Munich nightlife guide for the avid partier

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You won’t find many cities that are so geared to partying that you can have non-stop entertainment 24/7, but Munich is one place that fits the bill. If you have a yearning for sausages and beer, this capital of Bavaria near Austria, Switzerland and the Czech Republic in southern Germany is the best place to let your hair down with its vibrant nightlife.

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5 Things You Need to Know Before Renting a Car in Australia

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Australia is one of those countries, like the US, that was designed to be explored by road. While there are some great train journeys for overseas travelers to experience, most notably the Ghan, which travels from Darwin in the north to Adelaide in the south, due to the distances involved and the sights along the way, hiring a car or mini bus is hands down the best way to explore the Great Southern Land. If you’re planning to travel around Australia soon, the following five things you need to know before arranging car hire will get you off to a great start on your journey.

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Why Would Anyone Ever Want to Visit These 5 Cities?

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When it’s time to get out the luggage and head for someplace you’ve never been, most people look for some fun in the sun or perhaps some place with tons of historical monuments or places of interest. However, there are some people who choose to visit these five cities because they consistently rank within the top cities for violent crimes, year after year. Why would anyone ever want to vacation there? Actually, there are a few good reasons to do so, but first, here are the five worst cities where crime makes the national news daily, to the chagrin of mayors and city council members alike.

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From the Vault: On Location in London

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With the London Olympics starting tonight with the opening ceremonies, we thought it would be a great time to dig up some never published photos from our archive of Natalie and Britney from our trip to London as part of our 2006 World Tour. We spent a day hanging out with these two beautiful models as we caught many of the sites in this iconic city, and you can see many of the London tourist spots in the background.

The first group of photos have Natalie and Britney hanging out in a classic London phone booth. Naturally these things are obsolete these days but in London they blend in as part of the beautiful architecture and scenery. We spent a lot of time in Soho so many of the photos from the first have of slideshow above are from that trendy part of town.

We made our way down to Parliament and got some nice shots in the park nearby. Later in the evening, the girls changed into heels and dresses and we went out in an area near London Bridge. The photos at dusk with the bridge in the background are great, and you can see one below with others in the slideshow.

We finish it up with the girls having fun posing in a London taxi, otherwise known as a hackney carriage. These classic taxi cabs are another site you'll see all around this classic city.

If you're in London for the Olympic Games we're sure you'll enjoy it. It's one of the great cities of the world and we loved our time there. English food isn't very good, but as a world-class city London has amazing restaurants, particularly excellent Indian food and amazing sushi. That said, the city is incredibly expensive. Don't bother going unless you have a real budget, as everything from hotels, food and taxis are ridiculously expensive.

In any event, enjoy the slideshow and the Olympics!

All photo by Paul Miller

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Have a blast at Machine Guns Vegas

I’ve had some memorable times in Las Vegas over the years, as Sin City has always been about creating over-the-top experiences with all the gambling and wild nightlife. But on this last trip I tried something new and exhilarating that I’ll remember for years!

I was invited to check out the all-new Machine Guns Vegas (MGV), a unique attraction that will soon be on most to-do lists for guys visiting Vegas. MGV combines a VIP ultra lounge setting with the ultimate firearms experience. The selection of guns you can shoot will blow your mind, so it’s perfect for gun enthusiasts along with first-timers who want to feel the thrill of firing these powerful weapons.

I’m the latter. I’d never shot a gun before even though I’d always wanted to try it. Now I’d get my chance, but it wouldn’t be with a simple handgun. I was going to shoot three badass, fully-automatic machine guns, and I couldn’t wait to try it.

As soon as you arrive at MGV you enter into a spacious and comfortable lounge area where you can relax and get ready. The staff is very professional and you can pick all sorts of packages for your experience. Guests are matched with a shooting host who uses interactive multimedia displays on an iPad to showcase each of the shooting experiences offered. Long lines are not an issue here as you can relax in the lounge while you pick your experience and wait your turn. My experience would consist of three machine guns – the M4 5.56 (US), the MK-47 (Russian) and the HK MP5 9MM (German).

After talking to my instructor, we decided to start with the M4 5.56 carbine fully automatic machine gun. The M4 is a shorter and lighter variant of the M16A2 assault rifle, sharing 80% of the parts, but it’s still a beast. It’s used by the U.S. military and is slated to replace the M16 for many combat units in the army. The instructor explained the proper way to shoot the gun. The stance is critical, as you don’t want this thing to knock you back when you fire. Balance and leverage is important as you keep your right foot back and prepare yourself to lean forward as you press the trigger. The instructor then sent out the target and I was ready to go.

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