10 places you need to visit while in Portugal

Sun-kissed beaches, historic castles, world heritage centres, the lush green vineyards and the captivating countryside: Portugal is all that and so much more. Whether you want to laze around in the sleepy villages of Alentejo and Estremadura or have your share of fun and adventure in Madeira and Azores, you will love this country. Here’s the perfect list of places you can visit in Portugal, especially if you have your little ones with you.

1. Lisbon
Lisbon, the capital city, is a picturesque city overlooking the mouth of the River Tagus. Lisbon is famous for its iconic tramways, especially Tram 28, the Praca do Commercio (Main Square Plaza), the Jeronimos Monastery, the Alfama District that survived the earthquake of 1755 and the nightlife at Bairo Alto. Walking tours and tram tours are both available in Lisbon.

2. Obidos
Surrounded by vineyards and windmills, Obidos is an obscure but charming travel destination in Portugal. Besides its cobblestone pavements, terracotta roofed housing and the castle of Queen Isabel de Aragon, Obidos is known for its Chocolate Festival that lasts a whole month! One of their local delicacies is ginhinja, a cherry based wine served in an edible chocolate cup.

3. Lagos
Located in eastern Algarve, Lagos is blessed with sandy beaches, of which Ponta da Piedade and Praia da Batata are the loveliest. Further away towards the ocean, there are natural caves that can be explored by boat. The town of Lagos has attractions like the spooky Bone Chapel, where you can find bones and skulls. The Algarve region is always popular – see the Tots Too website for accommodation.

4. Aveiro
Often called the ‘Venice of Portugal’, Aveiro is a hidden gem. Its gorgeous network of canals, the exotic Costa Nova and Barra beaches, attractions like the Aveiro Cathedral, the Aveiro Museum and the Fisherman’s Wharf, make it a place worth visiting.

5. Braga
Braga is all about religious attractions and archaic buildings, most of which date back to 20 BC. It is to Portugal what Rome is to Italy: a historic destination! Popular attractions include the Bom Jesus do Monte, Se Cathedral, and the Archbishop Castle. The Tree of Life Chapel and the Arcada are other famous places.

6. Porto
Porto is the second largest city in Portugal and also the busiest! Its port has been the hub of exploration and discovery since the 18th century. The Historic Centre of Porto is a UNESCO Heritage Site with notable sights like Cais da Ribeira (the beautiful city centre) and the Clerics Tower that offer a splendid view after you climb the 240-odd steps to the top.

7. Coimbra
Coimbra is a college town, home to the ninth oldest university in the world. The library of the University of Coimbra and the Botanical Gardens are favourite tourist spots. Besides, you can also explore the Machado de Castro National Museum, the Igreja de Santa Cruz (a Roman church), Arco de Almedina (a Moorish wall) and the Se Velha (Old Cathedral).

8. Albufeira
If you love the beach, you’d love Albufeira. Besides the Oceanside, Castelo de Almoeda, a Moorish castle, is not very far away. A prominent tourist attraction here is dolphin watching. For a complete itinerary for the Algarve region, refer to this article.

9. Sintra
A dreamy town with a variety of castles, Sintra looks straight out of a fairy tale. Here, you’d find classy castles like the Portugal National Place, the military Moorish castle, the picturesque Palacio da Pena and the Palacio de Monserrate, which looks like an Arabian mansion.

10. Torre
Torre: this is the only place in Portugal where it snows! That alone is reason enough to drive tourists in a frenzy. Located in the Serra da Estrela mountain ranges of the east, Torre is one of the highest cities of Portugal and has several ski resorts, a wonderful ski lift and icy cold winds.

Portugal is an obscure and yet extremely enriching destination. You can find more places to visit and activities to plan in this write-up that features the top 25 attractions in the country.

Happy Travelling!

Visiting New York: A Handy Guide For First Timers

New York is a wonderful place to visit, however for first timers it can be a little overwhelming. With so many places to see, from the Statue of Liberty to Time Square, and everything else in between, as a New York newbie, it can be hard to know what to see and do. As well as where to stay and how to get the most our of your trip.

That’s why we put together this handy guide to New York for first timers. For all the best tips and advice for getting the most out of your trip to the big apple, keep reading below:

Choose accommodation that is central

For your first trip to New York, it is a good idea to choose accommodation that is central, as this will allow you to get around without breaking the bank. One of the best places to stay in central New York is Manhattan. It’s central, and there are plenty of accommodation options you can find here.

Look out for a hotel or vacation apartment that is central, is just a short walk from New York’s top sights and attractions and is located in a safe neighbourhood.

Walk don’t take cabs


Like any big city, cabs can be incredibly expensive to take around New York. Instead of taking a cab, either take the subway or walk.

If you are staying in accommodation that is central, then you will easily be able to walk to most of the city’s sights attractions. This is ideal for your first visit to the big apple.

Explore Central Park

Central Park is one of New York’s most famous attractions and is definitely not somewhere to miss. Dating back to 1857, Central Park was created to give the people of New York an outdoor space away from the hustle and bustle of the hectic industrial city of the 50’s.

Over 700 acres wide, Central Park, is a big park. Complete with winding paths, grassy areas, flower gardens and hump back bridges, Central Park is an absolute must-see.

As well as visiting the park during the day, take a stroll through it at night, and you will be surprised by how pretty it looks. Just make sure to take a friend with you – it’s not a good idea to explore the park alone at night.

Visit the Statue of Liberty

If you are visiting New York for the first time, one of the must-see sights is the Statue of Liberty. It’s a beautiful sight that means so much to the people of New York, many even say it is the essence of the city.

The best time to visit New York’s favourite statue is at sunset or just before dusk, as it will look even more beautiful than during the daylight.

Visit New York’s museums

New York is the global center of art and culture and is home to some of the world’s best museums and galleries. Many of which, are free, so are ideal if spending money is tight.

There are so many museums to choose from, but the best are the Museum of Modern Art and the Metropolitan Museum.

Top tips families need to consider before going on vacation

Are you planning a trip somewhere with your brood? Going on vacation together is one of the best things about having a family, experiencing new cultures and stimulating sights, sounds and tastes – it’s the perfect opportunity for bonding and creating memories that last a lifetime.

In order to get the most out of your vacation, it is wise to be super-organized. Leaving planning details and paperwork all to the last minute is a recipe for vacation disaster. Read on for sensible tips that ensure you spend your vacation having fun, not stressing over avoidable problems.

Where are you going?

Many factors determine where we choose to go on vacation, and the key to a successful visit is research. Use the internet as your tour guide and discover in advance the secrets of places that interest you. Will there be activities for the children? What are the restaurants like? Where is the nearest hospital? Are there banking facilities close by? Can we walk to the beach from our accommodation? All these questions can be answered with a few clicks and can help you make the perfect choice for a family holiday.

Be aware of other external factors likely to influence choice. Some foreign destinations are considered risky for US citizens either due to terrorism and crime threats, medical emergencies or other reasons. To help you decide, details of countries where travel warnings are in place are at the Bureau of Consular Affairs on the State Department website. Countries currently on the no-go list include Georgia, Saudi Arabia and Madagascar, but there are some popular South American destinations where caution is also required – see the State Department site for a comprehensive list.

Destinations with a proven track record for family fun with great beaches and many outdoor activities include Playa del Carmen in Mexico and Maui in Hawaii. If you want to stay on the US mainland, consider Orlando or Daytona Beach in Florida, San Diego or San Francisco in California, or for a traditional seaside vacation, Myrtle Beach in South Carolina takes some beating.

To explore further afield, look to the beautiful coastlines and rich history of southern Europe. A trip to Nice on the Côte d’Azur, Barcelona in Spain, or the Amalfi Coast in Italy gives your family the perfect introduction to the unique European pace of life. Follow this up with city breaks in Paris and London, and you have a family holiday that covers outdoorsy beach activities as well as city sophistication.

Tackle paperwork early

When the whole family are in tow, paperwork multiplies. It’s a good idea to put together a dossier to contain all the vital documents you need.

First on the list, if you are traveling abroad, is to check that all passports valid. Check at least a couple of months before your vacation date to see that everybody’s passports have plenty of time left to run. Getting a renewal sorted out in quick time can be expensive and stressful. Some countries will not accept passports with less than six months to run from the date of entry, so verify this information before booking trips to places such as UAE, Ghana and Kenya.

Once passports are dealt with, focus on all the other paperwork. Depending on where you are headed, visas may be required. Other far-flung destinations will require you to have particular medical vaccinations (make sure adequate time is allowed for this). Important details such as flight tickets and boarding passes, car rental documents, driving license and hotel reservations will all need to be organized and filed in a safe and convenient place. Take copies of important documents such as passports, medical certificates and emergency details for bank card theft or mobile phone loss.

Travel headaches such as flight delays, lost luggage or unexpected medical expenses should be covered with travel insurance. It is a sad but true fact that accidents occur on vacation, whether that’s due to the unfamiliar surroundings or the increased level of physical activity; whatever the cause, a family on vacation needs to have with them the details of a good injury lawyer for peace of mind.

After all the dry (but essential) paperwork, you are free to kick back and have some fun. The whole family can contribute to planning the itinerary and local excursions. Remember that packing makes an exciting prelude to departure for children who love to get involved.

Once you arrive on vacation, it’s time to enjoy the family fun. If you focus now on getting all the details in place, you will be free to truly revel in the relaxation you deserve.

Visiting the Royal Ascot Races

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The Ascot Racecourse in village of Ascot (Berkshire) is home to one of Britain’s major social events. The Royal Ascot Horse Races date back to 1711 and they are founded by Queen Anne. The story is that she was out riding one day and saw a heath that seemed perfect for horses to gallop at full stretch.

Less than a year later, the races began and have been a royal event since. The first race was open to any horse that exceeded the age of six years.

Today, the horses are the finest in the world and entirely thoroughbred. Today, the event hosts some of Britain’s finest including Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II herself, as well as several prominent members of the royal family.

Press coverage, similar to that of a red carpet premier is a huge part of the event and even overtakes the coverage of the races themselves. It’s not uncommon to hear about the royal dress on British television at length.

Off track betting is definitely a huge part of the Royal Ascot Races and brings in serious cash worldwide. The horses are topnotch, so the stakes are very high. Check out Royal Ascot betting offers online if you’d like to find out more about that.

You might just get lucky and end up sitting near the Queen in the event’s Royal Enclosure. This seating area requires strict applications and an archaic dress code. Men wear Victorian styled morning dress. The women are not allowed to show midriffs or shoulders. They are asked to simply wear a hat and a day dress.

The women have strict requirements on the length of the dress and the type of dress they can wear as well as the style of dress. The application process is very stringent. You are only granted entry if you know somebody who has entered into the enclosure for the last four years. There are corresponding badges, each sent out by the Queen herself, and they are color coded for the day a person is allowed into the enclosure. You are required strict background checks as well.

There are other seating areas for the general populace but the Royal Enclosure is, of course, the most luxurious. The attendees are given luxurious seats with perfect views of the race. They have the choice of fine dining, hospitality and bars. The menu is said to be some of the finest cuisine in the country.

There are various ways to get to the Ascot Race Course if you are travelling. There are trains leading from London and Reading and take about fifty minutes from London. It’s about a seven minute walk from the trains. You can also take the M3, M4, M40 and M25 motorways, which are located close to the course itself.

You will find the course to be wonderful. The event is one of the biggest social occasions in Britain. The Queen herself actually arrives at the race in a horse and carriage so that the populace can see her. It really is a once in a lifetime event. You will regret missing it if you ever get the chance to go.

Koh Samui, a splendid destination

Koh Samui is one of the most fabulous and popular islands in Thailand. A holiday on this idyllic island means white pristine beaches, emerald warm waters, world-class international cuisine, water sports, lush tropical forests, fascinating Buddha temples, luxurious spas and beach front villas. The island is a place where the most breath-taking natural wonders meet the opulence of a very modern tourism. It is perfect for enjoying an exotic holiday that mixes so beautifully the true Thai experience with the comfort and luxury of a 5 stars vacation.

Amazing Waterfalls

Koh Samui has some of the most impressive waterfalls hidden in its wild mountain interior, but two of these spectacular cascades can be easily accessed by tourists – Namuang and Hin Lad. The best time to visit them is from September to March, during or just after the rainy season. This is when there is enough water flow to make them look truly amazing.

The Big Buddha

The Big Buddha is the most famous temple on Koh Samui. With a height of 12 meters, this gold statue of the Lord Buddha in a seated position is a must if you are visiting the island. Tourists from across the world come here to discover the peace and mystery which transcends from the Big Buddha, inviting us to contemplate, relax and meditate.


If you love sailing then you will definitely adore sailing on the serene warm waters that surround Koh Samui. You can opt for a sailing safari on your own catamaran accompanied by a safety vessel that will carry your supplies and luggage so you can stop overnight at some of the resorts located near the island.


Ang Thong National Marine Park is truly unique. This collection of pristine islands gravitates around Koh Samui and offers you the chance to enjoy a kayaking trip of two hours. Simply relax and feast yourself with some of the most spectacular sceneries you have ever seen.

Luxurious Beach Front Villas

Extravagant villas, modern amenities, infinity pools and spa treatments- these are just a few of the delightful temptations that Koh Samui uses for alluring its tourists. The island hosts more than 700 resorts and hotels, and thousands of bungalows and private beach front villas. There are many and very diverse choices for all types of budgets and tastes. But you can be certain of one thing – it will be the most luxurious holiday experience ever.


Koh Samui loves to celebrate and it would use any excuse for throwing a good party. And the festivals here are fascinating for travellers- vibrant, colorful, hypnotic and overwhelmingly joyful. The King’s Birthday is one of the greatest celebrations on the island and it marks his Majesty King Bhumibol‘s birthday, on the 5th of December.

Mobile social revolution: Dining with mobile devices

Today’s consumers are hungry for cell phone advancements. According to the Pew Research Center, 90 percent of all American adults reported owning a cell phone as of January 2014. Now, brands routinely develop apps and marketing campaigns with the consumer’s mobile device in mind. If you aren’t keeping up with mobile trends and responsive design, then you are likely falling short of the common customer expectation.

McDonald’s now allows customers to make food purchases with Apple Pay at drive-through windows and counters in 14,000 U.S. locations. Also, a number of chain restaurants are using NoshList to give users the ability to jump on a free waiting list for seating. In just two years, NoshList reserved tables for over 34 million consumers.

Popular marketing campaigns range from emails formatted for mobile devices to active social media profiles. 180 million Americans actively use social media. They log in to their accounts with computers or mobile internet devices like Android tablets. 154 million users regularly check their social media profiles with their smartphones.

Top restaurants responding to the social media trends of 2014 include Chipotle, Panera Bread, and Taco Bell. Most popular brands now have virtual presences on Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, and Instagram. Read on to learn more about how social media is changing the way we dine.

Mobile social revolution: Dining with mobile devices

4 Tips to Keep Your Skin Healthy in Orlando

When planning a vacation that includes fun in the sun, remember that sunburn isn’t fun at all and can quickly put a damper on the activities you’ve planned. Not only can it ruin your vacation, but it can ruin your skin as well. Prolonged sun exposure over time can cause skin cancer and premature wrinkles. Especially if you aren’t used to the intense rays of the Florida sun, plan to prevent sun damage.

Here are four tips to keep your skin healthy in Orlando:

Cover Up or Get Out of The Sun For a Portion of The Day

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The sun’s rays are at the strongest between the hours of 10am to 4pm. It’s a good idea to schedule a break from the sun during part of that time. Noon until 2pm are the peak hours for sun exposure, so it’s a good idea to book a hotel closer to your destination so that you can plan a short break to get out of the sun and have a rest before continuing with your fun-filled adventures.

Not only will this help your skin, it will keep you from being too exhausted to enjoy nightlife.

Use At Least 15 SPF Sunscreen and Reapply Frequently

If you’re going out in the sun, even a for a bit, wear sunscreen. Most dermatologists recommend using a sunscreen that offers 15 SPF or higher. If you’re fair skinned or burn easily, you’ll likely want to increase that to 30 SPF. Remember to reapply every few hours, and if you’re planning to swim or will be sweating profusely, waterproof sunscreen is a wise choice.

Don’t Forget To Protect Your Feet, Neck and Ears

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Just remembering to apply and reapply sunscreen isn’t enough completely protect your skin. Take extra care to put sunscreen on your ears, feet and the underside of your neck. These three places are so easy to forget and easy to get burned. Even if you’re in the shade or are wearing a wide-brimmed hat, the UV rays will bounce off of sand, cement and other surfaces, causing your neck and ears to get more sun that you’d expect.

Check Any Medication You’re Taking

If you are getting a medical degree, like an mha online, you know that some medications, like certain antibiotics and high blood pressure medicine, can significantly increase your skin’s sensitivity to the sun. Herbal supplements, vitamins, and even body lotions can also make your skin photosensitive, meaning prolonged sun exposure will be especially hazardous. But for those without a medical background, Before heading out for a vacation in the sun, be sure to speak with your doctor or pharmacist to find out if you should be extra careful.

Most types of skin cancer and sun damage can be avoided by taking precautions before heading out into the sun. It’s so easy to forget when you’re having fun and spending more time than usual outdoors. These tips can help you enjoy your vacation without having it cut short by the pain of a bad sunburn.

Miami Cruises Routes

Miami, Florida, is a hub for the cruise ship industry and sees thousands of sailings each year. Destinations are rich and varied for the cruises that either originate or use the Port of Miami as a hub for the sea bound adventures. Miami cruises routes are as varied and wide as the seas themselves and there is sure to be an adventure or sailing that meets up with your travel needs and desires.

With the Port of Miami being in such close proximity to the Caribbean and South America, it should come as no surprise that many of the Miami cruise routes head throughout these areas. Basic Caribbean offerings out of Miami include routes that go through the Bahamas, Dutch Antilles, Jamaica, and even into Santo Domingo in the Dominican Republic and now, even into the very exotic and rarely travelled to Port-Au-Prince, the capitol city of Haiti.

It is possible to find routes that take cruise ships from Miami toward the western Caribbean to such destinations as Belize and Honduras and then down the Mosquito Coast to the Panama Canal where the route goes through the canal to the Pacific. These routes are sometimes combined with Mexican destinations such as La Paz and other ports of call throughout the Baja Peninsula. For the super long routes that pass through the Panama Canal, there are even cruise ship sailings out of Miami that are round the world cruises. These go through the Panama Canal and onto destinations in Mexico, crossing the Pacific to Hawaii, Tahiti, Fiji, The Solomon Islands, down to New Zealand and Australia, stopping in Tasmania and then onto exotic ports such as Port Moresby in Papua New Guinea. They continue on to Asian destinations European ports of call and eventually back to North American ports for the terminus of the world wide adventure at sea.

Smaller cruise ship routes that stay within US territorial waters includes those that leave the Port of Miami and cruise throughout the American south and through the Gulf of Mexico, making stops at the Ports in Galveston, Texas, Corpus Cristi, the Florida Keyes and then back and around the return to Miami. These shorter routes are often offered as weekend cruises or short getaways, often times at discounted and bargain rates.

Of late, there has been a trend to have new cruise routes out of Miami that travel northward along the eastern seaboard, making stops at the Ports of Call in Charleston, South Carolina, Baltimore, Maryland, New York City, then up and into the Canadian Maritimes. From here the cruise route goes into Halifax, Nova Scotia, and eventually as far north as St. John’s Newfoundland where the cruise ship sails throughout ‘berg bits’ the broken ice chunks from the glaciers of Greenland and northern Labrador that have floated down through the area via the Labrador currents. These Canadian Maritime routes also include add-on sailings that got to Greenland, and over to Iceland. From Iceland the route go to the Faroe Islands, over to the Shetland Islands and then down to Scotland. This is a wonderful route that originates in the sub-tropical climate of Miami and then goes all the way through the sub arctic ports of call in Greenland, to the enigmatic city of Reykjavik and then into the UK and Scotland. These Miami Cruises Routes are prime for the heady adventurer.

The Port of Miami is truly one of the world’s leading hubs for cruise based holidays and travel. With the range of Miami Cruises Routes, there is no limit to your adventure choices. The mesmerizing views of Miami make people to relocate their permanently as well. If you are one of them, then contacting Prestige International at prestigeinternational.com.br would be the wisest decision before buying a property.

Nutmeg – a simple way to manage savings online while you travel

When preparing for a long term round-the-world trip one thing you should get in order before you travel is your finances. While we automatically think to get the right credit cards with the lowest fees and one that can earn frequent flyer miles, what about long term financial issues?

While managing your investments are easy enough while you are sitting in an office job and have time to monitor your stocks and investment portfolios, what about when you are on the move for a longer period of time.

Rather than having to worry about logging in and managing your various investment portfolios, there is one investment site that lets you do it on one site; the online investment website nutmeg.com.


Nutmeg is a website where you can invest your money in a fund or open a stocks and shares account. It will help you grow your investment on autopilot while you get worry about your travels. Nutmeg was opened in 2011 and it claimed to be a new way to invest your money. The company embraces change and its online platform and GUI is very suitable for everyone regardless of their age or gender. Well-known economists, shareholders, and millionaires invested in this website because they saw the growth that would accompany it.

Nutmeg supports several types of accounts such as ISA, non-ISA, and pension accounts. It offers some very useful features as well. These features include the ability to select the risk level you want your money to be; the higher the risk, the higher the profit would be, but also the higher the risk that your money value will drop. Fees are relatively small, ranging from 1% for less than $25,000 invested to 0.3% to more than $25,000 invested. The way that Nutmeg works is simple and easy.

Nutmeg Fund Allocation

According to the type of investment you will make, a risk level will be recommended for you. The risk level ranges from 1, being the lowest, to 10, being the highest. You can choose whichever you want, but you must be careful. For pensions, it is recommended a low risk; for professionals, a higher one. For travellers, it is recommended a medium level risk. Nutmeg is highly efficient for travellers because it is ideal for long-term passive investors. No need to worry about logging to manage your investments while you are sitting on the beach or trekking through a remote jungle somewhere out of 3G contact.

Even if you are not planning to travel for sometime, Nutmeg makes the ideal savings platform where you can watch your travel fund grow while you work towards your goal of that long term trip.

Nutmeg Personal Portfolio

If you are a traveller and want to spend your time that you have on earth seeing the beauties this world has to offer without worrying about your money, then read more about Nutmeg.com here.

Are you looking for the best places to travel for vacation? Here’s a list

If you are looking forward to a vacation and want to experience the best of locations, then USA and Europe have so much to offer. Whether you are on a lone road trip or wish to enjoy a lavish holiday with your family, you can expect the utmost here. There are many travelers who considered the USA and Europe as the most attractive tourist spots all across the globe and we will give you the reason why. Here are some of the popular places to travel on a vacation that you are more likely to appreciate:

New York: You must be aware about New York City through the films, songs and many others forms of media. If you make a plan for visiting such a lovely place of USA, then you will be able to fill your luxurious time with different cultural activities, history, shopping, and many other facilities. It is one of the most beautiful cities that are well liked by the people of all over the world. If you want to enjoy the lifestyle of New York City, then just plan a trip now.

Maui: Maui is one of the largest islands in the USA that is having the amazing climate, surroundings and natural based history that makes it more unique and popular. The various place of attraction of the vacation spot caters all your needs in a more customized manner. The place is full of lovely beaches, national parks, parks and many others.

Rome: Whenever you are visiting Europe, you must not forget to visit the most special place of Europe, that’s Rome. The place offers a large number of attractive features that you will not be able to enjoy in a week. You will find the biggest air museum that will just surprise you by its innovative techniques and the development features. Rome is one of the most beautiful and photogenic city that is having the attractive places such as Vatican City, Spanish steps, museums and many others. If you are planning for a honeymoon, then there is no better place than Rome. It will turn your holidays into valuable and excitement activities.

Iceland: If you want to explore natural beauty along with some most dazzling picturesque setup, then it has to be Iceland in Europe that offers the travelers with the amazing natural powers and its green valleys. The beautiful view of the Iceland just allures you and you will surely not like to leave such a lovely place that is much more heaven on earth.

Italy: Italy is a special holiday destination that makes every traveler to visit this attractive place over and over again. It has the most spectacular art and architecture that allures large number of audiences year after year. It is popular for its cuisine and wine services that is available in different categories. The place is full of lovely museums, restaurants, shopping malls, castles, farmhouses, monasteries and many others.

Atlanta: The place is considered as the modern city and is having three skylines that are catching the attention of large number of people. It is one of the largest and the sparking city of Georgia.

All the above are some of the best destinations to travel for a vacation however a long journey can be boring at times and you can make it pretty exciting by downloading the latest playtika slotomania interactive free game app, available for download on Google Play.

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