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Dream to have the most romantic weekend in your life?

You won’t find a better place than Paris!

Glory of Paris as the most romantic city on the earth spreads around the world for a long time. The French capital is so original, so multi-faceted and’s just woven out of fashion, arts, history, wine bars, sidewalk cafes and, of course, of romance!

Without any doubt, Paris is one of the most romantic places in the world and it’s considered as the best place to talk about your amorous feelings!

If you want to spend the most romantic weekend, let us to submit you several amazing places for you and your beloved one.

It would be better to get a rental car, because what is a romantic weekend in a bus or a trolley? So, if you’re ready, join your hands and let’s start one of the most exciting adventures in your life!

1. Climb up the Eiffel Tower!

Location:Champ de Mars, 5 Avenue Anatole France, 75007 Paris, France

GPS Position (parking): 48.856531, 2.298505

Length of visit: 1-2 hours

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Of course, everyone knows about the Eiffel Tower and its charming atmosphere! This is unforgettable experience to climb up more than 1,000 feet of height with your loved one and enjoy enchanting beauty of the skyline! With its gorgeous views of the city and magical ambience, it’s the perfect place to propose, don’t you think?

Admission: 15 € for 1 person

Hours: daily 9.30am-11pm


2. Sign on the Wall of Love!

Location:Square Jehan Rictus, Place des Abesses, 75018 Paris, France

GPS Position (parking): 48.884477, 2.33801

Length of visit: 1-2 hours

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“I Love You”…this is the most important words in your life. Want to learn how these words look in 311 different languages? Take your sweetheart to the Le Mur Des Je T’aime, also known as The Wall of “I Love You’s” and you won’t need to open your mouth and say any words. The wall will speak for you!

Admission: free

Hours: 24/7


3. Visit famous Notre-Dame de Paris!

Location:6 Parvis Notre-Dame - Place Jean-Paul II, 75004 Paris, France

GPS Position (parking): 48.852058, 2.351787

Length of visit: 2-3 hours

Shrouded in legends and myths and illustrious by the great Hugo in his eponymous novel, Notre Dame is one of the most romantic and mysterious places in France! Take your beloved one and climb the tower of the cathedral: a narrow spiral staircase leads to the platform from which you can admire amazing views of Paris and its surroundings. And don’t forget a camera to catch stunning photo-shots when the last rays of the sun falls to the majestic construction…

Admission: free

Hours: daily 8am-6.45pm


4. Stroll along the Bois de Vincennes!

Location: 51 Avenue St Maurice, 75012 Paris, France

GPS Position (parking): 48.834929, 2.432891

Length of visit: 2-3 hours

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Bois de Vincennes is a true paradise for lovers of green landscapes and one of the most popular places for couples. Youll find here a lot of fountains, canals, lakes, bridges, a zoo, botanical and tropical gardens. So, what could be better than a boat ride on the lake with your beloved one? Don’t miss it! You can also check a cozy restaurant right on the territory or feed the ducks on the shore. Enjoy!

Admission: free

Hours: daily 8am-6.45pm


5. Kiss on the Marie Bridge!

Location:Pont Marie, 75004 Paris, France

GPS Position (parking): 48.854236, 2.356996

Length of visit: <1 hour

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This is an old stone bridge which is also known asthe bridge of lovers"! It’s located in the Le Marais district, and connects the right bank of the Seine and the island of St. Louis. There is a belief that if you and your loved one pass through the bridge for the first time, you have to kiss and make a wish! It will surely come true, and you with your loved one will be a happy together!

Admission: free

Hours: 24/7


Where to get a rental car in Paris?

Be sure to get a rental car directly at the Paris Airport! This is the most convenient way to move around Paris! Why should you depend on taxis or buses? Forget about it! Just take a rental car and drive on your own pace! So, don’t miss your time and nerves! Make a booking and your car will be prepared at Paris - Cdg Airport [CDG] upon your arriving!

Fall in love in Paris!


Author Bio: Lily Berns is a travel and leisure blogger who shares her useful information with travelers. She is currently working as a freelance writer with RentalCars24H, which provides the best car rental deal all over the world.


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By Elena Porten

Myanmar is comprised of 5000 miles of navigable rivers. Only recently accessible to tourists, this predominantly Buddhist country is laden with hidden secrets and serene rivers that connect Buddhist temples to majestic gardens, bustling cities to remote villages.

The economy and agrarian culture of Myanmar unfolds and thrives around the riverbanks. Because much of the mountainous areas are closed due to unreliable infrastructure, the river network is an excellent way to travel.

This extensive river and canal system is vital to Myanmar’s economy, as it provides the main transportation method for people as well as exportable goods. There are four main rivers crossing Myanmar, the Ayeyarwaddy (Irrawaddy), Thanlwin, Chindwin and Sittaung rivers.

The Ayeyarwady is the country's largest and most vital waterway. Rice is produced in the Ayeyarwady Delta, and the country’s farmland is irrigated by river water. As a visitor to Myanmar one can observe how everyday life unfolds along the riverbank as barges, handmade bamboo and fishing rafts, water taxis, and cruise boats journey through the waters and bucolic landscape.  

Ayeyarwady (Irrawaddy): The Ayeyarwady River, also known as the Irrawaddy, is the core of Myanmar, flowing from north to south, and providing various tributary rivers and channels into the Ayeyarwady Delta. Barges moving logged teak travel the Ayeyarwady, as fishermen fling their nets from improvised sailboats, and tour boats pass through rice fields, fishing communities, and nomadic river villages.

Begin your Ayeyarwady River journey from the banks of the ancient city of Bagan. This untouched city is home to the largest and most concentrated group of Buddhist temples and ruins in the world. Within a 26 square mile range, more than 4,400 temples were built, and today more than 2,000 temples still stand.

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Similar to the Angkor period of Cambodia, Bagan’s temples date back to the 11th and 12th centuries. From Bagan you can take a slow boat, fast boat or luxury boat to Mandalay. Mandalay is home to 70 percent of all the Buddhist monks in Burma. The boat journey to Mandalay allows you to relax, slow down, and absorb the fascinating riverside communities from a different perspective.

Slow boats: Slow boats are the cheapest way to travel through Myanmar; they also provide a unique window into local life. Slow, government-operated boats, leave from Bagan to Mandalay twice a week. The slow-boat, called Inland Water Transport (IWT), costs $15, and is a 12-14 hours journey, departing Bagan at 5:30am and usually arriving in Mandalay at 7:00pm.

Although the slow boat has no air-conditioning and is not as comfortable as a private boat, providing simple plastic chairs to sit on, it is an excellent way to experience the river as locals do. During this day-trip you will have the opportunity to see dolphins and traditional fishing methods from local fisherman.

Fast boat: Fast boats are more expensive and are privately operated. The N May Kha (previously Shwei Kennery) boat runs from Bagan to Mandalay. The journey can take anywhere between 8 and 11 hours, depending on the level of the river. A low river can cause boats to hit sandbars. A ticket on the N May Kha is $40 and meals such as fried rice and noodles can be purchased on the boat.

Luxury Boats: There are several high-priced luxury ferries that travel the Ayeyarwady River. The Orient Express offers 3-11 night trips, prices ranging from $1780 to $3610 per person for three nights. Pandaw Cruises also offers various cruises between Bagan and Mandalay (about $584 per cabin, all inclusive) and a 14-night trip between Yangon and Mandalay (from $2700 per cabin, all-inclusive).

With fresh air and river views, riverboat cruising in Myanmar is an enjoyable and priceless experience. Catch a glimpse into the country life and revel in the relaxing atmosphere. A boat journey in Myanmar avoids the rough, crowded, and congested train and road conditions. Whether you choose the slow boat or a luxury cruise, a river trip will open your eyes to the magic of Myanmar.

Elena Porten grew up on San Juan Island in Washington State. She is a passionate traveler, and has visited multiple countries throughout Asia and Latin America. She currently lives in Cusco, working as a yoga instructor, English teacher, and freelance writer. 


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By Andreas Ambarchian

With sweltering temperatures, a close, muggy atmosphere and more flying insects than seem strictly necessary, the Peruvian Amazon is perhaps not a place with which one would automatically associate a record breaking endurance event. However, as well as being home to Iquitos, the largest city in the world unreachable by road, and a multitude indigenous human tribes and rare and endemic species of animals, the rainforest region is also the location of the River Amazon International Raft Race: certified by Guinness World Records as the longest raft race in the world.

The Race

Held every September, the River Amazon International Raft Race comprises a gruelling 118 mile course along the Amazon River and its tributaries. The race begins on the Isla de Pescadores, located in the southeast of the Loreto region close to Nauta, finishing two days later at the Caza y Pesca Club in Bellavista, Nanay, close to the jungle city of Iquitos.

Before making their way to the start line, competitors must first construct their own rafts, a process that takes place in situ a day before the race. Despite the intimidating distance of the race, one crumb of consolation for the crews taking part in the competition is that the huge majority of the course is downstream (except for a challenging 500 metre home stretch, which is against the tide).

The race was originally organised by British born Iquitos resident Michael Collis and was first staged on 29 July 1999. The inaugural competition attracted 42 crews to take on the then 12 mile course. The following year, interest grew and 60 crews took part. By 2003 the course had been extended to 26 miles, becoming a two day event in the process. It was in 2006 that the River Amazon International Raft Race first took place in its current format.

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The international race draws in competitors from across the globe, with crews from England, Scotland, Canada, and Germany among the numerous nations to have competed in past events. The record for the fastest time in which the race has been completed is even held by a crew from abroad: the Easy Living team from the USA, which won the 2008 race in a course record of 12 hours and 19 minutes. This year will be the 16th edition of the competition and crews from several new countries are expected to enter.

Despite foreign interest, however, it is the local teams who tend to dominate the competition: the last race was won by Los Invincibles from the nearby village of Padre Cocha. The Amazonian crews also tend to be more adept at building their rafts, while international teams often enlist the help of locals.


In 2014, the race will be staged on Friday 19 and Sunday 20 September, with crews congregating in la Plaza Ramon Castilla in Iquitos on Wednesday 17 September for the Rafter’s Reception. The cost of entry is US$1000 per crew of four, with an extra fee of $250 for each substitute crew member (of which two are allowed). The fee includes all necessary transport, materials, safety equipment, accommodation and meals. Bottled water is also supplied by organisers. The winners will take home a grand prize of $5,000.

The event is now organised by the Regional Government of Loreto, however, Michael Collis keeps his strong links to the race and applications can be made through him by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Further information and updates about the race can be seen on the official web page of the event at

Andreas Ambarchian is a freelance journalist from England. He writes about a variety of subjects including travel, wildlife and sport. This article was written on behalf of the Tambo Blanquillo, a family-owned Amazon jungle lodge.


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By Andreas Ambarchian

Lima is often just a stepping stone between one tourist hotspot and another. However, the Peruvian capital is well worth exploring with some great hostels from which to start the adventure. 



1900 Backpackers Hostel, Central Lima

Set in a wonderful 20th century mansion, 1900 Backpackers Hostel in downtown Lima is ideal for those who want to enjoy the cultural side of the Peruvian capital. Inside, the hostel still has many of the features of the original building, while the historic centre of the city, where the government palaces are located, is just around the corner from the grand house, and the Museum of Art is just across the street. Guests in the hostel can expect free WiFi, a games room and an inclusive breakfast.


Kaminu Backpackers Hostel, Barranco

Kaminu Backpackers Hostel caters for the traveller who wants to immerse themselves in the coastal culture of Lima. Set just 200 metres from the ocean, in the historic centre of the artistic district of Barranco, the guesthouse is something of seaside specialist, with surfboard storage and neighbouring restaurants that serve fresh seafood, even at night. Facilities at the hostel include breakfast, WiFi and use of a clay oven.


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Hostel Domeyer, Barranco

Few hostels can compare to Hostel Domeyer when it comes to location. Situated on the quiet street of the same name, the brightly decorated guesthouse is less than five minutes from the clifftop boardwalk with great views of the far reaching coast of Peru's capital. A short stroll in the opposite direction leads to the centre of Barranco with a walk way down to coastline. As well as a relaxed atmosphere inside the hostel, reflecting the tranquil setting, Domeyer staff are friendly and helpful, however, weekend parties are not uncommon. Amenities include laundry, television with a wide selection of films and a bar. 

Pariwana Hostel, Miraflores

Pariwana Hostel is located close to the centre of Miraflores, one of the liveliest districts in Lima. At the weekend, nearby Parque Kennedy is frequented by food sellers, artists and a small number of variety acts, while at night the hostel is just a short walk from many of the area’s hotspots, without being right in the middle of the noise. Although it might not be worth booking a stay in the hostel for this reason alone, should your visit coincide with the annual Independence Day parade of 28 July, then the hostel offers unrivalled views of the event.

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Cirque Hostel, Miraflores

Cirque is located along General Cordova, one of the quieter roads in the compact district of Miraflores. Despite the peaceful setting, the atmosphere inside the hostel is fun, with plenty of opportunity to get together with fellow guests at the bar or on the rooftop terrace. Just a 10 minute walk away is the popular tourist street of Berlin, where visitors, expats and locals mix. Employees at the guesthouse are always on hand to help visitors and facilities inside include cable television, free WiFi and adaptors, a very useful extra in South America. 

Andreas Ambarchian is a freelance journalist from England. He writes about a variety of subjects including travel, wildlife and sport. He wrote this article on behalf of Tucan Travel, specialists in tours all over Peru and Latin America.


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MacKay is an attractive, laid back, coastal and mining town. So what makes it attractive for a trip with your family? We’ll tell you. MacKay is close to some of the most spectacular beaches you’ll see anywhere! If that doesn’t entice you, we’ve got much more. Read on.

Check Out MacKay’s Beaches

  • You can drive your caravan to Seaforth Beach and camp here at the caravan park. There are BBQ facilities, a swimming enclosure, lush greens, a bowls club and convenience shop. The shady beach is lined with palm trees that host many exotic birds.  Go fishing at the nearby boat ramp, and visit the Sunday markets to pick up souvenirs.
  • Head to Lamberts Beach for amazing views to the many islands close to MacKay
  • Eimeo Beach is a pretty bay with a nice shaded esplanade, perfect for some quiet family fun.
  • Take your family for some fun fishing time at Town Beach. You can fish from the river, the beach or head up a creek.
  • Black's Beach has perfect sands and endless blue waters. Perfect for swimming and relaxing with family. You can stay at one of the cabins and homesteads right on the shore.
  • Visit Shoal Point, a popular beach lookout for some lovely pictures. Surf or swim at the main beach and end your day with a picnic at the barbeque area. Kids have a nice playground to make sand castles in.
  • Where else can you see kangaroos doing the two-step on white, sun-kissed sands? Here on the beach at Cape Hillsborough. That’s not all! This beach is full of exciting rock pools, exotic geological structures, adrenaline-pumping activities like canyoning, diving, snorkeling and many different caves just begging to be explored.

Visit The Sunday Markets

Explore the busy, bustling Sunday Markets at the heart of the city for locally made artifacts, jewelry, art, cosmetics and all sorts of merchandise. Enjoy a relaxed lunch at one of the many stalls while listening to the Mackay Pipe Band’s spirited performance.

Visit The Mackay Marina

The gorgeous new marina is a great place to watch the boats and yachts coming into MacKay. Drive along the long marina wall and enjoy the sights. Take your family for a walk on the landscaped beachfront walkway while munching on local snacks from Sachmo's, The Deck or The Light House.

Explore Nature and Wildlife

  • Visit Eungella National Park and walk through the cool rainforest. Visit the spectacular Argluen Falls and check out the tame platypus playing in the Broken River.
  • Visit the orchid house in Queens Park; you’ll be captivated by the range of native and exotic orchids that are grown here. Your kids can play in the shady playground, while you set up a picnic in the picnic area.
  • Take your family for a nice evening stroll in the green, meandering paths of the Mackay Botanical Gardens. There’s a small forest with a flowing stream and a grass Islander Hut for your kids to play in. Enjoy some coffee and scones at the coffee shop that overlooks man-made lagoons.
  • Enjoy the magnificent views of the MacKay shoreline and the blue ocean from Slade Point Lookout. On clear days, you can spot huge whales and playful dolphins cavorting together. 


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