Posted December 23, 2010 by BookingBuddy
Skyscrapers, Broadway, and Central Park. Rockefeller Center, the Statue of Liberty, and Yankee Stadium. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Brooklyn Bridge, and Fifth Avenue. New York is the city of icons. Whichever ones you choose to see up close for yourself, you're guaranteed to be bowled over on a holiday in New York City.
Head to the East Village for a memorable meal at Cafe Mogador, a restaurant specializing in Moroccan and Mediterranean cuisine. Enjoy a variety of tagines (slow-cooked stews), grilled meats, and cous cous dishes, all flavors bold and vibrant. In winter, the restaurant serves as a warm and friendly respite from the cold; in summer, sit out on the terrace and watch the world go by. Remember to bring your appetite—the portions here are generous.
New York has been critiqued for its matchbox-sized hotel rooms (often at sky-high prices). Not so at the Hotel Indigo Chelsea, a spacious and affordable option on West 28th Street. Guest rooms feature flat-screen televisions with cable, wireless Internet access, and bathrooms with luxury toiletries. The hotel also has a 24-hour fitness center, a restaurant, and a rooftop bar. Rates start around $180 per night. Package holidays can also help with managing the price of New York vacations by booking flight plus hotel deals.
Find a treasure trove of shops and eateries at Chelsea Market. Situated on Ninth Avenue between 15th and 16th, the Market offers one-of-a-kind gifts and souvenirs, plus housewares and specialty items. Find any type of kitchen gadget at Bowery Kitchen Supply, fine wines at the Chelsea Wine Vault, artisanal cheeses at Lucy's Whey, and trinkets of all kinds at Chelsea Market Basket. And with several delectable cafes and grab-and-go eateries sharing space with the stores, it's easy (and encouraged!) to nosh while you shop.
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Posted February 3, 2010 by BookingBuddy
Valentine’s Day is fast approaching, and your significant other may be dropping not-so-subtle hints to make sure you don’t forget it (again). But what if you can’t stand the idea of shelling out for roses that will die in a couple of days, and can’t stand the sight of another saccharine card? Well, if you hurry, you may just be able to whisk your other half away to one of these romantic places in time for a Valentine’s break. Galesnjak, Croatia
– This little islet may not immediately spring to mind as an ideal spot for romance, but a bird’s eye view of it will clue you in on why it’s one of the most romantic spots on Earth. This drop of land is perfectly heart-shaped, and no one lives on it, so it may just be the perfect desert island getaway you and your lover are looking for.New York, USA
– The harried pace of life in The Big Apple may not seem conducive to romance, but look closely enough, and you’ll find it in every corner. Whether you’re splashing out for a ride in a horse-drawn carriage or sharing a hotdog in the rain, you’ll be sure to have many moments to remember. Prague, Czech Republic
– The City of a Hundred Spires is an unashamedly romantic city, its endless cobbled streets and many bridges providing lovers with a beautiful backdrop to an unforgettable affair. Steal a kiss under an ancient spire, or wander through its centuries-old streets hand in hand just like countless other couples have done throughout the ages. Venice, Italy
– Venice and romance go together like, well, like a couple just meant for each other. A gondola ride while the sun sets may be too cheesy for words, but you can always hire a boat and explore the canals yourself. This way, you won’t have a noisy gondolier intruding on your romantic moments. Have dinner at a cosy little family-run restaurant by the water to cap off a wonderful day.
Posted September 15, 2009 by BookingBuddy
For a holiday filled with excitement, take a trip to the city that never sleeps. The Big Apple is a shopaholic’s dream, with shops offering everything from haute couture to one of a kind second-hand finds. New York is also a vibrant cultural centre, with Broadway plays, art exhibitions and concerts on every night of the week. This cosmopolitan city boasts a varied range of cuisines –from little known Central Asian dishes to the ever popular burger, you’ll find something to suit your tastebuds. StayAffinia Dumont
– This hotel’s Midtown location is perfect for those of you who love to be in the thick the action. It’s just a few blocks away from that famous New York landmark, the Empire State Building. The hotel has a focus on fitness and rejuvenation, and offers guests a Fitness Concierge, who will probably come in handy when you’ve overindulged. Guests can choose from a Dream Pillow Menu of six different pillows, for a sound sleep after a heavy day of looking at the sights. Room rates start at around £150.Play
FAO Schwarz – Kids of all enjoy will enjoy a visit to New York City’s oldest toy store. Entering the store is akin to stepping into a childhood dream where toys come to life. Be surrounded by larger than life stuffed animals and life-sized dolls, and view the giant floor piano Tom Hanks played on in the movie Big
. Need a break? Pay a visit to the in store ice-cream parlour and choose your favourite flavours. Eat
Shake Shack – This burger stand in Madison Square Park has become a culinary institution since opening its shutters in 2004. Burgers are not the only items on the menu – customers get to choose from four different styles of hot dogs, as well as freshly squeezed lemonade and frozen custards. Those with a big appetite may want to tackle the Shack Stack – a cheeseburger and ‘shroomburger tower topped with the famous Shack Sauce. And if you need something to wash it all down, why not go for the Concrete Jungle? It’s a gut busting mix of thick, creamy frozen vanilla custard, mixed with hot fudge, peanut butter, and bananas.
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