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El Paso, Texas, USA – Silvija Travel Tips

El Paso is a city in west Texas, along the waters of the Rio Grande. Outside the city, Franklin Mountains State Park is home to cacti and desert wildlife like coyotes and golden eagles. The park’s Wyler Aerial Tramway ascends to Ranger Peak for views of the city and to Mexico. Nearby, the National Border Patrol Museum traces the history of the U.S. Border Patrol, from its founding in 1924 to the present.

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The Mark Twain House & Museum, Hartford, Connecticut, USA – Silvija Travel Tips

 

The Mark Twain House & Museum, is a National Historic Landmark in Hartford, Connecticut, USA. The property was the home of America’s greatest author, Samuel Clemens (a.k.a. Mark Twain) and his family from 1874 to 1891. It is also where Twain lived when he wrote his most important works, including Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, The Prince and The Pauper and A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court. A stunning example of Picturesque Gothic architecture, the 25-room home features a dramatic grand hall, a lush glass conservatory, a grand library and the handsome billiard room where Twain wrote his famous books. National Geographic named it “one of the ten best historic homes in the world,” and TIME magazine dubbed it “Downton Abbey’s American Cousin.”

Throughout the year, The Mark Twain House & Museum presents special events and educational programs that illuminate Twain’s literary legacy for fans of all ages. In addition, we offer LIVING HISTORY TOURS, a behind-the-scenes look at The Mark Twain House with a costumed interpreter, nighttime Graveyard Shift Ghost Tours and murder-mystery CLUE Tours on select days and times.

For more information, call +1-860-247-0998

The Mark Twain House & Museum www.marktwainhouse.org

Fly from Dublin to Hartfotd with Aer Lingus and explore Connecticut, USA www.aerlingus.com

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The Greatest Showman film inspiring travel to New York – Silvija Travel Tips

NYC & Company, New York City’s official destination marketing organization, today announced a new partnership with 20th Century Fox Film on a holiday campaign titled The Greatest New York City in support of the global release of The Greatest Showman film on December 20, 2017. Inspiring travel to New York City, the campaign showcases extraordinary experiences in NYC during the holiday season when the City puts on its greatest show, from the festive Fifth Avenue department store windows in Midtown Manhattan to the world’s largest gingerbread display at the New York Hall of Science in Queens. Live now on NYCgo.com, content from The Greatest NYC campaign includes an exclusive video with cast and crew from The Greatest Showman expressing their affection for NYC.

“New York City serves as an inspirational backdrop to all those who live or visit here, just as it was over a century ago when it was the creative platform for legendary showman P.T. Barnum,” said Fred Dixon, president and CEO of NYC & Company. “To partner with 20th Century Fox Film on a movie inspired by Barnum’s NYC story has been a privilege for us, and we invite our travellers to be equally inspired by The Greatest NYC this holiday season across all five boroughs, from the icons to the local neighbourhood gems.”

The Greatest NYC campaign features advertisements throughout the five boroughs, including street pole banners, bus shelters and LinkNYC screens, with creative that cross-promotes the film and NYC travel content on NYCgo.com. Website content includes an exclusive video with cast and crew from the film, editorial articles on the holidays in NYC, a photo gallery of department store holiday windows, a gift guide and more. Social media on @nycgo Facebook and Instagram will also feature The Greatest NYC content.

“What better partner than NYC & Company, New York City’s official destination marketing organization, to help celebrate the release of The Greatest Showman. NYC is practically another character in the film. Indeed, only in NYC could the amazing story of The Greatest Showman come to life. We are so excited to be working on a campaign with NYC & Company to bring The Greatest NYC to people everywhere,” said Zachary Eller, executive vice president, Marketing Partnerships, 20th Century Fox Film.

The Greatest Showman was shot in New York City, including Brooklyn’s Steiner Studios, Brooklyn Academy of Music and Brooklyn Armory. The movie was inspired by the life and imagination of P.T. Barnum, who lived and worked in New York City in the mid-1800s, and the City was where his work in show business came to life. The film stars Hugh Jackman, Zac Efron, Michelle Williams, Rebecca Ferguson and Zendaya, and features original songs by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul. The film hits theatres worldwide on December 20, 2017.

The holiday season is one of the greatest times of the year to experience New York City. The season began in late November with the annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade and the iconic Christmas Tree lighting ceremony at Rockefeller Center. Additional activities during the season include department store windows, artisanal markets and various events at cultural institutions, and concludes by welcoming in the New Year with fireworks at Prospect Park in Brooklyn and, of course, the New Year’s Eve ball drop in Times Square.

To further celebrate the release of The Greatest Showman and The Greatest New York City campaign, The Greatest Week kicks off today in New York City with a series of fun, fan-centric activities. Visit nycgo.com/holiday for full details.

The Greatest Showman and 20th Century Fox Film will be honoured at the NYC & Company Foundation’s annual Visionaries & Voices Gala taking place December 18, 2017, in New York City. The NYC & Company Foundation supports NYC’s cultural institutions and their effort to communicate diversity and excitement of the arts for New York City. The Visionaries & Voices Gala celebrates iconic individuals and institutions that embody the vibrancy and vitality of New York City.

NYC & Company has previously partnered on film tourism campaigns with major box office films and movie studios, including Warner Brothers’ Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them in 2016 and Columbia Pictures’ Spider-Man 3 in 2007.

For more on The Greatest New York City and NYC holiday activities, visit nycgo.com/holiday.

Dublin – Seattle, USA new route with Aer Lingus – Silvija Travel Tips

May 2018 Aer Lingus will launch Ireland’s first direct service between Dublin and Seattle. Fondly known as The Emerald City, Seattle sits pretty between Puget Sound and Lake Washington on the Pacific Northwest. Home to must-visit sights like the Space Needle, Pike Place Market and the Museum of Pop Culture, Seattle is a superb city just waiting to be explored.

The brand new Dublin – Seattle direct route takes off on 18 May 2018. There will be four direct flights a week to and from Seattle. There will also be connections via Dublin to Seattle from a range of UK and European destinations. Another plus point is when you fly Aer Lingus, from Ireland to the USA you pre-clear U.S. Immigration in Dublin Airport and save precious time when you land in the USA.

To book your flight visit the Aer Lingus website www.aerlingus.com

Acqualina Resort & Spa on the Beach, Miami, Florida – Silvija Travel Tips

Reminiscent of a Mediterranean villa with its leisure-focused lifestyle and grand design, Acqualina is South Florida’s only five-star hotel of its kind, built completely open to the ocean, free of barriers between the 51-story tower, featuring 98-luxury rooms and 188 lavish residences, and its 400 feet of glistening Atlantic shoreline.

very detail of the guest suites has been studied with a master design eye, from luxury beds and bedding to, the custom case goods and artwork, as well as the customary Acqualina 5 star service. The resulting vision, a space fit for royalty.

Guests may partake in a variety of off property excursions, or enjoy a collection of amenities on property that make the luxury Miami Beach resort a true destination. Our Les Clefs d’Or Concierge staff await your call at +1.305.918.6860

Acqualina Resort & Spa on the Beach, Miami, Florida www.acqualinaresort.com

This video was produced by VolAero for the Acqualina Resort and Spa in Miami, (a Forbes 5 Star and AAA Five Diamond Beachfront Oasis) for its marketing campaigns that were showcased at the Hospitality Design Exposition & Conference 2017 in Las Vegas. (VNR).

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Idaho, the Stargazing USA State – Silvija Travel Tips

Following the mass influx of tourists that flocked to Idaho to witness the Solar Eclipse, the state is becoming more and more renowned as a must visit destination for the space gazing globetrotter. To celebrate Craters of the Moon’s newly granted International Dark Sky Park Status – here are our top 3 Idaho picks that will have you seeing stars:

1.       Craters of the Moon

The International Dark-Sky Association has granted silver-tier International Dark Sky Park status to Craters of the Moon National Monument. This starry spectacle is a must see due to its distance from large cities and the low southern horizon looking out over the Snake River Plain. Once the sun sets, visitors can take in the most out-of-this-world night sky – and now recognised as a designated International Dark Sky Park, you can be sure there’ll be no shortage of stars to observe.

2.       Bruneau Dunes State Park

Bruneau Dunes is the perfect destination for a road trip adventure. This state park boasts the highest single-structured dune in North America. In addition to the sandy waves, Bruneau is home to Idaho’s largest public observatory. Climb the 470-foot dune, dune sled, ski and snowboard – but most importantly, gaze at the stars.

3.       City of Rocks

The City of Rocks National Reserve is another of Idaho’s other-worldly experiences. The reserve boasts a plethora of natural beauty, from the rocks to the skies above them. As well as a haven for geologists, visitors are in for a treat once nighttime hits the City of Rocks. Tucked away from light pollution and at an elevated position the location makes for the most impressive stargazing. The illuminated night hits the rocky landscape, creating a contrast between the earth and the sky that simply can’t be put into words.

Idaho

Idaho is ideal for family travellers, outdoor enthusiasts, adventure seekers, or those just looking for a relaxing getaway.  A year-round destination, wherever you choose to explore in this magnificent state, you will find spectacular scenery, fun things to do and friendly, helpful people. You will also find a place that is unhurried, unspoiled and unassuming.  Adjacent to Washington and Oregon in the Pacific Northwest, Idaho stretches from the top of Nevada and Utah to the Canadian border.  The beautiful state has a variety of landscapes – from forests to desert and rugged mountains to broad farmlands.

Over 30 Scenic Byways across the state pave the way to adventure. Idaho offers unspoiled nature, white-water rafting, ranching experiences, Native American culture, biking, golf and wineries, spring through fall.  Winter offers mountain sports with blue skies, sunshine and powder snow in a variety of destination resorts including Sun Valley. Powwows, rodeos, cultural celebrations and festivals fill the calendar with a variety of interesting choices.

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(Photo credit: Visit Idaho)

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Vilnius invites travelling back in time for centennial celebration – Silvija Travel Tips

Vilnius is ready for a weekly celebration of the Centennial of the Restoration of the State of Lithuania, from 9 to 18 February. According to the City of Vilnius, efforts will be made to take the entire old town of Vilnius back to 1918. Plenty of events and celebrations have been planned for this particular week, involving active participation of the restaurants and bars, free tours around Vilnius, special illumination of the Independence Act-related key buildings, the distribution of the ancient publication, all this leading to the concert at the Cathedral Square with an element unseen until now – the Centennial Bell.

“Back then, in 1918, Vilnius happened to be in the centre of events, just like now, when the capital is setting the trend and showing the direction. Therefore, we wish to have the anniversary of this extremely important date for Lithuania marked not only officially. Vilnius has been and will remain an open city, therefore, we will try to involve as many as possible people from Vilnius and beyond in this celebration. The highlight of the celebrations will be travelling back in time to see Vilnius as it was in the fateful 1918, with its sounds and tastes”, says Remigijus Šimašius, Mayor of Vilnius.

The Mayor has noted that the upcoming February 16th will feature not only already recognizable highlights, such as the tricolour traffic light campaign, bonfires along Gediminas Avenue (100 this time), youth march, free tours but also new ones, including cooperation with restaurants etc. with a view to achieving a 1918 flashback through century-old tastes and ambiance, as well as the then street names, the tricolour illumination of bridges and the interactive Centennial Bell.

“February is not the best month for celebrations in terms of the weather, so we want to create warm atmosphere downtown to attract the population. I am certain that the old advertisements, restaurant signs, typical cuisine and music will definitely take you back in time to Vilnius in 1918”, says the Mayor of Vilnius.

Remigijus Šimašius invites everyone’s creative involvement in the celebration of this week, for example, by using retro graphics in their social network accounts, by making aged inter war-style business advertisements, which will compete to be published in Vilnius Newspaper, issued specifically for this occasion.

The key personalities and the buildings of that time will not be forgotten either – Vilnius public transport will feature the photos and quotations by the signatories, and the ten key centennial buildings will enjoy a special tricolour illumination.

In memory of the patriarch of the nation, Jonas Basanavičius, a largest live installation has been planned with several hundred bearded men.

All the events, festivals, restaurants, bars and hotels, as well as the photos of the old Vilnius will soon be available on a special Vilnius map: www.vilnius1918.lt.

List of events and highlights planned for the centennial celebration in Vilnius:

Time-travelling in festive week (9-18 February), involving restaurants, hotels, other public establishments, businesses and anyone willing to join the celebration.
Century Bell on Cathedral Square.
Free flashback tours around Vilnius.
100 symbolic bonfires along Gediminas Avenue.
Live installation ‘Basanavičius’s beard’
Symbolic illumination of key centennial buildings.
A tricolour traffic light campaign on Gediminas Avenue.
Signatories’ quotations on Vilnius public transport as of January.
Tricolour bridge lighting.
Ancient Vilnius Newsletter.
Theatre play for children Green Alive (under the pre-agreed schedule with schools).
The Concert for the Restoration of the State of Lithuania on Cathedral Square.
Patriotic march of the Lithuanian youth ‘Road of Statehood’ (Cathedral Square-Rasos Cemetery).

Source: MFA

Pažintis su Beverli Hilsu, Los Angeles – Silvija Travel Tips

Beverli Hilsas – tai miestas Los Andželo apskrityje. Gražus tvenkinys su vandens lelijomis ir naktį šviečiančiu užrašu pažymi ,kad tai- Beverli Hilso pradžia. Čia gyvena daugybė kino ir muzikos pasaulio garsenybių .Ši vietovė žymi prabangiais pastatais, kurių kosminės kainos įkandamos tik elitui. Labai gražios gatvės , daug augmenijos ir gėlių, išpuoselėti parkai ir skverai . Čia visada daugybė turistų, norinčių įsiamžinti prie Beverli Hilso.

Silvija Zalepugiene #SilvijaTravelTips flew from Dublin Airport. Ireland to Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) with Ethiopian Airlines www.ethiopianairlines.com

ublin to London €72 return Bus Éireann Euroline and Irish Ferries – Silvija Travel Tips

Travel from Dublin to London from €72 return with Bus Éireann Eurolines and Irish Ferries. Bus Éireann Eurolines coach and ferry day services runs from Dublin to Birmingham and London. The Eurolines service departs from Dublin (Busaras) at 0700, and arrive in Birmingham city centre at 1530 and London city centre at 1900. The crossing is be onboard one of the largest car ferries in the world, the Irish Ferries “Ulysses”. www.irishferries.com

The night-time service  sees two coaches depart daily from Dublin Busaras, travelling via Holyhead on Irish Ferries and onwards to Leeds and London, the latter including stops in Manchester and Birmingham.

The adult fares includes two medium size suitcases and all taxes costs from €72 return and €85 return for all other locations on the Bus Éireann nationwide network (including travel on connecting Bus Éireann services). Customers are advised to books in advance to avoid any disappointment.

You can also book tickets online at www.eurolines.buseireann.ie or for further information visit any Bus Éireann, Irish Ferries Office. In Britain, reservations may be made at National Express / Eurolines www.eurolines.com or any National Express travel agent. Telephone enquiries may be made to National Express customer service/booking centre at 08717 818 177

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Exploring the city of Ciutadella in Menorca – Sunway – Silvija Travel Tips

Exploring the city of Ciutadella in Menorca – Sunway – Silvija Travel Tips

Silvija Zalepugiene, Silvija Travel Tips explores the city of Ciutadella in Menorca on a Sunway holiday www.sunway.ie Ciutadella de Minorca or simply Ciutadella is a town and a municipality in the western end of Minorca, one of the Balearic Islands(Spain). It is one of the two primary cities in the island, along with Maó. The main sights in the city is the 17th century buildings, many of Ciutadella’s civil and religious buildings were built in the Italian style and gave it a historical and artistic unity. Ciutadella’s town hall is the former palace of the Arab governor and later served as a royal palace under the Crown of Aragon and again as a governor’s palace until the British moved the capital to the eastern town of Mahon in 1722. Punta Nati Lighthouse is located due north just outside Ciutadella.

To visit Menorca in the Balearic Islands consider a holiday with Sunway with direct flights from Ireland to Menorca airport. One of the most popular family holiday destinations, Menorca, with its spectacular coastline comprising of long sandy stretches of beach, picturesque bays and hidden little coves, overshadowed by dramatic cliffs and diverse landscape has a very individual character and atmosphere. There is something about Menorca that is hard to explain – it has to be experienced. Perhaps it is the slow and sleepy pace of development that has left this island unspoilt.

To book a holiday in Menorca visit: Sunway.ie – Menorca Balearic Islands

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