Thursday, 22 June 2017

Venice - Did You Know?

"According to Venetian tradition, the couple riding in gondola should kiss under each bridge and they will stay in love forever."

Do you have a romantic trip to Venice planned? Download the eBook version of Lonely Planet's PDF chapter from the Venice & The Veneto city guide


Watch a Murano glass-blower practice his craft, stroll past stalls of tiny octopus and giant oysters at Rialto Market, or take a moonlit gondola ride past ancient palaces; all with your trusted travel companion. Get to the heart of Venice and the Veneto and begin your journey now!

Covers: Sestiere di San Marco, Sestiere di Dorsoduro, Sestieri de San Polo and Santa Croce, Sestiere di Cannaregio, Sestiere di Castello, Giudecca, Lido, Murano, Burano, and more

Inside Lonely Planet Venice & the Veneto Travel Guide:
- Full-colour maps and images throughout

- Highlights and itineraries help you tailor your trip to your personal needs and interests

- Insider tips to save time and money and get around like a local, avoiding crowds and trouble spots

- Essential info at your fingertips - hours of operation, phone numbers, websites, transit tips, prices

- Honest reviews for all budgets - eating, sleeping, sight-seeing, going out, shopping, hidden gems that most guidebooks miss

- Cultural insights give you a richer, more rewarding travel experience - including customs, history, art, literature, cinema, music, architecture, cuisine, wine, and more

- Free, convenient pull-out Venice map (included in print version), plus over 29 colour neighbourhood maps

You can pick and choose from complete guides and individual chapters, and download them to any device you like.

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Bali & Lombok - South Bali & The Islands (PDF Chapter) Lonely Planet

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Bali & Lombok - South Bali & The Islands (PDF Chapter)

You haven't seen Bali if you haven’t explored its south. The island’s capital, Denpasar, sprawls in all directions from the centre with traditional markets, busy malls, great eating and lashings of Balinese history and culture.

pick a lobster for the grill at one of the many beachfront seafood joints at Jimbaran

find a perfectly retro-chic place to stay the night in the back lanes of Bingin

surf Bali’s ultimate breaks at the internationally revered swell magnet of Ulu Watu

Coverage includes: Bukit Peninsula, Jimbaran & Around, Central Bukit, Balangan Beach, Bingin, Padang Padang, Ulu Watu & Around, Ungasan & Around, Nusa Dua, Tanjung Benoa, Sanur & Around, Pulau Serangan, Benoa Harbour, Denpasar, Nusa Lem-bongan & Islands, Nusa Lembongan, Nusa Ceningan, Nusa Penida.

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Mallorca - Eastern Mallorca (PDF Chapter)

There’s a reason tourists arrive in Eastern Mallorca in their hundreds of thousands on their annual sun pilgrimage: this is one of the prettiest coasts on an island of many.

- get a grasp on medieval Mallorca by roaming Artà’s castle ramparts and backstreets

- hike the wind-buckled hills of the Parc Natural de la Península de Llevant to reach pristine coves

- dive by day and dine by night in the unspoilt fishing town of Portocolom

Coverage includes: The Northeast, Artà, Parc Natural de la Península de Llevant, Capdepera, Cala Ratjada, Canyamel, Cala Millor to Portocolom, Cala Millor, Porto Cristo, Portocolom.

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Peru introduces new permit system for Machu Picchu visitors

Peru’s ministry of culture has announced a new permit system for tourism visits to the UNESCO World Heritage site of Machu Picchu.

The introduction of permits for one of two daily timeslots will be effective from July to ensure a sustainable flow of visitors to the ancient citadel.

All travellers must make reservations online from the official Machu Picchu visitor website or via a UK or Peru-based tour operator or travel agent.

Reservations can be paid for online using a Visa card and permit e-tickets can then be printed.

The two entry periods have been established as the morning timeslot, from 06:00-12:00, and the afternoon timeslot, from 12:00-17.30.

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Wednesday, 21 June 2017

China - Shandong (PDF Chapter) Lonely Planet

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China - Shandong (PDF Chapter)

Steeped in natural and supernatural allure, the Shandong peninsula on China’s northeastern coast is legendary. Its captivating landscape – a fertile flood plain fed by rivers and underground springs, capped by granite peaks and framed in wild coastline – inspires wonder.

climb the slopes of the sacred Taoist mountain of Tai Shan, where stones speak the wisdom of millennia

chill by the sea in Qingdao with a pitcher of China’s most famous brew

peruse the ancient home town of Confucius, Qufu

Coverage includes: Ji’nan, Zhujiayu, Tai’an, Tai Shan, Qufu, Zoucheng, Qingdao, Lao Shan, Yantai, Penglai.
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Budapest & Hungary - The Great Plain (PDF Chapter)

The Great Plain and its spellbinding big-sky country holds a romantic appeal for Hungarians. The Hortobágy region is where the myth of the lonely shepherd, the wayside inn and Gypsy vio-linists – kept alive in literature and art – was born.

birdwatch and sample the namesake meat-filled pancake in a century-old inn in Hortobágy National Park

enjoy Kecskemét’s wonderful art nouveau architecture and pretty pedestrian squares

take to the Tisza in a boat and seeing the culture-filled town of Szeged from an entirely new vantage point

Coverage includes: Debrecen, Hortobágy National Park, Kecskemét, Kiskunság National Park, Szeged.

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Beijing - Beihai Park & Xicheng North (PDF Chapter)

Most of the Imperial City was in this part of Xīchéng, lending it a regal grandeur that survives to this day. Endowed with ancient temples and charming laneways, it’s one of the most worthwhile neighbourhoods to visit in all Běijīng.

explore Běihǎi Park, once reserved for emperors only and one of the capital’s most striking imperial parks

escape the city sprawl at Hòuhǎi Lakes, sedate during the day and raucous at night

spend a morning at the impressive Capital Museum to understand the evolution of this great city

Coverage includes: Neighbourhood Top Five, Local Life, Getting There & Away, Sights, Eating, Drinking & Nightlife, Entertainment, Shopping.

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Austria - Salzburg & Salzburgerland (PDF Chapter)

Salzburg is every bit as grand as you imagine it: a baroque masterpiece, a classical music legend and Austria’s spiritual heartland. But it is just the prelude to the region’s sensational natural beauty.

survey Salzburg from atop its clifftop fortress, Festung Hohensalzburg

go subzero in Eisriesenwelt, the world’s largest ice cave in Werfen

get drenched by fountains at the opulent Schloss Hellbrunn palace

Coverage includes: Salzburg & Around, Hellbrunn, Hallein & Around, Werfen, Southern Salzburg Province, Filzmoos, Radstadt, Mauterndorf, Hohe Tauern National Park, Zell am See, Bad Gastein, Grossglockner Road, Heiligenblut and Krimml.

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Tuesday, 20 June 2017

Paris Air Show 2017: Airbus unveils plans for A380plus

Airbus is presenting a development study for an enhanced A380, to be known as the A380plus.

The study includes aerodynamic improvements in particular new, large winglets and other wing refinements that allow for up to four per cent fuel burn savings.

Added to an optimised A380 maintenance programme and the enhanced cabin features first shown at Aircraft Interiors Expo in April, the overall benefit is a 13 per cent cost per seat reduction versus today’s A380.

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Vienna - Stephansdom & the Historic Centre (PDF Chapter)

Vienna’s historic centre is made for walking. Take in the Haus der Musik and Mozarthaus Vienna, with coffee-and-cake stops along the way. After dinner, late on a warm night, is ideal for a romantic stroll through the illuminated streets.

- marvel at the intricate details of Stephansdom – Vienna’s famous landmark and Austria’s best-known Gothic cathedral

- learn about Austria’s literary luminaries and their seminal works from the 18th century to the present day at the new Literaturmuseum

- explore the quiet courtyards and lanes of Vienna’s historic centre at your own pace on a self-guided walking tour

Coverage includes: Neighbourhood Top Five, Local Life, Getting There & Away, Sights, Eating, Drinking & Nightlife, Entertainment, Shopping, Sports & Activities.

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Romania & Bulgaria - The Danube Delta & Black Sea Coast (PDF Chapter) Lonely Planet

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Romania & Bulgaria - The Danube Delta & Black Sea Coast (PDF Chapter)

Romania’s Black Sea coastline is remarkably diverse. The Danube Delta is a largely unspoilt wetland that draws bird lovers and seekers of solitude alike. Around Constanta a string of lively beach resorts draws a different kind of wildlife altogether.

- enjoy one of Romania’s most beautiful, unspoiled beaches, Sfantu Gheorghe Beach, with fine white sand, clear water and few visitors

- test the limits of sun and of your modesty at Crush Beach, one of Mamaia’s trendy beach-es

- disregard prudence and wallow in the stinky, black (healthful?) mud at Eforie Nord

Coverage includes: Danube Delta, Tulcea, Sulina, Sfantu Gheorghe, Black Sea Coast & Littoral, Constanta, Mamaia, Vama Veche.

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Myanmar - Temples of Bagan (PDF Chapter)

Marco Polo described Bagan as ‘one of the finest sights in the world’. Despite centuries of neglect, looting, erosion and regular earthquakes, not to mention questionable restoration, this temple-studded plain remains a remarkably impressive and unforgettable vision.

- marvel at the perfectly proportioned Ananda Pahto, which houses four giant buddhas carved from teak

- speculate on what lies inside the bricked-up inner sanctum of mysterious Dhammayangyi Pahto

- watch a dramatic sunrise over the surrounding expanse of ancient temples of Shwesandaw Paya

Coverage includes: Best Temple Murals, Best Sunset Spots, The Temples, Old Bagan, North Plain, Central Plain, Myinkaba Area, New Bagan Area, South Plain, Nyaung U Area.

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Laos - Vientiane, Vange Vieng & Around (Chapter)

Vientiane, on the banks of the mighty Mekong, is the perfect place to recharge the batteries on an overland journey through Laos. Its urbane sophistication is a world away from the poetic beauty of the karst mountains of Vang Vieng.

- tube, climb, kayak, cycle, motorbike or walk through the rivers and stunning karst terrain of Vang Vieng

- indulge in a culinary journey through Vientiane by sampling mod Lao cuisine, Gallic gas-tronomy and a fusion of other flavours

- seek out the spiritual side of Laos with a visit to Pha That Luang, one of the principal Bud-dhist wats in Vientiane

Coverage includes: Best Places to Sleep, Vientiane & around, Phu Khao Khuay NPA, Ban Na, Ban Hat Khai, Tat Xai, Pha Xai & Tat Leuk, Ang Nam Ngum & around, Vang Vieng & around, When to Go.

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Iceland - The Westfjords (PDF Chapter)

The Westfjords is where Iceland’s dramatic landscapes come to a riveting climax and where mass tourism disappears. Leave plenty of time, unpaved roads weave around fjords and over pothole-pitted mountain passes, but the scenery is never short of breathtaking.

- explore an ethereal rosy beach and azure lagoon while looking for basking seals at Rauðasandur

- rove saw-toothed cliffs while spying on Arctic foxes in Hornstrandir Nature Reserve

- let the mists of the majestic Dynjandi waterfall swirl around you as you climb its dizzying cascades

Coverage includes: South Coast, Reykhólar, Flókalundur, Brjánslækur, Southwest ­Peninsulas, Látrabjarg Peninsula, Patreksfjörður, Tálknafjörður, Bíldudalur, Central Peninsulas, Þingeyri, Dýrafjörður, Önundarfjörður, Flateyri, Suðureyri, Ísafjörður, Bolungarvík, Ísafjarðardjúp, Hornstrandir, Strandir Coast, Hólmavík, Drangsnes, Bjarnarfjörður, Reykjarfjörður and Norðurfjörður.

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