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The Windsor Castle, Stonehenge & Bath tour departs from Victoria Coach station in London and includes entrance to Windsor Castle and Stonehenge, plus traditional pub lunch - why not try the fish and chips?
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Private Tour of Shakespeare's birthplace in stratford& Champagne reception with strawberry scones.Perfomance from a shakespeare play! Scenic tour of Cotswolds, entry to Stonehenge, walking tour..
Have you been to London many times and never get tired of going back? Of course, it is a beautiful city. However there are things to see that are really interesting and whichare out of the ordinary tourist tours of the capital.
Each tourist guide of London always offers its west side, where there are the most important monuments and the most popular attractions of the city. Even the east, however, in recent years has been subject to a work of urban regeneration that has turned it an attractive destination for tourists.
The first place to visit is Hackney, was a London slum , but which has recently been re-evaluated and re-discovered. This is the part of the city where Alfred Hitchcock discovered his movie-making skills, since here he set some of his first films. The Hackney Marshes, with its 88 football fields, is one of the biggest green spaces in the area andit was chosen in 2012as a part of the Olympic Park.
Hyde Park, well-known by tourists, but in the north-east corner of the wide green area something happens that you do not see every day: near Marble Arch is located the Speakers' Corner, where usually on Sunday mornings, many people, express their opinions on certain topics. Climbing on chairs, stools and folding ladders always attract the attention of many onlookers. Here, in the past, important people such as Karl Marx, Lenin and George Orwell held their historical speeches.
When you speak about London's markets, immediately it comes to your mind the iconic Portobello Road. However, you might also find great deals at the Broadway Market. Here you can find everything from street food to household appliances at a very affordable price. Located between London Fields and Regent's Canal, it is still not well known by the mass of tourists and it is mostly frequented by local people, so represents the true British style.
The neighborhoods of the East End, especially the Whitechapel and Spitalfields districts, are always associated with the macabre figure of one of the most infamous serial killer in history: Jack the Ripper. Many guided tours lead bravest visitors along those streets where the crimes were committed. Of course, the tour will take place in the evening, starting around 7pm, to give a greater aura of mystery and anxiety experience. London hides many other places in which it is possible to test their mettle, such as the Old Bailey, place of numerous public hangings, the place of the barber Sweeney Todd and the place of torture Braveheart.
In recent years, the King's Cross station, in the district of Camden Town, has become a very popular destination, thanks to the worldwide success of the young wizard Harry Potter. It is a hidden track of this old Victorian-style station, retaining its features of other times with its large arches,. The place is magnificient, and here there is the platform 9¾ which really exists, among the platforms 9 and 10: from here, as they say in books and movies, the train takes the students to wizards' school in Hogwarts. The platform is enough recognizable, as in a wall a luggage trolley has been planted with which more and more tourists decide to take a photo.
It is not possible to get tired of a city like London. London is a polyhedral city that can offer many attractions, tastes, smells and experiences, moving through different areas of the capital, makes it possible to reinvent oneself and live a different life. So if you are tired of eating in the traditional places and want to try something completely different and eccentric, in London you can find an infinite number of restaurants that makes a difference. You can choose between various alternatives, from places with interactive 3D menus to those where you eat in complete darkness, others where everything is served with garlic and yet delicious scorpions covered in chocolate, and others particular places.
The first restaurant is Inamo, this oriental fusion restaurant has a pioneering interactive ordering system, which is projected on your table. You can order from a 3D menu, choose from a selection of virtual tablecloths, know the neighborhood and even book a taxi to go home, all while you are comfortably seated at your table and especially without continually having to call the waiters.
Dans Le Noir
This idea comes from France, it is an unusual idea for an appointment if you want to impress your partner. It is a place where you eat in total darkness, the experience begins as soon asyou enter the room, the waiter lead you to your table by putting his hand on your shoulder through the dark, without knowing who and what you are eating.
Garlic & Shots
Garlic & Shots enjoys the reputation of being the only place where everything on the menu has, as its main ingredient, garlic. From the main dishes to beverages-beer-garlic until dessert, such as ice cream, everything is prepared with the aroma of garlic.
Golden statues of Buddha, palmettos and huge peacock feathers help to give an unusual aspect to the restaurant design, sending bizarre sensations to the public. As if the interior was not enough suprising, as soon as you open the menu you will be even more amazed: a menu which features delicacies such as crocodile, kangaroo, ostrich, and scorpions covered in chocolate.
Bar owned by Bill Wyman, the bass player of the Rolling Stones, whose name comes from the title of one of the best rock albums of all time. It is located in Kensington and is famous for burgers, ribs and very massive steaks. Other attractions of the place are the decorations, because they suggest an affinity with a sanctuary full of memorabilia, one of the most popular rock bands of all time.
As you may already know, transport in London is not cheap, consequently planning your travel is a wise decision. Here are some tips that will reduce your transport bill. First of all, you should avoid buying single tickets and if you do so, your transport costs will be more expensive than they they needed to be.
If you want to save money (e.g. for shopping or cultural visits ) there are 3 main ticket options:
Pay-as-you-go Oyster card:
It is a prepaid card that permits you to pay single tickets less than the basic ones and to benefit from discounted rates . If you are here for a short trip, this is the cheapest option for you. For example, with an Oyster card, a single ticket on the underground in central London will cost you £2.20 (€2.68) instead of £4.70 (€5.73).
If you use an Oyster card to pay transport in central London (zone 1) for the whole day, there is a maximum amount (the “daily cap”) which is either £7 (€8.54) during the off-peak time: after 9.30am (Monday—Friday) or £8.40 (€10.25) during the peak time. Moreover, the cheapest way to move in London is the bus, and using it for the whole day it will cost you £4.40 (€5.37) maximum with an Oyster card. The amount will be deducted from your card.
One day, weekly or monthly Travel cards:
This option offers you unlimited travel within certain zones. For example, the One day Travelcard costs £8.90 (€10.25) during the off peak time and £9.20 (€11.22) during the peak time. It allows you to travel in the zone 1 as well as the zone 2. London's transport map is divided into concentric zones. Zone 1 and 2 are located in Central London.
If you go in London for more than 4 days and you plan to use public transports every day, the cheapest way is the weekly Travelcard. A zone 1-2 Weekly Travelcard costs £31.60 (€38.55). However, if you think that there will be few days when you won’t be using public transport, the Pay-as-you-go Oyster card is better for you.
Travelcards and the Pay-as-you-go Oyster Card are valid on all modes of transport in London
Weekly bus pass:
This pass gives you unlimited travel by bus for the whole London. If you go in London for more than 4 days this is the cheapest way to move, but only if you are sure to use only buses. A weekly bus pass costs £20.40 (€24.90) for the whole London
Bring your four-legged friends with you
When you travel with your pet dog, cat or ferret, the rules that you have to follow are differents and it depends on the country you are going to .
Are you travelling into EU from a country recognized by the Pet Travel Scheme?
Yes? Well! When you are going to UK from a EU or a non-EU “listed” country, you must provide your pet with: a microchip, a rabies vaccination to do after that your pet has been microchipped and wait for 21 days before travelling with your pet.
In addiction your pet needs a pet passport or official third country veterinary certificate and a tapeworm treatment (for dogs only) and an authorized carried and approved route.
Following these rules your pet can enter UK without being subject to quarantine through special customs for animals.
Are you travelling into an EU country from a not recognized country?
Yes? Well! When you travel to UK (or another UE country) from a not-recognized country (is any country not included in the Pets Travel Scheme) you must provide your pet with: a microchip, a rabies vaccination to do after that your pet has been microchipped, a blood test - the vet must take the blood sample at least 30 days after the rabies vaccination and then you must wait 3 months from the date the blood sample was taken before travelling.
In addiction, your pet needs an official third country veterinary certificate, a tapeworm treatment (for dogs only) and an authorized carried and approved route.
However, if your pet is vaccinated, blood tested and has a pet passport in the EU before travelling to an “unlisted” country, you shouldn't wait 3 months.
Concerning other pets (like rodents, rabbits, birds, reptiles, ornamental fish and invertebrates) there are no restrictions on bringing to the UK from other EU countries.
Otherwise, pet rabbits and rodents from other countries must spend 4 months in quarantine. They need a rabies import licence and must enter the UK at a Border Inspection Post.
For more information contact the Animal Health and Veterinary Laboratories Agency\
In 1119, five miles south-east from Maidstone, Norman baron placed the first stone of one of the most important castle in the history of England, becoming a former royal palace in the 12th century. During its history, it has been owned by a succession of monarchs and no less than six queens of England.
The castle is set on a pair of islands in a large lake. Beside the bridge are the ruins of an unusual barbican with arches for the three roads that used to converge on this spot. The extensive parkland, which is surrounding the castle, was landscaped in the early 18th century and many of the trees that were planted still remain. The park is split by streams and lakes and are the home of more then 30 species of waterfowl. Going inside the castle you will find a majesty front hall, following the path, you will see a gorgeous dinning room and magnificent library, crossing the spacious corridors, you will find the drawing room and the music room. All the decoration inside remain intact from the past, and it creates a perfect atmosphere for understanding the history of Leeds castle.
In conclusion the historic castle, the glorious garden and the program of events make visitors come back to the English past and enjoy the history and landscape of England.
Believe it or not, many people from different parts of the world say that they have seen strange objects flying in the sky, but there is no certain explanation for what they have seen. For those of you fascinated by all things extraterrestrial there are some hot spots to visit to find out for your self.
Let’s start our journey in Britain; passing the A36 road between Salisbury and Bath, there is a small rural town called Warminster where in 1964 mysterious booming noises and light balls crossed the sky. Moving on from England to Scotland, we find Bonnybridge “the UFO capital of Scotland”, where more than 300 UFO showings are reported every year!
Then, crossing the Atlantic ocean, thousands of people have seen flying saucers with lights over the sky in a space of about 300 miles from Nevada, through Phoenix to the edge of Tucson. In Nevada State on Route 375, the state has designated the area as the “The extraterrestrial highway”. It is a popular gathering place for UFO enthusiasts, recently in the limelight due to the film "Paul".
Finally, our extraterrestrial trip ends in Darwin, North Australia, where grey and black discs of different shapes and sizes, and white and yellow lights have created spectacular scenes across the skies.
Could some of these places be part of a tourist trail for visitors from other parts of the universe? There is no certain answer. However, if you want to find out more! visit one of these locations and you may well be amazed!
On the 31st of March 2012, the Warner Bros. Studios in Leavesden, approximately 18 miles Northwest of central London, finally opened their gates to the public offering an amazing opportunity to explore the magic of Harry Potter, the boy who survived. This winter, there is also something special to see: the whole Hogwarts castle in miniature covered with snow.
The three hour walking tour through the 200 acre studio takes you behind the scenes and showcases of the most successful film series of all time.
After a small introduction of the staff, your tour starts with an amazing introductory film with the three main actors of the movies Rupert Grint (Ron Weasley), Emma Watson (Hermione Granger) and Daniel Radcliffe (Harry Potter) followed by exploring the original Hogwarts Great Hall with its stonefloor and the great altar where Dumbledore always used to held his festive but also warning speeches at the beginning and end of every school year. Then you will come to "the big room" where all the costumes, props and magical things are located. If you think that you have already seen everything, then you will be surprised, when you will come to the outdoor area of the Warner Bros. Tour. Here you can enjoy a cold delicious "Butterbeer" and you have the possibility to make a photo in front of the Knight bus or Hagrid's bike and you should not miss to take one in front of the Privet Drive where Harry had to eke out during the summers. If you think you have had enough fresh air, the tour continues with the make-up artist room where all the creatures are exhibited and a few special effects are revealed. Then you can wander down Diagon Alley which had been built by incredible talented British artists who paid an amazing attention to details. And if your mind is not already completely blown, it surely will be when you enter the final room where you will see the Hogwarts castle in a scale of 1:24, so detailed and beautiful that your breath will be taken away for a moment. And as if the castle in miniature would not be enough to be breathtaking, this winter, it is covered with a blanket of snow. Due to the popular demand, the duration of this special feature has been extended. So, you have now the possibility to enjoy the most magical snowfall of the season until the 12th of January 2014 in Leavesden.
So if you are a real Pottermaniac do not miss the chance, but be prepared for some secrets that will be revealed.
How many of you have experienced the delays and the problems which can arise when travelling by plane?
Travel by train has increased in popularity and not without reason. Most of the time the worst part of a trip is the flight. You are probably lucky if you travel often and you have never been late, had a cancelled flight, lost luggage and obviously had ear pain.
Moreover travelling by train involves a wide range of benefits, which explain its expansion. First of all the train fares are clear, stable and they don’tchange in regards to the time of year. If it is a last-minute booking and if it is just one way or two, as instead the flight fares are affected.
Furthermore, there isn’t the need to arrive two hours before departure, one just need to arrive 30 minutes before to reach your platform. The flexibility of the train also needs to be mentioned. In case you miss the train at 10:00, most of the time you have the next train at 10:30 or 11:00.
A great advantage is the possibility to bring as many luggage as you want without being charged, as it happens travelling by aeroplane, especially if the suitcase exceeds the pre-arranged weight.
Beyond all these positive aspects, it is necessary to not forget that the trains go from city center to city center with the possibility to save the extra cost related to transportation from or to the airport, which is normally located outside the city. Regarding the last point the train area money saving means that in comparison to plane, especially if you are travelling on short distance.
As confirmed the Eurostar has known a steady growth in 2013 until now. In regards to sales revenue and number of passengers as well. This is a common trend which is accompanied by a wide raise of the number employed for train companies.
From London to Paris it takes just two hours, what are you waiting for?
From July 25th, every travelling citizen of the European Union member state, no matter how young, needs to be travelling with their own passport. Previously in many countries, children have been able to travel having their information in their guardian's passport. In 2009, the EU made a change to the passport regulations so that a passport can only hold the information of one person.
There is no certainty how some of the member countries are going to react to this change in the regulations but some of them have announced to control their borders according to the new regulation. Also several airlines have stated that they will be applying the regulation in their passport control at the airport.
In many countries, this regulation has been implemented already before the EU announced the change in the legislation in 2009. For example, in the UK children have been required to have their own passport since October 5 1998 which means that even all the 10 year passports which had the information of a child have been expired even before the regulation was set by the EU. However this has not been the case in all the member countries which is the reason why this regulation was put in place.
In the UK, the passport restriction was placed to match the international standards and to prevent child abduction. The Identity and Passport Service (IPS) is responsible for issuing passports in the UK. Parents can get several types of a court order which states that only the parents of the child are allowed to apply passport for the child. If the application for the passport is coming from someone else, IPS will automatically reject the application. In some cases, the mother of the child is also allowed to forbid the child from getting a passport.
More information about the issuing passports in the UK can be found from Directgov website.
After acquiring passports for the whole family, you are ready to head for a holiday. Do not forget to book a hotel before your departure.
If you are planning a trip to the United States, why not visit the breathtaking Blue Ridge Parkway in Virginia or North Carolina. The Parkway does not only have amazing landscapes but it offers other attractions and activities for everybody. The construction of the Parkway started 77 years ago and today the road is 469 miles long.
The Parkway has astonishing views as the road snakes through the mountains. You can find many small villages and local businesses along the Parkway which offer the opportunities to taste the local delicacies and go shopping. There are several galleries along the Parkway for those who are interested in art. For more cultural experiences, you can stop by in one of the museums or visit a theatre. In case you happen to travel during July you can check out the Appalachian Summer Festival held annually in Boone which is located in North Carolina and is easy to visit from Charlotte. In the North Carolina end, you can experience a totally different culture by driving through the Cherokee reservation. The area is reserved for the descendants of the original American Cherokee tribe to live in and has many attractions and souvenier shops for tourists.
In the autumn the colour palet changes and the leaves turn bright red, yellow and orange. During summertime, the nature offers the ideal environment for hiking, biking, camping, swimming and fishing. In the winter, parts of the road are closed as they would be dangerous to drive but alternative routes are available. You can pick up your own map for free from the travel centres located along the road. Any exceptions in the road are mentioned and a separate map for the length of the exception is provided.
As the Blue Ridge Parkway is only accessible by vehicles, it might be an idea to rent a car from either Charlotte or Richmond and book a hotel to stay after the day's drive.
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