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FREESUN NEWS! 19 MAY 2011 Founded in 1982 Online Since 1995 FREESUN N° 486 - May 2011 Stuttgart Celebrates the 125th Anniversary of the Automobile The Automobile Year of 2011 ! PAGE 1 FREESUN NEWS! 19 MAY 2011 Daimler, Carl Benz and Wilhelm Maybach, are guaranteed to make the Automobile Year of 2011 an unforget- table highlight. In the Stuttgart region, too, this unique jubilee will be the focus of attention. After all, here more than anywhere else in Germany automotive history is ever-present and very much alive. In the Stuttgart region there's a tangible link between the history of the auto- mobile and future innovations. As well as the amazing and unique Mercedes- Benz and Porsche automobile muse- ums, the Stuttgart region also offers a huge diversity of places to visit with attractions to suit every taste, such as the Mercedes-Benz Classic Center in Stuttgart – the name of Baden- Stuttgart's close involvement with the Fellbach, the Galleries for Art and Württemberg's capital is inseparably automobile. Technology in Schorndorf, the Boxen- linked with that of the automobile. And now, to honour the 125th anni- stop Car and Toy Museum in Tübin- This is where one of the very ﬁrst versary of the automobile in a ﬁtting gen, Gottlieb Daimler's birthplace in automobiles was conceived in a little manner (it was in 1886 that Carl Benz Schorndorf and his inventor's work- workshop by Wilhelm Maybach and invented the famous Benz Patent Mo- shop in Stuttgart-Bad Cannstatt. Yet Gottlieb Daimler, and where today tor Car, the world's ﬁrst automobile), despite their variety they all have one two of the world's most outstanding the state of Baden-Württemberg is thing in common: a love of automo- automobile museums are to be found. devoting a whole summer of events to biles. All of these institutions will be And here, too, is where the main pro- this economic icon. Countless events getting spruced up for the Automobile duction plants of both Mercedes-Benz on the theme of the automobile, a host Year of 2011 in order to offer their and Porsche are located, and where the of special exhibitions in museums and visitors a really special experience on people feel a close bond with the his- cultural institutions, interesting in- this festive occasion ■ tory and traditions of these two global sights into automotive history and – www.stuttgart-tourist.de last but not least – the celebration of Baden-Württemberg's great automo- tive pioneers and inventors, Gottlieb concerns. Ever since 1951 the Mer- cedes Star has revolved unceasingly on top of the tower of Stuttgart's main railway station, and the spectacular "Retro Classics" trade fair is just one more example of the long tradition of ! PAGE 2 FREESUN NEWS! 19 MAY 2011 The Reikartz Hotels & Resorts in Ukraine April 2010 announces about the management contract signed for Reikartz River Mykolaiv. This business hotel is peacefully located in the historical center of Mykolaiv, on the bank of the river Pyvdennyi Buh. The end of 2010 witnessed the open- ing of two more Reikartz hotels in In 2003, the Belgian architect Francois Kvasova. Due to its SPA & Wellness Pochayiv and Lviv, Ukraine. Reikartz Ryckaerts and partners bought a build- center Reikartz Polyana has an at- Pochayiv with the 70 rooms capacity ing on Drukarska Street in Lviv, West- tractive advantage over all the other is located in Ternopilska region, close ern Ukraine. Thus, Reikartz Hotels & local hotels and health resorts, as it is to the Holy Dormition Pochayiv Resorts were created with Francois not only common balneotherapy that it Lavra, which is very convenient for Ryckaerts as Chief Architect. offers to its guests. The specialists of numerous pilgrims and tourists who Reikartz Polyana apply a combination come to visit the monastery. In December 2008 Reikartz Hotels & of various treatment methods – min- Resorts opened the ﬁrst hotel, Rei- eral water is used alonside with mud kartz Carpaty, in Zhdeniyevo, treatment, massotherapy, electrother- Zakarpatska region. This region is an apy and magnetotherapy. This allows important tourist and travel destination to efﬁciently treat a whole range of with wonderful landscapes and mild health disorders, as well as to provide climate - a perfect choice for skiing, a complex health improvement. hiking and admiring the beauty of nature. Reikartz Hotels & Resorts continued its rapid expansion during 2009 and Subsequently, Reikartz Hotels & Re- in August took over the management sorts acquired a hotel in the nearby and upgraded one of the best business health resort Polyana, renowned for its hotels in Kirovograd, today called Reikartz Medievale Lviv became the climate and mineral water Polyana Reikartz Kirovograd. second hotel of the chain in the city. The name is fully justiﬁed by the ho- In Lviv, a busi- tel’s location close to the ancient heart ness hotel with of Lviv, Rynok Square. At ﬁrst the stylish and ele- hotel will have 23 rooms; later on the gant interior, capacity will grow up to 70 rooms. Reikartz Dwor- zec Lviv, In February 2011, the company signed opened in De- the agreement for managing the hotel cember 2009. Aurora, Kryvyi Rih, which joined Reikartz Hotels & Resorts and from Reikartz Hotels now on is known as Reikartz Aurora & Resorts con- Kryvyi Rih. tinues its rapid The last opening took place on May, growth and in 1st, 2011Reikartz Dnipropetrovsk is ! PAGE 3 FREESUN NEWS! 19 MAY 2011 a business-hotel with 80 rooms. With its two modern conference halls and convenient downtown location, the hotel will be of great interest for the business circles of Ukraine. Internet : The strategy of Reikartz Hotels & http://en.reikartz.com/ Resorts is to enlarge the chain up to twenty hotels conforming to European Standards during the coming ﬁve years. Hotels will be located in the largest cities and the most visited tour- ist resorts of Ukraine. Our goal is to make Reikartz Hotels & Resorts the preferred provider of quality accom- modations for business and leisure travel in Ukraine.■ ! PAGE 4 FREESUN NEWS! 19 MAY 2011 Reikartz Hotels & Resorts Open Hotel in Dnipropetrovsk Ukrainian hotel chain Reikartz Hotels & Resorts an- nounces the opening of a 4-star hotel in Dnipro- petrovsk. The new hotel of the chain is conveniently located in the historic and business center of the city, on Krasnaya Street. This location is only minutes away by foot from Karla Marksa Avenue – one of Dnipropetrovsk’s main streets. Reikartz Dnipropetrovsk offers its guests 80 modern and spacious rooms. Rack rates this year for double rooms start from 650 UAH . The exclusive three- room Suites will cater to the needs of the VIP guests. In addition the hotel offers two spacious conference halls for business or private occasions, restaurant of European and Ukrainian cuisine, as well as stylish bar. «Even long before the opening we witnessed considerable interest towards Reikartz Dnipropetrovsk from the Ukrainian business community. I am quite convinced, the new hotel will become the constant choice of our partners for organiza- tion of business conferences in Dnipropetrovsk», - says Sebastian Kraemer, Chief Operating Ofﬁcer, Reikartz Hotels & Resorts. Dnipropetrovsk has more than 1 ml population and is considered to be one of the most important economic centers of Ukraine. The center of iron industry, the city is also witnessing active development in services and trade. However up to this very moment the city lacked hotels of 4-star level. Reikartz Dnipropetrovsk opening with perfect infrastructure for business travelers solves this issue.■ ! PAGE 5 FREESUN NEWS! 19 MAY 2011 One in four Russian citizens could own Sochi 2014 Olympic coins Sochi 2014 Games region – particu- larly the unique city of Sochi itself. Nine savings coins of original rectan- gular form showing the Sochi 2014 mascots will also be issued. The coins design was developed by V/O Goznak of Russian in collaboration with the Sochi 2014 Organizing Committee. The Sochi 2014 Organizing Commit- tovskiy, Deputy Chairman of Sber- Dmitry Chernyshenko, Sochi 2014 tee, the Central Bank of the Russian bank of Russia Stanislav Kuznetsov, President and CEO, said: Federation, V/O Goznak and Sberbank General Director of V/O Goznak Ar- of Russia has announced the start of kadiy Trachuk and Sochi 2014 Presi- “The main peculiarity of the Sochi the Sochi 2014 Coins Program. It will dent and CEO Dmitry Chernyshenko. 2014 Coins Program is its all-Russian be one of the largest-scale coins pro- The ceremony was also attended by geography. Thanks to the way we are grams in the history of the Olympic famous Russian Olympians represent- organising the program launch, every movement: between 2011 and 2013, ing the different kinds of sports de- fourth citizen of Russia can become an 46 kinds of commemorative and sav- picted on the Sochi 2014 coins. Two- owner of a little part of Olympic his- ings coins made from gold, silver and times world champion Irina Slutskaya tory. The experience of the Central non-ferrous metals will be issued. In represented ﬁgure skating and two- Bank of Russia in creating successful total 36,7 million coins will be cre- times Olympic champion Svetlana coins programs and Sberbank’s wide ated. Moreover, for the ﬁrst time in Ishmuratova represented biathlon. regional network open unique possi- Games history a coin with a value of bilities for the Sochi 2014 Coins Pro- 25 rubles will be issued for mass cir- The themes and design of the Sochi gram to have a real impact. I’m sure culation. Also for the ﬁrst time in Rus- 2014 coins reﬂect not only the Olym- that it will become a bright part of the sia the reverse side of the coins will be pic events but also national peculiari- Sochi 2014 Games, which represent decorated not by the two-headed ea- ties of Russia and the speciﬁcs of the new Russia.” ■ gle, but by the National emblem of the Russian Federation. The ceremony of the Sochi 2014 Coins Program launch was attended by the First Deputy Chairman of the Central Bank of Russia Georgiy Lun- ! PAGE 6 FREESUN NEWS! 19 MAY 2011 Mkulumadzi , Majete Wildlife Reserve dards of accommodation, hospital- ity, guiding and catering are second to none. ■ OPENING JULY 2011 The Reserve is an impressive example Located in the Majete Wildlife Re- of sustainable development and biodi- serve, Mkulumadzi offers guests a versity, since 2003 the African Parks chic and contemporary retreat set Network has worked tirelessly to rein- amidst rugged and untouched bush troduce endangered species and pro- land. tect and preserve Majete’s ﬂora and fauna. The lodge, accessible by footbridge suspended over the Mkulumadzi Mkulumadzi is owned and managed Website : http:// River, comprises of eight spacious by Robin Pope Safaris, which was www.mkulumadzi.com/en/ chalets, each with private viewing founded in 1986 and known for it’s email : email@example.com decks offering dramatic and unim- specialized and walking safaris. Stan- peded views over the conﬂuence of two rivers, the Mkulumadzi and the Shire. The main lodge is an open- fronted space maximizing the beauti- ful river views and taking advantage of some cool shade on the forested banks. Activities range from swim- ming in the pool and dining under the starts, to river cruises, game-drives and walking safaris. There is an abundance of wildlife in- cluding the rare black rhino, elephant, buffalo, Nyala, sable, eland and Lichtenstein’s hartebeest. Numerous species of birds grace Majete, includ- ing Rock Prancole, Pels Fishing Owl and more. ! PAGE 7 FREESUN NEWS! 19 MAY 2011 Holidays on the beach: a thing of the past? lar with the Germans is going out of within Europe round trips rank ahead fashion. Whereas in 1998 64.5 per of wellness and health vacations. cent of German holidaymakers spent Among German holidaymakers the nicest time of the year on the cruises are another strong growth beach, only 58.5 per cent will be market. Dr. Buck “For many years the booking this traditional form of holi- cruise market has been one of the most daymaking in 2011. These are the growth-intensive sectors. It remains a ﬁndings of a representative survey by driving force in the German tourism ADAC Reisemonitor. By contrast, market.“ According to the ADAC sur- round trips, city travel and cruises are vey, since 2002 this segment has expe- the latest trend. rienced huge growth, in the order of 95 per cent. This year 4.8 of German People on holiday still want to be ac- holidaymakers are planning a cruise, tive, be entertained and have a over 1.5 per cent more than in 2007. change“, says Dr. Martin Buck, direc- At 29 per cent, Central America, the tor of the Travel & Logistics Compe- Caribbean, the Mediterranean and tence Center at Messe Berlin and re- the Northern Cape remain the most sponsible for ITB Berlin. “More and sought after destinations, closely fol- A holiday experience instead of hang- more Germans want to experience lowed by river cruises, which at 20 per ing out – Germans no longer want something new when they are away cent are rapidly growing in popularity. their holidays to be a passive affair. and would like to get to know a coun- The market for city travel is experi- Latest ADAC Reisemonitor survey: try and its people. This trend is also encing major growth too. Since the round trips, city travel and cruises reﬂected in the catalogues of tour op- year 2000 the number of Germans are becoming more and more popular erators, who have put together new travelling to cities has risen by 53 per with German holidaymakers holiday deals and have expanded their cent. portfolio to include round trips under certain headings.” The ADAC Reisemonitor survey is carried out once a year and is pre- Berlin, 5 May 2011 – Summer, sun- According to the survey every second sented annually at ITB Berlin. It pro- shine, beaches and the sea… the sort long-distance holiday booking has a vides information on trends and evalu- of holiday that has always been popu- round trip accompanying it. Even ates travel patterns among German holidaymakers. 4,000 members of the ADAC were polled in order to obtain data for the Reisemonitor. Among other things this representative trend survey looks at holiday expectations, decisions and destinations in 2011. ■ ! PAGE 8 FREESUN NEWS! 19 MAY 2011 ! PAGE 9 FREESUN NEWS! 19 MAY 2011 The Ultimate Green Traveller's Guide To Copenhagen tice that is becoming the norm in Co- penhagen. But green eating in Copen- hagen does not necessarily mean opt- ing for a gourmet restaurant as there are sustainable choices in all price ranges. In April the new gastro pub Nose2Tail (www.nose2tail.dk) opened in the meatpacking district. As the name indicates the concept is to use everything from the animal to avoid waste. At Nose2Tail the menu is de- termined based on which products are supplied by local organic producers on the day. Around the corner in the meatpacking district is the large or- ganic restaurant BioMio (www.biomio.dk) with room for 250 people. Here they serve organic, healthy and tasty food at reasonable prices in a laid back atmosphere. For a fast food option try eating at an authentic Copenhagen hot dog stand, with a green twist. By Copenhagen’s Round Tower you can ﬁnd the city’s only organic hot dog stand – Den Øk- According to the city’s climate strat- of World’s Best Chef. ologiske Pølsemand (www.døp.dk). egy Copenhagen is to be the world's Here you can order hot dogs and fried ﬁrst CO2 neutral capital by 2025 and At the Michelin starred restaurant sausages made from organic pork or this has the full support of the Copen- Herman, located within the Nimb beef. Side orders and drinks are also hageners as a green vibe ﬂows through complex, (www.nimb.dk) they serve organic. every corner of the city. Whether you radical interpretations of Danish clas- are looking to eat, drink, shop or sleep sics and whether beast, ﬁsh or fruit, Green Drinks with a clear conscience, Copenhagen every last bit is made use of – a prac- has an eco-friendly option for you. Besides organic soups, Soupanatural (www.soupanatural.dk) in Nørrebro Green Eating specialises in healthy organic smoothies - or "Vitaminas" as they One take on green eating in Copenha- call them – and organic cocktails to- gen’s culinary scene is seasonal cook- go. HarboBar café on Blågårdsgade, ing with local products, with the makes spectacularly good organic world’s best restaurant Noma leading coffee and cupcakes, and turns into a the way (www.noma.dk). Noma’s cocktail bar in the evening, where you success has had a profound trickle- can chose from a selection of organic down effect on other restaurants prac- beer, wine, cocktails and schnapps. ticing New Nordic Cuisine. Among them is the fully organic restaurant Green Sleeping Geranium (www.geranium.dk) with head chef Rasmus Kofoed, winner of Lots of Copenhagen hotels tick the Bocuse d’Or 2011, giving him the title eco-friendly box, in fact 58 % of hotel ! PAGE 10 FREESUN NEWS! 19 MAY 2011 energy consumption for cooling and heating by nearly 90 percent. Axel Hotel Guldsmeden (http://hotelguldsmeden.com/axel/engl ish/), situated in the trendy district of Vesterbro, sets a high standard when it comes to sustainability and ecology. The breakfast buffet is 100 % organic with homemade yogurt, French cheeses and rustic bread and pastry from Emmery's. Furthermore, the ho- tel offers organic beauty products such as shampoo, body lotion and soap especially made for their rooms. Green Experiences That Copenhagen cares about the en- vironment is clearly visible in the street scene. The water in the inner harbour is so clean, you can take a dip in it and the city is sprinkled liberally with green spaces. When the sun is out, take a break from the busy city- life at the Assistens Kirkegård park in Nørrebro - a historic cemetery, which is the burial site for prominent Danes such as Hans Christian Andersen and philosopher Søren Kierkegaard. For a convenient and eco-friendly sightseeing tour of Copenhagen take the CityCirkel buses, route 11, which run all day on electricity from batter- ies charged during night time, thus emitting less CO2 and exhaust fumes than ordinary cars and busses. Or if rooms are certiﬁed with the ofﬁcial The four star Crowne Plaza Copenha- you want an alternative means of Green Key guarantee. Scandic Hotel gen Towers (www.cpcopenhagen.dk) transportation take a guided tour of the W e b e r s is built to be one of the World's green- sights of Copenhagen on an environ- (http://www.scandichotels.com/en/Hot est hotels. It has Denmark's only CO2 mentally friendly Segway els/Countries/Denmark/Copenhagen/H neutral hotel building and meets EU (www.tourscph.com). The special ve- otels/Scandic-Webers/) close to the requirements for green construction hicle runs on rechargeable batteries main train station and Tivoli Gardens and all of the hotel's energy consump- and lets you glide around Copenha- is particularly impressive. Not only is tion comes from renewable energy gen's sights in a CO2-friendly and fun all the food and drink organic, the sources. The hotel's CO2 neutral tech- way. hotel’s furnishings are made from en- nologies include an advanced climate vironmentally sound textiles and a system, which uses groundwater for At Experimentarium in Hellerup programme aimed at making the cooling during Summer and stores the (www.experimentarium.dk), just north building 100 per cent carbon neutral heated water and recycles it to heat in of Copenhagen, you can explore eve- by 2025 is in place. Winter. The result is a reduction of rything green in their permanent exhi- ! PAGE 11 FREESUN NEWS! 19 MAY 2011 bition on energy use and production; =15877) on Nørre Farimagsgade is a the bridge during morning rush hour, a on climate and the future. The exhibi- lifestyle store with clothing, shoes, seriously impressive ﬁgure. 37 percent tion provides a tangible picture of the bags, maternity wear, skin care prod- of commuters going to work or school opportunities provided by both your- ucts, glass, toys and things for the in Copenhagen use their bicycle. The self and technology. garden. Everything is organic, fair ambition is that it will be 50 percent in trade and/or sustainable. The mini 2015. Choose between a bicycle taxi, department store K29 (www.k29.dk) a guided bike tour sells trendy sustainable eco clothing, (www.bikecopenhagenwithmike.dk), shoes and silver jewellery, from rent your own bike (www.baisikeli.dk) among others, the three owners’ own or use one of the free city bikes brands Maxjenny, Margareta Forslund (www.bycyklen.dk). See the joys of and Owe Johansson. Pure Shop (www.pureshop.dk) on Grønnegade in downtown Copenhagen sells just about every organic beauty treat you can think of. It is Denmark's ﬁrst or- ganic perfumery specialising in or- ganic beauty care, hair treatment and make up. Copenhagen also has some of the best vintage shops in the world, Green Shopping including, Ti m e ’s Up (www.timesupshop.com) on Krystal- Consumers in Copenhagen demand gade. both organic and environmentally friendly products and retailers have Green Transport been paying attention. You will ﬁnd a growing number of shops exclusively Getting around in Copenhagen in an selling organic products and services. eco-friendly manner is easy – do as cycling in Copenhagen in this award- Noir (www.noir.dk), Ecoture by Lund the Copenhagers do: take the bike! w i n n i n g v i d e o : (www.shop.ecouture.dk) and Jackpot Over a third of the city’s 1.1 million http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ﬁL (www.jackpot.dk) are just some of the people regularly cycle to work, mak- FHKTz6yA high style, high sustainability brands ing Dronning Louise's Bro [Queen available. Eco Ego Louise's bridge], the busiest cycling If you prefer a little more comfortable (www.winkas.dk/wkwebshop/?shopid spot in the western world. An esti- way to get around the city, you can mated 35,000 cyclists stream across book a CO2 neutral taxi through Amager-Øbro Taxi (www.amagerobrotaxi.dk), they neu- tralize the CO2 that your car causes by buying certiﬁed European CO2 quotas. ! PAGE 12 FREESUN NEWS! 19 MAY 2011 Uckermark – Exploring by Donkey in the North of Berlin The donkey sets the pace. This new way of exploring was invented in the Uckermark. You hike, your donkey carries your luggage (up to 35 kg). The tours, which may be of one or several days’ duration, take you through landscapes featuring small villages, tucked away lakes and tre- mendous views. Sometimes your good-natured Eyore will take the lead, other times he may prefer to take a break and sample the grass. This will probably mean time and kilometre schedules getting into a state of some disarray. The advantage is that the two-legged participants ﬁnd them- selves learning from their long-eared, four-legged companion how best to go about “slowing down and relaxing”. An additional plus point on this hike: hikers will ﬁnd that they quickly make contact with the locals through the donkey. You can choose from a selec- tion of different routes which take you through the Schorfheide and the Uck- ermark. These often start in Suckow, a village not far from the Pﬁngstberg motorway exit north of Berlin. The daily stretches of 10 to 25 kilometres are geared to the requirements and the capabilities of the visitors. You need between two and eight hours for the individual legs. There is always a packed lunch. If you are participating in trips covering several days, over- night accommodation and evening meals will be organised. Recently a tour has been launched featuring over- night accommodation in tents. For more information visit www.wanderninbrandenburg.de ! PAGE 13 FREESUN NEWS! 19 MAY 2011 ! PAGE 14 FREESUN NEWS! 19 MAY 2011 A thousand years since first written record of Bled castle of Poliksena and the Sunken Bell on Bled Castle is becoming one of the the upper terrace of the Castle, along must see places for almost all visitors with a visit from Venetian gondolas to Bled. Nearly one fourth of them and ﬁreworks from the castle on the come from Slovenia, followed by lake promenade. The ﬁrst weekend in guests from Great Britain, Italy, Japan, June will be another weekend of cele- Israel, Austria, Hungary, Croatia, bration, when the 5th annual Medie- Spain, Germany and the USA. Over val Days of the Lord of the Manor the past several years, Bled Castle has Perched atop a steep cliff rising 130 will feature brave knights, beautiful become a true experience – offering a metres above the glacial Lake Bled is maidens, and skilled craftspeople and breathtaking view, a visit to the Castle a symbol of Bled and Slovenia – Bled merchants from Slovenia and abroad. Castle. The image of the castle, form- Two weeks later, from 17 to 19 June, ing a dramatic backdrop to the roman- a mass castle wedding will be held at tic island with the church on it, has Bled Castle, at which numerous cou- earned worldwide recognition through ples from Slovenia and the neighbour- centuries. The deed of donation in ing countries will be married simulta- which Bled Castle is ﬁrst mentioned neously. as Castellum Veldes, dates back to the With its green-blue lake, the little year 1011. island with its church and the medie- museum, Castle printing works, the “In the name of the holy and indivisi- val castle on the crags above, Bled is Castle wine cellar and herbal gallery, ble Trinity. Henry, by favour of the the most famous view of Slovenia. while on the occasion of state visits, Divine Mercy, King...” This is the The fame of Bled and its beauties was weddings and other opportunities, the beginning of the text of the deed of spread around the world by world Knight Gašper Lambergar Theatre donation from 1011, when the German travellers, including Janez Vajkard Group takes its audiences into the king, Henry II, donated Bled Castle – Valvasor and his Glory of the Duchy Middle Ages by demonstrating medie- then called Castellum Veldesin – along of Carniola of 1689. This tourist gem val culture and entertainment. with the surrounding land in the size of international fame located at the For more information on the history of 30 king’s farms from the area be- edge of Triglav National Park was and offer of Bled Castle, please visit.■ tween the two Sava Rivers, to Adel- among the nominees for seven new beron, the bishop of Brixen. wonders of the World! In terms of written documents, Bled Castle is the oldest castle in Slovenia. It will celebrate its anniversary ) dur- ing a major investment cycle and vari- ous events marking the millennium will be held throughout the year, be- ginning in May. The main ceremony will be held on Saturday and Sunday, 21 and 22 May 2011, with a Medieval performance of King Matjaž and Alenčica and a baroque performance ! PAGE 15 FREESUN NEWS! 19 MAY 2011 10 Things Not to Miss in San Francisco One of the nicest things about visiting the world, manages to impress even stunning 1.7-mile span. Approxi- San Francisco is that, although the city the most experienced travelers with its mately 120,000 automobiles drive is "big" in terms of attrac- tions and amenities, it is geographically small - only 49 square miles. Conse- quently, it is very easy to see and do a great many things in a short period of time. It is also easy to spend weeks in San Francisco and still not experience every- thing the city has to offer. Here is a suggested list of the top 10 things not to miss in San Francisco, ac- cording to the San Fran- cisco Travel Association: 1. The Golden Gate Bridge, the most famous bridge in ! PAGE 16 FREESUN NEWS! 19 MAY 2011 across it every day. A pedestrian they explore the buildings and European-style sidewalk cafes, restau- walkway also allows the crossing on grounds. To reach the island, take an rants and shops centered near Wash- foot, and bikes are allowed on the Alcatraz Cruises ferry from Pier 43. ington Square along Columbus and western side. The Golden Gate Bridge Advance reservations are recom- Grant avenues. The beautiful Church is said to be one of the most photo- mended, 415-981-ROCK (7625). of Saints Peter and Paul is a beloved graphed things on Earth. (www.alcatrazcruises.com) landmark. Coit Tower atop Telegraph Hill offers a splendid vantage point for photos of the bridges and the Bay. Inside the tower, ﬂoor-to-ceiling mu- rals painted in the 1930s depict scenes of early San Francisco. (www.coittower.org). 7. The entrance to Chinatown at Grant Avenue and Bush Street is called the "Dragon's Gate." Inside are 24 blocks of hustle and bustle, most of it taking place along Grant Avenue, the oldest street in San Francisco. This city within a city is best explored on foot; exotic shops, renowned restaurants, food markets, temples and small mu- seums comprise its boundaries. Visi- tors can buy ancient potions from herb shops, relax and enjoy a "dim sum" lunch or witness the making of fortune 2. Cable cars have been transporting 4. Fisherman's Wharf is also home to cookies. people around San Francisco since the Pier 39, a festive waterfront market- late 19th century. The cars run on place that is one of the city's most 8. Dining in San Francisco is an at- tracks and are moved by an under- popular attractions. A community of traction in itself. Known as America's ground cable on three routes. Their California sea lions has taken up resi- best restaurant city, San Francisco familiar bells can be heard ringing dence on the ﬂoats to the west of the chefs excel at combining the freshest from blocks away. Tickets ($5) may be pier and visitors line the nearby railing local ingredients, authentic interna- purchased at the cable car turnarounds to watch their antics. From there it's a tional ﬂavors and a touch of creative at the ends of each route. Each one- short walk to the Wax Museum, genius. Choose your cuisine - Chinese, way ride will provide spectacular Ripley's Believe It or Not! and the views of the city's celebrated hills as famous crab vendors selling walk- well as exhilarating transportation. away crab and shrimp cocktails. (www.sfcablecar.com) 5. Union Square is the place for 3. Alcatraz, the notorious former serious shoppers. Major depart- prison, is located on an island of the ments stores and the most exclusive same name in the middle of San Fran- designer boutiques line streets like cisco Bay. Some of the United States' Post, Sutter, Geary, Grant, Stockton most notorious criminals were incar- and Powell. The Westﬁeld San cerated there. Though several tried, no Francisco Shopping Centre houses inmate ever made a successful escape the largest Bloomingdale's outside from "The Rock." The prison was of New York and the second largest closed in the 1960's and stories about Nordstrom in the U.S. Alcatraz are legendary. A visit to Alca- traz today is fascinating. Recorded 6. North Beach, the city's Italian cell-house tours are available, allow- quarter, isn't a beach at all. It's a ing visitors to learn about the prison as neighborhood of romantic ! PAGE 17 FREESUN NEWS! 19 MAY 2011 The San Francisco Visitors Planning Guide is available at the Visitor Information Center, 900 Market St., at the corner of Powell and Market streets, lower level, Hallidie Plaza. A virtual edition of the guide is also available online: Japanese, French, Italian, Spanish, companies dot the city. The San Fran- http://guides.weaver-group.com/sf/ovg Moroccan, Indian, Malaysian, Mexi- cisco Museum of Modern Art, the 2/2010/ A visitor's kit may also be can, Greek, Russian or "fusion," a Asian Art Museum, the de Young Mu- ordered online at combination of any or all of these in- seum, the Palace of the Legion of www.sanfrancisco.travel, by phone at ﬂuences. Visit TasteSF at Honor and other museums and galler- 415-391-2000 or 415-392-0328 (TTY/ www.sanfrancisco.travel/taste for a list ies are devoted to the ﬁnest of classi- TTD), by written request to the San of San Francisco's hottest restaurants, cal and contemporary arts. For a com- Francisco Visitor Information Center, a calendar listing of food-related news plete museum guide, visit 900 Market St., San Francisco, CA and events, the history of San Fran- www.sanfrancisco.travel. 94102, or via email to cisco's many food ﬁrsts, chef proﬁles, For general information on hotel firstname.lastname@example.org. Domestic and Foodie 411, a weekly insider's packages and reservations; events; and international shipping charges blog by Marcia "the tablehopper" Ga- activities and transportation in San apply. gliardi. Francisco, visit www.sanfrancisco.travel. For lodging San Francisco International Airport 9. Nightlife in San Francisco is a con- reservations, call 800-637-5196 within (SFO) offers non-stop links with more stantly changing scene. 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This allows Wizz Air, the largest low fare - low The number of passengers carried cost airline in Central and Eastern in the past 12 months exceeded 10 Europe celebrates its 7th anniver- million, 22% more than in the sary on 19 May, 2011. previous 12 months. Since its ﬁrst ﬂight on 19 May, Wizz Air operates one of the 2004 from Katowice in Southern youngest ﬂeets in the world, con- Poland, Wizz Air has become the sisting of 35 Airbus A320s. The largest airline in Central and East- airline has a further 104 aircraft ern Europe operating from 15 on order, which will deliver the bases, in Poland, Hungary, Roma- airline’s growth plans for many nia, Bulgaria, Ukraine, the Czech years to come. the airline to operate with one of Republic, Serbia and Lithuania. the lowest cost-structures in the industry and offer truly affordable prices” – said József Váradi, Chief Executive Ofﬁcer of Wizz Air. “Wizz Air has come a long way in 7 years. From an idea of establish- ing a low cost airline in Central and Eastern Europe and inspiring more and more people to ﬂy, Wizz Air has become the largest airline in the region, achieving market leadership in the low-cost sector in every country where the airline has an operating base” – he added. PAGE 22 Wizz Air launches new route from Vilnius to Dortmund Wizz Air, the largest low fare – low cost airline in Central Wizz Air carried more than 10 million passengers in and Eastern Europe announced that it launches a new route the last 12 months. The airline's ﬂeet currently con-‐ sists of 35 Airbus A320 aircraB operaCng from 15 from Vilnius to Dortmund. The ﬁrst ﬂight will take off on bases in Poland, Hungary, Bulgaria, Romania, 2nd of August 2011 and will operate three times a week Ukraine, Czech Republic, Serbia and Lithuania. initially. Tickets are already available from as low as LTL 47 (all inclusive, one way) on wizzair.com or by calling the Call Center. Wizz Air opened its Vilnius base on 15th April 2011 and has sold more than 70.000 segments so far. Besides this new route, Wizz Air ﬂies from Vilnius to Cork (Ireland), London-Luton, Doncaster-Shefﬁeld (UK) Eindhoven (The Netherlands), Barcelona (Spain), Rome-Fiumicino and Milan-Bergamo (Italy). Rail Europe Opens Asian Flagship Store in Hong Kong Amid Impressive Global Results Expansion into the Asian market re- sponds to a signiﬁcant increase in de- mand for exploring Europe by train, especially among university students and young travelers. “Bookings in Hong Kong were up by 48 per cent from January to April this year, with a 141 per cent increase in April alone,” said Philippe Kirsanow, Rail Europe’s Sales Director for Main- land China, Hong Kong, Singapore and the Republic Of China (Taiwan). With a renowned focus on university student and youth travel, Sincerity Travel has been Rail Europe’s premier Rail Europe has opened its ﬁrst Asian quarter of 2011, conﬁrming the organi- sales agent in Hong Kong for over a retail store with a ﬂagship outlet in sation as the worldwide leading dis- decade and was chosen as the ideal Hong Kong in partnership with leading tributor of train travel. partner to open the store. local agent for train travel in Europe, Sincerity Travel. 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