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Bucharest, Contemplate history
The best of Romania

Romania's capital city has plenty to offer travellers. Bucharest is the centre of Romanian media, culture, and art. Although buildings and districts in the historic city centre were heavily damaged or destroyed by war, earthquakes, many survived. 

Romania's Parliament building is the second largest building in the world, after the Pentagon, and the world's largest civilian administration building. Built primarily of Romanian marble, it's also the world's heaviest building and the most expensive administrative building. 

One of the most symbolic places in Bucharest, not only because of its architecture, but also because of its part in history is the "Palace Square". Around here we can find the former Royal Palace (now Romanian National Art Museum), the Athenaeum, the Library of the University of Bucharest and the Memorial of the Rebirth. 

Contemplate history at the Revolution Square, the area around the University Square. This area was the setting for some of the most violent episodes of the 1989 revolution. South of the square we can find the beautiful Russian Church, surrounded by French style buildings. 

Herastrau park is located in the north of Bucharest, around the lake of the same name. It houses the quaint Village Museum. Around the park we can find other landmarks of Bucharest such as the House of the Free Press, the Romanian TV Headquarters and the Arc de Triomphe. 

Contemplate history with the Bucharest Jewish museum, housed in a synagogue, exposes what life was like for Romanian Jews before World War II. 

A few kilometers south of the center we can find the Jewish cemetery of Bucharest. This peaceful place has been the final resting place for several generations of Jews from the late nineteenth century. 

The Old Town is also the place to go for night-life and dining. Most of the trendiest bars and restaurants are located along Gabroveni and Lipscani streets.

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Alvear Hostel; Cordoba, Argentina

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Outstanding Luang Prabang
Laos tourist showpiece

Luang Prabang is located at the confluence of the Nam Khan and Mekong River and was formerly the capital of a kingdom of Laos. 

The old town centre is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. 

Explore this beautiful town by foot to see the amazing heritage buildings now used by businesses such as hotels, restaurants, cafes. There are absolutely no modern buildings or anything above 2 floors in this unique town. 

There are 30 or more Temples, Wats. The most popular is the Wat Mai. Wat Xieng Thong or Temple of the Golden City is one of the oldest temples. You can see unique architecture temple which look amazingly beautiful. 

The Royal Palace, built during French colonization, was converted into a museum of ancient art and important artifacts. 

There are 2-3 markets around Luang Prabang, the most popular is the daily night market. It is filled with lots of craft and silverware.

Baguettes and croissants, spicy soup, sticky rice and meat-based dishes are popular food to try in Outstanding Luang Prabang. Make sure to get a local Lao Coffee which is reputed to be one of the best in the world. 

The large hill in the Outstanding Luang Prabang is known as Phou Si or "Holy Mountain". It brings amazing views and offers beautiful sunrise and sunset. 

Kuang Si Waterfalls are one of the most popular attractions of Luang Prabang. The tourists enjoy the natural landscapes. The Tad Sae Waterfalls are stunning, they are located in a park outside of town. 

The Pak Ou Caves, Buddha Caves, is a must-visit. It is located in limestone cliffs above the Mekong River. Thousands of Buddha statues are placed inside the caves. 

On the way, stop at the Ban Xang Hai village and try the local whiskey, Lao Lao. It is made with all sorts of snakes and insects mixed. 

The Elephant Park Project Area is located about 15 km out of town and in the middle of a mountainous surrounding. It will lead you out into a local Kamu village where you get to observe the daily life and culture of this ethnic minority.

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Cordoba, the argentinian one
Top 10 things to do

Located in the heart of the Pampas, Cordoba is Argentina's second city and a recognized center of education and culture within that country. While not quite as famous or well-traveled as Buenos Aires, the city of Cordoba has its own personality and points of interest, and plenty of things for a visitor to see and do. 

1. Visit the main plaza 

The first thing to do in Cordoba is visit the main plaza. It has a lot of energy and is a great place to hang out. The main plaza has lots of trees, and a high statue of San Martin on a horse. This is also where you will find a town museum as well government offices and the cathedral. Argentina's first colonial administration was based here before Buenos Aires became the capital. 

2. Go on a walking tour 

Most tour start off at the main plaza, then moved on to the cathedral next door and the Monastery of the Carmelites. The Iglesia de Compania de Jesus is the country's oldest church. You will go through the National University of Cordoba area, once the Jesuit College. The national museum is located in part of the campus. 

3. Relax in Parque Sarmiento 

This park is Cordoba's most important garden area. Located a short distance from downtown, it has great spaces that are ideal for relaxing, resting, walking or just enjoying the fresh air. The park has facilities for outdoor events, including an amphitheater. Around the park there are cultural areas, museums and various ponds filled with ducks and other birds. 

4. Go shopping 

Another thing to do in Cordoba, the argentinian one is to go shopping. There are lots of shops and shopping centres in Cordoba. You will find great prices. 

5. Museums 

Any visit to this beautiful colonial city wouldn't be complete without a tour of one of Cordoba's many interesting museums, which are scattered all throughout the city. Most are situated in the historic center, and many are located within prestigious colonial buildings. Among the best museums are the Eva Duarte de Peron Museum of Fine Arts (also known as Palacio Ferreyra, featuring works by regional artists), the Emilio Caraffa Provincial Museum of Fine Arts (with an expansive library specializing in the arts), and the Juan de Tejeda Museum of Religious Art. You can also visit the Marques de Sobremonte History Museum (displaying colonial items), the Anthropology Museum of the Cordoba National University, and the Classics Museum (with over two thousand classic pieces ranging from automobiles to war tanks). The Genaro Perez Museum (contemporary art), the Bishop Jose Antonio de San Alberto Museum (religious artifacts and a small concert hall), and the Latin American Artisans Museum are all interesting options. 

6. La Manzana Jesuitica 

One of Cordoba's main attractions is the Jesuit Block, a series of colonial buildings that has been declared a World Heritage Site by the UNESCO. Among the more stand-out features are a crypt at the underground novitiate temple, the Company of Jesus Church (the oldest temple in Argentina), and Argentina's first university. 

7. Monasterio de Santa Teresa 

The Monasterio de Santa Teresa is a working Carmelite nunnery; therefore, only the Igreja Santa Teresa is open to visitors. The architecture, with its sober facade and ornate cross, contrasts with the rest of the city, as it is the work of Portuguese architects. The nunnery also houses a museum of religious art and artifacts, including some relics of St. Teresa de Avila and St. Ignacio de Loyola. 

8. El Paseo del Buen Pastor (The Good Shepherd's Promenade) 

Cordoba's, the argentinian one, cultural center on Hipolito Yrigoyen Avenue in the historic district. It includes a beautiful colonial chapel and conserves original pieces such as porticos and columns, combining contemporary and historic elements. It's made up of diverse spaces designed to house art exhibitions along with various galleries, theaters, cinemas, concert halls and dancing fountains that perform a light and music show in the evenings. There are spacious gardens, terraces, plazas and open-air areas for relaxing. 

9. Check out Carlos Paz 

Carlos Paz is a city in the center-north of the province of Cordoba. The area of Punilla is a major tourist destination on the national level, and Villa Carlos Paz is in turn the most important city of Punilla, favoured by its closeness to the Cordoba City. Popular tourist activities include bathing in one of the many rivers, fishing, evening shows, kite surfing, windsurfing, hiking and mountain biking. 

10. The Cathedral 

The city's most important religious building is the Catedral de Cordoba. Its architecture combines neoclassical, romantic and baroque elements fused with indigenous details. The interior design highlights vault paintings and a variety of contemporary adornments.

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Drop Inn; Osaka, Japan

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Fall in love with San Sebastian
Charming Spain

Sunny days spent on sandy beaches and evenings strolls through the Old Town are among the joys of visiting San Sebastian. Picturesquely set on the crescent-shaped Bay of Concha, this elegant town is one of Spain's most fashionable beach resorts. 
There are so many things to see in San Sebastian. These are the top 10 tourist attractions of the city. 

1. The Seaside Elegance and Beautiful Beach of La Concha 

The perfect white sand beach of the Bay of Concha is the most iconic sight in San Sebastian. With mesmerizing turquoise waves, this beach extends for more than a kilometer. The beach, known as La Perla, overlooks the cityscape of San Sebastian and has an ambience of elegance. A protected location in the bay ensures calm, gentle waters that are safe for swimming. 

2. Playa de la Zurriola: Surfers' Beach 

This well-known surfers' beach has many sports shops, large department stores, and art galleries. The Playa de la Zurriola attracts surfers from all over the world because of its challenging waves and surf competitions. This beach is also a favorite destination of sports enthusiasts, who come here to play beach volleyball, football, and beach tennis. 

3. Museo de San Telmo 

The Museo de San Telmo is an exceptional. It offers visitors an overview of Basque culture, the diverse collection is presented in different departments such as fine arts, history, archaeology, and ethnology. The archaeology department displays an extensive collection of coins, ceramics, and pre-Columbian artifacts. 

4. Parte Vieja (Old Town) 

The historic Old Town of San Sebastian is north of the Alameda del Boulevard extending to Monte Urgull with the Plaza de la Constitucion at its center. Many lovely balconied buildings line this square. A favorite pastime in the Old Town is strolling the streets in search of traditional Basque tapas. This atmospheric quarter is filled with authentic pintxo restaurants and is at its liveliest in the evening when tourists and locals flock to the area. This part of the city will make you fall in love with San Sebastian.

5. Miramar Royal Palace 

This palace is surrounded by beautiful grounds overlooking the sea. The palace was built as a vacation home for the Spanish royal family. The simple but elegant home has two floors for the private residence and a third floor that was used by the servants. Beautiful gardens with gorgeous ocean views lead down to a seafront promenade along the Bahia de la Concha. 

6. Scenic Views and Amusement Park on Monte Igueldo 

El Monte Igueldo is the mountains guarding the bay of La Concha. You can reach the top of the hill by cable car. From there you will enjoy spectacular views of the city. Just at the end of the railway you'll find the Igueldo amusement park.Another highlight is the observatory with an outlook tower. Ascend the tower for magnificent views of the town, the Bay of Concha, and the rolling hills of the Basque countryside 

7. Isla de Santa Clara 

Travelers can enjoy a delightful island getaway right in the city of San Sebastian. Declared a Historical National Interest Site, the Isla de Santa Clara is a tiny 30-meter-wide island just off the coast, combining the peacefulness of nature along with the amenities of civilization. Tourists can also go for a scenic stroll to the lighthouse and enjoy the stunning views along the way. 

8. Basilica de Santa Maria del Coro 

Fall in love with San Sebastian's Baroque church. It stands on the foot of Monte Urgull in the heart of the Old Town. One of the most-visited tourist sites in San Sebastian, the Basilica of Santa Maria del Coro was built on the site of an ancient Roman temple. 

9. Parque de Aiete 

The Aiete Palace of the Dukes of Bailen was built where medieval pilgrims stopped on their way to Santiago de Compostela. The palace once hosted illustrious visitors including Queen Victoria of England. Today, the palace grounds are used as a public park and venue for cultural events. 

10. Catedral del Buen Pastor 

The largest church in San Sebastian, the Cathedral of the Good Shepherd is in the New Town beyond the busy Calle de San Martin. With its 75-meter-high tower, this inspiring edifice is an important city landmark. The cathedral was built out of sandstone from the Monte Igueldo. The immense structure covers an astounding surface area of 1,915 square meters.

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Osaka, Top 10 things to do
A world apart, Japan

Osaka is one of Japan's largest cities. Its location on the Yodo delta with its network of watercourses and canals spanned by more than a thousand bridges has earned Osaka the nickname: the "Venice of the East." 
With all of the things to do and see in a city, deciding how to spend your time can be quite a difficult decision. 
Here is a Top 10 list of the available attractions in Osaka. Enjoy! 

1. Osaka Castle 

Osaka Top 10 includes the Castle (Osaka-jo), at the time of it construction, was the largest in Japan. The castle was destroyed, only to be rebuilt for reasons of prestige. Highlights include the five-story, 42-meter-tall main tower containing exhibits on the history of the castle and the city, as well as superb views over Osaka and Osaka Castle Park. 

2. Shitenno-ji Temple 

Osaka's best-known temple, Shitenno-ji, was Japan's first Buddhist temple. This lovely temple remains the oldest such religious site to be officially administered. Highlights include the site's five-story pagoda along with a number of other decorated buildings: the Golden Pavilion (Kondo) with its fine statues and paintings and the Lecture Hall (Kodo). 

3. Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan 

Looking a little as if it might be made of giant Lego blocks, the Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan is well worth exploring. One of the world's biggest , you will witness a number of marine habitats, including the Pacific Ocean and Antarctica, along with the Great Barrier Reef and Monterey Bay. The site boasts 27 tanks, the biggest being nine meters deep and capable of easily accommodating large marine life including manta rays and sharks. It is definitely one of Osaka Top 10. 

4. The Tempozan Ferris Wheel 

Providing some of the best views over Osaka, particularly of the port area and the Tempozan Harbor Village, the massive Tempozan Ferris Wheel is one of the largest in Asia. At more than 112 meters tall and with a diameter of 100 meters, this huge wheel offers a thrilling 17-minute journey that is especially enjoyable at night when the wheel is lit up in a variety of different colors. 

5. Twin Towers: Tsutenkaku and the Kobe Port Tower 

Osaka has two tall towers that have become synonymous with the city. The oldest, the Tsutenkaku, is in the city center and stands on the site of a replica of the Eiffel Tower that was destroyed in WWII. The structure offers some of the best views over Osaka. A little further away, on the outskirts of the city, stands the 108-meter-tall, red steel Kobe Port Tower. This tower also boasts an observation deck withgreat views over the city and the Kobe Port area. 

6. The National Museum of Art 

The National Museum of Art (Kokuritsu Kokusai Bijutsukan) is a unique underground art museum just a few minutes from the city center on Nakanoshima, a small island between the Tosabori and Dōjima rivers. This important gallery contains a large collection from some of the leading international artists of the post-war period. It's worth visiting for the spectacular steel structure outside the museum, a massive installation designed to look like reeds bending under a breeze. 

7. Tennoji Park and Zoo 

Osaka's largest green space, Tennoji Park (Tennoji Koen) is noticed for its many fragrant flower beds and, in spring, its cherry blossoms. The park is a delight to explore thanks also to its many fun sculptures, ponds, and bridges. It's also home to some of Osaka's most important tourist attractions, the Tennoji Zoo. 

8. Osaka Science Museum 

Another Osaka Top 10 is the Science Museum (Osaka Shiritsu Kagakukan) is a delightful outing for those traveling with kids. Located above the National Museum of Art, the museum contains numerous hands-on and interactive exhibits based on a number of science-related themes covering everything from astronomy to energy sources. 

9. The Umeda Sky Building 

The Umeda Sky Building (Umeda Sukai Biru) is a stunning landmark consisting of two office towers joined at the top by a large platform-like structure. It's this rooftop structure that draws visitors, due largely to the network of bridges and an escalator that join the two towers, providing views of 170-plus meters straight down that send shivers down the spines.The views from the rooftop observatory with its garden are simply stunning. 

10. Universal Studios Japan 

One of Osaka's newest attractions, Universal Studios Japan is also one of the city's busiest. One of only four Universal theme parks worldwide, the Osaka location offers a number of well-known brands, along with a few unique to the location.
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