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Barcelona is one of the coolest cities in the World, a beautiful metropolis with rich culture, glorious art and architecture, and locals that welcome you with open arms. Spain has so much to offer tourists when it comes to beaches and sun kissed vacations, but when it comes to city breaks there really is nowhere like Barcelona. If you haven’t been to the Catalan capital yet then I strongly suggest that you go as soon as possible and here are the top 4 things to do when you’re there.
La Sagrada Familia
The architecture of Barcelona was largely influenced by Antoni Gaudi, his masterpiece was the designing of Sagrada Familia, a stunning and intricately designed cathedral that is set for completion in 2021. In spite of its unfinished construction, the cathedral still looks amazing and is well worth visiting. The cathedral is designed in the Gothic style and is filled with small sculptures, artistic indentations and features 4 grand spires on the roof.
The main street in Barcelona is la Rambla, a wide street that goes from the Old Town all the way down to the incredibly modern harbor. One of the best things to do in the city, especially when you first arrive, is to take a coffee or a beer on one of the street bars on la Rambla and watch the people go by. There is always something happening here and in the night the market and food stalls open and the street takes on a different atmosphere entirely.
If you are able to get to the incredible home of Barcelona FC, the Nou Camp stadium during your time in Barcelona then I cannot recommend it enough. Even non-football fans will be amazed by the atmosphere here as 100,000 pick into the stadium to watch their beloved Barcelona. If you aren’t lucky enough to get there on a match day then football fans can take a tour of the stadium where they will go into the changing rooms and the dugouts before hitting the pitch and finally visiting the football museum, a celebration of all things football, and the perfect place for any fan to indulge in their beloved sport.
Barcelona played a very important part in the life of artist Pablo Picasso, it is only right then that they possess would of the largest collections of the late artist’s work. To truly experience the greatness of Picasso you need to see the paintings and sculptures that are on offer in this museum. The museum was actually opened whilst Picasso was alive and he gave it a great deal of his work including sketches and drafts that cannot be seen at any other museum in the World.
I am sure that you will fall in love with this beautiful city, I have been 5 or 6 times and even found myself searching for Barcelona villas for sale the other day, perhaps not to purchase right now but the idea of spending my summers in this awesome city is an idea that I intend to pursue.
Planning a trip to Indonesia? Don’t miss out on the capitol city of Java. Located on the west coast of the big island; Jakarta is the largest city in Indonesia and one of the largest in the world. Famous for its hustle and bustle, here are 4 things you have to do while visiting Jakarta.
Cool Off at Waterbom
Jakarta is known for its unbearable heat but a trip to the massive Waterbom Waterpark can make the heat far more bearable. With huge tube slides, a lazy river, and even some wild speed slides; Waterbom is one of the coolest things to do while visiting Jakarta. Whether you are traveling with friends or with the family, a day at Waterbom is a must.
Make Sense of Indonesian History at the National Museum
Indonesia’s long history and multiple islands, languages, and cultures can confuse many first time visitors. A good way to get a handle on this fascinating culture is to check out the world renowned National Museum of Indonesia in Jakarta. The museum has an impressive collection of artifacts that run the full gamut of Indonesian history making it a must do while visiting Jakarta.
Get Stuck in Traffic
A city world renowned for its traffic jams, there is nothing more quintessentially Jakartan than being in a multi-hour traffic jam. So we recommend you get a friendly english speaking taxi driver, make sure the a/c is working and prepare for a slow paced tour of the city. Often times your hotel can help you sort this out, such as the Hotel Mulia or many more found on sites like Traveloka.com.
Eat Your Way Through a Market
Jakarta is known world wide for it’s incredible food scene and some of the best (and most bizarre food) in Jakarta can be at outdoor markets. One of our favorites is Pasar Baru, a collection of shops, stalls, malls, and restaurants. Bring a group of friends and sample any food that smells good (which will be a lot!) Satay, is one of the most well known dishes worldwide, while it looks like just meat on a stick, once you try it you will be an instant addict. Another favorite is Chinese influenced meat filled dumplings: Bakpao. If you are feeling hungrier, go for the stick to your ribs Indonesian classic: Rendang, this curried beef dish will leave you wanting more. Don’t forgot your dessert, a popular sweet in Jakarta is Murtabak, sort of a stuffed pancakes with sweet fillings ranging from eggs to Nutella. So eating your way through the streets is definitely something you have to do while visiting Jakarta.
While there are hundreds of other activities to keep you busy in this mega-city, I hope our list of must dos while visiting Jakarta provides some good inspiration for your next trip. So prepare for the heat, the crowds, the friendly people, the traffic, and most of all the delicious food; and you will have an unforgettable time in Jakarta.
Looking for a picturesque island getaway that is a little off the beaten path? Prefer to relax on a sandy beach all to yourself? Here are a few off the beaten path island destinations that will have have your friends frantically asking you where you took those photos.
The World, Dubai
A manmade island (could have been) paradise off the coast of Dubai is truly unique. This sandy archipelago shaped to mimic the globe’s 7 continents was originally designed to be occupied by both hotels and private homes but ran into trouble in trouble during the 2008 financial crisis. The project was never finished but the bulk of the islands still remain yet only one is occupied. An entire island chain with just a single home, this is definitely an off the beaten path island destinations. Tours are offered from the Dubai mainland. Oh, did we mention the islands have begun to sink back into the ocean? Better see them while you can!
Known for it expansive and truly unique scenery and culture, Corsica is one of the Mediterranean’s most fascinating islands though it is often overlooked by many tourists. Corsica is known for it breathtaking mountain hikes including the famous GR 20, known as “the toughest long distance trail in Europe.” The culture of Corsica is worth the trip as well, the cuisine features a unique combination with influences from both Italy and France, as well as their own unique dishes. The wild pigs of Corsica allegedly supply some of the worlds best pork products. Though the majority of the island speaks French, though there is also a large minority of native Corsican speakers. Corsica is also easily accessible with ferries available from online sites. You can check this one by going to visit ok-ferry.com So if you want a taste of a unique European culture while enjoying some of the Mediterranean’s best outdoors activities, we recommend a trip to Corsica this Spring or Summer.
Koh Mak, Thailand
This island is the definition of an off the beaten path island destination. Located near the Cambodian border in Thailand, Koh Mak is everything you would expect from a jungle island paradise. The white sand beaches have been listed as some of the world’s best, though surprisingly the crowds are few and far between. The island maintains a very traditional way of life based primarily on farming, which makes it unique amongst Thailand’s many tourist centric islands. A typical day off vacationing in Koh Mak would be drinking a coconut on a white sand beach, maybe a bit of snorkeling, followed by some sunset cocktails and a seafood bbq. It doesn’t get much more postcard worthy than this.
So if you want to get away to a paradise make sure you visit some of our favorite off the beaten path island destinations, that feature both privacy and uniqueness. But you better hurry up because these beautiful off the beaten path island destinations are so amazing it is hard to believe they will be off the beaten path for long. Bon Voyage!
The UK has some of the most beautiful destinations for a romantic breakaway with your loved one, from quaint cities and towns and coastal hideaways, the UK has it all. Picking the ideal destination for your romantic break can be tricky so to make it a little easier for you, we’ve picked some of the best UK destinations for you and your partner.
Cornwall offers both secluded locations and stunning coastal getaways for a romantic weekend with your partner. Cornwall is a beautiful county and with the exception of the surf and party town Newquay, it is visited by far less people than it should be. The best places to spend a romantic getaway in Cornwall are places such as the beautiful fishing village Padstow, the quaint and hidden-away Port Isaac and the coastal town of Falmouth. In Cornwall you and your lover can take beautiful walks along the coast, relax in local pubs with some of the countries’ best seafood and watch the hours pass from the comfort of wonderful accommodation, the perfect recipe for a romantic break.
In the North West of England lies the the walled city of a York, a perfect location for a romantic weekend away. This charming city maintains it’s old style appearance throughout and walking around the centre of York you will find dozens of cute little shops and delightful cafes and restaurants to watch the World go by. The River Ouse flows directly through the city and a riverside walk will be the perfect way to spend an afternoon with your loved one. There are some large hotels in York but there are also lots of boutique hotels and city centre apartments available giving you the choice to rent somewhere private for your break. If you’re looking for a city that is relaxed and filled with romantic things to do then York is th
A trip to the Scottish capital of Edinburgh will be the perfect getaway destination for you and your partner. The city achieves the unlikely feat of being a capital city and providing you with a feeling of being in the countryside at the same time. The city is centred around it’s ancient castle and the looming Carlton Hill, surrounding the area around the hill and the area of HolyRood you will find several places to take a romantic stroll in green surroundings. The city’s two main streets, Prince’s Street and the Royal Mile is filled with some fantastic restaurants and bars and many of them in old buildings with hidden away areas, perfect for a secluded meal with your partner. The range of accommodation in the city is, as you may expect, very broad, bed and breakfasts, large hotels, private apartments and boutique hotels are on offer to give you the perfect romantic weekend.
If it’s a quiet coastal break that you’re looking for then Dorset is the place for you and your partner for a perfect escape. The South West of England in blessed with far nicer weather than the rest of the country for most of the year and a sunny walk across the famous white cliffs is the ideal way to experience this beautiful part of the World with your partner. Over half of this county has been classed as an area of outstanding natural beauty which provides a glorious backdrop to your romantic break. Dorset has plenty of quaint cottages for you to stay in, many of which in secluded areas of the county, a great opportunity for some vital alone time with the one you love.
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