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Las Vegas

April 28th, 2013

Las Vegas, Nevada, is a fantasyland for anyone who wants to make their dreams come true.

Rising up from the desert over a century ago, the city of lights and action hosts famous shows, world-class golf and spa resorts, Zagat rated cuisine, 5-star hotels, and of course the thrill of the casinos.

Las Vegas is also known for the many drive through wedding chapels, and about 122,000 marriages are preformed there every year. Be sure to catch all the action after dark when the sides of many buildings light up to perform a dance of colors; some even have music set to them.

Watch a volcano erupt outside the Mirage, experience the water symphony of the Fountain Show at the Bellagio, or be serenaded through a gondola ride at the Venetian (be sure to look up at the intricately painted ceiling). Don’t forget to take a ride up to the Eiffel Tower observation deck where a panorama of the city unfolds itself for miles.

If you plan on spending most of your vacation shopping make sure you visit the Forum Shops next to Caesars Palace. Here you can window shop over 160 boutiques and experience fine dining all in one place. When night falls make sure to visit at least one of the six clubs located inside Caesars Palace. Clubs range from sophisticated jazz lounges to lively outdoor clubs.

The Venetian

The Venetian is a eco-friendly resort on the Las Vegas Strip with a unique Italian-themed design. The all-suite resort includes 19 international restaurants, a state-of-the-art casino, 5-acre pool deck and an Italian-style shopping mall.

Every suite at the Venetian Resort offers a spacious living room with a dining table, two 32-inch flat-screen TVs and free high-speed internet access. The large bathrooms offer marble counters and deluxe toiletries. A daily newspaper is also provided.

The Resort Venetian Hotel features 3 outdoor pools, a poolside bar and free access to the Canyon Ranch SpaClub gym. Four bars and lounges provide live nightly entertainment.

The Venetian Hotel’s indoor mall, Grand Canal Shoppes, boasts 80 boutique stores. Guests can stroll down the Italian styled streets or ride down the Grand Canal in an authentic Venetian gondola.

The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas

Set in the center of the Strip, this unique resort provides an enchanting destination amid the attractions of Las Vegas. The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas is less than 5 miles from McCarran International Airport.

Diverse culinary offerings led by world-renowned chefs range from Italian and French to Asian and Mexican cuisines. Resort highlights include 3 distinct pool environments, a 100,000-square-foot casino, and a desert-inspired spa.

The 2,995-room resort, opened in 2010, features oversized, private terraces accessed via large, sliding glass doors. Bright, spacious interiors provide kitchenettes, multiple flat-screen TVs, and luxurious bathrooms.

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If You’re Going to San Francisco…

April 18th, 2013

When you come to visit this famous and beautiful city by the coast, you’ll find a serious wealth of culture, history, and diversity. This city has become a tourist hot spot with many famous landmarks that travelers from all across the globe come to see. Some of the most famous land marks in San Francisco include the magnificent Golden Gate Bridge, this country’s most authentic China town, and the breathtaking steep, rolling hills of San Francisco. Marvel at the mystery of Alcatraz, the famous prison in which all thought was inescapable, until one man shocked even the highest trained security officers. Tour the city via the famous cable cars to see the enchanting mix of modern and Victorian architecture, and be sure to catch a glimpse of the Coit tower. Don’t miss out on Potrero Hill, where you’ll enjoy the sweeping view of downtown San Francisco.

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Established as the city of San Francisco in 1847, the California Gold Rush in 1848 transformed the city into the largest city on the West Coast at the time. Today, this multi-layered city carries a mix of all kinds of people and cultures, and the neighborhoods display the same diversity. In the Financial District where Union Square is located, you’ll find the main shopping area and hotel district in very close proximity. At Fisherman’s Wharf, be sure to try some of the famous clam chowder and Dungeness crab at this ever thriving fishing industry. In the same area, you’ll hit upon Russian Hill, where the well known, crooked and striking Lombard Street is found, as well as North Beach, the city’s mini-Italy. Telegraph Hill, also nearby, is the area you’ll find Coit Tower. The Tenderloin is infamous for most of the crime and poverty found in San Francisco. Be sure to observe the gorgeous murals found in the Mission District, and come see the Castro to appreciate the center of gay life in the community.

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The city of San Francisco is a well known lure for counterculture in the United States, mainly due to the many mass movements that have occurred there, giving it the reputation of being the liberal center of the States. In the 1950’s and 60’s, the San Francisco Renaissance was encouraged by the Beat Generation writers, and soon hippies gathered to Haight-Ashbury resulting in the famous Summer of Love and the Gay Rights Movement. The writers and artists who came to the area established the modern coffee house culture, and the social upheaval of the 60’s led San Francisco to become the center of liberal activism.

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The mix of cultures and communities in this melting pot of an area has led to the emergence of a thriving artistic and active community, where acceptance and respect are major attitudes that most members value. Another positive feature of this city is the fact that the weather is good all year long. The winters are mild and so there’s really no time of the year that is unsuitable for a trip. So come to visit this amazing city, and be sure to give yourself plenty of time to visit all the wonderful attractions and hot spots it has to offer.

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Featured hotel - London Hyde Park Hotel

April 8th, 2013

Overlooking Kensington Gardens and Hyde Park, the 4-star London Hyde Park Hotel offers an elegant brasserie and modern air-conditioned rooms, a 3-minute walk from Bayswater and Queensway Tube stations.

London Hyde Park

The bright rooms at The London Hyde Park are decorated with modern art and have Hypnos beds covered with Egyptian cotton sheets and thick duvets. Rooms include a flat-screen satellite TV, internet access and a work desk.

London Hyde Park

With wall-to-ceiling windows, The Arts Brasserie serves modern cuisine in stylish surroundings. Guests can enjoy a drink in the welcoming Arts Bar, which has a sun terrace overlooking Kensington Gardens.

Nearby Paddington Train Station offers excellent access to Heathrow Airport via the Heathrow Express 15-minute service. Oxford Street and West End theatres are a 10-minute Tube ride away.

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Featured Hotel: Edinburgh Tune

April 2nd, 2013

Edinburgh is one of Europe’s most beautiful cities, draped across a series of rocky hills overlooking the sea. It’s a town intimately entwined with its landscape, with buildings and monuments perched atop crags and overshadowed by cliffs - in the words of Robert Louis Stevenson, ‘a dream in masonry and living rock’. From the Old Town’s picturesque jumble of medieval tenements piled high along the Royal Mile, its turreted skyline strung between the black, bull-nosed Castle Rock and the russet palisade of Salisbury Crags, to the New Town’s neat grid of neoclassical respectability, all columns and capitals, porticoes and pediments, the city offers a constantly changing perspective. And it’s all small enough to explore easily on foot.

Edinburgh Tune Hotel

One of our favorite hotels in Edinburgh is the Tune Hotel Haymarket, which is directly across the road from the entrance to Haymarket Rail Station and centrally located to all the main attractions in the city. Tune Hotel Haymarket is just a mere 15 minutes’ walk to Edinburgh Castle and Princes Street which is the main shopping street in Edinburgh. Other attractions include Edinburgh International Conference Centre (only 7 minutes’ walk away), Murrayfield Stadium and Edinburgh Zoo is just a short 8 minutes’ drive away.

Edinburgh Tune Hotel

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