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How to Spend One Week in Barcelona

Originally posted on HELLO LESYA:
Українська | English Привіт-привіт! Ой як же непросто після двотижневої  подорожі в сонячну Іспанію повернутися додому, в домашню рутину, а тим більше попрощатися з літом. Але куди подінешся – час не питає дозволу йти собі далі. Лишається переглядати фото з відпустки і поринати в солодку ностальгію. Свою відпустку ми з чоловіком спланували ще весною, як і годиться завбачливим туристам,  –  заздалегідь  придбали квитки на літак (ми летіли іспанським лоукостом Iberia), забронювали готелі, визначилися з маршрутом подорожі та розробили детальну екскурсійну програму. Скажу наперед, що спочатку ми планували відвідати три місця – Барселону, Тоссу де Мар (бл. 100 км на північ від Барселони) і мальовничий Кадакес неподалік Франції (в цьому містечку жив і творив Сальвадор Далі разом зі своєю музою Галою, там же знаходиться його будинок-музей). Ідея щодо останнього народилася спонтанно після покупки аромату Sea & Sun in Cadaques Salvador Dali.  Щоб задовольнити цікавість з приводу містечка Кадакес, полізла у Вікіпедію, де й дізналась, що воно дуже красиве і атмосферне, з милими білосніжними будиночками. Однак до Кадакеса ми, на жаль, так і…

Disneyland! Paris!

Originally posted on HilaryStyle:
I love Disneyland! I really do and I’m not embarrassed to admit it! There’s a reason they call it the Happiest Place On Earth! Lucky for me, we’ve often (okay too many times to count) had the good fortune to visit the parks in Southern California as well as a one time visit to Walt Disney World, but I’d always wondered what it would be like to visit an international Disney park. A few years ago during a trip to Paris my wish came true! Not only did we get to visit Disneyland Paris, but it happened to be the Park’s 20th anniversary while we were there, so that was an added bonus! Getting There: Disneyland Paris is located about 20 miles?from?Paris and is easily accessible from the city by train, car, shuttle bus and express train. All of these options are listed on the Disneyland Paris website. Impressions: Considering we had only one incredibly rainy day to spend at the park?I was surprised at how much we were able to…

What’s the Point of Nationalism?

Originally posted on Painting On Scars:
  (Public Domain Image from Freestocks.org) ? The National Police Chiefs Council reports hate crimes in the United Kingdom have increased fivefold in the days following the vote for Brexit. A Polish waitress was asked by two customers, “Why do you look so happy? You’re going home.” A German woman found dog excrement thrown at the door to her home. Bilingual cards reading, “Leave the EU – No more Polish vermin” were distributed in Cambridgeshire. Some Central Europeans and non-white Britons have been harassed on the street, others have had to evacuate their residences after threats.  Paul Bagguley, a sociologist at the University of Leeds told The Guardian: There is a kind of celebration going on; it’s a celebratory racism…  People haven’t changed. I would argue the country splits into two-thirds to three-quarters of people being tolerant and a quarter to a third being intolerant. And a section of that third have become emboldened. At other times, people are polite and rub along. While politicians argue about whether or…

Lake Distrct, Part I: Arts & Crafts

Originally posted on mailbox mermaid:
The Lake District is the place where many (non-British) forest girls’ dreams were born–exploring the land of Beatrix Potter and Wordsworth felt like returning to a childhood home that I’d never visited before. I imagined all the romanticized visions of idyllic woods-and-country life from children’s stories playing out before me as we drove by the lakes and trees and mountains and stone cottages… The first stop, though, was a place entirely unlike a simple “cottage”: Blackwell, a great Arts & Crafts manor decorated in the most beautiful Art Nouveau-esque style. Every grand, sweeping room included tiny windowside reading nooks, tucked-away places for contemplation and creation. (So who wants to contribute to the “let me live in an Arts & Crafts house in the Lake District” fund? I promise it will be a good investment [for me, at least]!) Everything from the wall friezes to the books on display reflected the same core design values of simplicity, beauty, and a connection to nature. Works for me! Speaking of connections to nature, each room…

Transportation in Paris

Originally posted on travelux:
Transportation in Paris is not very easy to understand for tourists as not only the city is very big, but also comes with several different means of transportation. Transportation in the city centre is operated not only by the metro, trams and buses, but also partly by RER trains, which are kind of a commuter rail service. Find more content about Paris on our city page! Paris is one of the biggest cities in the world and also a real centre for tourism. All of that makes transportation in Paris a crucial thing. However, the city didn’t really streamline the transportation system, making it rather tough to understand till today. Paris has different train stations Getting to Paris got easier in the last years though as there are not only the two main airports Paris Charles de Gaulle and Paris Orly, but also several high-speed railway connections to cities like Madrid, London, Brussels or Frankfurt. Surely, there are also several regional train services connecting Paris with cities in the approximate. RER…

So I Met a Guy on the Plane…

Originally posted on Travel Bugg :
I met a man on a flight to Frankfurt, and I think it may change my life. We were crammed in seats so far back you couldn’t see the moist towelettes and eye pillows of first class,  browsing through movie selections and trying not to make awkward elbow advances across the center rest, when a man from India asked me what I was planning to do in Germany. “I’m actually flying on to Budapest,” I told him, struggling to open the package of pretzels that international flights still give for free.  “And then I’m driving from Hungary to Slovakia.” “That will be a nice weekend trip,” he said as if he boarded planes to Europe every day. “What will you do there?” “I’m doing an photojournalism internship.” The phrase felt foreign; I kept pinching my arm fat to make sure it was really happening. I’d stopped telling friends and acquaintances about the position, afraid it would turn out to be a joke. I asked the man where he was going,…

Hotel Preview: The Hoxton Amsterdam

Originally posted on travelux:
The Hoxton Amsterdam is one of these modern hotels which is totally different from everything you may have known till today. While properties like The Conservatorium Hotel Amsterdam look absolutely stunning, The Hoxton follows a totally different approach. Small rooms, large public areas and a very special atmosphere is what makes the property unique. Find more content about Amsterdam on our city page! 5 canal houses at the popular Herengracht make up for one of the most stunning properties Amsterdam has seen in some time. The Hoxton Amsterdam is not stunning in a totally luxurious way, but instead in a very special one. Kitchen (Image Source: The Hoxton Amsterdam / thehoxton.com) The ideally located hotel wants to bring people together and make them feel at home. Cultural events at the property and large public spaces add a bonus you won’t find in any other hotel in Amsterdam! Rooms at The Hoxton Amsterdam Staying at The Hoxton Amsterdam is definitely not about the rooms, but these are worth having a look at,…

Out With the Old: Deganwy Castle

Originally posted on Student In Snowdonia:
Sorry about the lateness of this post, I’ve had some troubles uploading my photos lately. Last Friday I went out with the rest of my history class on a good old fashioned field trip to visit two of North Wales most contested castles, Conwy and Deganwy. Our first stop was at Deganwy Castle, built just within the suburbs of modern day Llandudno. As per typical of all field trips it was chucking in down with sleety rain that was turning into snow further up in the hills. The walk to Deganwy was muddy and slippery, with many helpless students tumbling to their messy fates, but after a short incline we came to a site situate between two volcanic plugs, where the remains of Deganwy reside. Records of a fortress at Deganwy stretch all the way back to the Dark Ages, the site is traditionally associated with the the headquarters of Welsh King Maelgwn Gwynedd back in the 6th century and archaeological work has confirmed the site was inhabited during that era. This…

Paris: Molitor MGallery Collection

Originally posted on travelux:
After two exciting, but also very crazy and strenuous weeks in India, we arrived with a red-eye flight in Paris! Molitor MGallery Collection is our place to stay for tonight. One of the coolest rooms we had in a while! As always, a full extensive review of our stay is about to be released soon!

Destination: Pau & Toulouse, France

Originally posted on The Finicky Cynic:
Hey, there! Welcome back to the second installment of my travels during this February vacation! After an awesome (and also alcohol-filled) weekend in Bordeaux (liked that alliteration that I did there?) 😉 it was time for me to leave and head on to other wonderful destinations in Europe. My next stop was an afternoon in Pau, a smaller city located about two hours from Bordeaux, near the border of France and Spain. I had chosen to pass through this place, just because I knew two people who had studied there and have heard good things about it. Was glad that I went, because it was gorgeous. Took a BlaBlaCar there from Bordeaux (*side note: my driver was female and incredibly cute). 😉 Arrived there close to noon, and unfortunately to bad weather; I didn’t know that rain could be so vicious, even in southwest France! I waited in the train station for the rain to at least lighten up before I went exploring- after all, I only had a few…