tripwolf is a free online travel guide that offers way more than what could be just stagnant travel guide pages. It’s truly a one stop shop for travel lovers, dreamers and schemers. Users or surfers alike can create and plan future (or past!) trips with tripwolf‘s trip planner and then book tours and activities with isango! And, if they’re ready to make those dream trips a reality, they can even book hotels and find flights all through tripwolf! continue reading »»
The Burj Dubai tower, the tallest building in the world, opened today in Dubai. Here you can find interesting Burj Dubai facts and figures in one place.
- Burj Dubai has actually changed name to Burj Khalifa on its opening day on Jan 4th, 2009;
- The Burj Dubai is 828 meters or 2,717 ft tall, making it the tallest building in the world;
- It is more than twice as high as the Paris Eiffel Tower;
- The Burj Dubai has 164 stories, the largest number of stories in the world;
- It also has the fastest elevators in the world at 60 km/h (40 mph), taking less than 60 seconds to 124th floor and 2 minutes to the top. There are 57 elevators.
- The Burj Dubai opening ceremony boasted the highest fireworks in the world;
- It cost about 1B EUR (1.5B US$, Dh 5.5B);
- Visitor tickest to the Burj Dubai are priced at Dh100 to go up to 124th floor (Dh75 kids, Dh210 VIP pass);
- The Burj Dubai has 500k square meters of living space sold at 30,000 EUR (40,000$) per square meter ($4,000 per sq ft);
- Despite the price, the Burj Dubai is mostly presold with only 26% vacant on its opening day;
- The Burj Dubai boasts the world’s highest swimming pool on level 76 and the world’s highest mosque on level 158;
- It only took 5 years of construction;
- It was build by Samsung Engineering Construction of Korea;
- The first Armani hotel will open in march 2009 on levels 38 and 39.
For more fun stuff:
- There are plenty of Burj Dubai pictures on Flickr;
- There are also plenty of Burj Dubai videos on Youtube;
- And of course, you can find Burj Dubai news on Twitter.
If you make it to Dubai, don’t forget to check out the best things to do in Dubai, for example:
- Desert Safari Dubai
- Romantic Dhow Dinner Cruise, Dubai
- Modern Dubai tour with Afternoon Tea at Burj al Arab
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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.
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Based on our customer bookings and customer reviews of the past few months, here is the updated list of the best things to do in Paris, France.
- Paris: Classic Paris Walking Tour
- Paris: Comprehensive Paris Hop-On Hop-Off Tour
- Paris: Eiffel Tower Dinner, Seine Cruise and Moulin Rouge
- Paris: Eiffel Tower, Seine Dinner Cruise and Moulin Rouge
- Paris: Paris City Sighteeing and Seine Cruise
- Paris: Paris City Sightseeing and Eiffel Tower
- Paris: Paris Segway Tour
- Paris: Paris Sightseeing Pass
- Paris: Paris Sightseeing: Louvre, Notre Dame and Eiffel Tower Tour
- Paris: Versailles at Leisure – Tour from Paris
Here you can find all things do to in Paris.
We welcome suggestions for new experiences to add!
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It’s that time of the year again, it’s Diwali. For many, Diwali in India is often compared to Christmas in Western countries. It’s a national holiday, children go home and spend time with parents, houses are cleaned, people go to temples, traditional food flows free and people think back at the year behind. Diwali is called the festival of lights because in most parts of India people light up traditional lamps or crack fireworks.
The social role of this holiday is very similar to what happens during Christmas/New Year, and in other similar “end of the year cycle” festivities in other part of the worlds. We take stock of what we’ve accomplished and we get prepared for the new cycle. In practice, Diwali is scheduled around the end of the harvesting season where farmers look back at the goods in stock and pray for good harvesting in the next cycle. Takeaway: we all need to stop and look back every once in a while.
The religious roots of Diwali are based on the victory of good over evil, or light over darkness, with different winner/loser gods in different faiths (Rama/Ravana, Krishna/Narakasura) (*). The Christian symbol of the birth of Jesus also suggests the time of a new beginning and a new hope for the year to come. Takeaway: we all keep hoping for a better future.
In London, there is obviously a long stream of celebrations of which the most important one is Diwali in the Square, held in Trafalgar Square with traditional dances, ceremonies and free concerts. This year (2009) it was held on Sunday Oct 4th.
In Paris things are less established but the House of India (Maison de l’Inde) will host a free Diwali buffet dinner with concerts and traditional dances on Sunday Oct 18th at the Cite’ Universitaire.
Plenty of Diwali activities and events also in New York, including a dance and music performance at the Metropolitan Museum of Arts.
So to all our Indian friends around the world, happy Diwali!
(*) Thanks Wikipedia.
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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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During the summer months a holiday to a tropical destination is quite popular. There are several things to do while on holiday in paradise and one exciting activity to partake in in scuba diving. Scuba diving is a wonderful way to see all that the ocean has to offer up close. If scuba diving isn’t up your alley then perhaps just snorkeling would be better suited for you. But one this is for certain; with these scuba destinations you are sure to see the ocean at its finest. continue reading »»
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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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Summer is finally here! This means one thing…its time to hit the beach! I know a vacation in the sun and sand sounds relaxing, yet this relaxation can soon turn to boredom. This is why whenever I head to the beach for a break I try to find things to keep me busy. The typical beach activities are always nice; reading, swimming, sun bathing, and just simply strolling the beach. Even with all the classic activities, I sill get jaded by the second day. This is why I like to spend one day doing something a bit more stimulating.
Having grown up in Florida, heading to the beach for a family vacation was always a yearly tradition. Every Labor Day my family and I head to Longboat Key on the Gulf of Mexico. Every year we look forward to lounging about in the sun, however it gets too hot to sunbath for hours on end. So, one of our favorite things to do is collect seashells. In Longboat Key there is a sand bar close to shore and every year we snorkel for sand dollars. One year we found hundreds of dead sand dollars on the sand bar! I enjoy shelling so much, that one time on a trip to Clearwater we actually took a tour that took us to an island to hunt for seashells. It was a fun way to mix up the usual humdrum at the beach. continue reading »»
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The Homecoming 2009 and the Edinburgh Fringe Festival
This is the year to travel to Scotland! This year Scotland is hosting its first Homecoming. The Homecoming is taking place to honor the 250th anniversary of Robert Burns’ birth. Don’t know you Robert Burns is? That’s okay because before my trip to Edinburgh I was not aware of who he was either. Robert Burns is claimed to be the national poet of Scotland. Still don’t know what he is famous for? He is most well known for writing ‘Auld Lang Syne,’ the song that is sung to celebrate the end of the year on New Years Eve. During the Homecoming there are over 200 events taking place to celebrate: Robert Burns, whisky, golf, great Scottish innovations/minds, as well as Scottish ancestry.
Edinburgh is also known as a festival hub. Throughout the year Edinburgh is home to 12 fantastic festivals. This coming month from August 7- August 31 the Edinburgh Fringe Festival will be taking place. The Edinburgh Fringe Festival is the largest arts festival in the world! It will have 2,000 different shows ranging from dance, theater, children’s exhibits, musicals, comedy, and various other genres. These performances will range from professional acts all the way down to street performances. continue reading »»