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Beijing is breathtaking in the night as it is in the day

by amit.uniyal 21. March 2014 10:21

Beijing is one of the oldest existing and flourishing cities in the world. A city whose legacy is deeply rooted in its 3,000-year-old history is a beauty in the night as it is by the day. Known for its glorious palaces and magnificent temples, the old and the modern life cohabit in this thriving city of China. However, most people like to explore the city in broad day light. What most of us are unaware about is that Beijing looks as beautiful in the night as it looks during the city and various companies organize night sightseeing tours through the city. Let us probe further to understand what the city holds for its visitors during the dead of the night.

Enjoy your evenings at the Beijing Opera
 While you think where to begin your night tour of the thriving Beijing city, we suggest you start it with a show at the Beijing Opera. Visitors are amazed to find how captivating the shows at the popular Opera are. It offers a complete treat for your eyes and you are left spellbound and speechless after watching the enthralling performances. This is a great way to relish your time out with a friend or family in this beautiful city.

Lose yourself in the labyrinth of lanes
Post sunset the 800-year old labyrinth of narrow lanes in the heart of the city come to life. While you roam around with an open mind, the delicious fragrances of street foods emanating from nearby stall are overpowering. So while you enjoy your peaceful walk in the company of your loved ones exploring the city in lights, you are exposed to a whole new world that takes you by a pleasant surprise.

Soak in the fun at Kung-Fu show
Kung-Fu is a name synonym to this lovely city. It is indeed a great idea to go for an evening show of Kung Fu, the breathtaking art of inherited by the Chinese from time immemorial. A nice way of spending a peaceful evening in the city to book tickets for the show and witness the art at its face value.

Dance to the tunes of music at a popular nightclub
Like any other city around the world, Beijing too shares its love for music and dance. Therefore one of the best ways to unwind after a hectic day in the city is to go clubbing with your gang of friends. The city is home to numerous nightclubs that are a haven for the young and old alike who wish to forget about their worries and just immerse in the beauty of life for a few hours.

Just admire the city like a wanderer
It sometimes is a wise idea to simply forget who you are and behave like a wanderer. However, to spice up the fun you can simply walk around the city with your companion and gaze at its tall skyscrapers that adorn its skylines.

Relish delectable street food
It is not bad at all to sometimes listen to your heart and go binge eating at the numerous food stalls lining the city streets. The streets light up in the evenings with vendors selling delicious munchies like seafood, noodle, and lamb skewers.

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Relish the vivacious and scrumptious street foods of Bangkok

by amit.uniyal 20. March 2014 07:17

Bangkok is famous for its vibrant culture and vivacious nightlife. However, the city also scores brownie points in terms of food. The capital city of Thailand sports numerous fine dining and posh restaurants. However, the real taste lies hidden in its streets. The city streets are lined with food stalls where vendors are busy preparing and selling delectable Thai snacks. The delicacies served under the open skies are scrumptious enough to give a tough battle to their counterparts served in swanky and air conditioned restaurants. One can easily find a variety of options to choose. The streets are full of different kinds of noodles, rice, soups, bean sprouts, shrimps, chicken, tofu, eggs, and fish. The people however, seem to be obsessed with noodles and it is amazing to know that it serves different and some unheard varieties of the popular snack.

Where to catch a popular Thai snack
Khao San Road in the Old City, Mahachai Road, Maha Chai Road, Chinatown, Yaowarat Road, and Thanon Phlapplaachai are hot destinations to head to in-order to satiate the hunger pangs. Thai people take pride in their mouth-watering munchies and head to these places for an evening feast with their friends, family, and loved ones!

Most famous delicacies
No other city can beat Bangkok when it comes to the types and varieties of noodles. Though the streets have an assortment to offer yet some of the most famous noodles include:

  • Gieow: It is a dish prepared with wonton noodles and it consists of boiled and minced pork, which is then wrapped in yellow dough.
  • Woon Sen: These glass noodles are very wiry and thin. These are made of soya bean flour and are relished widely across the city.
  • Bah Mii: This is yet another variety of noodles. These are prepared with wheat flour and eggs and are yellow in color and appearance. Locals seem to be in love with this street food offering.
  • Sen Lek: These noodles are prepared with rice flour. These are flat in appearance and medium in size and look similar to pad thai.
  • Sen Mii: These noodles are small and wiry made of rice flour. These are also popular across the city.
  • Sen Yai: These noodles are also made of rice flour. However, they are flat yet wide in appearance and are commonly enjoyed along the streets of Bangkok.

Je Ngor’s Kitchen is another hotsopt
This is one of the most popular spots in the city, which undoubtedly serves yummylicious noodles. It specializes in offering noodle mixed with prawns, and tomalley or prawn liver. This dish is topped with garlic, chili, and water mimosa to spice up the flavor. The locals are in love with this dish and keep coming back for more.

Leng Kee specializes in unique mee phat krachet
This place is located close to the Rama IV Road and is thronged by noodle lovers from different parts of the city. The highlight of Leng Kee is in various varieties of fried noodles served here, which also includes the renowned mee phat krachet. They offer noodles prepared with marinated chicken/pork/beef, chili, and water mimosa. These noodles are relatively spicy and loved by the locals who at times wait in endless queues only to relish their favorite dish.

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Accra: A Day at Makola Market

by amit.uniyal 19. March 2014 08:01

Accra is the popular gateway into the African nation of Ghana. The capital city reflects images from a modern and well-developed society. It is nothing like some of us believes it to be. A progressive city, Accra is one of the most frequented cities in the African continent. The city has many admirers and travelers from different parts of the world flock to its premises each day. The Kotoka International Airport in the city caters to the travelers visiting here. The city is blessed with a few very beautiful natural and man-made attractions some of which include Lake Volta, Kakum National Park, Cape Coast Castle, and Labadi Beach. However, there is one place that none of the travelers should skip during their visit to the city and it is the Makola Market.

Mokola Market is situated deep in the heart of the lively Accra city. This market place is one of the most popular shopping districts located within the capital city’s limits. It is the one stop-shop for all the locals as well as the foreign travelers. Whether you are looking for fresh vegetables or meat, clothing, accessories, artifacts, gadgets, or livestock, this is just the right place to hit! The market is a mix of the old and the modern, where one can find something as mundane as food grains to as technologically advance as a Smartphone. Like its character, the market is flooded with people from different strata of the society, who at this point are united by common interests.

However, the uniqueness of this market lies in the fact that female sellers dominate the space here. The sight of women marketers calling out to their customers, and bargaining with them to sell their products at a convenient price is delightful. The picture is contrary to the belief that women in the country are suppressed.

The spectacular sight at the colorful market adorned with gorgeous jewelry made of handcrafted beads is magnificent! After all, where does one get to witness incredible African accessories? Other hot selling items here include imported food items, medicines, daily utensils, various apparatus, and footwear. The market is usually flooded with traders and buyers during the daytime. The best time however, to visit this place is early morning hours when it is relatively less crowded and people have just started swarming in.

The market has been ruling the heart of the Ghanaian people ever since it came into being in the year 1924. Until the August of 1979, it continued to serve the purpose of its existence when suddenly it was demolished. The then government believed a lot of banned items were being sold openly in the market and thus favored its destruction. However, today it represents the economics and an integral part of the everyday life in Accra. To this date, this market has featured on various travel shows depicting the true spirit of the city. While touring this chaotic market place one should not forget to relish the local drink named as Palm Wine. On one hand, you can utilize your marketing skills to bargain and shop to your heart’s content. On the other hand, you need to be aware of touts, follow market etiquettes, and of course beware of pickpockets and thieves!

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Frankfurt: A fascinating and captivating German city

by Richa 18. March 2014 08:27

Frankfurt is one of the most prominent cities in Germany. A popular destination in Europe, this city receives millions of visitors each year. It is fifth largest city in the country. It also serves as the financial capital of Germany and is a hub for world famous banking institutes here. The city entices businesspersons from all over the world to its premises. A global city, it is famous for various attractions that grace its limits. While the world knows this city at face value, there are many hidden facts about it as well. Let us uncover the other side of its gorgeous city in the form of compilation of lesser-known facts about Frankfurt below.

 
Frankfurt skyline
Frankfurt am Main, Alemanha.
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Frankfurt is the city’s short name
Frankfurt is not the full name of the city of Frankfurt. The complete name of this German city is Frankfurt am Main. This literally means Frankfurt on the Main River. The city is also sometimes referred to as Main-hattan. This gorgeous city derives its names from the word frankfurter. Frankfurter in turn comes from frankfurter würstchen, which means pork sausages. These popular snacks were in the city from the beginning of the 13th century and became an inspiration so great as to name a modern city like Frankfurt!

It one of the best cities
in the world to live in
The city of Frankfurt is home to more than 687,775 people. Apart from the local residents, it attracts a large number of foreigners each year, who flock to the city in search of a decent living and a comfortable lifestyle. If the report by Mercer Human Resource Consulting Worldwide Quality of Living Survey is to be believed then this city ranks on number seven on the list of cities that sport greatest quality of living the world over.

Main Tower offers a breathtaking view of the city below

Travelers visiting the city must ensure a trip to the Main Tower. This tower is Frankfurt’s one and only skyscraper open to the commoners. The 650-feet tall building offers glittering glimpses of the breathtaking panorama of the city. One can enjoy a delectable meal with their loved ones and at the same time relish the spectacular sight of this world-famous city.

People do not drink tap water!
As bizarre as it may sound, the people of this thriving German city do not drink tap water. Though the taps are flooded with water, yet the locals opt to visit departmental or retail stores to pick their cans of drinking water.

Shopping at Street Zeil is rejuvenating

Street Zeil is a pedestrian district that is one of the most visited places in the city. It is also known as the Fifth Avenue of Germany, and is flocked by curious shoppers most of the times. This place is the mix of modern and the ordinary as it houses items from street vendors to chic and branded stores. This place is forever bustling with activities day in and day out.

People prefer bland food
The local residents have peculiar food habits. They are not fond of spicy food rather prefer to eat bland food. Another strange fact is that finding any Mexican delicacy in the city is a rarity.

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Amsterdam, Dutch capital is truly a city of incredible wonders

by amit.uniyal 14. March 2014 07:05

Amsterdam is a city of unique distinctions. The Dutch capital is one of the most preferred tourist destinations within the country and Europe. Known for its colorful history, vibrant architecture, gorgeous canals, multihued tulips, and unmatched beauty the city is also home to spellbinding facts. Let us read below to find out the different side of the main city in The Netherlands. 

 
Canals and bikes
Amsterdam canals and parked bikes.
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The city is below sea level and may soon vanish
Touching down at The Amsterdam Schiphol Airport induces a sense of pride and pleasure among the travelers. However, what most of us are unaware about is the fact that the airport is actually below sea level! This airport is −4 meter or −13 feet below sea level. Watch out next time you hit the city premises. In fact, the whole city is 6.7 meters below sea level and may soon vanish into oblivion. Rising temperatures as a part of the global warming may cause the water levels to rise and engulf the city one day.

The city has more bikes than the people
If statistics are to be believed then the city of Amsterdam sports more than a million bikes. However, the strange fact is that the total number of people in the city consists of 700,000. This is interesting for a city as famous as this.

Amsterdam exceeds Venice in the number of canals
The Dutch capital is famous for its canals and the world believes it to stand second only to Venice in this matter. However, the shocking fact is that this city has more number of canals than the beautiful Italian city. There are over 165 canals adding to the glory and grace of this city, which is sometimes referred to as Venice of the North.

Amsterdam contributes to the beer-supplied the world over
The Netherlands is the world’s largest exporter of beer. The country supplies twice as much beer than the United States each year and is fast expanding on this front. The city has an active role to play when it comes to the popular alcoholic drink. About 1.3 billion liters of this drink is exported every year to other parts of the world.

People of Amsterdam are the tallest!
While the world knows that Dutch are extremely smart and handsome, some are unaware that the people of this city are very tall. On an average, a Dutch man grows up to 184 cm in height while a Dutch female attains a height of approximately 170 cm.

Amsterdam consumes coffee in large numbers
The people of this city are passionate about their drinks irrespective of alcoholic or non-alcoholic in nature. The people here are believed to be the second largest consumers of coffee throughout the globe. As per the statistics, one resident drinks almost 140 liters of coffee in one year. This means that on an average a resident would gulp down a minimum of 3.2 cups of the brewing hot drink each day!

Amsterdam is the city of polyglots
Amsterdam is known as the city of polyglots. About 86 percent of the residents are fluent in more than two languages. While they take pride in their skills, they are also critical of the ones who do not speak proper Dutch.

All those who wish explore this other side of the Amsterdam must book their cheap flights to Amsterdam with Fare Buzz today!

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The unknown and intriguing facts about Madam Tussauds

by amit.uniyal 13. March 2014 05:13

Madam Tussauds is one name that travelers to the city of London are familiar with. While the world is aware of the fact that the popular wax museum is one of the striking and popular attractions in the British capital, there are many intriguing facts that the people are not aware of. Established in the year 1884, this place houses life size wax structures of popular celebrities including Albert Einstein, Charlie Chaplin, Kate Winslet, Amitabh Bachchan, Spider Man, Jennifer Lopez, Queen Elizabeth II, Lady Diana, David Beckham, and Barack Obama. While there is a lot of mystery and fascination, surrounding the museum let us look at some of the little-known facts about this museum. It has branches across 14 cities in the world including New York, Berlin, Sydney, and Hollywood.

Madame Anna Maria Tussaud was for real
Though the world knows about this place, what most of us are unaware about is the fact that Madame Anna Maria Tussaud was a house cleaner for Dr. Philippe Curtius. He used to make wax models to demonstrate anatomy and it is here that she picked up the art and become more famous than her mentor in the future.

The statues use real human hair
Though the statues at this museum are made of wax, what most of us do know that the hair on them is real. Yes, the hair on these statues including head, mustache, beard, and eyebrows is human hair. What’s more interesting is that the hair needs to be shampooed and styled regularly! In the year 1996, the staff was shocked to find that Hitler’s hair had actually grown and required trimming urgently.

Visitors do leave behind their items
Staffers at the museum are amazed to find different items left behind by the visitors. Among other things, some of the most intriguing items found at the museum include false leg, and 123 pairs of artificial teeth. These items have been discovered in the last five years!

A bomb ripped through the museum in 1940
In the history of the museum, unfortunately a bomb ripped through the property in the year 1940. More than 350 head casts were damaged in the attack, thus leaving the museum with additional workload.

Ozzy Osbourne scared the visitors
John Michael Osbourne, the famous rock star and TV personality popularly known as Ozzy Osbourne, once scared visitors. On a trip to the New York branch of the museum in 2010, he decided to pose as a wax statue and had the unsuspicious visitors screaming in fear. He posed on a bench and when a few gullible visitors stopped by for a photograph, he jumped up to scare the hell of out them!

Mother Teresa refused to be immortalized in wax
Mother Teresa was once approached by the Madame Tussauds Museum for her wax statue. However, to the horror and shock of the authorities she refused blatantly! She argued her work is more important for her rather than her physical self. She is the first in the history of the museum to refuse the museum to be immortalized in wax!

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Paris is a city of different facets and unbelievable credentials

by amit.uniyal 12. March 2014 08:25

Paris is a city that needs no introduction. The French capital is one of the most frequently visited cities in the world. The world knows Paris as a city of love, fashion capital of the world, city of bikes, and city of lights. A metropolitan know for its iconic landmark Eiffel Tower a multicultural, vibrant, and incredible lifestyle, culture, and cuisine. Located on the banks of the River Seine there are several breathtaking locales worth a visit here. To the outside world Paris is a city of fun and frolic, however, there is a different side to the French capital. Let us delve into the different side of this gorgeous city and uncover some unconventional truths about it.

Paris was named after a tribe that once settled here
The city derives its name from the Gaul tribe of Parisii. The tribal community settled here long time back thus giving the name to a city, that was to become so famous in the future for many reasons.

Paris boasts of maximum number of Michelin star restaurants
The city is in love with food and offers a haven for food lovers from across the world. Its love for food reflects from the fact that in year 2010 it consisted of 95-Michelin star restaurants. This is the highest number of the star studded restaurants in a city worldwide! The locals may not find it too fascinating however, it is great news for the ones who wish to turn to this city for a gastronomical feast.

Eiffel Tower needs high maintenance

The landmark structure decorating the premises of the French capital needs high maintenance. The tower needs to be painted once in every seven years. Weighing about 7000 tones, this mammoth structure requires 50 tones of paint for a fresh quote. However, the most intriguing fact about it is that it was to be dismantled and sold as scrap post construction!

Paris has an extensive route for bikers
The city that once was flooded with taxis on its streets has now turned towards the eco-friendly mode of bikes. At present, it boats of an extensive network of over 270 miles of biking path. The city has decided to expand it further to a robust 435 miles by the end of the year 2014.

Nighttime photos of Eiffel Tower can’t be published without permission
Well yes, you read that right! You cannot publish nighttime photos of the iconic tower without the permission of the SETE, its operating company. For all weird and bizarre reasons, in 1990 the French court passed a ruling in favor of copyright protection act for the light stream pasted to it on its hundredth anniversary.

Paris is not the original capital of France
Believe it or not Paris is not the original capital of France. Under the Roman Empire, the city of Lyon served as the French capital. However, Paris was granted this coveted title under the rule of King Clovis in 508 A.D. The credit of making it the permanent capital goes to King Philippe Auguste who ruled between 1180 and 1223. Interestingly, when France was captured by Germany during the World War II, Vichy served as the French capital during the four-year period that lasted from 1940 to 1944.

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Experience Spanish wonders in the city of Barcelona

by amit.uniyal 11. March 2014 03:43

Barcelona is one of the biggest cities in Spain. It is also a prominent European destination. It is renowned for its scenic locales and breathtaking beauty. Besides, it ranks fourth in the continent behind only London, Paris, and Frankfurt as a viable destination to set up a new business venture. A multicultural city, it is also 48th most populated city in the world. A hub for local and international travelers, about 268,000 travelers flock to its premises each week. While the world knows it as a peaceful and fun loving city, there is a different side to it as well. Let us look at some intriguing facts about this plush and spectacular city.

Barcelona beaches are artificial
No doubt, that the city offers an incredible milieu for a perfect holiday, what most of us are unaware about is that the beaches here are artificial. No beaches existed in the city until the year 1992. However, since it was to host the Olympic Games that year, beaches were created. This was done to promote seaside as a leisure spot. Today, it boasts of a four and a half kilometers of sandy beaches that are a hit with all.

Barcelona drivers are amongst the worst in the world
Though the city is magnificent in every way, the fact of the matter is that you will have to watch out while driving around its streets. This is because the city is prone to accidents every nineteen seconds. If statistics are to be believed, Barcelona drivers are amongst the worst in the world. The accident rate here rises tremendously on the weekends when an accident is reported every ten seconds! Hence, it is advised to walk in the city than to risk your life at the wheels!

World Book Day is an inspiration from the city
St. Georges Day is celebrated with fervor and zest in this Spanish city. As a part of the tradition, each year people shower their friends and family with roses and books on this day. The United Nations took cue from this strange city habit with UNESCO declaring April 23 as the International Day of Books.

Street Portal de l’Àngel is a record setter
Unbelievable but true, Portal de l’Àngel is the most walked down street in the whole world. Reports suggest that about 3,500 people flock to this street every single hour thus setting a unique record of sorts. When in town, do not forget to come here for a stroll and become a part of history!

The Basílica i Temple Expiatori de la Sagrada Família is an unfinished church
The construction of Basílica i Temple Expiatori de la Sagrada Família, a Roman Catholic Church in the city began in the year 1982 and still remains unfinished! Antoni Gaudi, a famous architect, who worked on it until his death in 1926, designed this church. The work then progressed at snail’s pace and it is still under construction. The expected completion date is the year 2026, which also marks Gaudi’s 100th death anniversary. This church however, has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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Best U.S. carriers worth considering for family travel

by amit.uniyal 10. March 2014 11:25

This is absolutely good news for traveling families who consider flying with their kids is worrisome. It is true that flying with your kids usually proves to be a troublesome experience. But, not any more now! This may sound music to your ears. And, it’s quite true.

There are some airlines that should be considered by traveling families just because of the pre-boarding and other amenities that they have to offer. Flying with these airlines ensures an enjoyable experience for you as well as your kids.

In the present era when no-frills, low-fare carriers are ruling the skies, it has become nearly impossible for traveling families to fly along with their kids. But, nowadays airlines are making their best efforts to make flying hassle free for such families.
 
Here are some carriers in the United States considered to be the best for family travel. The top three carriers for traveling families are JetBlue Airways, Delta Air Lines and Virgin America.

JetBlue Airways offers pre-boarding for families traveling with kids aged 2 and under. All the flights are equipped with changing tables. JetBlue Airways is also among the first carriers to install DirecTV with free children’s programming.

Delta Air Lines has something else to offer to traveling families other than pre-boarding, which might not be usually available. At $5 per kid a PB&J sandwich, fruit and veggies are offered. The airline has also installed seat-back TVs on its aircraft with convenient access to kid-friendly programming networks.

Virgin America has positioned itself as a fun airline and a good option for traveling families. The airline offers pre-boarding for families flying with children under 5. The airline also offers extra diapers during mid-flight in case you need it. Kid-friendly programming and games are among the entertainment options provided by the airline.

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U.S. based airlines should expect happy times this spring season

by amit.uniyal 7. March 2014 11:14

The airline industry across the United States should look forward to some happy times during this spring. If reports are to be believed than the airlines, operating service to different destinations within the country should start preparing themselves to cater to heavy passenger flow this spring season. More passengers are expected to fly this season than in the last six years. This is an excellent opportunity for the airlines too, as these passengers will surely bring revenues and profits along.

However, not all that glitters is gold. Though the heavy passenger flow is set to bring money, on the other hand, it will set lot more challenges for them to cope with. Forecasts released by trade groups suggest that most of the airlines within the country will fly about 129.5 million passengers to various gateways between March and April this year. This number is certainly incredible. The largest number of 133.7 million for the same period was achieved in the year 2008. Last year a total of 128.2 million passengers flew to various cities during the same period.

Of these passengers, an astounding 17.1 million passengers will fly with airlines based in the country to destinations outside its boundaries. This is indeed an amazing number when it comes to international travelers on U.S. airlines for the spring period. Researchers believe that improving economic conditions and affordable airfares are two prime factors responsible for this change. Even though the air tickets prices were on the higher side last year, they are still better in comparison to bus, car, or train travel on the domestic circle. In addition, the overall condition of the airline industry improved last year and it recorded profits triggering a chain reaction.

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