Brunelleschi Hotel

This nine-story building features 128 guestrooms and is centrally located in Milan’s commercial and economic district. The Brunelleschi Hotel is seven kilometers from the Milan Linate International Airport. Situated in the heart of Milan, guests are a short walk from many tourist attractions such as the Duomo, the Galleria, and La Scala Theater. Because it is in the financial and economic district of the city, guests are surrounded by many of Milan’s most elegant shopping boutiques. The on-site restaurant features a variety of international cuisine. The 4-star malpensa airport hotel provides guests with modern accommodation as well as an excellent location close to Milan’s major attractions.

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Packing For An African Safari

African Safari

What to take with limited allowances for travel, in vehicles and/or light aircraft and finding hostel South Africa
. The first thing you should do is invest in at soft bag. Your luggage will be squeezed into a limited space in your safari vehicle and a hard suitcases just will not do. Make sure the bag is plain, hardwearing with a sturdy zip.

We are often asked what binoculars to bring on safari we recommend the following: – a power x7 or higher. Look for any of the following: 7×42, 8×42, 10×42, 8×50, 10×50. It is the second number that is critical. Less than 30 and image quality is seriously compromised. Higher than 50 and you will have a hard job holding them steady. If you can afford Zeiss, Leica or Swarovski, all the better, but Canon, Nikon and Opticron do very good reasonably priced glasses.

[Recommendations for Binocular: – Magnification: 8 x 42 – Field of View: At least 330 ft at 1000 yards. – Exit pupil size: 5.25 mm or more Eye relief: 18 or more – Prism and Coating: BAK-4 prism and Fully Multi-Coated surfaces, Weight: Not more than 30.1 oz. Lbs]

MAKE A PLAN AND STICK TO IT! creating a list – like an architect planning a building, so must you plan the contents of your suitcase. Set aside the pieces you intend to bring and ensure that they are clean and ready to be packed

Jewellery – don’t take what you don’t want to lose, and leave behind the flashy pieces that could attract thieves. Keep makeup to a minimum to save space, and leave the perfume behind when scented lotions will work just as well. When it comes to toiletries – travel kits are always the answer. Having a travel kit perpetually stocked in a waterproof case will save in packing time before the trip and aggravation [and mess] after arrival.

A Kenyan I know is an expert packer – he will spend time packing using every space possible in you soft bag. He ensures everything is clean and ironed. Once folded he irons them flat – sometimes rolling but if they are ironed and folded correctly rolling is not always necessary.

Clothing To Pack for a Safari:

2 pairs khaki cotton pants (jeans are hot and uncomfortable)

2 pairs sturdy shorts

2 long sleeved light coloured shirts (for evenings help to keep the mosquitoes at bay).

1 light sweater or sweatshirt

1 lightweight, waterproof windbreaker

1 or 2 pair sturdy walking or hiking boots or running shoes [thick soles are essential as when walking in the bush there will many long sharp thorns]

3-5 short-sleeved shirts or T-shirts

5 changes underwear and socks

1 hat with a brim (baseball caps might cover your nose but not your ears and neck).

Please travel light. You should also bring a day pack to carry any essentials you might need whilst on safari. On safari most people wear shorts and a T-shirt during the day and put on long sleeved shirts and long pants in the evening for warmth as well as protection from mosquitoes.

Khaki, brown, olive and beige colours are best for and safaris and game walks.
White is not a suitable colour for these activities; they will get dirty with red/brown dust within minutes.

Fleece or sweater and a windbreaker for game drives, because it is highly possible that you may go out on a hot day, but be faced with a chill evening on your return. Some areas have a steep temperature gradient, i.e. Very hot days and very cool nights.
Remember that layering your clothing will keep you warmer than relying on one thick item.

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Hilton London Tower Bridge Hotel

With its striking architecture and state-of-the-art facilities, this hotel, opened in 2006, offers upscale, contemporary rooms close to one of London’s best known landmarks. The Hilton London Tower Bridge Hotel, part of the More London Development, has large, stylish rooms with high-speed Internet access, plasma televisions, pay-per-view movies, and video games. Wireless Internet access is available throughout the hotel. The Ruba Bar and Larder Restaurant serve excellent international cuisine and refreshments, and guests have access to the More London 37º health club with a gym, sauna, and swimming pool. London Bridge underground station is only a two-minute walk away, putting all of attractions within easy reach.

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Arora Hotel Manchester

Situated in the heart of Manchester, the award-winning Arora Hotel Manchester offers guests 141 superior, premier, and executive accommodations units. Each room is beautifully decorated and thoughtfully appointed with state-of-the-art facilities to provide guests with a space for total relaxation. Business travelers will be pleased to find three boardrooms which boast the latest in AV technology. To relax, spend your day at the refurbished Obsidian bar and restaurant or unwind at the 24-hour fitness center. There are a number of attractions nearby including the Manchester Art Gallery as well as the manchester airport hotel parking. With an exceptional location and the very best in services and amenities, the Arora Hotel Manchester delivers a truly unique experience.

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Chinese Visa – Crew, Resident and Journalist Visa

Crew Visa (C)
Persons arriving as crew on international planes, ships or trains and their family members should apply for it.  Clearly they should obtain information and complete formalities via their employers.

Resident Visa (D)
In summary, the regulations state that a person who has lived 5 years in China and is a desirable person may obtain permanent residence status.  In practice it seems that very few people are able to achieve this status. China is not an immigrant country (like the USA, Canada, Australia) and does not seek foreign permanent residents. Unless you have made massive investments which have generated substantial profit to China and you have good connections with the establishment, it seems you are unlikely to succeed.

Journalist Visa (J-1, J-2)
The long stay J1 is for resident journalists, the short stay, J2, is for those who are visiting for short term assignments.  These are rather specialist visas and there are several extra requirements including approvals, invitations from the Chinese media authorities, or itineraries.  There are extra requirements if you want to bring filming equipment into China.  You will find the full details on the application form.

The J-1 is only for 30 days from the date of arrival during which time you and your local organisation must seek a Temporary Residence Permit for the duration of your contract, to a maximum of  5 years.

Basic Requirements
1. A valid passport with a minimum validity of 6 months and at least a blank page
2. One accurately and truthfully completed Application Form.
3. One recent passport photo glued on the application form, if the accompanying child on your passport travels with you, the child’s photo is also required, and you should declare to the consular officer.

Additional Requirements for C, D, J Visas
1. For Crew C, a letter of guarantee issued by the foreign transport company, or the invitation letter issued by the relevant units from China is required.
a. Crew members from following 11 airline companies may apply for multiple entry C valid for two years: United Airlines, Continental Airlines, Delta Airlines, American Airlines, UPS, Federal Express, Polar Air Cargo, Evergreen Air Cargo, Kalitta Air Inc., Southern Air Inc. and World Airways Inc.
b. Non-regular scheduled flight, chartered flight, private plane must get the Aviation Permit before departure.

2. For Resident D, applicants should provide original and copy of the Confirmation form for foreigner’s Permanent Residence Status issued by the Ministry of Public Security of the PRC.
Note: D holders are required to apply for the foreigners’ residence permit within 30 days after entry at the exit/entry administration of public security organs under local governments at or above the county level in the proposed place of residence.

3. For J1 or J2, the applicant should go through formalities in accordance with relevant China’s regulations or provisions, and submit the corresponding application documents. For foreign journalists coming for profession-related purposes such as news coverage, interview or reporting, the Visa Notification Letter issued by the Information Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of PRC, and official letter signed by the head of the foreign media organization (with details as follows: name list, arrival and departure time, places of interview, content to cover, introduction of the news agency, and name/address/contact number of the news agency) are required. For applications at Chinese embassies or consulates, please contact the Press Section in advance.
Note: J1 holders shall apply for a residence permit within 30 days after entry.

How to Apply
The applicant can submit application in person or ask someone else, travel agency to apply on his/her behalf.

Processing Time
The normal processing time is 4 working days. Extra fees will be charged respectively for rush service (collect on the same day) and express service (collect on the second or third working day after submission).

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12 Apostles Hotel and Spa – Best Hotel In Cape Town

12 Apostles Hotel and Spa

12 Apostles Hotel and Spa1

When visiting Cape Town, you’ll feel right at home at 12 Apostles Hotel and Spa, which offers quality accommodation and great service. The hotel is not too far from the city center: just 15.0 Km away, and it normally takes about 35 minutes to reach the airport. A haven of rest and relaxation, the hotel will offer total renewal just steps away from the city’s numerous attractions such as Sanctuary Spa, Cine 12, Camps Bay Sport Venue.

Take advantage of a wealth of unrivaled services and amenities at this Cape Town hotel. For the comfort and convenience of guests, the hotel offers free Wi-Fi in all rooms, 24-hour front desk, 24-hour room service, facilities for disabled guests, Wi-Fi in public areas.

Hotel accommodations have been carefully appointed to the highest degree of comfort and convenience. In some of the rooms, guests can find television LCD/plasma screen, internet access – wireless, internet access – wireless (complimentary), non smoking rooms, air conditioning. Whether you’re a fitness enthusiast or are just looking for a way to unwind after a hard day, you will be entertained by top-class recreational facilities such as fitness center, sauna, outdoor pool, indoor pool, spa. Whatever your purpose of visit, 12 Apostles Hotel and Spa is an excellent choice for your stay in Cape Town hostels.

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Bangkok Story Hostel – Best Hostel In Bangkok

Bangkok Story Hostel

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When visiting Bangkok, you’ll feel right at home at Bangkok Story Hostel, which offers quality accommodation and great service. Only 34 km away, this 2-star boutique hotel Bangkok can be easily accessed from the airport. With its convenient location, the hotel offers easy access to the city’s must-see destinations.

Offering hotel guests superior services and a broad range of amenities, Bangkok Story Hostel is committed to ensuring that your stay is as comfortable as possible. Free Wi-Fi in all rooms, daily housekeeping, taxi service, 24-hour front desk, luggage storage are just a few of the facilities that set Bangkok Story Hostel apart from other hotels in the city.

The ambiance of Bangkok Hostel is reflected in every guestroom. towels, internet access – wireless, non smoking rooms, air conditioning, blackout curtains are just some of the facilities that can be found throughout the property. Besides, the hotel’s host of recreational offerings ensures you have plenty to do during your stay. Discover an engaging blend of professional service and a wide array of features at Bangkok Story Hostel.


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Hotel Adler Cavalieri – Best Hotel In Florence

Hotel Adler Cavalieri

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A hotel of charm and quaint details, Hotel Adler Cavalieri escapes the over-populated feeling found in more central areas and is warm and welcoming. Just 60 romantically inspired bed and breakfast in Florence ensure the atmosphere is kept intimate and personalized. The staff are professional and well equipped to help with travel plans and local trips including arranging museum tickets and transfers. The romantic and quiet charm makes this hotel perfect for honeymoons and couples seeking a romantic getaway. Amenities are extremely convenient with the best products available from soaps and shampoos down to the linens and towels. The emphasis is on escaping the pace and intrusions of the modern world, so guests can enjoy vacationing without access to the television and internet.


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Park Hyatt Hamburg Hotel – Best Hotel In Hamburg

Park Hyatt Hamburg Hotel

Park Hyatt Hamburg Hotel1

One of Hamburg’s – and the world’s – big guns when it comes to hotels, this property in Levantehaus lives up to its reputation. A two-minute walk from central station and five from the Binnenalster Lake and the main shopping and dining promenade, the Park Hyatt Hamburg Hotel is a classic 5-star city hotel with all the extras. Primarily a business hotel, this property successfully straddles the divide between providing a professional executive space and pampering its many holidaymakers, providing large, deluxe-standard rooms with all the corporate accoutrement and a full list of services suited to both tourist and executives. Given the hotel’s location right near luxury boutiques and great dining, business travelers no doubt wish they were there on vacation with more time to spend in the Hyatt’s health spa or digesting dinner over a port wine in the Park Lounge.


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Rasa Retreat – Nourish Your Soul – Best Guesthouse And B&B In Goa

Rasa Retreat - Nourish Your Soul

Rasa Retreat - Nourish Your Soul1

Situated in Cavelossim, Rasa Retreat – Nourish Your Soul is the perfect place to experience Goa and its surroundings. Only 11.9 km from the city center, the hotel’s strategic location ensures that guests can quickly and easily reach many local points of interest. With its convenient location, this guesthouse in Goa offers easy access to the city’s must-see destinations.

The facilities and services provided by Rasa Retreat – Nourish Your Soul ensure a pleasant stay for guests. While lodging at this wonderful property, guests can enjoy free Wi-Fi in all rooms, 24-hour front desk, express check-in/check-out, luggage storage, Wi-Fi in public areas.

4 rooms spread over 2 floors provide a warm and pleasant home away from home. Modern comforts such as internet access – wireless (complimentary), non smoking rooms, air conditioning, wake-up service, mini bar can be found in selected rooms. Throughout the day you can enjoy the relaxing atmosphere of the outdoor pool, fishing, massage, pool (kids), garden. Whatever your purpose of visit, Rasa Retreat – Nourish Your Soul is an excellent choice for your stay in Goa.