line. The all volunteer-run, consensus-based shop sell zines and books that cover topics like feminism, queer culture, poetry, politics, drugs, spirituality, and, of course, Anarchism.

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Amoeba Music

While it wasn’t yet around during the Summer of Love, Amoeba Music is the portal to era’s record collection. True to its name as the world’s largest independent record store, it carries everything from vintage vinyl LPs to hard-to-find CDs, even cassettes.

If you’re a music lover, better dedicate a whole day just for visiting the shop. Because with their quality stock of music and movies, you might not even make it to the new release aisle.

Jammin’ on Haight

What better souvenir from the home of the hippies than premier psychedelic fashion items? In true peace and love fashion, the boutique gives a portion of its profits to Taking It To The Streets San Francisco (TITTS), an organization that works with homeless youth.

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Eat Your Way Around NYC: Best Hot-dogs in New York City

The National Hot Dog and Sausage Council is real and it knows everything about hot dogs.

According to the Council’s most recent data, Americans consume roughly 9 billion hot dogs a year – and that’s just what they’re buying from retail stores. They estimate that if you add other places where hot dogs are served like a baseball game, local fairs, and carnivals, the number is actually closer to 20 billion.

And the city with the largest appetite for hot dogs? The city that never sleeps, or in this case, never stops eating hot dogs, New York City.

If you want to see the city in its most authentic, download the New York Travel Guide and Offline City Map app and take a bite of gastronomic history with this list of the best hot-dogs in NYC from eTips.

Nathan’s Famous

As iconic as its original location in Coney Island is its annual Fourth of July Hot Dog Eating Contest. The current record is held by competitive eater Joey “Jaws” Chestnut, who ate 70 hot dogs and buns in 10 minutes.

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Gray’s Papaya

If you want a no non-sense New York hot dog, Gray’s Papaya on the Upper West Side at the corner of Broadway and 72nd Street is open to satisfy your taste buds, 365 days a year, 24/7. A must-try is their much beloved Recession Specials – $4.50 for two hot dogs and a 14 ounce drink.

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Crif Hot Dogs

An open mind and a recklessly adventurous palate is what’s required if you’re eating at Crif Hot Dogs. Long way from traditional, toppings for its bacon-wrapped hot dogs consist of pineapples, cream cheese, eggs, avocado among others. And, of course, slathered in copious amounts of melted cheese.

Katz’s Delicatessen

A sign where Meg Ryan sat in the movie When Harry Met Sally reads: “Where Harry Met Sally… Hope You Had What She Had! Enjoy!” And what she had was their classic pastrami sandwich, meant to be eaten with mustard – and only mustard. It’s been on top of every Best Pastrami Sandwich in New York City list. Put simply, it’s delicious – and there’s no faking that.

Papaya King

At first glance, the odd combination of tropical fruit drinks and a beef frankfurter doesn’t make any sense – but it does. When you’ve got a drink made by New York’s first juice bar and a hot dog topped with a delicious red onion sauce, everything makes absolute sense. Curious? Drop-by their flagship store at the corner of 86th Street and 3rd Ave in Manhattan.

Travel Paris, Travel the World

Travel Paris Through Famous Movie Locations

Film-induced tourism is a rapidly growing segment of cultural tourism, where locations that appeared on film or television become tourist attractions.

This niche is relatively new, but, it’s already considered as an emerging driver for tourism development in many countries. Experts say it will only grow stronger as the entertainment industry becomes more global and the price of air travel more affordable.

And, as a popular location for many Hollywood films, Paris is one of the cities that’s hoping to boost their tourist numbers from the magic of the movies.

So, if you want to recreate your favorite movie and TV moment check out this list of must-see movie scene locations in Paris.

Café des Deux Moulins (Amélie)

Located at 15 rue Lepic in the Montmartre area, this cozy café shot to fame after it was featured in the global blockbuster hit Amélie. There’s no shortage of Amélie memorabilia in the café, from the gnome to a selection of dishes from Les Plat du Jour d’Amélie.

Shakespeare and Company (Before Sunset)

This independent bookstore located at the La Rive Gauche, was the location of Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy’s characters’ reunion scene in Richard Linklater’s Before Sunset. And, with an immaculate view of the Seine, how can anyone not fall in love?

 Hôtel Raphael  (Hotel Chevalier)

 This 5-star hotel in Avenue Kléber is the site of Wes Anderson’s 13-minute short film featuring Natalie Portman and Jason Schwartzman. The quirky love story served as a prequel to his adventure comedy feature The Darjeeling Limited.

Père-Lachaise Cemetery (Paris, je t’aime)

Père-Lachaise located in Paris’ 20th district is the location of Wes Craven’s short in the anthology film Paris, je t’aime. It’s about a couple whose failing relationship is saved by the ghost of Oscar Wilde. Aside from Wilde’s, you can also find the graves of Balzac, Chopin, Edith Piaf, and Jim Morrison in this cemetery. 

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Musée des Arts Forains (Midnight in Paris)

Although this Woody Allen movie is teeming with well-known Parisian destinations – Église Saint-Étienne du Mont, Pont Alexandre III, Musée Rodin – Musée des Arts Forains captures the movie’s love for the Belle Epoque era the most. Book a tour if you can want to take a try out antique carnival rides.

 Pont de Bir-Hakeim (Inception)

This bridge connecting Paris’ 15th and 16th districts is where Leonardo DiCaprio taught Ellen Page how to build dreams in Christopher Nolan’s 2010 sci-film. It was also featured on the small screen, as the highlight of Ben (Adam Scott) and Leslie’s (Amy Poehler) Paris trip in Parks and Recreation.

 Paris Travel Guide for iPhone and iPad

If you want a vacation that’s just like in the movies, make sure to download the Paris Travel Guide and Offline City Maps app. For more information check out eTips for more suggestions on famous movie locations around Paris.

Top 8 Los Mejores Acuarios del Mundo

Dubai – Dubai Aquarium

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Con 10 millones de litros de agua del tanque del acuario, situado en la planta baja del centro comercial Dubai Mall, es el acuario más grande en suspensión en el mundo.

Alberga más de 33.000 animales acuáticos, que comprende más de 140 especies. Más de 400 tiburones y rayas viven en este tanque, incluyendo la colección más grande de los tiburones tigre de arena en el mundo.

Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo recrea este ambiente fascinante en casi perfecto detalle y te ofrece la oportunidad de caminar a través de él.

Situado en la planta baja del centro comercial Dubai Mall, el túnel Acuático de 48 metros  le lleva 11 metros bajo la superficie.

Vea como los buzos le dan de comer a los tiburones y rayas, y conozca a un  educador del Acuario quien compartirá los secretos de estos increíbles animales bajo el agua con usted.
 


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Berlín – El Aquadom
El AquaDom en Berlín, Alemania,  es un acuario cilíndrico que se encuentra a 25 metros de altura con un ascensor de vidrio acrílico transparente. Se encuentra ubicado en el Hotel Radisson Blu en Berlin-Mitte. El complejo DomAquarée también contiene un hotel, oficinas, un restaurante y el acuario Sea Life Centre.
El AquaDom es parte de la vida marina de Berlín. En el Sea Life de Berlín, los visitantes descubren los tanques que contienen 30 especies locales en el río Spree, en el Océano Atlántico. El punto culminante de la visita es un paseo a través del AquaDom, el acuario cilíndrico más grande del mundo, donde una multitud de peces tropicales viven en un millón de litros de agua salada.

El acuario es hábitat de más de 1.500 peces tropicales y más de 50 especies diferentes, incluyendo peces gatillo, el pez napoleón, pez globo, además de otros peces como como la caballa Cero  y el pez luna de plata.

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El ascensor de cristal de dos pisos en el interior del AquaDom (5 metros de altura y 25 toneladas) tiene una capacidad de 48 personas, entre ellas un guía.

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Valencia – L `Oceanografic

L’Oceanogràfic es un parque marino situado en el este de la ciudad de Valencia, España, donde los diferentes hábitats marinos están representados. Está integrado dentro del complejo cultural conocido como la Ciutat de les Arts i Ciències (Ciudad de las Artes y las Ciencias).El Oceanogràfic es el mayor complejo de su tipo en Europa y alberga a más de 45.000 ejemplares de 500 especies diferentes. Ellos pueblan nueve torres bajo agua, estructuradas en dos niveles que representan los ecosistemas marinos más emblemáticos del planeta.

Las principales áreas del Acuario son los siguientes:
– Mediterráneo – muestra la vida marina del Mediterráneo en siete acuarios diferentes.

– Templados y Tropicales – Dos grandes acuarios muestran dos ecosistemas de los mares templados, los bosques costeros de California y las profundidades de la península de Izu en Japón.

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Usted puede ver numerosas especies a través de un túnel de 70 metros bajo el agua que une las zonas tropicales y templadas.
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Lisboa – Oceanario de Lisboa
El Oceanario de Lisboa, Portugal esta situado en Parque das Nações.
El Oceanario de Lisboa tiene una gran colección de especies marinas – aves, mamíferos, peces, y otros organismos marinos por un total de cerca de 16.000 individuos de 450 especies.

Mientras pasea, recorriendo exhibiciones impresionantes e inolvidables, los visitantes se  animan a aprender cosas fascinantes sobre los océanos y, más importante aún, cómo tomar decisiones en su vida cotidiana que promueven activamente la conservación de la naturaleza.

 

4 lisboa Lisbon_Oceanarium.jpgEl Oceanario de Lisboa es uno de los pocos acuarios en el mundo en albergar al pez mola, debido a sus únicos y exigentes requisitos. Otras especies interesantes son dos cangrejos araña de gran tamaño y dos nutrias de mar llamadas Eusebio y Amalia.

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Seúl – Seúl Mar Aquarium
El acuario de COEX, en el distrito de Gangnam, Seúl, es uno de los acuarios más grandes de Corea del Sur con más de 40.000 criaturas de más de 650 especies en exhibición.  El Acuario COEX cuenta con 90 tanques de exhibición agrupados en catorce “zonas de descubrimiento”  incluyendo seis áreas temáticas. El acuario se encuentra dentro del centro comercial COEX, que es, en sí, un centro de Convenciones y Exhibiciones.

El acuario de COEX está dispuesto de tal manera que los visitantes pueden seguir un camino prefijado por el acuario, experimentando cada una de las áreas temáticas. Cada exposición cuenta con un tanque donde se pueden ver especies de peces indígenos. Además de los peces, otros animales de la zona se incluyen en la exposición como las aves, nutrias y osos polares asi como también la vegetación de cada zona.

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En la exposición de túnel submarino los visitantes caminan en un túnel de acrílico a través de un tanque que contiene 2.000 toneladas de agua.  En el tanque encontramos tiburones y tortugas marinas que nadan alrededor de los visitantes en todas las direcciones.
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Kuala Lumpur – Acuario KLCC
Todo un nuevo mundo te espera en el corazón de Kuala Lumpur. Gracias al Acuario KLCC, no es necesario bucear para ver criaturas exóticas y peces que sólo se pueden encontrar en los mares profundos.

El Acuario KLCC es un parque subacuático situado debajo del Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre.

Con 5.600 m2  en dos niveles y un túnel bajo agua a 90 metros, el acuario alberga a más de 250 especies diferentes y más de 20.000 animales terrestres y acuáticos de Malasia y  todo el mundo. También dispone de guías interactivas con información sobre la conservación de los peces y las tortugas.

 

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Incluye un área temática sobre estos animales de 460 m2. Aquaria KLCC se basa en el viaje del agua desde la tierra hacia el mar. El viaje comienza en las tierras altas, continúa a lo largo de los ríos, a través de la selva y los manglares hasta los arrecifes de coral en el mar azul profundo.

 

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Vancouver – Acuario de Vancouver
El Acuario de Vancouver es un líder reconocido en conectar a la gente a nuestro mundo natural. Como asociación sin fines de lucro, el Acuario se dedica a la conservación de la vida acuática, la interpretación, la educación,  investigación y acción directa. Más de 35 millones de personas han visitado el Acuario desde su apertura en 1956.
El Acuario de Vancouver es un acuario público situado en el Parque Stanley en Vancouver, British Columbia, Canadá. Además de ser una importante atracción turística en Vancouver, el acuario es un centro de investigación marina, conservación y rehabilitación de animales marinos.

Es el hogar de más de 70.000 criaturas, incluyendo delfines, nutrias marinas, anacondas, osos perezosos de tres dedos, anguilas y mucho más.

 

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Los visitantes pueden aprender más sobre la vida marina de la región a través de las numerosas exhibiciones. A Adultos y niños por igual les encantará el entretenido y educativo “encuentro” que permite a los visitantes ir detrás de escena y conocer de cerca y en forma personal a los animales y las personas que forman parte de este acuario. Esto incluye alimentarlos, ayudar en el entrenamiento y aprender sobre los hábitats y las formas de vida de los delfines, ballenas beluga, leones marinos, nutrias marinas, tortugas marinas y otras criaturas marinas.

 

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Chicago – Shedd Aquarium
El Acuario John G. Shedd, es una institución sin fines de lucro dedicada a la educación pública y a la conservación de la vida acuática, siendo uno de los acuarios cerrados más grandes del mundo. La instalación alberga a más de 32.600 animales acuáticos que representan unas 1.500 especies de peces, reptiles, anfibios, invertebrados, aves y mamíferos de aguas de todo el mundo.
Bellamente situado sobre las orillas del lago Michigan, el Acuario Shedd se conoce como “el acuario del mundo”.

Hay cinco exposiciones permanentes en el Shedd: Amazon Rising, el arrecife del Caribe, Aguas del Mundo, el Oceanario y Wild Reef.

 

8 last Chicago_Aquarium.JPGEl Oceanario está dividido en dos niveles, por encima y por debajo de la línea de flotación. Por encima de la línea de flotación hay gradas donde los visitantes pueden ver el espectáculo acuático, mientras que por debajo de la línea de flotación pueden ver las ballenas beluga y los delfines de cerca. Entre los animales en el Oceanario se incluyen nutrias de mar, leones marinos, delfines y ballenas blancas del Pacífico.

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Retina Maps

We’ve updated the way we render maps, our resolution has improved two-fold!

Now you can explore the city details in a better resolution and better detailed.

We are updating maps packages, so they will available to all our users instantly.

Below you can compare both types of maps, we show the Seine River in Paris in this example:

This is a standard map:

Standard Map

This is a retina one:

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Both are from the same place!, but easily you can spot the difference between them.

We hope you enjoy these new enhanced maps!

Trip Guider 1.3

We’re proud to announce a big enhancement we’ve released for Trip Guider.

Trip Guider is our multi-destinations apps, it’s great because it’s the one-stop app for the daring traveller!.

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Trip Guider

Trip Guider destinations were not linked to our collection of single-destinations apps. Now Trip Guider is linked to all of our collection of apps. That means that you can now explore all of our destinations in it, and that we can easily reach you with all of our offerings.

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We offer 58 destinations inside of it, with more than 100 tourist guides. We will grow amazingly in the coming weeks…stay tuned!.

Trip Guider comes for all iOS devices included Apple Watch.

The Best Sydney Travel Blogs

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5 Divine Beaches in Sydney

Tamarama is a beachside, eastern suburb of Sydney, in the state of New South Wales, Australia. Tamarama is 7 kilometres east of the Sydney central business district, in the local government area of Waverley Council.

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It has the stunning harbour side location, the iconic beaches, excellent restaurants, fantastic cafes and pubs, world heritage sites, terrific shopping, incredible festivals, a multicultural population, and good year round weather.

http://www.ytravelblog.com/things-to-do-in-sydney-2/

Belly Rumbles

Fresh produce, flower, plant, art, photography and jewellery stores while you enjoy some chilled out tunes and entertainment.  A delectable range of food stalls provide freshly prepared lunch options with food from around the globe to tantalise your tastes.  There’s gozleme, paella, Japanese takoyaki, spicy prawns and chorizo, Korean, Taiwanese and more!

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 Mapping Megan

Boasting some of the most photographed landmarks in the world, a wonderland of national parks, forest mountains, and historic riverside towns, Sydney is also a bit of an exhibitionist – sun-blazed beaches stretching the length of the famous harbor opening up into the Pacific, and glittering views of an impressive city skyline once the sun goes down.

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Havana History Facts

Havana Travel Guide

 

  1. August 25th, 1515 Conquistador Diego Velázquez de Cuéllar founded Havana near the present town of Surgidero de Batabanó on the southern coast of the island.
  2. King Philip II of Spain granted Havana the title of City on December 20th, 1592. Later on, the Sapnish Crown officially designated the city as “Key to the New World and Rampart of the West Indies”.
  3. During the Seven Years’ War the city was captured by the British. It began on June 6th, 1762 when a British fleet, comprising more than 50 ships and a combined force of over 11,000 men sailed into Cuban waters.
  4. The first railroad was constructed in 1837 which was used for transporting sugar from the valley of Guinness to the harbor. It’s a 51 km (32 mi) stretch between Havana and Bejucal.
  5. The new régime under Fidel Castro, after the revolution of 1959, promised to improve social services, public housing, and official buildings.
  6. A number of streets and squares have been rehabilitated in Old Havana in an effort of rebuilding it for tourist purposes, but the restoration efforts concentrate in all on less than 10% of its area due to the fact that Old Havana is a large city.

Don´t miss anything while visiting Havana city with eTips Havana Travel Guide

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Sydney Awesome Facts

Travel to Sydney

 

  1. Sydney’s beaches and attractions brings more than 10 million international and domestic visitors each year.
  2. The most popular summer sport in Sydney is cricket therefore the city will be hosting games in the 2015 Cricket World Cup.
  3. Sydney’s Ferries has been oparating since 1875 carring over 14 million passengers each year in and around Sydney.
  4. With 504,00 mega litres of water, Sydney has the deepest natural harbour in the world.
  5. From the last years, Sydney has become the playground of Hollywood stars, Paris Hilton, Jessica Simpson, Justin Timberlake, Sylvester Stallone, Christina Aguilera and Jennifer Lopez.
  6. Every beach in Sydney has several acomodations to offer including, kiosks, electric barbecues, picnic shelters, play areas, toilets and change-rooms.
  7. According to Guinness World Records, the widest long-span bridge and tallest steel arch bridge in the world is the Sydney Harbour Bridge being the 5th longest spanning-arch bridge too.
  8. Compared to the 22.2% of the overall Australian population, the 31.7% of Sydney’s population were born overseas.

If you are traveling to Sydney you will need guidance, don´t miss anything with eTips Sydney Travel Guide

 

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