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Modern Life in One of the Ancient Cities

It seems just about anywhere you care to dig in modern Rome. You find its ancient origins buried underneath just waiting to be rediscovered. Unlike many ancient cities, however, Roma, the eternal city is a bustling modern city with all the attendant issues we associate with contemporary life; traffic, urban sprawl, parking shortages and garbage collection. All these play tag with Rome’s past. A giddy mix of magnificent Renaissance art, evocative ruins and a dynamic, vibrant contemporary culture make Rome the world’s most inspiring, romantic and zestful of cities, with an undeniable lust for life all of its own. Portrait Roma One of the world’s most impossibly romantic cities, immersed in a history that spans millennia, and with a heartbeat fuelled by divine cuisine and fabulous fashion. Ro...

What Secrets is My Passport Hiding?

Today, electronic passports are increasingly including more sophisticated features to ward off counterfeiters and impostors. This is a good thing. Here is a look at some of the most modern security features. Read on to find out what secrets your passport is hiding. Holograms Holograms are a basic feature of today’s passports. These are also some of the most recognizable as they are visible to the naked eye. These three-dimensional images are normally on various pages of a passport. Holograms contain verifiable information which can be ready by a machine for authentication purposes. Electronic chip  E-passports (or electronic passports) feature a chip which contains identification data along with a photo of the passport holder. This chip is normally found on the last page of the passport. U...

Living in Hong Kong

Relocation to any new destination always brings with it advantages and disadvantages. Expats will soon find Hong Kong China is no different. The more prepared you are for living in Hong Kong, the more successful your move will prove to be. The good news is that Hong Kong daily life makes it one expat destination where the upside seems to far outweigh the downside. Today, Hong Kong is a vibrant, dynamic city. It showcases the stark contrast between Asian and Western cultures while drawing upon both cultures to create the city the vigorous, energetic city it is. Is Hong Kong A Good Place To Live? This bustling city is typically described as one place where “East meets West”, reflecting the local culture’s effervescent mix of Chinese roots with influences carried over from its period of Briti...

How did the Cruise Industry Reach its Prosperity?

If you still think that cruise holidays are only for seniors, you are wrong. In comparison with the old-fashioned style, nowadays cruise ships remind us of floating cities with high-quality entertainment and services. The current situation The cruise industry changed a lot. Nowadays it doesn’t sound like a pensioners’ thing anymore. And the Symphony of the Seas is living proof – it is the largest passenger ship ever to be constructed. In addition, some current large cruise ships contain skydiving simulators, go-karting, bumper cars and ice bars, provide top-quality food services that meet land standards. Millennials and Chinese tourists have dramatically increased the number of guests on board: in the last year there were over 25 million people. As the numbers reveal, many passengers are k...

Venice Day-trippers May be Charged to Enter

This past Easter weekend there was a tourist stampede in the historical lagoon city of Venice. Two drunken visitors were caught while dancing in the street – naked – near the famous Rialto Bridge. These occurrences have propelled the local authorities to again suggest charging those who are arriving to sight see for only one day. Day-trippers to Venice may be charged to enter the floating city in the future. Easter mayhem Approximately 125,000 people visited the city on Easter Sunday and about an additional 95,000 on Easter Monday. This volume of people caused severe congestion in the city’s narrow alleyways. There were extremely long queues at popular attractions and of course many frustrated locals. A sustainable solution is needed Luigi Brugnaro, the local mayor, has failed ...

Celebrating Easter Across Cultures

One of the most beautiful Springtime celebrations is Easter. Typically, the very first thing that comes to our minds are bunnies and colourful eggs. Well, Hollywood did a great job of creating the same associations worldwide, but in the real world it’s different. Easter traditions vary around the world. Here’s a selection of countries with descriptions of how people are celebrating Easter across cultures. Chocolate Bilbies instead of bunnies for an Australian Easter Instead of the Easter Bunny, Easter Bilby has been visiting Australian kids since 1991. Rabbits destroy the land and crops and eat everything in their way. For this reason, the Anti-Rabbit Research Foundation started a campaign that replaced the traditional Easter bunny with Bilby. These animals have big, soft ears like r...

Luxury Travel Trends In 2018

Going on vacation can be more exciting than just spending time relaxing by the hotel’s pool. Let’s take a look at six of the most popular luxury travel trends in 2018. Glamorous camping Note down this new word for your dictionary. Glamping is a trend which will change your thoughts about camping. It is a classy way to spend time in nature, for people with exclusive tastes and needs. Inspired by traditional tented houses in Africa, rugged log cabins in the Alps and beautiful cabins in Hoshinoya Fuji in Japan, offers people luxury along with an adventure in nature. Moreover, there are some predictions that travelling in luxurious camper vans will be extremely popular in 2018. Seems it is about time to prepare the ground for summer adventures! Private air expeditions Some of us might be time-...

5 Things to Consider when Moving to Dubai

By Luxhabitat Your guide to living in the glam city of Dubai Dubai as a Middle Eastern hotspot is one of the most eyed upon destination by expats from around the world owing to the tax-free income and luxury lifestyle that the city provides its residents with. Millions of people relocate to this gorgeous city every year and makes it their home. But moving to a different city, that too in a different can be quite a daunting task. One needs to plan way ahead of time and conduct a lot of research from credible sources so as to keep himself well informed about the life, lifestyle, along with the do’s and don’ts of the city. Luxhabitat’s quick guide will help you brace yourself while moving into this beautiful city. Culture The official religion of Dubai is Islam and all the residents living he...

Eiffel Tower: Find 10 Differences

If you need to compare two random images with Eiffel tower, would you be able to separate which one is the real one? Take a look at some pictures below and make your own judgement. Credit: François Prost No, it is not a Photoshop effect. And maybe we are wrong to call the other one a fake one. Maybe we should call it a distant cousin instead. How it came into being? The city of Tianducheng, that belongs to China, has a replica of the Eiffel tower. Nevertheless, it is a third copy of the original size in the world. Well, the French can feel proud of this extraordinary monument, as not so many masterpieces own such big worldwide attention! The Paris-based artist, François Prost, decided to make a project called Paris Syndrome. It presents a photographic series of iconic places in France comp...

Things To Do In Istanbul

Istanbul is where the West meets the exotic East in a riotous collision of cultures. Over the centuries, the city’s strategic location has attracted marauding Greek, Roman and Venetian armies before the Ottomans finally succeeded in storming Istanbul. This intersection of cultures gives rise to many of Istanbul’s points of interest. The final leg on the legendary Silk Road, which connected a distant Asia with Europe, Istanbul soon emerged as a major trading hub. The cosmopolitan nature of its merchant visitors imbued the city with a delicious cultural diversity that survives to this day. The Best Places To Visit In Istanbul There are so many things to do in Istanbul that the hardest part is choosing what to see next. We bring you 15 of the best attractions in Istanbul. Topkapi Palace To vi...

Spain’s 10 Most Beautiful Villages

In Most noSelecting the most beautiful villages in Spain is no easy task, as there are many. Stunning landscapes, beautiful buildings and interesting history make these places worth visiting. Here are what we think are Spain’s 10 most beautiful villages. Zahara de La Sierra Recognized by the Spanish Beautiful Villages Association, this village located in Cadiz province, was an important Islamic enclave until 1407. The influence from this period is still visible in its monuments, traditional homes and whitewashed streets. Main Image: Blanchi Costela (Getty Images) Briones, La Rioja  Vineyards welcome visitors to this medieval location. Brimming with cobblestone streets, palaces, churches and mansions this village has a long and rich history. In addition to well-known wineries, small family ...

10 of the Craziest Bridges In The World

Would you dare to experience these craziest bridges from around the globe? 1.The Storseisundbrua, Atlantic Highway, Norway (main photo) “The road to nowhere” is how many call this bridge. This is the longest of eight bridges that make up the Atlantic Highway along Norway’s West Coast. It’s complex architecture creates an optical illusion. From the angle of approach it seems that one is heading directly into the sea. Scary! Furthermore, when storms hit there are mile high waves that crash over the bridge making most turn away. 2.Glass Skywalk, Tianmenshan National Forest Park, China   Skywalks are always a little scary. This one is sure to give you vertigo. The Glass Walkway is also referred to as “The Walk of Faith” because it hangs off the edge of a cliff in the Tianmen Mountains. This br...