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5 summer festivals around the world
You shouldn't miss them!
Linz, Austria
Linz, Austria
Type : Road trips
Since summer is only a few weeks away I`ve thought of making a list of a few festivals that occur during summertime and which are really worth taking part at. The best thing about festivals is that they bring people together, because as it is said many hands make light work and the fun doubles when we start sharing with other people. By taking part in a festival we broaden our horizons and perhaps get an insight into another culture. So be prepared for a bumpy ride across different cultures as we will see five interesting festivals held during the summer in different countries. You`ve just got to love summer! We will start off with the Glastonbury Festival, which is the largest open air music and arts festival in the world, and most importantly it is the beacon of English culture. It takes place each year in the last weekend of June, in Pilton Somerset in England. Millions of tents are set up, as those who participate in this festival camp for a few days in their own tents. The head artists for the 2013 Glastonbury Festival is the Rolling Stones. The Food & Wine Classic, known as The Classic is gourmands` best bet. This annual event is presented by the Food & Wine magazine and takes place each year in June at the base of the Aspen Mountain, the wonderful town in Colorado. You can taste here wine, see the cooking demonstrations of some talented chefs or even take part in a cooking competition. You will meet here accomplished winemakers, celebrity chefs and other well-known faces of the culinary world. However, the only drawback of this festival is that no one under the age of 21 is allowed to participate, lucky for those who are at least 21 as they can enjoy a pleasure-packed weekend at The Classic. If you are fond of arts, especially theater then you shouldn`t miss the Pflasterspektakel (Pavement Spectacle) which is a street art festival in Linz. This festival can turn into a unique experience because during three days in July you will see musical acts, juggling, acrobatics, improvisational theater, painting and even samba parades. The artists of different nationalities are performing at around 40 locations of the town and in the case of rain all the performances are moved to indoor locations. La Tomatina is a festival held on the last Wednesday of August in Bunol, situated in the province of Valencia. In my mind this festival somehow confirms what Robin Williams said: ``You`ve only given a little spark of madness. You mustn`t lose it!`` It seems that those who take part each year in La Tomatina don`t have to worry about losing their spark of madness. The main objects of this festival are tomatoes, as people throw into each other with tomatoes purely for fun. It`s like fighting with snowballs, only instead of snowballs they use tomatoes. Yes, it might sound completely insane to waste so many tomatoes only for throwing them into each other, but isn`t it good sometimes breaking the rules and doing something totally insane? The last festival of this list is the Obon Festival or the Festival of Souls, which takes place in August in Japan, being one of the most important Japanese traditions. Japanese believe that during Obon the spirits of their ancestors come back to their homes to be reunited with the rest of the family. During this time visitors can observe the tradition of floating lanterns. People lit a candle inside a lantern and they put these lanterns on a river so that they would send down their ancestors spirits to the ocean. The sight of the floating lanterns on the river will totally spellbind you and makes a very nice picture for those passionate about photography. You will also see traditional dances during the Obon days, which will bring you a step closer to Japanese culture. All in all, summer is short and it will pass! Don`t you waste your time sitting and waiting for the winter when this season has so much to offer. Take advantage of the many festivals it has on offer!
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Ideal place for summer vacation Ideal place for summer vacation
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Băile Felix
Ideal place for summer vacation
Baile Felix, Romania
Baile Felix, Romania
Type : Town information
If you are searching for a place to relax for a few days, I would totally recommend Băile Felix, a thermal spa resort situated in Bihor county and close to Oradea, a major city Transylvania. I love the tranquility of this place situated in a hilly area surrounded by oak tree woods, which make for a beautiful view in summer and autumn. That's why there are many parks, where you can wander for hours enjoying the fresh air. In one park situated right in the center of the resort there is a big lake with lotus flowers and water lillies, which is such a beautiful sight! Among so many lotus flowers you will have the impression that you are in another world. Băile Felix is home to many mineral springs which are rich in bicarbonate waters. Thermal water is known for its soothing effect on articular and muscular pain and also on rheumatic neuralgias. If you make reservations in a hotel, you will be offered multiple treatment options like electrotherapy, hydrotherapy, massage, paraffin packing etc. Personally, I recommend the massage as after this you will feel very relaxed. And if you like swimming you can go to the Aqua Park where you will surely have a lot of fun! It has 13 indoor and 5 outdoor swimming pools. Besides these there is also a Turkish bath and Turkish sauna, a wave pool, recreational areas for children or other places to relax. Getting to Băile Felix is very easy. If you don't have a car you can go by train to Oradea and from there take the train which will take you directly to Băile Felix. It's about 15 minutes to get from Oradea to Felix by train.
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A medieval jewel in French Provence A medieval jewel in French Provence A medieval jewel in French Provence A medieval jewel in French Provence A medieval jewel in French Provence A medieval jewel in French Provence A medieval jewel in French Provence
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Saint Paul de Vence
A medieval jewel in French Provence
Saint Paul De Vence, France
Saint Paul De Vence, France
Type : Town information
Saint Paul de Vence is one of the most famous and charming villages in French Provence, which is the at the back of the French Riviera, known under the name of Côte d'Azur. Located between Nice and Cannes, some 20 kms from Nice, Saint Paul de Vence is definitly worth a visit when you are in these coastal cities. Count half an hour to reach it by car from Nice or Cannes, and a bit less from Antibes. The town is an attraction by itself, and just wandering in its old streets and along its walls lets you get a bit of France's magical beauty. In addition, the town holds a few good restaurants like La Colombe D'or and Le Tilleul; It is not a surprise why many famous artists chose to live in this cute town, among which Matisse, Chagall, Léger, Picasso, Calder, Braque and other famous actors and singers such as Yves Montand and Simone Signoret. The town kept an important artistic activity, with many galleries in the city which are usually openned without interruption all year long. To go there: Here are some distance indications from the main Côte d'Azur towns: Saint-Paul – Cagnes sur Mer : 7 km Saint-Paul – Aéroport Nice : 15 km Saint-Paul – Nice : 20 km Saint-Paul – Monaco : 40 km Saint-Paul – Antibes : 17 km Saint-Paul – Cannes : 27 km There are several public Parkings outside of the City walls, mandatory for WEs and high season periods. By Bus: Line 400 From Nice city center take line n°400 (Nice / Aéroport Promenade / Saint-Laurent du Var / Cagnes sur Mer / La Colle sur Loup / Saint-Paul et Vence). There is a Bus every 30 to 45 minutes. → Nice / Saint-Paul de Vence : count one hour.
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One global music festival One global music festival One global music festival One global music festival
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Tomorrowland
One global music festival
Boom, Belgium
Boom, Belgium
Type : Touristic Programs
If you are an electronic music lover then you will go mad for this festival. Tomorrowland is one of Europe's biggest electronic dance music festivals. Since 2005 this festival takes place each year in Belgium in the town of Boom, near Antwerp. This year the festival will take place during the 26th and the 28th of July. Last year the line-up of artists consisted of 400 Djs among which there were names like Skrillex, Avicii, David Guetta, Swedish House Mafia and Pendulum, just to name a few. All these DJs performed on fifteen stages each day. What is the distinctive feature of Tomorrowland? Unlike other music festivals, Tomorrowland makes use of a strong visual experience. Each year a lot of attention is dedicated to decorating the festival area, which contributes to the whole Tomorrowland experience. Because of the fact that so much time and effort is put into creating the proper decorations, anyone who harms the decorations will not be allowed to participate any longer to the event. However, if you are planning on venturing into this huge dance festival you'd better hurry and buy tickets as they sell like hotcakes. In last year's festival participants came from around 75 different countries to this event and there were exclusive travel packages offered for those willing to participate. Remember that this is a 18+ event, so if you are a minor you will have to wait a few more years. To match the whole vibe of the event you should wear something bright and non- constrictive as there will be a lot of dancing and the crowd will be huge, so be prepared! Although its main focus is music, the place where Tomorrowland is set certainly adds to its value, as it is surrounded by Belgium's beautiful lakes, hills and fields.
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Walking tour: Notre Dame, Hotel de Ville, Le Marais
Visit the heart of old Paris, this is where it all begun
Paris, France
Paris, France
Type : Walking tours
A- Start the Tour at Notre de Paris Cathedral on Ile de la Cité, on of the two islands on the Seine River in Paris. This considered to be the heart of Paris and the Kilometer 0 in France. Enjoy the Cathedral, and the Flower market next to the Prefecture de Police, the Police HQ. B- On the same Island, visit the Chapelle Royale or Sainte Chappelle which is hidden in Palais de Justice (court house). The Chappelle Royale is a pure beauty of the Gothic Style and probably one of the most beautiful churches in Paris. C- Cross the bridge towards Hotel de Ville, the main City Hall. If you have time, you can visit the Library inside the building at the back entrance, which will give you a sense of the beauty of the building. D- Walk the Rivoli in the opposite way of traffic or enjoy the small streets prallel to it like Saint Antoine. If you are hungry, you can have lunch in one of the restaurants at Place du Bourg Tibourg and do the visit in the opposite way from here. E- You can cross the Hotel de Sully, one of the most beautiful Louis de XIII's period, and its nice gardens and go forward to Place des Vosges. It's the nicest way to get to Place des Vosges as the gardens are openned during the opening hours of the Palace. (The Palace can not be visited from the inside) F- In place des Vosges you can have lunch at Ma Bourgogne Typical French restaurant, or have a snack/desert at Carette, a famous pastry and tea house. G- If you're a litterature fan, you need to visit Victor Hugo's house, the most famous French writer. H- Walk to Musée Carnavalet, the Museum of the City of Paris. It's a free musuem with rich collections of paintings and sculptures, and more importantly, a few fabulous small scale reproductions of Paris during several centuries. These masterpieces will allow you to see how used to be Paris in the old times, and follow the city's architectural evolution. I- Continue wondering in the old charming streets of the Marais, like Rue des Francs Bourgeois, Rue Pavée, Rue des Rosiers, Rue des Roies de Sicile,.. and enjoy these charming old streets where you have the most trendy shops in the city. Le Marais is similar to Soho or Chueca, and the Gay neighborhood of Paris. J- Eat or have a drink at Rue du Bourg Tibourg in front of Place Baudoyer, in the Café l'étincelle. They have a nice terrasse and good food. My favourite at this place.
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Summer festivals in Ghent
Belgium fun
Ghent, Belgium
Ghent, Belgium
Type : Touristic Programs
No matter in which corner of the world we are summer is all about festivals. Ghent is rich in cultural and art festivals all year round, not to mention the summer period. The Ghent festivities take place each year in the medieval centre of the city. This big festival includes a lot of activities: parades, music, dance, theatre or even puppetry festivals. So, be prepared to take at least 10 days off for this festival! This town is jazzed up every year by the Ghent Jazz festival, which is one of the most important parts of the Ghent Festivities. All the jazz and blues lovers gather here to see their favorite artists performing. In this jazzy atmosphere I guarantee that you will have a great time. http://www.gentjazz.com/en/ Miramiro is an international street festival and a must if you happen to be in Ghent in July. This festival has everything from intimate shows to mass events: street and circus arts, the atre on location, installation, plastic arts and of course dance. Creativity, imagination and originality they all intertwine. http://www.miramiro.be/en If you are prepared for more, then there is the 10 Days Off dance festival, that is to say, ten days of continuous party in the historical downtown. You are sure to paint the town red, as bars and restaurants are open to ensure that the travelers, not to mention the locals, feel the party vibes. 10 Days Off dance festival
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What to see, where to go?
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A one day walking day in Vienna
What to see, where to go?
Vienna, Austria
Vienna, Austria
Type : Walking tours
I would not recommend you to spend only one day in Vienna but if it is all you have then here is a walking tour that you should take. I advise you to stick to the center of the city, walk around the Ring. You will not be able to see other places like Prater or the Schönbrunn or Belvedere Palaces because for them you need one day for each, especially the Schönbrunn Palace. For this walking tour you can start from the Stadtpark, if you have a car you will find parking here, plus the park is really beautiful and deserves to be seen. There is a great restaurant here, restaurant Steirereck, for a great Austrian breakfast. Walk down the Schubertring to the Maria-Theresien-Platz, with the renown statue of Maria-Teresa between the Kunsthistorisches Museum and the Museum of Natural History. I would recommend you to visit one of them,but you will not have time for both of them if you wish to continue to tour. I choose the Museum of Natural History, it was great! A lot of things to see and it was maybe the best museum I have ever seen! The Antipa Museum from Bucharest is very small compared to this one! To get introduced in the life of the royal characters of Austria you can walk across the street and visit the Hofburg, once the complex in the center of Vienna used for political role by the monarchy. Today is has the same role for the Republic of Austria and it is also a part museum, covering the Sisi museum, the royal Silver Collection and the Imperial Apartments. Right behind the Hofbur is the Michaelerplats with lovely horse carriages and the best coffee house in Vienna Cafe Griensteidl. You must stop here for a coffee and a cake! From here I would recommend you to cross the Volkgarten and admire the wonderful Parliament of Vienna with the statue of the goddess Athens right in front of the beautiful, imposing building. You can have a 1 hour tour of the Parliament every day, just check the visit center and you can also have an online panoramic view of it here: http://www.parlament.gv.at/GEBF/ARGE/PARLAUSZEN/PANO_Parlament/Vorplatz_Tour/tour_parlament_vorplatz.html Next to it is the City Hall building. From where I stand, the most beautiful administrative building in Vienna, is a absolute pleasure to admire it. I wrote some weeks back about the Christmas fairs that take place here, but seeing it during my Summer visit helped me focus more on the actual architecture of the City Hall and not so much on the surroundings. I was sad I couldn't go in for a tour as a minimum of 10 people is required an we were only two. You will by now, probably feel exhausted but bare just a little bit more. You need to walk the streets inside the Ring and admire all the lovely coffee houses, all the nice shops and churches. Speaking of churches, you cannot leave Vienna without admiring the great Stephansdom! The large Gothic Cathedral has a very imposing position right in the center of the city. The symbol of the city and definitely the most important religious building in Austria.
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The Eight Painted Churches The Eight Painted Churches
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A two days trip in Moldova
The Eight Painted Churches
Suceava, Romania
Suceava, Romania
Type : Touristic Guides
Renown for their beauty and colors the eight monasteries from Suceava Country have enter the UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1993 and the Sucevita Monastery in 2010. I recommend you a tour of this gorgeous churches and their surroundings in order to have a real and original view upon the Romanian history and its great relation with the orthodox church and the rural traditions. I decided to write you a two days tour that will begin probably in Bucharest(A). B - From Bucharest you go north towards the city of Suceava. On the way you will reach the Probota Monastery. C - In the City of Suceava you can visit the Church of St. George and afterwards you can find accommodation in the city and get ready for the next day because you still have six more churches to visit. D - The second day you can start with the Church of the Holy Rood of Pătrăuţi, the oldest church from the eight. E - I guess many of you have heard about the Voronet blue for which the Church of St George of the former Voroneţ Monastery is renown for. The exterior walls are painted in this vibrant color that caught the eyes of historians who decided to name it Voronet blue. The Monastery was build by Stephen the Great as a commemoration for the victory at the battle of Vaslui. F - If Voronet has the color blue, the Church of the Assumption of the Virgin of the former Humor Monastery is known for its reddish brown frescoes. G - The next Church of the Beheading of St. John the Baptist, the Arbore Monastery was named after the Boyar who build it, Luca Arbore. The boyar was the highest rank of the feudal Moldavia. H - By far my favorite monastery is the Church of the Resurrection, Suceviţa Monastery. The legend says that a woman paid for her sins for 30 years by collecting stone to build the church. I - Although it is not among the eight monasteries that are listed in the UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Putna Monastery deserves your attention. After the victory at Kilia Stephen the great began building this monastery as a presents to God! J - The last from the eight is The Church of the Annunciation of the Moldoviţa Monastery. Build by the illegitimate son of Stephen the Great, Petru Rares, the Monastery had the role of a barrier in the path of Muslim Ottomans coming from the east. From here you can travel to Maramures Country that awaits you with other beautiful and rustic places!
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The road trip you will never forget! The road trip you will never forget! The road trip you will never forget! The road trip you will never forget! The road trip you will never forget!
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The Transfagarasan
The road trip you will never forget!
Pitesti, Romania
Pitesti, Romania
Type : Road trips
DN7C in Romania is also known as Transfagarasan Road. The renown road crosses the Southern Carpathians from Pitesti to Sibiu in a twists and turns run. Between 1970 and 1974, during Nicolae Ceausescu's rule, DN7C was constructed in military purpose. Today I will write a possible road trip that you can make on Transfagarasan because, from where I stand, the experience of seeing the places it crosses is unforgettable. A - You will start your journey from Pitesti and you go towards Curtea de Argeș. B - This small town was the capital of Wallachia and is home to the Curtea de Argeș Cathedral. Legends says that ruler of Wallachia, Radu Negru employed Manole to build him the cathedral but what he and his man build during the day was always destroyed during the night. Manole felt he had no choice but to build the cathedral using a human sacrifice by placing the first woman who comes to bring the workers food in the foundation of the building. To his horror the first woman to come was his wife so he sacrificed her. After finishing the building Manole told Radu Negru that he and his man can always build a bigger church and in fear that might happen the ruler stranded them on the roof. From there they tried to escape by building wooden wings but felt to the ground. C - After you make sure to see the place where this legend might have taken place, you continue to the village of Capataneni where you will find Poenari Castle, the property of Vlad III the Impaler. Vlad the Impaler was the inspiration of Bram Stoker's Dracula. He took the name Impaler because he used to punish murderers, thieves and other criminals by impaling them. D - After the visit to Dracula's castle you will reach the Vidraru Lake, an artificial lake built for the purpose of creating electricity. On the lake you can practice also extreme sports including bungee jumping. E - From this lake the road takes you to another lake, the glacier lake Balea. The landscape I have seen here is mind blowing! Up at 2034 meters in the Fagaras Mountains, the lake looks like it's situated in a magical place. Since 2006 here you will find a hotel built from ice. You can continue your road on Transfagarasan or you can use a cable car to go down to the Balea Waterfall. F - Your journey will end in Cârțișoara and here you can choose to either go towards Brasov or Sibiu, they are both extraordinary cities and I would recommend you to spend some days exploring their beauty! What you also need to know about Transfagarasan is that in 2009 the crew from Top Gear filmed here on the wheel of three of the world most wanted cars: Aston Martin DBS Volante, Ferrari California and a Lamborghini Gallardo LP560-4 Spyder.
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Visit Transylvania Visit Transylvania Visit Transylvania Visit Transylvania
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Trip in the land of Dracula
Visit Transylvania
Cluj-Napoca, Romania
Cluj-Napoca, Romania
Type : Road trips
I guess that most of the people in the world have heard about Transylvania and it's legends. I also think that some of the one who heard about Transylvania read at least online about it and some might even checked some details about it's history, culture and tourism. Yearly I do a 5 days tour around the most important places and cities here. Here is a possible itinerary. Day 1- I always start from Cluj-Napoca because I live here but I also consider you ca start from here as it has the second most important airport in Romania. And if you start from here you can visit this wonderful city that is considered "the city in the heart of Transylvania". A city of historical importance, a city of youth and culture. On the following website you will find information about the thing you can visit here: http://visitcluj.ro/ Day 2 - From Cluj-Napoca you should go a bit south in Turda. Here is the renown Salt Mine that has recently transformed into the most important touristic destination of the region. Not only the people built here a spectacular structure within the mine so that it should attract many tourists, it also bring many persons, especially parents with children that have respiratory health problems. If you end the visit earlier than programed you may have time to visit a wonder of nature near Turda: The Turda Gorges. I recommend you to cross the gorges by walking. It will take approximately 1.5 hours one way but it is an experience that you will not forget. You can either return to Cluj-Napoca or spend the night in Turda Day 3 - A next stop would be Sibiu, in 2007 the Cultural Capital of Europe. A wonderful Saxon/ German city, wonderfully preserved and with a lot of places to visit. Go to the ASTRA Outdoor Museum and discover the old Romania, with it's countryside traditions and folklore. Be careful, it is closed on Mondays. The city of Sibiu, especially the center, is the perfect place to enjoy a wonderful day, sight seeing, museums visiting and having a drink at one of the many terraces from the center. All the information about Sibiu can be found here: http://www.turism.sibiu.ro/index_en.php Day 4, 5 and maybe more - You must go to Brasov; probably the best city of Romania. A city surrounded by important touristic attractions like the Bran (Dracula) castle, the Peles Castle, the Poiana Brasov resort, the Rasnov Fortress, the best winter destinations in Romania: Azuga, Predeal, Sinaia. The city is also a core of touristic destinations and activity possibilities. I recommend you to stay here more than 1 day or 2 as you will have many things to do and places to see. http://www.iubescbrasovul.ro
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Take a walking tour of Amsterdam Take a walking tour of Amsterdam Take a walking tour of Amsterdam Take a walking tour of Amsterdam
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Walking in Amsterdam
Take a walking tour of Amsterdam
Amsterdam, Netherlands
Amsterdam, Netherlands
Type : Walking tours
Amsterdam is one of Europe's most visited city and also the most controversial one. Why is that? Simply because sex and cannabis coffee shops are found at every street corner. I would recommend you to visit Amsterdam for a couple of days because the list of attractions that you can see and thing to do in Amsterdam is very long. Canals, museums, parks and the night life make you feel like you are in a totally different world. For those who can only spend one day in this wonderful city I will write this one day walking trip to see the main attractions that will surely make the time spend there worth it. A - Start from the Amsterdam Central railway station and from there walk the Damrak street that will get you directly to the Dam Square. B - Here you will the Koninklijk Paleis and the Royal Palace of Amsterdam and the very known Madame Tussauds museum. On the way there you ca visit the controversial Erotic Museum situated on Damrak street, people are usually reluctant to walk inside but they surely come out with a smile on their face. C - From here walk to the Westermarkt on Raadhuisstraat street and visit there the West Church that hold the remains of Rembrandt. Right around the corner on the Prinsengracht street you will probably see a big line that gets you inside the Anne Frank House and try not to miss this! D - Follow the canal now and get to the Vondel-Park where you will surely spend some ours walking around and enjoying the green landscape. E - Because you only have one day to end the tour you will probably have to check this three museums only from outside. The Stedelijk Museum, Van Gogh Museum and Rijks Museum are Amsterdam most wanted! To enjoy the beauty inside you might have to take a separate day maybe two, only for them. But even so the park surrounding them is worth seeing and you can also take a picture at the I am Amsterdam sign in front of the Rijks museum. F - If you want to see the Bloemenmarkt, the world's only floating flower market than you must prepare for a burst of flowers and colors, a floating version of wonderland. Buy some tulips or other beautiful flowers but make sure to ask if you can take them abroad. G - The most known market in Amsterdam is the Waterlooplein, flea market. Located near Rembrandt House Museum and Amstel river the market enjoys daily the visit of hundreds of tourists. H - Speaking of Rembrandt House Museum it`s time to visit this also. Situated on Jodenbreestraat the house is a tourist target and due to the great number of tourists that have crossed it's door was decided that the house museum must expand and has to reflect the reality of Rembrandt's period as perfect as possible. I - This might be a lot for one day but let's finish the tour as we should in the Red District. Considering that it might get late you should definitely pass De Wallen but don`t forget no pictures here! J - You can end your tour at the Central station and from there take the free ferry boat to the I am Amsterdam monument next to the EYE Film Institute.
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Saint germain des Pres, Sorbonne, Panthéon, Luxembourg, Odéon
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Paris walking tour: Latin Quarter
Saint germain des Pres, Sorbonne, Panthéon, Luxembourg, Odéon
Paris, France
Paris, France
Type : Walking tours
A- start or finish the tour with a coffee in Le Flore or Les 2 magots, 2 of the most famous Cafés in Paris. As they are hyper famous, prices are pretty high. You'll find on Place Saint Germain the famous church around which the neighborhood was initially built and one of the oldest in Paris. B- walk towards place saint Sulpice who became very famous because of the Da Vinci Code, and walk in rue des cannettes, rue guisarde and rue princesse, very charming streets full of bars and restaurants. You can eat there or have a drink. C- on the way to rue de Bucy and in the beginning of rue guisarde, you have a small but nice shopping mall who replaced the old neighborhood market. D- Walk down Rue de Buci, until you reach rue Saint Andre des arts and the Passage du commerce. Visit the Passage du commerce until you reach place de l'Odéon. It's a beautiful and very old inner street, where you will find the back of the Procope, the oldest restaurant in Paris, and 2 other very nice places, la Jacobine and Un Dimanche à Paris. E- walk back towards rue Saint André des arts until you reach Place Saint Michel, and enjoy a beautiful view on Notre Dame de Paris. The visit of Notre Dame and la Sainte Chappelle can be done either here or when visiting the Marais in another recommendation in Friends Choices. F- walk through rue de la Harpe and the beautiful old streets nearby which give you a sense of the middle-age Paris, and go towards Boulevard Saint Germain G- visit Cluny museum and walk around the Sorbonne university, the oldest university in France and one of the oldest in the world, founded in the 12th century. H- walk up the hill Sainte Genevieve and admire the Panthéon and Sainte Genevieve church in the back of the Panthéon. The Panthéon holds the remains of the most famous French citizens, only civilians, like Victor Hugo, Pasteur, Pierre et Marie Curie,... It is considered to be the highest distinction for a French citizen to be burried in the Pantheon. Saint Genevieve is the Saint of Paris, and it is believed that Clovis, the first King of France, was burried there. I- walk down the rue Soufflot towards the Luxembourg gardens, where you can have a walk to admire one of the most beautiful gardens in Paris. You also have some nice activities for kids like Poney riding around the gardens, as well as art exhibitions for adults. J- walk down towards the Odéon theater, and enjoy the beautiful façade giving on rue de l'odéon, which you can walk down towards place de l'odéon, one of the most emblematic spots of Paris, just below Danton statue.
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