A Hotel Review of the InterContinental Los Angeles Downtown

A Glorious End To A Day (222622147)The Choco Travel Guide presents this video review of the ultra-modern hotel InterContinental Los Angeles Downtown. Included are tours of the suites, restaurants, bars, swimming pool, as well as breathtaking views of Los Angeles during the daytime, sunset, and night.

 

 


 

 

 

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Things to do in Las Vegas Without Gambling

5G9A2998 Las VegasFor many travelers, Las Vegas is one of the places that they must see at least once in their lifetimes. The light displays along the Vegas Strip and Fremont Street are unmatched anywhere in the world. However, as the city’s main attraction has traditionally been its casinos, non-gamblers are often left wondering what other things there are to do there.

 

 

 

However, they have plenty of options outside of the casinos. Las Vegas offers other attractions that include amusement park rides, museums, aquariums, shopping centers, and the opportunity to drive exotic cars.

 

 

Adventuredome Chaos ride (2)The amusement park rides include the Big Apple Roller Coaster on the Strip in front of New York New York along with multiple roller coasters at the Stratosphere tower. The Adventuredome is an indoor amusement park at Circus Circus that offers many more rides. As suggested by its name, Circus Circus also offers a circus year-round.

 

 

 

 

Las Vegas also offers a number of museums, including the Las Vegas Natural History Museum and the Discovery Children’s Museum. A couple of the more unusual ones are the Neon Museum, which displays some of the neon signs that used to hang along the Strip, and the Mob Museum, which documents the history of organized crime in the US.

 

 

 

Even though the city zoo closed in 2013, Las Vegas still offers the chance to see exotic animals as there are a number of aquariums there. SeaQuest has an aquarium along with a petting zoo featuring animals from around the world. Additional aquariums in Las Vegas are the Shark Reef Aquarium at Mandalay Bay and the Aquarium Las Vegas at the Mirage.

 

 

 

LasVegas-CaesarsPalace-MallPeople who are looking for a shopping experience can find multiple options along the Strip. There are shopping malls at Caesar’s Palace, The Venetian, and the Palazzo. Other shopping malls along the Strip include the Fashion Show Mall and Crystals at CityCenter.

 

 

 

 

Ferrari Enzo - Flickr - Alexandre Prévot (1) (cropped)If you have always wanted to drive a Ferrari, Lamborghini, or any other type of exotic car, you can do it in Las Vegas. Exoticsracing.com offers the chance to drive these vehicles at the 1.5 mile long racetrack at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway, where you can drive at speeds of 140 mph. It’s also affordable for such an experience, as five laps in a Ferrari only costs about $300, with the other car models going for a similar rate. There are also packages available if you’d like to try driving multiple makes of exotic car.

 

 

 

Anybody who isn’t into gambling still has plenty of reasons to visit Las Vegas. The variety of attractions has something to offer just about everyone, and will provide memories which will be fondly remembered in many years to come.

 

 

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Luxury Hotels in Stuttgart

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There are three five star hotels in Stuttgart, and all of them are located in the central area of town and within walking distance of the main rail station (Hauptbahnhof), the Opera, the University of Applied Sciences, and the Staatstheater.

Althoff Hotel am Schlossgarten, Schillerstr. 23, 70173 Stuttgart

Le Meridien Stuttgart, Willy-Brandt-Str. 30, 70173 Stuttgart

Steigenberger Graf Zeppelin: This is the closest five star hotel to the Hauptbahnhof, as it’s located right across the street from it.

Arnulf-Klett-Platz 7, 70173 Stuttgart

Luxury Hotels in Munich

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Bayerischer Hof: This 5-star hotel is located in a fashionable area of downtown Munich and is located within walking distance of attractions like the Hofbräuhaus, the Frauenkirche, and Marienplatz. It offers an assortment five restaurants to appeal to a variety of tastes, along with six bars, and has a spa with a rooftop swimming pool. One of the best hotels in Munich.

Promenadeplatz 2-6, 80333 Munich
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Beyond by Geisel: This is one of Munich’s newest luxury hotels, having been converted from what was recently several floors of a Hugendubel bookshop. You can’t get closer to Marienplatz than this, as it’s right on Marienplatz with views of the City Hall on the opposite side. The Frauenkirche, Hofbräuhaus, Viktualienmarkt, and Maximilienstrasse are only a few minutes walk away.

Marienplatz 22, 80331 Munich

Hotel München Palace: The München Palace is located in Bogenhausen, an upscale residential area of Munich near München Ost rail station and the Englisher Garten. The hotel is a short walk to Max-Weber-Platz underground station, from which downtown Munich is only a ten-minute ride. The trains run every five minutes during the morning and evening rush hours, and every ten minutes at other times.

Trogerstrasse 21, 81675 Munich

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Hotel Königshof: The Hotel Königshof is right across the street from Karlsplatz, which leads to Munich’s main shopping street, and only one block from Munich Central Station (Hauptbahnhof).

Karlsplatz 25, 80335 Munich

Le Meridien Munich: This is one of the closest hotels to Munich Central Station (Hauptbahnhof), and a five-minute walk from the Theresienwiese where the Oktoberfest is held.

Bayerstrasse 41, 80335 Munich

Louis Hotel: The Louis Hotel is right next to the Viktualienmarkt, which also means being a few minutes walk from Marienplatz, Maximilienstrasse, Rezidenz Palace, the Bavarian State Opera, and the Deutsches Museum.

Viktualienmarkt 6, 80331 Munich

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Mandarin Oriental Munich: A cozy and luxurious hotel located just around the corner from the Hofbräuhaus, and a stone’s throw from Marienplatz and Isartor.

Neuturmstrasse 1, 80331 Munich
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Rocco Forte The Charles Hotel: The Charles Hotel is another of Munich’s newer luxury hotels. It overlooks the Old Botanic Garden and is a five-minute walk from the main train station. Königsplatz and the Pinakotheken museums are also a short walk away, along with Munich’s main shopping area.
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Sophienstrasse 28, 80333 Munich

Roomers Munich, Autograph Collection: This modern five star hotel is only a 16-minute walk from the Theresienwiese where the Oktoberfest is held.

Landsbergerstrasse 68, 80339 Munich
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Sofitel Munich Bayerpost: This is the closest five star hotel to Munich Central Station (Hauptbahnhof), being right next door.

Bayerstrasse 12, 80335 Munich
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Vier Jahreszeiten Kempinski München: This 5-star hotel is located right on the Maximilianstrasse, a shopping street with offerings like Cartier, Dior, and Tiffany. It’s located right around the corner from the Residenz Palace, the Hofgarten, and Marienplatz. If you come at the beginning of the Oktoberfest and you book a room that overlooks the Maximilianstrasse, you can watch the Oktoberfest parades from your hotel room.

Maximilianstrasse 17, 80539 Munich

The Westin Grand Munich: The Westin Grand is just around the corner from the Hypo-Haus in Bogenhausen. It offers a traditional Bavarian tavern with a biergarten amongst its restaurants

Arabella Strasse 6, 81925 Munich

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Luxury Hotels in Paris

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As Paris is a city which is widely associated with glamour, it has five star hotels to please any taste. Converted historical palaces, gleaming modern accomodations, and cozy boutique hotels are scattered thoughout the city. Whether you’re visiting Paris for shopping, visiting its museums and landmarks, or for business reasons, there’s probably a luxury hotel to relax in within a few blocks.

1st Arrondissement

Castille Paris: A boutique five star hotel next to the Maison Chanel on the rue Cambon, a quiet side street off of the rue de Rivoli. The Jardin des Tuileries and the Musee du Jeu de Palme are at the end of the street.

33-37 rue Cambon, 75001 Paris

Grand Hotel du Palais Royal: One of the closest five star hotels to the Louvre and the Comedie Francaise.

4 rue de Valois, 75001 Paris

Hotel du Louvre: As its name suggests, the Hotel du Louvre is right around the corner from the Louvre Museum and the Louvre des Antiquaires.

Place Andre Malraux, 75001 Paris

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Hotel Le Meurice: The Hotel Le Meurice is the oldest luxury hotel in Paris, dating back to 1835 at its current location on the Rue de Rivoli across the street from the Jardin des Tuileries. Other nearby attractions are the Louvre, the Place de la Concorde, and the Place Vendome.

228 Rue de Rivoli, 75001 Paris
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Le Burgundy Paris: The Le Burgundy is in the Place-Vendome area and within walking distance of the Champs-Elysées, the rue Saint Honore, and the Jardin des Tuileries.

6-8 rue Duphot, 75001 Paris

Mandarin Oriental Paris Courtyard

Mandarin Oriental Paris: One of Paris’ younger 5-star hotels, the Mandarin Oriental opened in 2011 and is located just steps from the Place Vendome. Amongst the room offerings are a three-bedroom penthouse suite with two terraces and its own private gym, and a duplex suite with an upstairs bedroom.

251 Rue Saint-Honore, 75001 Paris

Nolinski Paris: As it just opened in July 2016, the Nolinski Paris is one of Paris’ youngest 5-star hotels. It’s within easy walking distance of the Musee de l’Orangerie, the Louvre, and the Jardin des Tuileries, amongst other attractions.

16 Avenue de l’Opera, 75001 Paris
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Ritz Paris: One of the Leading Hotels of the World, the Ritz Paris is located right on the Place Vendome and a few steps from Notre Dame Cathedral.

15 Place Vendome, 75001 Paris

 

The Westin Paris Vendome: This hotel is across the street from the Jardin des Tuileries. The Place de la Concorde is less than half a mile away going in one direction and the Louvre is less than half a mile going in the other.
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3 rue de Castiglione, 75001 Paris

 

 

2nd Arrondissement

Park Hyatt Paris Vendome: This Hyatt location is within walking distance of the Louvre, the Place Vendome, and the Opera House. It has four restaurants, one of which is located in a courtyard. Amongst its accomodation offerings are 43 suites, including 3 Presidential Suites. The Vendome, Presidential, and Imperiale Suites include a Jacuzzi and at least one balcony. The Presidential and Imperiale Suites also come with a private gym, spa, and kitchenette.

5 rue de la Paix, 75002 Paris

6th Arrondissement

Hotel Bel Ami: The artsy and modern Hotel Bel Ami is in the Saint Germain area and is within walking distance of the Louvre and the Latin Quarter.

7-11 rue Saint Benoit, 75006 Paris
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L’Hotel: A historic hotel in the Saint-Germain area which is famous as the hotel where Oscar Wilde died. It’s within walking distance of the Louvre, the Musee d’Orsay, and Notre Dame cathedral.

13 rue des Beaux-Arts, 75006 Paris
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Hotel Lutetia: The historic Hotel Lutetia is within walking distance of Le Bon Marche, which is one of the first department stores that ever opened and is considered to be one of the best in France. Across the street from Le Bon Marche is the gourmet grocery store La Grand Epicerie de Paris. La Grande Epicerie has a wide assortment of foods from all over France. It’s an especially good place for wine lovers, as it offers an assortment of 6,500 varieties.

45 Boulevard Raspail, 75006 Paris

7th Arrondissement

Hotel Pont Royal: The Hotel Pont Royal is located in the Saint Germaine area of Paris and is a stone’s throw from the Musee d’Orsay, the Jardin des Tuileries, the Louvre, and the Musee de l’Orangerie.

5-7 Rue De Montalembert, 75007 Paris

8th Arrondissement

Ferrari, Hôtel George V, Paris August 2014

Four Seasons Hotel George V: This magnificent 5-star hotel is just around the corner from the Champs-Elysees and the Golden Triangle, which houses boutiques like Louis Vuitton, Chanel, Gucci, and Dior. Some of the rooms offer a good view of the Eiffel Tower.

31 Avenue George V, 75008 Paris
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Hotel Barriere Le Fouquet’s: Located right on the corner of the Champs-Elysees and Avenue George V. One of its three restaurants is the famous Fouquet’s, which serves gourmet French food.

46 avenue George V, 75008 Paris

Hotel de Crillon: The Hotel de Crillon is housed in a recently- renovated royal palace dating from the 18th century right on the Place de la Concorde.
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10 Place de la Concorde, 75008 Paris

 

Hotel de Sers: This contemporary hotel is only a few minutes walk from the Champs-Elysees. Amongst its room offerings is a seventh-floor apartment with two terraces which starts at 1799 euros.

41 Avenue Pierre 1er de Serbie, 75008 Paris

The Hotel du Collectionneur: A 10-minute walk from the Arc de Triomphe and the Champs-Elysees.

51-57 rue de Courcelles, 75008 Paris

Hotel Lancaster: Having been converted into a hotel from a mansion, the Hotel Lancaster combines the amenities of a luxury hotel with the atmosphere of a private home. It’s located just off of the Champs-Elysees near the intersection with the Avenue George V.

7 rue de Berrie, 75008 Paris

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Hotel Le Bristol Paris: This hotel often has world leaders as guests, as it’s in the next block from Elysee Palace. The Le Bristol offers some of the largest rooms and suites in Paris, including a Terrace Suite with a Jacuzzi.

112 Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honore, 75008 Paris
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Hotel Napoleon Paris: The Hotel Napoleon is practically right next door to the Arc de Triomphe. Its rooms and suites are decorated with comfy furnishings reminiscent of Napoleon’s era.

40 avenue de Friedland, 75008 Paris

Hotel San Regis: One of Paris’ cozier luxury hotels, the Hotel San Regis is housed in a 19th century mansion on a quiet side street near the Golden Triangle, Grand Palais, and Petit Palais. It’s restaurant, Les Confidances du San Regis, offers French food under a glass-covered courtyard and seating on comfortable sofa-like benches. The accomodations include a two-bedroom suite which would be suitable for a family traveling together. If you want a room with a view of the Eiffel Tower, it can be had from the balcony of the deluxe junior suite.

12 rue Jean Goujon , 75008 Paris

La Tremoille: The La Tremoille is housed in a 19th century building that has been serving as a hotel since 1925. It’s less than a mile from the Eiffel Tower and the Arc de Triomphe.

14 rue de la Tremoille, 75008 Paris

Paris Marriott Hotel Champs-Elysees: This is the only hotel which is right on the Champs-Elysees, and it’s also located right on the Golden Triangle with its collection of luxury brands.

70 avenue des Champs-Elysees, 75008 Paris

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Plaza Athenee: Located in Paris’ Golden Triangle on the Avenue Montaigne, the Plaza Athenee might be a good choice for those who are on a shopping trip in Paris. This hotel is just a few steps away from fashion boutiques like Dior, Chanel, Fendi, Versace, Louis Vuitton, and Armani. The hotel’s five restaurants include offerings like French cuisine and fancy pastry, along with a bar. Along with a fitness center and Dior spa, there’s an ice skating rink during the winter. The room offerings include views of the Eiffel Tower and views over the courtyard restaurant, which is surrounded by ivy-covered walls.

25 Avenue Montaigne, 75008 Paris

Sofitel Paris le Faubourg: A cozy hotel in a quiet side street which os just around the corner from the Place de la Concorde, Jardin des Tuileries, Musee de l’Orangerie, Musee du Jeu de Palme, and across the river from the Musee d’Orsay.

15 rue Boissy d’Anglas 75008 Paris

9th Arrondissement
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InterContinental Paris le Grand Hotel: This historic hotel is 30 meters from the Palais Garnier which houses the Paris Opera.

2 Rue Scribe, 75009 Paris

W Paris Opera: Housed in a 19th century bank, the W Paris Opera is located right across the street from the Palais Garnier. Other attractions within walking distance are the Galeries Lafayette department store and the Fragonard Musee du Parfum.

4 rue Meyerbeer, 75009 Paris

 

16th Arrondissement

Majestic Hotel Spa: The rue La Perouse is just around thr corner from the Arc de Triomphe, and the Champs-Elysees. The Eiffel Tower is a 15-minute walk away.

30 rue La Perouse, 75016 Paris

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Molitor Paris: The Molitor surrounds a large outdoor swimming pool which is part of the outside view of most of the rooms. There’s also an indoor swimming pool and a large spa offering yoga classes. It’s within walking distance of the Roland Garros Stadium, the Parc des Princes Stadium, and the Bois de Boulogne.

2 avenue la Porte Molitor, 75016 Paris

The Peninsula Paris
The Peninsula Paris: This 5 star hotel is housed in a building which was previously known as the Hotel Majestic. It’s located on the Avenue Kleber, which is one of the streets that radiates out from the Arc de Triomphe, just around the corner from the Champs-Elysees. The room offerings include rooftop terrace suites with views of the Eiffel Tower, along with suites with formal dining rooms and even a piano.

19 Avenue Kleber, 75116 Paris
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Shangri-La Hotel Paris: The Shangri-La is housed in the former home of Roland Bonaparte and is located near the Jardins du Trocadero.

10 avenue d’lena, 75016 Paris
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Chantilly
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Chantilly is a quiet town which is located 24 miles (38 km) from Paris. It can serve equally well as a base from which to visit Paris, or as a destination on its own. The Chateau de Chantilly contains one of the largest art galleries in France, and there are also a number of tourist attractions related to horse racing.

Tiara Chateau Hotel Mont Royal Chantilly: A large chateau surrounded by a forest is home to this five-star hotel.

Allee des Marronniers, Route de Plailly, 60520 La Chapelle-en-Serval, France

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La Defense is a business complex of skyscrapers right outside of Paris. Some of the companies which are based there include Total and Aventis. La Defense dsc07142

Sofitel Paris La Defense: This Sofitel location is right in the La Defense complex and is only a few steps from the Esplanade de la Defense metro station.

33 voie des Sculptures, 92800 Puteaux

 

Should I Go to Graceland?

The question of whether or not to visit Graceland can be a controversial issue. Some people say that it was the best experience of their lives, while others complain about hours stood in the heat, high ticket prices, and rude employees. Graceland has recently made some major changes, and these are a few things to consider about going:

First, the tickets can be really expensive. The lowest-priced ticket is nearly $40 for the mansion-only ticket, and that can only be bought online. The prices go up to a VIP tour for over $150 dollars. If you drive to Graceland, there’s a $10 parking fee on top of that.

Once you’ve bought the tickets, it can be hours before you can get in the house. Visitors are often assigned a designated time for entering which could be hours after they buy the ticket. When you go to stand in line, they insist on taking your photo next to a banner. Some people might have privacy concerns about Graceland taking, and possibly storing, their photos.

The VIP tickets let you skip a lot of lines, but some of the VIP ticket holders find themselves waiting anyway on days when a lot of VIP tickets have been sold.

When the time comes for your tour, it starts by standing in a long line to watch a brief film about Elvis, and then there’s another long line to get on the shuttle bus to take you across the street to the mansion. Once you’re across the street, there might be another line to get inside. Some visitors have spent hours just standing in these lines.

The tour through the house itself will partly depend on how many other visitors there are that day. Some people experience having hardly any time to look at the rooms, while the employees shout at them to move along. On the other hand, those who come during less crowded times felt almost as though they had the house to themselves.

Graceland isn’t as big as one might expect. It’s roughly the size of a McMansion in an upper middle class suburb. Only the downstairs area is open for tours, along with a TV room and billiard room which are located in the basement. The basement rooms aren’t accessible for wheelchairs and walkers.

The mansion tour also includes the racquetball building and Vernon Presley’s office. The meditation garden is still included. However, the trophy room no longer houses Elvis’ collection of gold records and his stage costumes. These have been moved across the street to the new entertainment complex. If you have a mansion-only ticket, they cost extra to see.

The shuttle bus takes you back across the street after the mansion tour. Remember the photos that Graceland insisted on taking of you earlier? You’ll be accosted with them when you get off the bus, and they’ll try to sell you the photos (that you never requested) for $35.

Along with the gold records, the entertainment complex displays Elvis’ car collection and an assortment of exhibits that have been in storage. There’s a diner and a BBQ restaurant which are named after Elvis’ parents. The aircraft are still on display across the street as well, even though there was a scare that they might be removed from Graceland.

Once you’ve finished visiting the Graceland exhibits, it’s really not a good idea to explore the area around Graceland, especially after dark. The neighborhood has become somewhat run-down and dangerous in the years since Elvis’ death.

Graceland is an important historical site associated with one of the major musicians of the 20th century, and might well be worth a visit. At the same time, it has pitfalls which one should be aware of when making the decision whether or not to visit.

Mittenwald

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If you’re looking for a base from which to explore the Alps, the scenic village of Mittenwald is worth considering. It takes less than two hours to get here from Munich by train, and the trains run frequently. Mittenwald has decoratively painted houses, surrounded by the mountains, and covered with the wide Bavarian sky.

Basic Facts

Things to Do

Where to Stay

Basic Facts

Population: 7,400

Climate: Generally the same as Munich’s, only a bit chillier and with a bit more precipitaion.

How to Get Here: Regional trains leave from Munich’s main train station (Hauptbahnhof) once an hour.

Things to Do

Museums

Geigenbaumuseum Mittenwald (Violin Making Museum): Mittenwald has a tradition of making violins dating back to the 17th century. This museum chronicles its history and is housed in a tradtional Bavarian workshop.

Ballenhausgasse 3, 82481 Mittenwald

Where to Stay

Mid-Range Hotels

Post Hotel: A 4-star hotel which is a short walk from Mittenwald train station and close to skiing and hiking trails.

Karwendelstrasse 14, 82481 Mittenwald

Holiday Apartments/Flats

Romantische 5-Sterne Ferienwohnungen (Romatic 5-Star Holiday Apartments): These holiday apartments are a short walk from the town center and offer mountain views and a free pick-up from Mittenwald train station.

Tiefkarstrasse 19, 82481 Mittenwald

Why the Winter is a Good Time to Visit Europe

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Most people associate traveling to Europe with the warmer seasons of the year. However, the winter is well worth considering for a number of reasons. Hotels and airlines often have much lower off-season rates during this time. Also, many of the tourist attractions aren’t so crowded. Some places in Europe have nicer weather during the winter. It’s fairly mild in Mediterranean destinations, unlike during the boiling summer.

Some of the winter events in Europe are the Christmas markets and the Mardi Gras celebrations. The Christmas markets in Germany usually start on the Friday before the first Sunday of Advent, and continue until around 1 pm on Christmas Eve.

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The main Christmas market in Munich features a Christmas tree which is as tall, or taller, than the four-storey City Hall behind it. It’s surrounded by wooden huts offering goods like wooden and glass Christmas tree ornaments, nativity scenes, and snacks ranging from roasted almonds to glazed fruit to bratwurst rolls. The scent of warm mulled wine hovers in the air.

Although it’s not as major as Christmas, Mardi Gras is another notable season. Many cities host parades in the days leading up to it. Two of the major ones are in Mainz and in Venice. If you come during this season, be prepared to see a lot of costumed people in the streets.

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One has to pack a bit more clothing for a winter visit than a summer one. Although Europe hasn’t been getting as much snow these past few years as it used to, a pair of shoes with thick rubber soles with a good grip is advisable. Even if you’re going to a milder part of Europe, a winter jacket will probably also be needed. Winter temperatures can go down below freezing in Madrid, and to 13° C (44° F) in Athens. An umbrella and some warm sweaters and heavy woolen socks would also be good to pack.

 

Memphis

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Beale Street, Graceland, and Sun Studios are some of the attractions from Memphis’ musical history which are visited by people from around the world. Memphis also has a number of museums and a riverboat ride which make it a good idea for a weekend getaway.

Basic Facts

Things to Do

Where to Stay

 

Basic Facts

Population: 647,000

Climate: The summers are usually very hot, with temperatures regularly going above 90° F (32° C). Unless you’re an Elvis fan who must be there for Elvis Week in August, I would advise against visiting Memphis between mid-May to mid-September for this reason. The best seasons for Memphis are the spring and the fall. The winter is worth considering as a time to visit. Although it gets cold, snow and ice are rare.

Airports: Memphis International Airport is the main airport. It’s in the southern part of the city itself, and about a ten-minute drive from Graceland. Unlike most major airports, this one isn’t miles away from the city it serves. General DeWitt Spain is a general aviation airport located in downtown Memphis near the Mississippi river.

Getting around in Memphis: Although Memphis has a public transportation system, it’s hard to get around without a car. There aren’t a lot of taxi stands, and if you call a taxi company, it can take hours to turn up, if it turns up at all. Ironically, the same taxi companies have been fighting a battle to stop companies like Uber from offering services in Memphis.

Things to Do

Graceland: Memphis’ main tourist attraction which attracts visitors from around the world is the one must-see sight in the city. The Southern colonial mansion is still decorated with the furnishings from when Elvis lived there. The tickets are sold across the street from the house, and the visitors are driven to the mansion in shuttle buses. An audio tour first leads you past Elvis’ living and dining rooms, before taking you into a mirrored TV room and then past the jungle room.
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Once you leave the house, you’re shown a number of other buildings on the property, one of which houses a biographical exhibit , and another one which houses an indoor racquetball court. The tour ends in the garden where Elvis and a number of his relatives are buried.

There are numerous Elvis atttractions across the street from Graceland. Two of his private jets are on display, along with a large new entertainment complex with more exhibits.

3734 Elvis Presley Boulevard, Memphis, TN 38116

Sun Studio, Memphis
Sun Studio: Elvis made his first record and was discovered here. Many other famous musicians also recorded here in the 50s, including Jerry Lee Lewis, Johnny Cash, and Roy Orbison. If you travel between downtown Memphis and Graceland, you’ll go past Sun Studio on the way.

706 Union Avenue, Memphis, TN 38103

Memphis Rock N Soul Museum
Memphis Rock ‘n’ Soul Museum: Located in the FedEx Forum stadium in downtown Memphis, this museum chronicles the history of Memphis music from the 1930s to the 1970s.

191 Beale Street, Memphis, TN

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Pink Palace Museum: This science and history museum in midtown Memphis is housed in a mansion which once belonged to the man who invented supermarkets. One of the exhibits is a replica of the first self-serve supermarket. Some of the other exhibits are about the yellow fever epidemic that hit Memphis in the 19th century, circuses, and dinosaurs. The museum also has a planetarium and an Imax theater.

3050 Central Avenue, Memphis, TN 38111

Memphis Brooks Museum of Art
Memphis Brooks Museum of Art: The largest art museum in Tennessee features works from the Renaissance to the 20th century. It has over 7,000 works by both European and American artists. As it’s located in Overton Park, it might be an idea to also plan a visit to this museum if you’re visiting the zoo.

1934 Poplar Avenue, Memphis, TN 39804

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Dixon Gallery & Gardens: This museum combines Impressionist paintings with 17 acres of surrounding formal gardens containing a collection of outdoor sculptures.

4339 Park Avenue, Memphis, TN 38117

Where to Stay

The new Guest House at Graceland is the closest hotel to Graceland, being literally next door. However, there was a health scare there in the summer of 2017, and one of the people who fell ill died. The other hotels which are within walking distance of Graceland are the motel-style Memory Lane Inn and Suites and the aparthotel Inland Suites.

 

Mid-Range Hotels

The Peabody Hotel: The Peabody Hotel is a Memphis classic. Known for the Mallard ducks which make a daily march through the lobby, the Peabody is the hotel which normally hosts notable guests from out of town. The Peabody has both a French restaurant and an American one, and has a rooftop ballroom which offers panoramic views of downtown Memphis. It’s also within walking distance of Beale Street and most of the other attractions downtown.
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149 Union Avenue, Memphis, TN 38103

Sheraton Memphis Downtown: This hotel is located right next to the Memphis Convention Center, and the historic trolley stops right outside the door. Some of the rooms come with river views.

250 North Main Street, Memphis, TN 38103
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The Westin Memphis Beale Street: This comfortable and well-reviewed 4-star hotel is just around the corner from Beale Street and within easy walking distance of most of the attractions in downtown Memphis. If you’re coming to Memphis for a sporting event, the FedEx Forum is right across the street.

170 Lt. George W Lee Avenue, Memphis, TN 38103

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