Manhattan highlights – The Hotel Lucerne

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Lucerne HotelManhattan is a lively part of New York City, famous for its chic, sophisticated urban lifestyle and makes an excellent base from which to explore the rest of this amazing city.

The Hotel Lucerne offers luxurious accommodation in the heart of one of Manhattan’s most sought after areas, the Upper West Side, and has a wonderful European style that offers spacious and modern rooms all housed in a historic building that dates back to 1904. The Lucerne offers the ideal base for both tourists and business travelers, and the luxurious rooms feature full size desks, high speed WiFi access, printing services and 24 hour room service. The hotel also has a renowned restaurant ‘Nice Matin’, which offers breakfast, lunch  and dinner, and is popular with both locals and tourists for its relaxing, sophisticated atmosphere and high class food and wine menus.

Travel tips: The no-guidebook guide to traveling

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Enter a bookstore or any travel kiosk at the airport and you’ll find a number of guidebooks in almost every country in the world. It seems that there is no valley left undiscovered, stone left unturned in any corner of the world that hasn’t made it into one or two guidebooks.

For some traveler, guidebooks can be pretty useful, giving you a checklist of the important things to remember, interesting places to visit, and unusual things you should do when you embark on your trip.

But rely too much on them and you end up going to a foreign place like you were simply going through the different sections of an obstacle game. True, guidebooks can  give you an overview of what you might expect in a different town or country, probably give you a couple of ideas on how you can plan your itinerary, but ideally speaking, they should just give you a head start on your trip, and leave the rest to your imagination. After all, it’s not just the destination that can be exciting during the holiday, but the journey you take as well.

Top 5 things to do in Istanbul


It’s easy to feel overwhelmed when planning Turkey holidays, because there are so many educational, historic, and fun things to do on your vacation. Here is a list to get you started.

Blue Mosque (Sultan Ahmed Mosque)

The Sultan Ahmed Mosque is one of the most revered masterpieces in the Islamic world. It is commonly referred to as the Blue Mosque, owing to its blue ceramic tiled roofline, complete with six minarets. A tour of this mosque is a serene respite from the hustle and bustle of the streets of Istanbul, and provides countless photo opportunities with its beautiful architecture.

Istanbul Archaeology Museum (Arkeoloji Muzesi)

The Istanbul Archaeology Museum was the first Turkish museum, opening to the public in 1891. To this day, it remains one of the largest museums in the world, with over one million artefacts, including Greek, Byzantine and Roman antiquities. Located between Topkapi Palace and Gulhane Park, you will find it’s among the best value compared to other tourist attractions in Istanbul.

Moroccan Spice Roast Chicken with Orange Sauce


This dish is something I picked up on a Moroccan TV show I found on the internet. This dish is a lot like a Moroccan version of a classic roast turkey for thanksgiving.

  • 1 tablespoon cumin seeds
  • 1 tablespoon coriander seeds
  • 2 teaspoons cardamom seeds (from about 1 1/2 tablespoons cardamom pods)
  • 2 teaspoons fennel seeds
  • 1 teaspoon whole cloves
  • 1/2 cinnamon stick, broken into pieces
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1/4 cup orange juice
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 whole chicken, rinsed, patted dry
  • 1 pound carrots, peeled, cut diagonally into 1/2-inch-thick slices
  • 1/2 cup chicken stock or canned low-salt chicken broth

Preheat your oven to 420°F.

Take the first 7 spices and grind them together in a coffee grinder or food processor. Transfer to small bowl.

Travel tips: Packing for a Road Trip

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You are spared from airport security checks and baggage fees during a road trip but undeniably, it still needs a good amount of planning to make sure your journey will be hassle free. The number one consideration is what you need to pack. A lighter trunk is a lot friendlier to the gas tank.

Here are some packing tips which maybe useful if you are going on a road trip:

Maximize the trunk space

If you are going on a road trip as much as possible avoid using structured suitcases to pack your things as they take up a good amount of space in the vehicle’s trunk. Use smaller bags like backpacks or duffel bags which have soft sides and can easily be squeezed in with the rest of your things.

The best things to do at the Bellagio in Las Vegas for under $20


When you hear of the Las Vegas strip, it is about pure grandeur and spending where the sky is the limit. The Bellagio is one of the grandest places that you can visit while enjoying Las Vegas. Well, not necessarily to stay at the Bellagio if it is out of your budget but here are some suggestions that you can try if you dare not spend more than $20 of your allowance:

Enjoy the Fountains

The multimillion hotel has fountains constructed for the gods. They spent millions on it so it must be good. There are nightly shows that you can view from Monday to Friday. These usually last for half an hour with jets of water rocketing to the tune of Vegas music.

Botanical Conservatory


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Enjoy the first episode:)

Cheap flights to Tunisia


tunisia-flightTunisia is a popular North African destination and you can get lots of cheap flights here, and alongside some stunning white sandy beaches and beautiful clear Mediterranean waters there are many things to do, from taking a day trip out into the nearby Sahara Desert through to shopping for bargains in the lively street markets and bazaars. Tunisia has had a rich and varied history and was once an important Roman outpost and there are many excellent museums filled with well preserved artefacts and also a number of amazing historic sites to visit including:

  • The Roman ruins of Dougga – there are a number of important temple ruins here including those to Jupiter, Minerva and Juno, and this is Tunisia’s largest archaeological site and a great deal of money has been spent on restoring the ancient theatre, and you can now see live concerts and plays here during the month of August.