My Lovely Days in Lisbon

Enjoying Lisbon fron the First Day

I’m going to tell you my lovely days in Lisbon, which was the capital of an empire. All lisboa remembers his glorious padado. Like when sailors came out to discover and conquer lands on the other side of the world.

You see old faded tiles on their facades. Peeling walls and stone streets lined with old trams. No great luxuries or European stores are sought in this city, although they do. What is sought and found is a melancholic beauty, art, imperfection and the charm of the people.

My Lovely Days in Lisbon
My Lovely Days in Lisbon – Tram 28

Portugal is fashionable.

Last year it was awarded for the second time as Europe’s Best Destination in the World Travel Awards (WTA) They are prizes of the world tourism industry. And Lisbon turned out to be the Best City in Europe and the Best Cruise Port.


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Natural Reserve Foz de Lumbier – Navarra – Spain

Foz de Lumbier – Canyons in Spain

The Natural Reserve Foz de Lumbier is a canyon formed by the Irati river in Navarra – Spain. It is very close to the mouth of the Aragón river. The force of the water opened a narrow, high gorge of more than a Mile in length between the Rocks of Lumbier.

 

There a multitude of birds nest, among which the vultures are the most numerous. Running between almost vertical walls 450 feet to  1200 feet high.

The human being dug a tunnel through which the Pamplona-Sangüesa industrial railroad circulated. That old railway infrastructure has now been converted into the Vía Verde de la Foz. It is a linear trekking and very easy to do 2 miles round trip.

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Cinema in the Louvre Museum

Cinema Paradiso Louvre Museum

The 30th anniversary of the construction of the Louvre pyramid in Paris, is celebrated. For this reason, open-air films will be screened, free of charge at the Museum’s Cour Carrée.

The event will be called Cinema Paradiso Louvre, and began on Friday, July 19. It will be until July 26 inclusive. A film was projected every night. The main objective of Cinema Paradiso Louvre is to promote visits to the museum.

The films will be screened starting at 10 pm and it is necessary to book, through the official website of the event. For people in Paris, this is a unique opportunity.

inema Paradiso Louvre Museum
inema Paradiso Louvre Museum

Program

 ♦ Friday, July 19th – Queen Margot
A film by Patrice Chéreau. With Isabelle Adjani, Jean-Hugues Anglade and Daniel Auteuil. 1994 (2:39).

♦ Saturday, July 20 – Asterix and Obelix: Cleopatra Mission
A film by Alain Chabat. With Monica Bellucci, Christian Clavier, Gerard Darmon, Jamel Debbouze, Gerard Depardieu. 2002 (1:47).

♦ Sunday, July 21st – Faces Villages – Screening in the presence of JR.
A documentary film by and with JR and Agnès Varda. 2017 (1:34).

♦ Monday, July 22 – Cinema Paradiso
A film by Giuseppe Tornatore. With Philippe Noiret, Jacques Perrin, Salvatore Cascio. 1989 (2h04).

♦ Tuesday, July 23 – Indiana Jones and the last crusade
A film by Steven Spielberg. With Harrison Ford, Sean Connery, Denholm Elliott. 1989 (2h07).

♦ Wednesday, July 24 – Da Vinci Code
A film by Ron Howard. With Tom Hanks, Audrey Tautou, Jean Reno. 2006 (2:32).

♦ Thursday, July 25 – Chihiro’s Journey
An animated film by Hayao Miyazaki. 2001 (2h05).

♦ Friday, July 26 – When Harry meets Sally
A film by Rob Reiner. With Billy Crystal, Meg Ryan, Carrie Fisher. 1989 (1h36).

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Saint Petersburg: the Russian City Built on Marsh

Founded by Tsar Peter the Great in 1703 on a marsh that was filled. It used hundreds of thousands of workers who built the city and connected with bridges about 50 islands

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French Traditional Recipe Onion Soup.

Ingredients for onion soup. French traditional recipe

  • 6 large and sweet onions
  • 30 ml (1 oz) of extra virgin olive oil (2 tablespoons)
  • 60 g (2 oz) of butter
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 2 (70 oz.) Liters of meat broth
  • 12 slices of baguette bread
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Onion French Soup: a  exquisite, traditional and basic recipe in any self-respecting kitchen. A delicious and simple dish that can be a first course at Christmas or a unique dish with a large bowl of soup at a homemade dinner.

Today we present the modern version of this soup originating in France, made with dry bread, broth and caramelized onions.

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The 500th anniversary of the death of Leonardo da Vinci, is remembered this year. For this reason, an exhibition brings together more than 200 of the best drawings of the Renaissance master in the Royal Collection, forming the largest exhibition of Leonardo’s work in more than 65 years.

The drawing served as the laboratory of Leonardo da Vinci. This allowed him to develop his ideas and seek the universal laws that he believed that sustained and explained all creation.

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Scape rooms at Buckingham Palace

Escape rooms at Buckingham Palace

The art gallery of Buckingham Palace transformed four rooms into Escape rooms with Puzzles and riddles related to Leonardo da Vinci; as a reason for the 500th anniversary of the death of the artist.

The activity called Escape Room: Leonardo Artmergency! You can enjoy until October 12, every Friday and Saturday at 18:15, 18:45, 19:15 and 19:45.

Scape rooms at Buckingham Palace
Scape rooms at Buckingham Palace

In the challenge, teams of between four and eight people can participate, who must work together to solve a mystery or a riddle. These activities can only involve travelers over 14 years and the price is 150 pounds sterling for each team.

For more information and to purchase tickets, visit the official page of the Buckingham Palace art gallery. The Queen’s Gallery will be transformed into four rooms of thematic puzzles and riddles as you solve the mystery of the missing curator.


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No More Tourist Buses in Paris

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Emmanuel Gregoire, Deputy Mayor of Paris, informed that it is necessary to attend to a complaint from the inhabitants of Paris. It is about securing more space of circulation in the streets of the City.


The way to achieve this is to prohibit the entry of tourist buses that circulate in the center of the city of Paris. We are talking about all the companies that have tourist buses.

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Porto: Coffee Shop Majestic an Icon of the Belle Epoque

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In 1922, the name was changed to the current one. Art Deco style was one of the most luxurious places in Oporto. The marble facade is adorned with plant motifs of sinuous shapes. A trio of charming columns marks the facade.
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Walking Erotic Pompeii: Vettii House

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Pompeii was really so obscene? Traveling to a Different Pompeii

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It remained in oblivion until the eighteenth century, when under the domination the location of this city was rediscovered (the name was not even known) and excavations began.

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Thermal baths, luxury residences, freediving houses, gymnasiums, artisan workshops and brothels were gradually appearing. In those places there were architectural remains such as mosaics, frescoes and sculptures. Some of them almost intact.
These findings speak of a sophisticated, well-off and evolved life. We must bear in mind that part of the aristocracy of the Roman era, had its villas in Pompeii and made tourism in that city and on the nearby island of Capri.

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Also appeared part of the erotic life of pompeii. frescoes, murals, sculptures, lamps, amulets and even artifacts that we do not yet know their use and meaning.

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Recipe: Cod to the Portuguese

Portuguese Cod With Potatoes

Cod is the typical dish of Portugal. It is consumed in many ways and here we present the most traditional recipe. It is consumed throughout Portugal but especially for those who visit Lisbon and Oporto you can not miss it.

Directions

Two cloves of garlic are peeled and thinly sliced ​​and fried over medium heat in a frying pan with a finger of olive oil. Before the garlic reaches color, it is removed from the oil. Right there they will cook the cod and the potatoes.

Cod to the Portuguese
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To do this, flour four loins of cod and fry them “back and forth”, so that they are lightly cooked. Then, they are placed on a baking tray. Peel a large potato and cut it into thin slices. You also have to peel and cut an onion into thin slices to put them in the pan with the garlic-scented olive oil and the cod juices. Cover and let them cook over low heat for 15 minutes. Once the potato and onion are done, drain it.

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Walking Paris in Three Days: Complete Guide

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 Walking Paris in Three Days  : First Day

We propose this travel guide to visit Paris in three days where the most famous places were included and some recommendations do not waste a minute of time

Arrived to Visit Paris on train to the station of Paris Gare du Nord from London. We took a public transport ( Metro).Luckily the hotel was very close.

Before starting, I commented that there is an option for those who do not intend to walk: make a City Tour hop on-hop off, of which you can tour the main points of the city for one or two days. In Paris – France  there are two very good companies: Big Bus and City Sigthseeing

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Arc de Triomphe & Grand Palais

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We will start our route at the Arc de Triomphe (Charles de Gaulle-Etoile metro:  lines 1, 2 and 6). We advise climbing to have a panoramic view of Paris. Once up, you can see the large avenues that start from here dividing the center of Paris, the financial district of La Defense and the famous Eiffel Tower.

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