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Milan
Milano
#About the fashion and design capital of Italy and Europe as a whole

Milan is the capital of the Italian Lombardy region and one of Italy's most impressive cities. This is a classic city, which is also a center of culture, design and fashion. In fact, this is Italy's fashion capital and a city with a fascinating history and noble beauty. On the other hand, this is the most universal city in Italy, the second largest in Italy, and a central city of Northern Italy. It is also the industrial and economic center of Italy, that forms the economic basis for the entire nation.

Like Rome, Milan has a wealth of historical and cultural abundance, and culinary diversity that will leave your mouth gaping, literally ... Many feel here in a great toy store of tourists. For a moment visitors are viewing Leonardo da Vinci's "Last Supper," then they are in front of the Duomo, one of the most beautiful and impressive cathedrals in the world. One moment a stroll around the city's splendid cannels, eat wonderful risotto at an excellent restaurant in the city, or cruise the "Milan Sea" in its magnificent park.

Here tourists come to the world fashion capital, and spend endless hours of shopping at the sparkling avenues and fashion and design complexes of the city. Vacations here offer almost everything. Along with museums full of art, and rare artifacts, there are exciting entertainments, wonderful restaurants and bustling bars, pleasant parks and city views, where no one can remain indifferent.

Milan offers tourists the best of Italian charm. With the most beautiful churches and cathedrals in the world, inspiring architecture and wonderful museums, topped with great food, culture and attractions for the whole family - seems that Milan really has everything to offer. Come and be a part of it!


#History
Today's old city center is the Roman city of "Mediolanum," from which modern Milan was erected. The birth of the city of Milan is in the 7th century BC. Back then the Celts established the city. Later it was taken over by the Romans, followed by French, Austrians and the Spanish kingdom.

Milan began to develop into a cultural center during the Renaissance period, when European culture was born as a whole. The rulers of the city began to encourage culture, art and sculpture in the city. Gradually Milan began to attract artists such as Leonardo da Vinci, who was born and worked in Vinci, Tuscany, but moved to Milan for several years.

At the beginning of the 19th century, Napoleon and the French army conquered the city. Half a century later, in the era of the "Spring of Nations", the national spirit was storming Europe, Milan became one of the centers of nationalism in Italy. The struggle of Italian independence was concentrated in Milan. Like many occupied countries, which were struggling at the time and demanded independence, in 1859 Italy won Milan back.

During World War II, when Italy was led by dictator Mussolini, became an ally of Hitler and Nazi Germany, Milan suffered heavy bombardments, mainly because it was one of the most important cities for the Italian industry. Many of the city's most important and historic buildings were destroyed by bombardments, about one-third of all the city's buildings. After the defeat in the war, Milan needed a complex and long rehabilitation time that gradually restored its traditional status as a leading industrial and financial center in Italy.


#When to Visit?
With a warm, humid summer, and very cold winter, the spring months are the most recommended for visiting Milan. Try to visit the city between April and June, or in the fall - between September and October.


#Saving
During the regular sale season (saldi) of Italy and Europe, around July and January, one can find excellent products that are on sale up to 70% off. The peak discounts times are the end-of-season sales, in the second week of July and in the first week of January.

In the Penny Market chain, spread throughout Italy, prices are cheap. Even the supermarket chain commonly used, Coop, prices are not too expensive.

Discounted entrance tickets to Milan's popular attractions and public transport, the "Milan Pass" will save a lot of money for travelers in Milan with children, those who are expected to spend a lot of money visiting various attractions. The card also saves time of standing in line and entrances for these attractions.

The card also offers free tours, transfers to major out-of-town outlets, and discounts at the outlet stores.


#Transportation
You can reach the city from the airport by the "Malpensa-Express" train, a 40-50 minute drive. The train operates 20 hours a day, 7 days a week, with a short break between 1:30 AM and 5:30 AM. The cost of the ticket is 12 euros per person.

Half-price travel is by bus. Terravision's economical shuttle will bring you to the city from the airport for less than 10 euros per adult, and half price for children. Children up to the age of 5 travel free of charge.

Rent bicycles in the city and enjoy the most popular and efficient mean of transportation here. The app called BikeMe allows you to rent according to actual usage times. The app counts the actual hours of use, and does not charge for parking breaks at the many docking stations in the city, which helps reduce the price!


#Food
Milan's cuisine, though it is a bit heavy, is incredibly delicious and includes lots of butter, cheese and cream. The rice in Milan is often seen as more popular than pasta, with the creamy yellow Milanese risotto is the most sought after dish here. Try some more local delicacies like the polenta, which is prepared in all different forms. Other excellent dishes worth sampling are Ossobucco, a veal stew with gremolata sauce, served with a bone full of bone marrow. Also try the local version of the veal schnitzel called "Cotoletta Milanese," the "Pizzocchieri," buckwheat pasta and mascarpone, a ceramic cheese that is usually eaten as a dessert.

Please note that lunch in Milan is served from 12:30 PM until 2:30 PM. Remember that most restaurants are closed until dinner time!
For some of the best restaurants in the city - Click on the tag "Must eat in Milan".

Best Cafés in Milan

https://youtu.be/mZBSW7aIGD0


#Entertainment
With its many clubs, bars and pubs, active until the small hours of the night, Milan's nightlife is young and vibrant. The two main entertainment venues in the city are the Barera and Nabili districts:

The district of Brera, north of the city center - Milan's entertainment center. This district has a big nightlife scene for young people and tourists. It is next to the Sforzesco Castle and the big cathedral, the Duomo is close enough to be the center of it all!

Navigli district, also known as the canal district. At its center are two water channels that create a miniature version of Venice in Milan. The district at night becomes a center of entertainment that pulls in many tourists who spend their time at clubs, bars and pubs.


#Tip
In Italian restaurants and cafés, there is no need to add tip to a check, since is already included in the price (servizio include).


#Italy Country Code
+39


#Shopping
Shopping in Milan usually revolves around the Via Vantage, the Vittorio Emanuele Gallery and Corso Buenos Aires. There are excellent city centers, outlets outside the city, and select shopping boulevards in the center of Milan - Click on the tag "Shopping in Milan".


#Electric Outlets
Possible plugs to use are Type F and Type L (see link below with photos).


A taste of the upcoming trip? - Here's a video that will show you the city in all its beauty:

https://youtu.be/myzzfwB-9Cc


A Bit From the Local street food:

https://youtu.be/BX8nveG8WjI
London
London
#About the city of London
The capital city London is a mega city - a huge city that is one of the largest in the world. It covers 1,000 square kilometers and has 8.5 million residents.

In London, the best of Western culture was created. Great monarchic figures, from Henry VIII, through Queen Victoria, Elizabeth I and Elizabeth II. From here, warlords and legendary leaders from Wellington to Churchill determined and shaped the world we live in today. The greatest playwright in the history of the world theater, also worked, created, and directed groups of actors in London, William Shakespeare.

Among the somewhat grayish houses of this conservative, traditional city, among its great palaces and gardens, a vibrant young life developed, full of sounds and modern art. This is where the Beatles started the revolution in the world pop. From here Rock 'n Roll regiments were sent from England to invade American soil, where the mini skirt and the bikini swimwear were developed and adopted. Here the punks of the '70's operated, and today some of the most fascinating artists of modern art do their work.

Oh, and London operates the best public television station in the world, BBC, but who wants to watch TV when they are in London?

#UK Country Code
+44

#Savings
For public transportation - Buy an Oyster Card.
Most of the museums here are free. This is not only a huge money saver, but also a wonderful entertainment in this city.
Supermarket - the Asda and Tesco chains are cheap and very available. The first is very economical but not always pampering or luxurious, and the second is a bit more expensive, but still cost effective and offers a large variety of products.
Museums - some of the best museums in London are free and are amazing.
Tickets to musicals - tickets to musicals at cheap prices can be found at the cheap ticket stand in Lester Square.
Wanta wonderful and free view of all of London? Go to the Roof Garden on 120 Fenchurch street, and skip all the expensive viewpoints of the city.

Bus - a great way to get to know London.

Many things in London are free - click on the tag "Free in London" to find out more.

#Communication
Buy a SIM card in one of the kiosks (not at the airport where it is the most expensive). You can buy SIMS for Vodafone and Three at their stores. EE in every kiosk you can buy a SIM with 5 GB for 15 pounds.

#Transportation
From the airport to the city - from Heathrow or Luton you can arrive by train in less than an hour to Kings Cross. From Stansted airport there is a train and metro, or a bus that arrives at the center of London in about an hour or two, depending on traffic. From Gatwick there is an Easybus or private cars.

In the city it is recommended to buy an Oyster card, saves a lot and easy to use in the tube, or regular bus, giving the option to see the city from above. For special rides it is better to get an Uber.

For departures from Luton a half hour train or Easybus is very cheap.



#Accommodation

It is worth to stay at the West End in the center and the Camden area that is cheaper and still central.

#Must See
Want to see the most popular destinations? - Click on the tag "Must see in London".


#With Children
Family Vacation? - Click on the tag "Attractions for children in London".


#Food
Unforgettable meal? - Click on the tag "Must eat in London".


#Tip
In most European countries service fees are already included in the check, so it is customary to give a 2 euro tip, regardless of the price of the check itself.

#Shopping
Two great shopping spots are Oxford Street and the Westfield London - the largest mall in Western Europe, which has the quantity and variety parallel to those of Oxford Street.

Want the best places to shop in London? Click on the tag "Shopping in London".

#Entertainment

Want events happening now? In the link below.

For entertainment places in the city click on the tag "Entertainment in London".


#Electric Outlets
The required type of plug is only Type G.


A taste of the upcoming trip? - Here's a video that will show you the city in all its beauty:
https://youtu.be/X8zLJlU_-60


And one more:
https://youtu.be/-VkL-5CNw9A


Some of the Local street food:

https://youtu.be/yoSbZIe4JnI
Vienna
Vienna
#About the City of Vienna

For hundreds of years Vienna, Austria's capital, has been sitting on the banks of the Danube, and has been the cultural capital of Europe. How many wrote about the splendor of its palaces and the beauty of its gardens, its wide streets and its magnificent public buildings. This is the Vienna of the music of Mozart, Haydn, Beethoven, Strauss, Mahler, Brahms, Schubert and the Vienna Boys Choirs.

Vienna is a city with a rich history, varied and magnificent architecture, a city that was the monarch of classical music, the source of Viennese waltzes and the capital of German-speaking operas.

Vienna was born as a Roman fortress called Windobona. Around the fortress a city was born, which for a long time was s "fortress of Christianity." Even the Muslim Turks understood this and tried to invade western Europe through this city. But they were rebuffed twice, and left the city their coffee. From here coffee will spread throughout Europe and become the most popular drink in the world.

Vienna became the heart of the Habsburg Empire. Here a strong empire will develop that will become rich, a conqueror, and control large parts of Europe. For 650 years Vienna was the meeting point between Eastern and Western Europe, and was the cradle of European culture and the capital of Austria.

From this city also emerged great Jews, such as the genius of psychology Sigmund Freud, and founder of Zionism Theodor Herzl. Artists like Gustav Klimt, and the wonderful architect Hundertwasser grew up here.

Both the stomach and taste glands will love every moment in this city. From the aroma of its excellent coffee, through the apple strudel with the vanilla ice cream served next to it, to the taste of the huge Viennese schnitzel with its crisp coating and wonderful taste. Everything here surrounds taste.

Vienna, once the stronghold of European conservatism and a city whose glory is based on its past, reinvents itself as an innovative city ready for change, with a healthy connection to its glorious past.

But this is still the Vienna of the statues, the wonderful Baroque buildings, the large squares and the museums that are rich in charm and science - this city will leave a wonderful memory for many years to remember.


#Must See
Want to see the most popular destinations? - Click on the tag "Must see in Vienna".


#With children
A trip for the whole family? - Click on the tag "Attractions for children in Vienna".


#Food
An unforgettable meal? - Click on the tag "Must eat in Vienna".


#Tip
In most European countries service fees are already included in the check, so it is customary to give a 2 euro tip, regardless of the price of the check itself.


#Entertainment
A good evening outing in this city is to the "Heurigen", one of hundreds of wineries in Vienna that sell wines from the production of the last harvest.


#Clubs
The most prominent clubs in Vienna are the Flex, the prominent club that hosts the world's most popular DJ's and quite a few rock stars (found in Donaukanal-Augartenbrücke). The industrial club Werk (Spittelauer Lände 12), The Loft Club and cafe, and the largest club in Austria, the Prater Dome, is located at Prater, Riesenradplatz 7.


#Austria Country Code
+43


#Saving
Public transport - the Viennese people who this on a daily basis pay only 365 euros a year, which is 1euro per day. Tourists pay a little more, but nevertheless, children under the age of 12 travel free of charge.

Communication - buy a local SIM that give several gigabytes of data in Austria.

Food and home shopping- The Hoffer stores are very cheap, but not branded or recognized. The Billa chain of stores is cheap and economical, especially in fruits and vegetables, both in Vienna and in Austria as a whole, especially in stores and gas stations. The store sells everything, including ready-made food!

The Regular bus - a great way to get to know Vienna. Use our app and whenever you refresh the page, the app will recognize what is nearby and you will be able to listen to explanations.

Discounts in all kinds of places - bring a student card.

Be sure to stack up beforehand - from Saturday at 2 pm and all of Sunday all the stores are closed, including supermarkets and malls.

#Shopping

Vienna is not a place for crazy amounts of shopping as it is pretty expensive. If you don't like expensive jewelry, hand painted porcelain, or leather products, it is less of a shopping destination.

The large sales are around Christmas and during the summer.

Maria Hilfer Strasse is Vienna's well-known and popular shopping street. It is not necessarily the cheapest. Cheap in Vienna is rare to find.

See more places by clicking on the tag "Shopping in Vienna".

#Entertainment

The entertainment areas of Vienna are more classical and fancy, and less wild and full of cocktails. An evening out in this town is going out to a Waltz party, concert or opera, and Heurigens, ones of hundreds of wineries in Vienna that sell their own wine.

Entertainment places can be found by clicking on the tag "Entertainment in Vienne".

#Electric Outlets
Possible plugs to use are Type C, Type E, and Type F (see link below with photos).


A Taste of the Upcoming Trip? - Here's a video That Will Show you the City in All its Beauty:

https://youtu.be/FsjHqvpTRag


Vienna's Sites:
https://youtu.be/cwenLWoeItQ


Here is a Vacation in Vienna with Everything the City has to Offer, Presented Quickly:

https://youtu.be/JfKKjD0GSZo


A Bit of Street food:

https://youtu.be/U_3i7FkbucM
Berlin
Berlin
#About the City of Berlin

There's no place like Berlin to show the change Germany has undergone since the days of the Nazis and World War II. Here the Germans tried even earlier to establish a democracy in the Weimar Republic, but the country fell into economic crises that completely crumbled democracy. Here Dada was born, the German expressionism in cinema, the cabaret, the "Bauhaus", the important school of design and architecture, and more.

Later the Nazi demons took control of Berlin, and from there tried to take over the world. Here the Nazis were finally defeated by the Allies, and the city was divided into two, the "Berlin Wall" was built, and what Winston Churchill called the "Iron Curtain" between East and West descended on Europe.

Here German reunited at the end of the 1980's, and on both sides Berlin, from East and West, a new Germany was being built, a European leader, a new nation with new values. This is the Germany who's leadership is an example for the rest of the world on how to assist refugees, even when the political price is a heavy one.

Berlin of today is vibrant and young, and might be the most cosmopolitan city in the world, tolerant, vibrant, and attractive city in Europe. A city that attracts beautiful and talented young people like a magnet from all over the world.


#Transportation
As soon as you land at the airport, buy a weekly AB ticket, 30 euros for all public-transport. Berlin's public transport is excellent and you will not need anything else.


#Must See
Want to see the most popular destinations? - Click on the tag "Must see in Berlin".


#With children
A trip for the whole family? - Click on the tag "Attractions for Children in Berlin".


#Food
Looking to eat well? Click on the tag "Must Eat in Berlin"


#Tip
In most European countries service fees are already included in the check, so it is customary to give a 2 euro tip, regardless of the price of the check itself.


#Clubs
Start club the legendary club Knaak on 224 Greifswalder Strasse. It is known all over the world, open every day, partiers and night owls come here from all over the world. Berghain is so one of the world's techno temples, and if you will manage to get inside, will you feel blessed.

At the Berghain Club, which is located in an old power station and its parties continue past the sunrise, several floors and several dance floors are open to everyone. There is no discrimination of race, gender, or sexual preferences, and it has become known throughout the world in its permissive atmosphere.

The Matrix Club is also excellent, with two different music rooms that plays different music, there is an excellent atmosphere.


#Germany Country Code
+49


#Saving
For public transportation - buy a weekly free pass ticket, or a ticket for the number of days in the city, savings are huge.
Supermarket - Aldi and Rossmann chains are cheap and very available. The first is very economical but offers mainly basic products, the second is more expensive but offers everything.
Regular bus - a great way to get to know Berlin. Take our app and whenever you refresh it, the app will recognize what is nearby, and let you listen to explanations.
Discounts in all kinds of places - bring a student card.


#Shopping
If Primark at Alexanderplatz teased you, and you are looking for more, visit the Mall Of Berlin - a stunning shopping mall with a stunning shopping experience and even a map in Hebrew.

The Alcasa Mall with its great stores and excellent prices and the impressive Sony Center, especially in the evening, are worth gold.

Click on the tag "Shopping in Berlin" for other excellent recommendations.


#Electric Outlets
Possible plugs to use are Type C, Type E, and Type L (see link below with photos).


A taste of the upcoming trip:

https://youtu.be/ZHHbpy91O2E


The city in all its beauty:

https://youtu.be/ks2mkRbl1MU


A Little History - Modern Berlin, and Berlin of World War II:

https://youtu.be/zEkbYT5Bji0


Some of the Local street food:

https://youtu.be/uuVqXTvZbf8

Destinations

Rome
Rome
Even if nowadays not all roads lead to Rome, it is still the poster for a good life. Here there is a perfect combination between the ancient world, its ruins, its impressive antiquities, incredible archeology, and a modern, vibrant, fashionable and tasteful city. There are narrow alleyways and broad avenues in this city, beautiful squares, magnificent churches and fantastic houses, alongside amazing ancient sites, museums full of artifacts and many wonderful monuments.

In Rome there are fascinating combinations between ancient and more recent history, and a rhythm of contemporary life. From here the Roman emperors ruled the entire ancient world. Here Christianity was persecuted until the emperor turned it into the religion of the empire and persecuted all who did not accept it. Here the Pope acted and controlled the entire Catholic world. Here the dictator Mussolini spoke and tried to establish a new empire and ended up hanging in the streets like a fool.

However, Rome is also Italy of the Renaissance and the Baroque, of the sublime art of Raphael and Michelangelo. Rome experienced in real time the inventions and discoveries of Leonardo de Vinci, one of the geniuses of mankind. In Rome, high-quality cinema was born, created by an Italian neo-realism. About cinema, "La Dolce Vita," the sweet life, is in Rome. In the city where the heart grew, also grew the pizza, the Italian ice cream, the pasta, the sounds of the Italian opera, the Italian design and fashion, the beautiful and incredibly fast cars of Italy, the handsome young men and of course the Italian women, from the abundant "mamas" that adorn you from delicacies to the beautiful women, who are dressed in the best of fashion and walk around soaring high above.

Rome is a cheeky and provocative candy. Visit to enjoy it!



#Accommodation

Staying near the Trevi Fountain and Via del Corso areas are recommended for young people, as they are city center, easy to get around and really fun, everything can be reached by foot. Staying in the Trastevere area across the river is nice and cheap and fits people who are more well off, remember you will need public transportation to reach almost all the tourist destinations.

Young partygoers choose to stay near the Spanish Steps and Navona Square.

Those looking for a relaxing stay that is easy to get to with public transportation can choose to stay near the Termini area, it is not central or touristy but considered quiet.



#Must See

Want to see the most popular destinations? - Click on the tag "Must see in Rome".



#With Children

A trip for the whole family? - Click on the tag "Attractions for children in Rome".


#Food

The Roman gastronomy is divided into two parallel streams: the first takes inspiration from Cucina Romana, the classical Roman kitchen. The second presents a modern and up to date Italian kitchen. Either way, there is no doubt that in Rome the pasta and pizza will be key players on your tables, especially if you are with children, but not necessarily. There are many pizzerias, and in the Forno chain you can enjoy good pizzas and mainstream enough for the whole family to be able to enjoy. Couples can share the heart-shaped pizzas.

Pastas - we recommend Cacio e Pepe, with a sauce of parmesan and Pecorino, butter and black peppers. Another recommendation is Bucatini allwamatriciana.

Additionally, look for typical street food in Rome, like Trapizzino, a sort of pizza that is cone shaped with dreamy fillings. Supli which are risotto balls with Mozzarella and more, covered in bread crumbs and deep fried. There are also fried zucchini with mozzarella and anchovies.

It is worth remembering the excellent Italian ice cream, which many consider the best in the world. Be sure to distinguish the quality ice cream and natural ones by their more natural colors, and not the ones full with food coloring.

As for coffee, of course, in Rome there is Italian coffee - definitely from the top line in the world. Tiramisu next to a cup of coffee is a great combination.


So enjoy your meals and check out the tag "Must eat in Rome".

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NS-QfEfRnGo


#Shopping

The best time to shop in Rome is during the SALDI seasons (sales). Then begin in Italy around January until February. Of course, the easiest to get to are the summer sales that go on for most of August.

Do your shopping in the expensive Via Veneto, or the elegant and expensive Via di Condotti that connects the Spanish Steps to the Via del Corso. Here are much more reasonable prices for Italian designers and famous brands like Benetton, Sisley, Zara, and Pull and Bear.

Continue from here, through the Piaza del Popolo, to Via Cola di Rancho, near the Vatican. Here you can continue your shopping, with excellent brands and designers. Other streets around Piaza del Popolo are Via del Babuino and Via di Ripetta.

Italian fashion at reasonable prices you can find at Viale Marconi, in a simple neighborhood, a little far away from the city center.

With the best designer stock, leading brands and big discounts, Teichner Outlet is one of the best-known stores in Rome. Every day from 10:30 am to 8:00 pm, 4 floors will wait for you with unbelievable prices, brands like GUESS, Armani, Patricia Pepe. The address is Via Appia Nuova 2.


#Saving
In the Penny Market chain spread throughout Italy prices are cheap. Even the supermarket chain commonly used, Coop, prices are not expensive.

If you came for some serious shopping, try getting to the big outlets outside the city, where you will find much cheaper prices.

Be careful of pickpockets in the city market.


#Tip
In Italian restaurants and cafés, there is no need to add tip to a check, since is already included in the price (servizio include).


#Entertainment
You will want to spend the evenings in Rome's entertainment district, the Trastevere district across the Tiber river.


#Interests
Interested in certain things? - Click on the tag "Interests".


#Italy Country Code
+39


#Shopping
See link below for recommendations.


#Entertainment and Clubs
To drink? - In the San Lorenzo district next to the university, you can enjoy along with some students, bars and clubs that are young and inexpensive. Marmo is one of the popular bars here and you can meet many local young people and students.
Piazzale del Verano 71.

Dancing? - The former workers' suburb, the Via del Pignetto, has recently become Rome's unofficial hipster stronghold. Apart from many restaurants, there are popular bars and concert halls. At the Fanfulla Club you will find good DJ's, great performances, in a variety of styles - dance, rock, funk, and electronic music.
Via Fanfulla da Lodi, 5.


#Electric Outlets
Possible plugs to use are Type F and Type L (see link below with photos).


A Taste of the Upcoming Trip? - Here's a video That Will Show you the City in All its Beauty:

https://youtu.be/y_4p6_KsqoE


A Bit From the Local Kitchen:

https://youtu.be/c7TbpsRGCCI
Tokyo
Tokyo
#About the Exciting Capital of Japan

There are not many cities in the world like Tokyo. Tokyo is a futuristic metropolis, a city that stuns its visitors in every possible way. From the fast busy pace of life, to the huge and unimaginable shopping centers, the bustling streets and crossroads, the ultra-modern skyscrapers, the crazy technology and the innovative and liberated attire of many of its young people.

On top of being a busy and industrial city, Tokyo is one of the most modern cities in the world, it is also the enchanting cherry blossom, a variety of fine Japanese food, clean and tidy streets, beautiful gardens, colorful fall in autumn, and ancient and special culture.

Tokyo is undoubtedly one of the more fascinating cities in the Far East. Its status as a financial, commercial and tourism metropolis has made it one of the most important places in the business and cultural worlds. This unique Japanese culture is well present and demonstrates how tradition can be combined with innovation.

The modern side of Tokyo stands out. It is expressed in a skyline of innovative and modern towers, an unparalleled public transportation system, advanced and efficient roads, organized and large shopping and entertainment areas, and more.

A visit to Tokyo will leave you amazed. Sooner rather than later you will surely understand the nickname given to Tokyo - "A Western Tourist's Amusement Park".



#Some Information

Tokyo has 23 districts and another 26 urban areas. It is located on the banks of the Tokyo bay, on the east coast of the island of Honshu, the main island of Japan.

Tokyo alone has over 13 million residents, 35 million people reside in the greater Tokyo area. This makes this metropolis the most populated in the world. Every day, more than 2 million people travel into the city from surrounding towns.



#History

In the past Tokyo was known by the name "Edo", meaning "estuary", for the location of the city at the mouth of the river. In East Asia there is an ancient tradition of including the word capital in Japanese in the name of the capital city, after it became the capital of the empire in 1868, Edo's name was changed to Tokyo. Meaning "the capital of the East". "Tu" in Japanese is East and "Kyo" means the capital.

For a certain time period Tokyo was also called "Tokei", which is a different pronunciation to the Chinese characters for the word "Tokyo". This was during the early Meiji period.


#When to Visit?

The most popular seasons to visit Japan are the spring and the fall. However, this country is beautiful at an season. The summer month of June is considered in Japan to be the "rainy season," and July and August are hot and humid.

It is beautiful to visit Japan during March, April, May, the spring months, mainly because of the sakura, the magnificent cherry blossoms. The blossom happens are a different time every years.

Not less beautiful is the amazing autumn trees, changing to colors of red-orange-yellow - around September, October, November.


#Accommodations

A recommended area to sleep in is around the train station Shinjuku, or Shibuya. Ensure that your accommodation will be walking distance from one of these two stations.

If you picked over areas to stay at in the city, it is recommended to stay near the Yamnote Line.

Besides the usual hotels, Tokyo offers special Japanese hosting.

For adventurers, try a capsule hotel, which offers a cheap line of sleeping cells for a single person. Minimum amount of space but privacy guaranteed.

Home sharing is economical and you will likely meet the local residents, who host travelers in their houses.

Popular and unique option for accommodations in Tokyo are Ryokan - traditional Japanese guest houses with shared showers and toilets at a cheap price. Rooms are simple and clean, with paper partitions separating them. Guests sleep on futon mattresses lying on the floor. There are many such in the city, even in major places.


#Food

The city has over 150,000 restaurants and the largest and most varied fish markets in the world, it is not wonder that food here is a major part of entertainment. Here there is great food at luxury restaurants, and also at street stalls, in popular restaurants, and shops and grocery stores, in well-packed sushi dishes.

At street stalls, the cheapest at all times of the day and always delicious and authentic, there is a distinction between yakitoris stalls, a type of chicken skewers, raman stalls, the legendary soup dish of Japan, and Isakos- popular pubs in every street corner. Around these are quite a few fast and tasty noodle stalls, restaurants with suva noodles, sushi of all levels, and restaurants specializing in tempura, vegetables and seafood fried in a delicate layer of breadcrumbs. Noodles, ramen, suva or udon are the great pleasures of the street.

Next to the popular foods, there are gourmet high quality restaurants, Japanese or Western, some having up to three Michelin stars. They are expensive of course, but as with most restaurants in Tokyo, some offer business meals between 11 am and 4:30 pm.

A must-try experience in Tokyo are restaurants in the "kaiten" style, or a conveyor belt with sushi going around the restaurant. Each plate is color coded to reflect a price, customers take which ever plates as they wish. At the end of the meal the waiter counts and calculates the cost of the bill according to the colors of the plates. A fun and great experience with children!


#Saving

Tokya is not considered a cheap traveling destinations. But even in one of the most expensive cities in the world, they are ways to save.

Staying at capsule hotels is much cheaper than anywhere else, also a traditional Ryokan or a private apartment, like a guest house are good options.

To travel the subway as you wish, buy a discounted daily ticket.

The food stalls on the streets of Tokyo are wonderful. You will not have to eat at a fancy restaurant to enjoy the tastes of the Japanese cuisine. Noodles from the small shops in the alleyways are also delicious.

At any hour, and very cheaply, you can buy a takeaway "Bento" from 24 hours convenience stores. It's a sort of lunch box that's delicious, well made, and cheap.

In the huge food isles of the large department store, you will find food at a good price and quite a few samples and tastings. Between 8 PM - 9 PM, you can buy up to 70% off at the most expensive department stores, including the most expensive delicacies. Head to Takashimaya and Tokyu.

Museum enthusiasts should purchase a Grutt Pass card, which allows free entrance, or a significant discount, at the entrance to all the city's most important museums.

Cheap souvenirs can be found at the "100 Yen Shop" stores around the city.

Kabuki shows for a daytime show can be seen for $ 20, a tenth of the price of the evening shows.

For free sites in the Japanese capital - Click on the tag "Free in Tokyo".


#Public Transportation

The Tokyo subway is clean and tidy. The same is true of the stations and tunnels, where everything is orderly and tasteful. The train itself is very quiet.

For unlimited subway rides in Tokyo, buy a discounted daily ticket. The "Tokunai Pass" offers free travel throughout the day on the JR train lines.

Taxis in Tokyo are very expensive, and at night the price usually reaches high amounts.

The great and advanced Japanese trains are also very expensive. If you plan to leave Tokyo for trips to different parts of Japan, the Japan Rail Pass, which can only be purchased outside Japan, will greatly reduce the price. It will allow unlimited travel on all train lines here, for 7, 14, or 21 days.


#Museums

Tokyo has a crazy variety of museums, most of which are closed on Mondays. The front doors always close half an hour before closing time, and tickets are sold only in cash. Taking photographs is usually forbidden.

For free museums, go to the Kanto Earthquake Memorial Museum, the Electric Power Historical Museum, and the Sumo Wrestling Museum.


#Tip

In Japan it is not customary to give tips. The Japanese are usually not comfortable with accepting a tip, and if you leave a tip, know that there is a change the waiters will even be insulted.


#Clubs and Entertainment

The city of Tokyo offers various outing areas like Shibuya, Ginza and Shinjuku. There are bars, restaurants, shops and many areas for Pachinko machines, all of which are also offered in Kabukicho, which also functions as Tokyo's red-light district. In Roppongi you will find a variety of restaurants and night clubs where tourists and foreign residents are mostly go out.

For those looking to dance, it is worth knowing about the "Womb Club," where Brad Pitt performed in the Hollywood movie "Babel".

An overview of all of these will be can be found under the tag "Entertainment in Tokyo".


#Shopping

Cheap Shopping? Sales? - not here. Unlike other Asian countries, Japan is not cheap. But the shopping experience here is real and Tokyo's shopping centers are definitely worth it.

The Japanese are freaks of gadgets and technological toys. The recommended place to purchase electronics and gadgets is at the Akihabara neighborhood, the "Mecca" for electronics. The number of electronics stores here is enormous, some stores have prices that are not bad.

Shopping is also worth doing in the Ginza neighborhood, where there is a huge selection of department stores and shops. Enter Sony's building, where the company exhibits its new products, even one that are not yet released.

Designer shops and modern fashion can be found in the Rajuku area, and in the Aoyama area in the Shibuya district, as well as after shopping attractions.

An excellent market, varied and colorful, is the Amico market in Ueno. The Asakusa area has traditional shops, in the evenings there is also the magical Nakamise Exhibition.

More details - Click on the tag "Shopping in Tokyo" and on the link below.


#Tokyo Country Code
+81


#Electric Outlets
Possible plugs to use are Type A and Type B (see link below with photos).


A Taste of the Upcoming Trip? - Here's a video That Will Show you the City in All its Beauty:

https://youtu.be/VXUdY5P0VJA


Here's the City in all its Beauty:

https://youtu.be/E5Fdi8jjt9k


Link for Above Recommendation:

https://youtu.be/ZfxOfaXcHMA
Crete
Crete
#About the Largest Island in Greece

The Mediterranean atmosphere in Crete is perfect. Between the remains of a glorious past, one is greeted by a pleasant and friendly local population that speaks a different language but behaves with hospitality in everyone. Nowhere beats Crete when it comes to experiencing the sun-burned Greek charm, with the lazy and relaxed lifestyle of those who have everything and need nothing.

The island, which is the fifth largest of the Mediterranean islands, is considered the largest of the Greek islands. Who has not ruled here throughout history? There were the Greeks, the Romans, the Ottomans, the Venetians, and the Germans in World War II.

This island is a treasure. Crowds of tourists flock here every year, searching for the sea, the sun, the excellent food and some of the remnants of the Minoan culture, born here and the pioneer of Western cultures.

Apart from high mountains and small villages, beaches and blue bays, olive groves, bubbling nightlife and delicious taverns, Crete also has wooded hills, fertile soil and densely cultivated valleys, deep canyons, unique archeological sites, steep cliffs that rise from small beaches and sandy bays and bright villages.

The mountainous part of Crete is characterized by high mountains with fruit trees and endless olive groves. The local estimates is that the island has over 20 million olive trees.

This is actually a chain of mountains, which divides the island of Crete in two, and separates its southern and northern parts. Interestingly, if the major cities and popular tourist towns are on the northern coast, those interested can find peace and quiet on the more pleasant, quiet southern beaches and small villages, whose inhabitants live slowly and calmly, some of them still engaged in traditional handicrafts.


#History
The island of Crete preceded Greece and only became part of modern Greece in 1913 after the Balkan wars.

Minoan, Greek, Roman, Byzantine, Venetian, and Ottoman - the strategic location of the island in the Mediterranean made it a desirable island by empires and rulers. Everyone seemed to have passed through here, leaving their mark.

It all starts with the Minoan culture. Many see Crete as the cradle of Western culture, always referring to the Minoans, which was the first known culture on the continent of Europe.

The Minoan culture was of paramount importance in Greek mythology as well. The legends tell of Zeus's birth in Crete, the father of the Gods and the ruler of the heavens. It was from this place that the Minoan king Minus ruled Greece and the eastern Mediterranean. Crete was also the site where Hercules was anchored to complete one of the missions he was given, and this was where Athens, every year, sent a boat laden with human sacrifice.

After Greece, the Romans, the Venetians, and the Ottomans ruled here. At the end of the 19th century, they withdrew from the island, following the rebellions of the islanders. In the early 20th century Crete became part of Greece and during World War II it was conquered by the German army. During the war several battles between them and the Allies took place on its land.


#Entertainment
Among the sites for young people on the island of Crete, Malia is considered the capital of clubs, bars, parties and nightlife.


#Food
Souvlaki, giros, Greek salad, tzatziki, ouzo, feta cheese and seafood are plentiful, but there are many more wonderful dishes offered in Greek tavernas.

The best Taverna experience is to open with the rich Greek Mezes - a collection of excellent Greek starters.

Greek salad is also satisfying and wonderful, especially when the ingredients are fresh and seasoned well. Tavernas will usually do the job.

Meat lovers will be able to find any street is souvlaki, the Greek Shishlik, or Girus, the Greek shawarma. Fish is usually more expensive in these taverns, while octopus and chicken will be cheaper.

The local feta cheese (very high fat percentage) and the large, juicy red grapes.

Another pleasant surprise is the local wine, combined with ouzo and raki that flow through the streets like water add to the light mood of the island.

Just be sure to enter authentic taverns. The waiters do not usher in passerbys, so it is up to you to go on in. The menus are not on display and in the local joints, the menus are generally only in Greek and English. If dogs and cats are hanging around the taverna, it's a good sign- touristy restaurants tend to shoo them away.


#Transportation
If possible, explore the island with a rental car. Some hotels have a representative of a car rental company. If you have taken a local vehicle, carefully check the vehicle thoroughly and make sure that it has full and valid insurance that covers any damage to property or God forbid body injury.


#Tips
A good tip in restaurants and cafes in Greece is 1-3 euros. Before the economic crisis, 20% were given as a tip, but today the tips have dropped significantly. Another option is to leave a restaurant at 10% service charge on a low account or 5% at a high expense. You do not need to tip taxi drivers.


#Greece Country Code
+30


#Electric Outlets
The possible plugs are Type F and C (see link below with photos and details).


A taste of the upcoming trip? - Here's a video that will show you the island in all its beauty:

https://youtu.be/8iktgpgaYy4


Local Music:

https://youtu.be/934Befj4aD8


Aerial view:

https://youtu.be/18sYgM3OExg


A Bit From the Local Kitchen:

https://youtu.be/vjLl5jdb2Do
Paris
Paris
#About the City of Paris

The beauty of Paris is exciting from the first second. In Paris, it is not picturesque like Amsterdam, or restraint like London. If those are quiet city capitals, Paris is the one that stops your heart from beating and takes your breath away. Admirers of Paris have said that even 77 years will not be enough time to soak in its beauty.

The big cathedrals, the fantastic squares, the spectacular streets and the magical gardens, the impressive palaces, the elegant houses, the shopping displays and the warm cafes - everything here lets you know that you have arrived to Paris, the most beautiful and seductive cities in the world.


#Must See
Want to see the most popular destinations? - Click on the tag "Must see in Paris".


#With Children
Family Vacation? - Click on the tag "Attractions for Children in Paris".


#Food
Unforgettable meal? - Click on the tag "Must eat in Paris".


#Tip
In most European countries service fees are already included in the check, so it is customary to give a 2 euro tip, regardless of the price of the check itself.


#Paris Country Code
+33


#Saving
For public transportation - Buy an free pass for the duration of your trip. The weekly pass Navigo is excellent for a week in the city, and there are longer times available as well. Traveling for less days? -Check the RATP card.
Supermarket - the Monoprix chain is cheap and reliable, it is economical, and the French do a lot of their grocery shopping there.
Museums – many museums have free entrances on the first Sunday of every month. Include the Luvre, d'Orsay, Versailles, Cluny, Orangerie, Rodan, and more. Children under the age of 18 enter museum for free. Students and seniors also have discounts.
Picnics - a wonderful way to save money and eat. Buy fresh are the local markets and eat in the surrounding parks.
Renting an apartment - in Paris staying an apartments saves a considerate amount of money.
Free Wi-fi - Not all over the city, but there are a lot of hotspots spread around. Map: www.paris.fr/wifi


#Shopping
You will be able to find a lot of good things at Primark. If you are looking for really cheap, then the chain TATI is the place, and if offers a big variety of clothing from the East and from third world countries. You need a lot of patience to find good things here and for the long lines, to be like the French, bring your own bags, so when you talk around people won't know you shopped at TATI's.
See below a link for shopping recommendations in Paris.


#Clubs and entertainment
A good club is the Point Ephemere. Another is a techno club, the Rex Club, the underground Social Club, and the electronic music club Le Nouveau Casina.
Tickets for sporting events and concerts can be found at www.fnac.fr


#Electric Outlets
The required type are Type C or Type E. Type F will only work here if there is a third hole in the outlet.


#A Taste of the Upcoming Trip? - Here's a video That Will Show you the City in All its Beauty:

https://youtu.be/EJ3CdqDx8fQ


#A Bit From the Local Kitchen:

https://youtu.be/-XurLMYaNtk


Tel Aviv
Tel Aviv
#About the City of Tel Aviv Jaffa

Tel Aviv Jaffa, or Tel Aviv for short, is the largest city in Israel and has the second largest population in the country. Tel Aviv is the center of finances, culture, communications and art in Israel. Here is the Stock Exchange, Central Bank locations, many consulates and embassies. The National Theater is located here, the Philharmonic Choir and the major newspaper infrastructures.

More than a million foreign visitors come here each year, Tel Aviv is one of the most toured city in Israel. This city is also very accepting and liberal - for the LGBTQ community - and many from this community come here for vacations and visits. These visitors admit to a freedom and Tel Aviv as a heaven for liberality and acceptance of the community and its rights.

In 2003 Tel Aviv was recognized as a World Heritage Site. This is especially thanks to its "White City" appeal, it has the highest density in the world for the German style of building the Bauhaus from the 1920's.



#Tours

Want to tour Tel Aviv? - We have a few tours all ready for you. Click on the tag "Walking Tours in Tel Aviv".



#Must See Sites

Want to see the most popular sites in town? - Click on the tag "Must see in Tel Aviv".



#With Children

A whole family visit? - Click on the tag "Attractions for children in Tel Aviv".



#Food

Unforgettable meal? - Click on the tag "Must eat in Tel Aviv".



#Tips

At restaurants in the city it is customary to leave at least a 10% tip, and some would put down a 15% tip.



#Interests

Interested in certain things? - Click on the tag "Interests".



#Israel Country Code

+972



#Savings

Supermarkets - The chain Cofix offers a variety of items all for 5 NIS, almost everything is a making a meal for vacations.
Free Events - Find the group "Free Entrance in Tel Aviv Jaffa" on Facebook or the website " Tel Aviv for Free" at the link below.
For Public Transportation - But a loadable ticket for the enterity of your trip in Tel Aviv.
Discounts are Various Locations - Use either a student card or pensioner card.
Picnics - Yarkon Park and Park South are great places to have picnics. Also in the large parks around Tel Aviv are big and relaxing spaces.



#Shopping
On Allenby Street there are looks for stores with great finds at great prices. Also King George Street is the beginning of the Carmel Market. Dizengoff Center has many options, and it is a nice way to cool down in summer (there is also the Azrieli Mall if you are looking to cool down).



#Entertainment

At areas like the Tel Aviv Port or Sarona Market you can find many wonderful restaurants and cafes. The "Haoman 17" club in Tel Aviv is recommended for dancing, as well as other clubs around the port.



#Electric Outlets

The possible types of plug are Type C and Type H.



#A Taste of the Upcoming Trip? - Here's a video That Will Show you the City in All its Beauty:

https://youtu.be/WD5SdF9qoMw



#24 Hours Hyper Lapse:

https://youtu.be/dwWfPlbdQuY



#A View from Above:

https://youtu.be/MwzKndR30D0
Jerusalem
#About the City the Whole World Looks Up To

Jerusalem is a city of the three religions that believe in one God. In the same city there are mosques, monasteries, temples and synagogues, the ruins of the Jewish temple and many remnants of the history of empires, armies and religions, the kings of Israel and the Bible, through the last path of Jesus Christ until the ascension of the prophet Muhammad.

All believers, members of the monotheistic religions, see Jerusalem as the one place where they must visit and pray at least once in their lives. This is why everyone sees Jerusalem as a symbol of a world city from which Torah will emerge.

The cultural, historical and archeological diversity of Jerusalem is inconceivable. In this city, which was occupied for 3,000 years by kings, conquerors and saints, almost every country or religion in the ancient world, each left its mark on religion, architectural, artistic and even gastronomic. The food in Jerusalem is simply wonderful. There is wonderful food here and a great variety of restaurants.



#Tours

A tour of the last path of Christ? - Click on the tag "Via Dolorosa".

A tour of the Old City, Click on the tag "Old City of Jerusalem".



#Must See Sights

Want to see the most popular places in town? - Click on the tag "Must see in Jerusalem".



#With Children

A trip for the whole family? - Click on the tag "Attractions for children in Jerusalem".



#Food

Unforgettable meal? - Click on the tag "Must eat in Jerusalem".



#Tips

In restaurants in Israel it is customary to leave at least 10% tip, some up about 15% or more.



#Interests

Interested in certain things? - Click on the tag "Interests".




#Israel Country Code

+972



#Saving

Coffee Shops - Coffee shop chain "Cofix" and "Cofiz" offers coffee, pastries, ice creams and food for 5 NIS. Even in the Jewish Quarter you can find them in the Cardo and the Crusader markets.

Public transportation - buy daily or weekly ticket on the light rail in the city.

Discounts in all kinds of places in the city, you can receive a student card and a pensioner card.



#Transportation

The light rail has "weekly" and "daily" tickets in Jerusalem. If you have a RavKav card, don't forget to tap it during every trip!

Students are entitled to discounts ranging from 30% to 50% off the price of tickets in Jerusalem light rail.



#Picnic

In Sacher Park you can have wonderful picnics, as well as grassy areas near the walls of the Old City, and the rose garden opposite the Knesset.



#Entertainment

If you're looking to dance, the 17 Haoman club in Jerusalem is recommended.



#Electric Outlets

The possible plugs are Type H and Type C.



Here is Jerusalem:

https://youtu.be/Fmzo7LAIxiU
Amsterdam
#About the City of Amsterdam

Amsterdam is an amazing city of canals, known as "The Venice of the North," a city that is calm, ancient, relaxed, modernized, and always up to date. There are many contrasts in the city. On one hand there are many canals, pretty floating houses and cute bridges, and on the other hand the city is modern and new, a lively and vibrant capital. It is a crowded metropolis, an ancient city, picturesque and pastoral, with architecture that hasn't changes since the Renaissance. The city of Anne Frank, impressive churches and artists like Rembrandt, a pluralistic and patient city, with red lights and some light drugs.

As a rule, the graceful tolerance shown by the Dutch towards the minorities and the different is one of the things that make Amsterdam so loved and appreciated. "Live and let live" exemplified here! Waves of immigration and the many cultures not mixed here have made the city into a liberal heaven that naturally accepts different populations and lifestyles.

This is not a big city. Many of the sites are located in the center, and many of the tours can be done by walking or by bikes. In general, Amsterdam loved bikers, and is full of biking lanes. Everything starts, more or less, in Dam Square, which is a meeting point for the pedestrian walkways Kalverstraat and Nieuwendijk, two main roads. From here you can reach the outer circle, to the circular canals around, and to the 15 districts formed between them.



#Tours
Getting to know the city's canals?
Click on the tag "Amsterdam Canals."
Culture and general knowledge?
Click on the tag "Museumplein."
A tour around the picturesque city
Click on the tag "Tour of Jordaan."
Fun city attractions?
Click on the tag "Amsterdam pleasure tour."
About the Red Lights
Click on the tag "Red Light District."


#10 Places to Visit in Amsterdam in Winter:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EjlEYgx6kFc



#Must See Sights

What to see the most popular places in town? Click on the tag "Must see in Amsterdam."

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=coATMi4YnF0



#With Children

A trip for the whole family? Click on the tag "Attractions for children in Amsterdam."



#Food

An unforgettable meal? Find awesome restaurants - Click on the tag "Must eat in Amsterdam."

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JAsch2LZ37s



#Tips

In most European countries service fees are already included in the check, so it is customary to give a 2 euro tip, regardless of the price of the check itself.



#Interests

Interested in certain things? - Click on the tag "Interests."



#Holland Country Code

+31



#Savings
Public Transportation - Buy an OV-chipkaart ticket, reloadable for more rides.
Supermarket - Chains like Aldi and Albert Heijn are very cheap and easy to located. Aldi is very economical but sells mainly basic products, the second store is a bit more expensive but you can find everything there.
Free events - On the website 'I Amsterdam' you can find all the city's functions that have free entrance.
Regular Bus - A great way to see Amsterdam, you can use this app and discover sites close to you wherever you are and listen to the voice recordings.
Discounts in Various Spots - Use a student card, not accepted everywhere.
Museum and Attraction Lovers - if you are thinking about visiting many spots, the iAmsterdam card is for you.
Picnics - Vondelpark is the place to go, or any other amazing park in this city, a picnic after a museum tour is fun and saves a lot.



#Shopping

First and foremost there is a Primark, on the shopping street Kalverstraat. Also see the link below for more recommendations.



#Entertainment

The well-known clubs are Club Roses, for the rich and famous that is located in a space that was a gas factory, the Bij Jansen, that is for students and requires a student card to get in, and the renovated Odeon, the Sugar Factory with hip hop music, Bitterzoet, alternative, and Escape Lounge that is the largest in Amsterdam.



#Electric Outlets

The possible types of plugs are Type C, Type E and Type F.



A taste of the upcoming trip? - Here's a video that will show you the city in all its beauty:

https://youtu.be/IpytNrNdkFo
Istanbul
#About the Only City in the World that Spans Over Two Continents

Today, when Istanbul the capital of Turkey, it is still the largest and most important city in the country, and certainly the most interesting. This is a huge, dynamic, vibrant and experiential city that offers tourists a fascinating history, long-standing architecture and delicious food, along with immense cultural wealth and countless places of entertainment. The visit here is an experience for all five senses and is usually a continuous race after all that this city has to offer.

It is a huge city, with tens of millions of residents, offering modern next to the old and grandeur and wealth next to popular simplicity. The rich and volatile history of this city is seen here from every street and corner. Istanbul is full of museums and palaces, as well as mosques, churches and even a few synagogues that survived here.

Many say that Istanbul, like all of Turkey, is like a man who runs to the West, but does so on a train going to the East. Indeed, its geographical location, the encounter between Asia and Europe, makes Istanbul a point of contact, in almost every area, between East and West. But it also rips this city between the worlds and creates constant tension - political, social and cultural - between the dominant Muslim religion here and the secularism inherited by the legendary leader Atatürk of the new Turkey.



#History

Istanbul was founded by Greek settlers in 660 BC, it was on the European side of the Bosphorus and was called Byzantium. According to ancient tradition, the name of the city was named after the founder of Byzantium.

In the year 196 CE the Roman Emperor Septimius Severus besieged the city and destroyed large parts of it. Emperor Constantine (306-337 AD) restored and enlarged it in the 4th century AD and re-inaugurated it in 330 CE as the "New Roma." It became the new capital of the Roman Empire. Later it received his name "Constantinople."

With the division of the Roman Empire, the city became the capital of the Eastern Roman Empire. The location and strength of the Byzantine Empire, its new name, made it a cultural and commercial center and in the 9th century it became the largest city in Europe.

But Crusades, conquests and destruction, weakened the Byzantines and in the 15th century they barely controlled the city and its immediate surroundings. This allowed the Ottoman Turks to occupy Constantinople and turn it into Istanbul, the capital of the Ottoman Empire for 500 years. After the defeat in World War I and the fall of the empire, Ataturk, leader of the Turkish Republic, transferred the capital to Ankara.

Still, in the 20th and 21st centuries, Istanbul remained the cultural, economic, commercial and tourist center of Turkey. The city may no longer be a place armies shed blood over, but its size, its vast population, its unique position in space and her history doesn't allow it to be forgotten.



#Geography

Istanbul is the largest city and informal capital of Turkey, but first of all it is the only city in the world that spreads across two continents - Asia and Europe. The highlight of this city is the Bosphorus Strait, which is actually built along both sides. In the straits, or more precisely in this strait, water flows through marble water to the Black Sea, separating Europe from Asia.

This allows Istanbul to enjoy both worlds at once - the progress of the European continent on the one hand, and the tradition and past of the Asian continent on the other.

Want to see the most popular places in town? - Click the tag "Must see in Istanbul".



#When To Visit?

Every season this city offers a different experience.

In terms of weather, it's best to visit Istanbul in spring (April-June) and autumn (September-October). In the summer, the humidity is tiring, warmer, you'll have to wander through masses of tourists, the prices will be higher and you will have to stand in long lines. In the winter you will have a relaxed visit and good prices, but it is cool here, and even cold. Spring is a fair compromise for Istanbul - more pleasant, less crowded than the tourist-bombed summer, and also a little cheaper in lodging.



#Transportation

Flights to Istanbul will land at Ataturk Airport, located 24 kilometers west of the city, and you can reach the city center by metro, light train, or buses leaving the airport at all times.

Tip: Buy an "Akbil" ticket at the airport, a discount for public transportation throughout the entire vacation in Istanbul.

Walking in the Old City is the most convenient way to see the place. The urban buses here are red, and the metro is not in tourist areas, but trips can be combined with buses, taxis or simply walking, and reached cheaply, easily, and quickly.

#Accommodation

Take a hotel in the area of Taksim Square and Istiklal Avenue. Accommodations are cheap and the area is full of life, with nightlife entertainment and a nice atmosphere day and night. The old city, where many want to sleep, is dead at night and very expensive, and what is not expensive is not so nice.

#Communication

Buy a SIM card in Taksim Square or any cellular store in the city. A 9 GP SIM costs 130 Lira. Don't buy your SIM card at the airport - it is very expensive!

#Savings

Istanbul is very cheap compared to European cities. Still - a significant saving will be generated if you eat from the famous street food (see below). Also worthwhile to eat at "locanta," a kind of popular workers' restaurants aimed primarily at locals. The food will usually be very good, especially with respect to restaurants, not to mention the tourist traps that are often the least tasty and most expensive.

Children travel for free - by bus, ferry and even on the Sightseeing Istanbul bus.

In order to save on public transportation, buy the economical "Akbil" card at the kiosks in the city or in the central stations. This is a pre-paid card that gives discounts. At the end of your stay in Istanbul you will receive back the deposit fee. The ticket is good for buses, ferries and airports.

If you want to go to a Turkish bath - these are significantly cheaper on the Asian side. They are also more authentic and less touristy. A real, cheap Turkish bath is Carsi Hamami, next to the Asian side ferry station. The price is a quarter of that on the west side and you can also enjoy massage scrubbing of your delicate body.


#Food

Turkey has regular restaurants along with other types. Locanta, for example, is a popular workers' restaurant, where the food is homey, tasty, traditional, high quality, cheap and simple. The locantas in Turkey appeal to the residents and not the tourists, so there are almost no tourist traps.

The Meyhane, where alcohol and food lovers go, is a tavern supplier and a Turkish tavern supplier. Most of them eat good and inexpensive.

With culinary offerings from the most varied and rich in the world, With culinary offerings from the world's richest and richest, Istanbul restaurants are also an atomic food hub. Here are some of the most popular dishes in the world. The meal will always start with a Mezeler, which are appetizers, vegetarian appetizers, or Dolma, which are meatless vegetables cooked in olive oil, here and there with seafood.

Turkey has traditionally specialized in restaurant kitchens. There is a distinction between specialization in meat, fish, street food, burekas pastries, or filo pastries. There are the "wines", which serve wine and mazes and small dishes. There are delis that specialize in mini desserts or lukum shops, marzipan and dried fruit sweets and so on.

All this means that not every place will excel in everything and they will be focused on what they are good at. But the Turks understand that tourists expect full service. So you will often see waiters carrying delicacies and food from restaurant to restaurant, to satisfy the diners' desire. A restaurant with an excellent dessert will bring it to its neighbor, a burekas from a nearby street stand, a fish from a restaurant specializing in fish and so on.


An unforgettable meal? Find awesome restaurants - Click on the tag "Must eat in Istanbul".



#Recommended Turkish Dishes

Meet the "kofta," the kebab patty." Its brother is the Turkish shawarma, the Döner Kebap, which means "spinning kebab."

The shish-kebab is the grilled steak on the grill and so on. In general, the word kebab is used in Turkish for everything that was cooked on the grill (shish) or baked in the oven.

And, of course, the stuffed ones are the best there are, although the best of the Turkish stuffed ones is an eggplant filled with a wonderful culinary delight, dubbed "Imambayıdı," means "the fainted Imam." They say that this is what happened to the imam who tasted it for the first time ...

The vegetable dishes with meat that are cooked here are also known in the clay pots in the oven and in Turkish they are called Gibecz. These wonderful cooked dishes also include eggplant in various styles, along with delicacies such as muskas, stuffed peppers and onions.

Other local hits are the eggplant, rice and beans dishes, or the stuffed intestinal stew called paça.

It is customary here to sip Ayran's glasses, which is the wonderful yogurt with the sour-sour taste, and there is also a great yogurt soup in the Turkish kitchen that is worth ordering.

At the end of the meal you can order a sutlach, which is baked rice pudding and tastes great. An equally wonderful dessert is Ashura, an amazing delicacy made of wheat, dried fruits and nuts. There is also Ekmek Kadayif - a dessert of bread baked for many hours in sweet syrup and served with Cayamak. But in the desserts there is also Turkish delights in every scent of every color, shape and taste, oriental cakes full of almonds and pistachios, baked baklavas, kanafas, kadaifs and hot halva that can be as wonderful as you can imagine.



#Street food

Turkish burekas, lachmajon (the Turkish meaty pizza), and Simit Turkish pretzel, are the kings of the street here, but not only them.

The street food here includes the burekas, which is considered one of the most popular pastries in Turkey. In its crisp pastry dough, the Turks fill Bulgarian cheese or cheese, eggplant, potatoes, spinach and other fillings. What goes great with burekas is an Iranian or yogurt drink in Turkey that goes with anything.

In Istanbul, the Ballyk Ekemek, the fish in the bun, is also popular. This popular dish is a delicacy that the Turkish people eat as a satisfying mid-meal or as a shopped and self-sustaining meal. These sandwiches are made of fresh, fried fish that is put into a fragrant roll.

Other popular street foods here are Simit, which is a fresh, warm billet with sesame, a lemajun, a kind of Turkish pizza, with minced meat instead of cheese. Also known are the dry sujuk sausages, which hang here in every corner and the Turkish filo, topped by Su Börek, made of Yufka dough leaves and excellent for eating alongside a cup of hot tea.

Sweet lovers will try the delicacy of the Eastern Lokum, with its exotic taste, which also includes almonds, pistachios and coconut.




#Shopping

The city of Istanbul is a kind of shopping paradise. In this area too, it has quite a lot to offer tourists. Markets, malls and streets with luxury stores - it has an endless supply and a fair range of products and goods.

The two most famous shopping sites of this city are the Egyptian market and the big market, also known as the "covered market" or simply the "big bazaar."

Clothing brands can be bought in the streets of Eastclal and Cumhuriyet - the name of the boulevard that continues north, after Taksim Square.

Leather products will be found in the big bazaar, as well as jewelry. The pottery decorated there are colorful and beautiful, but note that they are not suitable for the dishwasher.

The biggest shopping center in Istanbul and one of the largest in Europe is AkMerkez. It is in the Etiler region, northwest of the Republic Bridge on the Bosphorus. This mall is full of excellent shops and a free bus will pick you up from Istiklal Street.

Shopping is really cheap on Ordu cad, which crosses the Old Town. It is located in the Laleli neighborhood, which extends south of Ardo Street to the Grand Bazaar. In this neighborhood you will find hundreds of wholesale shops, with very cheap prices and almost everything you will look for. The selection here includes clothing, household items, decorations, gifts, accessories, food and utensils. The selection here is huge and they say you can find everything in the shops and markets, but at a very cheap price.

Shopping? - Find the best places for shopping - Click on the tag "Shopping in Istanbul".



#Entertainment

Istanbul nightlife center is the Istiklal pedestrian street in the Beyoglu district. It has a variety of restaurants and clubs. There are also alleys with a variety of bars and restaurants where wine is sold alongside side dishes with fish, seafood and vegetables.

Next to Istiklal is also Taksim Square, which is the modern heart of the great city. There are plenty of restaurants and nightclubs in and around it.

In Istanbul you will find tourists as well. The Meyhane is a pleasant place to enjoy, eat and drink alcohol, a certain type of Turksih taverna or Hamara. Here you can mainly drink Raki (Turkish Arak), and eat small plates on the side.

Most of the Meyhane in Istanbul are located in Taksim Square and offer food and drink, Turkish music, and often live performances.




#Istanbul Country Codes

+99



#Electric Outlets
The required type of plug is only Type F.



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#The City in All Its Beauty:

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#The Old City:

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Bangkok
#About the City of Bangkok

Locals in Bangkok nickname the city Krungthep, 'City of Angels,' was established in 1782 as the capital of Siam, but King Rama I.

When almost every male man spends a portion of his life as a monk (up to three years of his life), there's no surprise that in Bangkok alone are over 400 monasteries. These holy places operate near luxurious palaces, vibrant and lively markets, water canals that have created interesting life in the city since 1782 and today is the center of the religion, the monarchy and culture.

Bangkok, besides its religious aspects, is also a business capital, the capital of modern Thailand, a city with new malls being built, and low prices. This is a big bustling city, loud and hot, has skyscrapers and massive malls, small alleyways and large streets. This city is active and full of life, a place you can fly down south to the white sand islands and the coconut trees, or fly north to mysterious Thailand.

What to see the hottest places in town? - Click on the tag "Must see in Bangkok". There is also a lot to do with children - Click on the tag "Attractions for children in Bangkok".



#When to Visit?

The recommended season to travel is between November to March, when the temperature is average and comfortable and humidity is relatively low.

Between mid-June to August is the monsoon season, there is high humidity and lots of rain. If you are visiting during this time drink a lot of water, and make sure to have air conditioning. Many times the weather is reasonable, but during this season the weather might make plans difficult.



#Accommodation

Fancy hotels are located closer to Riverside, guesthouses and cheaper hotels are closer to the Skytrain line in Siam Square, and backpackers can find accommodation closer to the Chinese district.

Khao San Road, is in the Banglamphu district, not far away from the palace. This area is the main tourist and backpacker area. There are laundry services, restaurants, souvenir shops and travel agencies.

For less busy areas, go towards west Banglamphu, or the alleyways west Th Chakraphong or Th Phra Sumen towards the river where you can sleep in guesthouses.



#Transportation

For a quick way to get across Bangkok - take a motorcycle taxi. Women wearing a skirt or a dress, sit with both legs on one side.

Don't get confused with the Tuk Tuk, the 3-wheel bike, which costs quadruple the price, and is a classic tourist trap. If you are only going for a joy ride, it's not bad, but it's not a form of transportation, because the drivers will take riders to places to offer then tours, that are not so great.

The unique Bangkok experience is the Skytrain. If you are on a shopping day, this form of transportation is recommended because it connects well between all the malls.

SRT is the Thai national train company, and is very efficient. A ticket in second class is similar to the prices of a private company bus, and since the train has nice views, you can enjoy your ride and relax with the view.

Trains for far destinations from Bangkok leave from the Hualamphong Station. Because of the long ticket lines, and the popularity of a certain line, its best to order tickets in advance at the station or over the phone.

One of the fun attractions outside of Bangkok is pedaling, comfortable and cheap on bicycles. You can hire bicycles in the city and take them by train or bus, at a low price or at no additional cost to the ticket. Just please - ride on the sides of the streets!



#Transportation to the Airport

At the terminal take a taxi from the official stall. Make sure not to pay of 200-300 Baht with the meter. Tolls will also be paid in the end with an additional tip, round the total up. The drive should take about half an hour to an hour, according to traffic.



#Shopping

Bangkok is a heaven for shopping. Teenagers and young people like the MBK mall, Siam Center, Central World, Platinum, Manip Plaza - a whole mall for electronics only. Also, some of these malls have all sorts of entertainment, like Thai wrestling, bowling, movie theaters, and more.

Some buy at the Emporium, and many shops around Khao San Road, Siam Square, and Tokyo Center. There are also the night markets Chatuchak, and the floating market. Malls have big department stores with big discounts.

Shopping tip: in most of the Bangkok malls there are sale at the beginning and end of each month, between 30% and 60% off!

Great recommendations - Click on the tag "Shopping in Bangkok".



#Entertainment

Bangkok boasts in the best dance clubs in East Asia, temples of alcohol and music. Most of them crowded around Sukhumvit Road. Some are: Ministry of Sound (Alley 21), Narcissus (Alley 11), QBar (Alley 23), and Bed Supperclub (Alley 11).

Looking for a Jazz club? - There is the famous Saxophone Pub in the city, and the intimate Brown Sugar, the exclusive Bamboo Bar in the Oriental Mandarin Hotel.

Many more - Click on the tag "Entertainment in Bangkok".



#Food

In Bangkok, not only the most well-known are eaten, like the Pad Thai, Thai wok noodle, or Banana Roti, a Thai banana pancake drenched in sweet milk or chocolate syrup.

The best food will be in stalls around the city. Here you can see octopus tentacle skewers, yams baked in coconut cream, fried and bitter silkworms, fried and glazed grasshoppers and other inventions you've never seen before. Bon appetite!

The Thai kitchen has a lot more to offer, including grilled fish, baked chicken over rice, shrimp with noodles, curry dishes and spicy papaya salads. In the dessert section, it's worth it to try the mango sticky rice.

In food stalls and small restaurants, in "noddle shops," and in the night markets you will find noodle bowls, curry bowls with rice called Rath Cao, should cost about 50 Baht per bowl.

Of course with the great food, stall offer the "big mango," a variety of fresh squeezed juices, alongside delicious shakes.

An unforgettable meal? Find the best and more fun restaurants - Click on the tag "Must eat in Bangkok".



#Tips

It's not typical to leave a tip, even though a tip means gratitude for a service given. Many tourists in recent years leave tips of 10% of the total bill at hotels and restaurants, but tips are not required in taxis.



#Thailand Country Code

+66



#Electric Outlets

The possible plug types are A, B, C, F and O.



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Warsaw
#About the Polish Capital

Warsaw (Warszawa) is the capital of Poland, and is also the largest city in the country. With almost 2 million residents, Warsaw is the country's center for politics, finance, technology, and culture.

Warsaw is divided by the flowing Vistula River, that goes through Poland. Like two physical halves of the sides of the river, Warsaw also has a wonderful combination of cultures, that creates the cultural traditions of Poland and was greatly influences by the Royals and Catholic Church, there is a vibrant cultural history here, which can be seen best in Polish villages.

Today's Warsaw is a huge, developing, and lively city. This is a modern and multicultural city, which in recent decades has become a significant cultural and commercial center in Central and Eastern Europe.

Warsaw experienced many disasters in its history, but managed to recover. Most of the construction around Warsaw is new, after the destruction that the Germans planted during World War II. The reconstruction of the old quarter was carried out with remarkable precision and dozens of buildings, such as churches, palaces and ancient fortresses, have returned to the city skyline after ruin.

The old quarter is one of the most interesting parts of the city today, and in 1980 it was declared a World Heritage Site by the UNESCO organization, with Gothic alleys that were a time of old times, beautiful squares with colorful houses and Baroque palaces restored with love and respect at the sight of their originality.

Warsaw is also an important city in the history of the Jewish religion. In the first half of the 20th century Warsaw was one of the main Jewish centers in Europe. Jews represented one third of the city's residents, and had a profound impact on its everyday life. During the Holocaust, the Jewish community of Warsaw was almost completely destroyed. Although the Jewish ghetto was almost completely destroyed, many sites in the city perpetuate the Holocaust.

Today's Warsaw is an interesting mix between a painful history to a beautiful recovery, old architecture and new and modern buildings, historic sites and cheap shopping opportunities, and mostly - the capital of a nation with a long history, who has revived itself after its release from the Communistic hold.



#When to Visit?

Between May to September the weather is the nicest, and September-October is also great. From July to August it's best to avoid Poland, as so many of the cities and hotels are packed with visitors.



#Transportation

The trains in Poland are very efficient, cheap, easy to use, and reach almost anywhere. Traveling by bus is a little less comfortable, and slower. Renting your own car is easy, with renting points in many locations around the major cities.



#Savings

You can buy hygiene and pharmacy products at Rossman and Hebe. In Warsaw and Poland as a whole prices of these products are really cheap.

Prices for food are also low at Rossman, and you can buy food for your whole trip.


#Must-Taste

Polish cuisine is not very refined. But worth eating in it that is delicious and homey, especially when it comes to winter food. It is mostly based on meat, potatoes and thick soups, which are rich in meat and potatoes, which is especially recommended when the soup is served in loaves of bread.

The perogi, the dough pockets filled with water, stuffed with meat or other fillings, should be eaten in piriganias, workers' restaurants offering excellent Polish food at a cheap price. Try the bigus - beef stew and sauerkraut. For those who are interested, there are also pork sausages and goulash dishes and delicious also the dried cabbage, mushrooms, cheese and of course the fruits of the forest - all alongside the national drink here, which is vodka


#Tip

In Polish restaurants and cafes its customary to leave a 10% tip. Many locals tend not to tip at all.



#Poland Country Code

+48



#Shopping

Shopping in Warsaw is definitely worth it! It is actually the favorite shopping destinations in Europe. The reason is mostly the low costs

In the malls around the city, Arkadia and Zloty Tarrasy, you can find endless brands. Great outlets

See below a link for shopping recommendations



#Entertainment

The center of entertainment for Friday and Saturday nights - Nowy Świat Street (Ulica Nowy Świat). There are a variety of cafes, restaurants, and great clubs.

For a great night out at a reasonable price, Mazowiecka Street is also a great option, with many clubs and other places to hang out. It's not expensive to get in, and the drinks are also reasonably low. Pay attention to the dress code in these places, and dress accordingly, otherwise you'll be waiting outside all night.



#Electric Outlets

The possible types of plug are Type C, Type E and Type F. See the link before with a photo.



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Prague
#About the Pearl of Central Europe

Prague is the political, financial and cultural center of The Czech Republic, but many see it as the diamond of Europe. The city's beauty is almost incomprehensible, especially since for many years the city was tied at its hands with communism, who opposed grandeur and luxury. Between the city flows the Vlatava River, and wonderful bridge connect the two river banks, at the center is the famous Charles Bridge. In the neighborhoods it's possible to see the classical Baroque architecture, the most exciting of all of Europe.

There are many beautiful cities in Europe, but nothing is like Prague. Besides its perfect architecture and its wide European influenced streets, this city is simply lovely. The locals are friendly, the food is delicious, the shopping is excellent, and the nightlife is vibrant - all the beauty and atmosphere in the Czech capital easily out win most of the cities in Europe.

Everything here flows freely. Hundreds of castles, fortresses, cultural centers, museum, and ancient streets and alleyways, decorated churches and synagogues, roundabout, and excellent restaurants - all these make up the charm of this city, it is just endless!



#Food

The Czech kitchen, and Prague in particular, is largely influenced from both western and eastern Europe. The Czech kitchen reminds of the Austrian style. It offers plenty of meats, with tasty sauces and special soups, also baked goods and desserts that are beyond delicious. The number of restaurants in Prague is huge as in all the modern European capitals, you will also find international fusion, and a great variety of high-quality places. From French gourmet to Japanese sushi, vegetarian kitchens, organic, vegan, and health-oriented places - many restaurants that offer each type of style.



#Alcohol

In the best of traditions, as is expected from a place where residents drink an average of 157 liters of beer each year, there are a large amount of Czech beers. Don't miss a visit to a real beer house in Prague, even if you have to miss a meal at a restaurant. These beer houses all offer yummy snacks that taste especially good with a huge pitcher of beer that you will buy right from the tap.

Žižkov - You will find the most number of bars crowded here in the world.

Vinohrady - Crowded number of leading bars, wine bars, and cocktail bars.



#Famous Figures

Beyond the beauty of Prague, many geniuses and pioneers have lived here in the past. Among them is the astronomer and science genius Copernicus, the composers Dvořák and Smetana, the German-Jewish writer Franz Kafka, who was born and lived here, the Jewish Maharal of Prague responsible for the story of the Golem, and the astronomers Tycho Brahe and Johannes Kepler who lived and worked here together.



#Architecture

In WWII Prague endured terrible bombardments that destroyed a major part of it. This happened in 1945, when instead of bombing the neighboring German city of Dresden, bad weather brought the Allied bombers to accidentally drop 152 tons of bombs on Prague. The historical center of Prague somehow survived the bombings, and instead the buildings that were ruined, many impressive buildings were constructed, like the "Dancing House," known also as "Ginger and Fred." These joined the cubical houses of the city, built under the influence of Picasso's Cubism and dozens of beautiful palaces in their architecture



#Must See Sites

Want to see the most popular places in the city? - Click on the tag "Must See in Prague".



#Tip

If tip was not automatically added to your bill, then in Prague it's custom to leave a 10% tip.



#Czech Republic Country Code

+420



#Saving

Public Transportation - riding in a taxi is not recommended here, because of the prices of rides, but also because of the taxi drivers, who exaggerate prices. Prague is loaded with underground train stations, street cars, and buses. Buy an integrated ticket for a week, or several says that fits your trips. The saving is huge.

Supermarkets - Chains like ALDI and Rossmann are cheap and readily available. ADLI is very economical, but sells mostly commodity products, the second open is still very economical and sells about anything you will need.

Regular bus - A great way to get to know Prague. Download the Guidol app to your phone, and each time you refresh off the bus, the app will know your exact location and will let you listen to audio guides of things nearby.

Discounts - bring a student card.



#Shopping

Most of the designer stores and the known fashion chains are located on the main street of the city, Na Příkopě.

Down below is a link for shopping recommendations.



#Clubs and Entertainment

The area of the Wenceslas Square Prague nightlife concentrates - from bars to pubs, good clubs, to the Berlin-style underground scene.
In the Žižkov neighborhood (Praha 3), students and young people in Prague come to party.
For up to date recommendations - Click on the tag "Clubs in Prague".



#Electric Outlets

The required type of plug is only Type E.



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Another Look:

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New York
#About the City of New York

If you call it Manhattan, New York, the New World, or the Big Apple, this city doesn't need any introduction. Many who visit here for the first time say they felt as if they had been there before. The reason is clear - this city is in so many movies, TV shows, songs, books and plays, and that's impossible to count. It seems that every corner here is familiar.

And not only the Empire State Building or the Statue of Liberty that visitors seem to recognize and are worth going to see. New York has many spots, attractions and parks, it is fascinating in its vibrant immigrate neighborhoods, famous streets, designer stores and entertainment areas, museums that offer incredible art collections from the best artists around the world. There are a number of architectural icons and mega stores that provide a bigger than life shopping experience.

With Wall Street and the UN Headquarters, this city is the center of trade and statesmanship around the world. It has an intriguing modern political history, and everything here is big, including the tragedies, like the attack of 9/11.

New York City is the ultimate places for cultural experiences, art and music of all kids. Everyone in the city is career oriented and searching for a career of their own. In the neighborhoods live musicians, actors, dancers, poets, designers, artists, and flocks of business and diplomat men and women.

The New York author Truman Capote said once that New York is "the only unique city." We think that too, how about you?



#Must-See Sites

Want to see the most popular places in the city? - Click on the tag "Must see in New York".

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l4e3y_Vq72M


#With Children

On a family vacation? Click on the tag "Attractions for children in New York".

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=70LMWKFloP0


#Places Not to be Missed in Winter

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C_8n1PvHZQU&t=2s


#Food

#An Unforgettable meal? Click on the tag "Must eat in New York".

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_XeVhY215Xs


#Tip

In restaurants and pubs in the United States and Canada, it is polite to put a 10%-15% tip.

In the United States about a 15% tip is given to taxi drivers.

It is the custom to leave a minimum tip, even if the service was not to your liking.



#Interests
Interested in certain things? - Click on the tag "Interests".



#United States Country Code

+1


#Savings

For Broadway Shows - buy tickets for the Broadway shows at the ticket booth TKTS in Times Square.

See free attractions under the tag "Free".

Transportation - A MetroCard today costs $8 per day, and about $27 for a week for unlimited rides on the metro and buses.

Entertainment - Free movies under the open sky - a great New York tradition, https://www.nycgovparks.org/events/film


#Shopping

See the link below for shopping recommendations.



#Electric Outlets
The required types of plug are Types A or B.



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Fast Track:

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The City in Full View:

https://youtu.be/TmDKbUrSYxQ
Hong Kong
#About the Only City in the World with More Skyscrapers Than New York City

With the place as one of the most successful centers of finance and trade in the world, Hong Kong is one of the most successful cosmopolitan cities in the world and in history. For the 150 years that Britain ruled the island, an interesting combination of western and eastern cultures took place. There are not many other places in the world where the new and old worlds connect so well.

Historically, Hong Kong started as a small island with a few hundred fishing villages and families, to a massive metropolitan full of skyscrapers with millions of residents and enormous density. Gradually, the island, whose name means " Incense Harbour," has become a metropolis that displays world domination of modern finance, commerce, and economy while preserving ancient Chinese traditions. Near the big port in Asia and the world's largest and perhaps the most innovative airport, there are ancient neighborhoods and villages from the past, where not much has changed.

But ultra-modern Hong Kong, the banks, skyscrapers, and tycoons, which is a financial center and axis of the global economy, has a hard time getting rid of the diseases that are inherent in it. Thus, housing prices are among the highest in the world, and there are many contradictions between an old population, a modern population, and a forward-looking population.

Either way, you are in the heart of the island, which was an amazing city, with fascinating connections and a wonderful blend of the wisdom of the East with the West, of ancient modern people, nature near city and past living in peace with a vibrant and achievement present.

Welcome to Hong Kong!



#History

The story of Hong Kong is fascinating and long. If we want to shorten it, in the last few centuries Hong Kong has been ruled by the British Empire. It became a British colony, a crown colony, after the first Opium War. It was a lease agreement signed by Britain with China in 1898, at the end of the Second Opium War, which allowed it to hold in Hong Kong for 100 years. The port of Hong Kong was then declared a free port and served the British Empire, along with various British institutions established on the island. Side by side was the Chinese community of Hong Kong and its British population.

After the Second World War, in the shadow of the dissipating British Empire and with the gradual rise of China, the small country became a prosperous capitalist city, which built one of the world's most prosperous and prosperous economies. Despite their small size, the city and island in Hong Kong have become a cosmopolitan and leading place in the global economy.

In 1997, after 156 years of foreign rule, Hong Kong was returned to Chinese sovereignty. Since then there has been a method agreed upon with Britain prior to the evacuation, of "one state and two methods". Hong Kong is in Chinese control, but it enjoys great autonomy, including its own immigration, legal, and customs systems. The foreign and security system, on the other hand, is run by the Chinese government. Simply put, the state continues to operate in the capitalist system and in great freedom, unlike the Communist mother country.

But since it was returned to China, Hong Kong has also become China's bridge to the West. The great country, which for hundreds and thousands of years guarded isolation and isolation from the influences of the West and foreign influences in general, was unable to withstand the dizzying economic success of the small island, which became one of the axes of the world economy and fascinated Chinese leaders.

As a result, Hong Kong has created a fascinating change in China, a change that has a decisive influence on the communist nation. China underwent an exciting change that brought it into a crazy economic leap and turned it into a technological superpower, the world leader. Beyond the enormous economic changes that have been created in China, China also seems to be connected to the global village and to the approach to the modern world culture, from which it has managed so far.


#Geography

The tall urban city of Hong Kong is in the middle of picturesque nature. See the insane skyscrapers, whose numbers surpass even those of New York City, and all around are tall mountains, full of nature and greenery, that continue until the shoreline.

The "settlement" of Hong Kong spread across 1,070 square kilometers. It divides into four main sections - Hong Kong Island, the financial heart of the city, small Kowloon, densely populated, on the south side of the peninsula that is attached to the Chinese mainland, and the northern part of the peninsula, the New Territories.

All of Hong Kong is made of Hong Kong Island, the most populated area, together with Lantau, Kowloon, and 263 additional small islands, with the New Territories in the north of the peninsula.



#When to Visit?


Hong Kong is lucky to have moderate subtropic weather. It is highly recommended to visit Hong Kong during the changing of seasons, if its fall (September to December), or Spring ( March to May). These are the seasons that are most recommended for a visit because the weather is the best, with bright skies, moderate temperatures, and the humidity levels are low. This is also a busy tourist season, and it is important to book things ahead, so as not to pay a lot or stand in long lines.

For those on a budget - the summer months are much less busy with fewer tourists, and accommodation prices are lower than normal. The reason is that this is the wet and humid season. July-September is months when many tropical storms and typhoons occur. But the summer rain tend to be short, and it is enough to have an umbrella and raincoat to walk around.



#Transportation

The public transportation system in Hong Kong is modern and very efficient. Use mostly this system.

For those driving - driving here is on the left side of the road.



#Savings

The summer months are times when you can enjoy the cheaper hospitality prices due to the low numbers of tourists at those times.

The "Octopus" ticket is a smart discount ticket for saving money, where you can pay a discounted price for transportation. It includes the metro, ferries, and buses in Hong Kong, also restaurants like McDonald, Starbucks, 7/11, electronics, vending machines, phone booths, parking tickets, and more. Sometimes, at entrances to building and offices in the city, there will be an electronic identification system. It is easiest to purchase this ticket at the airport, load it with funds (with a deposit that is returned with the ticket at the end of your use), and enjoy the card during your trip from the airport to the city. Loading the card can be done mostly at metro stations, but also at kiosks around the city.

But in stores that have the QTS sticker, which stands for "Quality Tourism Service," meaning the prices are fair and correct.

The more fancy restaurants are located usually inside expensive hotels.

The great luxury restaurants in hotels offer a discounted lunch menu that cuts the prices in half from the dinner menus.



#Entertainment

For romantic entertainments, you can go to the Felix bar on the 24th floor of the expensive Peninsula hotel. The giant windows overlook the harbor.

More lively entertainment you can experience at the club district in Lan Kwai Fong. This is a district with a few small streets located in Central. There are many dance clubs, bars, pubs, different restaurants, and jazz clubs.

Stanley Market on Hong Kong Island is an entertainment center for enjoying and walking around in the evenings, along with shopping of course.

For entertainment recommendations, click on the tag "Entertainment in Hong Kong".



#Backpackers

It is difficult to see in Hong Kong a backpacker destination. This is more of a connection for many backpackers., This city is more for its vacationing and shopping. If backpackers do come here, it is usually for a short 2-3 day visit.


#Food

In Hong Kong, you will find endless restaurants from all types and kitchens possible. At the restaurants here you will see the best of the Chinese, Japanese, Malaysian, Thai, Indonesian and Singapore kitchens. Barbeque restaurants and Japanese restaurants are very popular. From an Australian pub to Japanese Sushi, French bistro or Middle Eastern Falafel - it seems the side streets of the city holds all the world's kitchens.

At the luxury hotels of Hong Kong there are fantastic kitchens, with big international menus. However, the prices in this city are usually expensive and high. For lunch, most places offer business lunch options that are much cheaper than the dinner menus.

Hong Kong is a paradise for seafood. These are mainly found in restaurants for decent prices. With dim sums, small dough pockets filled with different things, are crucial to taste while on your trip. Many times food stalls a the markets are the best places to try these dishes.

Health warning: don't buy in the market's food that is sitting out for display, without the proper heating this may be bad. Also in restaurants, beware of local dishes you do not know, especially those who have a sensitive stomach. All these can contain raw materials or something exotic and not familiar to your stomachs and may cause food poisoning or stomach paints. You don't want to be sick or not feeling well instead of enjoying your travels.

For food recommendations, click on the tag "Must eat in Hong Kong".



#Shopping

In Hong Kong, you can find just about anything you can think about. The prices are not super cheap, but the variety is huge and makes up for it. Walking around the markets of Hong Kong is an interesting experience. Click on the tag "Markets in Hong Kong".

From both sides of the Queen's Road, there are small side streets that have souvenir shops, like boutique fashion and jewelry stores. This street since 1849 had been the main of Hong Kong Island.

Hong Kong is not really all too cheap. There are cheap fakes, but some might be of low quality. Though there is endless variety here. The vendors in the city are strong and even sneaky. Haggling with them is difficult!

Luxury fashion - drive to Causeway Bay.

Cheap cameras and gadgets - go to Nathan Road.

Computer games - you will find at Oriental Shopping Centre, where new games are sold at great prices.

Athletic clothing and quality camping gear - you will find at Try Fa Yuen Street, near the Mong Kok train station.

Impressive Malls - you will find; Harbour City mall, the largest mall in Hong Kong and of the largest in Asia. Times Square Mall with its many floors, each one dedicated to a different type of product. With children it is recommended to go to the Festival Walk, where you can enjoy an ice rink, special events, and more.

For great shopping, click on the tag "Shopping in Hong Kong".



#Hong Kong Country Code

852


#Electric Outlets
Hong Kong electric outlets use 220 volts. The required types of plugs are Types G or M.


A taste of the upcoming trip? - Here's a video that will show you the city in all its beauty:

https://youtu.be/TIpdSIesiqI



A View from Above:

https://youtu.be/pihWEw7cTLU



Fast Run Through:

https://youtu.be/PY0WnDMnhPw



The Wonders of Hong Kong:

http://youtu.be/9iMxEhba470


Budapest
Budapest, born in the remains of the Roman town of Aquincum, is a union of two small towns - Buda, on the west bank of the river Vast, on the eastern bank. In the 20th century Budapest grew into a huge city with a population of 2 million. They live on both sides of the Danube River, both on the high mountainside of Buda and in the flat Pest.

After 300 years under the Turkish Ottoman Empire, the Austrian Habsburgs and the Communist regime, under the auspices of the Soviet Union, this city knew countless architectural and cultural influences acquired in the endless encounter between East and West Europe and Asia Minor.

From an aesthetic point of view, Budapest is a real pearl of grace and justifies the title "Paris of the Eastern Bloc," which they had previously attached. There are innumerable buildings in architecture that have been drawn from the Roman, Ottoman and Gothic styles to Baroque and Art Nouveau styles. The variety of baths in the "spa town" of Europe, as it is called, is reminiscent of Roman baths and Turkish baths. There are elegant and spacious avenues here, magical European castles, spectacular bridges, socialist-style sculptures, and one Danube river.

The residents of Budapest are also free, friendly and loving. After 40 years of rigid communism, all they want is to enjoy and compensate for lost time. They sit in the great cafes that mention Vienna and have a hedonistic nightlife.


#Communication

For internet at cheap prices, look for the Vodaphone chain in Budapest, and buy a local SIM card from one of the largest cellular companies in the world.

#Must-See Sites

Want to see the most popular places in the city? - Click on the tag "Must see in Budapest".



#Transportation

Budapest's underground train is incredible, be sure to use it. To save, buy the Budapest Card that will enable you free transportation for three or seven days.

Important - Don't forget to stamp your ticket at the start of your trip, otherwise you pay a fine. When you need to show your ticket to an inspector, give them your ID.



#Savings

You better not pay with euros, because the conversion rate is particularly high. Exchange your currency for the local Forint and pay with that.

It is not recommended to stop taxis on the street here. Be sure to order a taxi with an app or through your hotel.



#Tip

At Hungarian restaurants and cafes it is common to leave a 10% to 15% tip, but be sure to add when paying, and not when leaving the restaurant.



#Hungry Country Code

+36


#Must Eat

Everyone must try in Budapest the Hungarian Goulash at a local restaurant, or different dishes with paprika, the national spice of Hungary.

On the baked goods side, make sure to taste a fresh and warm spit cake at the street stalls, look especially for those with long lines.

Also, eat from the well-known Hungarian marzipan. It is recommended to buy marzipan at the Szamos stores, where there are many different flavors and kinds and shapes.


A Short Tutorial to Hungarian Food:

https://youtu.be/U2DBfiveIQ0


#Shopping

The capital of Hungary is without a doubt a shopping stronghold. The main shopping street is the main avenue in Budapest, Vaci Street (Vaci Utca), active between 9:00 am to 6:00 pm, and on Saturdays between 9:00 am and 2:00 pm. The mall West End City Center is the largest in Hungary, and one of the largest shopping centers in Europe.

Outlet stores can be found in the Mammut mall in the Buda area.

Findings at funny prices can be found at the flea-market Esceri Ut Piac (click on the tag "Esceri Piac Flea Market"). In the large covered market we recommended wandering around and combining some shopping and haggling (click on the tag "The Great Market Hall").

See below the attached links to recommendations and also by clicking the tag "Shopping in Budapest".


#Entertainment

You will find nice and designed bars in Liszt Ferenc Square.

A huge variety of clubs are in the area of the Opera House. For more great entertainment areas click on the tag "Entertainment in Budapest".


#Electric Outlets

The possible types of plugs are Types C or F (see the attached link with photos).



A taste of the upcoming trip? - Here's a video that will show you the city in all its beauty:

https://youtu.be/B_Hfmp-z7AE



All the Sites:

https://youtu.be/nzolAdKZ0Qs



Fast Run:

https://youtu.be/yxmDYe2dFuM
Athens
#About the Cradle of Western Civilization

Athens is one of the most important cities in history. 3,500 years old, the city and location developed and gave birth to so much wisdom and innovation, so many things were done here for the first time, flattered by ideas that generations and cultures were based on, breathing and living without stopping.

This is the city where democracy was born, where western philosophy was invented, where theaters, tragedies, art and aesthetics were developed, and would be the base for European culture. Here the beginning of architecture starts, fighting technics, the model for imitation for the Romans and hundreds of thousands of other civilizations to follow. Here the sons and creators of the Renaissance and the later neo-classical streamed to.

But the significant innovation of Athens is undoubtedly social innovation. In Polis, the Greek city of Athens, the first ancient democracy was born in history. Although it was far from being a democracy in its modern sense, for the first time in the two hundred years after 500 BC, this Greek city was dominated by a general assembly of male citizens. This was the first democracy in the history of the human race, which, even if it does not equate with today's sophisticated democracies, with women's votes and equality for all citizens, must agree that it all began.

In fact, the democracy of Athens was a system of government which implemented a method that today we call "direct democracy." Athens democracy was created during the eighth century BC, when it moved to the civil status of citizens of the polis. This is for landowners and property in the city and this wonderful process they became social status was initially part of the government. During the 5th century BCE, this system of government was formed into what would be called "democracy," which means "rule of the people" in Greek.


#Savings

Antiques - A full-price ticket to the Acropolis will allow you to enter many archaeological sites in Athens, including the Ancient Agora, the Roman, the Temple of Olympian Zeus and the Kerameikos Cemetery.

Antiques at the Metro Stations - If the museums are expensive then you can see lots of great antiques that have been discovered and displayed on the high floors of the following subway stations: Syntagma, Panepistimio, Acropolis and Monastiraki.

Museums - The tips of each museum indicate whether and when there are free days. In August there is also the August Full Moon, where museums open their doors for free.


#Communication

For 8 GB internet data, and 500 minutes of called inside Greece, between 7 to 10 days in the country, buy the Vodaphone sim card for 20 euros.



#Food

In Athens, many traditional foods that these small taverns feature are outstanding.

The Tavernas will usually have a rich Greek meze - a collection of excellent Greek dishes.

After these Greek opening dishes, hot and characteristic dishes like the souvlaki or gyros (shishlik or shwarma in a cream and yogurt sauce with garlic, fresh onion and tomatoes), the musaka (a slice of eggplant slices and minced meat in a divine sauce), tzatziki (cucumbers cut finely in yogurt and with garlic crushed and dripping olive oil from above), sardines, the dolmadakia (small vine leaves filled with rice and seasoning that only Zeus knows), and the prime and the splendor of the creation - the Greek salad -so good, fresh vegetables, feta cheese, oil olive and oregano from above. Enjoy your meal!

Drink ouzo or ritzina - a kind of local wine enriched with pineapple and Greek coffee, which is black coffee or "parapha" (pronounced Fra-Pe) - cold, bitter and foamy and very tasty coffee.

So in Greece, there are ouzores, taverns, restaurants and music clubs. Everyone is eating and drinking a lot and good. And by the way, there are as many cafes right now, including those that used to be restaurants, and they stayed the same, but changed the name to a cafe. The reason? - Cafes charge less ...



A Closer Look at the Wonderful Greek Food:

https://youtu.be/C3kPeGtX2v8


#Transportation

From the airport, you can reach the metro from the blue line, within 40 minutes, during the day until midnight. 10 euros will get you directly to the Syntagma and Monastiraki stations.

The metro, in general, is a great tool to avoid city traffic.


#Entertainment

If you want traditional Greek entertainment in Athens, you will find it in the Plaka neighborhood. The concentration of small clubs and successful bars will be in Monastiraki, Psirri, Kolonaki, and Gazi.

#Tip

In Greek restaurants and cafes, it is customary to leave a 10% tip for a cheaper bill, and about 15% for a more expensive bill.

#Greece Country Code

+30

#Shopping

In general, Ermou Street, leading from Syntagma Square to Monastiraki Square, is the main shopping street in Athens.

For more shopping sites, see the link below for recommendations.


#Electric Outlets

The possible types of plugs are Types C and F (see link attached below for photos).


A taste of the upcoming trip? - Here's a video that will show you the city in all its beauty:

https://youtu.be/NJQpXiugmUg



A View from Above:

https://youtu.be/jV4xKLu7lFA



Cultural Points in the City:

https://youtu.be/r3H2f1DiYgQ"
Los Angeles
#About the Biggest City on the West Coast of the United States

Nicknamed the City of Angeles, Los Angeles is the largest city on the West Coast of the United States, and the second largest city in the country. This is the main city in California, a huge urban area and the large commercial centers, entertainment centers, and industrial venues.

Indeed, the abbreviated name of this huge city, L.A, is indeed a huge volume and spread over an endless area. In its area, you will find the famous Hollywood district, the area where the great studios of the United States were born and where the world's most successful film industry developed. Here we produce the best box office and film blockbusters in the world of film and film. That's why Los Angeles is also called the entertainment capital of the world. Statistics show that one out of every six residents here is employed in the entertainment industry.

but. LA is not just Hollywood. In addition to the studios, star houses and Hollywood memorial sites, you can find many other attractions in Los Angeles, including beautiful parks, charming beaches, beautiful views and spectacular international museums, many of which asked for free admission.

And where there is money, there are also great places of entertainment. Angelinus, the city's residents, likes to spend time doing it well. In Los Angeles, there are quite a few great restaurants and food legends that have become successful all over the US, along with nightlife sites and places where you can pass unforgettable evenings.

See all the attractions by clicking on the tag "Los Angeles".


#Must See Sites

Want to see the most popular destinations? - Click on the tag "Must See in Los Angeles".



#With Children

Family Vacation? - Click on the tag "Attractions for Children in Los Angeles".

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ruUwmU4fms8



#Food

As can be expected from a cultural city like Los Angeles, there is a rich culinary variety in the city. You will see restaurants and fast food establishment of hot Mexican food, traditional American food, Italian pasta and pizzas, Chinese and Japanese restaurants from the far east. There will also be Brazilian BBQ, Indian, Russian, Thai food and more.

Looking for an unforgettable meal? - click on the tag, "Must eat in Los Angeles".


#Tips

In restaurants and pubs in the United States and Canada, it is customary to give a 10% - 15% tip from the check.

In the United States, it is also customary to give taxi drivers 15% of the total bill. You should leave the minimum tip, even if the service was not great.


#United States Country Code

+1


#Savings

In Los Angeles, there are many places that have free entrance. Others have certain days in which entrance is free, mostly on the first Sunday of each month. You can see the information in the Tips sections of each place, or check the tag "Free" or the tag "Free Days".



#Shopping

Los Angeles is a playground for shopping lovers. The luxury shopping area is between the three streets Santa Monica, Wilshire, and Crescent.

For great shopping locations click on the tag "Shopping in Los Angeles".



#Entertainment

Great recommended entertainment places - click on the tag "Entertainment in Los Angeles".



#Electric Outlets

The required types of plugs are Types A and B.



A taste of the upcoming trip? - Here's a video that will show you the city in all its beauty:

https://youtu.be/cjGsnDkDWxE


A View from Above:

https://youtu.be/zEHfA89oGfk
Madrid
#About the Spanish Capital and the Third Largest City in Europe

Madrid lies in the heart of the Iberian Peninsula, at the foot of the Sierra de Guadarama mountain range. It is the capital of Spain, at a height of 646 meters above sea level and is the highest capital in Europe. Madrid is also one of the largest cities in the continent.

This city is a combination of ancient tradition and constant renewal. It has an architectural mix of medieval buildings and the construction of a traditional empire, with fascist monuments from the dictatorship that ruled it, in the face of exciting buildings designed by the modern superstructure. And by the way, there is no city in Europe with more trees than Madrid!

Madrid is a fascinating story of a city reborn with the death of Spanish dictator General Franco in 1975. The social-cultural "birth" movement, which was born at the time, led the liberation from the dictatorship and was the accelerating force that led to a burst of creativity in the various arts and culture of the entire city. Then came the young face, the rebellious and non-establishment side of the city, the one attracting young tourists from all over the world.

Indeed, Madrid is a city of many styles and faces, whose inhabitants, are full of joie de vivre, very kind and warm to visitors. The saying here is that "if you are in Madrid, then you are from Madrid!"

Here you can choose from crowd-bustling soccer temples to the world's most fascinating art museums, listen to Spanish flamenco music or dance in new clubs with 21st-century music. Here you can eat tapas bars with lots of small dishes or dine in the city's renowned food markets.

See all the city attractions by clicking on the tag "Madrid".


#When to Visit?

Madrid is hot in summer and really cold in winter, therefore spring, April-June is the perfect time to visit, and in the fall September-October. The hotel prices are the most expensive during these times,


#Public Transportation in Madrid

Transportation in the city is easy to use and not expensive.

The metro is comfortable, efficient and comes frequently, cheap, and goes around the whole city. It operates between 6 am to 2 am.

The buses operate from 2 am to 11:30 pm.

There are plenty of taxis but they are more expensive.


#Communication

You can buy a local SIM in the Calleo stores. 3 GB costs only 5 euros.


#Food

The restaurants in Madrid are great, but no less so are the great tapas bars, with the small, tasty and inexpensive tapas. Madrid has a very strong and successful scene in the vibrant food markets, which are excellent in terms of the food sold in them. Because here, if you want to eat excellent Spanish and international food and fresh - you will likely find yourself often in the city's wonderful markets.

Spanish cuisine is full of good and rich food. Between the Tortilla Spaniola, a kind of Spanish omelet and a little sweet, the Phedron, the same spicy Spanish pepper and the Pattatas Bravas, which is the Spanish fries, the most noteworthy hits in the Spanish kitchen are:

Tapas, the small and varied dishes that usually accompany the tapas to the fullness. The recommended tapas bars of Madrid is the La Latina neighborhood.

Paella - A pan with rice stew, vegetables, and seafood, or meat.

Churros - long donuts with sugar for dessert, which are used in the morning to dip in chocolate, a thick hot chocolate drink that does not replace coffee.

Pan Tomaque - bread with tomato. This is the simplest and typical breakfast, but most delicious: half a baked baguette topped with fresh tomato, olive oil, salt pepper and that's it.

Sangria - the great alcoholic drink, with a martini touch, a teaspoon of sugar and plenty of ice, soda, oranges, and lemons.

Aperol Spritz - look for this drink, it is a must try!

Spanish delicacies Worth Trying:

https://youtu.be/UZwrSgBOTpE


#Savings

In restaurants - in the dining section they ate the big meal at noon when the restaurants were significantly cheaper than dinner.

Business Meal - Find out if there is a business lunch in a restaurant (menu del dia), in Madrid will cost about 12 euros on weekdays, for something like 2 dishes and a glass of wine.

City Pass card - Buy the Madrid City Pass card, which offers many benefits, free airport shuttle, city tour by tourist bus, free entrance and no tour to the Prado Museum and a free tour of the home stadium of the Real Madrid football team, the Santiago Bernabeu, it also has a 20% discount on Madrid's top attractions.

Supermarket - Aldi and Lidl chains are cheap but offer mainly basic products, the Caprabo network is less expensive but varied.

Public transportation - Buy a ten-way ticket to traffic in the city.

Bus - a great way to get to know the city.



#Shopping

On the main street of Madrid, Gran Via, you will find satisfaction with the passion for shopping, and the prices here are surprisingly low. There is no shop lover in Madrid that does not function in Madrid, on both sides of which is a dizzying variety of successful fashion stores, including branches of Spanish fashion chains Zara and Paul & Bar.

Cheap and equal stores can also be found on the streets leaving Puerta del Sol, in the direction of the Gran Via, especially on Calle Preciados. Here you will find clothes, shoes, and accessories - at great prices.

Cheap clothes and second-hand clothes will be found on the streets of Fuencarral and Malasana.

Many shopping centers will be found on Calle Orense.

The department store houses in Madrid, the El Corte Inglés or one of the largest Spanish department stores in Europe and one of the largest in the world.

A variety of large shops will be found on Sarrano Street.

See shopping places by clicking on the tag "Shopping in Madrid".

See link below for more recommendations.



#Entertainment

Madrid is a city of entertainment and it's fun to join the locals, who are concentrated in a few places close together. Many people here testify that the coolest neighborhoods, with the most bustling nightlife and entertainment in the city, are Chueca, which is identified with the LGBT community and Malasaña, Madrid's Hipster neighborhood. (Barrio de Malasaña) Have fun with the young Hipsters and Chueca celebrate the liberation with the gay community in Madrid.

But they are not the only ones. Do not dare to visit Madrid without experiencing its nightlife. Apart from the underground atmosphere in the Barrio de Malasaña's rock and punk clubs and Chueca's gay parties, there are also the prestigious clubs of the Barrio de Salamanca, the jazz clubs, the flamenco and the indie rock of the Barrio de Las Letras Barrio de Las Letras). And the trendy bars, with contemporary music, in the Princesa region.

A normal day in Madrid, a city where there are no "early mornings," is a day when its residents wake up slowly, in the late morning, after a night out. Here sleepless nights are the usual nights. Madrid's vibrant Sundays start in the morning, when you go to the flea market, and then pass through the squares of La Latina or Santa Ana from noon to five in the morning.

The Huertas district is for the 20-30-year-olds. The prestigious Salamanca district has the bars and clubs and most of the activities, around the age of 30 plus.

To see the best entertainment spots in the city, click on the tag "Entertainment in Madrid".


#Must See

Want to see the most popular destinations? - Click on the tag "Must See in Madrid".

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9ZRY9zY_AuA



#With Children

Family Vacation? - Click on the tag "Attractions for Children in Madrid".

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ruUwmU4fms8



#Food

Looking for an unforgettable meal? - click on the tag, "Must eat in Madrid".


#Tip

In most countries in Europe, since the tip is included in the bill, it is customary to give about 2 euros, no matter the size of the check.




#Spain Country Code

+34


#Electric Outlets

The required types of plugs are Types C, E, and F.


A taste of the upcoming trip? - Here's a video that will show you the city in all its beauty:

https://youtu.be/NWBtMK3GsV0


Overview of Madrid:

https://youtu.be/0H_Xa6lbafw
Burgas
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אֵאוּרִיקַה - האנציקלופדיה של הסקרנות!

העולם הוא צבעוני ומופלא, אאוריקה כאן בשביל שתגלו אותו...

אלפי נושאים, תמונות וסרטונים, מפתיעים, מסקרנים וממוקדים.

ניתן לנווט בין הפריטים במגע, בעכבר, בגלגלת, או במקשי המקלדת

בואו לגלות, לחקור, ולקבל השראה!

אֵאוּרִיקַה - האנציקלופדיה של הסקרנות!

שלום,
נראה שכבר הכרתם את אאוריקה. בטח כבר גיליתם כאן דברים מדהימים, אולי כבר שאלתם שאלות וקיבלתם תשובות טובות.
נשמח לראות משהו מכם בספר האורחים שלנו: איזו מילה טובה, חוות דעת, עצה חכמה לשיפור או כל מה שיש לכם לספר לנו על אאוריקה, כפי שאתם חווים אותה.