Las Vegas

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Overview
Las Vegas known for its Risque nightlife and glamorous casino resorts that draw crowds from around the world but not just to gamble and gawp. In modern Las Vegas, top chefs dish up global flavours, while boutique hotels, fashion-forward shops, art galleries and chic clubs attract even gambling neophytes who can’t tell a full house from a flush.
Best Time to Visit
Las Vegas is perfect to visit Year-round. Many locals take flight during the searing-hot summers, but hotel resort pools and low, low hotel prices make summer a fabulous time to visit. It can get chilly in winter, but flower-filled conservatories make Vegas seasonless.
Las Vegas Transportation
Renting a car is generally inexpensive, though, for a higher price tag, you can rent Bentleys, Ferraris, and other luxury cars. Valet parking is free in the casinos (tip from $3). Rates for the Las Vegas Monorail, which runs from the MGM Grand to SLS Las Vegas and stops in seven places, start at $12 for a day pass.
Las Vegas Weather
July is the hottest month, with an average high of 106°F (41°C). December is the coldest month, with an average high of 58°F (14°C).
Know Before Visiting
Hotel prices rise and fall dramatically in relation to the massive conventions held in town, and many hotel companies show their rates on calendars several months out. Search the Las Vegas Convention Calendar to navigate around to get the best prices.
Language
English

Electric
Type A (two-prong plug) or Type B (three-prong plug)

Currency
United States Dollar ($)
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Los Angeles

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Overview
known as the city of angels and the hub for California, Los Angeles is the perfect place to explore. Filled with many mini cities, L.A needs to be travelled neighbourhood by neighbourhood. Make sure you have a beachside lunch in Santa Monica, go shopping in Beverly Hills, visit the Getty Center and stroll the Hollywood Walk of Fame, but allow one day to explore each area. 
Best Time to Visit
Year-round. L.A. is the land of endless summers, and it’s always a wonderful place to escape for a dose of Southern Cali sunshine.
Los Angeles Transportation
It’s true that L.A. is most widely known for its car culture, but there are a variety of other ways to explore the city without having to get behind the wheel. Metro’s subway trains, light rail and buses ($1.75 per ride) transport hundreds of thousands daily, while numerous citywide bike paths welcome a growing number of cyclists.
Los Angeles Weather
December and January are the coolest months with an average temperature of 68°F (20°C). August is the hottest month with an average temperature of 84°F (28.3°C).
Know Before Visiting
January through April tend to see the lowest room rates and occupancy, meaning it’s a fine time to take advantage of deals and escape the cold weather for a slice of sunshine.

Language
English

Electric
Type A (two-prong plug) or Type B (three-prong plug)

Currency
United States Dollar ($)
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Dublin

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Overview

You've probably heard that Guinness tastes better in Dublin (fresh from the factory), but what you may not know is that Dublin is a perfect destination for the whole family. No, we're not suggesting you let the kiddies drink a pint. Instead, take them to the Dublin Zoo, to feed the ducks in Stephen's Green or on a picnic in Phoenix Park. Scholars enjoy walking in the literary footsteps of such writers as Yeats and Joyce, while discerning shoppers have their pick of designer boutiques.
Best Time to Visit

Dublin is delightful year round with many Irish festivals year round, especially St Patrick's day in March, Although the weather is best in summer.
Dublin
 Transportation
Getting around the Dublin area is easy. Jump on the coastal train, the DART, to discover the beautiful towns and villages dotted along the coast, or use the extensive public bus network or the Luas tram system to get you out to the suburbs too as well as bicycle hire throughout the city! If you are here for a few days then the best value across bus and rail options is the Leap Visitor Card.
Dublin Weather
December to February are the coldest months, with an average low of 45°F (7°C) and July is the hottest month, with an average high of 66 °F (19 °C).

Know Before Visiting
Although Dublin is an amazing city, don’t spend all your time there, Ireland is one of the most beautiful countries in the world and to really see Ireland you need to leave the City, go see the spectacular scenery of the Irish coasts.

Language
Mainly English, although you might hear a bit of Irish.
Electric
Type G (three-prong plug)

Currency
Euro (€)
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Things to do
Guinness Storehouse

What better place to begin your Dublin adventure than the city's number one attraction, the Guinness Storehouse. Located in the heart of the St James’s Gate Brewery and home to the black stuff since 1759, this massive seven-storey building, a former Guinness fermentation plant, has been remodelled into the shape of a giant pint of Guinness. A visit will teach you everything you ever wanted to know about this world famous beer. The highlight for many visitors is the Gravity Bar where they receive a complimentary pint of Guinness and a chance to relax and enjoy the breathtaking 360-degree views across Dublin City.

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Opening Times: Daily 09:30-17:00 (Sep-Jun) 09:30-19:00 (Jul-Aug)
Admission Fees: Yes
Wheelchair Friendly: Yes
Address: St James's Gate, Ushers, Dublin 8, Ireland
Website: Click Here
Dublin Zoo
See many rare and exotic animals living and roaming in a wide variety of natural habitats at Dublin Zoo. Wander through the African Savannah and gaze at the giraffes, zebras, scimitar oryx and ostrich, then head to the Kaziranga Forest to see the magnificent herd of Asian elephants that call this beautiful place home.

Opening Times: Daily 09:30-4:30 (Mar-sep closes at 18:00)
Admission Fees: Yes
Wheelchair Friendly: Yes
Address: Phoenix Park, Dublin 8, Ireland
Website: Click Here

Trinity College Library
Dublin’s Trinity College Library isn’t only the biggest library in Ireland but one of the most eye catching in the world. With over 5 million printed volumes reflecting more than 400 years of academic development. The most famous of its manuscripts, the Book of Kells and the Book of Durrow written around the year 800 AD and is one of the most beautifully illuminated manuscripts in the world. It's 680 pages of vellum contain the Latin texts of the Four Gospels.

Opening Times: Mon-Sat 09:30-17:00 (May-Sep) and 12:00-16:30 (Oct-Apr)
Admission Fees: Yes (for the book of tells and tours)
Wheelchair Friendly: Yes
Address: College Street, Dublin 2
Website: Click Here

Temple Bar
Located on the south bank of the River Liffey in central Dublin, Unlike other parts of Dublin's city centre, it is promoted as Dublin's cultural quarter and has a lively nightlife that is popular with tourists. Popular venues include The Palace Bar, The Temple Bar Pub, Oliver St. John Gogarty's and The Auld Dubliner (fine boys bar).

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Opening Times: 24/7
Admission Fees: No
Wheelchair Friendly: Yes (but cobblestone roads)
Address: Temple Bar, Dublin 2, Ireland

National Botanic Gardens
Located on the south bank of the Tolka River, the National Botanic Gardens is a great place to have a picnic and explore the exquisite gardens.

Opening Times: 9:00-17:00
Admission Fees: No
Wheelchair Friendly: Yes
Address: Glasnevin, Dublin 9, Ireland
Website: Click Here

The National Gallery of Ireland
Today the National Gallery of Ireland's collection includes over 2,500 paintings and some 10,000 other works in different media including watercolours, drawings, prints and sculpture. The gallery's highlights include works by Vermeer, Caravaggio, Picasso, Van Gogh and Monet.

Opening Times: Mon-Sat 09:15-17:30, Thurs 9:15-20:30 and Sun 11:00-17:30
Admission Fees: No
Wheelchair Friendly: Yes
Address: Merrion Square West, Dublin 2, Ireland
Website: Click Here

Croke Park
Gaelic football and hurling at Croke Park are an unusual and essential experience for those with even a modest interest in sport. On match days, make noise on the Hill 16 terrace cheering on the sky blues of Dublin.

Opening Hours: Mon-Sat 0930-1700, Sun 1030-1700 (Jan-May and Sep-Dec); Mon-Sat 0930-1800, Sun 1030-1700 (Jun-Aug).
Admission Fees: Yes
Wheelchair Friendly: Yes
Address: Jones Road, Dublin, Dublin 3
Website: Click Here

Kilmainham Gaol
A former prison that housed the leaders of failed uprisings against the British from the 1780s to the 1920s, this museum gives a detailed insight into Ireland’s political history and includes the site of the execution of 14 members of the Easter Rising in 1916. The history of the prison itself is also explored. Access is by guided tour only.

Opening Hours: Daily 0930-1730.
Admission Fees: Yes
Wheelchair Friendly: Yes
Address: Inchicore Road, Dublin, Dublin 8
Website: Click Here

Ha'penny Bridge
The Ha'penny Bridge, known later for a time as the Penny Ha'penny Bridge, and officially the Liffey Bridge, is a wonderful pedestrian bridge separating Dublin’s city centre and a popular love lock bridge.

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Opening Hours: 24/7
Admission Fees: No
Wheelchair Friendly: Yes
Address: Bachelors Walk, North City, Dublin, Ireland

Public transport
Bus, train (DART) and Luas (tram) from the main transport infrastructure in Dublin, though only the bus makes its way out to the airport.
The Luas is quick and modern, but best for commuting and short city-centre hops.
Dublin Bus is far more extensive and easy to use thanks to sign upgrades and the handy Dublin Bus app.
For travel to the coast, local train services via the DART are frequent and efficient.
Most public transport options don’t run late at night, so you need to make alternative arrangements after midnight.
You can pay for a bus, Luas, DART and suburban rail services using a Leap Card, available online or at 400 Payzone outlets across the city. You load the smartcard with money and the fare is deducted each time you travel, with daily and weekly caps and savings on cash fares. A Rambler card (which you can also load onto a Leap Card) allows five or 30 days of unlimited bus travel.

Taxis
Taxis sit on almost every street corner in Dublin. Well-established companies like Eight Twenty Cabs and NRC are safe bets, while the Hailo app is a popular option. A nightlife ‘rush hour’ at around 3 am invariably leads to long, expensive rides at weekends. Tips are typically in the 10% range.
*Uber is also available in and around Belfast and is a great alternative than Taxies. Click here for your first journey free.

Driving
While driving in the city is generally safe, rush hour traffic (0830-0930 and 1645-1800) can see aggressive driving. Dublin features a somewhat confusing one-way system, based on single-direction traffic along the quays. Outside the city centre though, driving is relaxing and comfortable.
The city’s ring road, the M50, has a camera-based toll that requires online payment within 24 hours.
Street parking is limited in the city centre. The city’s main car parks, with various hourly rates, are Arnotts, Middle Abbey Street, and Brown Thomas, Clarendon Street. For street parking, kerb side pay-and-display meters are standard.

Bicycle hire
While busy times of day can be less than pleasant for nervous riders, cycling is a great way to get around. Dublin Bikes offer a city-wide bike share scheme with lots of central hubs to collect and deposit bikes. 

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Budapest

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Overview

Budapest, the bright capital of Hungary, bisected by the Danube river giving this one city two personalities. Buda built on a series of hills and known for its old town where as Pest is flat and busy with an assortment of bars, cafés and gourmet restaurants.
Best Time to Visit

Budapest is a year-round destination, though it fills with tourists in July and August. The most pleasant time of year to visit is May to June and September when temperatures remain warm but visitor numbers and hotel prices are significantly reduced. Although flights prices may be a little more expensive, the winter months can offer that magical dusting of snow upon the grandiose buildings, which can make this magnificent city even more magical.

Budapest
 Transportation
Budapest’s extensive transportation system is run by BKK (Link), Which offer a metro, tram, bus and rail service. All the lines connect together to make your transportation experience as simple as possible.
Budapest Weather
Hungary has a mild continental climate. There are four distinct seasons, with a very warm summer from June to August where temperatures can rise to as high as 35°C (95°F). Spring and autumn are mild, while winters are very cold, as low as -10°C (14°F), although expert some snow during your winter city break.

Know Before Visiting
Although Budapest is the capital of Hungary there can be quite a language barrier, as English isn’t as widely spoken as other European countries like Amsterdam. We would therefore advice to learn some basic Hungarian Phrases before you arrive to get the most out of Budapest. 

Language
Hungarian

Electric
C, E and F type plugs generally fit on Hungarian electricity sockets. 
Currency
Hungarian forint (HUF) 
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Belfast

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Overview

Belfast, the historic capital of Northern Ireland, home to the RMS Titanic, Game of Thrones and the Ulster Fry, this rejuvenated city has a story to tell. Explore the many museums, murals, restaurants and true Irish bars for the ultimate city break.
Best Time to Visit

Belfast is brilliant year round with many festivals such as Culture Night in September, Feile an Phobail in August, St Patrick's day in March and the wintery Christmas market. Although the weather can get quite rainy and cold year round so pack an umbrella.
Belfast
Transportation
The Translink transport service offers Belfast an easy to navigate bus, train and coach service. Grab a Metro day ticket that will take you in and around the city for £3.90 (£3.40 after 9:30 am). Belfast is quite compact though so wear a comfortable pair of shoes and you could walk the famous streets.
Belfast Weather
December to February are the coldest months, with an average low of 45°F (7°C) and July is the hottest month, with an average high of 66 °F (19 °C).

Know Before Visiting
Belfast is a relatively new European city that offers some brilliant attractions but due to rules and regulations, a lot of bars, nightclubs, and shops close quite early so be sure to check closing times and Sunday opening hours.

Language
English

Electric
Type G (three-prong plug)

Currency
British Pound (£)
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Things to do
Titanic Belfast
Possibly the greatest museum in the whole of Ireland, the six-storey Titanic Belfast sits near the docks where the ‘unsinkable’ ship was built. The same height as its namesake – and designed suspiciously like an iceberg – this informative, interactive and entertaining museum takes visitors from conception and launch through to the eventual sinking and discovery of Belfast’s most infamous ship.
Opening Times: Daily 1000-1700 (Jan-Mar), daily 0900-1800 (Apr-May), daily 0900-1900 (Jun-Aug), 0900-1800 (Sep), daily 1000-1700 (Oct-Dec)
Admission Fees: Yes
Wheelchair Friendly: Yes
Address: 1 Olympic Way, Queens Road, Titanic Quarter, Belfast BT3 9EP
Website: Click Here

Belfast Castle
More Victorian mansion than traditional fortress, Belfast Castle combines Scottish baronial style with baroque features, and owes much of its popularity to its superb location on the lower slopes of Cave Hill. Offering the best possible panorama of the city. Try afternoon tea in its Cellar Restaurant.
Opening Times: Sun-Mon 0900-1800, Tues-Sat 0900-2230
Admission Fees: No
Wheelchair Friendly: No
Address: Antrim Rd, Belfast BT15 5GR
Website: Click Here

Crumlin Road Gaol
Popular with ex-inmates (so we’re told), the Crumlin Road Goal is a large Victorian prison that carries the cold chill of a condemned man. Hour-long tours revive its stories of semtex bombs, executions, unmarked graves and escapees, whilst allowing visitors to peek into cells and gawp at the gallows.
Opening Times: Daily 1000-1745
Admission Fees: Yes
Wheelchair Friendly: Yes
Address: 53-55 Crumlin Rd, Belfast BT14 6ST
Website: Click Here


Botanic Gardens
These lovely gardens, provide a wonderful respite from the University Quarter. Now a public park, its beautiful cast-iron and curvilinear glass Palm House remains the centrepiece – though it could do with a lick of paint. The Tropical Ravine looks derelict but is being renovated, while its rose garden, bowling green and walking routes leave plenty to peruse.
Opening Hours: Daily from 0730. Closing times vary throughout the year (see website).
Admission Fees: No
Wheelchair Friendly: Yes
Address: College Park E, Belfast BT7 1LP
Website: Click Here

Ulster Museum
Expect to lose half a day at Northern Ireland’s national museum and art gallery. A veritable jackdaw’s nest of British, Irish and European paintings, local crafts and Irish history, its ground floor exhibition has a good overview of the Troubles.
Opening Hours: Tues-Sun 1000-1700
Admission Fees: No
Wheelchair Friendly: Yes
Address: Botanic Gardens, Belfast BT9 5AB
Website: Click Here

 

Peace Walls
Rising to 7.6m (25ft) in height, the Peace Walls are a prison-like fence of concrete, corrugated steel and wire that separate nationalist and loyalist neighbourhoods. A psychical reminder of the division caused by The Troubles, tours take in the Falls and Shankill Roads and cover clash points as well as the murals that depict those lost in three decades of fighting. For historical context, visit on a black cab tour or with a guide, most of whom have experienced the Troubles first-hand.
Opening Hours: 0900-1800 (Peace Wall gates)
Admission Fees: No
Wheelchair Friendly: Yes
Address: 15 Cupar Way, Belfast BT13


St George’s Market

Originally peddling poultry, butter and eggs in the late 1800s, a refit and reshuffle has turned this Victorian arcade into Belfast’s trendiest shopping destination. Now selling everything from fish to flamenco music, there are nearly 300 stalls to check out, with a variety market on Fridays, food and crafts being sold on Saturdays and antique stands on Sundays.
Opening Hours: Fri 0600-1400, Sat 0900-1500, Sun 1000-1600.
Admission Fees: No
Wheelchair Friendly: Yes
Address: 12-20 East Bridge Street, Belfast BT1 3NQ
Website: Click Here

SS Nomadic
SS Nomadic is the last remaining ship built by the White Star Line. This plucky tender, which took passengers to RMS Titanic from Cherbourg, has been fully restored and now relives its glory days in a dry dock.
Opening Hours: Tue-Sun 1000-1700 (Oct-Mar); Mon-Sun 1000-1700 (Apr-Sep)
Admission Fees: yes
Wheelchair Friendly: no
Address: Hamilton Dock, Queens Rd, Belfast BT3 9DT
Website: Click Here

W5
Ireland’s Award Winning Science & Discovery Centre perfect for kids and With over 250 amazing interactive exhibits in four incredible exhibition areas, W5 provides a unique experience for visitors. In addition to permanent exhibits, W5 also presents a changing programme of large and small scale temporary exhibitions and events.
Opening Hours: mon-fri 1000-1700; sat 1000-1800 sun 1200-1800
Admission Fees: yes
Wheelchair Friendly: Yes
Address: The Odyssey, 2 Queens Quay, Belfast BT3 9QQ
Website: Click Here

Public transport
Transport in Belfast is efficient. The city has a good bus service (rather confusingly called The Metro) operated by Translink . The service runs approximately every 10 minutes throughout the day, and there is a less frequent night service.

You can buy single tickets or day passes directly from the driver. Alternatively, you can save money by loading trips onto a Smartlink Multi-Journey Card or by buying a dayLink card, which offers unlimited travel for one, five or 10 days. Weekly and monthly smartcards are also available. Smartcards are sold at Translink sales outlets throughout the city.
The Belfast Visitor Pass allows unlimited bus and rail travel for one, two or three consecutive days, as well as discounts on visitor attractions. You can buy it at the Belfast Welcome Centre. There are five bus stations scattered throughout the city; the main one is the Europa Bus Centre located at Glengall Street, off Great Victoria Street.

Taxis
In Belfast taxis operate from taxi ranks. One of the main taxi ranks in Belfast city centre is in front of City Hall, Adelaide Street. There are two types of Belfast Taxis: the London-style black cabs, and standard saloon cars which bear the name of the taxi company on the car roof. All taxis display a yellow disc on the car windscreen and are required to display coloured licence plates (black taxis display yellow plates and private taxis green plates). Never take a taxi without coloured plates. It is common practice to normally round up the fare.
*Uber is also available in and around Belfast and is a great alternative than Taxies. Click here for your first journey free.
Driving
Belfast is a relatively straightforward city to drive in, although the city is so compact and well served by public transport that most visitors will have no need of a car. If you do decide to drive, there are plenty of car parks in the city centre (charges apply). To pay for off-street car parks or on-street metered parking, you can either pay with coins or register with Parkmobile (www.parkmobile.co.uk) and pay using your mobile phone or online. Parking on Sundays is usually free.
Bicycle hire
Belfast is becoming a cycle-friendly city as the city now has its own bicycle-sharing scheme called Belfast Bikes. There are 300 bicycles spread out across the city in 30 docking stations and are available to hire daily between 6 am and midnight. Before hiring a bike, you must register either online or at a docking station. The first 30 minutes are free.

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Paris

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Overview
The capital of France and the capital of love, Paris has a timeless familiarity for first-time and frequent visitors. With its instantly recognisable architectural icons, beautiful boutiques and a tasty cuisine, Paris is perfect for any type of trip whether it be for couples, family’s or solo travel Paris puts a smile on all travellers faces. 
Best Time to Visit

Paris is perfect year-round, with warmer months mean picnics and parks, but also crowds. During colder months skies are grey, but there are fewer tourists. There are events year-round, from outdoor summer concerts to holiday extravaganzas in the winter.
Paris
 Transportation
The ever-expanding metro and RER train systems transport Parisians just about anywhere they want to go. It’s cheap and efficient; a single ticket costs €1.80 and day passes start at €7. Taxis and buses are also easily accessible, but locals will walk or grab a Vélib bicycle if they don’t have far to go.
Paris Weather
January is the coolest month with an average temperature of 5°C (41°F). July is the hottest month with an average temperature of 20°C (68°F).
Know Before Visiting
Paris is a diverse, evolving city, so leave many of the Hollywood stereotypes at home. Try to speak French a bit and dress a little nicer than usual, but in the end, relax. Even Parisians wear sneakers—albeit fashionable ones.

Language
French

Electric
Type E two-prong plug

Currency
Euro (€)
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Things to do
Arc de Triomphe

Situated at end of the Champs-Élysées the Arc de Triomphe has been a defining symbol of Paris since its completion in 1836. Engraved on the arch are numerous victories, while beneath it is the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. Climb to the top for stunning views of Paris without the need to climb the Eiffel Tower.
Opening Times: Daily 1000-2300 (Apr-Sep); daily 1000-2230 (Oct-Mar).
Admission Fees: Yes
Wheelchair Friendly: Yes
More Info: Click Here

Basilique du Sacré-Coeur (Sacred-Heart Basilica)

A series of steps lead to the white domed Basilique du Sacré-Coeur, which dominates Montmartre. The interior is splendid with neo-Byzantine mosaics and the domed tower offers a spectacular view over Paris. The crypt contains an interesting collection of religious relics and a slide show on the construction of the Basilica.
Opening Times: Daily 0600-2230 (Basilica); Crypt and dome times vary.
Admission Fees: No
Wheelchair Friendly: Yes
More Info: Click Here

Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris

There’s no missing this mighty cathedral sat smack in the centre of the Seine. The Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris ranks as one of France's finest examples of gothic architecture. Visitors flock here to admire its massive rose windows and impressive flying buttresses - and to look for a certain gargoyle.
Opening Times: Mon-Sat 0745-1845, Sun 0745-1930.
Admission Fees: No (charge for towers and treasury)
Wheelchair Friendly: No
More Info: Click Here

Musée du Louvre (Louvre Museum)

Home of some of the world's most famous artworks, including the Mona Lisa and Venus de Milo. The permanent collection also includes Greek, Etruscan, Roman, Egyptian and oriental antiquities, as well as sculptures, objects d'art, prints and drawings.
Opening Times: Daily 0900-1800.
Admission Fees: Yes (free first Sun of the month and 14 July)
Wheelchair Friendly: Yes
More Info: Click Here

Musée Picasso (Picasso Museum)

This collection of Pablo Picasso’s work is housed in a stunning 17th-century mansion in the Marais. All phases of his art are represented, with preparatory sketches and paintings covering the Blue Period, Rose Period, cubism, classicism and surrealism, and sculptures ranging from a huge plaster head to a small cat. Memorable works include the self-portrait Paolo as Harlequin, the surreal LargeNude in a Red Armchair and poignant paintings of Marie-Thérèse, his lover and muse. We advise to Book in advance.
Opening Times: Tus-Fri 1130-1800, Sat-Sun 0930-1800.
Admission Fees: Yes
Wheelchair Friendly: Yes
More Info: Click Here

Tour Eiffel (Eiffel Tower)

The emblematic Eiffel Tower towers over the Champ de Mars in the smart 7th arrondissement and its third floor offers a sweeping panorama of Paris. Directly underneath is a fascinating view of the delicate ironwork constructed by Gustave Eiffel. It’s a long trek up the stairs, but it takes less time than queuing for the lifts.
Opening Times: Daily 0900-0000 (Jun-Sep); daily 0930-2300 (Sep-Jun).
Admission Fees: Yes
Wheelchair Friendly: Yes
More Info: Click Here

Centre Georges Pompidou (Georges Pompidou Centre)

Designed to look like a building turned inside out, tubes, pipes, stairs and fittings race around the outside of the building in an unapologetic display of primary colours. The art on the inside makes the exterior look tame. The centre was extended to cope with the huge numbers of people visiting its expanding collection of contemporary art and multimedia library.
Opening Times: Wed-Mon 1100-2100.
Admission Fees: Yes (free first Sun of the month)
Wheelchair Friendly: Yes
More Info: Click Here

Cimetière du Père Lachaise (Père Lachaise Cemetery)

There’s something eerily fascinating about visiting the burial site of celebrities like Molière, Edith Piaf and Oscar Wilde. Jim Morrison’s grave lives on in the Cimetière du Père Lachaise as well. Before you go though make sure to print a map out online as it can be quite hard to find some of the graves - download a printable version here.
Opening Times: Mon-Sat 0800-1730, Sun 0900-1730 (Nov-Mar); Mon-Fri 0800-1800, Sat: 0830-1800, Sun 0900-1800 (Mar-Nov).
Admission Fees: No
Wheelchair Friendly: Yes
More Info: Click Here

Musée d'Orsay (Orsay Museum)

The Musée d’Orsay is a magnificently restored railway station that houses France’s national collection of art from 1848 to 1914. The museum has attracted many from far and wide to see Manet's Déjeunersurl'Herbe (Luncheon on the Grass), five Monet canvases of Rouen Cathedral, ballet scenes by Dégas, and works by Cézanne, Van Gogh, Renoir and Toulouse-Lautrec.
Opening Times: Tues-Wed, Fri-Sun 0930-1800; Thurs 0930-2145.
Admission Fees: Yes (free first Sun of the month)
Wheelchair Friendly: Yes
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The Catacombs

A museum somewhat, home to the remains of six million people, venture down the tunnels under the streets of Paris in a maze of skulls and bones, many in which are moulded into pieces of art. If your planning we go to the catacombs be prepared for a very long wait or arrive an hour before opening.
Opening Times: Tuesday- Sunday 10am - 8pm.
Admission Fees: yes.
Wheelchair Friendly: no.
More Info: Click Here

Food & Drink
Du Pain et des Idées

This bakery is widely known all over paris and theres a very good reason why. Let’s talk sweets; it makes some of the best buttery, flaky pastries around, and no one should leave Paris without trying its signature escargot, a spiral filled with pistachio paste and chocolate bits.
Address: 34 Rue Yves Toudic, 75010 Paris, France
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Harry’s Bar

While frilly cocktails are all the rage, sometimes you want to get back to basics. The Bloody Mary and several other drinks were all created at this old-timey bar back in the early 1900s. Come take a sip of history and check out the Bloody Mary or the Side Car or Blue Lagoon.
Address: 5 Rue Daunou, 75002 Paris, France
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Berthillon

It’s the most famous ice cream in town. It's so popular that the main parlour actually closes down in the summer. Business must be good. One lick of the salted butter caramel or strawberry and basil will make it obvious why this is the case.
Address: 29-31 Rue Saint-Louis en l'Île, 75004 Paris, France
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Relais de l’Entrecôte

Both Travellers and locals alike line up for this restaurant’s only dish - steak frites. It's drowned in a mystery green sauce. Don’t just leave when you are finished as they are known coming around offering second portions. Situated in four different locations; Pierre-Fatio, Marbeuf, St-Benoît and Montparnasse.
Address: 101 Boulevard du Montparnasse, 75006 Paris, France
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Pierre Hermé

Macarons are everywhere in Paris and beyond, but the most innovative and elegant examples are found here. If you want a real macaron, Parisians will tell you to pay Pierre Hermé a visit.
Address: 40 Boulevard Haussmann, 75009 Paris, France
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La Tour d’Argent

While not the cheapest restaurant in Paris, the duck is meant to be the standout dish here, in the restaurant where the French royalty allegedly first used a fork. You pay extra for the history and depending on your budget its probably worth it.
Address: 15 Quai de la Tournelle, 75005 Paris, France
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Le Mary Celeste

Though it’s become a bit of a scene at Mary Celeste, the oysters at here are as good as its cocktails. A variety of options await those hungry for a taste of the ocean, with just a squeeze of lemon.
Address: 75003, 1 Rue Commines, 75003 Paris, France
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Pink Flamingo

This Franco-American establishment has some of the oddest pizzas, and the Basquiat, with Gorgonzola, dried figs, and French country ham is a best-seller. You won’t find this on a slice in New York, that’s for sure.
Address: 105 Rue Vieille du Temple, 75003 Paris, France
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David Toutain

Toutain is one of the newest Michelin-starred restaurants in Paris, and its tasting menu is nothing short of mastery. Innovative, playful, and relatively affordable, the tasting menu at lunch or dinner is the only way to go.
Address: 29 Rue Surcouf, 75007 Paris, France
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Nightlife
Le Bar Du Plaza D’Athénee

A cosy mix of old and new, built With warm wood paneling mixed with a transparent bar and other contemporary features. Famous for its cocktails, that are up there with the best of them, and with a restaurant by Alain Ducasse next door, we’d expect nothing less.

Address: 25 Avenue Montaigne, 75008 Paris, France
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Palais Maillot
At this luxurious and roomy club near Porte Maillot, their legendary After Works, usually on Thursdays, start at around 7pm and go until past midnight. Other nights of the week you'll find featured DJs, Summer Sessions and other themed nights. Check their website to see what's coming up. This club is a comfortable venue where those who want to just chill can and the others in your party who want to get their rock on can hit the dance floor for as long as they can.

Address: Le Palais des Congrès de Paris, 2 Place de la Porte Maillot, 75017 Paris, France
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Le Montana
This club and bar is located on a small St. Germain-des-Prés street and happens to be right next to Café Flore. Hence, it's one of those clubs hidden in plain sight. It has the reputation of being ultra-exclusive and for the most part lives up to that reputation. Revamped by über-cool graphic artist André, Le Montana is a VIP magnet - Lenny Kravitz, Vanessa Bruno and Kate Moss have all hit the floor here since the relaunch. The biggest challenge is getting through the door.

Address: 28 Rue Saint-Benoît, 75006 Paris, France
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Le Crazy Horse

To say that Crazy Horse is like any other Las Vegas show is just not doing it justice. These dancers, this choreography and the supremely innovative lighting that accompanies each act serve to transport you to a sort of world removed far far away from the daily grind. So go ahead, treat yourself.
Address: 12 Avenue George V, 75008 Paris, France
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Wanderlust
A newer spot that anchors the Left Bank, Wanderlust is the expansive terrace bar and club that perches atop the Cite de la Mode et du Design. Wanderlust is run by the same team that runs Silencio and the dance club part of the programming happens only on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights from 11pm onwards and goes until 6am and with a terrace view overlooking the Seine, what more do you want from a club?
Address: d'Austerlitz,, 32 Quai d'Austerlitz, 75013 Paris, France
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Transportation

Public transport:
Public transport in Paris is plentiful, relatively easy to understand and when compared to other capital cities pretty good value for money. The Paris Metro serves most tourists’ needs. Stops for the main sights and attractions are clearly signposted. Free transport maps are available at Paris metro stations, bus terminals and tourist offices and are usually available as leaflets at most hotels.
To link it all together, there’s the Régie Autonome des Transports Parisiens (RATP) an integrated, five-zone system of bus, metro and trains that is both cheap and efficient.

For the Paris Metro, one ticket covers one journey, whether you travel for one stop, 20 stops, change trains or fall asleep and wake up at the end of the line. The one great failing, however, is the relative lack of lifts or escalators and the narrow ticket barriers. Trying to get around with prams, suitcases, crutches or wheelchairs is a challenge that you might decide you’d rather skip.
Taxis:
Taxis in Paris can be hailed in the street or caught at taxi ranks.
*Uber is also available in and around Paris and is a great alternative than Taxi’s. Click here for your first journey free.
Driving:
As with most major cities, driving in central Paris is usually more trouble than it’s worth. Most hotels do not have garages, parking is difficult (illegally parked cars are towed away) and traffic jams are frequent. with the combination of taxis and public transport, there’s really little need for you to battle the roads yourself.
Bicycle hire:
Vélib’ is Paris's city-wide bike hire service. The first half hour is free, with low charges thereafter. The 1,800 stands mean you are never more than 300m away from picking up one of the 20,000 bikes. And besides, is there anything more romantic than seeing Paris by bike?
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Tips
- 18-25 year-old EU-citizens can get free admission to many Parisian museums and attractions. Check prices at the entrance.
Every first Sunday of the month, many Parisian museums offer free admission — expect long queues.
- Practical information about the metro, bus and RER network, including departure times and multi-day tickets, is found on the RATP website.
- When the metro closes, the night buses start running. It’s a good network, accessible with your normal metro and multi-day passes. For Noctilien timetables, see the RATP website.
- Cycle like a Parisian. Insert your credit card in a Vélib bike to take it wherever and whenever you want, cycling through the city. Be mindful of the traffic.
- Be aware that drinking and eating on terraces is more expensive than in the bar or restaurant itself. Plus, the closer a restaurant is to a hotspot, the higher the prices will be.
- Pay careful attention to your belongings, especially in metros and around tourist attractions.
- Do not sign any petitions or papers from people without a badge, don’t play betting games and be mindful of tricks that distract you in order to steal your valuable possessions.
- If you know that you’ll be making several journeys on the Metro, you can save money by buying a carnet (a batch of 10 tickets) instead of paying for each ticket one by one.



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New York

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Overview
From Wall Street's skyscrapers to Central Park's green paths, New York City pulses with an uncontrollable energy. History meets hipness in this global centre of entertainment, fashion, media, and finance. New York City is split into Manhattan, Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens and Staten Island; although most of your time will be spend in an around Manhattan and Brooklyn.
Best Time to Visit

Year-round. Central Park is as beautiful in full bloom as it is blanketed in snow. Each season offers something just a bit different—and equally worth seeing.
New York 
Transportation
With more than 650 miles of subway track and the largest fleet of busses in North America, NYC’s public-transit system is the easiest way to get around. A single MetroCard ride (good for all subway and bus routes, plus access in and out of New Jersey on the efficient PATH train) costs $2.75; a seven-day unlimited MetroCard costs $31.
New York Weather
January is the coolest month with an average temperature of 2.2°C (36°F). July is the hottest month with an average temperature of 28.9°C (83°F).
Know Before Visiting
Snag considerable deals on hotels—and experience NYC when it’s not packed to the brim!—just after New Year’s and in summer. These seasons offer easy access to what would otherwise be crowded exhibitions, activities, and restaurants.

Language
English

Electric
Type A (two-prong plug) or Type B (three-prong plug)

Currency
United States Dollar ($)
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