Ten shopping capitals of the world

March 11, 2014

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Seven out of the ordinary places to visit in Paris

November 1, 2012

THE true face of Paris is in its unknown sights, such as A Cat House on the Trocadero, The Opera Bastille – a meeting place for informal groups, Le Marais, Mare Quarter and others.

Everyone knows the obvious things to see and do in Paris – visit the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre, the Arc de Triomphe, Champs Elysees and much has been written about these sights.

So Booked.net’s Svetlana Malukha explores seven points of interest in Paris that are not usually included in tourist itineraries.

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Creepy, yet tasty, ideas for your Halloween Party

October 30, 2012

ON the Eve of Halloween, as people put the finishing touches on their Halloween costumes, some people like to let their creativity flow beyond their apparel.

Booked.net writer Svetlana Malukha presents some ideas for a Halloween party menu.

If you decided to organize a party at home, these easy, but scary dishes will bring a little Halloween spirit to your  table.

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Weird fall holidays in the US

October 25, 2012

WHILE people wait for the festive season and as the days grow longer and colder that wait can seem an eternity.

However, as Booked.net’s Svetlana Malukha reports, there are still some unusual and even awkward events throughout the lead-up to Christmas.

However, in all likelihood you’ll have never heard of them.

Of course, these holidays do not mean a day off work, but they can bring something new and fresh this gloomy time of year.

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Renaissance city – Liverpool

October 4, 2012

TWO cities in the United Kingdom were to play a crucial role in the huge cultural shift globally that epitomizes the Swinging Sixties – London and…Liverpool.

As unlikely as it seems this gritty port and industrial was to spawn a musical legacy unrivalled anywhere in the world.

And the legacy of pioneering Liverpudlian or “Scouser” musicians have led to the city claiming titles that have yet to be challenged. Liverpool is known as the World Capital City of Pop – a title bestowed upon it  by Guinness World Records because the record 56 number one singles produced by the city’s musicians still stands.

The names are synonymous with Western pop culture –  The Beatles…Gerry and the Pacemakers…Billy Fury.

Later acts like Frankie Goes to Hollywood have further added to that status.

While, many believe the city peaked with the Mersey Beat sound of the ’60s, before becoming a symbol of economic decline and stagnation, this is a city rapidly on the comeback.

On the eve of the 50th anniversary of the song that launched Beatlemania and the Beatles – Love Me DoBooked.net samples Liverpool.

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Choosing a hotel online

September 28, 2012

REGARDLESS of the destination, your choice of hotel can make…or break…your vacation or business trip.

In fact, whether or not your stay is comfortable can impact your entire travel experience.

So how to avoid disappointment?

Finding the best hotel for you can be a challenge, so here are Booked.net‘s hints and tips to finding the best hotel online to suit your needs and your budget.

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Europe’s great cities on the cheap – London

September 25, 2012

TO walk the streets of London is like being dropped in the center of a movie set, so recognisable are the city’s landmarks.

Despite two millenia of history, in this city the old and the new sit alongside each other in perfect harmony.

One of the world’s truly great cities, from London has it all from its illustrious and colorful history to art and culture, iconic architecture, royalty and an ethnic diversity in part built from its past as the hub of an empire and in part from its present – where its sheer scale draws people like moths to a flame.

From the Tower of London, the London Eye, Westminster Abbey, Piccadilly Circus, the Palace of Westminster and Big Ben, Buckingham Palace, St Paul’s Cathedral, Tower Bridge and Trafalgar Square, the list of sites for the average visitor to check off on their list is both exhaustive and exhausting.

In the final of our series Booked.net gives you some tips on how to take in the wealth of London without spending a fortune.

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Europe’s great cities on the cheap – Vienna

September 24, 2012

THIS city’s musical pedigree leads to its quite obvious title as The City of Music.

And what a pedigree it is. Vienna, Austria’s list of musical prodogies include Strauss, Mozart, Haydn, Schubert, Brahms, Mahler and Beethoven among others.

But that cultural legacy extends beyond musicians with psycho-analyst Siegmund Freud and painter Gustav Klimpt as among the city’s famous sons.

Boasting one of the most carefully preserved streetscapes in the world, this city is a living-breathing museum and it is this uniformity of architecture that sets the UNESCO recognised former seat of the Austro-Hungarian Empire apart from other great European cities such as Paris, Rome and London.

So how to take in one of the world’s architectural and cultural gems without burning a hole in your bank balance.

In Booked.net‘s third in this series, we offer you some hints and tips.

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Europe’s great cities on the cheap – Paris

September 21, 2012

IT is known as the “city of love” and as romantic as the atmosphere is, it is the city itself that most people fall head-over-heels in love with.

It has one of the most recognisible skylines in the world, largely because of the beautiful lattice iron Eiffel Tower that dominates it – a potent symbol of both France and it’s home Paris.

But the real love affair with Paris is when you look beyond those oh-so-familiar landmarks and explore its network of backstreets and claim Paris as your own.

But how to enjoy this holiday romance at prices that won’t leave you heartbroken?

In the second in our series on Europe’s great cities on the cheap Booked.net offers some answers.

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Europe’s great cities on the cheap – Rome

September 20, 2012

EUROPEAN cities can be considered to be the cradle of Western civilisation and contain historical and cultural riches, but sometimes those riches mean visiting those cities can cost a fortune.

Or does it? Believe it or not it is possible to take in all Europe’s most popular (read expensive) cities on a budget.

In this series, Booked.net gives you hint, tips and our picks of how to experience the great cities of Europe without blowing your budget.

So we start with the world’s first large scale city – Rome.

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