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Dambulla is a large city, situated at the central province in Sri Lanka, at the junction of highways A6 and A9, 150km away from Colombo. The city is known mostly due to the impressive and imposing complex of Cave Temples, which is also referred to as Royal Rock Temple. The complex is a major tourist destination, as many people visit the area and stay at one of the hotels in the city, or choose to come for a day trip from other nearby cities, such as Kandy.

Dambulla was inhabited at the 4th or 5th century BC approximately, and some of the statues and paintings found in the complex date back to the 1st century BC. The caves of the city are known as the refuge of the king Valagamba, when he was exiled by from the Kingdom. The caves were inhabited by monks who offered the refuge to the King protecting him from his numerous enemies. Later, when the king returned to the throne, he showed his gratitude building a rock temple in the area.

Today, the cave complex in Dambulla is one of the best preserved cave temples in the world and part of the UNESCO World heritage sites. There are approximately 80 caves in the area, although five of them are the most important ones, containing the artifacts, paintings and statues dedicated to Buddha. The numbers are impressive, as there are more than 150 statues of Buddha, a few statues of the Kings and the Gods, while the murals cover a total area of 2,100 square meters. One of the most known paintings in the area is the temptation of Buddha, by the demon Mara.

The caves in Dambulla were restored by UNESCO in the previous century, and all tourists who travel to the region today are able to admire the impressive complex in its full glory.

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Flex, located at Donaukanal / Augartenbrücke 1 in a disused railway bunker between the underground stations Schottenring and Augartenbrücke, is widely regarded as the top hotspot of Vienna and one of the best nightclubs in entire Europe.

This typically Euro Smoky club is one of the noisiest of its kind, with the most amazing sound quality and the best acoustic system in the country. In fact, there are signs displayed at its entrance that warn club-goers of the tremendous bass-loaded volume and the risk of ear-injury! The sizzling dance floor is connected to the Danube embankment where crowds gather at the waterside terrace on sultry summer nights to party until dawn. The music policy has become rather mainstream in recent times, but a good mix of house and techno is still played regularly. Special DJs, like Pete Doherty, Juliette and the Licks or Arcade Fire, man the console once a week and there are multi-cultural events and live performances by local as well as global artists and underground bands to pump up things now and then.

There’s even a Flex Cafe for those who wish to enjoy easy listening and mellow music, where computers connected to a jukebox allow the patrons to select and play their own preference from an archive of over 700 CDs. There’s no cover charge at the café.

Flex is open every night 8pm-4am, although things don’t heat up until past 10pm. Monday night is known as ‘Dub Club’, ‘London Calling’ on Tuesday night features indie and alternative rock, and Thursday night ‘Sub’ is the hippest event on account of Flex’s distinctive drum ‘n’ bass musical style. Prices are cheap and the clientele is on the younger side. One of the hottest venues in the city of lights, Flex is indeed a must-visit for all the trendy folk out there!

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Chill Ville Restaurant

16 Apr, 2010

Cebu City Restaurant

Cebu folks love to eat good tasty foods; that is why there are many restaurants in Cebu offering a wide range of fine dining. You can also find bread stores in almost all the corners of the metropolis that will make you think that Cebuanos are fond of breads. One of the best restaurants in this famous city in the Visayan region is Chill Ville restaurant which is very popular for “silog” meals. Chill Ville serves the best “silog” meals among other restaurants in town and even if you take them 3 times a day as what the folks are doing, you won’t hesitate coming back.

When you speak of good food, good time, and fine music, you will be referred to Chill Ville without 2nd thoughts by anyone that you ask for. This is because these factors are what this restaurant is actually famous for. Everyone appreciates the reggae concert, sting, coldplay, and concert videos of U2 which are ongoing while you are enjoying the taste of native delicacies spread out in your table. One unique feature of Chill Ville is that the owners are musicians too, and they love to entertain you with their own version of Visayan music and country songs.

While drinking beer or fine wine and listening to the music, you cannot resist eating delicious cold cats or “pulutan.” The main menu course is served when you are ready to taste the steaming foods which are available at affordable prices. The guests are oftentimes full with drinks and cold cats that only a small space in their stomachs can only accommodate the main course.

So, this is an important tip for you to consider when you visit Chill Ville; drink beers slowly and take “pulutan” graciously one at a time even if they taste so good, allowing you to enjoy eating the “silog” meals which is considered the real thing.

Address: 2005 Mango Square Open Plaza, Mango Ave., Cebu City, Philippines

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Propaganda Night Club

23 Dec, 2009

Propaganda – Moscow

Propaganda, located at 7 Bolshoi Zlatoustinsky Pereulok, is one of the oldest and best nightclubs in Moscow that has recently regained its erstwhile glory and popularity among clubbers, expats, tourists, and the cosmopolitan in-crowd, while maintaining a novelty factor.

The club’s interior oozes casual chic, there’s an open space at the main dance floor, as well as cozier corners on the first floor. The bar serves beverages for cheap during the early hours. As the night wears on, tables and chairs are shifted to make additional space at the dance floor and the casual bar transforms into the party centre.

Propaganda is open Monday to Friday, noon-6am, and 3pm-6am during the weekend. Thursday night house parties are the most popular and get some of the best music and crowd, when the famous Moscovite DJ Sanches mans the console. Guest DJs from Ninja Tune, Compost, Grand Central, and major UK house labels have also played at the club. Saturday night draws the sub-urban crowd to Propaganda, while Tuesday and Wednesday nights are mostly dedicated to electronic music and underground hip hop. Chinatown parties on Sunday nights are gay events for the rainbow family. In 2007, Propaganda launched the ‘nu rave’ parties which are now a regular on Fridays and attract long queues and huge crowds with glowsticks and colorful outfits.

The club also functions as a chill-out café during the daytime, serving delicious food and moderately priced drinks until around 11pm when the dance events begin. This bustling hotspot attracts a mixed crowd and is one of the best places to go for an unpretentious boogie. There’s a strict face-control policy at the doors one should beware of con artists and pickpockets near the club. Nonetheless, in the Russian epicenter of glorious hedonism, Propaganda promises to be one of the best night outs in town!

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Carnivore Restaurant

04 Dec, 2009

Address:
Republic of South Africa

“Muldersdrift Estate”
69 Drift Boulevard
Muldersdrift 1747, Gauteng

Carnivore Restaurant is a large restaurant that can easily seat 500 customers in their large dining area. For meat lovers this is the right place to visit. There are lots of selections of meats that will truly satisfy the carnivore in you. Beef, lamb, ribs, sausages, pork, and even venison are being served at Carnivore. Some of the game meat dishes available included waterbuck, crocodile, wildebeest, elephant, ostrich, hippo, warthog, giraffe, hartebeest, buffalo, kudu, eland, and sable. There are also tasty dishes that include vegetarian selections.
The ambiance is pleasant and service is efficient. It can truly make your meal an experience you will treasure. After tasting what they are offering you will surely visit Carnivore again. It is situated in Johannesburg, right after the Misty Hills Country Hotel.
Carnivore Restaurant first opened its doors to the eating public in the year 1993. The restaurant has a contemporary design combined with African designs. Some of its sculptures are originally made by Adam Madebe, a local from Zimbabwe.
Carnivore is a kind of restaurants, which boasts its various selections of locally made wines and mixed cocktails. You should try their delicious concoction of lime, vodka and lemon, it is truly delicious. With these selections readily available you will surely enjoy your sumptuous meal in this extravagant restaurant.
The grilled meat selection is truly mouth watering. You can choose from chicken yakitori, chicken livers peri-peri (with hot sauce), rump steak of beef, chicken wings, venison sausage, leg of lamb, pork sausage, leg of pork and different types of venison. After a hearty meal we welcome the various desserts they offer. You can choose from malva pudding, chocolate mousse, ice-cream, fruit salad, and cheesecake. That is accompanied with tea or coffee. With no doubt, you are assured for a relaxing and refreshing dining and of course you can ease all your mental stress and trauma. Enjoy and have fun along with your dear ones, and make your dining worth-remembering.

You will surely relish your meaty experience at Carnivore Restaurant. The dining experience here is to die for.

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Avalon Night Club

24 Nov, 2009

Avalon Night Club in Los Angeles

Avalon Night Club

Avalon, strategically located at 1735 Vine Street next to Arclight Theatre in Hollywood, was once the historic Palace Theatre often simply known as ‘The Palace’ that has been remodeled and restored to its original tinsel town glory with oodles of freshness by the Lyons Group.

One of the hottest party spots on the Hollywood Boulevard, Avalon boasts of a large club space of 800-plus capacity with a big dance floor and a main stage that famously features live bands and top DJs. VIP booths equipped with exclusive table service overlook the dance floor from the other end of the stage. There are three bars, a smoker-friendly patio and an upper balcony with additional opera box seating. Upstairs is the exclusive Bardot (formerly Spider Club aka After Dark), a warm and intimate lounge-cum-dance club, while downstairs is Honey, a connected restaurant with spacious leather booths and lavish chandeliers. After dinner hours, the restaurant space serves as a secondary dance floor to Avalon with its own line-up of DJs. This norm changes on Friday nights, when Honey is a part of Avalon only until 2 am, after which Spider Club takes over the space, and one has to pay additional cover to return to the same room.

With its state-of-the-art light and sound system, Avalon is a favored venue for live concerts, award shows, fashion shows, film shoots, screenings and premiere parties. The club has been a witness to legendary performances across decades by superstars such as Judy Garland, The Beatles, and Frank Sinatra to Prince, Snoop Dogg, and Nirvana. The incorporation of UK electronic wonder-act Hybrid as its resident DJs by the club has been one of the recent feathers in its cap.

Avalon is open Thursday to Saturday, 10pm-daybreak. Special events include Tiger Heat on Thursdays, Control on Fridays and Avaland on Saturdays, subject to change. A towering presence in the ever-changing nightlife scene of this brightly lit city, this fun and fashionable mega-club is a carnival of riotous colors and real Hollywood glamour.

Avalon Night Club

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Sage Club, Berlin

30 Oct, 2009

Sage Club in Berlin

Sage Club, Berlin

Sage Club, located at Köpenicker Strasse 76 in Mitte, is the hottest dance club and live music venue of a city notorious for its wild all-night party culture. The club is housed underground in a formerly disused part of Heinrich Heine Strasse Station, a location that lends instant glamour to the establishment.

This cool and concrete-walled hotspot boasts of sophisticated interiors and a cutting-edge light and sound system (bass-loaded). There are several separate dance floors, an Oriental lounge adorned with a fire-breathing dragon, and an outdoor space complete with a rooftop pool and wooden deck. The décor is an interesting fusion of such jet-set style and quirky design, like gargoyles overlooking the bars. The pool area is preferred by those who wish to sit and talk or to simply chill. There are DJ’s and live performers to keep the music playing, from rock, hardcore and industrial, to Britpop and 90′s classics. In fact, the club’s eclectic music policy belts out everything from techno and rock to funk and house, depending on the day, the area, and the audience, the current craze being ‘rock meets electronic’ The crowd is diverse and dynamic, often on the younger side, and serious about clubbing.

Sage Club is open Thursday from 10pm and Friday to Saturday from 11pm until close or 6am. Thursdays are the weeknights, when admission is free until 11pm and live rock acts supported by the DJs set the party scene. ‘Funky Friday’ and ‘Slave to the Rhythm’ Saturday are the most popular nights when the party crowd groves to some classic house and tough techno beats.

Sage Club is undoubtedly one of the top nightspots in the whole of Germany, and somewhat of an institution in Berlin itself, with a far-reaching reputation that makes it a must-visit for the serious clubber or adventurous traveler.

Sage Club, Berlin

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There are several restaurants in Khartoum but very few are popular that can offer an international style of cuisine. Solitaire restaurant is just new in the area, but it has tremendously gained popularity among the locals and foreigners too. You can observe that dining tables are occupied on a daily basis because of the tasty menus that are available and the kind of service that the staff renders to its customers.

The dishes are artistically arranged with a touch of oriental mixture and availability of international cuisine such as American, Chinese, Mexican and Italian choices. You will enjoy savoring the tasty chicken rolls that are served with filling of herbs and “mozzarella” cheese in a chicken kiev way of presentation. This special dish comes with French fries and roasted vegetables, as well as a bowl of mayonnaise.

Solitaire restaurant is also famous for “Veal Emance zurichoise, a kind of beef stroganoff surrounded with mashed potatoes. These potatoes are not as dry and fluffy compared to the servings in other known outlets, and they are less soggy than ordinary types. You will not miss out a single dish in the menu because of its delicious taste that can even make you decide to bring home some.

You can try the beef steak or the fish fillet which is one of the favorites of the customers that frequent this restaurant. As one of the few options for a fine dining place with first-class service in Khartoum, Solitaire can meet any discriminating taste of locals and tourists alike. Its friendly service has been known to please the diners that induce them to keep coming back. Most of the staff is composed of English-speaking Filipinos who takes care of your needs with smiling faces.

The only problem that you might encounter is the crowded dining area on weekdays especially during weekends.

Address: Amarat 15, Khartoum, Sudan

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Two Times Square - New York Restaurant
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Welcome to Two Times Square, the impressive home of contemporary American food that will mesmerize you with its ambient natural surroundings in the middle of concrete jungle of restaurants that is New York City. The restaurant is a second home when it comes to its artistic setting offering spacious surroundings that moves your mind away for the hustle and bustle of the city in addition to its elegant cuisine that will simply startle your taste buds.   

The ambience of Two Times Square is not dictated by what time of the day you patronize it because the views of the city are spectacular at all times, all you need is to get a seat next to the window and the crossroads of the world are at your fingertips. The furniture it features is of the highest quality designed by world acclaimed Jordan Mozer and you can bet this must be the epitome of his best works yet. If you really wanted to watch the real life of this great city then Two Times Square is the place to visit and you could end up writing a book on the rat race in the morning, the business mood over the noon hours and finally a city closing one life and opening up the night spots later in the day.

 The menu at restaurant is simply lip smacking and spectacular with our in house chef who ensures you have food that comes form the farm directly to your table with a great taste that will keep you coming back again and again. A natural American beef is a must taste to add on to all your other favorites that remind you that you are in America. Come for the greatest selection of lobster, crab and all other sea foods that are selected and prepared just for your taste. 

The salads and appetizers will drive your appetite overboard due to their freshness. Make a secret discovery of where to hold all you personal and corporate events where food is a must that will untie souls as people dine and wine to celebrate their unique American experiences. There are enough room to accommodate up to 250 pax for a cocktail and up to 80 guests seated comfortably with every event made just to taste.        
 
Address: 714 Seventh Avenue at W. 48th Street 
New York, New York 10036 

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Les Bains Douches night club in Paris

Les Bains Douches, Paris

Les Bains Douches, located at 7 rue du Bourg-l’abbé in le 3ème arrondissement, is an exclusive Parisian hotspot, made famous by Cathy & David Guetta, the celebrated French DJ. The name ‘The Baths’ is derived from the space occupied by the club, which formerly functioned as a Turkish bath that attracted gay clients, including the notable Marcel Proust.

Renovated and modernized into a trendsetting late-night dance club, this has been the favorite party destination of the city’s glam set since the 80s, which makes it possible to rub shoulders with A-listers like Mick Jagger, Tom Cruise, Kate Moss and JLo. Both the floors are equipped with top sound quality where everything from the latest house and rock to electric and Eurodance set the scene. Live DJs who grace its decks include local stars like Busy P and well-known names such as Erol Alkan. The blue and white tiled floor perhaps recalls the bygone, but is offset by the lively dance floor where dancing begins at midnight. The bar stays open until the wee hours, and there is a restaurant on the first floor that serves Thai cuisine, where a meal costs anywhere between $50 and $200.

Les Bains Douches is known as much for its multiple theme parties as for its celebrity clientele and eclectic playlist. Promising young bands take the stage on Thursday nights, on Friday the club hosts the hottest DJs from around the world and Saturday nights are dedicated to gay events. The clientele too is increasingly gay, although sexual orientation is no issue at all.

The club is open Wednesday to Sunday, 11pm-6am. The restaurant opens its doors at 8pm. To make it in past the severe bouncers with minimum hassle, reserve a table at the restaurant beforehand.

Drop in at Les Bains Douches for a taste of the hottest party atmosphere in the city. A true Parisian treat, in every sense.

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