It’s the “Home Alone” time of the year!

Here are 5 Location used in filming Home Alone 2 that you can actually visit ..

If you’re not one of the many people who watch ”Home Alone” movies during Christmas  picture1time, then we can tell thatChristmas wasn’t a big deal during your childhood! Here’s a piece of advice… don’t waste any more time and start enjoying this joyful season. Here’s the quickest step that you can take to start enjoying christmas, make a hot cup of cocoa, start watching Home Alone 2, get a piece of paper and right down the destinations that you liked the most in the movie. Also, as an early christmas gift, here are 5 of our favorite destinations in our all time favorite movie!

 

 

1. Radio City Music Hall:
 We all remember how stunned was Kevin when he touched down in the lovely New York City. Walking around, getting lost, and taking lots of pictures (this is the part where we wish we were Kevin). Passing by a lot of landmarks, Radio City Music Hall was one of them.
Radio City Music Hall is an entertainment venue located in New York City’s Rockefeller Center. Its nickname is the Showplace of the Nation, and it was for a time the leading tourist destination in the city. Its interior was declared a city landmark in 1978.

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2. Gapstow Bridge, Central Park:
A living proof that you strangers can make the bestfriends that you could ever have! Here’s to the beautiful friendship between Kevin and the lovely Pigeon Lady that sparked at the Gapstow Bridge.
Gapstow Bridge is yet another example of traditional architecture in Central Park. The stone span curves gracefully over the narrow neck of the Pond. Facing south, it offers the quintessential view of the city, with the Plaza Hotel and other towers rising behind the backdrop of trees reflected, amidst the ducks, in the waters of the Pond.

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3. The Plaza Hotel:
How could someone ever get lost and have the time of his life? Not that we’re not happy for Kevin, but oh how we wished we could’ve stayed in The Plaza Hotel and enjoy room service.
It was once said, “Nothing unimportant ever happens at The Plaza.” One of America’s most celebrated hotels, The Plaza opened its doors on October 1, 1907, amid a flurry of impressive reports describing it as the greatest hotel in the world. Located at Fifth Avenue and Central Park South, this luxury hotel was constructed in the most fashionable residential section of New York City.

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4. Wollman Skating Rink:
Even the “wet bandits” can enjoy a little skate during Christmas!
Skating on Wollman Rink is a winter tradition for New Yorkers and tourists alike, so many people have tied up their skates for the very first time on this ice. Ice skating is a long-standing and beloved tradition in Central Park. Wollman Rink opened in 1950, a 33,000-square-foot venue built with a gift from Kate Wollman. With its romantic backdrop, Wollman Rink puts visitors beneath the magical New York City skyline by day, and its twinkling lights by night.

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5. Rockefeller Center:
And last but definitely not least, the Christmas tree of Rockefeller Center.
Since 1931, the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree has been lighting up the holidays each year for New York City residents and visitors. One of the most well known decorated Christmas trees in the United States, this tree has become an iconic symbol of the holiday season in New York City. The Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree is also a major tourist attraction; thousands come to New York each year to see the tree lighting ceremony, or just to view the tree during the several weeks when it is on display.

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It may not be the southernmost point of Africa – that honour goes to Cape Agulhas – but Cape Point certainly makes you feel as if you are standing at the edge of the world.

It’s worth setting aside a whole day – or at least a large chunk of it – to visit the Cape Point Nature Reserve. While they tend to hog all the glory, the two peaks at the tip of the peninsula, Cape Point and the Cape of Good Hope, form just a small part of the 7750-hectare reserve. This largely untouched stretch of land is home to buck, baboons, Cape Mountain Zebra, and a whopping 250 species of bird! Plus, you’ll find some of the most beautiful, unspoilt beaches along this stretch of Cape Town’s coast.

Of course, if you are visiting the Cape Point Nature Reserve, you have to take in the view from at least one of the peaks. Cape Point has been feared and respected by sailors since Bartolomeu Dias first rounded the Cape – which he dubbed the Cape of Storms – in 1488. The 26 recorded shipwrecks around Cape Point are testament to the perils that await those who attempt to navigate the treacherous waters, particularly at night.

One such ship was the Flying Dutchman, which was captained by Hendrik van der Decken. Legend has it that Van der Decken – headed home to Holland from Batavia – insisted on rounding the point in stormy conditions despite the pleas of his crew. He went so far as to lash himself to the wheel and – according to a more far-fetched version – accidentally shoot an angel who appeared on deck, thus cursing the crew to an eternity lost at sea. Over the centuries, many have sworn that they have seen the ghostly ship out at sea.

These days, you can catch the Flying Dutchman Funicular – the only funicular of its kind in Africa – from the lower station near the car park up to the old lighthouse on the highest section of the Cape Point peak. The three-minute journey saves you a quad-killing climb! The old lighthouse, which was built in 1859, is currently used as a centralised monitoring point for all the lighthouses on the coast of South Africa. The height at which the old lighthouse was built – 249 metres above sea level – actually turned out to be a disadvantage because the lighthouse became ineffective in very misty conditions. Because of this, a second lighthouse – the most powerful in South Africa – was built 87 meters above sea level in 1914.

From the top of Cape Point, you can see both peninsula coastlines – Atlantic and False Bay – and a seemingly un-ending expanse of ocean. However, if you are hoping to see a line where the Benguela and Agulhas currents collide, you’ll be sorely disappointed. This meeting point actually fluctuates somewhere between Cape Point and Cape Agulhas, and there is no distinctive line.  For a selfie next to the sign that reads ‘Most South-Western Point of the African Continent’, you’ll have to take the 45-minute hike along the cliff to the Cape of Good Hope.

The reserve offers up a number of hikes through the fynbos and along the coastline. On the Atlantic side, you’ll find a lot of flat beach walking, and on the False Bay side, routes along the cliff-tops, where you are more likely to encounter bigger game. For information about the different trails, pop in to the Buffelsfontein Visitors’ Centre and pick up a brochure.

There are a number of pristine beaches worth visiting, but be cautious about swimming in the ocean as the area is known for its strong and unpredictable currents. Dias Beach, which you can see stretching out below you from the cliffs of Cape Point, requires a little effort (20 minutes down and another 40 back up), but is well worth it. If you have the necessary permits, the secluded Maclear Beach, is great for fishing and diving, and Buffels Beach boasts tidal pools and braai spots.

If you find yourself without a packed lunch, the Two Oceans Restaurant, which has spectacular views from its wooden deck, offers up delectable seafood and sushi. There are also curio shops for those looking to take home more than memories.

On a practical note, it is worth mentioning that you’ll have to pay a conservation fee to get into the reserve. Remember to wear comfortable walking shoes, and take along a warm top – even if it is a hot day – because the wind (and there is almost always wind) at the top of Cape Point can be icy!

Europe is well known for its rich mix of culture, charm, and history. For the travel lovers, Europe has a long list of destinations that offer fascinating experiences.   Join us on a journey through some of the most exciting European destinations every tourist should visit

France

Every French adventure begins in the City of Light. With its chic boulevards, fabulous museums and historic cafés, Paris is one of the most loved tourists’ destinations. But France has so much more to offer, from the majestic French Alps to the sandy beaches of the Mediterranean,the world love affair with France continues.

Italy

Italy is one of Europe’s hot spots. And it is not difficult to see why. From the majestic monuments of Rome, to Florence’s artistic Renaissance glories, to the charming alleyways of Venice – These are all well known. Less famous is the sublime beaches of Cinque Terre and the Amalfi Coast, and the culinary pleasures of Italy’s foodie capital Bologna, or the hip atmosphere of Milan. In Italy you will find a wealth of exciting activates. You can ski the Alps, go for a hike between the beautiful scenic islands of Cinque Terre, or dive off Southern Italy’s golden coast. Adrenaline junkies can catch fireworks on Sicily’s volatile volcanoes. But as much as the sights, or the sports, a trip to Italy is about getting immersed in the laid back art of living, Italians are so famous for. It’s about sipping a Cappuccino Italiano at a sidestreet café, or sampling some of Italy’s finest pasta dishes over a long lunch; it’s about looking good and putting your problems on hold.

Spain

Spain evokes images of flamenco dancers, tapas and late night dinners, and the Alhambra in the moonlight. What wonderful memories you’ll create in this historic piece of Europe, rich in art, history, delights and beautiful Mediterranean beaches! Of course, you’ll want to visit cities in different regions to give you a broad sampling of what Spain has to offer. But if you are under time constrains, a visit to Barcelona, Spain’s most cosmopolitan city with its surrealist architecture and entertainment galore will definitely charm you into a return visit.

The Netherlands

Many tourists come to the Netherlands to visit Amsterdam, the birth place of Van Gogh and one of Europe’s most beautiful cities. What makes Amsterdam so attractive is its historical atmosphere combined with the mentality of a modern metropolis creating a friendly and relaxed environment; yet one full of fun lively night life. The small scale of the buildings and the intimacy of the streets, canals and squares along with an active culture of cycling, create an atmosphere that tourists find unique.

 

 

The United Kingdom

Once known as “the empire on which the sun never sets”, the UK has managed to place itself at the forefront of global travel, through some excellent historical, sporting and cultural institutions. London, the great capital where history collides with art, fashion, and food is a very exciting place to visit. A perfect day is different for everyone: Art and nature lovers shouldn’t miss the great parks, grand cathedrals, royal places, and the great variety of world class museums with free-entry. Fashionisas, will find a shopping haven in Oxford Street. For foodies, Tea-time at Harrod’s or crispy fish & chips lunch offer classic London flavor. Music and book lovers will love seeing Abbey Road and the Sherlock Holmes Museum. For all this and more, cosmopolitan London is clearly a good idea to pack up and go!

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