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Harrods gives customers extra time to shop
Starting today, 30 March 2015, Harrods will be extending its opening hours from Monday to Saturday, 10:00am to 9:00pm, allowing customers to indulge in an extra hour of some much-needed shopping in-store. Sunday trading hours will remain unchanged (11.30am – 6pm, browsing only between 11:30am and 12 noon).
Shop at Harrods for their extensive range of luxury designer clothing, accessories, beauty products, homewares and furniture. Customers can also enjoy Harrods’ myriad range of delicious restaurants, that will remain open until 9:00pm as well.
Harrods is located at 87-135 Brompton Road, Knightsbridge in London, United Kingdom.
Last Updated on Monday, 30 March 2015 16:50
Air France now flies to Vancouver
Starting March 29 2015, Air France will offer up to 5 weekly flights between Paris-Charles de Gaulle and Vancouver, the famous cosmopolitan coastal city of British Columbia, in Canada.
From March 29 to May 3, 2015, flights will operate on Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays. From May 4 to September 13, 2015, flights will operate on Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
Last Updated on Monday, 30 March 2015 16:09
All museums in Chile are now free
If you are planning a trip to Santiago this summer you will be happy to know that from March 3 2015 all museums in Chile have abolished entrance fees. This means that you can visit the Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes in Santiago and 25 other museums for free.
The Department of Libraries, Archives and Museums or DIBAM, which runs 26 museums throughout Chile had earlier made all libraries free of cost to encourage reading. By making museum visits free, DIBAM wants to make sure that locals as well as tourists can benefit from the rich culture and history of Chile that is preserved in the museums.
Last Updated on Friday, 27 March 2015 03:53
Europe to the U.S., are you up for the drive?
Plans have been unveiled by Russian Railways president Vladimir Yakunin for a new, albeit a tad ambitious, transport route from Europe, all through Russia to the U.S., with a high speed railway network to link Asia with Europe. For more of a visual of how long this route will be, picture a highway spanning half of the earth’s circumference. Yeah.
Vladimir Fortov, the Head of the Russian Academy of Science, said that the project is 'very ambitious and expensive’, but that if the President approves, ‘It will solve many problems in the development of the vast region.’ The project, if successful, would create 10 to 15 new industries, new cities and a huge number of new jobs, as well as help develop the Far Eastern cities.
The project is predicted to cost trillions of dollars, but Yakunin promises that the economic returns would do more than just overcome these investments.
The superhighway from Britain to America would approximately be 12,400 miles, around 3,000 miles longer than the current longest continuous road in the world - Highway 1 found in Australia, running around the entire country at 9,000 miles.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 25 March 2015 17:15
Amsterdam’s Keukenhof Gardens now open
The Keukenhof Gardens is the world’s second largest flower garden, following Dubai Miracle Garden. On 20 March 2015 the Keukenhof opened its gates for the 66th time, with expectations of a total of 800,000 visitors from 100 different countries this year.
Willem van Gogh, a relative of the famous painter Vincent van Gogh, officially opened the exhibition, in accordance to the Van Gogh theme showcasing this year. 2015 is exactly 125 years since the passing of Vincent Van Gogh, and in honor of this the Keukenhof has a wonderful display of a flower bulb mosaic of the artist’s self-portrait, covering an area of 250m2 and consisting of thousands of different colored tulips.
The Keukenhof is located in South Holland, in a town called Lissee. The park makes significant contribution to tourism in the Netherlands, attracting nearly 50 million people since it first opened in 1949.
The Keukenhof is now open to the public, up to and including Sunday 17 May 2015, from 8:00am to 7:30pm. Tickets cost €16 for adults, €8 for children aged 4 - 11, and 0 - 3 year olds are free. The park also offers free Wi-Fi and free lockers to store any luggage.
Last Updated on Monday, 23 March 2015 15:38
Hello Kitty tea house opens in Kyoto
Hardcore Hello Kitty fans, you’re in for a treat. A recently opened tea house in Kyoto lets you order traditional Japanese cuisine Hello Kitty-style - complete with the 40-year-old Japanese pop icons face emblazoned on (and in) the cups and bowls.
The Tea House Hello Kitty Saryo, a collaboration with parent company Sanrio, sells countless Kitty treats. From dim sum stamped with the Hello Kitty logo, to matcha green tea lattes with the famous Kitty poking on the foam, everything served here comes complete with the Kitty flair - with prices that start at $3.60.
The tea house is open 10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. daily, and has a craft shop right next door selling a variety of Hello Kitty memorabilia, including teapots, tote bags and clothing.
Keeping in mind this is the Kitty’s hometown, it's definitely not the only place to get your Hello Kitty fix. There are many theme spots, including Hello Kitty Sweets in Taipei, Taiwan, and a Hello Kitty Cafe in Seoul.
Living in LA and can’t fly down to Japan to check it out just yet? ”Hello! Exploring the Supercute World of Hello Kitty" exhibition at the Japanese American National Museum continues in Los Angeles through to May 31. It celebrates 40 years of products as well as contemporary takes on the feline character.
Last Updated on Sunday, 22 March 2015 16:25
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