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Galicia: The Spanish Gem

 

 

Spain is a diverse country, rich in beautiful landscapes. Among those places, Galicia stands out despite being a destination less frequented by tourists. In fact, the region to the northwest of the Iberian Peninsula has a unique and extraordinary charm, especially while traveling by car. After the sunny plains of the center, you can see green forests, steep mountains and rivers. A trip to this place will surely be memorable.

Looking at the coast, you will be struck by the wild beauty of the high rugged coastline, cut by the majestic “rias”, deep fjord like inlets.  “Rias” is also where most of the villages are focused, which are inhabited by people who are mainly dedicated to fishing and tourism. The beaches of Galicia are among the favourite destinations for surfers and I could easily see why even without being a great surfer myself. The beaches are so good that they could even be compared with the some of the greatest American beaches.

However, Galicia does not only offer beautiful landscapes but also a city rich in art and history. It is rightly considered as a World Heritage Site, such as the La Coruna. The main town of Galicia is famous for its Las Galerias, the Theatee and the Tower of Hercules Rosalia, the oldest lighthouse still in operation, and the Colosseum.Inside, you will be completely overwhelmed by the pressure of these ancient grounds. Also, do not miss the Santiago de Compostela, which is the end point of the ancient journey of faith from Roncesvalles in the heart of the Pyrenees, winding through streets full of ancient history. The magnificent Gothic cathedral houses at the tomb of St. John and along the entire old city were rightly declared a World Heritage UNESCO Unit. It felt so great seeing all these places up close and examining them.

 

 

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Hue, the Ancient Capital of Vietnam

 

 

Hue, the ancient capital of Vietnam, is located in the center of the country on the banks of the Perfume River. It is a lovely place with so many artistic and cultural attractions that travelers can not miss.

Declared as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1993, the monuments of Hue is often compared to the Forbidden City, in both its size and rich heritage. And, within this fortification, houses the Imperial City where you can observe the necropolis, many pagodas and temples.

The Thien Mu pagoda is an important pilgrimage site in Vietnam, that was built by the Nguyen dynasty. Another monument that travelers admire and wonder is the tomb of Emperor Khai Dinh. The architecture is an interesting blend of  Vietnamese style with European decor. And what surrounds the landscape help create an impressive effect. The tomb of King Minh Mang also a must visit both for its magnificence and for the fascinating personal story of the monarch, who was much loved by his people.

Hue is a must see for the tourists who arrive in Vietnam. The magic of its culture makes it a perfect destination. And if your travel coincides with the celebration of the Hue Festival which takes place between May and June, you will witness a party like no other.

 

 

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The El Teide Volcano

 

 

The El Teide volcano and its surroundings are within the National Park of the same name in the Canary Islands. The El Teide Volcano has been declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.

This site is the most visited in the world because it is one of the best places to watch the stars and the night sky. Here, it is recommended to head to observatories which facilitates sky watching.

El Teide is the third highest volcano in the world. The volcano has not erupted since 1909.

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The Dong Tradition in China

 

According to a tradition of Dong ethnic group in China, the birth of a child is celebrated for the arrival of a new member to the family. Thus, they plant a fir tree. When this child becomes an adult, he proceeds to cut the tree to build the timber into a new home for his young. The relationship between the Dong community and the use of wood has reached levels that could even classify as an art, including a bridge that is almost one hundred years. It is supported on piles of rock without using any nails or rivets.

Renowned for their ability to build with wood, dong bridges are examples of admirable architectural style. Almost as in a lost world or stories, some of the dong masterpieces are protected as by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site.

One of the best spots to see the traditional dong people is in the area of Chengyang in Guangxi, which is four hours from Guilin. In the area, remain several villages (the most visited are Ma’an Pingzhai, Yanzhai, Chengyang Dazhai, Pingpu, Pingtan, Jichang and Guangdong) which seem to have not been too aware of the changing modern world.

The majority settled in the province of Guangxi. The Dong people are not very numerous. There are only about 30 homes on average, always built in wood and with no more than two floors. Dong traditions have deployed over thousands of years a completely sustainable way of life, hand in hand with agriculture.

 

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Shopping in the Medina of Marrakech

 

If we visit the city of Marrakech, one of the main attractions is walking and shopping in the Medina. This is the old city area, declared by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site, and offers an exotic web of narrow streets and historic buildings.

Since most of the mosques and palaces scattered around the Medina are not open to non-Muslims, the great attraction for tourists is in the souks (“suqs” in Arabic) that give color to the area and offer a fun day browsing among the many products and attractions that they house.

The first thing to know is that you should not be concerned about security. The souks of Marrakech are very touristy and therefore do not enter them without the company of a local or a tourist guide. Simply take the same care with our purses or wallets as we walk through the area.

The heart of the Medina of Marrakech is the Djemaa el Fna, a crowded place where you can find food stalls, musicians and dancers, snake charmers, water sellers, animals, and henna painting, among many other things. You also have to be careful not to take pictures without permission (yes, once you do, they ask for money in return). And, always ask the price of things before trying them.

From the square arise countless streets where you can find shops and stalls of all kinds.You will see artisans working on different materials: leather, wrought iron, wood, and many more. You will be able to purchase Hookahs, tables, lamps and other decorative items as well as hats, jackets, slippers , handbags, and djellabas.

Objects actually sold there are not things you can not find in Spanish cities such as Granada or Cordoba. You can also purchase natural orange juices, nuts and, of course, teas, herbs and spices of all kinds.

In the souks, you can test your art of bargaining . The Djemaa el Fna is a good place to eat something. But, if your health is not that strong, just be careful. It will be more advisable to eat in hotels or in some restaurants. After a hot day of shopping, it’s nice to sit there in one of the terraces to contemplate the life of the city.