Where To See The World’s Most Dramatic Cherry Blossom and Spring Tulip Festivals
This year more than most, everyone is desperate for a glimpse of spring to help them forget what a disgusting winter 2015 has been. All across the world cherry trees are in bud and ready to burst with pink perfusion to create lacy canapes dancing on spring breezes. Likewise, fat garden bulbs are sending their shoots toward the sunshine and soon gardens will sprout with spring tulips painting the landscape in impossibly bright colors. Oh yes, we need a dose of beautiful spring flowers right now! Here’s our master list of the best Cherry Blossom and Tulip Festivals across the globe.
8 Secret Getaway Spaces for Visiting Barcelona
Don’t be afraid to call yourself a tourist, it is not a bad word. There is nothing wrong with indulging yourself in the chaotically long queues to see the world’s most famous sights, in fact, you’ll regret it if you don’t. However, there will come a time when you will want to escape to find peace and quiet and more out of the way sites. Here I will share with you my 8 secret getaway spaces that kept me going during my time in Barcelona.
The nightlife in Madrid is never dull, it’s one of the world’s favorite cities for a great night on the town. Here’s a look at the top spots for memorable Madrid night life!
Madrid, the grand city of luxurious architecture, fine hotels and fancy restaurants has a lot to offer for tourists who want to play at night as well as during the day. There are places that literally never close and others that keep the party going until 2:30 a.m. Nightlife in Madrid can be characterized by a single phrase – “Mucha Marcha” which translates as “a lot of action”. Madrillenos explain it as there is too much see and to much to do, so sleeping is not an option.
Viator.com, the web’s most popular website for booking sightseeing tours around the globe has announced a great end-of-summer sale. Select sightseeing tour tickets in some of Europe’s most popular destinations can be booked at a discount during August and used throughout 2014.
Most translation guides will teach you how to say, “No Thank You”, when you REALLY want to say, “Beat It or Piss Off!” I’m thinking of the gypsy’s in Europe here… how many times do I need to say, “no thank you” to the guys trying to sell us a rose at dinner!!!
The new phrasebook translation guides published by Marco Polo have got you covered whether you want to be strictly correct, or express yourself in a more relaxed way.
What an unforgettable way to spend a few days in Spain! While spending three weeks touring the south of Spain, we were encouraged by friends to check out the city of Ronda in the province of Malaga. So we did.
Approaching the town, the landscape gave us no clues as to what was ahead. The terrain was rather plain and agriculture oriented, until we got to town. Once in town, history starts to come alive as the narrow cobble stone streets echo the voices from the past.
The vast majority of travel guides that crowd dusty shelves in books stores and personal libraries tell you where to find the best hotels, countless museums and endless architecturally significant churches, but they’re missing one of the most important reasons we travel – to discover where locals go to party!
Where To Party Around The World. The Matador Network, a community of young travel bloggers who tell it like it is, has just published the “ultimate guide to partying around the world”, with 101 Places To Get F*cked Up Before You Die.
There are two wonderful ways to experience the gastronomical side of Andalucía. You could head out for a night on the town and pop into a tapas bar to get a feel for the local food and the local people. You’ll find all kinds of things on the menu, ranging from grilled vegetables drizzled with olive oil to beautiful cuts of meat prepared with a variety of sauces such as mojo picón, salsa al whisky or even a la marinera. Here you can find a list of the top ten must-try tapas in Southern Spain.
Or the other most exquisite way to really get a taste of Andalucía is to take a cooking course while you’re there. Learn from a professional local chef just how to make those distinct Spanish flavors pop, how to let the flavors meld and how to make one of the most memorable and delicious meals of your life. There’s nothing more gratifying than learning to cook something delicious for yourself in another country and being able to take that memory home with you to have and share with others.
When traveling for business as well as for pleasure, the wide variety of foods that you can taste and enjoy is often one of the most exciting aspects of the entire trip. Regardless of where in the world you find yourself awaking or how tired you may feel, a hearty breakfast is a great way to start the day, lift your spirits and make you feel like a local.
Western-influenced breakfasts have crept their way onto menus around the world, but be adventurous and tempt your taste buds with the following hotel breakfasts from countries across the globe during your travels.
It makes perfect sense to me that the Canary Island of Tenerife has a reputation around the world as a must-visit location for diving enthusiasts. The volcanic nature of the island makes for some of the most interesting drifts and dives, and the location means a huge variety of wildlife to hope to catch a glimpse of. A natural consequence of Tenerife’s popularity with divers is its plethora of diving schools offering instruction to beginners and improvers, and who run regular organised trips to dive some lesser-known spots around the island – as well as the tourist favourites.
I strongly recommend doing your research when choosing who you book with:
The Douro Valley is a remarkable destination that you will definitely not soon forget. It is the third longest river in the Iberian Peninsula and flows across Spain and Portugal, offering you the very best way to delve into the area’s tranquil beauty. It has everything you could possibly need from breathtaking natural landscapes, to wine production, and delicious local cuisine. Go and watch a show, relax in a hot spring- the region is full to the brim with exciting things to do and see. And because it has been classified by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site, there is a plethora of architectural wonders that are just waiting to be explored. Here are 7 things to enjoy on your Douro Valley experience:
Spain is more than just a holiday destination offering a sun kissed lifestyle for over 3.8 million expats. The city of Marbella on the southeastern coast of Spain is generally regarded as the crème-de-la-crème for vacation properties in Spain. Marbella is well known for its champagne lifestyle and indulgent quality of life. We have listed the best things to do in this area showing why it has remained a premium safe-haven for foreign investors.
Marbella is famed for its golf championships and beautifully manicured golf courses. There are over 50 golf courses on the coast to choose from all within a 30 minute drive from Marbella.
In a castle courtyard, at the Fountain of Cats, a beautiful young woman collects drinking water. By chance a young man sees her there and falls deeply in love… This story of youthful passion is in fact an old Catalonian folk song, but the setting is no figment of imagination! The Font de Gats […]
Parador Amour! Fall in Love with Spain’s Best Kept Accommodation Secret Staying in an historic Parador of Spain is an infinitely more exciting way to see the country than staying in a hotel that is indistinguishable from any other resort. A Parador stay will give you a much deeper inside into the past, present and […]
In Pamplona, Spain, one of the most unique events in the world takes place each July. The Running of the Bulls which has made Pamplona famous worldwide, is known as encierro in Spanish and means to lock up or to pen. There have been many videos and many documentaries done on this tradition, usually showing […]
Spain is surrounded on three sides by water – the Atlantic Ocean, the Cantabrian Sea and the Mediterranean Sea. It was conquered by the Moors who have left Spain with a fine Moorish architectural legacy. Enviably there are more beautiful cities in Spain than any other country. Spain holds a special corner in my heart […]
Costa Del Sol – The Ideal Destination For Couples Every year for as long as I can remember my partner and I have responded to the question of where we’ll be heading on our summer holidays in the same way. It’s the Costa Del Sol for us! You might well wonder why we don’t push […]
All of my favorites are included! Just in time for the new iPhone 5, free apps for the very ‘best of ‘ are being offered free of charge for Barcelona, London, New York, Paris, and Rome by Lonely Planet, one the most respected travel publishers in the world. Lonely Planet has earned the reputation of […]
There are plenty of great golf destinations in Europe, so it’s easy to plan a golfing holiday. OK, this isn’t easy. There are so many great golf destinations throughout Europe – it’s nearly impossible to narrow it down. But I’ve got some great suggestions for where to head for an unbeatable golf holiday. From St. […]
Clubbing and Music Festivals in Majorca For Summer 2012 You might think that Majorca clubbing holidays are only for people who like dance or house music – well, I can prove you wrong. This small Balearic Island has more than one type of club, with many different tastes catered for and some great pop-up festivals […]