Cathedral Basilica, Vilnius. The Cathedral of St. Stanislav and St. Vladislav is the most important place of worship for Lithuania Catholics and the location for the main Christian, folk and national festivities. In 1922, the Cathedral was granted the title basilica. This is the highest church category awarded by the Pope.
Many prominent people of the Lithuanian Grand Duchy – Noblemen, Bishops and Dukes are buried in the vaults of the Cathedral. The Sovereings Mausoleum located beneath the Chapel of St. Casimir contains the remains of the Grand Duke of Lithuania and King of Poland Alexander. He is the only ruler of Poland and Lithuania buried in Vilnius. Vytautas the Great, a grandson of Duke Gediminas and the most powerful Lithuanian ruler, is buried in the vaults of the Cathedral together with his wife Ona. Two wives of Žygimantas Augustas, Queen Elisabeth of Austria (Habsburg) and Queen Barbora Radvilaitė (said to have been the most beautiful woman of her time), are also buried on the site. The walls of the Cathedral also provide shelter for the urn with the heart of King Vladislovas Vaza (Wladyslaw Vasa).
The ancient wall of the temple dating back to the 13th-15th centuries, and the oldest Lithuanian fresco painted in the 14th century, have survived in the vaults of the Cathedral.
Silvija Zalepugiene visited the Museum of Style Icons located within the Newbridge Visitor Centre, in Co. Kildare, Ireland. The museum hosts numerous collections and artefacts relating to Stars of the Silver Screen and many modern day artists – including Audrey Hepburn, Marilyn Monroe, Princess Grace, Princess Diana, Michael Jackson, Michael Flatley, the Beatles and many more. Now rated as one of the top 5 free tourist attractions in Ireland, the Museum regularly hosts visiting collections from around the globe and admission is free.
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Mike and Anne Howard talk to Silvija Zalepugiene about their book “Ultimate Journeys for Two ” during the National Geographic party in Washington D.C.
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With the UK high streets becoming increasingly busy with shoppers on the hunt for the perfect gift, now is the time to escape the Christmas chaos with a well-timed winter shopping break to Philadelphia. The city of Philadelphia is offering a festive selection of shopping experiences for travellers this winter, including browsing the outdoor market stalls at the 10th annual Christmas Village in the recently re-opened LOVE Park and tax-free shopping at the festively decorated Macy’s. Or travellers looking for carols, cocoa and roasted chestnuts on fairy-lit streets can explore the quaint neighbourhood of Chestnut Hill, which will host lively Stag and Doe Shopping Nights throughout December 2017.
Alongside tax-free shopping on clothes and shoes, Philadelphia is also consistently citied as one of the most walkable cities in the US – the perfect combination for a stress-free shopping break. The city is renowned for its excellent shopping districts, including the centrally-located Rittenhouse Row which is brimming with independent shops and national retailers alike. Travellers looking to find a one-off gift for a loved one back home can also find a great selection of vintage and thrifted items in the various boutiques located in the Old City of Philadelphia and those eager to ‘shop until they drop’ should head to the nearby King of Prussia Shopping Center or the Philadelphia Premium Outlets in Limerick, Pennsylvania.
Philadelphia Celebrates The Christmas Village’s 10th Anniversary at LOVE Park
Following an official opening ceremony by the Christkind from Nuremberg on Thanksgiving (23rd November), the city’s recently renovated LOVE Park will be transformed into a winter wonderland with the return of the 10th annual Christmas Village. Inspired by the traditional German Christmas markets, Philadelphia’s very own open-air Christmas Village will play host to more than 80 vendors from across the world until Christmas Eve. From the wooden booths, local and international merchants will sell traditional gifts and treats, including ornaments, toys, jewellery and artwork. Following a browse of the stalls, holidaymakers are invited to warm up with a glass of mulled wine or hot chocolate under twinkling lights, while enjoying the festively-themed and mouth-watering food. Admission to the Christmas Village in Philadelphia is free, with food, drink and shopping available to purchase. For more information, visit www.philachristmas.com
Enjoy the Christmas Light Show and Tax-Free Shopping at Macy’s
Dating back more than half a century, the Christmas Light Show and Wanamaker Organ Concert at Philadelphia’s Market Street Macy’s is not to be missed during a family break in the city. During the show, 10,000 LED lights will create falling snowflakes, dancing ballerinas and reindeer against a four-storey-high velvet curtain in the store’s atrium, all to a soundtrack provided by the largest playable instrument in the world, the Wanamaker Organ. After the show, bargain-hunters can enjoy over 157,000 square feet of shopping space, take a stroll through the store’s wonderland of holiday window displays, or head to the third floor to explore the Dickens Village, which will include over 100 animated figures re-enacting 26 of A Christmas Carol’s most memorable moments. The Christmas Light Show and the Macy’s Dickens Village will run from 24 November – 31 December, excluding Christmas Day. For more information and for store opening hours, visit www.visitmacysusa.com/philadelphia.
Stag and Doe Shopping Nights in Chestnut Hill
Each Wednesday throughout December, Philadelphia’s charming north-western neighbourhood of Chestnut Hill will celebrate the season with Stag and Doe Shopping Nights, one of the areas oldest and most loved holiday traditions. Located just 25 minutes from Center City, travellers visiting the historic district of Chestnut Hill can enjoy extended opening hours of many stores on the festively decorated and tree-lined streets of Germantown Avenue, with many hosting holiday sales and promotions. Along with a chance to purchase unique gifts for loved ones back home, the nights will also provide revellers with live entertainment, seasonal treats, dazzling lights and carollers. For more information on Christmas events in Chestnut Hill, visit www.chestnuthillpa.com/events/holidays-hill-2017.
A package for a last-minute shopping break to Philadelphia includes:
Four-Night Package To Philadelphia From £843 Per Person
America As You Like it is offering a four-night package to Philadelphia from £843 per person. Package includes direct return flights from London Heathrow to Philadelphia with Virgin Atlantic and four nights’ accommodation at the Wyndham Philadelphia Historic District. Price is based on selected departure dates in December 2017 and is based on two people sharing. For more information or to book, call 020 8742 8299 or visit www.americaasyoulikeit.com.
For more information on Philadelphia, visit the Philadelphia Convention & Visitors Bureau’s website, www.discoverPHL.co.uk
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Plantacija “Ąžuolų alėja” (Oak Alley Plantation),
įsikūrusi vakariniame Misisipės upės krante Luisianoje, JAV . Ąžuolų alėja įrėminta įspūdingais, galingais, didingais tris šimtmečius skaiciujančiais ąžuolais. Jų šakos kaip tunelis gaubia visą taką , o šaknys tarsi medžio skulptūros išsiraizgiusios žemės paviršiuje. Tai istorinė plantacija,primenanti labai sunkius ir paslaptingus vergovės laikus. Dėl puikaus kraštovaizdžio ši mėgiama lankytojų vieta taip pat yra puiki vieta įvairių filmų kūrimui.
Silvija Zalepugiene #SilvijaTravelTips flew from Dublin Airport. Ireland to Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) with Ethiopian Airlines and onwards to Oak Alley Plantation, Vacherie, Louisiana, USA www.ethiopianairlines.com/IE
Ach kaip gera pasipliuškenti Ramiojo vandenyno bangose Santa Monikos pliaže Los Andžele, Kalifornija, JAV .Šiltas vasaros vakaras, rami pakrantė, begalinis vandenyno chorizontas ir vandens gausa paliko didžiulį įspūdį ir lengvai atpalaidavo po visos dienos viešnagės Holivude.
The All Inclusive Smartline Cala’n Bosch Hotel has a terrific seafront location with direct access to Menorca’s Cala’n Bosch Beach making this hotel an ideal holiday choice for families and couples. To book a holiday in Menorca at the Smartline Smartline Calan Bosch Hotel, Calan Bosch, Menorca visit: www.Sunway.ie
For those interested in sporting activities there is an abundance of sporting options available which include horse riding, cycling, sailing and a wide variety of water sports. An added advantage of staying at the Smartline Cala’n Bosch Hotel is that guests staying here can have free and unlimited entrance to the nearby Aquarock Waterpark (closes 14/9) and this together with the hotel’s varied daily entertainment programme for children and adults makes this hotel a perfect choice for a fun filled sunshine holiday.
Location: Situated on the seafront with direct access to Cala’n Bosch Beach. Located only 150 metres from the resort centre where there is a good choice of bars, shops and restaurants. The historic town of Ciudadela is 11km away.
Smartline Cala’n Bosch Hotel Accommodation includesTwin rooms will sleep maximum 3 adults or 2 adults and 1 child. All rooms have air conditioning, bathroom, satellite tv, balcony. Images of rooms Artist’s impression.
Board basis: All inclusive, cleaning and towel chance: on arrival and once per week, linen change: on arrival. Number of rooms: 188, official rating 3 star. Child age: under 12 years.
Facilities include Outdoor swimming pool • children’s swimming pool • sun terrace • 24 hour reception • bar • restaurant • cafe bar • poolside bar • safety deposit box* • children’s playground • table tennis* • wifi in public areas* • laundry* • entertainment programme with activities for all age groups • sports pitch • Free and unlimited entrance to the nearby Aquarock Waterpark. *=local charge
To book a holiday in Menorca at the Smartline Calan Bosch Hotel visit: https://www.sunway.ie/sun-holidays/menorca-balearic-islands/calan-bosch/smartline-calan-bosch-hotel
The Richmond is a small hotel situated directly on the ocean in the heart of Miami Beach’s historic Art Deco District and in one of South Beach’s finest location. The Richmond is an authentic art deco restoration, meticulously and lovingly directed by owners Patricia and Allan Herbert and is family-owned and operated since 1941. The Herbert’s have paid detailed attention to every aspect of the renovation and maintenance of the Hotel and their passion for it has been embraced by the hotels friendly, hand-selected staff who provide sincere and personalized, cordial hospitality which has developed a strong, loyal clientele and following.
The Richmond features one hundred guestrooms: each offering all-white bedding and down comforters, Art Deco décor with blond-oak furnishings, desk and armchair and unique Allan Herbert-inspired alarm clock. Accommodations also include in-room safes, bathrobe and iron/ironing board. Hotel services include: High-Speed WiFi (surcharge), satellite television and Valet parking. Guests also enjoy a business center and complimentary Fitness Center. Meeting Facilities are available upon request. The heated swimming pool, patio and fountains are surrounded by luscious landscaping creating a unique oasis for visitors. The hotel chef oversees the inviting Verandah Dining Terrace; serving dining and daily drink specials. Guests enjoy the Bridge to Romance linking the Richmond to Miami Beach’s Beachwalk and direct beach access to the warm, turquoise waters of the Atlantic Ocean.
The Hotel is just steps from the Miami Beach Convention Center, the Fillmore Miami Beach at Jackie Gleason Theater, the New World Symphony, Botanical Gardens, Holocaust Memorial and Bass Art Museum. The Richmond is also within easy walking distance to Lincoln Road and Ocean Drive and all of the exciting nightlife, fine dining experiences and shopping that South Beach has to offer. The Richmond is conveniently located to the Miami International Airport, the Port of Miami and all major South Florida sporting & event venues.
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Richmond Hotel 1757 Collins Avenue Miami Beach, FL. 33139
Killiney Hill – tai kalva, esanti pietinėje Dublino įlankos dalyje. Viršūnę vainikuoja akmeninis obeliskas.Nuo kalvos atsiveria labai gražus panoraminis vaizdas į apylinkes: Dublinas į šiaurės vakarus; Airijos jūra ir Velso kalnai -į rytus ; Bray Head ir Viklou kalnai – pietuose. Killiney kalva mėgstama pasivaikščiojimui , savaitgaliais čia gausu lankytojų su šeimomis , visi norintys gali pasigrožėti apylinkėmis , atsipalaiduoti žiūrėdami į banguojančią Airijos jūrą kalnų papėdėje.