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Young tourists look for kicks other than waffles

Well, these are maps which are as good as any tourist guide but actually they are so good that they are also souvenir in themselves. That means, when you are visiting a city then in search of a good souvenir, you first get a souvenir in form of a map. And these are no normal maps. These maps are now turning 10. USE-IT, the tourist info for young people, will soon celebrate its first ten years in European capital Brussels. They’re a household name for city maps made by young locals, with no-nonsense tips for how not to be caught as a tourist in Belgium. (Nope, we don’t have fruit on our waffles.)

These maps are starting to conquer Europe, and the research team Expeditions has measured the impact on tourism in the entire network. Does alternative city info really make people move outside of the city centre? Do they stay longer? And what does this imply for the local economy? The results were very positive, and Brussels stands out. 59% of users say they went further from the centre indeed. Desk personnel at hostels and the tourist infos confirm. 86% think also that off-the-beaten track information boosts the investment in the local economy. Furthermore, 14% of the young tourists extended their stay with one or more nights, and nearly everybody (97%) would like to get the same kind of no-nonsense info on their next city trips.

When asked about their best experience in Brussels, the maps’ local tips are mentioned more often than the tourist classics. Highlights include the panorama on top of Parking 58, the vegetable garden on top of the Albertina library, a walk through Molenbeek, going out at Bonnefooi until the morning, and pissing in the public urinal that’s built against Sint-Katelijne church.

The survey ran in the entire European USE-IT network (more than 40 cities) and Brussels came out on top. Of the 4,000 respondents, one out of three had already used the Brussels map. Strikingly, a large number of them (38%) was also motivated to start up a USE-IT map for their own city.

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“The creative side of Brussels speaks to many tourists’ hearts, and USE-IT embodies that side well. As Alderman for Tourism it’s important that we support young innovative teams. So we’re proud that these city maps have spread out all over Europe from Brussels,” says Philippe Close, the Alderman of Tourism in Brussels.

The USE-IT headquarters is stationed in the Galerie Ravenstein, where it attracts more than 20,000 travellers per year. Apart from all the European free maps, visitors also get tips about nightlife there from the young Brussels volunteers, or they head out together for a walk along the Anderlecht supporters’ bars or the latest genital graffiti in town. Anything but the Manneken Pis.

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Brussels will get ‘electric’ on this Iris

This coming 6-7 May, the Brussels-Capital Region will celebrate its 28th anniversary. This great festival brings together all the people of Brussels in the heart of their region and invites visitors to come and spend a weekend partying together. From free concerts to a variety of street activities, the Iris Festival draws a big audience, earning its place among the flagship events of the cultural and festival year in Brussels. Between Electro Night and Iris Nights dance floor enthusiasts will not have a moment’s rest.

On Saturday, 6 May dancers will also join in the party thanks to Electro Night which will close out the first day of the Iris Festival on a high note at Place des Palais starting at 7 PM. On Saturday, “The iris Festival in the communes” will offer the chance to explore a secret and unexpected side of Brussels by touring sites and institutions usually off limits to the public. Saturday night will feature electro music with a series of concerts that will turn Place des Palais into a giant dance floor.

Photo: (c) E. Danhier

During the day on Sunday, the Brussels Park will be transformed by a lot of activities. The cultural, athletic, and traditional associations of Brussels will present their activities in fun and interactive ways. Artistic troupes from Belgium and abroad will perform short, poetic shows, offering a magical moment to young and old alike! As the afternoon draws to a close, the Place des Palais stage will light up to welcome the project “We are Belgium” that will end this festival weekend on a high note!

Photo: (c) E. Danhier

Among the hundreds of free activities on offer during the festival weekend, Place des Palais concerts and Electro Night have been the most highly anticipated for years. It’s a wonderful time to come together and enjoy a fun festival atmosphere.

The must-see moment of the Iris Festival, Electro Night brings out fans of great music every year. Experts and novices alike will find something to love. The concerts, which will take place at Place des Palais right in the heart of Brussels, will once again showcase Belgian and international headliners.

Brussels boasts exuberant nightlife and the Iris Festival will be the ideal opportunity to spotlight its teeming array of clubs and parties. Throughout the weekend, Iris Nights invites partygoers to immerse in Brussels’ nightlife with different parties scattered around the Region.

Here’s a glimpse at a few of the many parties arranged for the occasion:

• Parad!gm Session: Codex Empire, Minimum Syndicat, Icon Template Place: Recyclart

• Parties@Centredufestivalcentrum Place: Dynastie Building

• We’re Beyond Place: Fuse

• Antitapas Rave-Einstein Night Place: Ravenstein Gallery

Welcome New Year in Style at Brussels!

Brussels PartyBrussel’s nightlife is shaped in the city’s image : lively, convivial, and eclectic. In fact, the capital of Europe has innumerable bars, night spots, and themed nights out, their hot electric atmospheres seduces fun seeking revellers. But here’s the flipside : it is sometimes difficult to choose from among all of these options, above all where to enjoy seeing the New Year in. This is why the third version of the Happy Brussels pass created by visit.brussels and PLAY Asbl opens the doors to the better nights out for revellers to celebrate the start of 2017 at the party in good humour.

Are you a fans of techno, tech house, underground, dance, r’n’b, hiphop, jazz, or even bollywood fusion ? Do you want to see the New Year in at a club, in a bar, or in an unusual place ? Do you want to have good fun going around on an exuberant night out until the break of dawn ? The Happy Brussels pass rolls out the red carpet for all revellers in search of new experiences and places just made to celebrate the passing of the old year into the start of 2017. In particular, you will find the FUSE New Year’s Eve, the Stereo & Leftorium NYE 2017 at the Stereo, the Deep in House NYE 2017 at the Galerie Horta, the Acid New Year at the Wild Gallery, the Los Ninos New Year’s Eve at the Bodega, the night out at Madame Moustache, at the Mirano Continental, and a good many others too.

In addition to entry into 14 of the best nights out on New Year’s Eve, the pass lets you make rich discoveries during the rest of your visit to the city. In fact, Happy Brussels lists the locations of a selection of trendy chic bars and unusual places where you can kick off the celebrations  . You can get into the Atomium, the not-to-be-missed architectural giant and symbol of Europe’s capital  . It includes entry into the Jim Jarmusch exhibition and a seat at the Cinéma Galeries show. Lastly, it offers a few additional pleasures such as tingling the taste buds with a good waffle.

A vagabond night stroll in Tokyo

Tokyo is one of those cities that gives you a real big city feeling, not just big but huge, just like Chicago or Shanghai. That has to be for the world’s most populated city perhaps. Its altogether different feeling. And you need days or weeks to claim that you have seen the whole city. For that matter, any night stroll has to be essentially close to the place of stay, as was Nishi Shinjuku for me.

It is always fascinating to watch a city skyline in night from a high-rise, so overwhelming-

Night in Tokyo1

Night in Tokyo2

Well for a city like Tokyo, life doesn’t stops at night, it seems like usual- on the roads-

Umbrellas are really handy in Tokyo and actually everyone (all locals) carries a one. For the first time I saw almost all stores having umbrella stands at the entrance or a machine to cover your folded umbrella with a polycover, so that it doesn’t drips water inside. And at the exit you will have a bin to drop that cover while moving out. The whole thing looked so interesting to me.

Japanese young ones like there nightlife, gaming and comics. No doubt that Japanese games and comics are their to be seen in every part of the world. Few people also relate this phenomenon to growing loneliness among the Japanese society. No wonder that Japanese are leading the world in providing the humans with mechanised companions for almost every act in life…

Japanese love food and though Indian population is not that big in the city but the number of Indian and Pakistani restaurants in the city surpasses logic. It is said that Japanese love butter chicken and chicken tikka a lot and will often queue Indian restaurants for them.

Well, Tokyo is a type of city which you need time to soak in, a lot more to really enjoy it.

Goa ranks 6th in global nightlife

Bachelorette Party at SinQ Beach Club in Candolim, Goa
 Party at a Beach Club in Candolim, Goa

Despite many controversies surrounding, Goa has been getting recognition as a safe tourism destination, what many places in India cant boast of. Goa has been positioned sixth in the list of top 10 nightlife cities in the world by ‘National Geographic’. Goa is getting world recognition for several tourism related aspects. Now enlisted as the World’s best night life cities is another feather in our cap.

goa_2651558bGoa is a safe destination for tourists 24×7 whether on or off the beach. Its night bazaars, music festivals are very popular among tourists all over world. The list mentions Goa’s beaches and laid back locales along its golden shores as the right place to be at and experience all the fun which never stops even though there is restriction on all night fests. Whether you’re seeking a secluded bolthole or all-night gyration, Goa’s beaches are right for your fantasy. Channel Goa’s hippie ’70s heyday at laid-back locales along the golden south shore.

6689055National Geographic’s ‘Top 10 Nightlife Cities’ list, Dublin in Ireland ranked first, followed by Belgrade in Serbia, La Paz in Bolivia, Sao Paulo in Brazil, San Juan in Puerto Rico, Goa In India, Ibiza in Spain, Houston in Texas, Thessaloniki in Greece and Baku in Azerbaijan.

At the top, Dublin in Ireland Wedged between Trinity College and the old city, the Temple Bar area is a decadent neighbourhood of watering holes and nightclubs. The beer flows in torrents at the Brazen Head, reputedly Ireland’s oldest pub (established 1198) and a fixture in James Joyce’s opus Ulysses. Ranked 2nd Belgrade in Serbia has a rollicking world-class nightlife. Splavovi—riverboat clubs—boom in the glorious warmth of summer. The dancing shoes come out again in the postindustrial venues of the Savamala district.

People enjoy electronic music at the nightclub "Yatch Clube" in Sao Paulo. Photo: Getty Images
People enjoy electronic music at the nightclub “Yatch Clube” in Sao Paulo. Photo: Getty Images

3rd is La Paz in Bolivia. At 11,800 feet (3,597 meters), the Bolivian capital gets a tad chilly after sunset, when residents flock to cozy drinking holes to warm their cockles and trade secrets. Don’t be bashful: This sophisticated lady greets visitors with open arms. Ever popular São Paulo in Brazil is at 4th. The choice is overwhelming in Brazil’s sensuous megacity and the traffic deadly, so spiffed-up paulistas grab a meal or drink, walk to the nearest joint, and shake it, baby, to samba, bossa nova, or (maybe) Brazilian thrash punk.

Cream-Ibiza
Cream-Ibiza

San Juan in Puerto Rico is at 5th position. Flirt like the devil in fashionable bars along San Sebastián Street, then twist to sweaty abandon in tropical clubs like Rumba—all with a piña colada in hand, of course. After Goa, comes Ibiza in Spain at 7th. If your dial is permanently set to party, Ibiza’s club circuit will keep you energised late into the Spanish night. Slide on dance floors covered in soapsuds or join pool revelers under a suspended DJ cabin. Then catch a Discobus to your next adventure.

Thessaloniki, Greece
Thessaloniki, Greece

At no 8 Houston in Texas is the only American city in the list.Take a vat of oil money, add pressed jeans and a toothy Texas grin, and you’ve got some mighty fine entertainment after sunset. Club-hopping along Washington Avenue is buzzy, unpretentious fun. The city isn’t all Stetson-and-spur cowpoke—there’s excellent theater and jazz for the artsy crowd, too. Penultimate in top 10 list is Thessaloniki, Greece. Remember those playful old Grecian mosaics? The spirit’s alive and well in the Syngrou/Valaoritou and Ladadika districts, not to mention all those beaches. Thessaloniki has more cafés per capita than any other European city. Last is Baku in Azerbaijan Waves of oil money crashed over rough-edged Baku, and what washed up became the coolest bar scene this side of the Caucasus. At the William Shakespeare, expats and Azeris might jump on the counter and get jiggy together; Konti Pub lets you tap beer from barrels above your table.

Night of Lights at City of Lakes- a photogallery

No wonder Udaipur is among top Indian cities to record highest tourist footfall- domestic as well as international. City of Lakes is unparalleled in many ways, one among them is its nightlife along lakes- cool, funny, youthful, safe, secure and lip smacking, rare to find anywhere else in India. But here on show the colours of light at night in this beautiful historical city. And remember, this is the best time to be there!!