Spain is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Europe and is located on the Iberian Peninsula with the atlantic and Mediterranean Sea offering a cool breeze for the many golden sandy beaches that Spain is famous for.
The history of Spain is very important and you will notice a big difference in local cultures as you travel around the country as they all have their own customs based on history dating back many centuries. This is why Spain is such an interesting country to visit as the major cities of Madrid and Barcelona have a different ambience and differ in many ways.
Madrid is the capital city of Spain and is famous for it's bullfighting, flamenco dancing and famous buildings. Some of the top attractions include the Royal Palace, Plaza Mayor, Plaza de la Cibeles and the Prado Museum. You can also visit the home of Real Madrid, one of the world's most famous soccer teams and enjoy watching players such as Ronaldo.
Barcelona is well known for it's culture and is the place to visit if you are looking for art galleries and museums such as the famous Pablo Picasso museum. Soccer fans will also want to check out the museum and guided tour on offer the Camp Nou stadium , home of FC Barcelona.
The history of Spain is very important and you will notice a big difference in local cultures as you travel around the country as they all have their own customs based on history dating back many centuries.
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You will also find many interesting cafes, bars and restaurants in the centre of the city that offer a selection of Spanish Tapas dishes which you will love.
But Spain has so much to offer beyond the major cities so you should explore the rest of the country and even the many islands just off the coast of Spain. The Canary islands are part of Spain and are located just off the north coast of Africa and include the islands of Tenerife, Lanzarote, Gran Canaria and Fuerteventura. If you are looking for winter sun these islands are the places to go as they enjoy a fantastic all year round climate due to their location. You can book trips to Spain with Thomson All Inclusive holidays 2013.
Another group of Islands to consider is the Spanish Balearic islands which include Majorca, Minorca and Ibiza. The three islands all have their own unique charms, Majorca has some fantastic historical attractions and you will want to visit the Cathedral in the capital city, Palma. If you are looking for a quiet island then pick Minorca which has a laid back atmosphere and some fantastic beaches. Finally if you are looking for an island with a party atmosphere you should head to Ibiza where you will find amazing nightclubs that attract the top dance acts in Europe during the summer.
I have only just mentioned a few attractions of this fantastic country so you really have to check it out yourself !
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Forget Jean Harlow, Marilyn Munroe, and Sharon Tate. If you want an actress who managed to carve out trueicon status, go directly to Eva Peron, affectionately known as “Evita,” a diminutive “Little Eva.” Even before Madonna belted out “Don’t cry for me Argentina,” Evita had long elicited a polarized response from the people in her country. Some loved her; some hated her; everyone had an opinion.
Born Maria Eva Duarte on May 7, 1919 in a rural town, her family was thrown into abject poverty after her father died in a car crash. At 16 she escaped to Buenos Aires to become an actress and there she got a job at a radio station doing dramas. In 1945 she met and married Juan Peron, the man who would be elected president in 1946. Flaunting the expectation of that political wives would stay in the background, this unconventional First Lady marched front and center stage with her husband. She was appointed Secretary of Labor and from this position she supported higher wages and social benefits for the poor and the working class.
The Maria Eva Duarte de Peron Welfare Foundation was set up in 1947. The project was supported by “contributions” from sometimes reluctant individuals, unions, and businesses. It is perhaps fitting that the Evita Museum is housed in the same mansion she set up for homeless women and children. The industrial kitchen to feed the residents has been preserved.
When Evita died from cancer on July 26, 1952, the poor took to the streets to vent their collective grief and over two million mourners filed past her coffin. While the working class grieved audibly, the rich on the other side of town popped Champagne corks and clinked glasses.
There is no doubt that the museum is pro-Evita and there are no warts there. Natalie, who works as the ticket table admits that nepotism is the policy, “If you want to work here you have to love Evita. You also have to have the right connections, because we are like a family. And you have to care about the museum and preserving her legend.”
The displays at the Evita Museum walk visitors through the various stages of Evita’s life, from childhood right up to her death at age 33. Along the way are props to help put things in context: the sewing machine her mother hunched over every day to support her children, various school books, photos and old radios. By the time you get to the fashion show of clothes, handbags, jewellery and hats in the glass display cases at the end of the tour you have a feeling of what this woman must have been like.
Self-serving or saint? Either call, there is no denying that Evita mixed and mingled with the great-unwashed masses and the photographs and film clips abound. She met with workers, visited schools, and promoted health care. And she also championed female suffrage. In 1947, women in Argentina got the vote, largely due to her campaigning and influence. Even those who loathe her have to admit that she was a strong character and a force to be reckoned with. She also got it right in that she died young, beautiful and at the height of power.
If you are left intrigued by your visit to the Evita Museum, consider a follow-up to her final resting place, a mausoleum in Recoleta Cemetery. Between the time she died in 1952 and when she was interred there in 1976, her corpse went on a 24-year odyssey. The body appeared and disappeared to reflect the political winds of Argentina. At one point her corpse was moved from the trade union building and buried in Milan. Then the body was exhumed in 1971 and taken to Madrid where it was on display in the living room of Juan Peron and his third wife, Isabel. In 1974 it was returned to Argentina, restored and briefly put on display.
To ensure her body doesn’t go missing yet again, Evita is buried in a crypt five meters underground. Further it is fortified with cement and steel that would do a nuclear-bunker proud. The contradiction is that it is in the upper-class mausoleum of her father’s family who represent everything bourgeois that she fought against when she was alive.
Address: Lafinur Street 2988, Palermo, Buenos Aires.
Telephone: (5411) 4807-0306, (541) 4809-3168
Hours: open Tuesday to Sundays — including holidays — from 11 a.m. until 7 p.m.
Admission: 15 pesos per person.
Guided tours: 35 pesos per person for non-residents and 20 pesos per person for locals.
Transport: from a number of bus lines on Santa Fe and Las Heras. Subway Line D, Plaza Italia Station.
Buenos Aires is world-renowned as one of the major cultural centres of Latin America. For more details on the best sights and activities in Buenos Aires contact Tucan Travel, a specialist in Argentina tours.
If youre not familiar with the term specialty cruise, youre not alone. While the concept has been gaining in popularity, it is by no means as well- known as a standard Caribbean cruise on a mega ship. In fact, a specialty cruise can be anything from a special type of ship to a special theme for the week. There are hundreds to choose from; here are a few to whet your cruising appetite:
If youre not familiar with the term specialty cruise, youre not alone.
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If you enjoy the hobby, need to get some pages done and can get some friends to join you, this trip may become an annual one for you.
If you are interested in avoiding the run-of-the-mill cruise lines and itineraries, a specialty cruise may be for you. From cruises focusing on music, poker, art, fitness, golf and even mystery dinners, everyone and anyone can find an option that appeals to them.
For your first cruise, you might want to brush up on the lingo. It isnt necessary but sometimes it just makes you feel a little better when you know what everyone is talking about aboard the ship. From aft to windward, weve got you covered.
For your first cruise, you might want to brush up on the lingo.
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His (or her) cockpit, if you will.
Study this list. Learn the lingo. If you do your homework, you wont feel like such a newbie. In fact, you might be able to teach a seasoned cruiser a thing or two.
Disney is a magical place. Once you go, you join the ranks of people starting the countdown until the next visit. Unfortunately, Disney is not always the cheapest of vacations. But, there are some tips and techniques you can use to help ease the financial frustrations. Whether you’re planning your first visit to Disney or one of many return trips, there are always ways to save money. Here are a few simple ideas to make the trip easier on the wallet:
The busiest times at Disney are during holidays and the beginning and end of summer. With that being the case, you can usually get a steal of a deal by booking a vacation opposite of any of those times. For instance, you can get almost half off if you schedule a trip just after the school year starts or even the second week in January after the big holiday rush. What you’re basically doing is watching the school calendar and going against the typical vacation times. This may take a bit of planning, but the cost savings are well worth the effort.
Off-season travel not only saves you money on the hotels, resorts, and parks, but it also allows for a more enjoyable experience.
Disney is a magical place. Once you go, you join the ranks of people starting the countdown until the next visit. Unfortunately, Disney is not always the cheapest of vacations.
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Instead of waiting in line for hours and hours, you walk straight up to a ride or attraction with hardly a wait at all.
Booking a Disney vacation package is a great way to save money. Not only do the packages allow you to group everything together, it also allows you to customize your Disney vacation to fit your monetary needs as well as fitting the attractions you want to see. Disney packages will typically save you money on transportation within Disney World, as well as savings on hotel or resort prices, and even food.
The two biggest savings, food and hotel, are the main reasons most people decide to go with a vacation package. If you choose to indulge in a character dining experience, for instance, your bill could easily be well over $100. A dining package adds value by giving you a low flat rate for your dining plan. It doesnt matter if your bill for dinner comes to $5 or $150, you pay a flat fee for the plan. Many families enjoy the fact that there are no loose ends or unknown expenditures for dining. Your dining package will also save on snacks and quick meals, which, just like a gas station candy bar, can add up very fast.
Another way to save money at Disney is to take full advantage of all the perks, such as extra hours, formally called magic hours, for which the park stays open to those who reside at a Disney Resort. There are also travel savings, such as buses which take you in between each park, saving money on parking and gas. There is also a monorail and boats, which will not only take you between the parks, but will give you an exciting tour of the entire park.
Of course, these are just a few ways to take advantage of Disney World savings. While there are many other ways to reduce your expenses, these tips are great places to start with serious savings right off the bat. If you want to go to Disney for the first time, or the hundredth time, hop online and see what kind of deals you can come up with. Chances are, with a few of these deals, Disney is more affordable than you could ever imagine.
Whether youre a cruising veteran or a newbie without sea legs, you want to get the biggest bang for your cruising buck. The best tip is to be aware of all the extras charged to your room and dont go over budget. Many people do not realize that all-inclusive does not usually include alcoholic beverages, which can be pricey. Many internet forums discuss ways to smuggle a bottle of their favorite in their luggage but there are much easier ways to stretch a dollar:
Whether youre a cruising veteran or a newbie without sea legs, you want to get the biggest bang for your cruising buck.
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Convenient, but with a price tag attached. You can avoid this expense buy bringing your favorite detergent, encased in a zip top bag, as well as a dryer sheet or two. Find the coin laundry on board and get out of the sun for an hour or two.
Enjoy your first cruise but remember to keep your eyes open for deals as well as for overpriced items. Nothing ruins a trip faster than an empty wallet.