Ten shopping capitals of the world

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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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5 cities to see in the New Year before you die

September 19, 2012

New Year in Sydney.

NEW year, new opportunities, new plans…and (whether you actually keep them or not) new resolutions.

The methods of celebrating may vary across the globe , but for the most part and for most people, New Year is the largest party of the year.

The following five cities should be added to any traveler’s “bucket list” as destinations to see in the New Year at least once.

From basking in the summer sun with Australians and South Americans to winter in the United State’s greatest city or the French and Japanese capitals these cities traverse five continents and two seasons.

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Bridges carrying the burden of love across Europe

August 23, 2012

Padlocks of various shapes and colors on Hohenzollern Bridge, Cologne.

IT’S a curious trend – the hanging of “love” locks on bridges.

The tradition started in Rome many years ago, when hundreds of romantic couples wrote their names and romantic wishes on padlocks, hung them on the Ponte Milivio Bridge, and threw the keys into Tiber River.

Since then people have hung all kinds of locks, from cheap with signatures etched in correction pen or a marker, to custom made locks with engraved messages on them, and attached them to these so-called “bridges of love”.

Whether it is an attempt to show the strength of your affection by declaring your love to the world, or simply to decorate the dull and gloomy architecture of bridges worldwide, but you can find these symbols of urban communal art in many European cities.

Dmitry Dmitriev of Booked.net looks at this phenomenon and offers a list of bridges carrying the largest amount of love-laced metal.

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Dali. The man, the mystery…and his favorite hotel

September 23, 2011

SPANISH genius and eccentric enigma. Salvador Dali earned fame as a painter, photographer and even film-maker, yet he is still recognized as one of the most ambiguous personalities of the 20th century.

Olga Leleka looks at the man, his love of Paris and the hotel he called home in the French Capital.

Salvador Dali in 1954

The world would never have recognized the scale of Dali’s talent and flamboyance if the famous painter wasn’t preoccupied with his passions for art, women and Paris.

He first became acquainted with Paris in 1926 when a young visited the city with his family. Captured by the beauty of the “City of Light”, the young fellow discovered a workshop held by Pablo Picasso.

Inspired by the master, Dali used to spend hours learning to paint in Picasso’s style. His attempts to emulate Picasso would instill in him a lifelong passion for art.

On his return to Madrid, Salvador Dali would forget about Paris for the next three years and become a part of forward-thinking intellectual life of Spain – challenging the backwardness of the political system and the Catholic Church of Spain and its beliefs that were out-of-step with contemporary thought.

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