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Top Honeymoon Destinations

Now that the wedding has been planned, the next big challenge is to choose the perfect spot for your honeymoon. Given the sheer number of wonderful locations to choose from, the task is anything but easy. Below are five beautiful places that will make for an idyllic honeymoon and strengthen your bonds of love.

Aruba

Just a four-hour flight from New York transports you to another world. Aruba welcomes you with its pristine beaches and great year-round weather – the perfect ingredients for a fabulous honeymoon. The island covers an area of just 193 sq.kms., but has a lot to offer. Plus unlike other Caribbean islands, Aruba lies outside the hurricane path and receives minimal rainfall round the year. Read the rest of this entry »

Posted by on April 11th, 2010

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Easter Parade And Easter Bonnet Festival In New York

NEW YORK - MARCH 23:  A bonnet peeks above the...
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The Easter Parade began in New York City around 1870 and has grown to become an extravagant and quirky New York tradition. For centuries, Easter Sunday was when people use to don new clothes and bonnets and go to church. The Easter Bonnet was introduced by composer Irving Bennet when he referred to the New York Easter Parade in a musical composition.

So if you are wondering what to do during the Easter break, head to New York for your holiday travel. Get into the Easter spirit with native New Yorkers and walk down to 5th Avenue to participate in the parade or to just watch the drama. The Easter Parade is without the traditional floats and marching bands but it’s a unique New York experience nevertheless. Loads of tourists from all over the world flock to see the Easter Parade and Easter Bonnet Festival and some even participate with their own versions of fancy bonnets.

A Bonanza of Easter Bonnets and Easter Baskets

If you are pondering about what to wear for the parade then that really depends on whether you want to be creative, zany, outrageous, make a political statement or just have fun. Remember this is New York where anything goes. The focus of your attire of course should be your Easter bonnet. Some people simply buy a bonnet from a store while others go to great lengths to create one.

Fashion divas, drag queens, little girls, grandmothers, political activists, artists, you name it…every kind of person of every age and colour walks down 5th Avenue wearing colourful bonnets. Some bonnets are topped with birds made out of paper while others sport live cats. Flowers are a common theme and remind us of spring.

From small and delicate bonnets to large and outsized ones that dwarf the wearer, the imaginative bonnets create a colourful spectacle. Rabbits, dogs, cats, snakes and other pets also join their owners and it’s quite common to see dogs too wearing elaborate hats and bonnets.

A lot of attention is also lavished on fantastic Easter Baskets which the participants carry in their hands. The Easter Baskets are decorated with Easter bunnies, eggs, flowers, birds etc.

The Easter Bonnet Parade in New York is an informal parade where people just stroll down a road that’s closed to vehicular traffic. Even if you don’t want to participate, you can amble along with the participants or watch the fun from a street-side deli. A great spot to watch the parade is from the area around St. Patrick’s Cathedral.

Easter Bonnet Parade Route

From 49th to 57th Street along 5th Avenue.

Easter Bonnet Parade Timings

10am to 4pm on Easter Sunday.

New York Weather

Temperatures range from 7°C to 16°C with chance of rain.

Easter Eggstravaganza in Central Park

This is a free event that includes loads of entertainment and activities for kids. Entry is free and kids can join an Easter Egg Hunt, participate in an egg roll race, watch a puppet show, interact with clowns, get their faces painted etc. There’s also a race where kids have to build their own Easter baskets. The Eggstravaganza usually takes place on the South Lawn in Central Park.

While in the Big Apple, discover other fascinating sights and things to do so you can make the most of your New York Holidays.

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Posted by on November 24th, 2009

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The Best Things To Do On Your Holiday Nights

Most people visit places to experience their history and culture, laze on the beaches or enjoy the stunning landscape. But come evening, some cities come alive and offer the visitor an incredible nightlife. As the sun goes down, you may hear the strains of a guitar in a jazz bar, see well-dressed people stepping into fine-dining restaurants and feel the pulse of the nightclubs as they throw open their doors to the party animals.
Here are some of the cities known for their nightlife where you can make the most of your holiday nights:

Madrid

After you have taken a tour of Madrid’s grand palaces, museums, cathedrals and parks, get into a party mood in the evening because its residents sure know how to party. Dinner is served late so the night begins at around 11pm. Almost every neighbourhood has great tapas bars and restaurants. You can also catch wonderful live flamenco performances at clubs such as Corral de la. Palacio de Gaviria plays every kind of dance music in its many rooms, Pacha is a rocking discotheque and Kapital has seven different parties going at the same time, one on each of its seven floors – this place is for the serious clubber. But these are just a few of the happening places. The city has loads of dance halls, cafes, movie houses, theatres and of course nightclubs, so there’s plenty happening every night.

New York

The Big Apple never sleeps. Its cosmopolitan nature makes New York a vibrant place and offers the visitor an incredible choice. The amazing thing about the city is that it ignores the clock completely – you can hit the dance floor at 6am or hit the bar when most people are having cereal for breakfast! New York’s round-the-clock energy is infectious. From charming Irish pubs to posh piano bars and elegant lounges, from Broadway shows to pulsating nightclubs, from sophisticated art gallery receptions to free public concerts, the mix and variety is truly mind-boggling. Every kind of music and every kind of cuisine is available for every kind of taste. Nobu, Per Se, Corton and Adour are some of the fancier restaurants to try out but there are loads of more modest restaurants and delis to choose from. La Belle Epoque, Pacha, The Pink Elephant and Lotus are some of the popular nighclubs. For something more posh, check out The Rose Bar at Gramercy Park Hotel, The Box and The Beatrice Inn. The best ting to do is to just dive in and make the most of your stay in New York.

Read more about How To Make The Most Of Your New York Holidays.

Rio de Janeiro

Most famous for its Carnaval, you can expect a party atmosphere in Rio. It’s a beautiful City with the statue of Christ The Redeemer overlooking its miles of sandy beaches, thick rain forests, mountains and city sprawl. A festive beach atmosphere lingers through the day and night. Baronetti, Ruth and Melt are the more exclusive clubs where the well-heeled come to dance the night away. There are a great variety of dining options like Espirito Santa, which is famous for its authentic Brazilian food, and Careme whose celebrity chef serves up great French and Italian fare.

London

Catch the best plays at the West End where British thespians and the occasional A-list Hollywood actor take their bows. Local pubs are an institution so drop in to sample some beer at a nearby pub. Gordon Ramsay Restaurant is the celebrity chef’s signature restaurant and always makes every ‘Top 10’ list. Zuma, Hibiscus, Chez Bruce, The Cinnamon Club and the Greenhouse are a few others to try out. London is an expensive city so watch out for the bill. The city’s immigrant population has livened up its cuisine and Chicken Tikka Masala is probably the country’s most famous dish.
Music, however, remains the driving force of London’s nightlife and you can catch top bands in concerts or at a club. The Ministry Of Sound, Funky Buddha, Boujis, Amika and Crystal are for serious clubbing.

Berlin

Berlin has everything – an avant-garde cultural scene, casual cafes, laidback bars and high-octane clubs. The nightlife is considered to be the best in Europe. Berlin is also the techno capital of the world! But the curious thing about its clubs is that they don’t go out of their way to advertise and often have nondescript entrances so finding even a happening club can be quite a task. Berghain, Panorama Bar, King Kong Klub, Kaffee Burger, Weekend, Watergate, B Grad and Club Maria are popular choices. A-Trane is a favourite with jazz lovers. There’s no dearth of hip clubs but you just have to look a bit harder than in most cities. There are no curfews so clubs are open till the wee hours.
You will find some smart restaurants serving German, French, Austrian, Indian, Chinese and Turkish food. So dig in.

Posted by on August 31st, 2009

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