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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

Ready to experience the Rio? Book now the Belmond Copacabana Palace

 

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German Routes

There are many,take yours! German Routes !

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up to 600 hotels available Romantische Strasse!

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The Seven Dwarfs

Germany has a well-developed network of tourists routes passing
through areas of scenic or historic interest. Some of the most well-known are:

Romantic Road

Established in 1950, the route runs for 350 kilometers from northern Bavaria to the Austrian border.

Romantic Germany info and Romantic Road‘ hotels available

Route of the Emperors and Kings

One of the Germany’s oldest transit routes, running from Frankfurt am Main in the west, following the Main in the Danube rivers to Passau and then continuing to Vienna.

Wine Road

Germany’s oldest designated tourist route, passing through the vineyards of the Pfalz.

The German Wine Route for Cyclists – Vineyards as far as the eye can see

The route guides you through one of the largest wine regions in Germany, where vineyards drape the terraced slopes between the foothills of the Palatinate Forest and the Rhinland Plain. Prepare yourself for ups and downs interspersed with the occasional steep climb.

http://www.germany.travel/en/leisure-and-recreation/cycling/the-german-wine-route-for-cyclists.html

Mosel Wine Road

Follows the Mosel from Trier to Koblenz. Boat cruises are popular along this stretch of river.

German Fairy-Tale Road

This routes runs from Bremen to the River Main through many places connected with fairy tales.

How thrilling to stay in Sleeping Beauty’s castle! How funny to visit the wooden cottage where Snow White (probably) lived and see the seven dwarves’ carved beds, lined up against the wall! And as for the witch’s kitchen where Gretel cooked for a caged Hansel – why, it was the stuff of dreams!

http://www.deutsche-maerchenstrasse.com/en/

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/destinations/europe/germany/articles/Germanys-Fairy-Tale-Route-who-needs-Disneyland/

Castle Road

Passes many fortifications in the Neckar valley between Mannheim and Heilbronn, then continues east to Nuremberg.

Black - Forest Scenic Route

One of Germany’s most famous roads, linking Baden-Baden with Freudenstadt.

Black Forest Panoramic Route, an automobile or motorcycle tour par excellence! It’s a tempting proposition that more than lives up to expectations.

Germany travel, leisure and recreation scenic routes

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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

Flores, Pico, São Miguel, Terceira...
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.

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Pico Island

Ready to experience the Azores Archipelago? Discover Booking bets hotels and get 15 Euro discount.

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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!
Take the best of life, travel to Azores !!! If you ready to book,click here
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Tea Culture Worldwide – Europeans whom have made tea history

Through the most important tea destinations

“Tea is an amazing drink. It has started wars, formed the economic backbone of several countries, is drunk on every continent and is now being hailed as a drink that can even extend life itself. Whatever it is, for me it is one of life’s essentials”.

Giles Hilton – Master of tea

Europeans that have made the tea's history
Sir Thomas Lipton (1850-1931)
Sir Thomas Lipton (1850-1931)

Sir Thomas Lipton (1850-1931)

Madame de la Sabliere in 18th century the suspected custom of taking tea with milk is attributed to her.
Madame de la Sabliere in the 18th century the suspected custom of taking tea with milk is attributed to her.
Madame de la Sabliere
Madame de la Sabliere in 18th century, 
the suspected custom of taking tea with milk is attributed to her.

Visit Whittard of Chelsea and the Twinings store at the Strand, London.

Short distance walking from Trafalgar Square. A must for tea lovers!

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Twinning’s shop in London. Love it!
The tea influencer in England by the Portuguese Catarina de Bragança.
The tea influence in England by the Portuguese Catarina de Bragança.

The tea influence in England by the Portuguese Catarina de Bragança.

Infuse…help yourself with a cup of tea…Gorreana, the only tea plantation in Europe! Gorreana, in São Miguel, at the amazing Archipelago of Azores. Masala Chai Tea in India, all sorts of tea in China, from white to blue.The traditional Moroccan Mint Tea.Black tea with milk in the UK.The Japanese ceremony and its culture. The historical sights in China, the tea tours in the U.S.

10 Tea Traditions Worldwide and Tea Consumption!

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The little Book of Tea

Flammarion presents its series of informative, richly illustrated guides, covering lifestyle and cultural topics. Find out everything you want to know about your favorite subject in one handy volume:

Tea

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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

Download into your phone “El Guide” Oporto City Guide

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

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Sardinia – The Island With Thousand Faces

Marine protected areas in Sardinia

The Asinara island is one of the most spectacular islands on the Mediterranean Sea. It has a long history as a penal colony.

La Maddalena Archipelago (private boats available to Corsega)
La Maddalena Archipelago – Sardinia (private boats to Corsega available)

Capo Caccia – the area of Punta di Giglio and Capo caccia is an underwater cave paradise. The Grotta di Nettuno are home to caverns rich of stalactites and stalagmites.

Tavolara – Capo Coda Cavallo, the marine area in the northeast of Sardinia has species of rare beauty. Some are Erodium coricum and Asperula deficient and only grows here.

Sinis Peninsula -this marine area comprises the Sinis Peninsula, the Island of Mal di Ventre and the Catalan cliff.

Silmius Hotel private beach
Silmius Hotel private beach (South Sardinia)

Capo Carbonara

emerald waters and metaphysical landscape. This protected Area near Villasimius and the island of San Pietro it’s an excellent balance between nature and history.

Asinara National Park

Asinara is located in the northwestern part of Sardinia, has an area of about 52 sq km and a length in a straight line of more than 18 km. The width, in the biggest part, is 7 km, and 260 meters in the narrow one. It reaches a maximum height of 408 m in Punta Scomunica.

The Island of Asinara can be reached from Porto Nuovo at Stintino and from Porto Torres, where visitors will find information and ticket booths.

Alghero – An open-air museum

The coastal areas of Sardinia attract the largest flows of summer seaside tourists.

The Cave of Neptune is one of several classic tours

One of the most fascinating natural jewels in the entire Mediterranean basin, the grotto is a veritable geological wonder that attracts over 150,000 visitors per year. It is accessible by the sea which we absolutely recommend but also by car.

Visit Sardinia!

Villasimius is the rather Latin sounding name of a charming village located down in the southeast close to the capital Cagliari. The Silmius Hotel has a lovely private beach.
Sardinia is an island we cannot ignore. The hidden bays, the thousand sceneries of splendid cliffs, the agro-pastoral dwellings and amazing seafood leave us with nostalgia.

Sardinia is an island to go and explore by yourself. I’m pretty sure I’ll return.