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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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
  8. The City Gallery: Showcasing our most iconic treasure
  9. Museum of London images

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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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  1. MWC Introduction
  2. MWC top trends
  3. MWC images
  4. MWC video

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Best of Normandy, North of France

Normandy is a beautiful region in northern France bordered by the English Channel.  It is well known for its spectacular natural beauty with its white cliffs within the Alabaster Coast, its long stretch of sandy beaches and a variety of parks and gardens.  It comes to no surprise that it became the heart of the Impressionism art movement headed by Monet at his studio in Giverny.  Normandy is packed with a variety of lovely resort towns such as Deauville, Trouville and Cabourg within the Cote Fleurie, as well as various historic destinations such as the old city of Honfleur.  The region is also the land of chateaux and impressive medieval architecture, being once the land of William the Conqueror, one of the greatest warriors of all time.  It is home to the Mont-St-Michel, one of Normandy’s most spectacular sights and France’s most visited attractions.  The region of Normandy is also known for the D-Day allied invasion (on June 6, 1944) within the Omaha and Utah Beach, which became a significant turning point during the Second World War.

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Best of Honfleur, Normandy, France

Honfleur is a lovely coastal destination surrounding a beautiful 17th-century harbour known as Le Vieux Bassin.  This charming town is located in Calvados, within the region of Lower Normandy in the North of France.  The town is well known for its well preserved historic architecture of traditional buildings, museums and churches such as the Église Ste-Catherine and the Musée de le marine.  Historically it is famous for being the departure point of some of Europe’s greatest sea explorers including Samuel de Champlain, who founded Quebec. It has many pedestrian streets at its heart including the Rue de la Ville, packed with various cafes, restaurant and boutiques offering some of Normandy’s best known specialities such as Cider, Calvados and local cheese.

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Best of Mont Saint Michel, Normandy France

Mont Saint Michel is a magnificent UNESCO World Heritage site located on an island just off the coast of Lower Normandy in northern France.  It is best known as the site of the spectacular and well-preserved Norman Benedictine Abbey of St Michel at the peak of the rocky island, and surrounded by winding streets and a medieval architecture.  It is one of the most visited tourist attraction in France and the most recognisable sight in a Normandy.

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Notting Hill Carnival: Europe’s biggest street festival

The Notting Hill Carnival taking place in West London each year is Europe’s biggest street festival.  For two days at the end of the month of August, the members of the West Indian community flock the streets of Notting Hill in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea for one of the biggest celebration on the planet.   The carnival has lived in the area since the 60’s and is today attracting over a million people a year.  If you are looking for a vibrant celebration, with plenty of sound systems for street dancing and numerous Caribbean food stalls serving up jerk chicken, then the Notting Hill Carnival is the place to be.

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Best of Stockholm: sights, map, images and video

Stockholm is considered the capital of Scandinavia, being the region largest populated metropolitan area with over 2 million inhabitants.  It is the economic, cultural and administrative centre of Sweden, with over a fifth of the country’s population.  It was founded in the 12th Century and has since become one of the key cities in Europe. 

Stockholm is often referred to as the Venice of the North, best known for its remarkable natural beauty surrounded by clean open water and an abundance of green spaces.  The city is composed of 14 islands and interconnected by more than 50 bridges, sitting at the mouth of the Lake Mälaren which flows into the Baltic Sea.  It is a part of the Stockholm archipelago consisting of over 24,000 islands and islets. 

Stockholm also offers splendid medieval architecture with its terracotta and saffron coloured buildings especially around the well preserved historical island of Gamla Stan.  As the royal and political center of Sweden it is home to the Swedish monarch, the national government, the Parliament and the Supreme Court.  The city is also famous for its world class museums such as Skansen, Vasamuseet and the Nationalmuseum, as well as for its sleek designs.

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Spain Portugal Road Trip

Last September, we had the chance to go on a road trip of the Iberia peninsula, travelling for several weeks through Southern and Eastern Spain as well as Central and Southern Portugal.  We started our journey in the grandiose capital city of Madrid, first moving West to the charming Lisbon passing by the unspoiled region of Extremadura, then South to the amazing Algarve region.  We then moved back to Spain, exploring the astonishing regions of Andalucía, Murcia, Valencia and finally terminated in the heart of Catalonia in Barcelona.  This is an overview of the trip with links to the specific content, videos and hotels.

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Sintra’s Castle of the Moors

The Castle of the Moors or Castelo dos Mouros set on top of the majestic Sintra Mountains is one of the most breathtaking destinations in the heart of Portugal.  It is located less than 30 kilometres west of the capital, within the charming town of Sintra,  and is a wonderful place to discover when visiting the Lisbon region.  The Castle is considered by many one of the most spectacular medieval remains in the whole of Europe.

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Amsterdam Video and Map

Following our article about the Top 10 attractions and hotels of Amsterdam, one of Europe’s most visited destinations, comes the HD video and the Interactive Map Application.  The Amsterdam Interactive Map Application is a full screen experience which include an interactive Google map, an interactive content slideshow, an image slider with high quality photographs and a video player section.

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Top 10 Barcelona

Barcelona is by far one of Europe’s more exciting cities. Located on the north eastern part of Spain and capital of Catalonia it has a lot 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.  In short, Barcelona is perhaps the most equipped of all European cities will it be for arts, culture, sport or lifestyle.  The unique city of Barcelona is an absolute must when visiting the Costa Dorada.

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Top 10 Amsterdam

Amsterdam is considered one of the best destinations in Europe.  It has so much to offer its visitors from a wonderful architecture to a unique system of canals, passing by great entertainment.  It is the capital of the Netherlands, located within the province of North Holland and the country’s biggest city.  It is the Financial centre of the Netherlands as well as one of the most important in Europe, with many multinational headquarters in the city as well as being home to the oldest stock exchange in the world, the Amsterdam Stock Exchange.  Amsterdam is also considered the dominant cultural and creative centre of the country packed with various museums and art galleries.  The city has a population of 750k inhabitants, with most of them speaking very good English, being very friendly and welcoming.

The history of Amsterdam goes back to the 12th century when fishermen settled next to the Amstel river.  In fact its name is derived from Amstelredamme, which can be translated to a dam in the river Amstel.  The city came to prominence during the 17th-century, known as the Dutch Golden Age, mainly due to its innovative developments in trade, which quickly made it one of the biggest international ports.  It was also during those great commercial years that Amsterdam built its famous canals and became the leading center for finance and diamonds.

For a cultural and historic visit or a great a place to shop, party or chillout, Amsterdam is the perfect destination for an exciting holiday.

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Hospitalet de l’Infant

Hospitalet de l’Infant is a lovely coastal town within the vacation friendly Costa Dorada.  It is located only a few kilometres from Tarragona and some 125 kilometres South of Barcelona,  Catalonia’s region capital.  The city dates back to the 14th century when a hospital was built to house pilgrims and from where the current town name comes from.  Today only a wall and a tower remains of the hospital.

Hospitalet de l’Infant is a set in astonishing natural beauty, with a long coastline offering golden sand, beautiful shallow and clean waters and amazing mountains in the backdrop.  Along the bay, is a long boardwalk, ideal for relaxing and romantic walks.  The city also host a lovely marina, separating the towns two main beaches, the Hospitalet de l’Infant bay to the West and Crystal beach to the East. 

The region is mostly alive during the summer months where plenty of tourists flock in, to enjoy the great weather and fantastic beaches.  It is also when the town host its various shows, and musical events, making it a great place to stay with family, keeping children entertained.  Off season, the region is relatively quiet, making it an ideal destination for those looking for peace, privacy and great holiday deals, yet enjoying an idyllic location. 

To enjoy a relaxing holiday or discover the surrounding areas, with a small and friendly vibe, Hospitalet de l’Infant is an ideal place to be.

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Top 10 Valencia

Valencia is the capital and largest city of the Autonomous Community of Valencia on the Eastern side of Spain bordering the Mediterranean Sea.  It is located some three hours east of Madrid and four hours south of Barcelona.  The city is famous for its Fallas Festival in March as well as being the birthplace of the paella, one of the most popular traditional Spanish dishes.  Valencia is home to various key sites including many within in its charming old city filled with narrow streets, small squares and churches.  Its most known attraction is perhaps the City of Arts and Sciences, an avant-garde museum complex with a remarkable piece of  architecture. 

Valencia is often referred to as the city of flowers as it is very well equipped in various green spaces and beautiful gardens.  The most impressive of those parks is the Turia gardens, passing through the heart of the city where the river used to flow.  It is the perfect place to enjoy various leisure and sport activities with friends and family.

Being one of the world’s most historical and intriguing cities, packed with a variety of sites to be discovered, it is no wonder Valencia is one of the top touristic cities in attracting millions of visitors each year.

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Benidorm

Benidorm is perhaps one of the most popular tourist destination in Costa Blanca.  It offers a wide range of activities for both families and younger crowds, from various aquaparks to a mix of traditional Spanish and international restaurants, jazz bars and all night discos.  Perhaps Benidorm’s most popular attraction in is the four kilometres long Blue Flag beaches which include Poniente Playa on the western side and Levante Playa on the eastern side, separated by the Old City in the middle.  Moreover, a 13 million Euro promenade have recently opened which include a lovely boardwalk at beach level.

Benidorm is the perfect purpose built resort town if you are looking to have fun and enjoy yourself.  It is indeed one of the perfect destinations for a stress free beach holiday.  The city offers all the amenities vacationers could wish for, combined with a safe but exciting atmosphere with an abundance of dinning and nightlife.

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Top 10 Alicante

Alicante is the capital and biggest city of the province of Alicante.  The city is home to a variety of historical attractions, with the majority situated within the old town, delimited by the coast and the Explanada de España to the South, the Ramblas to the west and the castle to the East.  The narrow streets of the old city are where the town hall, cathedral and old Covent are located.

Perhaps the most important sight of Alicante is the Castle of Santa Barbara situated on the top of the Mount Benacantil, built in the ninth century by Muslims rulers and considered one of the largest medieval fortresses in Spain.  The city host another castle on the northern part of the city centre called San Fernando.  Alicante is also home to several art museums including the Gravina Museum of Fine Arts home to excellent Spanish artworks.

Alicante is part of the beautiful Costa Blanca, over 200 kilometres of coastline offering white sandy beaches, clear turquoise waters and a background of mountainous region parallel to the coast.  The city remains an ideal place for a memorable holiday, full of exciting city attractions as well as plenty of great beach activities.

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Top 10 Murcia

Murcia is the capital and most populated city of one of the smaller region’s in Spain, the  Autonomous Community of Murcia.  It is set on the Segura River, blessed by a mild climate and often referred to as the capital of the comarca Huerta de Murcia, considered Europe’s orchard due to its large production and exports of vegetables, fruits and flowers, as well as for its long agricultural tradition.

Murcia, located inland only a 20-minute drive from the coast, is part of the Costa Calida or "Warm Coast"  which covers a 250 km long stretch of Mediterranean coastline.  The region is blessed with a micro-climate offering a comparatively hot mean of annual temperatures and a relative degree of aridity. 

The city was founded by the emir of Cordoba Abd ar-Rahman II in 825, which is relatively recent for Spain.  It is today considered a University City, mainly because of is well known University of Murcia which attracts more than 30,000 local and international students.  Murcia is also famous for its Holy Week processions, its Spring Festival, the Fiestas de Primavera and a tasteful local cuisine, adding to the city vibrant ambiance.

Murcia is blessed with a variety of cultural and historical sites, especially around its old town where numerous splendid Baroque buildings can be found.  The most important landmarks of the city is the Cathedral of Murcia and its key sqaure the Plaza de Santo Domingo.  As for art lovers, the city is home to the most popular museum of the region, the Salzillo museum, where numerous sculptures of the artist can be found.

Being rich in history, with a student’s amtmosphere, Murcia should definitely be on your list when visiting the South of Spain.

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Top 10 Almunecar

Almunecar is a charming coastal town located in the eastern part of the Spanish Autonomous Region of Andalusia.  It is set between Malaga to the west and Granada to the north, each about an hour drive and both with their own international airport.  Almunecar is sometimes considered the capital of the beautiful coastal region of Costa Tropical and with is subtropical climate is the perfect destination for a sun filled holiday.  It is blessed with breathtaking natural beauty, from its lovely coast and remarkable beaches, to its rivers on either side of the old town and the surrounding hills with various almond and olive plantations.

The History of Almunecar dates back thousands of years, starting with the Phoenicians as the first occupiers.  It was then conquered by the Romans, followed by the Moors and finally by the Catholic Monarchs.  Today there are still many historical and architectural sites remaining from its glorious past such as the Roman Aqueduct and the Castle.

With its natural beauty, plenty of historical sites, a lovely old town and easy transport connections, is it no wonder that Almunecar is one of the most sought after holiday destination in Costa Tropical.

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Top 10 Malaga

Malaga is Andalucía’s second largest city after Seville and the primary tourist hub in Costa del Sol, with millions of people arriving at the International airport annually.  It  is an amazing place to visit with plenty of cultural sites, wonderful beaches, excellent golf courses and a variety of other attractions both for children and grownups.

Perhaps the best known site of the city is the astonishing Moorish palace of Alcazaba situated on top of a hill and offering amazing views over the city and the Mediterranean sea.  Other key attractions include the magnificent Renaissance Cathedral of Malaga and the Picasso Museum with a collection of over 150 of the artist paintings.

For golf enthusiast, Malaga is the place to be.  The region, often dubbed as the “The Costa de Golf” offers some of the world’s best 18 hole courses, some with amazing views of the coast.  It is also a perfect place for kids offering various attractions from theme parks and safaris to go-carting centres, in and around the city. 

Malaga remains one of Spain’s top destinations  because of the proximity of its international airport, the quality of its beaches, world class golf courses, exciting theme parks and a variety of historical and cultural sites.

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