Barcelona, also famous as Barcino during Roman time, has a rich history dating back at least 2,000 years when it gained prominence as a Roman town. It is the second largest city in Spain and 48th most densely populated city in the world. Situated on the plains, which rise gradually from the sea to a range of wooded hills, Barcelona is Spain’s most cosmopolitan city. You will always find restaurants and bars packed and beach crowded.
After completing my trip to Lisbon to celebrate my Portuguese holidays, a visit to Barcelona seemed like its continuity. The core center of town, focused around the Ciutat Vella provides days of enjoyment for those looking to experience the life of Barcelona, while the beaches the city was built upon provide sun and relaxation during the long periods of agreeably warm weather.
From Portugal to Madrid, to Ibiza and now to Barcelona, my journey has been really long but there is something in the air which makes me want to see more around. I took a ferry from Ibiza to Barcelona, I wanted to see the port of the city, as it is known as one of the busiest ports in the Mediterranean.
Reaching here you will realize the town speaks a totally different language, Catalan. It is very much dissimilar to Spanish, but close to Italian, Portuguese and French in some ways. That’s why a proud Barcelona guy will say it is not a dialect but a different language. Most signs are indicated only in Catalan, announcements in the Metro train are also made in Catalan.
I don’t think I have ever been to so many beaches in such a short time. Though I am not bored yet, but still I wished to see something towards the inland and so I decided to visit Parc de Guell.
It was a bit out of the way from other sites in the city, but the trek is worth it. Park Guell is another venture of Antonio Gaudi and, in fact, he lived in one of the two homes that got completed. The intent of Eusebi Guell, the owner of the land, was to have 60 homes developed. Gaudi developed the serene park between 1910-14, as part of the motif to entice people to live here. Eventually, the park that was intended to replicate an English garden became a visiting place for the locals to get away from the grime and crowded city center.
|Park Guell, Image taken by Johannes Breunig|
There are a variety of shapes and designs throughout the park, beginning with the sitting arena with thousands of mosaics imbedded into the concrete, the irregular and rough terrace walls and bird nests appearance, columns holding up an upper portion, and winding road 7 trails to the top. The mountain used to be flat on top, and it is now simply a place for bench rest. It is about half a mile from the main entry to the top. Entry to the park is free, but the fees for the small museum is 2 Euro.
Another wonderful attraction was the Las Ramblas, the street that certainly is the heart of Barcelona. It is a lovely tree lined pedestrian walkway that extends 1.2kms from the Placa de Catalunya down to the Christopher Columbus statue at the port.
|Las Ramblas, photo taken by Juan Salmoral|
Barcelona’s most famous avenue, la Rambla, is also its liveliest. The centre part of this tree-lined avenue is pedestrianised, allowing for cafés, kiosks, mimes, florists, tourists and pickpockets alike to take advantage and to keep this circus-like thoroughfare busy around the clock. The avenue officially runs from the Mediterranean shore all the way up through Eixample to Avinguda Diagonal. However, the most celebrated section of la Rambla is the lower part, starting from Plaça de Catalunya to the port. Numerous historic buildings line la Rambla, which trace the shape an old filled river bed. In fact, the avenue’s name is derived from the Arabic world ramla which refers to the sand in a dry seasonal river bed. Over time, the river bed was filled to become what we see today. Along this part of la Rambla is also some creative architecture as well as a few famous old-world shops with Art Nouveau details.
If you are in Barcelona, and even if you have seen all the beaches, shopped from all the shops, ate in all the restaurants, you haven’t seen Barcelona if you haven’t visited Nou Camp Stadium.
Even if you’re just a little bit interested in soccer, then you should take the trip to the Nou Camp stadium and visit the museum of the FC Barcelona. It was good to see their cups, medals and photos. There was a section on the history of the club with all the sports they play, not only soccer but also FC Barcelona basket ball and rugby.
|Nou Camp Stadium, photo taken by Sam Hancock|
Another section showcased the famous players of the team, their shoes and jersey. I could see the jersey of the legendary Bernd Schuster and Diego Maradona. What I really liked in FC Barcelona museum was the old soccer memorabilia – an old ticket booth, the dressing room, a sports pub, old soccer magazines, board games, balls and other equipments. The best of all is of course the view from the president’s seat in the stadium. When you look at the stadium from his seat, the only word that came into my mind was ‘magnificent’! You could see how huge the stadium was. The stadium has an exciting atmosphere even with nobody but a few visitors around. It gives you the shivers thinking about 100,000 FC Barcelona supporters singing and cheering and just 22 guys playing on the pitch.
|Nou Camp Stadium Dressing Room, photo taken by Will Palmer|
If you have seen this stadium and if you are also a fan of Barcelona, then I am sure your trip to Barcelona will start from Nou Camp and end at Nou Camp. Same was the feeling for me. It felt as if I have seen everything. But as I told you, Barcelona is not just about Soccer. Watch this space or subscribe to my feed to follow me to different places I go.
Most Effective Tips For Booking Cheaper Flights
When you plan your trip, one of the major expenses tend to be the airfare as it is hard to avail last minute cheap flights. In other words, airfare has a detrimental impact on selecting the destination where you wish to go as you have to cut down your expenditure somewhere. So that you do not have to change your travel destination to avail of an affordable flight we are here with some Most Effective Tips For Booking Cheaper Flights. These are as follows:
1. Try to book early
Just like an early worm catches the bird, similarly to avail Emirates Airlines Booking at a cheap rate it is necessary that you book the flight as soon as you have decided to leave. 3 weeks prior to departure, the price of the flight tends to jump by leaps and bound. If you are able to book your tickets between 3 months to 30 days prior to the departure, you are sure to get the best deals on flight tickets. Another advantage of doing so is that you get to book the seat of your choice
2. Don’t be adamant about travel dates
One of the best ways to ensure savings on ticket booking is by being flexible. Here, by flexibility, we imply that you need to have travel plans that can be set as per the availability of cheap tickets. If you fly mid-week or on days when people usually avoid traveling, like Christmas, you tend to get airplane tickets at a very cheap price. You can surely not be flexible to the place you are traveling to or the airport you are opting for but you can surely be flexible as far as the traveling dates are concerned.
3. Opt for a connecting flight
Another way of saving on your airplane ticket is by booking a connecting flight. The non-stop flight is known to be comfortable but very expensive as compared to their counterpart. However, this is only possible if you are not in a hurry to reach the destination but this way you can really save a lot of money on air tickets.
4. Take help of price alerts
It is not necessary that you have to book the flight today for the travel that you ought to make after 4 months to avail of a better deal. Instead, you can opt for setting the alerts for the price change and price drop. If you witness that prices are fluctuating then you can wait for the moment when the price drop to the best but if these are witnessed going upwards you should book instantly before letting it reach the peak.
All in all, these are the Most Effective Tips For Booking Cheaper Flights. By availing the best deals on airfare, you end up saving a lot that can then be utilized in planning the trip in a better and more lavish way. so, next time you book a flight be sure to keep these tips in mind.
What You Don’t Know About Broadway
New York is famous all over the world for Broadway and the West End, but there’s a lot that you probably don’t know about the area.
Most people, for instance, are stunned to find out just how many theatres there are. At the last count, there were nearly fifty along Broadway and off Times Square, with the number steadily rising over the decades to accommodate the new global audience.
Phantom of the Opera is the currently title-holder for the longest-running West End show. It started in 1988 and is still going today, more than thirty years later. Chicago is the second-longest-running show.
The West End is also much more popular among women than it is men. Estimates suggest that 66 percent of the audience is female at most shows.
Finding a show that you actually want to see on Broadway, however, can be a challenge. What makes a great theatre experience for one person might not for another.
Fortunately, we’re offering some help. Below, you’ll find a helpful decision tree that can guide you to the type of show that you’ll like the most based on your answers to a series of questions. You’ll end up in one of five categories of musical, each designed to fit your personality and experience of the West End. Try it for yourself now.
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So what did you think? Which type of Broadway-goer are you? Somebody who lives to love it up with a romantic production, or a person who just wants something that makes you feel good?
6 Things To Do In Dubai With Kids
Dubai is one of the favourite tourist destinations owing to the fact that it has in store something or the other for all and sundry. It is well supplies with entertainment and attractions. Every year a lot of visitors from all across the globe come to visit this beautiful and charming city. Some come as couple and other with their friends but there are few who also get their kids along. There are a plenty of things to be done with family, friends and kids. Here we are going to share with you the 6 Things To Do In Dubai With Kids.
6 Things To Do In Dubai With Kids
Though when it comes to an adult, we do not give a second thought to agreeing doing an activity that we have heard of but this cannot be the case when we are with kids. You ought to carefully tailor your trip so that you can have fun yourself and let you children also enjoy without posing any risk to them. The list of things to see and do in Dubai is endless, so here we are going to restrict ourselves with the popular activities for kids in Dubai.
1. Dinner Cruise Dubai Marina
If you are in Dubai with your kids then instead of exposing them to the play areas and other things immediately, it is better to take them out for a cruise dinner that is surely going to be a dazzling start from them. Kids and aged alike are fond of the cruise dinners and if it has to be one like Dubai Marina then you need not give it a second thought. Your kids are sure to enjoy the mouth-watering dishes belonging to different cuisines at Dinner Cruise Dubai Marina and a variety of soft drinks served on board. There are also the live performances to charm your children though they will be able to enjoy it a little more if they are 12 years or above.
2. Motiongate Dubai
To the major places of attractions in Dubai there has been a recent addition and it is Motiongate. Opened back in 2016, it claims to be in the list of one of the largest themed entertainment parks across the region. It also comprises of the three largest as well as the most prolific Hollywood studios including Dreamworks, Lionsgate, and Columbia Pictures. It is popular for bringing to life the most loved animated stories as well as characters. You get to be the part of the golden age of filmmaking as you get to actually go behind the scenes to get the real life experience of the movie sets in addition to exploring the inner workings of the production studio. At the end you can also witness the live action stage show that is based on movies like the The Hunger Games or Step Up.
3. Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo
Unlike the other aquariums around the world, this one is unique as it is a home to the largest acrylic sheet of the world showing off the sharks along with fish and sting rays. You simply need to walk around the pedestrian tube and you get an opportunity to go extremely close to the marine life. Exactly above the aquarium there is an Underwater Zoo which is another mesmerizing activity to do. Here you get to witness the painting otters that are trained along with the interesting insects as well as playful penguins. Do make visiting tis aquarium and zoo a priority to do item in your list and witness it doing miracle to the happiness of your child.
If you have a kid accompany you to Dubai then there is one thing that you must not forget to do. It is paying a visit to KidZania. KidZania is basically a play club that is located in Dubai Mall. To children who are above 4 to children less than 16, this place offers them a safety to explore all the play dreams that they have ever had. While some can go in for exploring the role-playing activities mimicking the real-world counterparts, there are a myriad of other interesting things also to do for kids.
5. Dubai Fountains
Children are naturally inclined towards finding the fountains mesmerizing and if it has to be the one that is the tallest then you cannot even imagine the happiness that it gets to your kid. Dubai Fountain Show is based over the enormous crystal clear man-made lake in the tallest building of the world. These fountain shows take place every half hour for around ten minutes in the evening. There are two shows that take place during the day. These are very beautiful and stunning to look at and are sure to make your kid surprised and give him an experience that he will cherish his entire life.
If it Dubai, the vacation of your kid cannot be counted complete unless and until he has not witnessed the waterpark of the city. There can be nothing more soothing on a sunny day than a visit to the waterpark, primarily if you are in Dubai. This waterpark that we are talking about finds a decent location at the tip of the colossal man-made island, termed as The Palm. The waterpark is known to feature a number of heart-pumping slides that also includes The Leap of Faith, implying a 9-storey drop and Shark Attack.
7. Sega Republic
In other parts of the world you are more familiar with the term Time zone, that here in Dubai is popular as Sega Republic. Here, you get to explore the two floors of the theme park rides in addition to the endless rows of the arcade games. There is also an enormous indoor playground to be found here that is entirely supervised so that the adults can drop off their kids free of care to compete in the round of the head-to-head car simulator racing.
All in all, these are the Things To Do In Dubai With Kids. These activities are surely going to keep your kids engaged without compromising on their safety. Meanwhile you can enjoy strolling around the place.
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