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Trip to Macau

Planet, Lonely Lonely Planet Publications ePub

China’s Special Administrative Region (SAR) of Macau may be known as the Vegas of the East, but the city has much more to offer than casinos. There are fortresses, churches and neighbourhoods that evoke the style of its former Portuguese masters, intermixed with Chinese temples and shrines. And of course, no trip to Macau is complete without tasting Macanese food, a delicious celebration of hybridism.

MSpend 90 minutes at the Ruins of the Church of St Paul, its small museum, and the nearby Macau Museum. Wander southwest through the tiny streets towards the Inner Harbour, stopping at the Mandarin’s House, St Joseph’s Seminary & Church and A-Ma Temple. Have lunch at Alfonso III, then cab it north to the lovely St Lazarus Church District to browse the boutiques and art spaces for a while.

RAfter lunch, head up to Guia Fort for a visit to the tiny but gorgeous Chapel of Our Lady of Guia. Don’t miss the lighthouse and the panoramic views of the city. Then, if you like, pay a visit to the magnificent Kun Iam Temple.

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Slovenia

Planet, Lonely Lonely Planet Publications ePub

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Ljubljana

Lake Bled

Lake Bohinj

Kranjska Gora

Soa Valley

Postojna

kocjan Caves

Koper

Piran

Portoro

Maribor

Ptuj

Understand Slovenia

Survival Guide

Its a pint-sized place, with a surface area of just more than 20,000 sq km and two million people. But good things come in small packages, and never was that old chestnut more appropriate than in describing Slovenia. The country has everything from beaches, snowcapped mountains, hills awash in grape vines and wide plains blanketed in sunflowers to Gothic churches, baroque palaces and art nouveau buildings. Its incredible mixture of climates brings warm Mediterranean breezes up to the foothills of the Alps, where it can snow in summer.

The capital, Ljubljana, is a culturally rich city that values livability and sustainability over unfettered growth. This sensitivity towards the environment extends to rural and lesser-developed parts of the country as well. With more than half of its total area covered in forest, Slovenia really is one of the greenest countries in the world.

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Dubai Marina & Palm Jumeirah

Planet, Lonely Lonely Planet Publications ePub

Dubai Marina is a coveted residential area and its pedestrian-friendly layout also holds plenty of visitor appeal. Stroll past the marina's fancy yachts and futuristic high-rises or head on over to the beach, cafes and shops at the Walk at JBR and the Beach at JBR. Jutting into the Gulf is the Palm Jumeirah, a palm-shaped artificial island loaded with luxury resorts and residences.

MThe perfect place to spend a morning in the marina is on the beach. Grab breakfast, coffee or juice at one of the cafes along the Walk at JBR, then find your favourite spot to spread your towel on JBR Open Beach. For lunch, let your tummy tell you whether to fuel up on salad, sushi or burgers at the Beach at JBR restaurant.

RIt's pretty hot by now, so hop on the monorail and head to Atlantis The Palm to marvel at groupers and jelly fish at the Lost Chambers, before getting wet again at the Aquaventure Waterpark. Cab it down to One&Only The Palm for an aperitivo and million-dollar views at the sleek 101 Lounge & Bar, then catch its boat shuttle back to the mainland.

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Yosemite National Park

Planet, Lonely Lonely Planet Publications ePub

     Includes »

     Yosemite Valley

     Wawona

     Big Oak Flat Road Tioga Road

     Tuolumne Meadows

     Driving

     Day Hikes

     Overnight Hikes

     Biking

     Sleeping

     Eating Drinking

     Getting Around

The jaw-dropping head-turner of USA national parks, Yosemite (yo- sem -it-tee) garners the devotion of all who enter. From the waterfall-striped granite walls buttressing emerald green Yosemite Valley to the skyscraping giant sequoias catapulting into the air at Mariposa Grove, you feel a sense of awe and reverence that so much natural beauty exists in one place. It is a Unesco World Heritage Site that makes even Switzerland look like God’s practice run. As far as we can tell, America’s third-oldest national park has only one downside: the impact of the four million visitors annually who wend their way here. But lift your eyes ever so slightly above the crowds, seek out the park’s serene corners or explore its miles of roadless wilderness and you’ll feel your heart instantly moved by unrivaled splendors.

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Al Zahiyah (Tourist Club Area) & Around

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Welcome to the mall quarter of the capital, where old and new shopping districts straddle Al Zahiyah and the burgeoning developments of Al Maryah Island. This is a neighbourhood where shopping remains king, whether you’ve come looking for Arabian prawns for supper, a pot to cook them in or designer plates to serve them on.

MStart with a morning constitutional in Heritage Park with its fine views of the old dhow harbour and then call in for a game of backgammon at Planet Café. Malls aplenty spring up across the city but dedicated shoppers keep flocking back to Abu Dhabi Mall, a favourite for fashion. There are lots of local twists here, with Jashanmal, the Gulf's answer to the department store, and Grand Stores, where you can buy a miniature silver oil rig model or a marble falcon. Arabian sweet and date stores, abeyya shops and oud perfumers will ensure you won't forget where you are.

RGarner some energy for more shopping with lunch at Automatic, the best-selling chain of Lebanese restaurants. Browse the small craft outlets in the nearby Khalifa Centre, where leather camels and bone boxes, sheesha bottles and hand-loomed carpets make popular souvenirs.

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