Newark Airport is a famous airport within New York and was the first major airport in the New York area when it was opened on October 1, 1928. Today New York has seven International Airports, but the Newark Airport was the first ever constructed for the area and it straddles both New York and New Jersey. The airport was first constructed on 86 acres of reclaimed land alongside the Passaic River, and last year (2011) it handled more than 33.8 million passengers. There are numerous hotels located near Newark airport, and some of the affordable hotels include the Howard Johnson, Holiday Inn, Ramada Plaza Hotel, DoubleTree, and the Hilton. Other hotels that are more expensive because of their quality, but are still affordable, include the Courtyard, the Marriott, Springhill Suites, and Fairfield Inn & Suites.
The Hilton is a high quality hotel that has been around since 1919, and they are located on Spring Street in Elizabeth. This hotel has 378 luxurious rooms available to choose from, and the average prices for a room range from $89.00 (on sale) to $179.00 (normal price). The Hilton also comes with a parking fee of $12 per night, and you have to pay for Internet access at $10 per night. The free commodities that come with the Hilton include free 24-hour shuttle service, an indoor swimming pool, and a fitness center. The Holiday Inn is another good hotel, but is not as upscale as the Hilton, and the average prices for a room range from $79.00 to $145.00 per night. The Holiday Inn offers free shuttle service and is located right off of the interstate in Newark.
Two other upscale hotels in the Newark area are the Fairfield Inn & Suites and the Springhill Suites. The Springhill Suites is a branch of the even greater named hotel Marriott, and Marriott has been in business since 1957 and was first opened in Arlington Virginia – now it is located in 73 countries across the world. Today, the average price for a room at Marriott’s branch, Springhill Suites, is $159 per night, and in Newark it is located right off of the highway. The Fairfield Inn & Suites is also located right off of the highway and is 0.8 miles away from Newark airport. The Fairfield offers rooms per night at $144.00, and it provides common commodities such as an indoor pool and fitness center – it does not offer a free shuttle though.
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If you are looking for a zesty lively city, you certainly cannot do better than Dallas. From rodeo shows to balloon festivals, this city is known for its various events and festivals that take place all over the year. There is never a bad time to come to this city, and plenty of good ones. Depending on your interest, there is absolutely no reason why you cannot find some festival that will seem tailor made for you. After all, there is no shortage of festivals in Dallas.
A great experience would be the Texas State Fair. A century old tradition, it gathers people from all over Texas and beyond to gather in this annual event. There are over fifty rides with the biggest American Ferris Wheel being one of the main attractions. It also has a great parade with different costumed showmen and a light show. It is one of the biggest attractions in all of Texas. If you are planning a trip to Dallas, it better be around this festival which takes place in fall every year.
Another never to be missed opportunity is the A Taste Of Dallas. This annual fair is more than a quarter century old and is designed to enrich your taste buds with its tagline of “Eat. Drink. Shop. Repeat”. Taking place in the lazy days of the summer, it has the ability to spark up a city of people and tourists who gather to enjoy the “tasting shows” and competitions which attract a large number of people. If you like food, this is the festival for you.
If you are looking to interact with a young hip crowd, what would appeal to you would be the Deep Ellums Art Festival. Located in the hippest part of the town, it is filled with rock n roll music and dancing appealing to the youth everywhere. Described as the best party in Dallas, it also appeals to those with a serious artistic bend and interest with several visual and performing artists displaying their crafts in the festival. This is a surefire to hang out with the “cool crowd”.
There are plenty of festivals in Dallas. Whatever dates you decide to visit the city in, make sure that you look at an events calendar so you make it to the festivals and book your Dallas hotel in advance. These are not experiences you can afford to miss out on.
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When spring arrives and the city of Amsterdam thaws out, so do its vibrant culture and festival scenes. The hotels in Amsterdam fill up with tourist and the city comes to life. The opening of the Keukenhof, the largest flower garden in the world, in the third week of March is for many residents the sign that spring has finally begun. Learn about some of the fantastic events and celebrations going on as this world-class city awaits the summer.
In early March, 5 Days Off arrives in Amsterdam. This massive music festival presents the latest and greatest in electronic music from around the world. Well-known international artists and emerging up-and-comers lead events the Melkweg, De Balie and Paradiso dance clubs. To balance out the heavy nightlife, the accompanying 5 Days On cultural program features art that can only be enjoyed in the light, including literary readings and a photo exhibition.
Roze Filmdagen (Pink Film Days in English) have been a staple of Amsterdam’s gay community for more than 15 years. The festival’s reputation for high-quality programming is well-known among attendees and film-industry insiders around the world. The festival is a great opportunity to catch features, documentaries and short films that don’t appear in mainstream movie houses. The aim of the festival is to promote thought and discussion and many of the films are in English or feature English subtitles.
The cabaret, or Kleinkunst, is an important cultural institution in the Netherlands. Amsterdam’s annual Kleinkunst Festival is the culminating event of the season, looking both into the future and into the past while maintaining an emphasis on quality.
The fifth annual Weekend of the Rolling Kitchens will take place this May at Amsterdam’s Westergasfabriek. Enjoy free admission to this event, where dozens of mobile kitchens set up shop in the park for four days, preparing a variety of delicious dishes at affordable prices.
In 1885, the Dutch celebrated the first-ever Queen’s Day. The tradition lives on to this day, as Amsterdam residents bedeck themselves from head to in orange and flood out into the streets to demonstrate their pride for the Dutch royals. Observe thousands of decorated boats jamming the narrow canals, peruse the wares of the festival’s many street vendors, enjoy child-friendly activities and attend parties on both Queen’s Day and Queen’s Night.
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If you are visiting Barcelona for the first time, then this article will surely help you make the most out of your trip. With many different things to do in Barcelona, one can get confused but with this guide you will surely have fun with your family and friends.
Food and Drink
Barcelona is well known for its food and drinks. There are many different places where one can go, however there are some places worth the visit. The first is the Pintxo bar, where there are bite sized food served on bread. You should also visit the Euskal Etxea serves savor croissants that are filled with chicken tempura, melted provolone and jamon Serrano.
If you love sea food, then there you should visit Botafumeiro in Gracia, Cal Pep and Can Ramonet. All three restaurants serve delicious oysters and you should not leave the city without trying them. Catalan cooking is also popular in the city and drinking cocktail to cool you down from a long day out is a must.
Art and Culture
If you are fan of art and culture then you will be happy to know there are many different museums, landscapes and attractions to visit in the city. Even if you are not a fan of art or culture, you should still visit Sagrada Familia and La Ramba. Both designed and constructed by the most famous Gaudi. All his buildings and parks are worth a visit as they are not only beautiful but also inspiring.
Events and Concerts
There are many different events and concerts that take place in the heart of the city. There are many different live music concerts that take place but the most celebrates event is the Palau de la Musica Catalana. Famous for this jazz and classical music, you will defiantly love the atmosphere.
If you are visiting Barcelona in September then do not miss Festes de la Merecee, which is a dance festival that lasts for a week. Full of different performers, firework displays, exhibitions, songs, and children activities and so on. It is one celebrate not to miss out on.
With so much to do in Barcelona, you will find something for the whole family. So if you want to take a trip, book your Barcelona hotel and make sure you do not miss out on all the things Barcelona has to offer its tourists.
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There are now thousands of hotels throughout the U.S.A. that advertise having a “pet friendly” policy. Pet friendly hotels will usually maintain a directory of the pet stores, veterinarians and dog parks in their area. Some hotels also make available food bowls and kennel beds for pets.
Pet friendly hotels generally charge an extra fee for your pet’s stay. Fees and charges will vary greatly depending on the exclusivity and location of the hotel. So it’s a good idea to call in advance and let your hotel know you’re coming with a pet. For instance a pet friendly hotel in Hollywood, California will charge a $100 cleaning fee per stay as well as a pet deposit of $100 per stay. On the other hand, a hotel in Barstow, California only charges a daily fee of $15 for a pet stay. One of the most pet friendly cities in the U.S. is Orlando. With a high number of accommodation options, Orlando hotels offer pet owners many possibilities when searching for Fido and feline friendly hotels.
Some hotels also charge a pet deposit to cover any damage done during your pet’s stay. The deposit can be as much as $150 and some deposits are non-refundable. Sometimes in addition to a deposit, some hotels will charge a daily pet cleaning fee. Frequently a hotel will also restrict the number of pets allowed in a room, specifying no more than two pets per room. Some hotels also put a restriction on the size and weight as well as the breed of the pet they’ll allow. The weight restriction can range from 40 lbs. to 75 lbs. Other restrictions include requiring pets to be leashed at all times in the public areas of the hotel.
If you’re planning to travel with your pet, it’s a good idea to get their health checked beforehand and let your veterinarian know about your travel plans so he can advise you accordingly. It will also be important that your pet’s vaccinations are up to date and that he has a health certificate and proof that he’s had rabies shots. This last is especially important if you’re travelling by air with your pet because airlines will require you to show these documents.
Another important consideration is the kennel or crate that your pet will be traveling in. Be sure it is roomy and well ventilated as well as having a secure lock. Your pet should wear an identity tag that includes his owner’s name, address and phone number. Be sure that his nails are clipped so that he’s easy to handle and that he has been checked for lice or fleas. To be on the safe side, you might want to carry flea powder and shampoo with you so that your pet doesn’t accidentally infect your hotel room.
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The Royal Mile in Edinburgh refers to a network of streets in the Old Town quarter of Edinburgh. The Royal Mile runs between Edinburgh Castle and Holyrood Abbey, two of Scotland’s most famous historic landmarks. Edinburgh Castle is built atop a crag of volcanic rock named Castle Rock and was a royal home for all the Scottish kings from the 1200’s on. After the union of the English and Scottish crowns in 1603, Edinburgh Castle fell into disuse as a royal castle and became a military garrison instead. It is still one of the most important historical monuments in Scotland, having figured in many key battles throughout Scottish history.
Holyrood Abbey is a historical structure as well but has fallen into ruin. It was built in 1128 by the Scottish king, David I. After the Scottish Reformation, the abbey was used as a parish church until the 1700s but has lain in ruins since the 1800s. The Parliament of Scotland met at the Abbey in the 1250’s and on through 1410. Robert the Bruce held Parliament at the Abbey as well and also used it as his palace. During the 1500s, the Scottish kings used the Abbey’s dwelling quarters for their royal households. King James II was crowned at Holyrood as was Charles I of England.
There are six streets that interconnect in the Royal Mile forming one of Edinburgh’s busiest tourist areas. These streets form a picturesque network of various tourist shops, taverns and cafés. One of these streets, Castlehill, marks the boundary for the Castle Esplanade which was originally a parade ground for soldiers in the 1800s. Castlehill is a narrow cobbled street flanked on either side by tall buildings dating from the 1700s with charming architecture and facades. At the foot of Castlehill is the St. John’s Church with its impressive Gothic towers and arched windows. Another street, Lawnmarket, formerly the old linen market, is known for its tourist shops as well as 17th century gabled townhouses. Nearby is St. Gile’s Cathedral which is known as the High Church of Edinburgh. Near St. Giles’ is a unique heart shaped monument built into the cobblestones which is known as the Heart of Midlothian and was made famous in a novel by Sir Walter Scott by that name. The emblem of the Edinburgh soccer team is taken from this Heart.
The Royal Mile is also the location of the yearly Edinburgh Festival, a festival of culture and the arts—the largest festival of its kind in the world and is based in High Street. Many of the top Edinburgh hotels can be found within close proximity of this historic stretch of road. The center of Scotland’s court system is also based in the Royal Mile.
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