|Icons go green for St Pat's Day|
On March 17 people all over the world will get festive, go green and raise a glass to Saint Patrick, the patron saint. St. Patrick’s Day is celebrated from Sydney to St. Petersburg, and now for the first time ever, Tourism Ireland is spreading the Irish love across the world by illuminating some of the world’s most iconic landmarks with green lights. So wherever in the world travellers are, they won’t miss out on the 2011 St. Patrick’s Day celebrations. Ireland's nickname is "The Emerald Isle" because the grass on the hills is so green. Everyone wears the color green on St. Patrick's Day to honor The Emerald Isle.
Hotels.com lists the iconic landmarks that will be going green:
Empire State Building- New York
This world famous, must see New York City landmark is 102 floors tall and has stood as the world's tallest building for more than 40 years.
Hotel recommendation - Central New York Hotel:
Prices start from $116 per room per night at the 3.5* Park Central New York Hotel. Prices are subject to availability at the time of booking.
Table Mountain-Cape Town
One of Africa's most famous landmarks, Table Mountain attracts travellers and hikers from around the world. The sandstone mountain offers magnificent views of Cape Town and is located within Table Mountain National Park, a Unesco World Heritage site, and home to one of the most diverse botanical kingdoms in the world.
Hotel recommendation – Adderley Hotel:
Prices start from $124 per room per night at the 3.5* Adderley Hotel. Prices are subject to availability at the time of booking.
London Eye- London
The London Eye is a giant 135-metre tall Ferris wheel on the banks of the River Thames in London, making it the tallest Ferris wheel in Europe, and the most popular paid tourist attraction in the United Kingdom with over 3.5 million travellers visiting annually.
Hotel recommendation – Best Western Premier Shaftesbury Kensington Hotel:
Prices start from $92 per room per night at the 4* Best Western Premier Shaftesbury Kensington Hotel. Prices are subject to availability at the time of booking.
Sky Tower- Auckland
At 328 metres, the Sky Tower is the tallest man-made structure in New Zealand and offers breathtaking views for up to 80 kilometres in every direction. Situated right in the centre of the city, close to the entertainment hub, guests are just a short walk from the St. Patrick’s Day festivities at the Sky Tower. Queen Street Shopping District is also just a short distance away.
Hotel recommendation - The Chatham Auckland:
Prices start from $114 per room per night at the nearby 4* Chatham Auckland. Prices are subject to availability at the time of booking.
Manneken Pis- Brussels
Manneken Pis literally translates to ‘little man pee in Marols’, in a dialect spoken in Brussels and is a famous Belgium landmark. The small bronze fountain sculpture, depicting a naked little boy urinating into the fountain's basin, attracts curious travellers from around the world.
Hotel recommendation – The White Hotel:
Prices start from $101 per room per night at the 3* The White Hotel. Prices are subject to availability at the time of booking.
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