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Split – Residence of a Retired Roman Emperor

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Traveling is one of the best activities that one can enjoy. It is thus important to choose a good holiday destination. Split in Croatia is one of the best places to enjoy a perfect vacation. Its mythical history, culture and uniqueness makes it tick. One not only gets entertained but also immensely informed.

Being the second largest city in Croatia, Split has more than enough attractions to the numerous visitors. For instance, an adventurous person can explore the wonder of the Adriatic Waters and the Apennine Peninsula. These are breathtaking trips that have been made possible by charters in Croatia. This implies that one can rent a boat of choice and venture into the wonder of the Adriatic Sea. Some of the notable islands to visit here are Brac and Hvar. Through the excellent and affordable services of well connected ferries and charters, a tourist can visit various seaside towns that board Split through sail.

Popular music is an immense part of the Croatian Culture. Split offers great atmosphere for music lovers whether local or international. There is also the Croatian National Theater in Split. This outstanding structure houses some of the best music to the ears. A visitor is thus able to gain information on the Croatian music and enjoy dancing with the performers. Split is also the host of the world wide famous Ultra Music Festival. People from whole Europe come together to party in Split.

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Nevertheless, art is an important cultural activity in Split, Croatia. There is the towering Ivan Mestrovic Gallery . This has been in existence for decades and provides great insight into Croatian art. There are numerous antique sculptures by the infamous sculptor Ivan Mestrovic. One can also get scenic views of the Adriatic from this place. Wildlife lovers are not left behind in Croatia. The Split Science Museums and Zoo is a nice place to spend time. Its small size means that one can see everything and anything that is exciting. Its ideal location on Mount Marjan makes it an amazing place to know more about animals while enjoying the beautiful views of Split. Mount climbing can also been done on the great Marjan Mountain.

Split is one of the oldest cities in Europe. It therefore harbors rich history that leaves one totally thrilled. The Live Museum in Split makes one experience the Roman life. It is filled with utmost good entertainment and fun. It becomes totally difficult to leave this place. The archaeological museum is filled with history about Croatia, their culture, religion, politics and even economy. Waterfalls have been associated with life and ambience. Imagining a walk over spectacular waterfalls is exciting. Parco Nazionale Krka is one of the best places on earth. a visitor gets to experience a breath taking walk of a lifetime in this place. The waterfalls makes one to feel a sense of vibrancy and far away into the land of fantasy.

 

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Have you heard of Froggyland? Well it is right there in Split. It displays one of a kind collections in the world. With unmatched taxidermy in the world, this place is definitely a sight to behold. The works of the infamous artist Ferenc Mere are also displayed here. It is truly a beautiful place to see and a must for any visitor.

Furthermore, there exists Brela Beach where one can experience surfing, swimming, dining, sailing and other enjoyable activities. Split is a great sailing destination, since it`s close to some of the most famous islands in Croatia. You can easily join a excursion and go aboard a catamaran yacht and sail across the Adriatic. Riva Harbour is also a notable place in this city. Other places that are gorgeous and mandatory for any visitor include the Cardo Maximus, Diocletian’s Palace, Cathedral of St. Domnius and the Old Split.

Split in Croatia is definitely a place to visit. It is informative, entertaining and welcoming to everybody. There are excellent social ammenities such as water, electricity and sanitation. These are available at affordable prices. The tour guides are also cordial and elaborate. So, what’s holding you back in holidaying the Split way?

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Krk – The Largest and Most Exciting Island in Croatia

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The lush Island of Krk is located in the northern Adriatic Sea, positioning it as a natural first stop for tourists visiting Continental Europe from the Balkans – and vice versa. Krk is one of the largest islands in Croatia, but not so large that it can support a crowded megalopolis, so instead of being cluttered by enormous buildings, the landscape is open and inviting, except for the occasional small town or village. The largest settlement on the island, also called Krk, has just over 6,000 residents, and most others have less than 2,000. The second largest community, Omisalj, hosts Rijeka Airport, and is connected to Rijeka, Croatia, by one of the largest concrete bridges in the world.

People have been living on the island since before the Roman Empire, and it’s historically been seen as one of the most beautiful places in the world to live. That reputation hasn’t receded in the modern era, and Krk has been voted as one of the best islands to live on. One of the real estate agencies, Casa de Mar Krk, gets regularly field calls from tourists that want a more permanent place on the island – which only proves the fact that Krk is one of the property hotspots in Croatia.

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Tourism is the largest industry in Krk, thanks to it’s perfect location and rich history. Every village has something to see, from ancient buildings to beautiful vistas boasting fantastic weather. The island has been inhabited so long, just about any era in history can be explored without ever leaving island.

Frankopen Castle in the town of Krk was first built in 1191, but restorations in the 14th and 16th centuries show the growth of European architecture during the time. The village of Vrbnik has a political charter dating back to 1388, and besides being home to the Gothic Chapel of the Rosary, offers visitors a view of vineyards that stretch out to the horizon – along with the promise of some delicious local wines.

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The island’s cultural history makes it a fantastic destination for food and wine lovers from all over. Besides having it’s own Croatian cuisine to draw from, chefs in the area have centuries of experience experimenting with foreign flavors to draw from. The restaurants on the island are some of the best in the region, and their position in the sea mean that seafood is as fresh as seafood is capable of being. Since the island is so sparsely populated, visiting foodies can also be sure that nearly everything on their table isn’t too far away from where it was grown or made.

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Even though the communities are small, they know what tourists want and they want it themselves. There are nightclubs, like Boa in Malinska and Jungle in Krk, that stay open all night, and many of the communities hold regular village parties, where DJs play on the waterfront and the weather is good enough people can stay out all night.

Reaching Krk is easy. Besides all of the ship tours that go to the area, Rijeka Airport in Omisalj is one of the busiest tourist airports in the area, and many of Europe’s economy airlines stop there. Accommodations are easy to find, since every village and town has numerous hotels, bed and breakfasts, and homes for rent. There’s even camping facilities.

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Diving in French Polynesia: the Tuamotu Atolls

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French Polynesia has some very popular vacation destinations like Tahiti and Bora Bora, but any diver knows that the more remote atolls are where it’s at. Where what’s at? Awesome diving opportunities, on the Tuamotu Archipelago, that is what.
The Tuamotu islands are not very suitable for agriculture, and aside from some pearls, vanilla and copra, not a lot is grown here. Instead, the islanders make a living from all the Tuamotu islands tourism they receive as being an island paradise in French Polynesia that is off the beaten path. Fans of watersports and people looking to get away from tourist traps are the most common visitors.

Fakarava Island is one of the best diving spots in the South Pacific. Here you can find the Garuae Pass, a navigational dream, and the Tumakohua Pass, where excellent shark dives can be made at Shark’s Hole.

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Rangiroa is, if anything, an even better location than the incredible Fakarava. The dominant feature of the island is the endless horizon and the vast lagoon, big enough to fit all of Tahiti, as it is not mountainous, unlike the rest of French Polynesia. It is the world’s greatest natural aquarium, where you can swim with a great number of marine creatures, but most notably, dolphins. Tiputa Pass and Avatoru Pass are the best diving sites, situated north of the atoll. Deep-sea fishing is a popular sport in Rangiroa. The most often visited lagoon on Rangiroa is the Blue Lagoon – or as some call it, “the lagoon within a lagoon”. After an hour’s boat ride from Avatoru, Rangiroa’s largest town, prepare to literally walk across a coral reef. Other than water sports, you can find Gauguin’s Pearl Farm on Rangiroa, a good alternative to the Museum of Pearls located in French Polynesian capital Papeete.
Tikehau is a rather small island, but as Charles Darwin noted, its lagoon is denser with fish than anywhere else in the region. Colorful tropical fish such as lionfish, clownfish, parrotfish, tuna, snappers, sharks and manta rays live here in great numbers, and the best place to see them is in Tuheiava Pass. As far as lagoon trips go, a trip to Ile Aux Oiseaux, the Bird Island, is at $77, and a mecca for bird-watching.

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For a more relaxed day out on open waters, the lagoon is turquoise, clear, and straight out of a postcard. The area is home to black-tipped sharks, which are very docile, and feeding them is a fun way to spend time after a tropical lunch. Picnics on the lagoon are a popular lunch idea with most tourists, though there are a couple of options in terms of restaurants on the islands.
The islands remain relatively untouched but well equipped for tourists, so there are plenty of land activities to indulge in as well. Renting a bicycle and riding through forests of hibiscus to visit the charming local churches is a fun way to spend your time, and don’t forget to relax on the pink sands of Les Sables Roses, and try fine local wines at DomaineAmpélidacées.

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Top 5 Croatian Islands For Unforgettable Holidays

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Croatia’s coast is dotted with a multitude of magnificent islands. While there is an enormous variety in the size of these islands, some are buzzing resorts, some host historic towns, and some are deserted. The stunningly beautiful islands tend to get crowded during peak season; however, late August and September are also a perfect time to enjoy the warm waters, ancient towns, vine-covered hills and fantastic food.

Susak

This small island is a true connoisseur of Mediterranean getaways. Susak is located off the coast of Losinj, and the island is largely made up of sand and boasts superb sandy beaches. The crumbly, ochre-colored cliffs are covered in ferns, wild fennel and soaring bamboo-like grasses. The island is crisscrossed by footpaths, which makes it easy to explore.

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Susak Island is farther away from the Croatian mainland and therefore has retained many of its original traditions, such as archaic dialect and folk costumes that are unique to this little island. The island has a long tradition in growing vines and Susak wines are one among the best in Croatia. The island is home to the annual Air and Kite Festival. It is connected with the mainland through regular ferry services running from Losinj, Cres and Rijeka.

Rab

Rab is an odd island out in a country where classic sandy beaches are rare and it is an island of marvelous scenic diversity. This island is popular for its beautiful golden sand in Veli mel, a broad and shallow bay that is packed with paddling families. If you want to have a peaceful time alone, then there is a sequence of wilder, untouched, deserted sandy beaches lining Rab’s heavily indented northern shore. The island also features a cultural milieu dating back to pre-Roman times, a rich historic heritage, a bountiful sea, pine forests, high cliffs, and fertile fields, vineyards and olive groves.

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Silba

The kidney-shaped Silba Island is located in the Zadar archipelago. The island brims with Mediterranean vegetation, aromatic herbs, incredibly clear sea, wonderful sandy and gravelly beaches, and untouched nature. You can enjoy swimming and sunbathing in the clear, unpolluted waters of the Adriatic in Silba’s numerous small beaches and bays. There are no roads for cars or motorcycles on this island, so you can enjoy a peaceful and relaxing holiday.

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Hvar

This island is laid back and full of charm and it is popular with tourists who want a piece of the Mediterranean that is family-oriented, unspoiled and affordable. The island offers vast fields of lavender, ancient olive trees and vineyards, rich cultural and historic heritage, and a unique gastronomy. Some of its towns like the Vrboska, Jelsa and Stari Grad boast old stone houses and an unhurried, fishing village feel. Hvar enchants its visitors with its ruggedly unspoiled wealth of bays and coves, and beautiful beaches. You can find other amazing islands near Hvar like the island of Korcula, Vis and Komiza. The best way to reach and explore them is by boat. If you don`t have your own you can simply get one from a charter in Croatia and start exploring them. You will be surprised what these gems have to offer. They are definitely worth the visit.

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Island Brac

This is the largest island of the central Dalmatian group of islands and the third largest among the Adriatic Islands. Island Brac also features Vidova Gora, the highest peak of all Croatian Islands. Zlatni rat in Bol, a very popular beach in Brac Island, is one of the most beautiful in the entire Adriatic. This island is not only a place of exceptional beauty, but it is also full of traditions and secrets that will enchant a visitor. The quarries in Brac are the symbol of the island and from here stone has been taken since Roman times. The high quality white stones have been used to build some very important buildings like the Cathedral in Sibenik, the White House and the Palace of Diocletian in Split. Brac boasts a rich historic and cultural heritage, beautiful beaches and bays, crystalline waters, and a unique gastronomy.

The Croatian islands have become very popular tourist destinations and they are well connected by ferries. The stunning array of beautiful islands offer their own unique attractions and sights. The sheer diversity of Croatia’s islands ensures that there is something for everyone.

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The Top Five Fun Things to do in Australia

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Every tourist destination in the world has a standard list of ‘Things to do’. These are the things that you will usually come across in guidebooks or hear from a tourist company just before a trip. There are many wacky and fun things to do in a destination which you will never read in a guidebook. We look at Australia which is truly unique and diverse country. You can come here every year yet still not do those things which actually characterize Australia as a fun destination. A visit to the Ayers Rock or a boat cruise around the Sydney Harbor seems to be the norm but there are fun things to do here.

1) Melbourne Sunrise Balloon Flight
You must experience the early morning balloon flight over the beautiful city of Melbourne and then follow it up with a wonderful champagne breakfast at the Hilton. There is much to see from above – the sheer variety of lovely gardens, the sporting arenas, the Yarra River, the Central Business District and the sparkling blue waters of Port Philip. The balloon will depart from East Melbourne and move towards a pre-determined location. The tour lasts for an hour and gives you a great view of the sights of the city. As soon as you land you will be taken back to the Hilton for the delicious champagne breakfast.
Cost: Around AUD$370

2) Dive and snorkel at the Reef
The Reef is among the top 10 places to visit in the world. The Great Barrier Reef is the world’s largest and the only living organism that is visible from space. Just choose an environmentally friendly tour operator for your diving and snorkelling tour. You can come very close to some of the exotic marine species and enjoy their playful antics. If you are new to the sport then you can also undergo scuba diving classes.

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3) Jumping Crocodile Cruise
This will be of great interest to all wildlife lovers. Experience a thrilling cruise on the Adelaide River and observe the ancient predators in their natural environment. This is a 90-minute tour and guests are usually picked up from their respective hotels in Darwin. There are more than 1600 ferocious saltwater crocodiles in the Adelaide River. The river offers the best opportunity in the world for crocodile viewing. You can witness their raw power as they jump out of the water fully to get the food offered by the guide.

4) Go Underground!
Have you ever wonder what it would be like to spend an evening in Wartime Bunker? Well, here is your chance to have this unique experience. There are 20 such bunkers in Brisbane which are now sued for accommodation. So enjoy a beautiful evening in this quirky but fun set-up.

5) Uluru-Kata Tjuta Helicopter Adventure
This 30 minute helicopter ride gives you the rare opportunity to fly over the iconic Red Centre in Australia. You will fly over the 30 odd huge domed monoliths that rise from the desert. The tallest, Mt Olga, almost touches you in the sky. This is a must do fun activity in Australia if you are willing to get a completely different perspective of The Rock’ just by flying over it. The tour departs daily and the actual tour is of 1.5 hours duration.
Cost: Around AUD$305

If you are already inching to travel to Australia at the earliest opportunity then you must know that all foreign nationals require an Australian Visa to enter the country. However, there are certain exceptions under which a person need not apply for the Australian visa. The following people are exempted –
• A citizen of one of the 36 eVisitor eligible countries
• A citizen of 9 ETA eligible countries
• A citizen of New Zealand
• All people who are eligible for visa-free travel under Special Purpose Visa

Top Destination Wedding Locations

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For many engaged couples it is easy to get captivated by the allure of tying the knot overseas. Exotic locations and unbeatable experiences that suit your personal tastes will make for a perfect special day. However when it comes time to select a location it is best to remember that as well as choosing where you will marry, you are also choosing where your guests will vacation next. This means that you need to select a location that has mass appeal in order to attract your guests to make the journey. To help you decide we’ve compiled our list of some of the world’s finest destination wedding locations detailing exactly what sets them apart.

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Hawaii
Made up of several plentiful islands each with their own unique features and feel couples are guaranteed to find their ideal seaside setting in Hawaii. For couples seeking a more private and secluded affair it is best to head for the Big Island or Maui which are known for having fewer crowds. The Hawaiian Islands boast picturesque landscapes of pristine coastlines, stunning waterfalls and rugged terrain including mountains and volcanoes. Couples will enjoy the diversity on offer and will be particularly fond of the luxury hotels and resorts that provide the perfect escape. Friendly locals and a colourful culture only add to the appeal of Hawaii and with a range of activities to suit all tastes your guests will too love the appeal of a Hawaiian wedding.

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Mexico
Another popular beach wedding destination Mexico’s appealing warm weather, vast coast line, vibrant culture and array of enticing food options poses as a major drawcard for bridal couples. With an extensive amount of all-inclusive resorts to help plan the perfect destination wedding couples will struggle to find reasons why not to wed in Mexico. The local flavour of Mexico with its welcoming locals and exciting atmosphere (it is the home of tequila) will add flair to your wedding celebrations sure to entertain and captivate your guests.

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Bali
Known for its hospitable locals and astounding bargains bridal couples can tie the knot in Bali’s luxurious surrounds on a range of budgets. Boasting first-class resorts, lush scenery, beautiful beaches and a rich culture it’s easy to find yourself immersed in Bali’s distinct ambiance. Fast becoming a go to destination wedding location, Bali’s exceptional resorts and hotels are fully equipped with an array of experienced wedding planners and coordinators to ensure your day goes off without a hitch.

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Santorini, Greece
This European hot spot is famous for its crystal clear waters, volcano backdrop and breathtaking sunsets. The idyllic location that is Santorini has an unmistakable romantic atmosphere perfect for a wedding. The striking architecture of this ancient city combined with the delights of feasting on delectable Greek food is sure to entice your guests. The added beauty of tying the knot in Santorini is that you can then island hop for your honeymoon or embark on a sightseeing European adventure.

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Italy
A beautiful country filled with diverse landscapes to suit a range of wedding types. From exquisite vineyards and historic chapels with undeniable charm to Mediterranean beaches Italy has it all. A visual wonder Italy has a rich history and culture that offers an air of romance to any nuptials. Let’s also not forget to mention the food – nothing compares to traditional Italian fare and your guests will love sitting down to an Italian feast paired with local wines.

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Las Vegas
There’s nothing else quite like a Vegas wedding. Whether you choose to tie the knot in one of Las Vegas’ premium hotels and resorts or in one of the famous chapels on the strip it’s sure to be a memorable occasion. Couples can tie the knot on the tightest of budgets in Vegas with an abundance of wedding options and packages available to them. Your guests will love the excitement and fun that comes with Las Vegas and all its offerings. Aside from its obvious action packed nightlife, Las Vegas offers a beautiful backdrop and a great deal of activities to keep guests entertained.

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Fiji
This exotic location is famed for its magnificent beaches and lush forest scenery. Offering stunning landscapes Fiji is also credited as being one of the friendliest destinations in the world. Fiji has a distinct leisurely attitude which can be infectious ensuring a stress-free wedding day for all concerned. With a rich culture and paradise feel Fiji has a definite charm about it.

‘Kristi Charter is an experienced freelance writer with a breadth of knowledge across an array of subjects. Captivated by the wedding industry, Kristi is currently the Content and Social Media Coordinator at Giant Invitations‘.

 

5 PLACES TO EXPLORE DUBLIN WITH FUN!

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Are you tired of museums and parks?
Visit only the most interesting places in Dublin!

By driving to Dublin you can come across some inscription on the bridges like “BaileÁthaCliath” which was one of the names of the city meaning – Ford of the Reed Hurdles.
We are sure you will discover after visiting the city why it has been called so!
To help you in solving this interesting task we offer to rent a car to make your trip easier and more exciting.

1. Take a look at the 18th century unique Berkeley Costume and Toy Collection in the castle!

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Location: Rathfarnham Castle Dublin 14, Rathfarnham Road, Ireland
GPS position:53.298076 ,6.28363
Working hours: 10.00 – 17:00 Wednesday – Sunday.
Price range:free
Parking: not available
You can not only enjoy visiting Rathfarnham Castle but get a chance to see at your own eyes the Berkeley Costume and Toy Collection.
Why it is so exclusive?
Differently shaped toys, various precious dolls, costumes and dresses of the 18th-19th century attract people to this castle.
Do you want to know who has gathered these marvelous items?
Countess Ann Griffin Bernstorff, a well-known artist, was fascinated by the beauty of toys.
Her relatives helped to complete the collection over many years. Now we can display it in one of the apartments of the castle.

2. The King of Vampires is still alive inDraculaCastle!

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Location: Castle Dracula, Westwood Gym, Clontarf Road, Dublin 3
GPS position:53.359672, 6.199411
Working hours: Friday 19.30-22.00
Price range:25Euro (booked in advance(01) 8 51 21 51)
Parking: Free
Are you afraid of vampires? Maybe you want to feel yourself like a heroine of the “Buffy” movie fighting with different creatures and saving the world…?
Dracula Castle offers you 2 hours of incredible magic show.
Do not wonder if you see scaring characters which are following you in the tunnels and bridges, eerie sounds are heard from the Haunted Library.Zombies are trying to catch you in Gargoyle Courtyards!
Enjoy Graveyard Theatre with Vampire Show and bizarre Hilarious Comedy Show.
Here you can find everything about the life of Dracula from movies to death certificate.
By the way you can get 10% off and order night’s lodging for two people for 140 Euro if you make an online reservation.

3. Visit the old Dublin Castle to admire its beauty!

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Location: Dame Street, Dublin 2, Ireland
GPS position:53.343488, 6.266945
Working hours: Monday-Saturday: 9.45am – 4.45pm
Sunday 12.00pm – 4.45pm
Price range:Adults- €4.50
Children under 12- €2.00
Parking: Available at Werburg Street (7 min)
During 7 centuries the castle was used as a fortress, a residence of the King, a jail, a treasury, and a court.
The building was constructed in 13th century and carefully restored. Now it looks very respectable.
It is opened for the public visits.Now, there are held Presidential Inaugurations,reception of foreign delegations, banquets on the special occasionsand otherimportant events.
It is builtwith Norman courtyard, which is surrounded by high stone walls.Round towers can be seenat the corners.

4. Create a real masterpiece in Giddy Studios!

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Location: Unit 4, 1st Floor, Grange Road Retail Park, Rathfarnham, Dublin 16
GPS position:53.277296, 6.265013
Working hours: Mon- closed
Tue-Sat 10:00 – 18:00
Thu 10:00 – 20:30
Price range:13Euro
Parking: available
Have you ever tried to create something with your hands?
Giddy Studios will help you to make this dream come true!
Just imagine you can make a memorable present for your friends or your sweetheart.
This experience is good both for adults and children. Make an incredible art work which can be the best in your life.
What about the family portrait? It is also possible. All you have to do is to paint it and it will be completed in one of the furnaces.
This unique masterpiece will cost you 13 Euro. Do not hesitate and have fun!

5. Take part in exploring life of Irish immigrants by sailing Jeanie Johnston Tall Ship!

Dublin Docklands - The Jeanie Johnston is a replica of a three masted barque that was originally built in Quebec

Location: Dublin Docklands, Custom House Quay, Dublin 1
GPS position:53.347873, 6.247085
Working hours:
April-October
Every day 10.00-16.00
Price range:Adults- €9.00
Seniors, Students- €8.00
Children under 15- €5.00
Parking: available
If you are on the board of Jeanie Johnston Tall Ship it means that you want to learn more about people whotried to survive by crossing the Atlantic.
In this “museum on water”you can see figures of some people who wereforced to seek for a better life.
This ship saved lives of 2500 people who began a new life in North America and Europe.
It was one of the last of herkindcrossing the Atlantic in the 19th century.
The beautiful copy of Jeanie Johnston Tall Ship has tours every day and is very popular.
What is the best way to get to famous places in Dublin?

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you have chosen to travel to Dublin you must know that without your own transport it can be really hard to move through the city.
That’s why we offer you to rent one of comfortable cars. You might think that is too expensive…Well, actually it is not!
Renting a car is even cheaper than taking a taxi!
Follow http://ireland.rentalcars24h.com/dublin-airport to make an online reservation, which will take you not more than a few minutes. You can get your car just from the airport and enjoy traveling around Dublin.
Get the best trip with a rental car!

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Great tips on how to save your money in Sydney

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A few years ago, I went to Sydney to study with my friends. This land has become our second hometown and we love Sydney very much, as there is lots to do and see. We all know that Sydney is one of the world’s most exciting cities, as well as one of the most expensive cities. Nevertheless, that will not stop us from visiting this great city if we are careful with our money. From my experience, living in Sydney for four years, I discovered six excellent ways to discover the city with a very low cost.

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1. Sunrise at Bondi Beach

I always found a sunny day to get up early, and bring my lovely pets to go hiking from Bronte Beach to Bondi Beach. From here, we can discover theexhilarating experience of the sunup and enjoy a great day in nature.

Where: Bondi Beach

2. Walk across Harbour Bridge, Sydney

Sydney’s Harbour Bridge is fantastic, but sometimes I do not want to pay for the fee to go over the bridge, but no problem! I noticed that the bridge offered a lane for travellers to walk through, starting at the point from The Rocks and ending at Milsons Point. On a very pleasant day, feeling the faint breeze against your face and all the cars whizzing past, you will look down from above and feeling amazing.

Where: Harbour Bridge

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3. Picnic at Hyde Park, Sydney

This is one of my favourite all-time nap spots. I choose a  pleasant fall afternoon with some friends, pastry, wine, and music, then head to Hyde Park and camp in the shade of some trees where we will be comfortable and have some protection from the elements.

Where: Hyde Park

4. Hiring a campervan for your transportation

Campervan rental is the most Aussie’s will do when they travel. There are a lot of campervan for-rent services in Sydney‘s central business district and airport. A campervan is better than a car, as it solves your accommodation problem, and will offer your family or friends a more flexible trip.

5. Sunset at Sydney’s Darling Harbour

Nothing can be as perfectly romantic as to end the day with a sunset, especially if you have a nice place and the right person close to you. Sydney has the advantage of the Darling Harbour for a sunset view. Mrs. Macquarie’s Chair in the Royal Botanic Gardens will be an excellent place, as I have spent many wonderful times with my girlfriends there.

Where: Sydney’s Darling Harbour, Royal Botanic Gardens

6. Nicholson Museum

The last one is inside my great Sydney University. Nicholson Museum isn’t big, but you will find lots inside. Here is the home of collections of cultural relics of Australia. Most of the collections were handpicked by Nicholson, who was the one of the founders of Sydney University. Never underestimate this great place. The reason it is called a museum is because here it unfolds the 150-year history of Australia.

Eye-catching here is the Egyptian mummy! It is free.

Where: Nicholson Museum

Open: Monday to Friday 10:00am – 4:30pm and Saturday 12:00pm – 4:00pm.

There are so many other wonderful places in Sydney where you can enjoy your time. Although I have lived in Sydney for many years, I don’t think I have finished my own tour of Sydney. Maybe you will enjoy these tips and find out more by yourself.

Holidaying in Turkey

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The republic of Turkey is situated at the northeastern part of the Mediterranean Sea, Southeast of Europe and mostly on Anatolia in Western Asia. Its capital city is known as Istanbul. Turkey has a rich history, a variety of landscapes, sandy beaches, numerous places to visit and several activities to do.

Istanbul

As mentioned earlier, this is the capital city of turkey. For an introduction to the Turkish culture, Istanbul is a magnificent first stop. The metropolitan city is full of history and is packed with museums, mosques, and ruins.

If one is a social butterfly they can visit the Taksim Square where there are plenty of bars, lounges and clubs for people to choose from. One cannot lack anything to do when in Istanbul.

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Antalya

It is the most rapidly growing city in turkey and tourists from the world over are discovering its fantastic mix of pleasant beaches.

There are several beautiful restaurants with ocean views, beaches, malls, tea-shops, and the beach parks for the kids, which include water sliding and visiting the Dolphin land, home to sea lions, white whales and dolphins.

The tram quickly transports you from one point to another for as little as 1.50 Turkish Lira. On some days, it is totally free. For those who enjoy nightlife, the town has several lounges and bars to explore.

The city provides fun activities for everyone including mountain climbing, swimming, sight-seeing, sailing among others.

The Grand Bazaar

Grand indeed, the Grand Bazaar is located in Turkey’s capital, Istanbul.

It is one of the oldest covered markets in the entire world with over 3000 shops and 61 covered streets within.

The Bazaar attracts between 250,000 and 400,000 visitors each day.

The bazaar houses, shops for all kinds of items, mosques, and restaurants among others.

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Konya

Best known for its Whirling Dervishes and Seljuk architecture worldwide, Konya is one of the world’s oldest cities.

This City that thrived under the rule of the Seljuk Dynasty in the 12th and 13th centuries hosts some of the attractive buildings from back then, including the ruins of the Seljuk palace and the Alaeddin Mosque.

Ephesus

The city boasts of the great Temple of Artemis, being one of the Seven Wonders of the World. Its ruins, very well preserved make the city one of the nation’s most popular tourist attraction sites.

The attractions therein include the Hadrian Temple, the massive theatre, a double story structure constructed to house over 12000 scrolls and the popular Celsus Library.

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Bodrum

Bodrum is situated in southern Turkey.

It was home to the Mausoleum which is one of the seven wonders of the ancient world.

The cliff-top resorts, intriguing ruins and the beautiful resorts attract tourists from around the world.

A tour of Bodrum can never be complete without having seen the Bodrum Castle or the Castle of St Peter.

Marmaris

This is one of the country’s most popular beach resorts.

It is a startling cruise port with lots of adventure for tourists, sightseeing opportunities, excellent dining and nightlife, and watersports.

Some of the best hotels in Turkey include D-Hotel Maris Marmaris, Georges Hotel, Istanbul, Adahan Hotel Istanbul among others.  Tourists may visit the embassy/ consulate for their Turkish visas to enjoy the breathtaking scenery of this country.

A Guide to the Captivating Islands of Croatia

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The Croatian coastline, with more than 1000 dazzling islands, is one of the most beautiful in the world. People say that if you look out to the sea from any spot in the Croatian coastline, it is impossible not to notice a speck of green in the distance. It is interesting to note that the majority of the Croatian Islands is small and uninhabited. The travel guides reckon that there are only 20 islands which are popular among the tourists and locals. The colors and sounds of these beautiful islands are much more intense than the mainland and people can develop a serious addiction to these over time!

There has been a huge development in this part of the world after the Balkan War and some of the popular islands like Hvar, Brac & Korcula remain fully crowded during the peak months of July & August. The good thing is that accessibility to these islands has improved a lot with the introduction of boat and yacht rent services and a corresponding increase in the frequency of flights to the Rijeka Airport. The islands are very impressive and some of them house the last remains of the Greek & Roman civilization. Even if you hated history in school you will fall in love with the amphoras of Hvar and the archaeological bronzes off Mali Losinj. Examples of beautiful architecture of the Venetian Empire can be found in the capitals of Cres, Rab & Hvar.

Natural Attractions

There is a plethora of natural attractions on the islands of Croatia that will delight even the most discerning traveler. The Blue Cave of Bisevo is a spectacular play of light on the blue waters that will simply mesmerize your senses. The place is easily accessible by boat from the neighboring island of Vis. If you are big fan of wildlife then head towards the Cres Island where you can catch a glimpse of the griffon vulture. The gorgeous red corals of Korcula and the pebble promontory on Brac are equally popular with the tourists.

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Good Infrastructure

If you want to spend 2 – 3 days on an island then you need to choose one of those islands which have good infrastructure and have reliable ferry connections that will enable you to make day trips to the neighboring islets. The islands of Korcula, Krk, Cres and Mali Losinj fall in this category. They have good beaches, well laid out towns and a variety of restaurants.

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Adventurous Activities

The islands of Croatia provide a perfect backdrop of adventurous activities that you can enjoy almost throughout the year. You can visit one of the nudist beaches and lie down there to relax or discover the traditional method of fishing with the help of a trawl net. The sunset sail excursion from the Krk Island is an exhilarating experience and should not be missed under any circumstances. Water-skiing is another enjoyable activity that you can pursue here and the kids love playing on the sun-kissed beaches.

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Delicious Food

If you are a real foodie then you should enjoy exploring the islands of Croatia. Here you will get to savor the finest wine and authentic local dishes like squid lentils & barley, the scampi of Kvarner Gulf which are served in a risotto and the excellent fish stew of Hvrar. There are lots of things to do in Croatian Islands and it is all fun and excitement each day of the year. Now with the ease of accessibility, more and more tourists are making a beeline to visit these lovely islands on the Adriatic Sea. The fun, excitement and adventure of visiting these beautiful islands are simply incomparable.

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