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Top 10 of the world's most unique restaurants

We all love to dine at a special Restaurant and often it's not just the food but the location that makes all of the difference. 

Here below is the TripAdvisor list that will likely change your definition of “dining with a view”...

The Rock (Zanzibar, Tanzania)
You have to be lucky to get a seat at any of this Zanzibar restaurant's 12 tables. Then you'll have an unforgettable view of the sea while you are enjoying octopus salad or grilled lobster.

The Treehouse Restaurant at the Alnwick Garden (Alnwick, England)
The elevated dining room has trees growing through the floor and specially crafted window screens fashioned from fallen branches.

Ithaa Undersea Restaurant (Rangali Island, Maldives)
You are sitting 5m below the surface of the water and enjoy the 180-degree panorama of the surrounding reef and marine life.

Foreign Cinema (San Francisco)
This restaurant screens Hollywood classic films.

Heart Attack Grill (Las Vegas)
Nurses serve burgers ranging from the innocent “Single…

Extremely Funny signs from around the world!

Signage around the world works on the principle of "Symbolic Reasoning" whereby humans are the only species on planet earth able to give special meaning to a piece of metal or plastic with letters on it. Normally we leave those who focus on symbols to the symbol minded! However, no doubt you have come across signs on your travels that seem to make no sense! Some of them confusing and others make you roar with laughter.

Perpetual Traveller has complied collection of funny signs from different countries and places (compliments of our wonderful readers), just to convince you that craziness is common and shared in every country!

Getting away from it all: checklist of passenger rights

Where are you going on holiday and how will you get there? If you go by boat, train or plane, EU rules will provide protection if something goes wrong. Last week the European Parliament approved new rules that will reimburse or reroute boat passengers if a ferry is more than 90 minutes late and the European Commission has just launched a campaign about your rights when travelling by plane or train. Boat passengers suffering significant delays will be entitled to compensation of 25% of the ticket price, rising to 50% for long delays. If delays mean a passenger has to spend the night in a hotel, the ferry operator will have to pay for hotel and meals. In addition, the EP decided that disabled people should receive free assistance at ports. But, watch out, the new rules apply only from 2012.

The EP wants similar provisions for bus and coach passengers, but negotiations are still going on with EU governments.

Travelling by plane If your plane is over-booked, cancelled, or more than 5 hour…

Tobago Island: A Paradise on Earth!

If there is a paradise on earth is this: Tobago island! It is located in the southern Caribbean, northeast of the island of Trinidad and southeast of Grenada. Geographically little but precious, surrounded by an evergreen forest, house to rare and unique mammals, birds and lizards. The 8 miles width and 26 miles length are enough to pack forested bays, dramatic inlets, long beaches, fishing villages, highway hamlets, rainforests, mountains, sheltered coves and dramatic peninsulas.

This Tobago island one of the most astonishing islands of Caribbean, popular for its social calendar, the variety of activities you can do and the places to explore.

1. Tobago Jazz Experience attracts music fans around the world and the likes of Emile Sande, Stevie Wonder, Dionne Warwick and Sting. If you want to chill out under the stars, Mount Irvine is the blissful venue for Jazz on the beach.

2. The World's 1st Eco Project "Main Ridge Forest Reserve" which came into effect in 1776 houses …

Best Chocolate Places on Earth!

Many few people can state with safety they don't like melt-in-the-mouth chocolates. In fact, we people actually need chocolate as researches have shown that consuming cocoa chocolate may positively affect the circulatory system and boost our metabolism; even though high in calories, a piece of chocolate brings energy and fast thinking. No one should exclude a reasonable portion of it from their nutrition. Do not overdo it though!
Travellers are lucky since they get to taste different types of chocolate around the world. 
According to travel.nationalgeographic.comthese are the best of the best chocolate makers!
Enjoy and Indulge! 1. Teuscher (Zurich, Switzerland)
2. Vosges Haut-Chocolat (Chicago, Illinois, USA)
3. Scharffen Berger Chocolate Maker, Inc.
(Berkeley, California, USA)

4. Jacques Torres Chocolate
 (New York, New York, USA)

5. Norman Love Confections
(Ft. Myers, Florida, USA)
6. Valrhona (France)
7. Godiva Chocolatier
(Brussels, Belgium and worldwide)

8. Richard Donnelly Fine Choc…

Daytona 500 at Daytona Beach 2015, Florida, USA

Where? Daytona Beach, Florida
When? 22nd February 2015
Also known as "The Great American Race", it's a 200-lap, 500 miles-long (805 km) long NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race held annually at the Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Florida.
The Daytona 500 is the biggest, richest and most prestigious motor sports event on the NASCAR calendar. Since 1959, it’s proven year after year and lap after lap, that this is the race which creates more memories, hall-of-fame moments and numerous true believers in the power of racing dreams than any other race of its kind.

The DAYTONA 500 promises to make spectators believe there’s no greater feeling on earth than being there or taking part!

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The most amazing cable car experiences

Skyline Queenstown (Queenstown, New Zealand) – The Southern Hemisphere's steepest gondola carries passengers from Queenstown to the top of Bob's Peak, 450 meters above sea level.

Vanoise Express (Les Arcs, France) – To mark the 10th anniversary of the Vanoise Express in 2013, French tightrope walkers Julien Millot and Tancrede Melet crossed a 186-foot gap between two gondola cars.

Titlis Rotair (Mount Titlis, Switzerland) – The Titlis Rotair is the world's first rotating gondola. The most spectacular part of the journey is the final and highest stretch, which cruises over one of Europe's largest glaciers.

Stanserhorn Cabrio (Lucerne, Switzerland) – The Stanserhorn Cabrio is the first cable car to feature a roofless upper deck. It carries passengers 2,320 meters to the top of the Stanserhorn Mountain.

The Ngong Ping 360 (Hong Kong) – It's the only gondola to offer two classes of cabin -- standard cabins are the cheapest option but the more expensive ones have glass…

The magic of the Rio de Janeiro Canival in Brazil

Where? Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
When? Begins on Friday, February 13 and ends on Wednesday, February 18

No need of an introduction "The Carnival capital of the world", Rio Carnival is celebrated by all from the most humble villages to the most luxurious households, everyone joins in and celebrates in style!

Rio Carnival is a crazy 5 days celebration, some 40 days before Easter. It officially starts on a Friday and ends on Fat Tuesday, with the beginning of Lent on Ash Wednesday, after which tradition says that one is supposed to abstain from all bodily pleasures. Carnival with all its excesses is celebrated as a profane event and can be considered an act of farewell to the pleasures of the flesh. With all that partying out of the way, it's no wonder that most people involved definitely need to detox!
Carnival traditionally occurs in February, which is the hottest month within the Southern Hemisphere, when the steamy summer of Rio de Janeiro reaches its absolute peak.
There a…

Nightmare experience with Ethiopian Airlines - what happened to the new spirit of Africa?

The below letter was written by a Perpetual Traveller reader who wanted to share his alarming experience with Ethiopian airlines. 
This is to share my horrific travel experience with Ethiopian airlines from 6th (China) and back on 12th
I reached the airport on 6th Jan. The girl there said that, I can stay at the airport but I told her that I want to go back as I live nearby, but she tried to explain that it is not possible, when I insisted finally they let me go out from airport and asked me to report at 12 noon as flight will depart around 14:00. 
I told to that counter executive that I am frequent flyer of Singapore airlines, which in Star Alliance, but she refused to insert my number or accept my Turkish airline number. According to her Singapore airlines is not star alliance member!

I boarded the plane on time around 14:00 hrs and saw a Ethiopian lady sitting on my assigned seat and
she didn’t want to move. I called the air hostess and t…

A industry first at the world's busiest airport Dubai International, where travellers will soon be able to check-in luggage from a taxi

Dubai Airports (operated by dnata) is currently testing a new technology that enables passengers to print out their bag tags from a taxi and then hand the luggage to security as soon as they pull up to the terminal.

This initiative will be implemented along with online check-in, whereby passengers would no longer need to see a check-in staff member. The date of the precise launch is still unknown however  at this juncture.

According to the CEO of Dubai Airports  Paul Griffiths “The idea is to deal with putting bag tags on bags before you actually arrive at the airport, so the taxi or limousine driver could print out the bag tag for passengers."

Passengers would  still need to proceed through the standard security process upon arrival at the airport, however  in effect there would ultimately be no need to visit the check-in desk.

Dubai Airports additionally aim to streamline the security and immigration processes to create a notably faster and more efficient process as the desti…