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There are no such temples in Saudi Arabia - source: 26+ years of living there. There are way more Christians in Saudi Arabia than Buddhists - but there are no churches in Saudi Arabia either. It is enshrined in the law - which states that all people are free to practice their religion in private only. Public houses of worship for other religions are not ...


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WikiTravel doesn't have an article on the Gates of Hell, but WikiVoyage does. There's at least four tour companies listed. Two international and two local. You apparently can drive there but it requires a 4x4 and you'll be driving across the sand rather than on a road. They suggest that you won't be able to get there in a rental car but don't give any ...


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Regarding the attractions - it is not possible. But regarding the Boat cruise, you actually can enter it multiple times. You will receive 1-day ticket (see http://www.londonpass.com/london-attractions/thames-river-boat-cruise.html) and within those 24 hours, you can use it multiple times. I was there last year, activated the 24-hour ticket in the afternoon ...


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I had a quick look at the van Gogh Museum website, found a link to the restaurant and it says The café is open daily during museum opening hours and can only be accessed via the museum From that I read that you can only visit the restaurant as a ticket holding visitor. I have not opened the floor plan pdf, you will find a link to it on this page, but ...


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I have transited through vienna around 15 times and happy to give you some tips on what to see during your 6 hour layoff. St.Stephens Platz church (start here. Its the city centre walk around for 2h you will see viennese operas, palace and shopping streets around. If you like cakes be sure to taste Sacher torta (shop not far from main opera) Schonbrunn ...


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The artist states that he installs and tests most of his works prior to putting them up for sale. If you're that big of a fan, I would suggest emailing him to see if he would be open to you visiting to see any current projects he has installed. He might not want to do give you a full tour of his studio, but he might be OK with you swinging by to check out ...


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As far as I've ever found there's not something exactly like what you want, but there are a few workarounds. Previously I used WorldMate, it's more of an upcoming trip tracker rather than a where I've been but it does show you some of where you've been. There's also TripIt which is similar. But they're both heavily skewed for planning and tracking future ...


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The City Airport Train will take you (close to) the center in just 16 minutes. It is however a lot more expensive than the regular train going the same way in just 10 or so minutes more. Each of the two trains runs every 20-30 minutes, so the fastest option depends on when exactly you arrive at the train station. From the terminal Wien Mitte-Landstraße you ...


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From How does the London Pass work?: Note: Passes can only be used at each attraction once. However, as noted by JakubJ, for the Thames boat trip, what you actually get is Make the most of your London Pass: Free 24 hour hop-on, hop-off cruise ticket worth over £18 So for this attraction (alone), you get as many trips as you like, ...


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There are four tourist visitable "caverns" (a large amount of the underground space in them was actually created by mining) around Castleton, in the dark peak. Treak Cliff Cavern Blue John Cavern Peak Cavern Speedwell Cavern Of those, I would specifically avoid Speedwell - the tour is on a boat, and there will be no way out. I was in Treak Cliff cavern ...


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There were apparently three main parts, each under a local mountain: Zouzan ("Section I") This is the area that is most accessible to the public, with the entrance near the museum as described in the blog post linked in comments. On this map it is marked A. On the city website (in Japanese) it says hours for the tunnels are 9am to 3pm (some sites says ...


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Yes you should be fine to go but know your limits. A quick Google Image search for "Great Wall Jiankou" will give you a good idea where you will find images like this and others of people climbing fallen sections of the wall there. The Lonely Planet is rather brief: "40-minute walk uphill from the drop off ... to a fork in the path among the trees that ...


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Disclaimer: This isnt specifically in Kyoto. It's about 1h by train/car from Kyoto Station. The Takenaka Carpentry Tools Museum could be what you're looking for. It's located in Kobe, near Osaka. The museum features LOTS of information and displays on how woodworking and carpentry evolved from prehistoric Japan all the way to modern days. The building is ...


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Yes there is! Witt Hotels has some excellent information on Istanbul, which I have personally used and recommend reading. I have not used the Istanbul tourist pass or Museum pass myself as I did not deem it worthwhile for myself and based on the 'attractions' I wanted to see. Istanbul Museum Pass Public Transport Istanbul Kart for public transport To ...


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Okay, so I've gone through several Wikipedia pages for southern California... McDonald's Museum (also Juan Pollo) in San Bernardino Fender Museum of Music and the Arts in Corona (I assume there are some Fender instruments) Wells Fargo History Museum (Los Angeles and another one in San Diego) Lawrence Welk Museum in Escondido Related, if you like cars: ...


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I wasn't intending to answer my own question, but as ever I hit on the right Google keywords just after posting and found one place: Photo by Adam.J.W.C., courtesy Wikimedia Commons. Macquarie Lighthouse, in Vaucluse at the eastern edge of Sydney, is Australia's oldest lighthouse and still operating to this day. Once every two months, on Sundays between ...


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My vague memory of the layout is that the cafe is inside the ticketed area. The floor plan seems to indicate that this is the case as well, but I'm not absolutely certain.


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First of all, some practical stuff: The Belgian railway network is called SNCB. You could buy separate tickets to go from point A to B, but you can also buy a pass that is valid for multiple trips. The different passes can be found here. Next, there is an extensive bus and underground network in Brussels. This is called STIB. Here you can also buy passes ...


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The closest thing I can find to what you want in the UK is the Atlantis Submarine Voyage at Legoland Windsor. Here you travel in a vehicle with a view underwater. However, it may disapoint you as: It is in a tank, not the sea; part of the vehicle always remains above water; the vehicle is propelled along by the track, it is not self-locomoting. Equally, if ...


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I don't know if you've already gone on your trip or not, but this information might still be of some future use to you, or anyone else who views this question. There are a number of apps out there that can provide you with a variety of points of interest along a specified travel route, some of which have only become widely available since the last activity ...


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Not really tourist attractions, per se, but the Marina Del Ray harbor is less than 10 minutes by taxi, and the Manhattan Beach Pier is about the same distance. Neither of those are constrained by times and a walk about admiring the 1%'s boating choices could be relaxing, I dunno. Marina del Rey at sunset | Photo courtesy of Shawn Park, Flickr Then there ...


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Try the Fog of World app for iOS. This displays satellite imagery of the world shrouded in fog; as you travel, the “fog” dissipates from your path, showing you where you’ve been. I believe you can also add photos to the map, although I’ve never tried that. I find it fun to keep track of my travels this way. Some caveats for this app: it uses your device’s ...


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This was exactly what dopplr.com used to do. When they went under, I threw together http://dopplr.org to allow for pretty much the same thing. It doesn't allow you to take notes, though. But I'm very open to suggestions on how to increase usability :) Edit: dopplr.org has a basic API that allows you to use your past and future travels in other places.


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You will need to do quite a bit of clicking and reading on HoweArt.net but you can find some pieces outside Orca Island like: OCTO 3 - Installed at City Walk Mall on Al Safa St., Dubai Quite a few others have been sold but currently not indicating where they have been installed.


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If the weather is nice, skip going into the buildings. Spend the time walking near the Seine starting at Notre Dame. Eat lunch at a sidewalk cafe. Sit in a park. You will get more of a feel for Paris, and see more architecture, doing that in a leisurely, relaxed fashion than dashing to museums.


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You might want to take a look at Oscar Niemeyer's buildings in Brasília, Brazil, such as: The National Cathedral: The Palacio do Planalto: The National Congress: I don't know if the exact term "Googie" was ever applied to Niemeyer's work, but it's definitely of the same vintage and has a space-age feel to it.


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Yes. For example, only 16 minutes to central Vienna, so sightseeing in that interval is viable but what to see there seems to be a matter of opinion so off topic here.


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You'll need to have good timing for art events in Los Angeles after dark; there are few art museums open late, and mostly for special events on weekends, and mostly in the summertime. Many of the larger museums do stay open slightly later, to 7:30pm or 8pm, on certain nights of the week. But as commenters have noted, you may not savor the cross-town trek ...


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Yes, you can arrive earlier at Liberty Island - that 1:00PM time is for Pedestal access, not island access. I'd definitely recommend having a wander round the island - the gardens are nice, and the views are well worth it if the weather is good. And yes, not only can you take a packed lunch, I'd recommend it. The security is like airport security, but not ...



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