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7 Best Night Bars around the Globe

Whether youre a globetrotter by passion or profession, you know that the best thing you can expect from any city is its nightlife. This is why weve gathered the best night clubs around the globe. If you land in any of these countries, dont forget to give their prime bars a try.

Bar Isabel in Argentina

7 Best Night Bars around the Globe

The two most talked-about bars in Argentina is the Bar Isabel located in Buenos Aires, within easy reach of those who are already in the capital.

If youre all for the glitz and the glamour, you might want to drop by this watering hole. Just make sure that youre dressed to kill as well. Chic and smart is the way to go here. The interior of the bar closely resembles its next door neighbor, the Casa Cruz, probably because both were designed by fun loving Chilean Juan Santa Cruz.

Here, youll be greeted by a 70s-inspired interior. With disco as the bars running theme, the lights on the banks of the ceiling pulsate to the beat of house music. While youre here, you would want to try out the Bamboo, which is dry sherry mixed with orange bitters and vermouth.

The Emerald Peacock in Australia

7 Best Night Bars around the Globe

In Melbourne, youll find the Emerald Peacock luring droves of night life cravers. This is probably because the bar is fashionable enough without being too “suity” . The adage “birds of the same feather” is expressed in the bar as well, as an avian mural welcomes loyal patrons before they reach the lounging area.

The rest of the bar has, as the name suggests, a peacock-themed wall paper right above the booths. Guests can enjoy Merbournes spectacular skyline while theyre cozying up in bar. However, most patrons really prefer most patrons go to after a hard days work. When youre at the Emerald Peacock, the first thing you should check is the Big Cocks page in their menu. Here, youll find an interesting line of drinks, including the Taj Iced Tea which is Bombay Sapphire mixed with lemon juice, tea, sugar, and crème de peche.

Decollete in China

7 Best Night Bars around the Globe

Adding sophistication where its least expected is the Decollete in China. This bar sits in a building which was formerly used as an electric and machinery plant in Beijing. It is the first real champagne bar in the capital ever since China outlawed sleaze bars. Now, gentlemen can only enter the bar with a lady. The Decollete attracts hoards of urban Beijing locals.

The bar is pretty perfect for dates as well. With the intimate interior, complete with candle lights and fancy tables, the bar has a certain Belle Epoque vibe. The walls are also intricately hand-painted with floral patterns and the room lined with plush, velvet banquettes.

If youre wondering what to order from their menu, the patrons favorite is Potion#5. This is a delicate mixture of gin, violet liqueur, house champagne and lemon.

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Etihad Airways advice to book tickets as soon as possible

Summer can be sometimes disappointed for those tourists who would like to travel somewhere, for this reason Etihad Airways advice passengers to book their summer flights as soon as it is possible to keep away from displeasure, since the peak summer time is forthcoming. This company nowadays proposes flights to about 63 worldwide destinations and also developed system that contains the lately opened Japanese destinations such as Nagoya and Tokyo, and also in Iraq, Bagdad and Erbil. But in other regions such as Dublin, Manila, Beirut and Kathmandu, the organization has amplified the frequency.
The Abu Dhabi-based airline has observed important raise in booking to some of the key destinations such as customers from Middle East book their summer travel.

Etihad Airways advice to book tickets as soon as possible

This summer, Etihad Airways schedules to operate a total of 1.032 flights per week. This number is with 16 per cents higher than in the last year. The Chief Executive Officer of Etihad Airways declared that they company supposes to register exceptionally high demand for the period of summer , particularly as residents across the Middle East areas travel to Europe for cooler climates. They recommend passengers to book quickly in order to make certain that their summer vacation will be a successful one.

 Eithad also give the chance for tourists to visit famous holiday regions as Athens, Paris, Istanbul, Cairo, New York, Singapore, Geneva, London, Munich and Kuala Lumpur. The company also recommends a variety of high quality vacation packages to these areas during the summer time.

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Top Airport Transfer Deals in the World

Every time you arrive at a strange new airport without a pre-arranged transfer to your hotel, you worry about the same things: will your luggage be safe? Will you get to your hotel on time? Will you have to shell out a lot of money just to get there?

While airport taxis may look more convenient than public transportation services like railways, taxis are not always the best options. People can end up burning as much as $32 more on taxi fares from the airport compared to what they would spend should they decide to hop onto a train.

Wherever your destination may be, below are the best alternatives to expensive taxi transfers.

Heathrow, London

Top Airport Transfer Deals in the World

Should you find yourself in Londons Heathrow Airport, the cheapest airport transfer you can get is through the Heathrow Express Train. This will only cost you around $25. In about 25 minutes, youd already reach downtown London.

On the other hand, taxi rides from the airport can cost you about $60 to $120, depending on where youre staying. Because if the traffic, the ride will also take longer, ranging from 30 to 60 minutes.

The only disadvantage of taking the Express Train is that youll be missing out on that “great London cab experience” that most tourists are raving about. You might be missing out on the scenic routes and the London cultural primer from your accommodating cab driver.

The train ride isnt so bad, though. While theyre not as fast as Japans bullet trains, you can enjoy 25 minutes of free WiFi connection. The trains are also available almost round the clock. They leave every 15 minutes from 5 A.M. to midnight. If youre fully booked on a business trip, you can take the same train to Paddington station and check in for a return flight. This way, youll dodge the long queues at the airports counter.

Forth Worth/ Dallas

Top Airport Transfer Deals in the World

If youre trying to cut back on travel expenses and you need a ride from Forth Worth or Dallas airport, the best taxi alternative is the Trinity Railway Express, more popularly known as “the T” . The average taxi fare downtown from the airport costs about $40 per 20 miles. On the other hand, a ride in “the T” only costs about $3.50.

The downside is that the railway transfer takes longer: 20 minutes from the airport to the T terminal, and 50 minutes to get to the Dallas Union Station. If you take the more expensive taxi cab ride, youll reach the town in 25 minutes.
If you take the cab, youll be saving about 25 minutes of travel time. On the other hand, a ride with the T saves you $36.50 per trip.

Atlanta

Top Airport Transfer Deals in the World

One of the top business meeting places across the US is Atlanta, and unless your company already arranged and paid for your airport transfers, you can end up burning a lot of money this way. That is, if you keep on taking cabs. A good taxi alternative when youre in this city is the MARTA. This is a direct transfer service from the airport to the downtown train station. It only costs $2 per transfer.

The trip takes about 18 minutes, but it can take longer if you take the more popular Buckhead route. This will also require you to change trains when you reach the Lindenburgh Station after 7:30PM. On the plus side, its much cheaper than your average 20-minute, 12-mile taxi ride. This will cost you a flat rate of $30 and an additional $2 per extra passenger.

The MARTA is definitely the better airport transfer letting you save $28 and a few minutes per way.

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Top 5 Public Bathrooms in the World

When youre travelling, its inevitable for you to have to use the public bathroom, and most of the time this is not a very pleasant experience. Theres either graffiti on the wall or the flush isnt working and the place reeks. Some public toilets dont even have locks for their cubicles. If youre very lucky, youll get into a public bathroom with graffiti, faulty flushes, no locks, and no running water.

However, there are some (if not few) public bathrooms that are just a pleasure to look at. Youd wonder if you just accidentally found yourself in a posh hotel. These public bathrooms are very refreshing, and youd be lucky to encounter them in one of your travels.

Hundertwasser Public Toilets in New Zealand

Top 5 Public Bathrooms in the World

Youll probably never see any other public toilet just as colorful. The Hundertwasser Public Toilets in New Zealand gathers quite a crowd simply because its amazingly well-kept. Unlike other public toilets which are drabby and depressing, this public toilet and very cheerful and blends quite well with New Zealands turquoise-colored waters, Kauri forests and cove-lined coasts.

It was built in 1997 by architect Freidensreich Hundertwasser. It looks like a wacky temple with mosaics, curvy columns, walls tiled with colored bottles which look like stained windows, and the works. The architects vision: the loo is usually a place for contemplation. This is why it looks almost like a temple.

Hundertwasser didnt stop at the styling details, though. The building is also environmentally friendly, incorporating living trees in its design as well as reclaimed bricks and a thatched grass roof. Where exactly are these toilets located? Just go to Paihias State Highway 1. This is in the rural town of Kawakawa.

Urilift Pop-up Toilets in Europe

Top 5 Public Bathrooms in the World

While its least likely that youll be touring around the world just to view pretty public loos, visiting the Urilift Pop-up Toilets in London, Amsterdam, and Belfast should be fun. These public toilets are located in the Cambridge Circus, the Rembrandtplein, and the Shaftesbury Square respectively. These stainless cylindrical urinals are Europes solutions to “indiscriminate” male toilet habits.

These receptacles, unlike the lower, open urinals of the past, are easier to aim at. The floor of the cylindrical urinal also has a drainage unit just in case youre not as well-coordinated as the average visitor.

Charmin Restroom in Times Square, NY

Top 5 Public Bathrooms in the World

New York is notorious for its dank, depressing subway public toilets. However, somewhere in Times Square, youll find the Charmin Restroom during specific periods of the year. Charmin sets up a bi-level space right between Thanksgiving and New Years Day.
The designs of the public toilets are also anticipated by most New Yorkers who frequent Times Square. Every year, the theme seems to change. Last Christmas, they carried a Winter Wonderland theme which put everyone in the mood for the holidays despite the cold weather.

For those who werent able to see the toilet stalls, they were set up as 20 log cabins. Each one was maintained by an exclusive attendant after use, so all visitors could enjoy immaculate seats and floors. Of course, the cabins are stocked with the products its sponsors are selling.

On the second floor of the log cabins, one can lounge at the Duracell charging station (you can also hook up your phones), or let your kids play at the Wii lounge. Theres also the Charmin Tree House where kids can learn the “Charmin Potty Dance” from the videos shown from seventeen flat-screen TV sets.

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The Ugliest Airports Around the Globe

Airports in the movies are always portrayed as squeaky clean places with fancy walkalators and big, panoramic windows. Or, if the movie is about a small island in the middle of nowhere, the airport can look like a scene from a war movie. They look pretty much like the airports were previewing here.

If youre ever passing through these airports, dont bother getting your camera out of the bag. The views not really something youd want to remember.

The Ugliest Airports Around the Globe

John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York

Surprisingly enough, the first airport to make this list is the JFK International Airport in New York. Once upon a time, the airport was a pretty sight, but that was when JKF was still young, and the airport was still called Idlewind. It showcased the best assembly of modern architecture and made New York proud to be New York. Fifty years later, though, we have what modest tourists would describe as hell.

Upon arrival, passengers are greeted by endless corridors and hallways with blank walls. MOMA curator Paola Antonelli even described the place as dysfunctional. When you reach the Delta terminals, youll see an unwelcoming sight of dilapidation and filth. And if youre not a frequent flyer to and from New York, youre bound to get yourself lost here, too.

The Ugliest Airports Around the Globe

Charles de Gaulle in Paris

Because its Paris, and innovative art (even in architecture) is celebrated, the long, column-less structure of Charles de Gaulle Airport was once deemed “graceful” . Of course, that was until 2004, when a portion of the airport collapsed and killed four people. While tragic, the news was pretty unsurprising. People who didnt live in Paris saw the structure as a fiendish symbol of the technocratic country.
Translation: nothing here will work and nobody cares if they dont. Aside from the less-than-friendly architecture, science fiction writer Bruce Sterling also reported bad experiences with the airports signage. British designer John Thackara, who actually lives in South France, also shared his two-cents about the airport. According to the British guru, everyone who works in the airport had been turned into sociopaths.

This is probably largely because of the environment theyre in. For some reason, the staff cannot see how dreadful they treat their passengers.

The Ugliest Airports Around the Globe

Sheremetyevo International Airport in Moscow

What word event inspired more bad architecture for years to come? Answer: the 1980 Summer Olympics which was held in Moscow. That same, fateful year, Moscows Sheremetyevo Terminal 2 was also completed. According to New York-based and Moscow-born architect Constantin Boym, the airport is built under a 70s “heroic” style on an oddly hexagonal grid.

If youre inside the building, youll have a hellish time finding your way because the walls are all 60º adjacent to one another. According to reports, the airport underwent renovation two years ago, and the dusty ceiling of the entire grid was substituted with a smoother one. For some reason, this facelift only made the place look uglier.

The Ugliest Airports Around the Globe

Heathrow Airport in London

How can we possibly describe Heathrow International Airport? The average traveler would say that the airport makes the JKF landing pad in New York look good. Miami Art Museum Terry Riley gets more specific, though. He describes the airport as four shopping centers accidentally smashed together. Probably the worst portion of the airport is Terminal 3.

This one was built in 1961 and has been described, since then, as a strange low ceilinged area where passengers are held like hostages until the time of their planes departure. A Malaysian architecture, Azmi Merican, gets creative and socio-critical, saying that the airport is a reflection of “lost empire” which no longer knows what role it plays in the world.

The only upside is that Terminal 5, which took 20 years to construct, finally opened in 2008. This was certainly an improvement. The baggage system of the airport is also working just fine, now.

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7 of the Most Amazing Aerial Tours in the World

Many of us get tired of seeing things eye-level. Few of us, however, realize that there is an amazing view that awaits us: from on high. Just the feeling of going up makes you feel giddy already; upon seeing the view, you feel as if you are in a different plane altogether.

Things indeed look different seen from the top. For many, one of the best ways of seeing things is through an aerial tour. Best of all, there are no crowds in this kind of tour. Whether you are a fan of Mother Nature or you prefer a citys nightlights, joining an aerial tour can turn out be a rewarding experience.

Just make sure that you prepare beforehand, as there are certain things worth considering when joining this kind of tour. Aside from choosing which kind of view youd prefer, things like weather and seasons also come to the fore. Thankfully, many groups now offer this, as it has become more and more popular among tourists.

The Nazca Lines in Peru

7 of the Most Amazing Aerial Tours in the World

Over two-thousand years old, these carvings which are shaped like humans, animals and trapezoidal lines are amazing, seen from above. People have long theorized about what these mysterious lines mean and who made them, which makes it even more fascinating. The tour is a thirty-five minute flight where you can clearly see the distinct shapes. Since the Nazca Desert has a dry climate, you can plan your trip at any day of the year. However, make sure you fly in the morning or late in the afternoon, so that the sight isnt marred by the dusty haze during the midday heat.

The Iditarod Flight in Alaska

7 of the Most Amazing Aerial Tours in the World

Its a 1, 161-mile sled dog race; a contest that tries the strength of dogsledding teams by pitting them against extreme weather and rough terrain. The tour itself is a long, twelve-day trip where you will track the teams, and look at other landmarks around Alaska. The tour is interesting as you will play an active role in it, instead of just being a sightseer. You will drop in at checkpoints so you can see the teams up close, and become a handler at the races starting chute. If you are a fan of the dogs themselves, you will be able to visit the kennels of some of the champion sled dogs. The trip is scheduled on the first Saturday of March.

The Zeppelin Ride over Tokyo

7 of the Most Amazing Aerial Tours in the World

Are you more of an urban person, finding neon lights and skyscrapers beautiful? Then Tokyo is the place to go-and see overhead. Experiencing Tokyo from above is a far more beautiful-and less tiring-experience than touring it on foot. Floating gently away, a zeppelin ride will give you a smooth travel similar to a hot-air balloon ride. Unlike the latter however, one can maneuver the zeppelin, making it go at 45 miles per hour; a slow movement that will give you a floating sensation which will be matched perfectly by the magical view of Tokyo. Though you can take this tour at any time of the year, it is best to catch the view while the sun is setting, and to see the neon lights come to life as the city descends into darkness.

The Serengeti Balloon Safari in Africa

7 of the Most Amazing Aerial Tours in the World

You may have heard of people taking a tour in South Africa to see the wildlife. In East Africa, particularly in Serengeti, a new tour is being offered: a hot-air balloon tour that will give you a vast view of the plains, and the numerous animals that make it their home. From zebras to lions, jackals to hippos, you will be amazed at the tranquil life of these animals. To end your one hour tour, there will be a champagne toast, and you will have an English breakfast under a shade tree. Tours are available all throughout the year, but booking a tour during the wildebeest migration from May to June and November to December is best.

Kaikoura Whale Watch Flight in New Zealand

7 of the Most Amazing Aerial Tours in the World

At the northeastern coast of New Zealands South Island is kaikoura, a place to go whale watching. If you are not one to brave the waters for this magnificent sight, an overhead tour is the best alternative (in fact, the waters are said to be too rough for this particular activity). Below Kaikoura is a three to six thousand-foot-deep canyon attracting squid and fish, which then attract sperm whales. Over five hundred feet above the whales and half an hours flight will enable you to see the whole whales, instead of just a portion. A trip sometime in May and June would yield the best whale sights, as this is the period when they come to breed.

The Himalayas by Balloon in Nepal

7 of the Most Amazing Aerial Tours in the World

If you like an Asian trip, the Kathmandu Valley in Nepal will show you a splendid view of the snow-covered mountains, rice paddies, and monasteries. It is a perfect tranquil trip to take, if you just want to relax and enjoy a stunning view of nature. For an hour or two, you will be transported to a different world. Be prepared for the thin oxygen, and altitude sickness might beset you as you will reach almost ten thousand feet above. Still, the view over Nepal more than makes up for this. Many choose to fly from March to April and October to November, and during sunrise, to see the mountains light up.

Grand Canyon Heli-Flight in Arizona

7 of the Most Amazing Aerial Tours in the World

Two hundred seventy-seven miles long, the stunning, mile-deep chasm is a sight to behold. It took the Colorado River just six million years carving this, and according to the first man who traveled across the canyon in the nineteenth century, its beauty is beyond words. The takeoff is in Las Vegas, and you will first head to Lake Mead and Hoover Dam, before reaching Grand Canyon West, where helicopters are allowed. You will then transfer to another craft and go four thousand feet down to the floor of the canyon. One of the tours highlights is that after landing, you can explore the area on your own-seeing the Hualapai Indians stomping grounds. Traveling can be done at anytime of the year, but be forewarned that it can really be hot during summer.

By Journey ETC

6 new fascinating architectures around the world

Today, architecture has changed significantly; no longer is a building a simple structure on the urban landscape; it now has something that makes it stand out: texture. Gone are the days when people only waited for the tallest building. Architecture continues to challenge its boundaries, giving us new types of structures that are appealing inside and out. Here are some of the most interesting structures-or wonders-of the world.

Guangzhou TV Tower in Guangzhou, China

6 new fascinating architectures around the world

What makes this structure most interesting is that unlike many other wonderful structures in the world, this has the features of a woman. This makes it known as the twisted lady, or the supermodel. Two thousand feet high, it is certainly an imposing structure. At the “waist” part (560 feet off the ground), a staircase replaces floors and walls, so that visitors can see the texture of the structure. Inside it are also a couple of rotating restaurants where you can dine with a view, several shops, as well as a movie theatre. If you plan to visit and stay nearby, the Grand Hyatt in Guangzhou is a 23-story hotel in the central business district. It costs around $175 to $230 for a stay for two.

Soccer City in Johannesburg, South Africa

6 new fascinating architectures around the world

In a city where soccer is sacred, it is but natural to expect a stadium that reflects the citys sport. 2010 is the year that an African nation will host the tourney, so Architect Bob van Bebber thought it only right to create a huge, ninety-four-thousand-seater stadium where fans from all over the world can come together. Its interesting design is actually based on a calabash-something that has been turned into a beer stein, a musical instrument, and even a motorcycle helmet. This gourd can be found all over the continent, and its versatility in use speaks much of the unity-amidst-diversity theme. Outside, its earth colors are set into fire by lights. This makes for an amazing place where people off all ages and cultures can come together, relax and share their stories with each other. But it is not just meant for this particular event, as the stadium serves as a symbol, and hope, for the future.
For a brief stay, Athol Place is a quaint ten-room hotel whose gardens are blooming beautifully with purple jacarandas in spring. A suite costs around $320 to $450. Wandies serves a buffet of salads, muttons and dumplings, and their entrees cost $6 to $11.

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