The Tranquillity Of Lisbon

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Lisbon is the city of tiles. You can see them in the subway, on the facades of the old and the new buildings, in the restaurants and cafés. On them you will see different pictures depicting life, landscapes and much more.

It is a city on 7 hills, decorated with beautiful parks with very old trees creating a royal shadow. Lisbon cherishes the past as well as the future with an ease. It is the city of great sailor men such as Vasco De Gama according to whom a beautiful bridge was named. Jeronimos Monastery, a church build in 1500 is his resting place. Today it is a part of a magnificent monastery, one of the top tourist attractions of Lisbon.

When you are in Lisbon you must taste the delicious soups and enjoy lots of fresh seafood. You can sit in the sun and watch people playing football, children running and feel that everything is ok. Wide streets connect the city decorated with monuments of the great people of Portugal.

Here transportation is easily accessible and it is easy to get around the city. People in Lisbon travel by metro, with a taxi, hop on – hop of buses and by bicycles. Airport taxi’s in Lisbon are also pretty cheap and can be booked in advance.

The train station is one most beautiful concrete buildings that you will ever see. It’s futuristic and elegant and yet somehow preserves the spirit of Portugal.

The Belem Tower which was also built aroun1500 is a must see and is declared as part of the world heritage by UNESCO. They say that you can feel the romance of the Mediterranean people there. Everybody speaks English and the ones that don’t are so polite that they will find a way to understand you and help you.

Lisbon is huge and a little dirty, but there are vast places between the buildings which give you the feeling that the city breathes easily. From certain points in the city there is a view of the ocean which revives the feeling of freedom within you.

When you sit at a restaurant you should definitely taste Pastel de Nata, it is an egg tart pastry with an incredible taste and goes excellent with a delicious cup of coffee.

The sensual women also contribute to the magic of the city. This is a place where you will be overwhelmed with culture. You can visit different museums such as the Ancient Art Museum, Madre de Deus convent now a museum with decorative tiles, the Berardo Museum which exposes the art of modern artists such as Andy Warhol, Dali and Picasso, the Calouste Gulbenkian Museum with art pieces from Monet, Rubens Rembrandt and many more.

The most expensive chapel in the world the Sao Roque Church, built with the gold gathered in colonial Brazil is a blinding sight that will lure you and make you addicted to this type of art. Come and find your tranquility in Lisbon.

The Shine Of Paris

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Going down Rue de Rennes one cannot pass by without noticing the variety of people walking down the street…young, old, white, black, yellow, tourists, locals…everybody doing their own routine, from shopping to chatting in the recognizable, charming coffee bars or brasseries over a cup of some French wine, or salad. Turning around the corner of a street in any part of Paris, from Montparnasse, Montmartre, Marais to Champs Elysees one can discover a city within the city, a whole new view, a whole new variety of smells, secrets that only the eye of the curious can see, and keep it for himself, like his own miracle, his own new island…

Everything and everyone you see while exploring the city is surrounded with an aura of some slow elegance and luxury…the city lives with the pulse of its present residents, calmly, eternally, enjoying every moment of life and beauty. The only thing that never slows down or sleeps is the city transport. The buses, cars and especially the metro, can take you to distant places of this small universe sooner or later. Paris airport taxi services are a great transport option to and from the airport. Chaotic on first sight, but somehow everyone seems to manage driving in that concrete jungle and reach his destination. The most elegant in its movement is the city metro. Diving underground and then again emerging on the surface just to show you the beauty of the buildings and their balconies full of colorful flowers surrounding his way…For the ones that are not in a hurry or have no particular destination, another way to enjoy the city views is from the docks of the boats that slowly pull their legs in Seine-the river that inspired plenty of writers and poets. There are also long canals with boats in other parts of Paris that give ride to the ones that want to see something other than the famous tourist sights…

On the other hand, there is a whole other universe that opposite the lights that surround it (like in the red district, Moulin Rouge, suburbs) is full of some grotesque figures of people, smells and actions that can occur only in the deepest and darkest places of the human subconscious. However, Paris is a city of light, the ones that shine from people and places during the day and the ones that reveal the beauty and the secrets of the night.

Bite through a croissant filled with dark chocolate and warm cup of coffee.  After breakfast you can visit the lively street markets full of fresh fruits and vegetables, meat, cheese, collectables or books. Marche aux Puces de St-Ouen is one of the biggest flea markets in the world ceramics, vintage furniture cameras the place where you will find a confusing and yet well organized mixture of usesless and priceless objects. You must not forget to check out the fromageries and taste different types of cheese.

The Cathedral of Notre Dame and its gothic architecture is 750 years old and was the focus of Catholics in Paris for 7 centuries as well as an inspiration  for “The Hunchback of Notre Dame” a story told and retold by writers, movie directors and musicals.  The Louvre Museum will provide you with a glance of Leonardo da Vinci’s Mona Lisa. A museum which holds over 35,000 art pieces.

Climb the hill of Montmartre and you will be bedazzled by one of the most beautiful views of the city. On it stands the Sacre Coeur byzantine style church. Built in memory of fallen French soldiers it took 46 years to build. Walking down the stairs of the Montmartre you will find young people gathered playing guitars and singing the music of Muse, Tool and other  world famous musicians. In the past great artists such as Vincent Van Gogh, Henri Matisse, Edgar Degas worked in this area and used it as an inspiration for their artwork.

Other interesting sights are Hotel de Ville housing the local administration, Place de la Concorde the biggest square in Paris, the Pompidou centre a modern high tech building, holding a vast library, national museum of modern art, and a centre for music and accosting research, the Versailles Palace, Arc de Triomphe and many more.

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To end the day, watch the sunset on the Eiffel Tower. Its 320m height and its unique appearance make it a symbol of the city and one of the main attractions for tourists.

You will never have enough time to live through it, you will always need more time to experience a new corner, a nightclub with talented young musicians or a gallery with paintings that will inspire you.

All Roads Lead To Rome, So Why Shouldn`t Yours Too?

romeIf you love to travel, Rome is a city which you must not miss. They say that “All roads lead to Rome” so make a few steps and soon you will arrive to a city which was once a capital of the world, and a city which represents a metropolis of around 3 million people. A city which is constantly growing but still nurtures the architectural and artistic gifts of the past, as well as the great leaders and thinkers made eternal by the hands of skilled sculptors into marble statues, always silently guarding over the city.

Romulus and Remus built this city where today you will see a wonderful boiling mess of people doing their everyday jobs, tourist visiting sights, couples in love and students eager to learn about the world.

One of the sights which you must not exempt from your travel is the Colosseum. Once it was the seat of a gladiatorial school, place of theatrical magicians, acrobats and jugglers and today a glorious monument of a wealthy empire.

The renaissance and baroque sculptors, architectural sites and incredible architecture will take your breath away. The common people drinking coffee in the cafés, the silent corners and the majestic architectural ruins are the breath of the city.

Walk through the great squares which are main gathering places, such as Piazza del Campidoglio, Piazza Venezia, Piaza Navona, Piazza di Spagna, St. Peters Square and many more. You cannot make a mistake because this city is flooded with culture and art, visit the Sistine Chapel, the Trevi Fountain the Pantheon, the Catacombs and the Baths of Caracalla.

It doesn’t matter if you are interested in history, style, art, fashion or culture, you will find everything there.

Today Rome is a centre of Catholicism. Vatican which was built over the tomb of Saint Peter has many museums visited by tourists every day and it would be very interesting for any type of tourist to see how this religious city looks like.

There are many museums that you can visit, Capitoline Museums and Vatican Museums. It would be fun to visit the National Museum of Pasta, the National Galery of Antique Art and many more.

The great leaders such as Gaius Julius Caesar and Augustus of Rome, the famous director Roberto Rosellini, composers such as Enio Morricone, singers such as Eros Ramazzoti, motorcycle racer Max Biaggi and the famous footballer Francesco Totti are all children of Rome.

Get inspired by this city which has inspired many before you to conquer, build, create and love, and come to visit it and enjoy its splendor.

Transportation in Rome is possible by bus, metro, Rome taxi, trams, electric buses and renting bikes. Bus tickets can be bought at coffee shops and newsstands. To get an airport transfer in Rome you can opt for metro, bus, airport taxi services or car rental. Choose the option most appropriate to your visit to the city and mingle with the Romans. Jump into a romantic, fulfilling, delicious and inspiring experience.