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  • World Speakeasies | Hidden Bars | Rough Guides
    sit at black granite tables under crystal chandeliers and gold flecked walls Look for the unmarked brown door and the long line leading up to it Explore New York City BYOC Brighton This underground speakeasy in Brighton does things a little differently Book ahead and remember to bring a bottle of your favourite spirit or whatever you could get your hands on at the off licence then hand it over to the mixologist Using ingredients from their antique drinks trolley they ll mix some damn fine cocktails right at your table More quirky Brighton venues Door 74 Amsterdam You could walk past Door 74 every day and have no idea that there is a bar in here this place is the definition of hidden focused on class cocktails and character If you re planning on finding your way in on the weekend you ll need to book ahead Discover Amsterdam Bramble Edinburgh Hidden down a dark staircase on a quiet Edinburgh backstreet Bramble may take a bit of loitering to find but once you re in it s worth it The drinks mixed using homemade ingredients show flashes of genius With cool bartenders and a crowd after fun vibes this is one boozer you won t want to leave not just for fear of never finding it again More of the best pubs in Edinburgh The Union The Bureau Copenhagen Disguised as a townhouse on a residential street this place has two great bars in one First off you have to find classic speakeasy The Union look for the big black door at no 16 with its dim lighting and bare brick walls After you re settled in and feeling confident try to get invited to the exclusive Bureau upstairs it s the place to be for faultless cocktails and great company Little Red Door Paris The clue is in the title with this one Hidden behind a little red door oh and you ll need to figure out how to get the key to get in is one of Paris s hottest little bars Art instillations adorn the walls there are beaten up armchairs to sink into and a killer booze selection to get whet your liquid appetite The bartenders are some of the best in the city so always go with their recommendations Little Branch NYC If it weren t for the line of people outside you d never stumble upon this little gem Creep in behind an unmarked door in New York s West Village and descend down rickety stairs to discover a jazz filled den where bartenders chip away at giant blocks of ice creating absinthe cocktails that will knock your socks off Go on an historic bar crawl in NYC El Bandito Liverpool From the street it looks like any old staircase but ask the bouncers at Santo Chupitos and they ll be able to nudge you in the right direction This tiny bar is no bigger than your bedroom and is known for its

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  • Southern Serbia Guide | Serbia Travel | Rough Guides
    drink Culture and etiquette Sports and outdoor activities Travel essentials Inspiration Things not to miss Features Gallery Explore Belgrade Northern Serbia Southern Serbia Shop Ebooks Travel Insurance Hostels Southern Serbia Introduction Ziča Studenica and Sopoćani Nis See all destinations Serbia Southern Serbia Show Related Guides Hide Related Guides Rough Guide Audio Phrasebook and Dictionary Portuguese View Guide The West Midlands and the Peak District Rough Guides Snapshot England View Guide Pocket Rough Guide Rome View Guide The East Midlands Rough Guides Snapshot England View Guide The Rough Guide to Yorkshire View Guide Porto and the Rio Douro Rough Guides Snapshot Portugal View Guide The Rough Guide to Sweden View Guide Rough Guides Snapshot England The Northwest View Guide Rough Guides Snapshot Europe on A Budget Moscow and St Petersburg View Guide The Rough Guide to First Time Around The World View Guide South of Belgrade the softly rolling hillsides studded with low red roofed houses are the setting for three of the country s most precious medieval monasteries Žiča Studenica and Sopoćani Elsewhere the south s main city Niš conveniently straddles major road and rail routes to Bulgaria and Macedonia and is an attractive small town with some fascinating sights

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  • The best hammams in Marrakesh | Hammam Marrakesh | Rough Guides
    to have something to sell you Stepping out from the tranquillity of your riad into the heat of the street can feel like entering a gladiatorial arena To keep your sanity and stay refreshed you will need pampering and lots of it Fortunately pampering is something Marrakesh does very well The hammam or Turkish bath is something most locals indulge in at least weekly and if you want to sweat away your troubles and get the scrubbing of a lifetime there s nothing better By all means go local if you fancy it the Hammam es Salam near the Menara gardens is recommended but be warned that some of them are a bit rough and ready If you want some five star spa treatment or if you re a couple and want the experience together read on for what to expect in the best private hammams THE SPA HAMMAM EXPERIENCE When you arrive the first room you ll be shown is the least glamorous the changing area where you strip down to your boxers or bikini and don a robe Then you head to the hammam itself a dim and humid room with walls of tadelakt a kind of waterproof lime plaster Through the steam your attendant will point out a slab to lie face down on The fun now begins Initially you ll have warm water sloshed over you from a bucket after which the attendant will lather you with black soap scrub the scent of which varies by spa eucalyptus and bitter orange are the most common So far so relaxing but while you re not looking the attendant will don a loofah glove and begin to vigorously scrub off all your dead skin It s a bit like being sandpapered your pores won t know what s hit them Finally you ll be coated with ghassoul a natural mineral clay mined from the Atlas mountains and have your hair washed before getting sloshed again from the bucket MASSAGE It s a good idea to book an argan oil massage as a follow up to the hammam Argan oil comes from the fruit of the argan tree which grows only in Morocco It used to be harvested from the droppings of the goats that climb the tree to eat the fruit thankfully these days it tends to be picked off the tree Beforehand you ll be asked which essential oils you d prefer and invited to sample from the choices on offer these typically include patchouli orange rose and verbena The massage rooms are lit with only a few candles and soft music plays Off comes the robe again and as you lie on the massage table and get all your muscle tissues slowly reinvigorated any stress related to taking an hour to get out of the medina or overpaying for a teapot will fade very quickly away FIVE OF THE BEST SPA HAMMAMS IN MARRAKESH Here is our pick of luxury h ammams that are perfect for

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  • Lima and around Guide | Peru Travel | Rough Guides
    to First Time Around The World View Guide Crowded into the mouth of the arid Rimac river valley with low sandy mountains closing in around its outer fringes Lima is a boisterous macho sprawl of a city full of beaten up cars chasing Mercedes and 4WDs this is a place where money rules with an irresistible underlying energy A large part of the city s appeal is its fascinating mix of lifestyles and cultures from the snappy sassy cocaine influenced criolla style to the easy going happy go lucky attitude of Lima s poorer citizens Somehow though it still manages to appear relaxed and laidback in the barrios and off the beaten track and the noisy frenetic craziness of it all is mellowed somewhat by the presence of the sea and beaches Even if you choose not to spend much time here you can get a good sense of it all in just a few days Limeño hospitality and kindness are almost boundless once you ve established an initial rapport Considered the most beautiful city in Spanish America during the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries and long established as Peru s seat of government Lima retains a certain elegance particularly in colonial Lima Centro The city still brims with culture and history though it may not be obvious at first Top of its attractions are some excellent museums the best of which should definitely be visited before setting off for Machu Picchu or any of Peru s other great Inca ruins as well as fine Spanish churches in the centre and some distinguished mansions in the wealthy suburbs of Barranco and Miraflores Add to this some outstanding restaurants and hedonistic nightlife and you ll find there s plenty to explore in Peru s distinctive capital As a transport and communications hub

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  • The National Parks and Mombasa Highway Guide | Kenya Travel | Rough Guides
    Kitui and Mwingi or south towards the base of Kilimanjaro and the Taita Hills Together with the coast the game parks in this chapter are the most visited parts of Kenya and the country s archetypal image This is not to take anything away from their appeal for visiting any of them is an exceptional experience In the 24 000 square kilometres covered by the nine parks animals hold sway Their seasonal cycles and movements most spectacularly in the Maasai Mara s wildebeest migration are the dominant plots in the natural drama going on all around Seeing the wildlife isn t difficult but it does require some patience and an element of luck that makes it exciting and addictive It s likely that you will either already be booked on a safari or you ll book one once in Kenya either from the coast or from Nairobi Popular alternatives are to rent a vehicle with or without a driver or if you re alone or there are just two of you and especially if you re on a limited budget to take a no frills camping safari There are details on the ins and outs of booking safaris in Basics and plenty of operators listed in Nairobi and Mombasa Read More More about Kenya Itineraries Features Where Next Check out The Coast Book a hostel in Kenya Travel Offers Travel insurance Hotels Hostels Car hire Tours Explore The Mombasa highway Taita Hills Taita Hills Wildlife Sanctuary Lake Chala Amboseli National Park Oloitokitok Tsavo West National Park Tsavo East National Park Maasai Mara National Reserve Samburu Buffalo Springs National Reserves Shaba National Reserve Meru National Park Find out more Visiting the main parks Visiting the main parks The first realization of where you are in Kenya s big parks among uncaptured and for the most part unfenced wild animals can be truly arresting It may take you a day or two to adjust as your normal human centric view of the world is re balanced towards an environment in which big creatures hunt die mate feed and enjoy themselves all around you in a wilderness landscape not much changed in centuries Which parks you choose to visit can seem at first like a pin in the map decision any of them can provide a store of amazing sight and sound impressions Amboseli Tsavo West and Tsavo East all in southern Kenya are the three most accessible parks with ever busy game lodges well worn trails large numbers of tourists and big herds of elephant Amboseli with its picture postcard backdrop of Mount Kilimanjaro and guaranteed elephants is an instant draw but the flat landscape and lack of tree cover means you may be sharing the stunning vistas with dozens of very noticeable safari vehicles Tsavo East in contrast is so huge you can usually escape company completely although its sheer size makes the same easy for the animals too Tsavo West is also huge but better watered allowing higher concentrations of

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  • Fredericksburg: the small city with a big history | Travel Feature | Rough Guides
    US tourists in their droves but until now the city has remained little known by travellers from further afield overshadowed by its better known neighbours Charlottesville and Richmond This year the 150th anniversary of the end of the Civil War is the perfect time to discover a city closely linked with the historic conflict Fredericksburg VA by m01229 via Flickr CC license Why should I visit now For history buffs Fredericksburg is best known as the site of the most one sided battle in the Civil War The Battle of Fredericksburg saw the Union experience a crushing defeat suffering more than twice as many casualties as the Confederates Thousands more died in the nearby Battles of Wilderness Chancellorsville and Spotsylvania Court House Fredericksburg has marked the 150th anniversary in style with re enactments and smaller exhibits and performances highlighting the impact of the Civil War on the city and surrounding area What should I see Beyond the battlefields there s plenty to see in Fredericksburg Top of the list should be Mary Washington House a fascinating homage to George Washington s mother who lived here from 1772 until her death Just a short walk away is Kenmore Plantation the former home of Washington s sister Betty Washington Lewis and her husband This Georgian style mansion has been beautifully restored and is set in stunning grounds Foggy Morning at Kenmore by John Earl via Flickr CC license Another famous Washington family residence is the Rising Sun Tavern Initially the house of George s younger brother Charles this place was a frequent stopping point for many influential figures during the Revolutionary War most notably Thomas Jefferson The building became a popular tavern in 1791 and is now a living museum Other important sites include the James Monroe Museum and Memorial Library a museum filled with an eclectic mix of objects from the life of the Fifth President of the United States who practised law in Fredericksburg and Chatham Manor a former plantation house that was the site of a slave rebellion in the nineteenth century and later became a hospital during the Civil War Where do only the locals know about Locals will tell you that the very best way to get a feel for Fredericksburg is to stroll through the streets of the Old Town and explore some of the city s more unusual shops Must see stores include the Picket Post a veritable treasure trove of items from the Civil War battlefields the Cottage Room a shop dedicated to antique teapots and jewellery and Fraser Wood Elements which specializes in distinctive wooden furniture and one of a kind hand carved items A tempting array of fresh fruit vegetables bread and local wine can also be found at the Farmers Market in Hurkamp Park Carl s by shoehorn99 via Flickr CC license Where are the best places to eat No trip to Fredericksburg would be complete without visiting Carl s There s always a queue round the block for this retro

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  • Central South Island Guide | New Zealand Travel | Rough Guides
    New Zealand Fiordland and the south View Guide Coastal Queensland Rough Guides Snapshot Australia View Guide Victoria Rough Guides Snapshot Australia View Guide Northern Territory Rough Guides Snapshot Australia View Guide Rough Guides Snapshot Australia Western Australia View Guide Melbourne and around Rough Guides Snapshot Australia View Guide The Central South Island is one of the most varied and visually stunning areas in New Zealand with expansive pasturelands dense native forests and a history rich in tales of human endeavour tinged with the toughness and idiosyncrasies of the area s settlers The region s defining feature is the icy white sawtooth ridge of the Southern Alps that forms the South Island s central north south spine and peaks at New Zealand s loftiest summit 3754m Aoraki Mount Cook Summers are generally hot and dry with long days that sear the grasslands a tinder dry yellow brown In winter snow supplies numerous ski fields These alpine conditions foster unique plants and wildlife including the Mount Cook lily the largest white mountain daisy in the world and the mischievous kea the world s only alpine parrot From Christchurch to Westport the forested Lewis Pass road provides access to the tranquil spa town of Hanmer Springs before passing the more rustic hot pools at Maruia Springs Further south both road and rail head through the spectacular Arthur s Pass National Park with its abundance of day walks and longer trails South of Christchurch roads lead across the Canterbury Plains towards the small foothill settlement of Methven the base for Mount Hutt bound skiers and summertime walkers exploring Mount Somers often dry when Arthur s Pass is wet and enveloped in cloud The southern half of the region leaves behind the rolling hills for the sun scorched grasslands of the Mackenzie Country an area

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  • Responsible travel – a green stay in Copenhagen | Travel Feature | Rough Guides
    has good intentions at its heart Sleep in Green is run by a youth development charity its offices are upstairs which aims to help reintroduce youngish offenders back into work You sleep on bunk beds in dorms there s just one large shower room and a small dining area where you can eat organic breakfasts and access free wi fi Don t be put off by the graffiti covered stairwell outside reception at 120DKK a night you get what you pay for and your custom helps the staff hold down a job If you re looking for something more comfortable or you are in town for business there are three smart Scandic Hotels in the centre Scandic is one of the few hotel chains that has genuinely tried to green up its act it has committed to eliminate half its fossil CO2 emissions by 2011 and all by 2025 The majority of its hotels have been awarded the Nordic Swan eco label and the group has announced it will no longer buy in bottled water instead offering bottled filtered water from its own taps So while their hotels might look like huge corporate beasts they do have an impressive green underbelly Sleep in Green has a secure area for bikes For prices and directions from the central train station contact 45 0 3537 7777 For details of all Scandic Hotels see www scandichotels com For details of Scandic s environmental policies see www scandic hotels com betterworld Get on your bike Let s face it cyclists and car drivers aren t always the best of friends In Copenhagen there are hundreds of thousands of cyclists more than 1 1 million kilometres of cycling are clocked up every day yet many other residents drive to work To find a traffic system compatible with both Copenhagen s authorities have run a successful pilot programme known as the Green Wave The idea is that the traffic signals on cycling lanes are synchronized with cyclists average speed approximately 20km per hour so you can cycle the length of the city without ever having to stop at the lights Green Waves currently exist from Nørrebrogade to the lakes and Nørre Farimagsgade to the city centre with more soon to be installed along Copenhagen s 40km of cycling lanes There are several places to hire a bike in the city including an enlightened scheme at Baisikeli a 5min walk from Nørreport station where part of the hire cost goes towards delivering second hand bikes to villages in Ghana Sierra Leone and Tanzania For bike hire prices suggested itineraries and guided tours see www cph bike rental dk Ask for the excellent Copenhagen cycling map also available from tourist offices which includes details of cycling routes away from heavily trafficked streets To hire a bike at the Central Station visit www cyclecopenhagen dk where you can join an excellent Bike with Mike guided tour to see the city s sights Fresh herring and hippy herbs After a

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