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Probably not. I checked national rail, every coach company I could think of (National Express, megabus, etc). There aren't even any direct flights available from Bristol. The only thing that I could find, and that is if you are really desperate, is flying Bristol - London via Amsterdam with KLM for around £200. The only problem then is to get to Bath. ...


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Yes, these were for the Indian festival 'Holi', the festival of colours. It is the one of the most important festival in India and is celebrated by playing with colours (people put variuos colours on each other, it is fun). Coincidently, March 17, 2014, your travel day was the day Holi fell in 2014 (The Indian festivals are mostly dependent on lunar ...


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OK, December 31st is not a public holiday in Brazil but January 1st is. The Wikipedia article on Rio de Janeiro states in the public transport section that buses run 24 hours, but the metro runs a Sunday service on public holidays (new years day happens to be a Sunday next year anyway) Rest of week metro service: 5am - 12am Sunday metro service: 7am - 11pm ...


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Depending on where you plan to stay in Bosnia, you'll meet predominantly Christians or Muslims. Easter and Easter Monday are public holidays there so larger cities like Sarajevo or Banja Luka will have shops and monuments closed. Most of the bars, cafes and restaurants will be open and perhaps some smaller shops. But if you decide to you stay at smaller ...


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No, Tokyo is not a disaster area during golden week. However, flights out of Tokyo may well be more expensive, crowded, or already sold out on the first weekend, and queues may be longer. Another factor is that on the national holidays, some (not all) stores will be closed down, as will be banks (and that includes ATMs in most cases). Possibly also some ...


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According to the German Wikipedia, the park is closed from mid-September to April and the Christmas market was discontinued in 2009. The calendar on the park's website supports this - it shows the park as open every day in August, only Thrusday to Sunday in September, and only concert events (which are held on the premises while the rest of the park is ...


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We celebrated new years eve in Budapest last year. It was a very interesting experience. There is a lot to do in that period. I would suggest to be on one of the bridges at midnight to enjoy the fireworks. There are also different river cruises you can book so that you are actually on the Danube river at midnight. We opted out for the latter, since it would ...


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I'm Brazilian and I live in Rio, and I can tell you from first-hand experience. Buses do work on New Year, but if you plan on taking a bus to either go to the most crowded spots, or to leave from them after the fireworks, keep in mind it will be slow. Painfully slow. Anyone going to Copacabana beach after 5~6pm of Dec. 31 will experience traffic jams and ...


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Christmas Eve and New Years Eve are both not official holidays in Germany. It might be, that a lot of shops close earlier on these days than usual, but generally, you will nevertheless have enough options to buy food. And at last shops at airports, main stations and similar locations are open 365 days a year, so you want have to starve. Also hostels and ...


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Lady Bay is a part of the Sydney Harbour National Park. In general, Sydney Harbour National Park is only open sunrise to sunset. During special events like New Years Eve they do open parts of the park outside of these times, but this only applies to specific areas, and normally requires tickets purchased in advance. The list of such sites for NYE 2013 is ...


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To get a decent vantage point you should probably get into a restaurant like Olive Garden on Times Square or some similar, menu is not that fancy but the location is great and you might want to reserve the seat by the glass now. Generally it used to be that to get a place by the fence you will need to be on Times Square the morning of the 31st (times have ...


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In Bosnia (and Herzegovina), the government does something slightly differently, due to the diversity of religion. In addition to certain public holidays (including Easter), each person is permitted two working days per year to fulfill their religious needs. These days are not considered official public holidays, but if taken around other public holidays ...


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I haven't done a Times Square New Year's Eve in over a decade, but I'd say if you can manage changing trains at 42nd Street during rush hour, it's no great challenge. Compared to most American cities (if not, say, Mumbai), New York City is an "unyielding crush of humanity" on any ordinary day. The sidewalks are crowded, the subways are crowded, the stores ...


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Many of the stations en-route from Bath to London would be operated by South West Trains and the service itself would be operated by First Great Western - and the network itself shuts down for 25 and 26 December - so I don't think there are any bus or train services at all. How many people will be travelling with you? If it's a few people, then your best ...


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Several restaurants offer Thanksgiving Dinners, with prices ranging from roughly £20 to £130. Some can be found with brief descriptions at the links below. Timeout London: Thanksgiving Meals in London About.com UK Travel: Where to Celebrate Thanksgiving in London METRO: Top 10 places in London to find Thanksgiving dinner


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My experience with public holidays in Japan is that traveling via the roads is a disaster. If you are not driving or taking a bus it should be busy but tolerable, else expect to be moving at a few kilometers an hour-even on the more popular country side roads outside of Tokyo. Getting a car park is also near impossible. Accommodation is also very difficult ...


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I think you'll struggle to find public transport over that sort of distance. There are some local buses on Christmas, but that tends to be about it. One of the few exceptions I know of is the Oxford Tube, which is one of the two express buses between Oxford and London (and not a train as the name might suggest!). On Christmas day, there'll be buses from ...


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Holi supplies is a seasonal industry, similar to how fireworks are a seasonal industry based around Diwali. Most commercially available Holi dyes will be hard to find outside the festival season, although you should also be aware that most of them are unsafe due to presence of heavy metals such as lead and mercury! Yes it looks fun, but many of them can ...


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According to the airport web site, since your connection is longer than 6 hours, they won't even let you hang out airside anyway. If your transit time exceeds six (6) hours, you will be required to exit Immigration and Customs and enter Fiji Might as well make a virtue of necessity. That website includes timetables for three bus lines that run to ...


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Contrary to the popular opinion The City is not that big. So let's lay out a few rules that will help your search: If you are going to stay in Manhattan there are very few places that have more then a 4 block walk to a subway that will take you almost anywhere you want to go, so drop a pin and there you will stay (just don't stay in the parks police ...


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New Zealand doesn't treat Christmas eve as a holiday, this year the 24th falls on a Monday so it should be service as normal. Unlike some countries, New Zealand in my experience does offer some form of public transport everyday of the year in the main 3 centers. Id suspect Dunedin and Hamilton would also. Auckland I have only spent a short amount of time in ...


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There are multiple aspects to observe when dealing with holidays in Japan: In general, Japanese people do not have a lot of holidays. On top of that asking unpaid leave or holidays outside of national holidays is frowned upon on several levels. So people travel even more during national holidays. traveling in Japan is expensive. It might be cheaper to ...


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This is "opinion only" - I cannot speak with authority on specifics but, I have visited Singapore a number of times (4 or 5?)and the following would be what I would expect based on what I have seen there and elsewhere in Asia:. While I have seen the downturn in Asian public activity immediately after Chinese New Year (even Hong Kong gets very quiet) I'd ...


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I got a partial answer from the TKTS booth folk: There are no Broadway shows on New Year's Eve. Some off-Broadway shows will play if out of the Times Square district. Also, the tkts booth has to close around 3PM on New Years Eve.


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As Doc said in his answer, places within a very short walk were open for New Year's Eve - even beaches. There was a partial view including skyline but not including the Harbour Bridge or Opera house. As Doc also said Lady Bay is within an area which is closed overnight every night of the year anyway. The sign at the walkway said that all of South Head is ...


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Only the March 29th and the April 1st are bank holidays in Spain. Between them there is a weekend that may be affected. Also the March 28th is bank holiday in some regions. There are not less transports in buses and trains, really there are more than a normal day, but there is more people trying to take it. In my experience, you should book your long ...


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The list of French legal holidays can be found on a French government website (in French) or simply on Wikipedia. They are: January 1 Easter Monday, April 9, in 2012 May 1 May 8 Ascension, May 17, in 2012 Whit Monday, May 28, in 2012 July 14 August 15 November 1 November 11 December 25


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I can't comment on Laos as I've never been there for Songkran/New Year (although it is probably my favorite place on the planet otherwise!), however... I was in Bangkok during Songkran several years ago (2004 I think), and it was an amazing atmosphere and experience, especially around Khao San Road. If you're in a different part of the country there will ...


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In large Airports (and ATL is a Large airport), I usually am there much more than an hour in advance. There are too many things that could go wrong, including, but not limited to: Increased number of Travelers on and around Holiday Dates Winter weather (ATL isn't too bad with this, in my experiences.) Longer lines in Security Longer lines everywhere. I ...



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