Unleash Your Inner Artist in Downtown Minneapolis
Sep08

Unleash Your Inner Artist in Downtown Minneapolis

Rich with artistic opportunities and attractions, Minneapolis is the place to immerse yourself in culture. Whether you like to sketch in galleries, indulge in photography, or watch live theatre, this city has something for you. Fly into the Minneapolis – St. Paul International Airport and catch a taxi downtown, the cultural hub of the Twin Cities. Sit Back and Enjoy the Show With so many performing arts venues in downtown Minneapolis, there’s a show every night. One of the most respected theatres in the state, the impressive Guthrie Theatre features three stages, a restaurant, several bars, and stunning views of the city. Buy tickets online to get the best possible seats to one of the theatre’s plays, musicals, or Shakespeare productions. While the MacPhail Center for Music is mostly an education facility, the center frequently hosts concerts and performances by its students. The ornate State Theatre is a significant Minneapolis landmark. Built in 1921, the original painted murals and chandeliers remain, and the theatre hosts Broadway productions and movie viewings. Want easy walking distance to these venues? Stay at the modern and chic Aloft Minneapolis. This aesthetically pleasing hotel in the trendy waterfront Mill district offers an indoor pool, a lounge, and spacious rooms with walk-in showers. Stop and Stare Image via Flickr by Darren and Brad The many art galleries in downtown Minneapolis help keep the city’s vibrant arts culture alive. Don’t miss the exhibits at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts. Featuring sculpture, ancient works, and contemporary art, be prepared to stay awhile. With free admission, museum guests have extra cash to buy handcrafted souvenirs from the gift shop. The Walker Art Center, next to the Guthrie Theatre, not only features traditional works of art, but also performance and film art. Saving your pennies? Admission is free on the first Saturday of every month and every Tuesday night. If you prefer to get your hands dirty, sign up for a workshop or class at the MacRostie Art Center. This nonprofit art center also features an extensive selection of local art, both on display and for sale. Shoot the View Image via Flickr by Old dog 507 You definitely don’t want to forget your camera at home when visiting Minneapolis. With modern buildings and historic architecture nestled together along the sparkling Mississippi River, there are ample opportunities to satisfy shutterbugs of all skill levels. Walk to the waterfront for shots of the Stone Arch Bridge. Head to the Mill City Museum for a more industrial photography subject and take the elevator to the ninth floor observatory for views of St. Anthony Falls and the Mississippi River. You might need an extra SD card to capture...

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5 Reasons Why San Francisco is a Great Place to Travel
Aug15

5 Reasons Why San Francisco is a Great Place to Travel

San Francisco is the gem of Northern California and a great place to visit. Aside from the classic sights and icons of the city, like the Golden Gate Bridge and the steep, winding route of Lombard Street, the city has a lot to offer. If you’re thinking of heading to the City by the Bay, here are some things you shouldn’t miss. 1. Ferry Building Marketplace The Pacific Northwest has an abundance of excellent open air markets full of fresh produce, local confections, crafts, and other delights. San Francisco’s Ferry Building Marketplace offers the highest quality goods in the city, allowing you to taste things you can’t find anywhere else. It’s definitely a refreshing change of pace from your average grocery store. There’s nothing quite like chatting with the knowledgable vendors for a more personal shopping experience. 2. Palace of Fine Arts Much more than your typical city park, the Palace of Fine Arts echoes the look of Ancient Roman architecture and rests on a lush, green landscape by the water. As you spend your day walking between popular destinations like Fisherman’s Wharf and Golden Gate Park, the Palace is a great place to relax and enjoy some fresh air. It’s ideal for picnics or just lounging at a leisurely West Coast pace. (Image by rjptn ) 3. Golden Gate Park Speaking of that most famous bridge, the long park at Golden Gate has a lot to offer. You can find an excellent hotel close to Golden Gate Park, like the highly acclaimed St. Regis Hotel. It’s always encouraging to find a museum that’s a work of art itself, which is what you’ll find at the beautiful Fine Arts Museum of San Francisco. Classical architecture and a variety of sculptures out front make this a unique aesthetic experience, while the combination of enduring and modern art inside is among the best collections in the world. Once you’re done at the museum, the nearby Japanese Tea Garden offers delicious food and a serene place to enjoy it. 4. Muir Woods National Monument While the bridge and the hilly city streets are urban icons of San Francisco, nothing says Northern California nature like the towering redwood trees. Muir Woods National Monument is just a short drive north of the city. It features some of the nation’s oldest and largest trees in stunning groves, as well as beaches close by for swimming and sunbathing. There’s also a convenient park-and-ride shuttle in nearby Sausalito. (image by Ray Bouknight) 5. Angel Island Visitors to San Francisco often find themselves on the famed prison island of Alcatraz, but there’s another, more positive locale in the Bay. Angel Island has been...

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Planning an Affordable European Vacation
Mar16

Planning an Affordable European Vacation

How would you like to plan an affordable vacation to Europe that proves to be friendly with your budgetary restraints? Most American travelers have obviously felt betrayed by ways in which their national currency was behaving in the last few years. However, with $ gaining some firmer grounds, its value seems to be on a gradual rise—with the currency increasing 9.2 percent between January 2010-2012 against the Euro.  If you pair off a virtually stronger dollar against the currencies of growing tourist markets, European economies and emerging destinations, you will come to a happy conclusion—traveling to the scenic locations in Europe is no longer unaffordable and can spring some very pleasant surprises. With raw deals making a comeback with  a vengeance on hotel rates and   flight fares alike, the budget traveler can now look forward to debiting fewer dollars before traveling to quite a few destinations in the European continent. For instance, Berlin boasts of a slew of new hotel accommodations—with currently 30,000 more lodging facilities than that available in New York City. This rising competition has contributed to a stoic decrease in the prices of average room rates (which is in the line of $111 per night or slightly more) and is creating interesting avenues for tourists looking for smarter ways of traveling on its foreign soils. So, if you are travelling to Berlin, then do remember to carry the Berlin Welcome Card, which allows you to avail two days of comfortable public transportation and access to160 urban attractions—just for $22.75. Try New Routes The all new Brandenburg International Airport (BER) is set to provide you with new airway routes to lesser visited and up-and-coming destinations in Eastern Europe. Believe it or not, Cities like Bucharest, Romania, Zagreb and  Croatia offer great value on their hotel tariff rates and are now offering reduced rack rates (up to 20 percent in 2011). The cost of exploring the many attractions of Hungary has also dipped for Americans, with the Dollar upping against the Hungarian currency since July 2011. (Image by TOM BIHN) If you are intending to travel westwards , then Iceland continues to be a hotspot and savings hub for tourists desirous of Europe travel. There are special packages and rates on offer from  Iceland Air, which flies from USA to Continental Europe with a small stop in Reykjavik. If you are lucky, you end up getting hotels, spa treatments and meals –all for as low as $80! It is interesting to note that eating out in Lisbon often costs a fraction of what you may otherwise pay in European capitals. So, along with providing an appeal that is...

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Top 10 Things You Must See In France
Feb10

Top 10 Things You Must See In France

France is a beautiful country full of attractions. Though this is true, most people often tend to know about and think about only a few places to visit when they are there and depend entirely on tour guides to take them to some exotic places. It’s true the Eiffel tower and centre pompidouis are a spectacular site but wait till you take a visit to the following destinations, France, attraction: Abbaye Du Mont Saint Michel The first thing you’ll say is OMG when you see this piece of beauty. This is a sand grain of the world’s medieval architecture which was able to secure a place in the UNESCO World Heritage list. This is palace with fortified walls sitting on top of a hill comfortably covering the whole of it as it gazes upon the adjacent sea. (image by Jonathan Thiell). Notre-Dame Cathdral Religion is life and we all would love to hear some history of the world religions. While in France, make a point of going to her heart, and here you will find this majestic gothic design by Bishop Maurice de Sully’s which was realized after 170 years of toiling by his craftsmen once Pope Alexander III set the first foundation stone. Eifel tower Built to be a mark of the French Revolution’s centennial celebration, it also is world famous architecture that no one would ever surpass a chance to have a photo at. This tower is a stunning 320 meter which is more than 900feet high. Versailles palace Locally known as chateau de Versailles, this court is a real breath taker. There are royal cabins, halls of mirrors, and intimate masterpiece cabinets. This is fine artistry and probably at the tip of France’s tourist attractions. Arenes de Nimes An ancient Roman amphitheater preserved to this date. This arena is perfect and would leave you wondering how it created to such perfection by the Romans. It has been standing for more than 2000 years, strong and unshaken. Le val de loire The Loire valley is really magnificently situated and seems like a beauty in a beast. It is situated within the rugged hilly landscape and seated on a smooth flat landscape, with vineyards and flowers along the river making spectacular scenery which stretches for miles downstream. Musee du Louvre This is a museum that is world renown and was built in 1190 as a fortress by King Philippe-Auguste. It is probably the most visited museum in the world and as you enter its gates is a glass pyramid that makes you think you have seen enough. This is however the beginning of the wonders in Muse du...

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Amazing Honeymoon Destinations in Malaysia
Feb05

Amazing Honeymoon Destinations in Malaysia

Malaysia offers some of the most breathtaking and exotic destinations for honeymooners across the world, it’s dotted with several resorts which are very suitable for people who are just married and looking for a favorable atmosphere to enjoy themselves, you will find such destinations at Malaysia. Langkawi district in Malaysia is very popular as an ideal locality to find the best offers, its classic hotels and resorts are favorably located to offer honeymooners memorable experience they have been looking for. Langkawi Kualar Lampur Malaysia Tioman Island Pangkor Laut Borneo Cameron Highlands Redang Island The Perhentian Islands Langkawi. is one of the most beautiful tropical Island in Malaysia, it has several resort which are tastefully made for the purpose of romantic getaways, it’s pristine beaches are colorful with palm trees swaying all over, among such resorts is Four Seasons Langkawi located in Jalan Teluk, Datai, The Datai all are five stars Resorts with exclusive facilities for accommodations. Penang offers some of the most picturesque features within its beaches with pristine alluring resorts and hotels which are suitable for honeymooners, this Island has many activities for honeymooners like sand bathing, sightseeing some of the old Chinese merchant houses. With moderate budgets.(image by Simon G). Kualar Lampur. It offers very memorable hotels suited for honeymooners since it’s the capital city of Malaysia, it’s very central for people traveling there for honeymoon making it very ideal and easily accessible for honeymooners, there are more than fifty hotels in Kualar Lampur which are well appointed for honeymoon with full facilities of a five stat class, Traders hotel and Seri Pacific hotel are some two hotels with all the luxury and ambiance for honeymoon. Malaysia. Malaysia, is one of the most romantic destinations around here with it’s re known white beaches, it’s tastefully decorated with several beach hotels and even highland resorts clubs, it’s streets are a semblance of of old colonial towns making it breathtaking and adorable place, it’s marketed itself as the preferred honeymoon destination for Asian Honeymoon. Tioman Island Tioman Island is historically known for being a location for fictional movie in 1958 known as Bali Hai, it’s a unique Island with several water sport and several tourism activities, it sports several prestigious hotels and resorts with are magnificently fitted with all facilities a newly wed couple can enjoy, you can choose several spots among the best chalets near the beachfront Champung to luxury resort set of panoramic private beaches like the Berjaya Tioman Beach Resort, the best time for honeymoon is during the dry seasons months of May and September. Pangkor Laut Island Is a pristine idyllic private Island located at...

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The Ideal Family Places To Visit In Switzerland
Jan31

The Ideal Family Places To Visit In Switzerland

Switzerland is an interesting country to visit with lots of tourist attractions including the picturesque Swiss Alps and the azure blue waters of Lake Geneva. A family vacation in Switzerland is definitely in order. This country is renowned for its awe-inspiring mountains and lovely lakes. The green rolling plains and hills will also take your breath away. Everything including the capital city, Berne, is just magnificent and the country is surely blessed with numerous attractions for a truly unforgettable family vacation. When you go to Switzerland with your family, make a point of visiting the following places: Lake Geneva The Castle of Chillon The Jungfrau region Mt. Pilatus and the Swiss Alps The Rhine Falls Lake Geneva The crystal-clear blue waters of the Lake Geneva are a lovely sight to whoever lays eyes upon the place. It is most definitely the place to start your vacation with your family. The lake is endowed with lovely shores just convenient for a variety of family activities. Swimming in the lake will also prove to be quite an experience- an enjoyable one of course.(image by peter barwick). Geneva is the third largest city in Switzerland and it lies on the shores of the fascinating Lake Geneva. After enjoying your stay at the lake make a point of touring the city. You will come across some of the finest restaurants in the world and some truly enthralling museums. It is in Geneva that you will find Jet d’Eau, one of the world’s tallest fountains and an excellent place for family photographs. Chateau de Chillon The Castle of Chillon in Montreux is most definitely worth visiting at least a couple of times while you are in Switzerland. While you are at Lake Geneva, you will find this enchanting island castle to be quite interesting a place for a family visit. This eleventh century castle is one of the most visited historical buildings in Central Europe. Take a tour of the lovely courtyards, the interesting dungeons and its countless rooms. The Jungfrau Region The snow-white peaks of the towering mountains- Jungfrau, Eiger and Monch offer a magnificent spectacle enough to bewitch any eye that glance in their direction. The green valleys and meadows in contrast make the region a wonderland just perfect for a family vacation. The Jungfrau region is just a small portion of the awe-inspiring Alps. Mt. Pilatus Mt. Pilatus sits majestically overlooking Lake Lucerne another beautiful lake to be found in Central Switzerland. During summer you can take the electrifying Golden Round Trip- a very popular activity for tourists. It basically involves traveling across Lake Lucerne via boat from Lucerne to Alpnachstad...

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