When I was 5 years old I had the opportunity of having the best childhood ever. My family was transferred to BARBADOS and we lived there till I was 10. When people say Island life is the best, well it’s true. The smell of ocean, the perfect weather, the crystalin waters and the pink and white sandy beaches. It is somethinvg amazing…
Barbados is an island country in the Caribbean Sea. The island has an area of about 430 km². Its capital is Bridgetown.
The influence of the English on Barbados is more noticeable than on other islands in the West Indies.
A good example of this is the island’s national sport, cricket.
Citizens are officially called Barbadians. In the music business, Rihanna (born Robyn Fenty) is one of Barbados’ best-knownGrammy winning artists. In Barbados, the official language is English. But they also speak an English-African Creole language known as Bajan.
It is a VERY popular tourist destination.
I will someday go back and share with old friends I still talk to and sit at the shores of ACCRA Beach, while we watch the pink,yellow and blue sunsets.
The summer heat is coming down and there is an awesome spring weather. The trees change colors and people enjoy an afternoon coffee at the tables on the sidewalks, typical of Argentina. “The City of Fury” is another way you can call it, a place where you always have something to do and it never stops moving. The night lights will show you the way to all the adventures you want to have.
Well, I’ve always said that to understand a culture you must live in the country. But if you’re just traveling here are a couple of very cool places to visit.
Let’s start by explaining that public transport is very good you can grab taxi, colectivo (bus), train and subway (subte) to wherever you want to go. Obviously taking all the precautions of a big city because crime is something real, so be careful where you walk alone late at night.
The Rose Garden of Palermo (Rosedal) is a spectacular place to walk to and enter a world that seems it stopped in a time of long walks at the park, dresses and parasols. It has a large area where there are nearly 20,000 roses, hence its name. Also the Andalusian patio, donated by the city of Seville in 1929, consisting of pergola, gazebo and a fountain of tiles. There are many sculptures, including 26 busts of poets and writers who are in the “garden of the poets”. But for me the most beautiful thing was to sit with a book to read in front of the lake with its Greek style bridge and the ducklings swimming.
Another place where I found it quite pleasant to go with my sister or just meet with my girls to have the afternoon tea (merienda). The Floralis Generica, better known as “La Flor de Buenos Aires” (The Flower of Buenos Aires). Donated to the city by Argentine architect Eduardo Catalano. It is located in the Plaza of the United Nations on the Avenida Figueroa Alcorta, practically next to the faculty of law of the UBA University. The flower has an electrical system that automatically opens and closes the petals depending on the time of the day. During the night the flower closes emanating from inside a red glow and it opens in the morning the next day. This is the same mechanism that closes the flower if there are strong winds.
After sundown it is a great idea to eat the very famous pizza’s made in stone ovens. Wherever you choose it will be yummy and they often come from family recipes passed down from generations. Whichever you choose being Caprese, peppers (morrones) or fugazzeta (with onions) you won’t regret it.
For the plan after dinner there is theater, tango, ballet, bars, winery’s, clubs and many more things to do, but you will have to read it another day.
Come, walk along the pathway beside the reflecting pool with fountains up to the mausoleum crafted in soft & pure marble and jewelled with semi precious stones, where in the serenity of paradise rests the Queen in peace with her King. Come to unfold the pages from the past to churn the charm out of its mystique and enrich your imagination about this marvel of an epic in stone. The grace of perfection of proportions and grandeur of geometrical patterns of well appointed gardens enhancing the poise of the whole complex together add magnificence to the delicacy of this monument of love, dedication and purity.
The Taj Mahal, a spectacle in white marble, unparalleled in grandeur that depicts the sheer opulence of an era. The awesome structure, the monument of love that Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan gave to the world, stands as a testimony of his intense love for his wife Mumtaz Mahal. It is a romance celebrated in marble and glorified with precious and semi-precious stones and that’s the way to appreciate it!
Uttar Pradesh, the Land of The Taj is rich in its cultural heritage and has always been a prominent arena of politics since the ancient times. Agra, the City of The Taj and once the capital of the Mughal Empire during the 16th through the early 18th centuries, enjoys a close proximity to the National Capital City of New Delhi.
Tourists from all over the world visit Agra to make a pilgrimage to Taj Mahal, India’s most famous architectural wonder, in a land where magnificent temples and edifices abound to remind visitors about the rich civilization of a country that is slowly but surely lifting itself into an industrialized society as well. Taj Mahal stands on the bank of River Yamuna, which otherwise serves as a wide moat defending the Great Red Fort of Agra, the center of the Mughal emperors until they moved their capital to Delhi in 1637. It was built by the fifth Mughal emperor, Shah Jahan in 1631 in memory of his third but the most favourite wife, in fact a soul-mate Mumtaz Mahal, a Muslim Persian princess. She died while accompanying her husband in Burhanpur in a campaign to crush a rebellion after giving birth to their 13th child. The death so crushed the emperor that all his hair and beard were said to have grown snow white in a few months.
When Mumtaz Mahal was still alive, she extracted four promises from the emperor: first, that he build the Taj; second, that he should marry again; third, that he be kind to their children; and fourth, that he visit the tomb on her death anniversary. However, due to ill health and being under house arrest by his own son and successor to the throne, Aurangzeb, barred him from continue to keep the last promise.
The Taj rises on a high red sandstone base topped by a huge white marble terrace on which rests the famous dome flanked by four tapering minarets. Within the dome lies the jewel-inlaid cenotaph of the queen. So exquisite is the workmanship that the Taj has been described as “having been designed by giants and finished by jewelers”. The only asymmetrical object in the Taj is the casket of the emperor which was built beside the queen’s as an afterthought.
Legend has it that during his eight years long ailment and imprisonment, Shah Jahan used to view The Taj lying on the bed through a diamond fixed in the wall in front at a particular angle. It’s a story of intense love and what a man does to honor this love.
National Geographic Documentary – Secrets Of The Taj Mahal
Information from: http://www.tajmahal.gov.in/
Many people haven’t had the opportunity to find out what this city has to offer.
Caracas, officially “Santiago de León de Caracas”, is the capital of my country, Venezuela. It is surrounded by the mountains of “El Avila” national park, so in that case, it’s a valley.
Like all cosmopolitan cities it has big malls, historic sites in the city center and lots of places to go. The nearest beaches are half an hour away (depending on the traffic).
My favorite sightseeing place to go is on the cable cars up the “Warairarepano”, (the indigenous name of the Avila). You can also hike your way up on trails or go up with your car by gravel roads. I prefer the cable cars and you can also leave your car in the parking lot.
Once you’re up there, you get a whole view on one side of the capital city and on the other the coast. Since you’re at the top of a mountain you should always wear your coat, because when the sun sets it gets reeeally cold.
If you’re hungry you can get yummy food in some of the restaurants: fondue, the famous pork sandwiches with garlic sauce, cachapas with white string cheese (they are ground corn pancakes with traditional cheese), strawberries and cream, amazing churros with chocolate or arequipe (boiled condensed milk), and the most delicious hot chocolate I’ve ever tasted.
Like all locals and tourists, when you go up, you can’t stop taking pictures, posing for lots of group selfies and having fun watching the street artists, mimes and displays in the big ice skating range that has a 360 view of the city.
And at night if you’re over 21, there is an awesome club called “Cabina Bar & Lounge”. You can buy tickets at the entrance, it has a great atmosphere, good drinks and food. It’s a very chic place to visit.
If you’re ever in CARACAS, go and visit the “Warairarepano”.