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After hours museums keep Rome visitors up all night

September 16, 2009 by · Leave a Comment 

New York might be known as the “City That Never Sleeps,” but you can make a case for Rome to hold that title as well. And now it’s become easier than ever for Rome sightseeings to continue on through the night as many of the top tourist attractions are staying open later than ever through the end of summer.

This includes many of the most popular Rome museums, such as the Castel Sant’Angelo. Built as a mausoleum for Emperor Hadrian in 140 A.D., it is now open from 8:45 p.m. to 1:45 a.m. on Friday and Saturday nights, offering concerts, children’s entertainment and refreshments. The Vatican Museum is also open late on selected nights.

Rome is not the only city with late night museums. Visitors taking London excursions after dark will also find some of the most compelling and interesting museums open “after hours,” including the National Gallery and the National Portrait Museum.

Explore Vancouver before the Winter Olympics crush

September 2, 2009 by · Leave a Comment 

For a few weeks in early 2010, Vancouver will become the most well-known city in the world as it takes a turn in the spotlight of the world stage by hosting the 2010 Winter Olympics. The city is one of the crown jewels not just of Canada but of North America, but going during the Olympics might be too expensive or crowded for some travelers looking for discount hotel packages.

The good news is that fall is perhaps the most beautiful season in Vancouver, featuring a temperate climate and gorgeous sights including stunning foliage. And as has happened when other cities have hosted major events such as the Olympics, improvements to the city are happening months in advance. This includes the building of new hotels or hotel expansions, meaning there are plenty of hotel suite deal possibilities out there for the taking.

But you also might find new restaurants, improvements to public works and transportation in Vancouver ahead of the Olympic Games. has great deals on travel to Vancouver, whether you want to go to the Olympics or just get away with a last minute vacation deal.