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

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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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#13 Top Saigon’s attractions

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Ho Chi Minh City

#1 War Remnants Museum. This museum established in 1975 show images showing the brutality of war. Hard to see and good to face. Go for it.

#2 Visit the Cu Chi Tunnels for an understanding of the Military tactics.

#3 Cao Dai Temple

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#4 Jade Emperor Pagoda

#5 Bitexco Tower and Sky Deck

#6 Mariamman Hindu Temple

#7 Reunification Palace

#8 Binh Tay Market

#9 Ho Chi Minh Central Post Office, designed in beautiful French colonial style, the post office was built between 1886 and 1891.

#10 Notre Dame Cathedral is one of the most proeminentes architectural marvels in the city and was built in 1877.

Notre Dame Cathedral, Vietnam. For more on Saigon visit the website at https://theworldandmylaptop.com

#11 The Book street has been opened to the public since early 2016. The pedestrian street runs between Nguyen Van Binh, by the Saigon Central Post Office, and Gai BA Trung. Here, one can find calligraphists and new publications but not many English titles.

#12 The Women’s Museum take you back to the war and we learn about the role of the women. As sad as beautiful but so important to understand their culture! I do recommend it besides we’ll understand the Vietnamese so much better. This museum is dedicated to Vietnamese women and has exhibitions with focus on ethnic dress, jewelry and WOMEN’s STRUGGLES. It shows the invaluable contribution made by women in the fight for independente.

#13 The markets are usually my favourite spot and hanging out there with local friends turn the experience better. I’ve seem dogs and frogs. The Binh Tay Market of Cholon is a mix of French and Chinese architecture and was built in 1928.

After one year in Asia and playing fairly I always like to mention the Vietnamese coffee and the Vietnamese food. Both the best in Asia. When cooked by friends, even better. Thank you!

Pho Bho

 

Madeira “The Pearl of the Atlantic”

Madeira and Porto Santo

Right in the middle of the Atlantic, the islands of Madeira and Porto Santo are a heaven of natural beauty. The exotic colours of the flowers stand out from among the blue sea and the emerald green vegetation; this is an archipelago where two-thirds are a protected area and where the largest Laurisilva forest in the world is located.

 

 

Madeira island - Portugal

Funchal, Câmara de Lobos, Ribeira Brava, Ponta do Sol, Madalena do Mar, Calheta, Porto Moniz, São Vicente, Santana, Machico, Santa Cruz! Are you ready to see the island?! Let’s start the tour!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Flower Festival takes place in Funchal from the 4th to the 21st of May 2017

Sports, events and all about Madeira!

The Levadas of Madeira

One of the best-known “Levadas” starts at Ribeiro Frio. A “Levada” is an irrigation channel or aqueduct specific to the Portuguese island of Madeira. The “Levada das 25 Fontes” leads from Rabaçal to the foot of the cliff with several springs cascades into it but there are many walking trails along the maintenance path. Madeira and Porto Santo are also well known for water sports and paragliding.

 

 

 

 

Some out of many interesting touristic places are: Monte, Curral das Freiras, Pico do Areeiro, Cabo Girão, Ribeira Brava, Paul da Serra, Sta. Maria Madalena, Camacha…The Archipelago of Madeira consists in the islands of Madeira, Porto Santo, Desertas and Selvagens.

Porto Moniz, Madeiran Island is one of my favourite places.
Porto Moniz, Madeiran Island is one of my favourite places.

Having been colonized on behalf of the Infante D. Henrique, it was harbour of departure for Christopher Columbus (Cristóvão Colombo) on his discovery of the “New World”. Its rare and natural beauty has volcanic origins. Its several mountains can reach heights up to 1.850 m. Also due to its climate, it is a place suitable for the growing of fruits and flowers, some of them being very famous because of its quality. In conclusion, Madeira and Porto Santo are fantastic places to relax, far away from the city stress. Don’t miss “Câmara de Lobos” where Cristiano Ronaldo grew up which is a small and very particular village with great “tascas” and enjoy the best “Poncha” cocktail in Madeira.

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Cabo Girão – as good as in China

Portugal ranks as one of the best destination worldwide and Madeira Archipelago worths a week minimum. To get there I recommend TAP Airways and Easyjet. Transavia also does Madeira. To Porto Santo island go by ferry with Lobo Marinho or by plane from Funchal or directly from Lisbon and Porto. When to go? Every single day of the year seems to be a good time, however, there is no ferry in January. Where to stay? Funchal has more than 1000 hotels from Luxury like Reid’s and The Cliff Bay to hostels. I lived in both islands and as a tourist, I recommend them both.

Please, leave a comment if you need any further information contact me.

 

 

 

 

 

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An option to the ferry “Lobo Marinho” may you wish.

 

 

 

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The best Event on Earth – Carnival Rio!

Will you be at the Rio Carnival 2019?

 

 

 

 

Rio Carnival is Samba

Street Parties, Samba Parades, and Flashy Carnival Balls

The Africans have subsequently influenced the Carnival with the introduction of samba music in 1917. Samba is now considered as traditional Brazilian music, and you can experience its rhythm at the Rio Carnival 2018.

Almost all the music played during Rio Carnival is samba. It is a uniquely Brazilian music originating from Rio, a dance form that was invented by the poor Afro-Brazilians.

Dates for Rio Carnival 2018

Friday, February 9th, 2018         Schools under Access or Gold Group perform – Day 1

Saturday, February 10th, 2018    Schools under Access or Gold Group perform – Day 2

Sunday, February 11th, 2018       Samba Schools of Special Group Competition – Day 1

Monday, February 12th, 2018     Samba Schools of Special Group Competition – Day 2

Tuesday, February 13th, 2018     Children’s Parade Commences

Saturday, March 14th, 2018         Champions of Special Group Parade at Sambódromo

Insight into Carnival history

The word Carnival originates from the Portuguese ‘Carne Vale’, interpreted as ‘Farewell to meat’.

The phrase refers to the Carnival as being the ultimate celebration before a period of abstinence from alcohol, meat and pleasure begin. This period lasts up to the Easter holiday, the date when Jesus Christ rose from the dead.

Here, you can book and get a download a free guide with all about 2018 Rio Carnival events, venues, Rio Carnival’s history, 2018 Rio Carnival tickets, costumes for the 2017 Samba Parade and “Sambódromo” information, accomplished with insiders’ recommendations.

 

 

 

 

Well-known Top attractions in Rio

Cristo Redentor in Corcovado Mountain, the funicular to Pão de Açúcar (Sugar Loaf Mountain Day Tour), Ipanema and Copacabana beach. Enjoy the amazing Copacabana Palace Hotel. Drink some “água de coco“.

Let National Geographic’s City Destination map of Rio de Janeiro guide you as you explore this fascinating city, known for its stunning landscapes, beautiful beaches, and unique Carnival.

 

 

 

 

 

Maracana Stadium

Jardim Botanico

Go extreme! Parasailing & Paragliding in Rio de Janeiro! 

See also TripAdvisor, the Brazilian most reliable Website with reviews from travellers.

Take some time off in Búzios  and or Angra dos Reis – RJ

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Azores: Journey of a Lifetime

The Azores – A Marine Paradise

A compact archipelago of tiny islands where the sperm whale and dolphin watching are pointed as the highlights.

 

 

 

 

Marine sightseeings in the Azores

Lucky you if apart from whales and dolphins incidentally watch the superfast marlins, turtles, swordfish, sharks, and seabirds. The boat tours companies cannot guarantee but take the chance and go!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Azores an Eco-tourism Secret Resort

Ecotourism, top gastronomy, whales and bird watching, trials & boat tours. Biking and hiking, water sports. An endless adventure. Welcome back to Portugal.

We bring good news. From December 2016 on, Ryanair has started flying to this destination with offers at the price of 19.99. This time Lages at Ilha Terceira and Lisbon (Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays) and to Porto (Tuesdays and Saturdays). We glad to count 1.000.000 Tourism visit last year. Fortunately and with so much to offer the Azores is finally competing with wonderful Madeira. For fans of sports, both islands have amazing international events all year round. Because we care about communities and don’t want to leave tourism behind we say “CHEERS AZORES”.

We remain to make efforts and hoping to see Ryanair, Easyjet or Transavia flying direct from Lisbon or Porto to ‘The Golden Island’. It’s already time to take the best of Portugal by offering this amazing ECO destination all year round.

The island archipelago of the Azores in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean is a natural unique on our planet. The incredible beauty of the volcanic islands Pico and Faial, colorful flowers and a breathtaking impressive wildlife form a real paradise. The worlds most famous whale watching area contains 27 species of dolphins and whales.

 

Gorreana is the only tea plantation in Europe.
Gorreana is the only European tea plantation.

Gorreana, the only tea plantation in Europe – Azores and hotels available may be booked here.

National Geographic Holand and Belgium have voted the Azores the most beautiful destination in the world. Have a look at http://www.visitazores.com

Azores UNESCO World Heritage Site
Azores UNESCO World Heritage Site

Terceira Island
Angra do Heroismo, in the central area, Terceira Island is listed at the property which belongs to Unesco World Heritage. If you plan a visit, please see Ferry lines

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Azores: Eco-tourism best destination

Flores Island

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Top attraction:
Portuguese dish “Cozido das Furnas” being prepared.

The top attraction, the typical dish “Cozido das Furnas” being prepared.

Pico Island - Azores
Pico island

Pico Island

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Azores

Yes, this is for real:

São Miguel —-Azores.

Azores for nature lovers. Voted by National Geographic has best destination worldwide.
Eco-tourism, gastronomy, ferry boat tours and hiking up the volcano . As you can see I did it myself!
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Where are we?! Sweden?…

Sweden: Inventing tomorrow's world

#dynamite #nobel #innovation #eu#visit#abba#national#vasa#museums

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Did you already guess?!

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Stockholm our way!

If you plan a visit to Stockholm either on business or holiday carry on reading. We will provide you with many contacts and top attractions. The best tip we can give is “get the city card”. Take advantage by visiting the Tourist Information at http://www.gallerian.se Be ready for adventure, Stockholm has a lot to offer. Rent your SEGWAY, let the locals guide you within private TOURS by foot and by bike. Book at http://www.stockolmourway.com Top: visit GAMLA STAN and do the Ghost Walk. Have a look at http://www.citywalkz.se Classic Boat tours can be booked online at http://www.stockolminfo.se or onboard, Nybrokajen! And at last but not the least for ” today in Stockholm ” a must: get many tastes of Sweden.

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A big hello from the Swedish Institute

Let’s visit Stockholm, shall we?

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Swedish Innovations: Skype and Spotify, Swedish Brain Power, Formation Flying in Space, From Oxygen to Dynamite, Metro – a Swedish Idea that changed the world

 

The 183rd Munich Oktoberfest is over…

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Oktoberfest 2016 and Beyond:

Everything You Need to Know

Oktoberfest began as the marriage ceremony between Prince Ludwig and Princess Therese on October 12, 1810. All of the townspeople were invited to attend the festival, which took place in the fields outside of the city gates. Following the wedding the fields were named Theresienwiese after the Princess, and the party was such a hit that the townspeople asked King Ludwig to continue the celebration the following year. Oktoberfest in 2015 will mark the 208th anniversary of the festivities.

It’s all about the beer…

Among the many attractions, the “liquid gold” is probably the most important thing at the Oktoberfest. As usual, over 6 million liters of beer will be drunk this year.

Munich breweries on the Oktoberfest

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According to tradition in the beer tents is only sold original Munich beer which is characterised by a long tradition, much experience in brewing and and the strict adherence of the “Reinheitsgebot” (Bavarian Purity Requirements). Here’s a overview of all six Munich Oktoberfest-breweries.

Augustiner

Augustiner was founded in 1328 and is the oldest Munich brewery. It’s rooted in the old Munich Augustiner monastery in Neuhauser Gasse.

Hacker Pschorr

The brewery was founded in 1417 at the place where today is the inn Altes Hackerhaus (Sendlinger Straße) and grew to the leading Munich brewery in the 18th century under the couple Joseph Pschorr and Maria Theresia Hacke

Hofbräu

Wilhelm V. founded the brewery 1589. Originally the brewery at the Platzl where is still the famous Hofbräuhaus, one the the most important touristic attractions in Munich.

Löwenbräu

Already in the 15th century there has been a brewery in the Löwengrube.

Paulaner

This beer is brewed since 1634 in the Paulaner monastery and therefore the most recent under the Munich beers.

Spaten

The Spaten brewery was founded 1397 and was setteled in the Neuhauser Gasse for the first centuries

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Spaten Franziskaner

There is no best tent. All of the tents have a unique aspect about them but none of them are any better than the others

The next Oktoberfest Munich dates are:

Oktoberfest 2017: September 16 – October 3
Oktoberfest 2018: September 22 – October 7
Oktoberfest 2019: September 21 – October 6
Oktoberfest 2020: September 19 – October 4

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Gustave Eiffel meets Porto!

European Best Destination 2014

This is one of Europe’s oldest tourist destinations, its wealth of artistic heritage, Port Wine, open-air leisure spaces and cultural life are just some of the reasons to visit this city. With a unique and dazzling landscape, the Upper Douro wine region is one of the places considered World Heritage by UNESCO. Go and discover the land where the famous Port Wine is produced.

Porto’s Short Tour: Highlights

Wander the streets of medieval Porto, from which both the country and the fortified wine take their name. Its wonderfully preserved architecture has earned it UNESCO World Heritage site status.

  • Torre dos Clérigos
  • Museum “História Natural UP”
  • Igreja das Carmelitas

A seventeenth-century church whose classical façade dates from the 1850s. The project has been attributed to the architect/painter Nicolau Nasoni. The altarpiece, of Porto rococo style, was considered to be a stylistically revolutionary piece. Building designated national monument.

 

Wine Spot

Porto, standing in a commanding position at the mouth of the Douro River, you can visit Vila Nova de Gaia, the heart of the Port Wine industry, served by terraced vineyards lining the slopes inland along the Douro Valley. The history of Porto wine connects the Portuguese and the British people and as far as we know they remain friends. The history of this liaison is worth reading and a deep research…

Port Wine Caves in Gaia

One of the Port Cellars in Vila Nova de Gaia
For the Ultimate Port Experience visit Taylor’s Port Cellars.

The Essence of Portugal

The Ways

There is a vast network of pilgrimage roads and paths to the shrine of the apostle St. James which snake and consolidate themselves throughout almost the whole of Europe and have led to a set of globally recognised ‘ways’, such as: the Primitive Way, the French Way, the Via de la Plata, the English Way, the Northern Way, the Route of the Sea of Arousa and River Ulla, the Fisterra-Muxía Way and the Portuguese Way.

Tradition in Porto

The Porto inhabitants love to recreate traditions and customs, recovering old practices and ways of living. The popular festivals, food and wine are always part of the collective celebration of these traditions, as a call for everyone to join in …

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The bridge Don Luís I

Livraria Lello

Visit the bookshop. The history of the library is also the history of brothers Lello who opened the shop in 1906.

 

Estação de São Bento (Railway)

The S. Bento Railway Station was built at the beginning of the twentieth century on the exact location of the former Convent of S. Bento de Avé-Maria. The glass and iron structure was designed by the architect Marques da Silva. The vestibule is adorned with twenty thousand tiles painted by Jorge Colaço that illustrate the transport evolution and events of Portuguese history and life.

Sé Catedral

Construction dating from the twelfth/thirteenth century, in Romanesque style, that has been enlarged and renewed over the years up to its final setting, in the twentieth century, resulting in an idealized reconstitution of the medieval cathedral. Special mention goes to: the Gothic São João Evangelista Chapel and the cloister, from the fourteenth century; the enlargement of the main chapel, the Santíssimo Sacramento Chapel and its silver altar, from the eighteenth century (mannerist); the eighteenth century Baroque frescos in the main chapel and the sacristy, by Nicolau Nasoni, and the tiles in the cloister, by Vital Rifarto; the sculpture in the Baptism Chapel, by Teixeira Lopes (father) from the nineteenth century.

Muralha Fernandina

Majestic Café

Mosteiro S. Bento da Vitória

At the very heart of Porto, in Vitória parish, the São Bento da Vitória Monastery – a classified National Monument since 1977 – is one of the municipality’s most important religious buildings.

Under the auspices of Porto 2001 – European Capital of Culture, the Major Cloister was covered with an acoustic shell, a steel structure on four pillars, and received a wooden floor. In 2007, the Portuguese State conceded the TNSJ an important part of the building, which now hosts theatre shows, concerts and special events in the TNSJ’s programming, besides various events organized by outside institutions.

Gustave Eiffel designed Porto’s Maria Pia Bridge, opened in 1877, across a gorge in the Douro.The modern road bridge crosses the river beyond.

If you’re planning a visit to Porto, you must sample, at least “francesinha” and “Rojões” and because Douro Valley is the only producer of “Vinho Verde” have at least a glass of wine!

Useful sources:

Tourism Porto 

Europes Rising Star Porto & Douro Valley Photos traveller

Maria Pia Bridge, opened in 1877, across a gorge in the Douro. The modern road bridge crosses the river beyond.

Market Ferreira Borges

S. Francisco Church

Palácio da Bolsa

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Estadio do Dragao ( FC Porto stadium). Go along the rails of the history of Porto from the past to the present in a singular exhibition. Take the best of life, travel to Porto!

Upper Douro wine region – UNESCO

Prague

"The City of 100 Spires has grown up..."Prague

Having gained a reputation as a party destination, Prague has, in recent years, been reinventing itself as an important economic hub.Plus, it’s a beautiful UNESCO World Heritage Site.Prague is a great place for exploring on foot, but it’s even better by water.Take a boat trip in Vltava River or hire a small rowing boat from one if the many places along the bank.

Cultural Prague

Both the State Opera and National Theatre are magnificente buildings and renowned institutions and if you can spare the time, a night out at one is an experiente to remember.The State Opera in particular has a stunning auditorium.If nothing else, book a tour during the day just to have a look at

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City centre in Prague.

Historic City Centre

Beautiful and elegant city of Prague
Panoramic view of the historic centre from the boat

The best way to experience Switzerland!

Swiss Travel Pass – Switzerland by train, bus and boat!

Benefit from an amazing discount of CHF 50 off any 1st class Swiss Travel Pass (valid until 15 October 2016).

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