Sopot Molo: Europe’s longest wooden pier

Discover the Sopot Pier known as Molo, considered the longest wooden pier in Europe with 511.5 meters.  It was  first built in 1827 as a pleasure pier stretching from the middle of the popular Sopot beach and Spa Square on one end, way into the marina and Baltic sea to the other end.  The pier is one of Sopot’s most visited tourist attractions but also serves as a mooring point for cruise boats and water taxis. [Read more…]

Sopot: Molo, Lighthouse, Monte Cassino and the Crooked House

Discover Sopot, a charming seaside town famous for being a major health-spa resort destination.  Part of the Tricity (Trójmiasto) with nearby Gdansk to the south and Gdynia to the north, it is located in the northern part of Poland, within the Pomerian voivodeship on the southern coast of the Baltic Sea.   [Read more…]

Gdansk Old Town by night

Discover Gdansk Old Town by night, sometimes referred to by its German name Danzig, a strategic and highly influential port for nearly a thousand years.  What was once the stronghold of the Teutonic Knights and an influential city within the Hanseatic League during the Middle Ages has become northern Poland largest city and capital of the Pomeranian Voivodeship.  It gain notoriety in the 70s and 80’s when it became the heart of political upheavals against communism and  the Monument to the Fallen Shipyard Workers on the Plac Solidarności visibly commemorate victims of the ancient regime. [Read more…]

Hel Peninsula Northern Poland

Discover Hel Peninsula, a 35-km-long sand bar peninsula in the Northern part of Poland home to the sea resorts of Chałupy, Jastarnia, Jurata and Hel.  It is located some 50 kilometres north of the Tricity it is one of the most visited Baltic destinations especially during the summer months where it is an ideal place for camping and enjoying various water sports including kite surfing.
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Gdynia: Baltic sea port & Experyment Science Center

Discover Gdynia, home to the Baltic’s sea biggest port, founded in 1926.  Located within the Kashubia region in Eastern Pomerania, Gdynia is Part of the Tricity with neighbouring Gdansk and Sopot, and considered one of the most visited sea resort town in the region

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  1. One of the most visited sea resort town in the region
  2. Located in Kashubia in Eastern Pomerania
  3. Part of the Tricity with neighbouring Gdansk and Sopot
  4. Gdynia port: Founded in 1926 and one of the Baltic’s Sea biggest ports
  5. Experyment: Gdynia’s Science Centre

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Gdansk Industrial City (Monument to the Fallen Shipyard Workers)

Discover Gdansk the Industrial City, sometimes referred to by its German name Danzig, a strategic and highly influential port for nearly a thousand years.  What was once the stronghold of the Teutonic Knights and an influential city within the Hanseatic League during the Middle Ages has become northern Poland largest city and capital of the Pomeranian Voivodeship.  It gain notoriety in the 70s and 80’s when it became the heart of political upheavals against the communist regime and  the Monument to the Fallen Shipyard Workers on the Plac Solidarności visibly commemorate victims of the ancient regime.

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Écusson by night: Montpellier’s Historical centre

Discover Montpellier’s Historical centre, also known as the Écusson district home to over a thousand years of history within its labyrinth of typical medieval streets.  It is home to a variety of sights including the Place de la Comédie at its heart, the Cathédrale Saint-Pierre and a variety of Historical Hotels and private mansions.  The vast majority of the buildings in this historic centre have medieval roots and were modified between the 16th and the 18th centuries.

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Alasehir Pia Hotel: Alasehir most exclusive Hotel

Discover Alasehir most exclusive Hotel with fantastic facilities, including a lovely garden and restaurant, a beautiful outdoor pool and Jacuzzi, offering a vast array of services.

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Montpellier BMX Street Art (by Mr BMX)

Discover Montpellier’s unique historical district Street Art where at numerous locations BMX bikes hang from medieval houses.

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Rue du Plan d’Agde : Bohemian Montpellier by Night

Discover Rue du Plan d’Agde one of the most animated streets in the heart of the Écusson,  Montpellier historic district.  It is filled with a variety of cafes, bars and restaurants including the charming and unique Bouchon St Roch at the corner of the Rue du Petit Saint Jean.  The street ends on the beautiful Église Saint Roch and its facing St Roch Trompes l’Oeil mural painting.

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Le Bouchon St Roch: Montpellier restaurant

Discover Le Bouchon St Roch, a very unique restaurant in the heart of Montpellier Historical Center.  Located on the corner of the pedestrian and very vibrant Rue du Plan d’Agde packed with its varieties of bars and restaurants and the rue du Petit St Jean, only a stone’s throw away from the beautiful St Roch church.  This remarkable restaurant is well known for its indoor French decorations, very friendly staff and its large terrace at the front.

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Place de la Comédie: Montpellier’s central square

Discover la Place de la Comédie, Montpellier’s central square and most famous rendez vous point.  Located at the heart of historical district, only 200 meter north of the railway station, it was built on the location city’s fortifications and has become today the hub of Montpellier’s activities.  It is indeed one of the most vibrant destinations of the city packed with restaurants, cafes, bars and street artists.  It is home to the Opéra national de Montpellier on one side, the Fontaine des Trois Grâces at its heart and the Esplanade green space on the other side.
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Montpellier: most seductive city in the South of France

Montpellier located on Mediterranean Sea coast is one of the most charming and seductive cities in the South of France.  It is the elegant capital of the Languedoc-Roussillon region, the Hérault department and the third-largest French city on the Mediterranean coast after Marseille and Nice.  It is considered the fastest growing city in the country over the past 25 years, filled with culture with a selection of museums, a young dynamism with numerous universities and world-class architecture including over a dozen of very stylish private mansions and Historical Hotels. Even its tramways designed by Christian Lacroix as moving tableaux are often considered as the sexiest of the world.

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British Museum: world’s second most visited museum

The British Museum is the second most visited museum in the world with more than 5.5 millions of visitors a year, just after the Louvre in Paris.  It has an enormous collection of over seven million objects originating from all continents.  It is a museum of history and culture which mission it  to document and illustrate the story of human culture from its beginning to the present.  Some of the key highlights of the British Museum include the Rosetta Stone, the Parthenon sculptures and Ancient Egypt mummies.  The museum is free but special exhibitions require tickets.
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British Library: United Kingdom national library

Discover the British Library, the United Kingdom national library home to over 150 million items from all over the world with historical manuscripts dating back as far as 2000 BC.  It is considered the world’s second largest library, right after the American Library of Congress.

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  1. United Kingdom national library
  2. World’s second largest library
  3. Home to over 150 million items
  4. Historical manuscripts dating back as far as 2000 BC

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Dollis Valley Greenwalk: 16 km long footpath in North London

Discover the Dollis Valley Greenwalk, an amazing 10 miles (16 km) long footpath in North London.  Located in the Borough of Barnet it connects Hampstead Heath to the Mount Nature Reserve in Mill Hill and.

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Camden Canals: North London 13km canal network

Discover the Stables Market part of the Camden Market in North London Camden Town. It is located in the former Pickfords stables and Grade II listed horse hospital, where numerous stalls and shops set in the large arches in railway viaducts.

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Camden Stables Market: part of North LondonCamden Market


Discover the Stables Market part of the Camden Market in North London Camden Town. It is located in the former Pickfords stables and Grade II listedhorse hospital, where numerous stalls and shops set in the large arches in railway viaducts.

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West Heath: Beautiful forest part of North London’s Hampstead Heath

Discover West Heath, a beautiful green space in North London part of the famous Hampstead HeathPark.  It is adjoining theGolders Hill Park to the North and Sandy Heath to the East, and strategically located between the tube station of Hampstead and Golders Green on the Northern Line.  It has an amazing duck pond at its heart and is the perfect place for nature lover.

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Hampstead Heath Extension Park: North London beautiful green space


Discover Hampstead Heath Extension, a beautiful green space in North London part of the famous Hampstead Heath Park.  It is adjoining Sandy Heath to the South, and located between the tube station of Golders Green to the west and the Hampstead Golf Course to the east.  It offers a variety of sports pitches and a small forest on the southern End.

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Budapest Fisherman’s Bastion: neo-Gothic terrace

Discover Budapest’s Fisherman’s Bastion located on the Buda Castle hill next to the Matthias Church, a unique neo-Gothic and neo-Romanesque terrace offering spectacular views over Budapest.

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  1. Fisherman’s Bastion
  2. A neo-Gothic terrace on the Buda Castle hill
  3. Built in the 19th century to serve as a lookout tower
  4. With 7 turrets representing the original 7 Hungarian tribes

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Budapest Fisherman’s Bastion Sequence Shot

Discover Budapest Danube River at sunset with some of the Hungary Capital top landmarks including the Buda Castle and hill, the Hungarian Parliament building, the Fisherman’s Bastion and the grandiose Széchenyi Chain Bridge.

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Budapest Danube River at sunset

Discover Budapest Danube River at sunset with some of the Hungary Capital top landmarks including the Buda Castle and hill, the Hungarian Parliament building, the Fisherman’s Bastion and the grandiose Széchenyi Chain Bridge.

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Budapest’s St. Stephen’s Basilica

Discover Budapest’s St. Stephen’s Basilica, a grandiose Roman Catholic Church located at the end of the Zrínyi Pedestrian Street.  It was named in honour of the first King of Hungary and is considered one of the largest church buildings in Hungary.

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  1. Stephen’s Basilica
  2. One of Budapest’s most iconic landmarks
  3. Located at the end of the Zrínyi Pedestrian Street
  4. Grandiose Roman Catholic Church
  5. Named in honour of the first King of Hungary
  6. One of the largest church buildings inHungary

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Széchenyi Chain Bridge: Budapest’s most iconic bridge

Discover the Széchenyi Chain Bridge, one of Budapest’s most recognisable sights, spanning across the River Danube between the western Buda and eastern Pest.

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  1. Széchenyi Chain Bridge
  2. Budapest’s most iconic bridge
  3. Suspension bridge connecting western Buda to eastern Pest
  4. Designed by English engineer William Tierney Clark
  5. Opened in 1849and considered one of the world’s engineering wonders
  6. First permanent bridge across the Danube

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Budapest Parliament on the Danube

Discover the Hungarian Parliament building on the Danube River at sunset, one of Budapest’s most iconic landmarks.

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  1. Hungarian Parliament Building
  2. One of the most iconic landmarks of Budapest
  3. Official seat of the National Assembly of Hungary
  4. One of Europe’s oldest legislative buildings

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Gellért Thermal Bath: Budapest’s most famous hot spring spa

Gellért Thermal Bath is one of the Budapest’s most famous Bath complexes with a Swimming Pool and many hot water pools with temperature up to 40 °C.  It is part of the famous Hotel Gellért on the Buda side of the city.

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  1. Gellért Thermal Bath
  2. Budapest’s famous natural hot spring Bath complex
  3. One of Europe’s most iconic thermal spa baths
  4. With swimming pool, wave pool and spa treatments
  5. Offer a great relaxation and entertainment all year round
  6. Part of the famous Hotel Gellért
  7. Located next to the Gellért Hill on the Buda side of the city
  8. Large Swimming Pool(water temperature 26° C)
  9. Central Thermal Pool (water temperature 36° C)
  10. Side Thermal Pool (water temperature 40° C)
  11. Steam baths and immersion pool (water temperature 19° C)

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Best of Budapest: Hungary’s capital top sights

Discover Budapest’s top sights including the Buda Castle and hill, the Hungarian Parliament building and the Danube river, the Zrinyi pedestrian street and the St Stephen basilica, the grandiose Széchenyi Chain Bridge, the Fisherman’s Bastion and the Matthias Church, the Széchenyi Thermal Bath and the Vajdahunyad Castle in the VárosligetCity Park, the Szepmuveszeti Muzeum and the Heroes’ Square, the famous Andrássy Avenue and the House of Terror museum, the Dohány Street Synagogue, the Hungarikum Bisztro and the Dob3 bar.

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Budapest by night: Buda Castle, Parliament & Chain Bridge

Discover Budapest by night with some of the Hungarian Capital key landmarks including the Buda Castle and hill, Hungarian Parliament building and the Danube river, the Zrinyi pedestrian street, the St Stephen basilica and the grandiose Széchenyi Chain Bridge.

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St-Pancras International: world’s most wonderful railway station

Discover St-Pancras International, considered one of the world’s most wonderful railway stations.  It is Located on Euston Road in the London Borough of Camden, between the British Library and King’s Cross station . The station is situated within a Grade I listed building and is widely known for its Victorian architecture.  It was originally opened in 1868 by the Midland Railway, and had at that time the world’s largest single-span roof.  It later escaped planned demolition in the 1960s and was renovated and expanded during the 2000s at a cost of £800 million s.  Once connecting London with the East Midlands and Yorkshire, it is today linking the capital with the North and South-East of England, as well as a connection with Paris since 2007 via Eurostar.  The St-Pancras International station is home to 15 platforms, a shopping centre, a bus station and to the St. Pancras Renaissance London Hotel, which opened in 2011.

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Hyde Park: London’s most famous Royal Park

Hyde Park, part of the Royal Parks, is one of the largest and most famous parks in central London.  It is divided in two by the Serpentine Lake and the western extension of the Kensington Gardens is often considered part of the park, although technically separate since 1728.

Video transcript:

  1. Part of the Royal Parks
  2. Largest park in central London
  3. Was the site of the Great Exhibition of 1851

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Royal Albert Hall: London’s most famous concert hall

The Royal Albert Hall is the impressive concert hall located south of the Kensington Gardens opposite the Albert Memorial.  It hosts a variety of performances each year from ballet and opera to rock concerts.  It is perhaps best known for being home to the annual summer Proms concerts.

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  1. One of London’s most impressive concert halls
  2. Located south of the Kensington Gardens
  3. Renown for hosting annual summer BBC Proms concerts

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Royal College of Music: London’s best known conservatoire

The Royal College of Music is South Kensington well known conservatoire situated between the Royal Albert Hall and the Imperial College.  It was founded by Royal Charter in 1882, with its first director being Sir George Grove and followed by Sir Hubert Parry.

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  1. Well known London conservatoire
  2. Located in South Kensington next to the Royal Albert Hall
  3. Founded by Royal Charter in 1882

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Exhibition Road: London’s cultural heartland

Discover Exhibition road in South Kensington, considered London’s cultural heartland being home to the National History Museum, the Science Museum and Victoria & Albert Museum.  It is also the location of various higher education institutions such as the Imperial College London, the Pepperdine and Jagiellonian University Abroad. Its name comes from the 1851 Great Exhibition held in nearby Hyde Park at the northern end of the road.

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  1. London’s cultural heartland in South Kensington
  2. Home to the National History Museum
  3. Home to the Science Museum
  4. Home to the Victoria & Albert Museum
  5. Home to the Imperial College London

Marble Arch: impressive white marble triumphal arch

Discover Marble Arch one of central London’s key landmarks, a 19th-century triumphal arch in white marble, located at junction of Oxford Street, Bayswater Road and Park Lane, on the Northern East Edge of Hyde Park.  It was design in 1827 by John Nash to be the state entrance to the Cour d’honneur of Buckingham palace, and was later relocated to its current location in the 60s.

  1. Marble Arch
  2. Central London’s key Landmark
  3. 19th-century white marble triumphal arch
  4. At the junction of Oxford Street, Bayswater Road and Park Lane

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Best of Kensington Central London

Discover the best of Kensington, within the western part of central London, home to some of the world’s best known museums.  Indeed, Exhibition road in South Kensington is the location of the National History Museum, the Science Museum and Victoria & Albert Museum.  Kensington is also famous for its parks including Hyde Park, Kensington Gardens and Holland Park.

Video transcript:

  1. Hyde Park: London’s most famous Royal Park
  2. Serpentine: Hyde Park’s Amazing recreational lake
  3. Kensington Palace: British Royal residence
  4. Kensington Gardens: London’s Royal Park
  5. Exhibition Road: London’s cultural heartland
  6. Albert Memorial: Prince Albert statue in Kensington Gardens
  7. National History Museum: World’s Most Renowned Museum of its kind
  8. Science Museum: Astonishing Science Spectacular Museum
  9. Victoria & Albert Museum: for art and design lovers for art and design
  10. Royal Albert Hall: impressive concert hall
  11. Royal College of Music: London’s best known conservatoire
  12. Marble Arch: impressive white marble triumphal arch

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Kensington Palace: British Royal residence

Discover the astonishing royal residence of the Kensington Palace within the beautiful green space of Kensington Gardens, the western side of Hyde Park.  The palace has been a residence of the British Royal Family since the 17th century, and is the official London residence of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and their son Prince George of Cambridge, Prince Harry, the Duke and Duchess of Gloucester and Prince and Princess Michael of Kent.

Video transcript:

  1. Residence of the British Royal Family
  2. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge
  3. Within the beautiful green space of Kensington Gardens

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Serpentine: London’s Hyde Park’s Amazing recreational lake

Discover the Serpentine, an amazing 40 acres (16 ha) recreational lake in the heart of Central London’s Hyde Park.  It was created in 1730 at the behest of Queen Caroline. The Serpentine takes its name from its snakelike, curving shape, although it only has one bend.

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  1. Amazing 40 acres recreational lake
  2. In the heart of Central London’s Hyde Park
  3. Takes its name from its snakelike shape

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Albert Memorial: Prince Albert statue in Kensington Gardens

Discover the Albert Memorial a grandiose statue of Prince Albert, husband of Queen’s Victoria, located on the Southern tip of the Kensington Gardens, opposite the Royal Albert Hall.  It was designed by Sir George Gilbert Scott in a Gothic Revival style and took over ten years to complete.

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Kensington Gardens: London’s Royal Park

Discover the Kensington Gardens the beautiful green space west of Hyde Park and delimited by the Serpentine recreational lake.  The park, once part of the private gardens of Kensington Palace is a perfect destination to unwind away from the crowds with no less than 111 hectares of space.

Video transcript:

  1. One of London’s Royal Parks
  2. Home to the Albert Memorial
  3. Home to the Kensington Palace

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Covent Garden Sequence Shot (5D Mark3 and Steadicam)

Explore this amazing Sequence Shot of the Covent Garden district in London’s West End from the Covent Garden Piazza to the Covent Garden Tube Station.  Covent Garden is one of the capital’s most popular entertainment districts with various theatres, free street performers, cafes and world known operas.

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Exploring Barcelona: one of Europe’s Greatest Cities

Discover Barcelona and some of its most important sights including la Ciutat Vella, Barcelona old town, Barcelona Beach, Barri Gotic, La Rambla, El Raval, Eixample, Gràcia, Sants-Montjuïc and Plaça d’Espanya

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Barcelona Amazing views: Harbour Cable Car

Discover Barcelona Amazing views from the Harbour Cable Car, a 1450 metre long harbour aerial tramway with red cars which connectsBarceloneta to the Montjuic.The entrance is in Barceloneta on the top of the 78 metre tall Torre San Sebastian tower.  It passes by the Torre Jaume I tower, considered the world’s second tallest aerial tramway support tower, before reaching the Montjuic, offering amazing views over Barcelona.  The Harbour Cable Car journey takes about 15 minutes and the one-way ticket is €11.

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Barcelona by night: Plaça de Catalonia & Plaça d’Espanya

Discover Amazing Barcelona by night and some of its most important district and sights including Plaça d’Espanya in Montjuic, Avenue Parallel and Place de Cataluña in the Eixample.

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London’s Regents Park: London’s most famous green space

Discover Regent’s Park, one of the most famous green spaces in the capital, and part of the Royal Parks of London.  It is situated north of Marylebone road and Regent’s Park tube station and surrounded by Park road to the West, Prince Albert road to the North and Albany Street to the East.  It is home to a variety of recreational sights including the London Zoo, the Boating Lake and the Open Air Theatre within the Inner circle.

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Barcelona: Catalonia capital city

Discover Barcelona, capital of Catalonia and everything it has to offer its visitors, from the continent’s best-preserved Gothic quarters and fascinating Gaudi architecture to the beautiful beaches served by multiple underground stations.  Barcelona is Spain’s most cosmopolitan city offering a variety of world cuisine including succulent Catalan dishes.  The nightlife and music scene is also one of the most vibrant and their football team is known and supported around the world and.  In short, Barcelona is perhaps the most equipped of all European cities will it be for arts, cultures, sport or lifestyle.

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Barcelona Gothic Quarter (5D and Steadicam)

Discover the amazing Barcelona Barri Gotic considered the oldest part of the Ciutat Vella, Barcelona old town. It literally has its foundations in Roman times as it was built upon the old settlement of Barcino.

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Barcelona beach boardwalk (5D & Steadicam)

Discover one of the world’s Best City Beach Boardwalk in Barcelona.  Amazing sequence shot of the Barcelona Beach Boardwalk with its numerous bikers, joggers and rollerbladers.

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World’s Best City Beach: Barcelona beach (sequence shot)

Discover the world’s Best City Beach and its boardwalk in Barcelona.  Amazing sequence shot of the Barcelona Beach in Barceloneta.

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Barcelona Barri Gotic by night: Ciutat Vella oldest part

Discover the amazing Barcelona Barri Gotic by night with a few astonishing sequence shots. The Barri Gòtic is the oldest part of the Ciutat Vella, Barcelonaold town. It literally has its foundations in Roman times as it was built upon the old settlement of Barcino. It’s quite easy to see these portions of the Roman wall through this area and for those looking to see more, you can visit the City History museum which takes you below ground to tour the 2,000 year-old foundations. Fully pedestrian, this area is quite popular for visitors to see the history of the city.

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Mobile World Congress Barcelona 2014

The Mobile World Congress in Barcelona is the biggest events of its kind, attracting over 70K people from all continents each year.  It is the perfect networking event with the majority of attendees being executives and CEOs, from large Telecom giants such as Vodafone and Orange, to device manufacturer (Nokia, Samsung, and HTC) and app builders.

Some of the hot topics at the MWC this year included:

  1. Facebook acquisition of WhatsApp
  2. Internet.org & connect everybody on the planet
  3. Digital identity & Open ID connect
  4. Firefox OS and mobile apps
  5. 4G getting mainstream (in some part of the world at least)
  6. MEducation
  7. Wearable devices
  8. Smart cities

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Amazing Barcelona apartment with views on Mediterranean Sea

Discover an amazing 14th Floor Barcelona apartment with views on the beach, Mediterranean Sea, Ciutat Vella and the Montjuïc.  Had the chance to stay there for a couple days during the Mobile World Congress, the World’s Biggest Mobile Event held in Barcelona each year.

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World’s Best City Beach: Barcelona

Discover the world’s Best City Beach in Barcelona.  Amazing sequence shot of the Barcelona  Beach from Barceloneta west side to the Olympic beach on the eastern side.  With such an amazing city beach it is no wonder that Barcelona is considered one of Europe’s most popular destinations.

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Chinese New Year London Celebration

The Chinese New Year Celebration in Central London is considered the largest outside Asia attracting tens of thousands of visitors each year. The ceremony showcases a variety of traditional Chinese performances including Chinese dragons and lion dances.

The festivities take place in the heart of London, within Trafalgar Square, Chinatown and Shaftesbury Avenue.

Instagram for feeling: Imagini App (iOS and Android)

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Hendon by night, North West London

Discover Hendon by night, a nice neighbourhood in North London with some of its key sights including Hendon Underground Station, Hendon Way, Hendon Park, Brent Street and Middlesex University.

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Museum of London

The Museum of London is a well known cultural attraction which explores the history of Britain’s capital from the prehistoric times up to the 21st century.  It is strategically located next to the remains of the Roman city wall within the south west corner of the Barbican complex.  The museum is composed of nine permanent chronological galleries from prehistoric, Roman and Medieval London way up to the People and World City, as well as a few temporary exhibitions.  It offers the visitor a great history lesson with some 7,000 original artefacts, painting and sculptures as well as numerous interactivities and videos.

The Museum of London has the following permanent galleries:

  1. London before London: 450,000BC to AD50
  2. Roman London : AD 50-410
  3. Medieval London: 410 to 1558
  4. War, Plague & Fire: 1550s-1660s
  5. Expanding City: 1666-1850s
  6. People’s City: 1850s-1940s
  7. World City: 1950s-today
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Mobile World Congress Barcelona 2013

Every year in February, Barcelona hosts the GSMA Mobile World Congress (MWC), considerd the world’s largest exhibition of the mobile industry.  The event which usually attracts some 70,000+ participants has this year welcomed a record-breaking 100,000+ visitors from over 200 countries at their new cutting edge Fira Gran Via facility.  The congress showcased 1,500 of the most influential mobile operators, device manufacturers and software builders, but also acted as a conference with numerous key speakers discussing the latest issues and opportunity within the Mobile space.

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Dublin

Dublin: capital and largest city of Ireland


Introduction

Dublin, known as the town of the hurdled ford is the capital and largest city in Ireland.  It is located near the midpoint of Ireland’s east coast, at the mouth of the River Liffey.  It was originally founded as a Viking settlement and evolved into the Kingdom of Dublin and became the island’s principal city following the Norman invasion. The city expanded rapidly from the 17th century, it was briefly the second largest city in the British Empire and the fifth largest in Europe.  Following the partition of Ireland in 1922, Dublin became the capital of the Irish Free State and later the Republic of Ireland. It is today a fascinating destination to visit, being a historical and contemporary cultural centre in Ireland, as well as a modern centre of education, the arts, administration, economy and industry.  It is well known for its Glasnevin Cemetery, Kilmainham Gaol and St. Stephen’s Green.1


History

Founded in 841, Dublin was originally settled by Vikings amongst a population of Celtic tribes. In the 9th century the Danes captured Dublin and had control until 1171 when they were expelled by King Henry II of England. By the 14th century the king of England controlled Dublin and the nearby area referred to as “the Pale”.
When the English Civil Wars ended in 1649, Oliver Cromwell took over. Dublin experienced huge growth and development in the 17th century because many Protestant refugees from Europe came to Dublin. By the 17th century Dublin was the second greatest city, only behind London, and a period when great Georgian style building were constructed that still stand today. Georgian style architecture was popular from 1720 to 1840 during the times when George I, George II, George III, and George IV of England were ruling.
In 1800, the Act of Union between Great Britain and Ireland abolished the Irish Parliament. From this point on, the Irish worked to gain their independence from Great Britain, which they finally won in 1922. The Easter rising in 1916 and the War of Independence greatly helped Ireland win their freedom. One event remembered as a key moment in Irish history is the Easter rising in 1916.
A failed attempt to take over the several important buildings, among them the General Post Office on O’Connell Street, led to the arrest of hundreds and execution of 15, now considered martyrs for the cause. Many believe that this event helped gain sympathy for the fight for independence from Britain.


Orientation

Dublin is divided by the River Liffey. On the north side of the Liffey is O’Connell Street–the main thoroughfare, which is intersected by numerous shopping streets, including Henry Street and Talbot Street. On the south side are St. Stephen’s Green, Grafton Street, Trinity College, Christ Church, St. Patrick’s Cathedrals, and many other attractions.
Dublin postcodes range from Dublin 1 to Dublin 24. As a rule, odd numbers are given to areas north of the River Liffey, while even numbers are given to areas south of the river. Usually, the lower the postcode, the closer to the city centre.
If you’re already in the city, the main tourist office, located in St. Andrew’s Church just off Grafton Street in the city centre (Dublin 2), is a good place to start for information. You can book accommodation and tours there, as well as find general information on where to go and what to do.
Although some of Dublin’s finest Georgian architecture was demolished in the mid-20th century, a remarkable amount remains. They were a reminder of the past British imperialism and were pulled without regard to their beauty and architectural significance. They were replaced with modernist or pastiche office blocks, St. Stephen’s Green (Dublin 2) being a prime example. Thankfully, attitudes have changed significantly, and Dubliners are now rightly proud of their impressive buildings from all eras.


Climate

Being subject to the moderating effects of the Atlantic Ocean and the Gulf Stream, Dublin is known for its mild climate.
Contrary to some popular perception, the city is not especially rainy. Its annual rainfall average is only 732.7mm (28.8 in), lower than London. However, its precipitation is spread out more evenly so that on many days there can be a light shower.
Winters in Dublin are relatively mild when compared with cities in mainland Europe -daytime temperatures generally hover around the 5°C (41°F), but frost is common during the period November through to February when night time temperatures dip below 0°C (32°F) freezing point.
Snow does occur, but it is not very common, and most of Dublin’s winter precipitation comes in the form of a chilly rain and hail. The lowest recorded temperature in the city is -12°C (10°F). It should also be noted that during the first week of January 2010, the city canals froze over for the first time in years–this was a common enough sight back in the 1960’s, 1970’s and 1980’s. It could be said that Dublin’s climate is very comparable to that of the northwest United States and southwest Canada, as well as to much of coastal Western Europe.
Summers in Dublin are also mild. The average maximum temperature is 20°C (68°F) in July, far cooler than even most of the coldest American cities. The hottest temperature ever recorded in Dublin is a mere 31°C (88°F), which in many other parts of the world, even at its own latitude, is just a typical summer day. Don’t plan on too many hot summertime activities. Thunderstorms also don’t happen very often in Dublin, on average only four days a year. Overall, the city’s climate is mild but would be considered drier and cooler than western and southern parts of the island of Ireland.


See

In the summer peak season, Dublin’s top attractions can get packed. Show up early to beat the crowds.
Chester Beatty Library, Dublin Castle, Dublin 2, ☎ +353 1 407-0750 (info@cbl.ie, fax: +353 1 407-0760), [17]. Sa 11:00-17:00, Su 13:-17:00, M-F 10:00-17:00 (Closed Mondays from Oct-Apr). Contains a wide selection of early books and manuscripts, including sacred texts and manuscripts. European Museum of the Year 2002. Free entrance. edit

A carving in the crypt at Christ Church Cathedral
Christ Church Cathedral, Christ Church Pl, Dublin 2, ☎ +353 1 677-8099 (email@cccdub.ie), [18]. Jun-Aug 21:00-18:00, Sep-May 09:45-17:00 or 18:00. Dating back to the 11th century, is the oldest building in Dublin, though it underwent a massive restoration in the 19th century. Particularly interesting is the crypt, which pre-dates the cathedral. €6, students €4, children with parent: free. edit
St Patrick’s Cathedral. Founded in 1191, it is the largest church in Ireland. Price: students €4.50 edit
Dublin Castle, 2 Palace St, Dublin 2, ☎ +353 1 677 -7129 (info@dublincastle.ie, fax: +353 679-7831), [19]. M-Sa 10:00-16:45, Su & Bank Holidays 14:00-16:45. Closed 24-28 and 31 Dec, 1 Jan and Good Friday. Former seat of British rule in Ireland. Guided Tour Prices €4.50, students €3.50, children €2, alternative Tour of Chapel Royal & Undercroft €3.50. edit
Dublin Writers Museum, 18 Parnell Sq, Dublin 1, ☎ 353 1 872-2077, [20]. M-Sa 10AM-5PM, open until 6PM Jun-Aug. Su and holidays 11AM-5PM. Located in an 18th century house, the museum is dedicated to Irish literature and the lives of individual Irish writers such as Shaw, Joyce, Yeats & Pearse. €7.25, children €4.55, family tickets €21.


Do

Abbey Theatre, 26/27 Lower Abbey Street, ☎ +353 1 878 7222, [40]. Ireland’s national theatre. This is a particularly good venue for presentations of Irish plays. The Abbey also shows classic and contemporary theatre from around the world. edit
Gaiety Theatre, South King Street, Dublin 2, ☎ +353 1 677 1717, [41]. The oldest continually operating theatre in Dublin hosts popular musical shows, opera, ballet, dance and drama. Admission prices vary.. edit

Guinness Storehouse
Guinness Storehouse, St James’s Gate, Dublin 8 (Buses 40/123, closest Luas Red line stop at James’s), ☎ +353 1 408 4800, [42]. Daily 9:30AM-5PM (open until 7PM in July & August). Closed Good Friday and Dec 24-26. Retells the story of Dublin’s most famous drink. The exhibition is interesting and is self-guided. The exhibition works its way upwards from the ground floor and culminates at the seventh floor Gravity Bar, which has great views over Dublin and forms the head of the giant pint of Guinness formed by the atrium. Price of entry includes a pint which can be redeemed at the gravity bar or at the education center where you learn the proper way to pour a glass of Guinness. Outside, tourists will encounter horse drawn carriages for hire. Beware as they charge €20 for the short walkable 2km (1 mi) ride back to the city centre. Adults €16,50 (10% discount for booking online), students and seniors €13, children 6-12 €5. edit


Buy

Dublin’s most famous shopping street is the pedestrianised Grafton Street, which runs between St. Stephen’s Green and Trinity College. It has recently, along with its surroundings, been classified as an ‘Architectural Conservation Zone’. This will involve a re-establishment of the area’s rich historic charm and urban character. The best concentration of shoe shops is found on Grafton Street and the adjoining Wicklow Street.
Brown Thomas [56], Dublin’s most famous and expensive department store is on Grafton Street along with a wide range of clothing, jewelry, and photography shops, etc.
The Powerscourt Centre [57], just off Grafton Street, is one of Dublin’s most attractive shopping centres, set in a beautifully restored 18th century townhouse. Here, you will find clothes, cafes, galleries and Irish designer jewelers. You must check out the The Loft Market – it is a haven for Dublin Fashion. There is lots of up and coming young fashion designers and vintage clothing sellers such as Perk Up! Vintage [58], Lisa Shawgi Knitwear and MO MUSE to shop around. Beware the overpriced antique dealers, some of whom will drop a price by 50% after only the merest suggestion that you are willing to haggle (and it still may not be a bargain). For gifts, there is an engraving business based in the centre next to Bonsai Shop.


Eat

Dublin has a wide range of good quality restaurants. Many are overpriced by European standards, however, tougher economic times have given rise to a new wave of stylish but casual, low priced eateries with great food. Main course prices range from €8 at the lower end up to around €40 at the higher end. Wine in restaurants is generally marked up from its already expensive retail price by a factor of at least two and three times retail price would not be uncommon. Look out for “Bring Your Own Bottle” options.
There are many excellent value Indian restaurants around the South William Street area, parallel to Grafton Street. These often have reasonable priced lunch and ‘early bird’ deals, offering three course meals for around €10. Particularly to be recommended are the Khyber Tandoori on South William Street and Shalimar on South Great Georges Street. Also excellent is Surma on Camden St and “Govindas” on Augnier Street for very cheap Hare-Krishna vegetarian food. all are in Dublin 2.
A similar multi-cultural hotspot is Parnell Street in Dublin 1 (O’Connell Street-Gardiner Street), which has a dense concentration of Chinese and Asian restaurants extensively frequented by the ex-pat communities.
Don’t forget to try Leo Burdock Fish and Chips (2 Werburgh St). There is no eating in, so I took my fish to Christ Church Cathedral and ate it on a bench. About 10 Euro for way too much food (share it with someone).


Drink

No visit to Dublin would be complete without a visit to one (or ten) of its many pubs (last count says there are over 600 pubs). Drink is relatively expensive: a pint of stout costs from €4.00 and up, while lager costs around €4.50 and up. Since the government gave a tax break to micro-brewed beer , this had a slight effect on prices in brew pubs. Pubs serve drinks until 24.00 with some drinking-up time allowed. Many bars have late licenses allowing them to serve up to 03:30, although this usually means a cover charge or price increases after 24.00.
Smoking has been illegal in Irish pubs (as well as all indoor workplaces) since March 2004; this has had the positive side effect of increasing al fresco facilities. Beer tends to be more expensive around the Temple Bar area, due to the increased tourist flow, and will be cheaper in more traditional styled pubs.


Hotels

Four Seasons Hotel Dublin, Simmonscourt Road, Dublin 4, +353 1 665 4000. [158]
Hampton Hotel, 19 – 29 Morehampton Road, Donnybrook, Dublin 4. +353 1 668 0995, [159] Four-star boutique hotel. Original Georgian building with stylish interior design.
Hilton Dublin, Charlemont Place, Dublin 2, ☎ +353 1 402 9988, [160]. in the St. Stephen’s Green area. Pleasant, modern hotel. Quiet rooms. Excellent housekeeping, very clean. Very accommodating to requests (such as bringing a small refrigerator at no extra cost). Luas Charlemont light rail station right across the street. Laundry, with self-serve and wash and fold around the corner. Breakfast may be provided with the room. It’s not great. Don’t eat there if you have to pay money. There are many other options nearby. edit
Morrison Hotel, Ormond Quay, Dublin 1, +353 1 887 2400, [161]. Located on the Liffey across the river from The Clarence and near the Ha’penny Bridge.
Radisson Blu Hotel Dublin Airport, Dublin Airport, +353 1 1 844 6000, [162]. This four-star accommodation was formally The Great Southern Hotel Dublin Airport and is located within the airport complex just minutes from the passenger terminal.
Radisson Blu Royal Hotel, Golden Lane, Dublin 8, +353 1 898 2900, [163]. A five-star hotel very centrally located. Double rooms about €145.
Radisson Blu St Helen’s Hotel, Stillorgan Rd, Blackrock, +353 1 218 6000, [164]. This five-star hotel is a little more than five kilometres south of city centre, 16 kilometres from the airport via the Port Tunnel.
The Morgan, 10 Fleet St, Temple Bar, Dublin 2 (off Westmoreland Street), [165]. Dublin’s premier boutique hotel offers stylish accommodations. Choose from standard rooms, suites or penthouse apartments. All characterised by clean, modern design.
The Ritz Carlton, Powerscourt Estate and Gardens, Enniskerry, County Wicklow. Phone: +353 1 274 8888. Fax: +353 1 274 9999. Five-star world-class luxury hotel located in the little village of Enniskerry only 30 min from Dublin.

Prague

Prague, Czech Republic

Prague: one of Easter Europe’s most popular destinations

Prague

Prague

Prague is by far one of the most amazing cities in Easter Europe offering a wonderful architecture and various sites to be discovered within the historic centre part of UNESCO list of World Heritage Sites.  Some of the top attractions the city has to offers include the narrow streets of the old town with at its heart the Old Town Square, the famous Karol Bridge and the magnificent Prague castle located on a hill. Prague is not short of entertainment as well, offering various Opera and Ballet spectacles, a variety of restaurants and bars, where guest can enjoy a delicious meal tasting local specialities and enjoying a variety of Czech beers. Since the fall of Communism, Prague has become one of Europe’s most popular destinations, offering a wide array of culture sights as well as numerous entertainment venues.

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Florence

Florence, Italy

Florence: one of the most beautiful cities in the world

Florence

Florence

Florence is often ranked as one of the world’s most beautiful cities, with its numerous museums and art galleries, such as the Uffizi Gallery and the Pitti Palace.  It is the capital city of the Italian region of Tuscany within the province of Florence. It is famous for its history, once being at the heart of medieval European trade and finance and one of the wealthiest cities of the time.  It is considered the birthplace of the Renaissance, and has been called the Athens of the middle Ages.  It is today a major tourist hub part of UNESCO World Heritage Site due to its vast artistic and architectural heritage including the Boboli Gardens, Uffizi Gallery and the Basilica di Santa Croce.  The city also remains a great influence in the fields of art, culture, fashion and politics.

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