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Posts from February, 2009

Bundesliga’s finest clash in the DFB Cup Final

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Anyone familiar with English football will understand the passion and emotional fervour associated with a cup final.

Football-mad Germany is no different and this year’s Deutscher Fussbal-Bund (DFB) Cup Final promises excite just the same response.

Berlin’s Olympiastadion is the venue for the match on May 30th, where the victorious side will lift the prestigious gold-plated sterling silver trophy, or the "pot" as it is affectionately known.

This year’s competition is at the quarter-final stage and current holders Bayern Munich are looking to retain their title, but must first negotiate a tricky away tie against Bayer Leverkusen.

Current league leaders Munich are also the all-time leading winners of the cup, with 14 successful campaigns.

Meanwhile Werder Bremen will visit Wolfsburg, Mainz host FC Schalke and surprise package Wehen Wiesbaden will look to continue their run away to Hamburg.

Football fans on Berlin tours should not miss the chance to soak up the party atmosphere that this annual event creates across the entire city.

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New isango! travel experiences – January 09 update

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Hello “isangoers”!

In January we have released a great number of new tours, activities and experiences and I would like to introduce them all to you. We have some exciting products in New York (spa days, river cruises and others), things to do in Orlando, San Francisco, a selection of tours for Elvis Presley fans, activities in Singapore and more. So without further ado, this is what we have “fresh from the oven” just for you:

New Things to do in New York

Statue of Liberty Cruise – This one-hour audio-guided tour explores the history of New York City and shows the best views of its present. It tells the story of the harbor from its first settlement through 9/11 till the present day.

New York Hop on Hop off Tour (1 or 2 days) – Get unlimited access to a fleet of fast, fun boats serving ten stops at the city’s hottest neighborhoods and attractions. Water Taxis are fast and fun, so you’ll see more sights in less time and enjoy a stress-free, breezy ride.

Sunset Cruise in New York – Unwind after a long day of sightseeing with a drink and a front-row seat to the greatest show in the world – the sun setting behind the New York skyline.

Exploring New York with the Flexpass -Make the most of your stay in New York City with this very convenient and great-value Flexpass. Choose between a Single Flexpass or a Double Flexpass and enjoy the flexibility to tour the Big Apple according to your convenience and comfort.

Fourth of July in New York – Be prepared to be mesmerized on this unforgettable Fourth of July cruise as you watch the New York skyline explode with a dazzling display of fireworks. continue reading

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Berlin comes over a little queer at the Verzaubert Film Festival

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The very best in gay and lesbian cinema and short films will be showcased once again this year at the Verzaubert International Queer Film Festival in Berlin.

From March 18th to 25th this event will see the scene’s best-known acting, directing and writing talent descend on the German capital, along with a host of the most promising up-and-comers.

The festival is now in its 18th year and since its inception in 1991 has grown from strength to strength, which included a name change to include the word ‘queer’ to reflect the gay community’s reclamation of a word formerly used as a means of denigration.

This year’s event promises to be as big and as bold as ever and with a host of screenings, premieres, events and parties on offer, visitors on Berlin tours should stop by during the event for a unique insight into the world of gay and lesbian cinema.

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Shopaholics on high alert for Berlin’s long night

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Some cities offer late nights of gallery openings or midnight film screenings and while this kind of high-brow cultural activity is very much a part of Berlin tours, the Late Night of Shopping usually attracts just as many visitors.

On selected dates every March and October, the German capital’s famous retail strip of Kurfurstendamm and the surrounding area opens far later than usual, coinciding with the altering of the clocks and the change of the seasons.

Many stores open until around midnight and there are several fairs and street parties to make the event even more special.

Live music and other entertainment is on offer at a number of specially-erected stages around the city centre, so even after all the credit cards have been maxed visitors to the city can still have a good time without spending a single Euro.

Why not book the Famous Insider Walk Tour in advance?ADNFCR-1652-ID-19029583-ADNFCR

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Berlin welcomes spring with contemporary music festival

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Berlin will herald the coming of the spring with one of the highlights of its cultural calendar from March 20th to 29th.

The Maerz Musik festival will include a busy schedule of performances of works by some of the world’s leading contemporary composers.

A number of the most famous and promising performers in this field will be in the German capital as part of this innovative and forward-looking event, which will also include a number of lectures and talks, as well as experimental attractions including sound installations and workshops.

Notable elements of the programme include the Moscow Contemporary Music Ensemble’s performance at the Jewish Museum on Sunday 22nd and Nieuw Ensemble Amsterdam at Radialsystem V on Monday 23rd.

Whether lovers of the contemporary classic scene or curious newcomers to this challenging and fascinating cultural world, visitors should make a point of including Maerz Musik in their Berlin tours this spring.

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History, Humour and Horrors at the London Bridge Experience

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I’m a real scaredy cat – the one who hid behind the sofa during Dr Who and still buries her head in a cushion when creepy music comes on TV. So, when my grandson Josh said he wanted to visit the London Bridge Experience for his 13th birthday, my heart sank.

The London Bridge Experience is a new attraction but I’d heard it involved a trip into medieval burial grounds and a fair dollop of horror. But a birthday promise is a promise and off we went. “Bet you scream,” said my husband, who still bears scars from the time I dug my fingers into his arm during ‘Jurassic Park’. continue reading

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Berlin gets set for an evening of motorcycle thrills

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Pulses will be set racing at the FIM FMX World Championships – Night of the Jumps in Berlin on March 21st and 22nd.

The O2 World in the German capital will be the venue for this fast and frenetic event, which will see the world’s most daring motorcycle stunt riders compete for the coveted title.

Over the course of the event each contestant will attempt to outshine their rivals with death-defying aerial stunts as they soar into the air from the specially-constructed jump.

This kind of freestyle riding is growing in popularity all over Europe, with many fans viewing it as a fitting summertime alternative to the kind of ‘big air’ contests taking place in mountain resorts during the winter.

Alongside the main attraction there will also be an array of other stunts and shows, glamorous pit girls and pyrotechnics to keep the huge crowd entertained.

Visitors on Berlin tours should definitely grab some tickets as this high-adrenaline sporting event is not to be missed.

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Business travellers in search of power

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It’s a hard reality of modern life: people want power. We’re talking about electrical power – just to be clear, that thing that allows you to be mobile, do your job from trains and airport lounges, and call or be called anywhere you are.

Unfortunately, energy resides in batteries and gets consumed. (By the way, have you noticed how the lesser you’ve got left, the faster it goes? I am sure “they did it on purpose”). That’s when you need to recharge your batteries and things start being fun, especially in airports. There are no other places on earth with more abundance of electric power (except maybe for Paris illuminations during Christmas) yet, when Your Batteries run down, power plugs become as rare as white truffles (*). If you see a business man or woman walking slowly head down, looking behind wastebins, pillars, phone booths, benches or vending machines, they are in dire need of power.

While waiting in London Heathrow seating areas you’ll be able to see a few hotspots or internet access points, most of them not working, with a ballet of nervous power hungry guys (most of the time men, really). Here they come approaching in delight, zipping out all their gears proud as pros, plugging in, grunt in denial, tapping on their chargers, unplugging, replugging, staring at their devices as if trying to recharge by brainwaves. Then they realize they are alone. A quick look behind them to check if anyone has noticed (yes we did), then calmy store al the stuff back, as if, after all, it was not so urgent, and clean the area.

Next you’ll see them looking for vacuum cleaners plugs hidden among benches. The few lucky ones already connected never leave the spot anyway. After cleaning up their Outlooks, they hang on there… “comfortably numb”, with plenty of excuses to stay connected: check the webmail, check the second webmail, update status on Facebook, update Twitter, looking at the other desperate guys like satisifed lions after the hunt.

One smart, very smart insurance group that I can’t name here has setup a desk in the middle of T1. It’s a clean, glossy white desk reminding of a medical center with positions where people can sit down to get their shoot of network access and… recharge their batteries. They don’t sell any insurance. They just help the addicts in need. Holy cow. Good idea.

Daniele

 

 

PS: to ease your frustration you might be interested in transfer services to/from London Heathrow airport to downtown. But there are no plugs onboard.

 (*) white truffles are a special kind of mushrooms growing underground, exclusively in the Langhe region of Italy. They are worth their weight in gold.

 

[This post is syndicated from the isango! travel blog]

 

 

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Rackets flying at the Hurghada International Squash Tournament

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The world’s top male and female squash players will descend on the beautiful Red Sea coast for the annual Hurghada International Squash Tournament, which takes place from March 28th to April 4th.

With thousands of dollars of prize money on offer this event sees action of the highest calibre with the upper echelons of the game looking to gain crucial cash and ranking points.

Last year’s event saw home players dominate proceedings, with second seed Ramy Ashour beating favourite Amr Shabana in the final of the men’s competition, as well as Omneya Abdel Kawy vanquishing English player Jenny Duncalf.

Competition at this year’s event promises to be fierce as players from around the world look to break the seemingly vice-like grip that Egyptian players can exert while on home soil.

For the spectacle of a fantastic sporting event will all the stunning recreational activities they could possibly need on their doorstep, this should be a priority for anyone on Egypt tours.

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Mozart evoked at the Cairo Opera House

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An oasis of calm and high culture in Egypt’s bustling capital will host one of Mozart’s most famous operas this spring.

The Cairo Opera House will stage Le nozze di Figaro (The Marriage of Figaro) from April 14th to 17th.

Written by the Austrian composer in 1786, the opera follows on directly from the events of the Barber of Seville and takes place in the court of Countess Rosina, where the Count’s valet, Figaro, is set to be married to his beloved Susanna.

The Cairo Opera House should be a key stop for visitors on Egypt tours as it is one of the most impressive cultural venues in the entire country.

In addition to its rich and varied performance schedule it also co-ordinates educational programmes and workshops under the auspices of the National Cultural Centre.

As a unique opportunity to see a production of this classic work against the backdrop of one of the most richly historic and culturally unique countries in the world, this should not be missed.

Why not book the Full day Museum, Citadel & Bazaar tour in advance?ADNFCR-1652-ID-19024435-ADNFCR

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