World Heritage Spanish Cities UNESCO

Spanish Cities – UNESCO World Heritage

1 Alcala de Henares

2 Ávila: an intact medieval wall, with 88 towers and nine gateways, still circles the hilltop city of Avila, the birthplace of St. Teresa of Avila.

An intact medieval wall, with 88 towers and nine gateways, city of Avila.
The hilltop city of Avila

3 Baeza

4 Cáceres

5 Córdoba

6 Cuenca

Cuenca - Spain
Cuenca

7 Ibiza/Eivissa

8 Mérida

9 Salamanca is an architectural gem, with two adjoining cathedrals and a Plaza Mayor (main square) regarded as one of the finest in Spain.

Salamanca is an architectural gem.
Salamanca

Short break at Salamanca: Spain has the best night out and tons of cultural sites. Portugal also.

10 San Cristóbal de La Laguna

11 Santiago de Compostela

12 On the way to Segovia, the Valley of the Fallen is a bizarre and controversial memorial to the dead of Spain’s Civil War. The late dictator Francisco Franco is buried there.

Segovia, Spain
Segovia – UNESCO Cultural Site

13 Tarragona

14 Toledo

15 Ubeda

46 Properties inscribed on the World Heritage List by UNESCO

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Sicily: art, history, and gastronomy

The Archaeology, Art, and Culture of the Mediterranean’s most beautiful island!Welcome to Sicily!

Discover thousands of years of art history. Visit the most magnificent monuments of classical times, the mosaics of the Roman Villa del Casale and on to the purity of the Quattrocento in the art created by the artist Antonello da Messina. Experience and taste the variety and complex culinary flavours in Sicily, the result of thousands of years of history. Some ingredients and typical Sicilian dishes worth trying are swordfish “alla messinense“, tuna fish “alla Marinara“, sardines “a beccafico”, ” broccoli affogati”, peppers, tomatoes, aubergines, potatoes and a great variety of cheeses, from pecorino to primosale. There are a vast array of sweets and cakes I would suggest you try ‘cannoli’, ‘pignotala’ and don’t forget the wines. There are of many different kinds!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Most of the events and folklore festivals are religious and  traditional: the Holy Week, Fistinu di Santa Rosalia, the processions of Wednesday of Holy Week and Holy Thursday in Caltanisseta, the feast of Saint Sebastian in Acireale, the celebrations feting Catania’s patron Saint Agatha (3-4-5 February), the Luminaria of Caltagirone (25th July), the Procession of Saint Lucy in Syracuse (May and December), the Diavolata e Angelicata, the Feast of the Holy Cross, Sagra del Mandorlo in Cuore ( Festival of the Almond Tree in Blossom and the lively Carnival of Acireale just to mention a few.

Seeking Sicily: A Cultural Journey Through Myth and Reality in the Heart of the Mediterranean has 77 reviews at AmazonAuthor John Keahey is not content to let images from the island’s overly touristed villages carry the story. Starting in Palermo, he journeyed to such places as Arab-founded Scopello on the west coast, the Greek ruins of Selinunte on the southwest, and Sciascia’s ancestral village of Racalmuto in the south, where he experienced unique, local festivals.

Sicily is all about culture however and even though surrounded by water not famous for its beach resorts. Sicily is probably not the best beach destination but certainly a good one. The most important sea resorts are Mazzaro and Giardini Naxos. An absolute must for tourists is the Alcantara Gorge reaches from Taormina-Giardini Naxos. This natural monument of basalt rock was created by the eruption of the volcano Monte Moio, Etna’s most eccentric offshoot, around 2400 BC. The lava flow invaded the entire valley of the Alcantara river as far as its mouth ob the coast, where the Greeks founded their first colony in Sicily. Etna’s National Park has many excursions and outstanding attractions in the area. One of the most popular for a visit to the volcano leaves from Catania to Nicolosi. It’s possible to stay the night and taste great traditional food. In Palermo: the church of Santa Maria della Catena, Palazzo Abatellis, the Archbishop’s Palace and the fountain of Piazza Pretoria. The Botanical Gardens and the Teatro Massimo, one of Europe’s largest theatres.

In Taormina Sicily

the Badia Vecchia and the Palazzo di Corvaja, the Porta Catania, Cathedral of San Nicolo, the Odeon, the Greek Theatre, the gardens of the Villa and more.

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Taormina’s Greek Theatre, a marvel of the human mind embodying art and history, landscape and nature, culture and enchanted myth.

The Aeolian archipelago in Sicily

(Alicudi, Filicudi, Lipari, Panarea, Salina, Stromboli, and Vulcano) lies off the coast Milazzo and is made up of 7 major islands, rocks, and islets. The result is wild coasts with sheer cliffs above the sea, innumerable small craters, and a beautiful landscape.

Messina Sicily

also known as the ‘Gateway to Sicily’ has a lot to offer: the Cathedral, the fountain of Orion, the church of Santissima Annunziata dei Catalani and San Francesco d’Assisi and the Regional Museum contains interesting archaeological, medieval and modern art exhibits.

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From Sicily visit Sardinia and Malta and add up Corsega!

Direct ferries

 

 

Paris worldwide

Moulin Rouge - Paul Gautier

Paris attracts over 47 million visitors each year

…and given this great success, London, Berlin and New York would love to be in Paris’s shoes! Paris is everyone’s city of art and luxury and remains true to its reputation. Just look at the creation of the Foundation Louis Vuitton. Paris is the second global destination and is the leader in the number of conventions. With the Grand Paris (Greater Paris) project, the French capital is improving transportation networks.

You will visit the best of the galleries, explore the capital’s secret gardens, Saint Julien le Pauvre, la Place de la Republique. There are plenty of exhibitions with selected pieces, including paintings and sculptures and eat éclairs like no others. Have lunch in a pleasant restaurant by the Tour Eiffel. Drink coffee on a sunny terrace in Saint Germain des Pres. We will travel to Versailles and shop at “Galeries Lafayettes”

 

20 must see in Paris  

The Notre Dame (4-E7) , Palais Royal (2-D7) 3 Palais du Louvre (2-D7) (Gioconda, Chambre a Arles Van Gogh’s, “Codice da Vinci”, Dan Brown) and the biggest museum of art worldwide with paintings of Leonardo da Vinci and Vincent Van Gogh , Arc du Triomphe and down the Avenue des Champs Elysées, Place de la Concorde and Montmartre, Le Sacre-Coeur, Bateau Lavoir (Apollinaire, Modigliani and Picasso) , Tour Eiffel and Palace du Luxembourg, Le Grand Palais and Centre Georges Pompidou, the modern La Defense and the Tour Montparnasse, Parc de Belleville.

A bit of shopping at Le Deli- Cieeux (Printemps), Musee D’Orsay (Impressionist, Gauguin and Renoir) and Musee dell’Orangerie just to mention a few of my favourites.

My favourite in Paris

La Collins degli artístico

Basilica del Sacre Coeur

Pigalle

Moulin Rouge (go visit La Rue de Saint Dinis)

Moulin Rouge (go visit La Rue de Saint Dinis)
Moulin Rouge (go visit La Rue de Saint Dinis)

Lapin Agile Museums

Carnavalet (Saint Paul)

La Vie Romantique (Pigalle) – Romantic Village

Erotisme (Blanche)

Musee du Vin (Passy) – Wine Museum

Guimet Museum

Musee de la Poupee (Rambuteau)

Cite de la Musique (Ourcq)

Musee des Lettres (Saint-Michel)

One week in Paris walking

My first visit to Paris I had the chance to stay for a week and it wasn’t enough. Paris invites you to comeback even for short-breaks. France has always been my favourite country. Being able to talk French really helps besides it’s home to many Portuguese expats. However, Paris is one of the most expensive cities in the world but there are ways to save. As a tourist, I disagree. Underground isn’t expensive and walking is free and the best way to discover beautiful coffee shops and all Paris has to offer.

Paris cute coffee shop. Not the most beautiful but it's OK!
Not the most beautiful but it’s OK!

 

Nonetheless, I add Portugal, England, Italy, Turkey and Vietnam to this list. In all them, I lived and experienced life as a local.

WALKS in Paris

1 Passage Du Grand Cerf

2 Passage Verdeau

3 Passage des Panoramas

4 Passage Molière

5 Passage Jouffroy

6 Passage Choiseul

7 Valerie Vivienne

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60 Portuguese monuments

Proud to be Portuguese.

Portuguese Heritage from North to South 60 monuments in Portugal: Lisbon, Porto, Coimbra …

1 Torre de Belém (Tower of Belem), Lisbon

2 Torre dos Clérigos, Porto

3 Palácio da Pena, Sintra

4 Mosteiro da Batalha, Batalha

5 Castelo de Leiria, Leiria

6 Sé Velha de Coimbra, Coimbra

7 Roman Temple of Évora, Évora

8 Castel of Óbidos, Óbidos

9 Convento de Cristo, Tomar

10 Palácio Nacional de Belém, Lisbon

11 Castel of Guimarães, Guimarães

12 Castel of Almourol, Vila Nova da Barquinha

13 Sé de Lisboa, Lisbon

14 Solar de Mateus, Vila Real

15 Sé de Braga, Braga

16 Palace of Seteais, Sintra

17 Sé Catedral do Porto, Porto

18 Church São Vicente de Fora, Lisbon

19 Church “Nossa Senhora da Graça”, Santarém

20 Monastery of Jerónimos, Lisbon Monument of Discoveries

21 Igreja da Flor da Rosa (Church), Crato

22 Elevador do Carmo (Elevator), Lisbon

23 Basilica da Estrela (Take Tram 28), Lisbon

24 Mosteiro de Alcobaça, Alcobaça

25 Gravuras Rupestres (Carving Routes), Vale do Rio Côa

26 Panteão Nacional, Lisbon

27 Túmulo de D.Pedro, Alcobaça

28 Palácio de São Bento (Palace), Lisbon

Palácio de São Bento
Palácio de São Bento, Lisbon

29 Arco da Rua Augusta, Lisbon downtown

30 Palace Hotel do Buçaco, Centre Region

Buçaco
Buçaco

31 Aqueduto da Águas Livres, Lisbon

32 Castelo do Marvão

33 Palácio da Regaleira, Sintra

Sintra
Palácio da Regaleira, Sintra, Portugal

34 Paço Ducal, Vila Viçosa Ducal

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35 Castelo da Palmela (Castle), Palmela

36 Teatro Nacional de D. Maria II (Theater), Lisbon

37 Sé de Évora, Évora

38 Igreja do Convento do Carmo, Lisbon

39 Paço dos Duques de Bragança, Guimarães

Paço dos Duques
Paço dos Duques

40 Centro Cultural de Belém, Belém Cultural Center, Lisbon

41 Ruínas de Conímbriga, and University of Coimbra

42 Palácio Nacional de Queluz, Sintra

43 Palácio Nacional de Mafra, Mafra

44 Domus Municipalis, Bragança

45 Fundação Calouste de Gulbenkian, Lisbon

46 Castelo da Feira, Santa Maria da Feira

47 Palácio Nacional da Ajuda, Lisbon

48 Castelo de Estremoz, Estremoz

49 Bom Jesus do Monte Sanctuary, Braga

50 Castelo de São Jorge, Lisbon

51 Mosteiro de Santa a Clara-a-Velha, Lisbon

52 Central Tejo, Lisbon

53 Ponte de D. Luís, Porto

54 Estação do Rossio (Train Station), Lisbon

55 Fortaleza de Sagres, Sagres

56 Igreja Matriz de Mértola, Mértola

57 Praça de touros do Campo Pequeno, Lisbon

58 Pavilhão de Portugal, Lisbon

59 Aqueduto da Amoreira, Elvas

60 Forte de São Julião da Barra, Lisbon

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Great world tour through dancing

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A scene from a Sema ceremony: UNESCO

Emotions through dance performance

One of the most well-known ways to express emotion is through dance: pain, anger or joy.

People dance in order to celebrate, commemorate as they also dance when preparing for some ritual.

Whatever the reason is, dance is an art form that is amazing to look and there are many dances from around the world.

Exploring Cultural Dance

Japanese cultural dances relate to religions and social eras in Japanese history. Japanese cultural dance forms and styles span historical court dances, religious dances, and traditional folk dances. In Japan, dance remains an integral part of the historical theatrical entertainment and it’s beautiful to see all that is involved.

In Argentina, Tango first appeared around 1880. Italians, Spaniards, blacks and gaucho criollos in Buenos Aires brought together elements of habanera, polka, Spanish contradanza and Argentinian milonga (country songs) and create a new beat.

In Europe, there are a variety of folk dances from countries such as Portugal, Spain, Russia, Poland, Turkey, and so much more.

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Fandango, is original from Ribatejo in Portugal. It involves the dancers tapping their feet and quickly changing their positions.

Polk is a Central European dance and also a type of dance music familiar throughout Europe and the Americas.

Mexico has a wealth of natural and cultural resources. Mexican dance captures the rhythm, emotion, and movement of an exciting society with a heritage rich in tradition.

Bharata Natyam was developed over centuries in the temples in Southern India. It was handed down as a living tradition from one generation to the next under the Devadasi system, wherein women were dedicated to serving the deity as dancers and musicians.

The Belly Dance also is known as “Raqs Sharqi” is traditionally a solo dance performed by women. This Middle Eastern dance was taught within families and the ladies dance during celebrations.

In Egypt, different patterns, colours, and melodies tell us the history of the country. El Tanoura dance performance with round skirts is based on the belief that the Earth begins and ends at the same point.

El Tanoura dancer represents the Sun.
El Tanoura dancer represents the Sun.