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A Royal Tour of London

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As William and Kate tour Canada, London celebrates Canada Day on Trafalgar Square! This 1st of July 2011 also marks what would have been the 50th birthday of William’s mother: the late Princess Diana.  When you tour London this summer or just go sightseeing in London, you will come across plenty of sights that still bear the popular princess’ mark.

Take a Royal Tour

Follow the route taken by the wedding procession of William and his new bride Kate last April. This London sightseeing tour will lead you past landmarks like the Royal Albert Hall and Westminster Abbey all the way up Kensington palace. Make pictures of the changing of the guards at Buckingham Palace and view the impressive features of the Houses of Parliament and Downing Street.

Kensington Palace.

Visit Kensington place up close, where Princess Diana lived in Apartment 8. This palace has housed several members of the Royal family: Princess Victoria lived there until she woke up Queen on 20 June 1837. Due to refurbishment only the State Apartments are currently open and have been turned into the exhibition The Enchanted Palace.

Play ground in Kensington Gardens.

Next to the palace lie the Kensington Gardens, the perfect place to go for a walk during a sunny day. Keep the children entertained on the Princess Diana Memorial Playground, designed especially for little adventurers! Inspired by Peter Pan, the playground has a huge pirate ship to climb, teepees to explore and a sensorial trail to experience. Accompanying adults can relax in the seating spaces among the trees and plants.

The Memorial Fountain in Hyde Park:

Beat the heat in the Diana Memorial Fountain in Hyde Park this summer. Its design represents Lady Di’s life with water flowing from the highest point into two directions until meeting in a calm pool at the bottom. See Londoners and tourists mingle, refreshing their feet while sitting on the fountain edge or crossing the water using one of the three bridges that lead you straight to the heart of the fountain; again symbolizing the openness and quality of Diana herself.

Harrods

Shop or window-shop in Harrods, London’s high-end department store that specializes in luxury goods. The biggest shop in the UK lives up to its motto, Omnia Omnibus Ubique: All Things For All People Everywhere. It was founded 1834 and stayed on the same Kensington site since 1849. In its time the shop had five different owners: one of them was Mohammed Al-Fayed. He built the magnificent Egyptian escalators that will lead you past a memorial for his son and Princess Diana.

Even if you are not a prince or princess touring Canada this summer, you can still enjoy a right royal time London!


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Customer review: Paris Opentour Hop-On Hop-Off Bus

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I cannot reccommend the hop on hop off tour bus enough! It was so convenient educational and took away all the stress of trying to find my own way. I had 4 teenagers with me, but many had small children. Make the most off your holiday and enjoy the time instead of stressing out of how to get where.
I am going to Rome next year and will certainly be booking the bus tour there. Value for money & stress free!!
Great shopping at Sacre Coeur!, Kids didnt want to go originally, ended up having to return the next day because the views were amazing!

Sajdah, United Kingdom

Sajdah booked: Paris Opentour Hop-On Hop-Off Bus

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The best theme parks in the Gold Coast (Australia)

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Gold Coast (Australia) Theme Parks

Gold Coast (Australia) Theme Parks

 The Australian Gold Coast region is located south of Brisbane. The Gold Coast is home to the best theme parks in Australia and is a well known surfers paradise. Here is an overview of the best Gold Coast theme parks, with links to online purchase for Gold Coast theme park tickets.

  • Gold Coast: Warner Movie World theme park Pass
    Warner Bros. Movie World brings the glitz and glamour of Hollywood to the Gold Coast. From heart-thumping thrills like Batwing Spaceshot to the colorful but gentle Looney Tunes River Ride to the fun-filled shows, this fantastic park has something for everyone.
  • Gold Coast: Wet’n’Wild Water World theme park Pass
    Little ones can set sail for their very own aquatic adventure at Buccaneer Bay. This attraction has an elaborate pirate theme taking children into an imaginative and exciting world and offering hours of entertainment. Older thrill seekers can get their kicks on the heart-thumping Surf Rider. Feel what it’s like to ride some of the world’s largest waves when you plummet 30 metres on a giant surfboard.
  • Gold Coast: Dreamworld theme park Pass
    Looking for an adrenalin rush? Then brave six of the most spine-tingling, heart pumping scream rides in the country. Plunge 120 meters on the Giant Drop, the world’s tallest free-falling ride. Or watch your knuckles whiten as you experience the amazing power of G-force on The Tower of Terror.
  • Gold Coast: Sea World theme park Pass
    Discover the deepest secrets of the oceans and meet some of the most magnificent marine animals on the planet at this entrancing venue. You can learn the truth about sharks, enjoy close-encounters with incredible rays, see polar bears swimming under water, meet friendly seals, dolphins and the cutest penguins on the planet.
  • Gold Coast: Three Theme Parks super pass
    Unlimited entry for 14 days to each of the 3 parks – Warner Bros. Movie World, Sea World and Wet ‘n’ Wild Water World. Admission to Dive ’n Movies screenings when available at Wet ‘n’ Wild Water World.

Here are a few other blogs discussing travel and things to do in the Australian Gold Coast.

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Experiencing the Medieval Banquet in London

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Freshly arrived to the U.K., one of the first opportunities of a night out in London for me was to go to the Medieval Banquet.

I went there with 5 colleagues, and we had the surprise of spending a very nice evening. Indeed, none of us already experimented such a thing to do in London

As we were arriving to this medieval show, two knights and the Queen herself welcomed us and lead us to our table. And that’s only the beginning… continue reading

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Last minute travel deals for summer 2009

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Can you believe it is August already?  Just because summer 2009 is at its close it doesn’t mean you can’t take part in the season and travel.  It is actually quite the opposite!  With the summer near its end, airlines and hotels are offering some great holiday deals for their customers.  There are also some wonderful package deals for sale this summer.  These last minute sales are a great way to have a memorable holiday at a good price. continue reading

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SeaWorld in Orlando

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The Shamu Show at SeaWorld

The Shamu Show at SeaWorld (Flickr by BenSpark)

SeaWorld is a theme park situated in Orlando, Florida that features marine life from all over the world. If you are spending a day at SeaWorld there are several sights to see and rides to experience. SeaWorld’s most famous attraction is the Shamu Show called ‘Believe.’ Although I do not go to SeaWorld very frequently it is still one of my favourite parks in Orlando. It is a favourite of mine because at SeaWorld you do not have to rush around.

Shows at SeaWorld

While at SeaWorld there are several shows that are must sees. A popular show at SeaWorld is ‘Believe’ or as it is more commonly known as the Shamu Show. It is an exciting show that features orca whales performing tricks and interacting with their trainers. All of this is choreographed to music. If you are getting too hot in the Florida heat then sit in the splash zone. In the splash zone be prepared to get soaked as Shamu swims around the tank flapping his massive tail! It is a fun way to cool down in the summer sun! continue reading

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Universal Studios in Orlando, Florida

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Heading to Orlando this summer?  Then a trip to a theme park is a must! And at Universal Studios in Orlando there are things to do for every member of the family. Universal Studios has two fantastic theme parks, Islands of Adventure and Universal Studios.  Each park has something for everyone, whether you like action packed roller coasters, water rides, 4-D shows, or carousels.  It is worthwhile to have some background knowledge of how to get around the parks at Universal Studios in order to fully enjoy your visit.

Islands of Adventure (Flickr by Rob J Brooks)

Islands of Adventure (Flickr by Rob J Brooks)

Islands of Adventure at Universal Studios

Islands of Adventure is Universals newest theme park and consists of five islands: Marvel Super Hero Island, Toon Lagoon, Jurassic Park, the Lost Continent, and Seuss Landing.  I have been to Islands of Adventure so many times I can’t even count.  I actually have several of the rides memorized! The reason for this is I have lived in Orlando my entire life and I worked there in the summer. I’ll give you some tips to navigate around Universal Studios’ Islands of Adventure and which rides are worthwhile if you are pressured on time continue reading

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There Might Even Be Funnel Cakes: Checking Out the UK’s Seaside Scene

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It’s raining outside, and we’re missing the California beaches! Spurred by a long discussion about deep-fried snickers and hot dogs at the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, I’ve decided to investigate the UK’s beach scene (hey, we’re surrounded by miles and miles of coastline here too!). And, luckily, the UK turns out to have quite the selection of coastal spots for us sun-hungry Californians to choose from as the weather heats up this summer.

Blackpool's Pleasure Beach - Jon's Pics

Blackpool's Pleasure Beach - Jon's Pics

It may not be Coney Island or the Boardwalk, but it looks pretty close! The Pleasure Beach Amusement Park in Blackpool, England features over 125 rides and attractions with some beautiful coastline views. And for you thrill seekers, twelve roller coasters, (woohoo!) including the one of the last “Wild Mouse” rides in operation, a neck-bending series of bunny hops and flat turns. Accessible via the Blackpool Hop-On-Hop-Off Tour, I can’t wait for an afternoon of sun and fun here (I just hope they have funnel cakes!) continue reading

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Families urged to see Lake Balaton

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People looking for an affordable destination for family tours and getaways this summer have been urged to pay a visit to Lake Balaton in Hungary.

Balaton is central Europe’s largest freshwater lake, so large that it has reportedly been named the ‘Hungarian Sea’ by locals.

The location boasts an enjoyable resort atmosphere during the summer as many Hungarian people head there for their annual holiday, according to the country’s national tourist office.

Family groups will find plenty of activities to suit people of all ages, including sailing and kite-surfing on the lake and horse riding, hiking and golf on land.

Lake Balaton is surrounded by a number of resorts and towns that offer plenty of accommodation options, restaurants and amenities, the biggest of which are Balatonfured, Keszthely and Siofok.

The lake is also a couple of hours away from Budapest by car, meaning holidaymakers can set off on a day-trip to the capital city to see sights such as the Royal Palace and Matthias Church.

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Denmark to boast new theme park

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Denmark could prove a popular destination for family tours this year following the opening of the country’s biggest theme park.

Two of the most popular family amusement parks in Denmark – Legoland and Lalandia – have formed a partnership with the neighbouring Givskud Zoo to create Legoland Billund Resort, which will open on April 24th.

Highlights of the giant park include Lego safari zones, a Pirate Lagoon area and a Lego Miniland, where millions of bricks have been used for reproductions of some of the world’s most famous landmarks.

The Lalandia complex includes a 40,000-square-metre covered activity centre – ensuring that spells of bad weather will not ruin the day for visitors – and the Aquadome tropical waterpark.

Families visiting west Denmark can also head to attractions such as the Danfoss Universe science park, the Orion Planetarium and Koldinghus castle.

The Billund complex is one of four Legoland attractions around the world, along with parks in Gunzburg in Germany, Windsor in the UK and California in the United States.

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