Showing posts with label go explore. Show all posts
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Monday, 26 November 2018

Barcelona is a Treasure Chest Filled with Culture

Barcelona
In Europe, you have the diversity of coastal France, bustling Italy, romantic Greece right to the eastern beauties of Czechoslovakia and Romania, whilst the Catalan capital of Barcelona retains its own attitude, unlike any other Spanish city.

Art lovers will savour its excellent galleries, historical objects alongside state-of-the-art architecture, chic apartments, outstanding bars and food, all topped off by a Mediterranean climate. Be sure that that your travel plan includes visits to architecture designed by the Catalonian artist Antoni Gaudi. It's a must. A visit to Montjuic to view the city from the coastline to the encompassing mountains is also a delight.

Montjuic

The mountain itself is naturally wooded and also home to the Joan Miro museum, and a museum of ethnology as well as the Olympic and Sports museum. And there is also an olden castle dating back over four centuries, and the wonderful New Botanical Gardens. The yet incomplete construction of the Sagrada Familia is also a Gaudi magnum opus that has transformed architectural and engineering development, with a creation from as far back as the XIII century. Many of the splendours including the ones mentioned above are easily accessible from a myriad of accommodation choices in Barcelona, from budget rooms to first-class service.

Sagrada Familia

You do not have to be an art fanatic to appreciate the creations of Gaudi. The numerous instalments exhibiting his signature style are still standing, and it is worth going to Barcelona just to discover several of his greatest works which are located in the city. Barcelona is truly blessed with his weird designs, he could be indeed, and the main reason the city draws so many tourists. This famous work by Gaudi will be the most incredible church you will ever come across.

With a more modern but similarly Catalonian flair is the Hotel W, or known as La Vela, a striking hotel located next to the sea designed by the Catalan architect, Ricardo Bofill, to resemble like an enormous boat sail. Born in Barcelona in 1939, Bofill is honoured for his architectural structures that harmonise with different cultures. 

Hotel W, Barcelona

Another hotel, located in the 22@ District on Diagonal Avenue, is Hotel ME Barcelona, a glass structure designed by French architect Dominique Perrault. There are lots of public spaces to enjoy in the city including the beaches and gardens. Two of the best are, of course, Guell Park and Parc de la Ciutadella, a park in Ciutat Vella famous for its museums and boating lake.

There are also many more modern architectural gems in the area if you take a closer look, such as the Hotel Habitat Sky, which is also part of the ME hotel brand, Bassat Ogilvy Headquarters, which is noted for making plenty use of natural light, as well as the iconic Agbar Tower (now known as Torre GlÒries) looming at the gateway of the technological district. 

Torre GlÒries

In addition to architecture, Barcelona is also notable for its nightlife, where there is a variety of clubs and lounges covering practically every theme for all palates and budgets. Barri GÒtic and Las Ramblas are most popular as they are found in the heart of the city and have a vivacious atmosphere that appeals to foreigners as well as locals. The area is full of cool discotheques and pubs, and you will find and a wide selection of elegant spots that are loved by the locals but embraces tourists as well.

Maremagnum will be the perfect location for families as it is a huge waterfront mall with plenty of walkways and bars before the dark hour starts. As the families leave and the party animals arrive you will find everything here from techno clubs to Irish pubs, it is quite easy to party here till morning as some of the clubs stay open till 6am.

Maremagnum, Barcelona

Life is short and is worth breaking out of a norm and doing something fun on weekends. Most European cities are a short flight away and can do a lot to bring some excitement back into your life, whether you seek to travel alone or if you are planning a surprise vacation with someone. Instead of doing what others traditionally do by saving all year around for that once a year 2 week holiday, why don't you save money with an apartment in Barcelona and spend it on 3 or 4 short breaks to different cities instead?



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Thursday, 22 November 2018

How to Stay Safe and Have Fun at Waterparks

Waterparks offer a great deal of fun in the sun, of course, but you need to take the proper steps to make sure you and your loved ones stay safe and hydrated on your next visit. Here are some of the most important things to remember for safety, comfort, and fun.

Dress Appropriately

Since you will be outside for the majority of the day, you will want to protect you and your children from the shining sun. For the most protection, have everyone wear a hat and a loose t-shirt, as well as water shoes and sunglasses. If you are bringing younger children, keep an eye on them to make sure they are not getting tired or overheated.

It is also important that you bring plenty of sunscreen and apply it on a regular basis. Put it on 30 minutes before you leave home and then re-apply it every time someone gets out of the water. Even waterproof sunscreen needs to be re-applied every 80-90 minutes if you have gotten wet and dried yourself off with a towel. You will also want to consider using a lip balm that has an SPF of 15 or higher.

Keep Hydrated

It is easy to become dehydrated quickly when you are running around in the sun, and it is even easier not to notice if you are getting cooled off periodically by water slides. Be sure you and your children are drinking plenty of liquids throughout the day. Stay away from any caffeinated beverages, however, because they dehydrate you more quickly.

Close Observation

You should always keep a close eye on your children when visiting waterparks, even if there is a lifeguard present. Either be in the water with them or watch them carefully. Lifeguards are responsible for scanning large areas and cannot see everything all the time.

Pay Attention to the Rules

All waterparks have specific safety rules and regulations, sure be to read all posted signage. Different slides and pools will be appropriate for different age groups, so make sure your small child does not get on a slide intended for older children and adults. Check all regulations related to age, height, ability to swim and medical condition. If you have any questions whatsoever, talk to a staff member or a lifeguard.

These are just some of the things you will want to keep in mind at waterparks to ensure you and you're family stay safe, hydrated, and having fun.





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Thursday, 20 September 2018

How to Keep Your Gadgets Safe While on an Adventure Trip

Taking an adventure trip can be amazing fun, full of excitement and adrenaline. The challenge is keeping your gadgets safe during this trip. There are so many ways in which your gadgets could be compromised - pickpockets, you drop it in a river, canyon, from a moving vehicle, and so on.

You could just leave without any of your gadgets and go completely off-grid, but that may not be such a good idea, especially if you're going on an adventure trip. These gadgets help you find hotels at short notice, making sense of the local public transportation system, translating languages to help you communicate better, money transfers, GPS, etc.

So, how do you ensure that these handy little devices are protected during your adventures? Here are a few tips to help you out.

Get Some Gadget Travel Insurance

Before you do anything else, get all your gadgets insured. Most good travel insurance policies will offer gadget travel insurance which will cover your gadgets. When you're on adventure trips, there are chances that your gadgets could be lost, stolen or damaged. However, if they are insured, it will take just a few days to have them replaced.

Do NOT Have too Many Gadgets

If you carry fewer gadgets, there are also fewer chances of damage, loss or theft. Having too many gadgets attracts attention, which means that there is a higher chance that your expensive devices could get stolen. It is also easier to lose track of them when you have too many gadgets. The best thing you can do is just keep one or two gadgets with you on your trip; usually, a smartphone and a camera are enough.

Use a Simple Over-the-Shoulder Bag to Store Your Gadgets

If you are carrying a fancy bag in which you have put your gadgets, you are inviting trouble. Instead, get a non-descript over-the-shoulder bag that you can clutch in front of you in a crowded area. You can even invest in one of those anti-theft bags that are available in the market today.

Change Your Camera Strap

Nothing invites more unwelcome attention than a camera strap that advertises the brand of your camera. Change your camera strap to something low-key and non-descript, so that even if the strap hangs out of your bag, no one will pay attention to it.

Make Use of the Hotel Safe

Most hotels provide a safe in their guest rooms. So use it. Your insurance company will not cover thefts from hotel rooms if the gadgets were not kept in a safe. And if you're going to be out the entire day participating in an adventure activity, then you don't want to be encumbered with too much baggage.


These ideas may sound like overkill, but remember those devices you have can cost a pretty penny when you add it all up. And don't forget, all people are not evil, you can get lucky and find a Good Samaritan who will locate your lost or stolen gadgets and return them to you.

Author: Neil Clymer


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Saturday, 15 September 2018

Here's 5 Reasons to Take a Holiday Right Now

Are you a leader in your business? Have you taken any holidays in the last 12 months? What's going on? Do you need a reason to take a holiday - here are 5 reasons to take a holiday now.

1. Clear your mind - from the grind

Holidays give you time to think. There will be very few day-to-day tasks to consider. No deadlines to meet and no business to satisfy, especially if you turn your phone off and don't look at emails. The main decisions of the day will be about what you eat and what you drink! And perhaps, when do you get up in the morning! Think about the future - what do you really want to do? If it is different, think about how the transition would occur.

2. Time to grow your mind by reading

Read a book. Perhaps there is some skill that you wish to improve or blogs to write on some topic. Be inspired by reading biographies, autobiographies, life stories on video and great movies that inspire.

3. Clearer perspective

Sit back and think about the big picture. See the trees and not the forest! Perhaps contemplate your product lines and why some are better earners than others. Think about your staff and the encouragement you can give them on your return. What can be done in a better way to meet the customer's needs? Holidays are a great mulling time!

4. Become more creative

Escaping normal life and experiencing new markets, tastes, smells, sounds and other senses enhances creativity. A new perspective can form which may help create a new way, new products etc. Take what you see and use it wisely.

5. Refresh

Holidays help people recover from the daily grind of hard work. Long hours each week are difficult to sustain. Catch up on your sleep and rest. Get back to the "top of your game" during the break.

If you have not taken a holiday in some time, consider taking one right now. The benefits to you and your business can be enormous. Once a decision has been made to take a holiday, hold yourself to the decision so that it is not lost in the indispensability myth!


Travel somewhere new and experience a new culture. Observe how people work live and play and grab the bits that make sense and bring them back. You never know - it could be the best decision of your life!


Author: David Nivala


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