Ten shopping capitals of the world

March 11, 2014

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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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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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Corporate Sponsorship for The Colosseum?

April 20, 2012

CORPORATE sponsorship of stadiums is nothing new and is common across the globe, however when that stadium is 2000 years old and internationally recognized – Olga Leleka looks at what could be be a world-first.

Does any traveler to Rome return without an image of the Colosseum?

Be it a photograph to a refrigerator magnet. Millions have looked upon this ancient engineering marvel in awe and left with not only the image of it burned into their memory, but also with a token reminder.

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