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There are a great many locations on the Great Wall that can be visited. The most common start point if from Beijing, however, I would disagree with the answer by Mark Mayo in that they are not all over crowded with tourists. Most tours head to the section along Badaling, near Beijing, and that is the bit to avoid. Though again, if timed right and going off ...


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Well there were actually several stages of the wall, and it's now in various states of disrepair / ruin depending on where you go. Presumably you want to go where there's actually wall, as opposed to rubble. One of the most common routes is ex-Beijing, but since you want less crowded, we'll skip that. For something quite cool and different, try Shanhaiguan ...


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I was a flight attendant before and I had this problem. I just kept losing them. Then I came up with an idea--An empty cigarette pack. Just put the sim cards inside the plastic that covers the pack and its tight enough to hold it. But then I saw a good thing that really helped me a lot. Its a sim card holder that can hold up to 4 sim cards, Its exactly the ...


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An "Opaque" booking is one where you don't know the exact details of what you're booking until after you've made the booking. The most common form of opaque bookings are for hotels, but they also exist for flights. There two general formats of booking sites for opaque hotels - those that work on a "bidding" concept, and those that have a fixed price. ...


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I would recommend the following things (sorted by country): Switzerland Visit Top of Europe. You can take a train to the Jungfraujoch which is 3545 meters above sea level. There you can exit the train and walk around. For example to a restaurant or over a glacier. Visit Luzern and its world famous Chapel Bridge Visit the Italian part of Switzerland, named ...


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Maybe you know it already, but might be helpful for other readers, too: wheelmap.org It's an OpenStreetMap where users can mark if places/buildings are wheelchair accessible. You can filter the map to only show places related to tourism. Also, at least in Germany, some cities/areas have accessibility guides that list accessible hotels, free time ...


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Istanbul is far enough to the south to have decent daylight in January. You won't lack things to do in four days. Or Athens — think of it as a chance to visit it off-season.


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Château de Chillon near Montreux on the shore of lake Geneva is a must see. You will find some graffiti made by Lord Byron in the dungeon. He wrote a poem about a protestant jailed there. Linderhof Palace in Bavaria is a pretty small castle built by King Ludwig II of Bavaria, that tries to mimic Versailles in a pocketsized handkerchief. Its Galerie des ...


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Culture is in Venice city itself, whereas nightlife can be found on isola di Lido or on terra ferma at Mestre. Hotel accomodation is less expensive in these two places but it is less romantic as well. Booking an hotel in Venice may be the right choice, considering that Mestre is reachable by train and Lido by vaporetto (last train from Mestre at 23h46, next ...


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There's countless websites that do this type of thing in one form or another. Personally I've never found one that does exactly what I want, but for the most part the following 2 sites do something similar to part of what you've described. TripIt is a great travel planning site. It allows you to forward confirmation emails from hundreds of different travel ...


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The most obvious is the oldest long distance walk in Scotland: The West Highland Way. It starts in the north of Glasgow City and walks cross country, mostly off road but on good paths, north to Fort William. It is about 96 miles long and can be completed in 4-8 days depending on your level of fitness, determination and of course weather. This route takes you ...


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I don't recall any bars in NYC having a dress code, so T-Shirt and Jeans should be fine as long as you don't come in looking like a complete bum. Having said that there are quite a few rooftop bars. Here is the list of some of them that have menus available. 230 Fifth The Heights The Local cafe But you can simply look at the top 10 list(?) to pick the ...


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There are a lot of possible day trips from Reykjavik to explore the surrounding area. If you only have the chance to do one I would suggest the Golden Circle, the tour will pick you up from your hotel and return you to it at the end of the day. During the day you will see geysir - the water spout that others are named after. Whilst geysir doesn't erupt ...


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If you're willing to drive 2.5 hours from Munich you can reach some of the famous ski resorts in Austria. A good starting point to find some resorts is this website, that maps a lot of them to a map. You're particularly interested in those on the left side of Austria. This site is very similar, but maybe even easier to understand, since here Munich is also ...


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There are a lot of options. It really depends on your preference, but my list of cities you can always visit no matter what season: Amsterdam (the Netherlands) Maastricht (the Netherlands) Delft (the Netherlands) Brugge (Bruges) (Belgium) Monschau (Germany) Edinburgh (UK) Grenada (Spain) Barcelona (Spain) Funchal (Portugal)


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Venice is an expensive and small place. You can pay thousands of euros a night to stay steps (and they mean steps) from San Marco. But even if you're within sight of the train station, you're no more than an hour from San Marco on foot, quicker with the vaporetti. When you're searching the various travel sites, any hotel that is actually in Venice itself as ...


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If price is no object, then you really need to look at Tilley Hats. They are basically an institution amongst those that own them, and have definitely been designed with at least most of your criteria in mind. I don't own one, and am not enough of a hat person to be able to bring myself to spend ~US$80 on one, but having met people who have owned them I ...


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There is ofcourse the metro, but Paris also has a brilliant other way of transport , which is the Velib. This is city network of public bicycles. For 1 euro per day (and a credit card caution of 150) you can cycle through Paris for free if your trips remain shorter then 30 minutes. There is an increasing fee the longer you cycle after the 30 minutes. To ...


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Some of the cheapest rooms in Manhattan you're going to get are at the YMCA and those are about $90-$130/night. I don't think you're going to have much luck with finding $50-$60/night rooms unless you have a friend, are okay with a hostel. You might be able to catch a lucky break on Airbnb if you're okay with being in someone's house.


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You could start your tour in Paris, visiting the grave of Napoleon in Dôme des Invalides. Napoleon is buried there since December 1840. After that you could visit Longwood House on the island Saint Helena. Napoleon has spent his last days there. Also worth a visit is Schönbrunn Palace in Vienna. Not only because Napoleon has spent the time there during ...


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It may be not better than much closer places, but a time honoured retreat from the heat has long been Ootapramund aka "Oooty", a "mere" 6 to 12 hours / 550 km from Madras (aka Chennai). How does an average June high of 18.3 and record June high of 22 C sound ? :-). Google maps view here - Ooty at about centre. Missionary children used to be sent there to ...


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Tower 23 Hotel 723 Felspar Street, Pacific Beach, CA 92109 San Diego Follow this link : http://goo.gl/xZdT2 The price is around 199 USD/night(from booking.com) and the booking.com review score is 8.5. It also states that "Guests at Tower 23 are surrounded by a large variety of recreational activities. Hiking trails, fishing, golf, surfing and whale ...


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South Coast cities famous for surfing and great beaches: Malibu - you must check out the regional classic point break at the Malibu Lagoon. Contests are held throughout the year and surfers are crowding for the best waves at other times. Finding affordable accommodation is tricky, but the Calabasas Good Nite Inn seems about the best cost vs distance ...


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I can add a few comments from my trip to the area. Neuschwanstein: You may already know about it but be sure you also see Hohenschwangau at the same time (you can get a combo ticket). I have some friends who went to Neuschwanstein as part of a bus based tour and they did not go to Hohenschwangau due to time. When I went I had my own car, so we set the ...


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Go south: Seville or even Gilbraltar. If islands are allowed, why not Valletta?


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Supporting Roflcoptr's answer: Kitzbühel was a wonderful place to go on a ski vacation, and I say this as a dyed-in-the-wool Colorado native. While I was there with a friend, and thus wasn't so much looking for a romantic dining option, the actual town is a fairly charming Austrian town, with lots of cozy, dark restaurants and the like that with a romantic ...


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Europe has literally thousands of ski resorts. So I'll focus on the Alps. There I can recommend you two small ski resorts that are well suited for beginners. There are various reasons for this. Small ski resorts are generally cheaper. So you don't have to spend a lot of money for runs you won't ever use because they're too step. Additionally, small resorts ...



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