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Père Lachaise Cemetery
A Walk Among the Tombstones
Paris, France
Paris, France
Type : Other
I know it can seem creepy but walking among the tombs is not that strange. Actually, many Parisians and tourists like to visit this famous cemetery. More specifically, around 3.5 million people from all around the world visit the Père-Lachaise cemetery each year. It is the most visited cemetery in the world and contains more than 69,000 tombs. So, what makes it so special? Firstly, it's calm (obviously). It is a place of meditation, everybody is quiet in cemeteries (because you do not want to wake the dead, right?). Paris, like all big cities, is noisy, people are stressed and always in a rush. So, sometimes it feels really soothing to simply walk in a cemetery. Secondly, it is a wonderful place for art lovers. Indeed, all styles of funerary art are represented: Gothic tomb, Haussmanian vault, a mausoleum in the antique style, etc. Thirdly, many famous people are buried in this cemetery: artists, musicians and singers (ex: James Morrison, Edith Piaf, Frédéric Chopin), writers (ex: Molière, Balzac, Colette, Marcel Proust, Alfred de Musset, Oscar Wilde), former statesmen, military men, historians... It is a place full of history. Useful information: - The entry is free. - Sightseeing tours are organised on weekends. - A detailed plan can be downloaded from http://www.paris.fr/cimetieres - Opening time: From November to mid-March: From 8h to 17h30 from Monday to Friday. From 8h30 to 17h30 on Saturdays. And from 9h to 17h30 on Sundays and public holidays. From mid-March to October: From 8h à 18h from Monday to Friday. From 8h30 à 18h on Saturdays. And from 9h to 18h on Sundays and public holidays. - The last visitors are admitted at the latest 15 minutes before the closing. And for people, who want to visit it by night, I am afraid it’s not possible!
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Paris Catacombs: a tale of bones Paris Catacombs: a tale of bones Paris Catacombs: a tale of bones Paris Catacombs: a tale of bones
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Catacombs of Paris
Paris Catacombs: a tale of bones
Paris, France
Paris, France
Type : Other
Paris the city of love? Not only. If you are one of those who like to scare themselves, come to visit the Paris catacombs. The Catacombs of Paris form a huge labyrinth beneath the surface of Paris. Indeed, they are located twenty metres below ground. The ossuary was created in the galleries of the former quarries (which were used to build the capital) and contains the remains of millions of Parisians, who were transferred there between the late 18th and mid-19th centuries. At the time, cemeteries were being closed because of the risk they posed to public health (but don't worry you won't be ill if you visit the catacombs!). In the long and dark galleries, you will see (of course) lots of bones but also messages to explain you when these bones were placed here. You will also see the tableau of death with bones placed in a macabre display and terrifying messages such as "Halt, this is the real of Death" above the ossuary's entrance meant to scare you. Interesting information for your visit: - Visitor numbers are restricted to 200 at any time. - Distance covered during the visit: 1.5 km (around 0.93 mile). - Duration of the tour: around 45 minutes. - No toilets. - Animals are forbidden. - 130 steps to go down and 83 steps back up to street level (so it is not adapted to people with reduced mobility unfortunately). - Temperature: around 14°C (57.2°F). That’s why I really recommend visiting the catacombs in the summer season to avoid heat! - Children must be at least 10 years old to visit the catacombs and children under the age of 14 must be accompanied by an adult. - All bags are searched at the exit to be sure you did not steal any bone. And obviously, I do not recommend visiting the catacombs on weekends and during the Halloween period (even if the atmosphere is perfect) in order to avoid the crowds. By the way, did you know that the catacombs contain the remains of many famous names from previous centuries such as the remains of the writers Jean de La Fontaine or Charles Perrault? If you listen carefully you may hear their ghosts telling stories... Last but not least: Maybe you heard of the catacombs' "forbidden part," which are basically gigantic quarries not open to the public but where some lunatics still go to feel like adventurers. If someone offers you to visit them I recommend you say no. It is dangerous and if the police catch you, you'll have a fine.
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Taj Mahal: A tale of love Taj Mahal: A tale of love
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Taj Mahal
Taj Mahal: A tale of love
Agra, India
Agra, India
Type : Monument
Forget Romeo and Juliet and let’s talk about a real love story: the story of the Taj Mahal. The Taj Mahal is a mausoleum based in Agra (India), which was built in the 17th century under the orders of Shah Jahan, the 5th emperor of India. In 1607, Shah Jahan, who was 14 at the time, was strolling down the Meena Bazaar when he saw a girl selling silk and glass beads. She was named Arjumand Banu Begum but became known as Mumtaz Mahal and was 15 years old. Indeed, the emperor (prince at the time) fell in love immediately after he saw her and just after their meeting he told his father he wanted to marry her. They finally married in 1612. Mumtaz Mahal was the love of his life, she accompanied him everywhere, even on military campaigns. They had 14 children but unfortunately, Mumtaz Mahal died when she was giving birth to their 14th child. On her deathbed, Shah Jahan promised her that he would never remarry and that he will build the richest mausoleum over her grave. It took 22 years and the labour of 22,000 workers to construct the monument. After Shah Jahan died, his body was placed in a tomb next to his beloved Mumtaz Mahal. Millions of people visit the Taj Mahal every year. A ticket (for a foreign visitor) costs 1000 rupees (around 13 euros) and here is some information for your visit: 1. The Taj Mahal is in Agra, which is around 200 kilometres from New Dehli. It is not the world's end but you have to get there. You can take a flight, the train or a taxi but I do not recommend taking the bus. It will be long and it is not the "safest" way. 2. Get there early to avoid the crowd. According to the official website of the monument "Taj Mahal is open from sunrise to sunset during normal operating days." 3. Don't be surprised if you see Indian people taking pictures of you or wanting to take pictures with you. It's "common" but if you do not want to see people queuing in front of you to have their picture with you, I recommend politely say "no" from the very beginning. 4. You cannot bring snacks with you. So, eat before visiting. Otherwise, you have lockers outside the gate. Not to mention that the Taj Mahal was designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1983 for being “the jewel of Muslim art in India and one of the universally admired masterpieces of the world's heritage.”
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Mostar Bridge: a symbol of multiculturalism Mostar Bridge: a symbol of multiculturalism Mostar Bridge: a symbol of multiculturalism Mostar Bridge: a symbol of multiculturalism Mostar Bridge: a symbol of multiculturalism
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Stari Most
Mostar Bridge: a symbol of multiculturalism
Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina
Type : Monument
Mostar is the second biggest city in Bosnia and Herzegovina, a “small” country, which was part of Yugoslavia before 1992. Mostar is particularly famous for its bridge, the Stari Most (Old Bridge), which is a classic example of Ottoman design and became a world-recognised symbol during the Bosnian war. As you may know, in Bosnia and Herzegovina, there are two main religions: Christianism and Islam. The bridge is a kind of “symbol of friendship” because it connects Muslim communities (in the east) and Christian communities (in the west) and in addition, it symbolises the multi-ethnicity of the country. In 1993, the bridge was destroyed during the civil war, which is still a hard memory for the city’s inhabitants. After the war, the bridge was rebuilt. The reopening of the bridge by Prince Charles took place in 2004 and was a sign that life was slowly returning to normal. UNESCO added the bridge to their Wolrd Heritage list in 2005, saying that "The reconstructed Old Bridge and Old City of Mostar is a symbol of reconciliation, international co-operation and of the coexistence of diverse cultural, ethnic and religious communities.” Today, Mostar is worth a visit. I especially recommend you the Ottoman quarter and its numerous artisan shops. You also should taste a typical Bosnian coffee. Another interesting thing to know is that the bridge dominates the river from a height of 24 metres and if you are lucky, you will be able to see professional divers jumping off the bridge into the Neretva River. P.S.: Unfortunately, the bridge is not adapted to people in wheelchairs.
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Kölner Dom
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Cologne Cathedral
Kölner Dom
Cologne, Germany
Cologne, Germany
Type : Monument
Cologne Cathedral (German: Kölner Dom, officially Hohe Domkirche Sankt Petrus, Latin: Ecclesia Cathedralis Sanctorum Petri, English: Cathedral Church of Saint Peter) is a Roman Catholic cathedral in Cologne, Germany. It is the seat of the Archbishop of Cologne and of the administration of the Archdiocese of Cologne. It is a renowned monument of German Catholicism and Gothic architecture and was declared a World Heritage Site in 1996. It is Germany's most visited landmark, attracting an average of 20,000 people a day and currently the tallest twin-spired church at 157 m (515 ft) tall. Construction of Cologne Cathedral commenced in 1248 and was halted in 1473, leaving it unfinished. Work restarted in the 19th century and was completed, to the original plan, in 1880. The cathedral is the largest Gothic church in Northern Europe and has the second-tallest spires. The towers for its two huge spires give the cathedral the largest façade of any church in the world. The choir has the largest height to width ratio, 3.6:1, of any medieval church. Cologne's medieval builders had planned a grand structure to house the reliquary of the Three Kings and fit its role as a place of worship for the Holy Roman Emperor. Despite having been left incomplete during the medieval period, Cologne Cathedral eventually became unified as "a masterpiece of exceptional intrinsic value" and "a powerful testimony to the strength and persistence of Christian belief in medieval and modern Europe". Source: Wikipedia
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Aqaba Aqaba Aqaba Aqaba Aqaba
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Aqaba
Aqaba
Aqaba, Jordan
Aqaba, Jordan
Type : Beach
Aqaba is the main and the only Jordan port, on Gulf of Aqaba on the Red Sea, located on the southern side of the kingdom, just near the Saudi borders, benefiting from its location and status as Jordan's special economic zone (duty-free zone). The city has a relaxed-small town atmosphere, a known as a holiday destination for Jordanian and for tourists as well. The Weather The winter temperature in Aqaba rarely goes below 20°C and is often quite a few degrees warmer. In summer the weather is hot, with daytime temperatures over 35°C, but the sea breezes make it bearable. It also helps to follow the traditional siesta: everything shuts down around 2 pm and reopens after the afternoon nap, around 6 pm. How to Get There It is located about 350 km (4 hours) from the capital Amman. Most of the Jordanain go to Aqaba by their personal cars or by bus service by private companies like JETT (http://www.jett.com.jo/Default.aspx) or Mawakeb (http://mawakebholidays.com/). Usual it costs around $20 for the return ticket. Things to Do Water Sports Jet-ski, para sailing, windsurfing, water skiing, banana boats, speed boats, pedalos and many more. On a more laid back side there are also sailing boats and cruise yachts for a relaxing trip around the gulf, a meal on board while watching the sunset over the mountains of Sinai. Scuba Diving: http://aqabadivingseastar.com/ http://diveaqaba.com/?q=diving Glass bottom Boat Aqaba has lots of glass bottom boats that you can hire, down at the fisherman's harbour you can negotiate a price for a trip anything from a 1 hour tour up to a full day including a lunch. However, these boats are quite small and simple and usually only a small window in the hull. ATVs – dirt buggies: This is not just in Wadi Rum. There is also a centre here in the south beach area of Aqaba that takes you up into the mountains behind the city. With different sized engines for different ages, this is a great activity for all the family. Ultra Light Flight: Discover Aqaba from above. Taking off from Aqaba's own King Hussein International Airport, this tour will show you all the highlights of the city, the south coast and the resort of Tala Bay. It is also possible to do this flight together with an aerial tour of Wadi Rum covering Lawrence's spring and the Seven Pillars of Wisdom.
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Basic-Fit Salles de Sport Paris - Porte de Choisy
Paris, France
Paris, France
Type : Sports activity
To be honest, after my bad experience in Basic Fit in Madrid, I was very biased, but still, I decided to sign up at Basic Fit in Paris and give it a try because it was the closest gym to my home. And I do not regret this decision: it has nothing to do with Basic Fit in Spain: it is by far a better gym. What I love about it is that you can train however you want and how hard you want (whereas in Spain I was limited by the equipment (e.g. 40kg max dumbells in Spain vs 50kg in France) and by the staff (e.g. they interrupt you during your sets), it is a small warehouse-style gym, it has all the equipment you need (what I like that you won?t find in most gyms: a trap deadlift bar, and breaker benches (you can swing the bar while still racked to unrack it easier and more safely). Most of the staff is extremely friendly. There is an excellent atmosphere among the regular members. However this gym is far from being Fitx in Germany (best chain in Europe), and here are some reasons why: The maintenance of the equipment is very poor, karabiner goes missing for months (the entire gym currently has only 2 of them, so whether your bring your own or your wait for people to finish using it), you need to go downstairs to the reception every time you need to use the rope (because there is only one for the whole gym, and the staff hide it so it does not get stolen). Also, the large surface is highly underutilized For the 5000 members that are signed in, there is only one dual adjustable pulley, two lat pulldown pulleys, and one rowing pulley. The water system is absurd: there is only one dispenser, and only downstairs (the weight section is upstairs), so you need to go downstairs every time you want a refill (which would be fine if you could fill your bottle every time, but you can't choose how much water you want: it automatically fills 300ml, and you need to wait 30 min for the next refill). So you pretty much spend your whole training session going downstairs and upstairs again: it gets really annoying. In addition, you need to pay 5? per month to be able to use this machine and scan your Clubcard for every refill (and wait for the software to load). If this wasn't enough, the screen that you need to touch to select the water flavor often does not work or bugs. More over, what I don't like about this gym, is that the single day pass costs 8 euros (non-refundable; in FitX you get one free day pass in each different location), and they will make no exception to let you in if you forgot your Club Card. Last but not least, what I don't like about Basic Fit are the opening times: 8:00am-10:30pm (weekdays), 9:00am-4:00pm (weekends).
10 - 20 USD
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Another good gym in Tangier
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Club Hollywood
Another good gym in Tangier
Tangier, Morocco
Tangier, Morocco
Type : Sports activity
Club Hollywood is a great gym to train, all the equipment is handcrafted (except dumbells and barbells). Therefore most of the machines are unique. My favorite one is the one that stands out more from normal gyms: a plate loaded smith-machine-styled shoulder press machine, that moves in a perfect vertical motion, without any angle degree modification (I actually found a very similar machine in Olymp, Düsseldorf, but selectorized). All the selectorized machines and all the pulley aren't attached with metallic cables like you're probably used to, but instead, they are attached with bicycle chains, or with ropes, which gives a totally different muscle feeling (the rope gives a smooth feeling and the chain a harder one). About once a month, an oil guy comes to oil all the machines of every old gym in Tangier. What I don't like too much about this gym is that most of the plates are 10kg plates, there are very few 20kg plates (so for deadlifts since I only had 10kg plates and I had to elevate them because they were too small and I didn't want to do deficit deadlifts, I used step wood stools, which I broke after 3 sets, and the staff was not too happy about it but they did not make a big deal out of it because they knew I was here to train and I did what I could). This gym is open 4 days per week. It is located next to Boulangerie Florance, in the way between Lycée Regnault et Ecole Berchet.
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Best handcrafted machines
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Club Roxy
Best handcrafted machines
Tangier, Morocco
Tangier, Morocco
Type : Sports activity
Club Roxy is an awesome gym to train, all the equipment is handcrafted (except dumbells and barbells). Therefore most of the machines are unique. My favorite one is the one that stands out more from normal gyms: a selectorized single handed biceps machine, with two different handles, and chain-attached (like in many gyms in Tangier, all the selectorized machines and all the pulley aren't attached with metallic cables like you're probably used to, but instead, they are attached with bicycle chains, or with ropes, which gives a totally different muscle feeling (the rope gives a smooth feeling and the chain a harder one). About once a month, an oil guy comes to oil all the machines of every old gym in Tangier) They also have a standing Scott bench and a standing Spider curls bench. The staff is amazingly friendly. The owner has 3 gyms in Tangier (Omni Sport, Club Roxy, Sports Dradeb), so you can pay for only one (200MAD/month) or for the 3 of them (350MAD), which I highly recommend for many reasons: -each gym is very different and has different equipment (but same staff) -unfortunately, like most gyms in Morocco, Men and Women can not train in the same gym during the same time: so in most of the gyms, 3 days are for men and 3 for women (for example). Signing up in different gyms is the only way to train almost every day: in this case: Omnisport is open Monday, Wednesday, and Friday for men, Club Roxy is open Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday for men, and Sports Dradeb is open Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday. From which my only reproach to this gym: being closed on Sunday. It is located in front of the Cyber Coffee Nad Net and close to the Bucher in the angle of the street, in the way between Lycée Regnault et Ecole Berchet.
10 - 20 USD
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International equipment
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Omni Sport
International equipment
Tangier, Morocco
Tangier, Morocco
Type : Sports activity
Omnisport is a more than complete gym: it has second-hand machines bought from gyms all around the world: funny but true: you might even come across some machines from Planet Fitness. Don't get me wrong: the machines have very good maintenance so they look as if they were new! Space is very well utilized, you will find all kind of machines: for example, there are at least 5 machines chest press machines from 5 different manufacturers! Dumbells go up to 50kg. The staff is amazingly friendly. The owner has 3 gyms in Tangier (Omni Sport, Club Roxy, Sports Dradeb), so you can pay for only one (200MAD/month) or for the 3 of them (350MAD), which I highly recommend for many reasons: -each gym is very different and has different equipment (but same staff) -unfortunately, like most gyms in Morocco, Men and Women can not train in the same gym during the same time: so in most of the gyms, 3 days are for men and 3 for women (for example). Signing up in different gyms is the only way to train almost every day: in this case: Omnisport is open Monday, Wednesday, and Friday for men, Club Roxy is open Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday for men, and Sports Dradeb is open Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday. From which my only reproach to this gym: being closed on Sunday. It is located next to a Fruit/Vegetable store, in the way between Lycée Regnault and école Adrien Berchet.
10 - 20 USD
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