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  • Java Guide | Indonesia Travel | Rough Guides
    Budget View Guide The Rough Guide to Southeast Asia On A Budget View Guide The Rough Guide to Bali Lombok View Guide The Rough Guide to India View Guide The Rough Guide to Nepal View Guide Kyoto and Nara Rough Guides Snapshot Japan View Guide Kansai Rough Guides Snapshot Japan View Guide The Rough Guide to Seoul View Guide The Rough Guide to Bangkok View Guide The Rough Guide to Myanmar View Guide One of the most populous places in all of Asia Java is also characterized by great natural beauty Its central spine is dominated by hundreds of volcanoes many of which are still very evidently active their fertile slopes supporting a landscape of glimmering rice fields spotted with countless small villages To the south of this mountainous backbone is the homeland of the ethnic Javanese and the epicentre of their arts culture and language epitomized by the royal courts of Yogyakarta and Solo Still steeped in traditional dance music and art these two cities are the mainstay of Java s tourist industry and offer first rate facilities for travellers They also provide excellent bases from which to explore the giant ninth century Buddhist temple Borobudur and the equally fascinating Prambanan complex a contemporary Hindu site To the east the volcanic massif of Gunung Bromo is another major stop on most travellers itineraries not least for the sunrise walk to its summit But there are plenty more volcanic landscapes to explore including the coloured lakes of the windswept Dieng Plateau and the world s most famous and destructive volcano Krakatau off the west coast of Java Aside from Yogyakarta locally called Jogja Java s cities are not nearly as enticing to travellers although Jakarta the chaotic sprawl that is Indonesia s capital boasts interesting museums a host of gargantuan

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  • Things not to miss in Wales | Photo Gallery | Rough Guides
    Twitter Newsletter Log in Europe Introduction Albania Austria Belgium Bosnia Herzegovina Bulgaria Croatia Cyprus Czech Republic Denmark England Estonia Finland France Germany Greece Iceland Hungary Ireland Italy Latvia Lithuania Montenegro Netherlands Norway Poland Portugal Romania Russia Scotland Serbia Slovakia Slovenia Spain Sweden Switzerland Turkey Wales See all destinations Wales Overview Introduction Fact file Where to go When to go Getting there Accommodation Food and drink The media Festivals and events

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  • Bristol, Bath and Somerset Guide | England Travel | Rough Guides
    Peak District The East Midlands The Northwest Cumbria and the Lakes Yorkshire The Northeast Shop Ebooks Travel Insurance Hostels Bristol Bath and Somerset Introduction Bristol Bath Wells The Mendips Glastonbury Taunton The Quantock Hills Exmoor See all destinations England Bristol Bath and Somerset Show Related Guides Hide Related Guides The Rough Guide to the Cotswolds Includes Oxford and Stratford upon Avon View Guide Rough Guides Snapshot England The Northwest View Guide Pocket Rough Guide London View Guide The Rough Guide to Yorkshire View Guide The Rough Guide to Great Britain View Guide The West Midlands and the Peak District Rough Guides Snapshot England View Guide The Rough Guide to the Lake District View Guide The Rough Guide to Vintage London View Guide The Rough Guide to London View Guide The Rough Guide to Bath Bristol Somerset View Guide The undulating green swards of Somerset encapsulate rural England at its best The landscape is always varied with tidy cricket greens and well kept country pubs contrasting with wilder more dramatic landscapes A world away from this bucolic charm the main city hereabouts is Bristol one of the most dynamic and cosmopolitan centres outside London The dense traffic and some hideous postwar architecture are more than compensated for by the surviving traces of its long maritime history along with a great range of pubs clubs and restaurants Just a few miles away the graceful Georgian honey toned terraces of Bath combine with beautifully preserved Roman baths and a mellow café culture to make it an unmissable stop Within easy reach to the south lie the exquisite cathedral city of Wells and the ancient town of Glastonbury a site steeped in Christian lore Arthurian legend and New Age mysticism The nearby Mendip Hills are pocked by cave systems as at Wookey Hole and

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  • Rough Guides readers around the world | Travel Feature | Rough Guides
    Caribbean Bahamas Belize Bermuda Costa Rica Cuba Dominican Republic El Salvador Grenada Guatemala Jamaica Nicaragua Panama Trinidad Tobago Europe Albania Armenia Austria Belarus Belgium Bosnia and Herzegovina Bosnia Herzegovina Bulgaria Croatia Cyprus Czech Republic Denmark England Estonia Finland France Georgia Germany Greece Hungary Iceland Ireland Italy Kazakhstan Kosovo Latvia Lithuania Malta Montenegro Netherlands Norway Poland Portugal Romania Russia Scotland Serbia Slovakia Slovenia Spain Sweden Switzerland Turkey Ukraine United Kingdom Wales Middle East Abu Dhabi Dubai Iran Israel Jordan Oman Qatar Saudi Arabia North America Canada Greenland Mexico USA South America Argentina Bolivia Brazil Chile Colombia Ecuador Guyana Peru Uruguay Venezuela UK View by Theme Activity Architecture Beaches Belief Boats sailing Budget travel Coasts islands Crafts and markets Cycling Deserts Discovery Diving snorkeling Everyday Life Extreme Adventure sports Family friendly Festivals events Food drink Heritage ruins Indigenous culture Leisure Luxury Mountains Museums art Music National parks reserves Nature Nightlife Novelty Off the beaten track People Photography Railway journeys Relaxation Road trips Romance Shopping Structures Surfing Tourist Trail Tradition Transport Walking trekking Wildlife Winter sports Rough Guides readers around the world By Lottie Gross November 28th 2013 View Comments amp amp amp lt a href storify com RoughGuides where you are in the world target blank amp amp amp gt View the story Where you are in the world on Storify amp amp amp lt a amp amp amp gt Tags Europe England London Everyday Life Previous Feature Next Feature Related Articles India ten tips for first time travellers Ask the expert budget travel tips with Nomadic Matt Your top packing tips 20 tips for travelling with children Travel Offers Travel insurance Hotels Hostels Car hire Tours Trending Articles Why now s the time to visit Nottingham England By David Atkinson The top gifts for travellers By Rough Guides Editors 6 reasons

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  • Trentino-Alto Adige Guide | Italy Travel | Rough Guides
    More about Italy Itineraries Features Where Next Check out Abruzzo and Molise Book a hostel in Italy Travel Offers Travel insurance Hotels Hostels Car hire Tours Explore Trento and around Rovereto The Dolomiti di Brenta East of Trento The Catinaccio and Gruppo di Sella Bolzano Bozen and around Alpe di Siusi Seiser Alm Northeast of Bolzano Cortina d Ampezzo Merano and around Parco Nazionale dello Stelvio Find out more Regional food and wine Regional food and wine Alto Adige cuisine has unreservedly Germanic traditions while Trentino cooking blends mountain influences with more recognizably Italian flavours The hearty traditional food is great for refuelling after a day of hiking or skiing and the quality of produce is exceptional even in the simplest mountain hut For finer dining adventurous chefs are reworking old recipes to fashion much lighter dishes and it is well worth trying out some of the pricier restaurants we list for a new take on local specialities A traditional meal starts with some kind of salami lucanicche in local dialect often paper thin slices of salt beef or Tyrolean canederli bread dumplings spiked with speck smoked ham often served in broth brodo You ll also see strangolapreti bread and spinach gnocchi and schlutzkrapfen spinach filled pasta on the menu Fresh lake and river fish game and rabbit are popular as secondi as are venison goulash or boiled cured pork with sauerkraut Desserts are often based on apples pears or plums readily available from the local orchards Other sweet treats include apfel strudel sachertorte and kaiserschmarren a scrambled pancake with raisins A highlight of the year for food and wine lovers is the autumn Törggelen season when everyone heads for the hills to sample the new vintage and snack on mountain ham and roast chestnuts followed by a walk to work it all off Vines have been cultivated here since before Roman times and Trentino Alto Adige produces more DOC wines than any other region in Italy Most famous are the Pinot Grigios and Chardonnays which are bright and aromatic from being grown at high altitudes and in cool conditions These also provide wine makers with the raw material for some outstanding traditional method sparkling wines often marketed under the spumante Trentino Classico label Despite the excellence of the whites local wine makers actually make more reds often with local varieties like Teroldego and Schiava known as Vernatsch in German speaking areas Red wines made from Schiava are good when young look out for the pale red Kalterersee Caldaro and the fuller fruitier St Magdalene Santa Maddalena those made from the Lagrein grape variety are more robust such as the strong dark Lagrein Dunkel or the Kretzer rosé from Bolzano s vineyards at Gries Also worth seeking out is the rare vino santo not to be confused with vin santo from Tuscany from Trentino s Valle dei Laghi a luscious dessert wine made from local Nosiola grapes Festivals and events Festivals and events Wine related festivities abound across the region

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  • Things To Do In Kathmandu | Rough Guides
    they taste Take in the views at Swayambhu Pilgrims and tourists alike flock to climb the three hundred odd steps leading up to Swayambhu the magnificent ancient golden stupa from which excellent 360 degree panoramas over the city and across the Kathmandu Valley are afforded Around 1500 years old and steeped in Buddhist symbolism Swayambhu is an essential sight while in Kathmandu It s often referred to as the Monkey Temple and primates abound you ll spot them fighting over discarded cans of Red Bull and other items unsuitable for monkey consumption Be sure to keep your distance Image by Helen Abramson Get the golden touch at Three Buddha Park It s worth incorporating a slight detour during a visit to Swayambhu to take in the three giant golden Buddha statues erected at the bottom of the hill just west of the stupa These dazzling beings often overlooked each stand around 20m tall and are a glorious sight The tranquil garden in which they stand is an ideal place to sit for a few moments and take in your surroundings Use your feet In the last decade or so the number of vehicles on Kathmandu s streets has increased at a rate well outstripping infrastructure development leading to major congestion and an enormous environmental problem in the city Unless it s the middle of the night traffic is pretty much guaranteed to be terrible so if you aren t going vast distances consider exploring on foot As you wind your way past dozens of workshops and bahals courtyards happen upon discreet mysterious temples and walk through alleyways full of children darting in and out of billowing laundry you re bound to gain a better sense of everyday life in this bustling city Visit Durbar Square This touristy but must be seen plaza in the heart of the old town is filled with medieval religious and royal buildings interspersed with vegetable hawkers sadhus holy men vendors selling candy floss on giant sticks and people clustered on the steps of the many tiered ornate structures watching the world go by Set in front of the old royal palace Durbar Square was once the home of the Shah and Malla kings and its past grandeur is still profoundly resonant today Take in suburbia in Patan Sometimes called Lalitpur meaning City of Beauty the refined suburb of Patan was once a fully independent kingdom The pace of life here is a refreshing change compared with the feverishness elsewhere in Kathmandu It s also a major artistic and cultural hub known for a rich metalwork history evidence of which can be seen in the abundant temples and old houses in Patan s own less visited Durbar Square The Patan Museum full of bronzes wood carvings and stone sculptures is well worth a stop For a real change of scene take a walk through Patan s western areas where affluent residents and expats reside through peaceful streets lined with organic coffee shops Kick back in Thamel

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  • 5 Great American Road Trip Ideas | Road Trip USA | Rough Guides
    to popular culture Prodigal sons Kurt Cobain and Jimi Hendrix both get deserved attention Continue on the 5 from here and you ll cross the border into Canada reaching Vancouver in around three hours Pigeon Fort to Memphis Tennessee This route starts in Pigeon Fort Tennessee location of Dolly Parton s surprisingly engaging theme park Dollywood and five miles away from Great Smoky Mountains National Park where there s excellent hiking and fishing and historic sites to explore Once you ve exhausted the Smokeys get on highway 24 stopping in Chattanooga an attractive small city on the Tennessee River en route to Nashville This is an ugly city full of beautiful music although East Nashville now offers a viable alternative to the Tennessee capital s desolate downtown Your final destination Memphis Tennessee is just over three hours drive down the Music Highway This great southern city has had a profound influence on American music and is home to Gracelands Elvis s mansion and now an enjoyably tacky museum Sun Studios a small museum commemorating where Elvis and many others got their start and the Stax Museum of American Soul where Otis Redding and many other R B greats began their careers You ll also find the excellent National Civil Rights Museum here which is structured around the site of Dr Martin Luther King s murder The city boasts many bars although oddly few good live music venues Luckily there are a host of impressive BBQ restaurants to compensate Sticky fingers y all Houston to New Orleans There s plenty to recommend the Lone Star State s largest city Houston great museums epic rodeo and all kinds of music from opera to blues to country rock and rap but its sheer size and intensity ensure you ll eventually want to hit the road and head east In less than a two hour drive you can find contrast in Beaumont a gracious small city with sizeable amount of early twentieth century architecture Keep heading east and you ll cross into Louisiana where things start to get seriously swampy Aim to stay in Lafayette a small city that is the epicentre of Cajun Country Here you can find bars and dance halls playing Cajun and zydeco music and restaurants serving gumbo and jambalaya From Lafayette you can take either the 10 the main highway or the 90 the old road to New Orleans The 10 is faster and takes you through epic swamps while the 90 rolls through small town Louisiana but both routes are a treat On reaching New Orleans the greatest live music city in the world we recommend you park the car as soon as possible head for Frenchman Street and join the party Chicago to Yellowstone Extreme weather and striking architecture characterise Chicago one of our top places to visit in the USA this year The city s attractions could keep you occupied for weeks so be sure to allow yourself plenty of time to explore When it s

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  • Travelling the Silk Road | Rough Guides
    these far flung lands A stout lady stumbled in with her little son in tow They were to be my travelling companions for my first Uzbek train journey Our train chugged off headed to the historic town of Samarkand one of the planet s longest inhabited cities Positioned at the crossroads of the world s greatest trade routes Samarkand has a multi millennial history The city was founded in the seventh century BC and eventually became part of Alexander the Great s empire It later gained further importance as a centre of the silk trade where merchants and traders would ply its streets dealing in all manner of goods Centuries later the town was conquered by Turkish invaders giving rise to the prevalence of Islamic art and culture Ah the Registan and the three madrasahs my fellow traveller exclaimed in perfect English quite to my surprise Everyone travels here to see it And Bukhara You will go to Bukhara also yes she asked offering me an exotic looking piece of fruit that her son was much enjoying I nodded in excitement prompting her to tell me more It was this route that merchants and traders travelled with plenty of goods spices ivory silk wine and even gold were transported between west and east But you know it wasn t only goods that were transported here but also religions and philosophies There is so much history here You will see As our train pulled into Samarkand station we said our goodbyes and parted ways I was eager to visit the Registan a large public square fanned by three madrasas Islamic schools This was the heart of the ancient city where people once gathered to socialise at bazaars and take part in festivities it is also where public executions took place The first madrasah was built here in the fifteenth century by the Timurid ruler Ulugh Beg who transformed Samarkand into a centre of culture and learning Ulugh Beg himself is said to have taught mathematics in the lecture halls I stood and gazed in awe at the complex of tiled emerald coloured buildings that lay ahead of me and soon got lost in a series of airy courtyards flanked by students former dormitory rooms turned souvenir shops Vendors eagerly tried to attract custom trying to entice the few tourists who strolled around in wonderment Neat piles of turquoise and crimson scarves were carefully laid out on small wooden tables while others were flung over a coarse piece of string fluttering in the breeze in a rainbow of colours Craftsmen here still practice ancient jewellery making techniques and a selection of beautiful earrings gently chimed in the wind I poked my head into a dark room its door wide open A row of shoes lay outside and I removed my footwear before entering as is the custom here A soft delicate hand wrapped itself around my wrist leading me inside Five middle aged rotund women sat around a little table feasting on

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