The reason is clear, there is Juliet’s house with its famous balcony scene of the most popular literary romance of history, born of genius and imagination of William Shakespeare. Romeo and Juliet.
Obviously everything is fiction but to the amazement of the traveler, there is the balcony where Romeo sighed calling his beloved, on the facade of an Italian medieval palace of the XII century that belonged to an illustrious family of Verona Dal Capello. It must be the phonetic similarity between Capello and surname of the family of Capuletti which gave rise to the belief that the English playwright was inspired by this place to build his work.
Well into the twentieth century with the rise of tourism gothic window and balcony which we all admire and travelers visit was built. The house is located on the road nr Cappello. 23, near the Piazza delle Erbe. It is impossible not to find since they always find people, usually tourists, stopped in front of the facade, taking pictures and trying to hang padlocks of love in the fence, something that is currently prohibited by the municipal authorities and severely punished.
But since not enough we will see. It is in the courtyard where the famous Juliet’s balcony, which we reached through various rooms of the house decorated with rich Renaissance furniture and other treasures. Definitely a very suitable visit for a special 14th February.
True heart of the complex and the most historically important city. For centuries this square was the site were mounted street markets, craft fairs, as well as communal trials and public executions.
Here the most important and powerful guilds of medieval times, as the goldsmiths, butchers, shoemakers and carpenters were located among others. Today the square is surrounded by bars and souvenir shops, artisans keeping a exist in this part of town.
Many of the major sights of Sighisoara is located next to the Plaza de la Ciudadela, including the church and the Dominican monastery (Biserica Manastirii Dominicane), the Lutheran church, a building dating from the twelfth century and was mixed Romanesque styles and Gothic building was restored in the XV and XVI century after suffering several fires.
Another important religious temple in this area is the Church on the Hill, on the north of the Clock Tower, one of the most representative buildings of Gothic style in Transylvania side. The latter church is connected to the Plaza de la Ciudadela by the staircase of the College. Continue reading
The Bloco da Lama. His image is very different from what we all know the Rio carnival. There are so many lights, feathers and sequins, but lots of music and animation. The big difference is that the only disguise here is the black mangrove mud Jabaquara Beach.
In the parade Bloco da Lama (roughly translated as “the troupe of clay”) thousands of people participate each year. Without intending to compete in grandeur with the official Carnival in Rio, this is undoubtedly the most massive celebration of the beautiful colonial city of Paraty. A different, exotic and fun celebration. But also something “dirty”.
It is said that this original bloco was born in 1986 when a group of young people from the region to tour through the mangroves black smeared their bodies to protect themselves from mosquito bites mud and with those pints then walked around Paraty.
Another miraculous properties of this dark sludge must be desinhibir capacity to cover the body with it, because nobody seems to mind losing dignity, dancing and jumping with her naked body in the middle of the street. The feast day a giant conga wanders the streets of Paraty chanting “Uga Uga” immersed in a ritual that connects with the most primitive essence of being human. Even the most prudish tourists resist the temptation to jump into the mud.
About six million tourists (mostly Argentine) spend their holidays here every year, attracted by its bustling beaches and leisure. It is the reason why this destination is known as “the happy city,” or simply “Happy”.
In the warmer months of the austral summer, January and February, the hotels are filled and beaches is just room to spread a towel, but the atmosphere is great. In addition, a visit to Mar del Plata offers the possibility of combining our trip with a bit of culture (with a series of modest but interesting museums and galleries), exciting nightlife and great shopping opportunities.
Mar del Plata is one of the famous for its colorful traditional fishing boats, photographed millions of times, and its seafood restaurants most important ports of Argentina. The official center of the city is Plaza San Martin, but in the days of summer real heart of the city lies further south along Playa Bristol and Casino Rambla.
Founded in 1874, Mar del Plata was soon became a European-style spa, especially with the opening of the luxurious and iconic Hotel Bristol. Mass tourism began in the 30s, helped by improved roads, and definitely boom exploded in the 60s Thereafter luxury vacationers began to look for other destinations as Pinamar and Punta del Este in Uruguay . However, Mar del Plata has retained its charm and its almost intact interest.
This ancient Orthodox Abbey is one of the famous painted monasteries of Bucovina, a group of monasteries located in southern Romania representing a real estate and listed as a tourism among the main attractions of this country.
Voronet Monastery is often called as the ‘Sistine Chapel of the East’, his church undoubtedly is considered one of the most beautiful Orthodox monuments in the world. In its frescoed is the color blue dominates the environment, and such is his reputation that is known Voronet Blue.
The paintings were commissioned by the Metropolitan Bishop of Moldavia Grigore Rosca in 1547, and the set depicts scenes Final Judgment, on the west wall, the Tree of Jesse, on the south facade, portraits of philosophers of antiquity, and Christ Pantocrator, on the east facade. The frescoes of the church are part of the set of the painted churches in Moldova and included in the list of World Heritage sites by UNESCO.
Located in the historic center of the city (District IV), the Pavillon de l’Arsenal will allow visitors to have a glimpse of the evolution of Paris over the past centuries and test the influence of his story in his urbanism, revealing the different urban planning that have shaped and around Paris.
This Parisian center has three floors housing a permanent collection, a large model of the city, different galleries present, temporary exhibitions, a library and an auditorium that hosts conferences and symposia throughout the year.
Through interviews, special audiovisual, models and animation films, visitors will be guided on the Parisian urbanism through history.
At the entrance, a vast open space without walls, discover the different faces of the city of light. On the first floor, regularly offers a temporary exhibition which is renewed every three months and addresses as original songs as “the Paris of the houses” or “30 projects for sustainable architecture”. On the second floor, the architecture becomes international: the “galleries today” are interested in urbanism across the world.
The Maison European de la Photographic (European House of Photography) is a municipal exhibition center for contemporary photographic art since 1996.
The collection housed this center is mainly dedicated to contemporary creation, which includes photographic works in silver and digital photography, as well as audiovisual material.
This cultural center contains an exhibition center, a query library, a video library that brings the essence of the films made by or about photographers and an auditorium.
MEP facilities are open to the public and exposes their collections by the three supports of essential spread of photography: when prints exposure, the printed page and the photographic film. The center offers visitors a rich program of guided tours, lectures and film in relation to current exhibitions. Continue reading
These Portuguese islands off the African coast, just about four hours loa I strain from major European airports, offering an impressive array of varied natural beauty. Among them, Sal Island (Ilha do Sal) captive in a special way to all travelers.
As you might guess, this land owes its name to the traditional salt production industry for centuries has taken place here. Even today you can see the structures used to extract the white gold of the sea, around which revolved local wealth until the arrival of tourism.
Actually it was the only wealth of the island, the most arid and desolate Cape Verde (not in vain we’re on the same latitude as the Sahara desert). We could say that this is a piece of desert in the middle of the ocean, albeit with a spectacular skyline of beautiful beaches.
Besides sunbathing and swimming in crystal waters, Sal Island can enjoy various water sports and embark on the adventure of fishing the Cape Verdean style. No big crowds, just small and quiet fishing villages and some hotels. This is, therefore, ideal for those seeking a holiday in peace and tranquility. Continue reading
Although it is hard not to get dazzled by the grandeur and magic of Istanbul, we must not lose sight of the fact that the true capital of Turkey, Ankara, is far from the sea, in central Anatolia.
He’s since become Atatürk this provincial town in the center of the secular republic capital in 1923. Still some feel that here is the heart of the Asian, traditional and conservative Turkey, as opposed to the modern and cosmopolitan Turkey other side of the Bosphorus.
There is still some of that old spirit in Ankara. As centuries, is still produced with soft angora goat wool, and there are exotic markets. Everything in the shade of large modern government buildings. For the traveler, Istanbul comparisons are inevitable but it would be an unforgivable mistake to dismiss the visit to Ankara on any route in the country.
Ulus area where even some Roman monuments erected, is the most modern. There is the famous Museum of Anatolian Civilizations. The old town, preferred by tourists who travel in search of the genuine, is the neighborhood of Hisar, enclosed within the Byzantine walls, from whose citadel (Gece Kondu, which can be translated as “built by night”) is get the best views of the city.
We must not fail to explore the rest of the city, getting lost in the busy streets of Kizilay, student, full of bars and cheap, or venture into restaurants Kavaklıdere Çankaya district to find the best of Turkish cuisine.
It is the Shark Watching in its safer and more comfortable version. A glass capsule is submerged under the ocean to meet the dreaded white shark.
The capsule is transparent at the back of the boat picks us up at the dock in Port Lincoln on the Eyre Peninsula, a particularly rich in aquatic life and which is, among other interesting destinations, the Natural Park Neptune Island, green and blue paradise to enjoy snorkeling and diving, besides having fun swimming and playing with the friendly sea lions.
Close encounters with sharks are certainly more problematic and require adequate infrastructure. The futuristic transparent capsules are an idea of Adventure Bay Charters, a tour operator to ensure completely safe diving excursions. The capsule has six seats and offers a 360 degree view. Much better than traditional cages and uncomfortable and more palatable to those who do not deal well with respirators and other instruments option.
The underwater excursion aboard these capsules is the simple and affordable for everyone otherwise. During the same we can also eat us a snack or have a beer without fear that a giant shark with sharp teeth take us over. Still, with all these dressings, the feeling remains exciting and a little scary. The adrenaline in our veins is beyond question.