Barcelona

My three days in Barcelona

First day:

Sagrada Familia

Dedicated to the holy family and saint Joseph,this grandiose church is Gaudi’s master piece.The architect’s desire was that the church begun 1882 and still under construction,should be an expression in store of the christian faith.It’s unmissable if you want to understand this unconventional designer. Beautiful interior

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The decor of this old artists’ haunt, which opened in 1897 is unchanged since the young Picasso exhobited here for the first time.you can find interesting breakfast and brunch menus at the GastroBar or stop in for a coffe break

Casa Batllo Gaudi

The greatest modernist architects,including Antoni Gaudi, did some of their best work here,attempting to outdo one another in ingenuity and imagination

Second day

Parc Guell

Intended by the entrepreneur Eusebi guell to be a garden city for the Catalan bourgeoise,Antoni Gaudi’s delirius creation was never completed the project was transformed into a public park.

The Park opens onto two peculiar mushroom – shaped buildings that have an air if fair tale. A staircase presided over by a “dragon”(actually a salamander) composed of ingenious mosaics leads to the hall of a hundred columns.The undulating roof is adorned with a fantastic mosaic composed of ceramic shards know as trencadis.Finish the tour of this magical park at the casa museu Gaudia where gaudi lived from 20 years

Finaly

Mercat Santa Caterina

This oldest Market Barcelona has had an undulation roof in the form of a coloured mosaic of fruits and vegetables.Inside you enter the world of a traditional market,with food stalls and restaurants serving quality produce

My fantastic days in Barcelona

 

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Paris

The Thinker Musee RodinMy holiday in Paris

Exploring Paris

Paris has an inexhaustible wealth of thing to see and do. Here are some ideas for how to make the most of your time. The city is relatively compact,so you should be able to do most of your sightseeing on foot.

Galerie des Chimeres

Lurking between the towers are the famous gargoyles (chimeres)placed here to ward off evil. The grimacing gargoyles are not just for decoration.They channel the water off the roof. On a rainy day you can see it pouring from their mouths .A gargoyle look as if they are hanging on the ledge of the building, while the chimeras are the statues that are standing up.They both have gruesome expressions. This great gotic cathedral,founded on the site of Gallo- Roman temple,is a repository of art and history.It is also the geographical “heart” France

Eiffel Tower

light system makes the Eiffel Tower a spetacular night – Time sight. It sparkles like a giant Christmas tree for five minutes every hour from dusk until 1am.

Arc de Triomphe

Today the Arc is a local point for numerous public events top Champs – Elysees and along with the Eiffel Tower

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Paris, City of light. City of romance and revolution. A foodie paradaise. A culture Lover’s Dream.Paris is all these things and more…

Speke Hall

Speke Hall, originally built in 1530, has a atmospheric interior that spans many periods. The Great Hall and priest hole date from Tudor times, while the Oak Parlour and smaller rooms, some with William Morris wallpapers, illustrates the Victorian desire for privacy and comfort.

There is also fine Jacobean plasterwork and intricately carved furniture. A fully equipped Victorian kitchen and servants’ hall enable visitors to see ‘behind the scenes’. The restored garden has spring bulbs, a rose garden, summer border and stream garden, and there are woodland walks and magnificent views of the Mersey basin and North Wales hills from The Bund, a high bank.

Home Farm, a 5-minute walk from Speke Hall, is a model Victorian farm building, restored and part-adapted to provide a restaurant, shop and visitor facilities, and offers estate walks, children’s play area

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Southport

Although many would say Southport’s heyday was in the Victorian era this traditional seaside resort is still one of the most popular in the UK. Much of this has been due to the array of annual events held here which pull in big crowds. However, it is still the town’s vast swathe of sandy beach that is the reason that people keep coming back and life revolves around the seafront.

In summer, the beach is an ideal spot for all those traditional Great British seaside pastimes. Building sandcastles, flying kites or taking a dip in in the safe bathing waters are all as popular as ever.

For an even more traditional experience visi the recently restored Pier which dates back to 1860. It is in fact the oldest iron pier in the country. Visitors can walk or take a tram ride to the end of the pier, which has a viewing platform looking over the estuary. The Pier Pavilion has displays on local wildlife and the history of the pier.

The golden sands of Southport Beach are part of the 22-mile Sefton coastline leading from the Mersey into the Ribble Estuary. Beyond Southport’s seafront things rapidly return to a natural wilderness with some of the largest undeveloped dune systems in the UK.
North of the pier, lies Marshside RSPB reserve, with viewing screens, two hides and a viewing platform.

There are two walking trails through the dunes close to the beach. The Queen’s Jubilee Trail, accessed from the Esplanade has trails, information boards and picnic areas. The Velvet Walk is a circular walk going past dunes, ponds and reed beds

 

Manchester

For almost all of its existence, Manchester has been a bastion of forward thinking. From the industrial revolution, When the first steam – driven cotton mills turned the city into an international textile centre, to the modern urban regeneration projects it has spearheaded, Manchester has embraced the new and ridden the crest of the technological wave.

The city continues to look to the future. Audacious urban regeneration.

Piccadilly Gardens

Tow hall

Chinatown