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  • Sydney’s Charm

    Sydney Harbor Bridge ©Nicki Mannix

    Sydney Harbor Bridge ©Nicki Mannix/flickr

    The biggest port of Australia was established by British deportees

    It was the most unusual load that Admiral Arthur Phillips ever transported. The commander of 11 ships started his journey of 7 months from England to the eastern coast of Australia, having over 700 British convicts for deportation and over 450 marines.

    On 18 January 1788 the ships touched the ground described by other navigators as good for landing. At this point the exhausted prisoners – at least those who survived the voyage – could finally leave the ships.

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  • The Chasing of Melbourne

    Melbourne seen from above

    Melbourne seen from above

    The national longing of origins put some imprint above the second largest city of Australia

    Farmers, cattle keepers and gold diggers, these were the founders of the city, the second biggest of Australia and the eternal rival of Sydney. Judging by their history, the two sisters should have been sisters, Melbourne being the younger, although it looks older. For a long time, the two cities fought for the honor to become the capital of Australia. Despite the whole fight, Canberra succeeded achieving the capital in 1913.

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  • Save today: Fly from $68 US round trip

    This is Travelgrove’s Weekly travel deals collection, manually hand-picked by our deal-hunting editors. Act fast, the offers might be sold out quick!

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  • Top 5 cities in the world that look beautiful at night

    Paris, photo by glen edelson on Flickr

    Not all tourists travel at day and sleep at night, and night owls who spend their nights wandering around and exploring their surroundings are not interested only in the sights that can be appreciated in the sunlight. Many cities are pretty during the day, but become less inviting at night, so much that you almost forget to look around you.

    But other cities really come alive once the sun sets and the lights turn on – these are the kind of cities whose real beauty becomes obvious after most of their inhabitants go to sleep. If you have an appreciation for a fine nighttime view and a bright skyline, here are the top 5 cities in the world that look beautiful at night.

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  • The best cable car rides in the world

    Rio de Janeiro

    Rio de Janeiro

    Cable cars were probably invented for practical reasons, but it didn’t take long for people to notice that cable cars, if suspended above the right kind of scenery, can be awfully nice. Unless you have a fear of heights, cable car trips can be a great experience, and there are several cable car rides in the world whose purpose is to show off the view rather than just take passengers from one place to another.

    You can find urban cable cars and cable cars that will allow you a seeping view of a mountain or valley. Try a few of the best cable car rides in the world to see some amazing places from a different angle.

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  • 5 great ethnic neighborhoods from around the world

    Tokyo sur Seine, photo by firepile on Flickr

    One of the best things about large cities is that they are not uniform, and behind every street corner you might as well find something new, something that you haven’t encountered before. And large cities tend to have little pockets of culture where people have retained their own sense of style, and sometimes language and culture.

    Ethnic enclaves might have started out as something else, but today they tend to be oases of color and uniqueness inside cities. Plus, they are the go-to place if you are in search of ‘authentic’ cuisine and products, as well as interesting sights. Here are 5 great ethnic neighborhoods from around the world, for travelers who want to break the monotony.

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  • The world’s best travel experiences for thrill seekers

    Sydney Harbor Bridge, photo by Kevin Gibbons

    For some people, traveling is an opportunity to meet new people, see interesting places and discover cultures other than their own. For others, it’s not so much what they see, but how they see it. Adrenaline junkies can appreciate scenery just as well as any other person, but the if you’re hurtling towards the scenery at a dazzling speed, or rushing past it down a dangerous river, then the scenery is a hundred times better.

    If you prefer to churn out even the last drop of excitement out of every opportunity, then you will probably want to try some of the world’s best travel experiences for thrill seekers.

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  • Top 5 wreck diving destinations in the world

    Thistlegorm, photo by prilfish on Flickr

    Diving underwater to discover some of the mysteries of the deep is no longer the pastime of adventurers and explorers, but of anyone who can swim underwater and is curious about what sorts of things lurk beneath the surface. The coal reefs of the planet are teeming with life, and for a scuba diver the variety of the marine life is what makes a dive amazing.

    But the pretty tropical fish,  colorful and strangely-shaped coral and the occasional ominous manta ray or whale shark become less important when you are faced with the wreck of a ship or a plane that has been slumbering on the ocean floor for who knows how long. Go on the most exciting dive of your life at one of the top 5 scuba diving destinations in the world.

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  • The best wildlife watching destinations in the world

    Komodo Dragon, photo by Adhi Rachdian

    Nothing compares to the feeling you get when seeing a wild animals in its natural habitat, especially if it comes as a surprise. Now that travel is becoming more and more eco-conscious, an increasing number of people opt for wildlife vacations that allow them to get in touch with nature and get away from the hubbub of the city.

    If you’re curious what it’s like to see elephants, gorillas or whales off the TV screen, now it’s easier than ever to embark on a breaht-taking, life-changing adventure that will surely give you a different outlook on wild animals. Here are some of the best wildlife watching destinations in the world, where you get the chance to meet a few of the most fascinating species on the planet.

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  • Top 5 most exciting prison hotels from around the world

    Liberty Hotel, photo by Sunghwan Yoon on Flickr

    Most people do their best to stay out of prison, but in a few special cases they actually have to pay in order to spend the night in jail. You might think that willingly staying in a prison sounds crazy, but some jails converted to hotels are at the height of luxury.

    Of course, it all depends on what you’re looking for: some prison hotels retain only the aesthetics (prison chic has never been better than now), while others take the jail treatment further and will also give you a taste of what life in the cell was like before.

    If you are tired of boring hotel rooms that all look alike, then the top 5 most exciting prison hotels from around the world will probably provide you with enough shivers down your spine.

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