Archive for February, 2014

Plaza Mayor

In the heart of the Madrid de los Austrias, one of the oldest neighborhoods of the city, is the Plaza Mayor, the most visited by tourists who come to the village and Court. Therefore, accommodation is wide and is not difficult to find cheap hotels in adjacent streets. The area is a favorite of American travelers and comes recommended in numerous travel guides. Thanks to the Internet it is very easy to get cheap hotels in Madrid in a few minutes and in a comfortable way. Several guilds congregated in the Plaza Mayor: cuchilleros, butchers and other food professionals. All that has given way nowadays to the souvenir shops and other more specialized establishments: hat, stores of musical instruments, philately, religious imagery and other centuries-old trades that really seem to be decorated in a period film.

The plaza architect of El Escorial, among other dates from the time of Felipe II, who commissioned the work to his camera, Juan de Herrera, architect many buildings. However, the project was never carried out and the original plans were lost in a fire. Throughout history, the square has undergone three major fires. The current appearance is due to the work of Juan de Villanueva who, among other improvements, closed the accesses of the streets with arches and equalled the height of buildings. The plaza, in addition to shopping centre and municipal life, has been scene of great events such as the coronation of Kings or the canonization of Saints – for example, in San Isidro, Madrid – pattern. But the Plaza Mayor has also attended most gruesome events, such as the burning of heretics or public executions. It has also served to theatrical performances, public holidays, and even bullfights.

With a very busy life no wonder that their small squares and alleys are teeming with legends. On Sunday, the square is filled with collectors who visit its famous flea market philatelic and Numismatic. And during the Christmas season, from mid-19th century, the Christmas market, is mounted where You can buy traditional Nativity scenes, as well as pines, firs and everything necessary for the decoration of Christmas trees. In the vicinity of the Plaza Mayor are numerous historic buildings which deserve a visit: the Court prison, Casa Cisneros, the Casa de la Villa, the Lujanes Tower or the Basilica of San Miguel, enclaves that they show different architectural, almost always austere and functional styles. In the Cava de San Miguel and Arco de Cuchilleros Street some of the most typical locals where you can enjoy tapas are. The Meson de La Guitarra, El Boqueron, the mushroom or Las Cuevas de Luis Candelas are years the delight of visitors. The nephew of Botin, which dates from 1725, listed in the Guinness Book of Records as the oldest restaurant in the world.


The province of Mendoza is one of the regions of the planet that enjoys more natural beauty. In recent times the place has been a huge tourist development, offering the possibility of offering valid alternatives for all tastes, enjoying Mendoza holiday in luxury accommodation, campsites, hotels boutique, or cabins and vacation rentals hotels. Routes and roads improvements make it possible to reach true pieces of paradise nestled in the cordillera de los Andes. One of the regions of incredible beauty is the area of Malargue. This town is located southwest of the province, and shares an extensive border with the Republic of Chile.

One of the most important characteristics of this region is its respect for wishful thinking by the natural life, so eco-tourism located in Malargue indicated stage to appreciate the rich biodiversity of the area. Malargue has several nature reserves, extensive areas protected by national and provincial laws that seek to preserve the flora and fauna of the place. One of these reserves is La Payunia. Distant 160 km of Malargue, is accessed directly by provincial route 40. It is an immense plain punctuated by large amount of volcanic cones which reflects accurately the Patagonian ecosystem. There are more than 800 volcanoes in La Payunia, making it in the region of the planet with highest density of active peaks.

Due to the characteristics of the volcanic rocks, with strange and appealing colors, the area would be the perfect scenario to shoot a movie set on the moon. One of the most outstanding contingencies that provides this natural reserve is the realization of photographic safaris, seeking to capture the magic of this strange landscape. It is equally possible horseback, hiking, or make voyages 4 X 4. But Malargue has much more. The Molles is a town famous for its thermal baths, of excellent quality for its high content of sulfur and other minerals. Here it is possible to ski, as well as in Las Lenas, distant only 18 km from this place. Holidays in Mendoza would not be complete without tasting the exquisite Patagonian chivito. For this purpose it is recommended to attend the national feast of the goat, which takes place between January and February. Here it will be possible to taste this traditional Argentine cuisine than dish prepared with simplicity and wisdom is a true feast for the palate.

Bab Doukkala

The place will delight you with its atmosphere to the rhythm of traditional dances, chants and fantasies with brought tribes from all corners of the Kingdom which invite you to enjoy an exceptional environment. Le Tanjia is a true Palace located between the Bahia and Badi palaces in the medina. Many famous there enjoy Moroccan and international cuisines as well as a sensitive atmosphere to miscegenation of cultures. Your dinner will be animated by a show played by Oriental dancers accompanied each night by a set of traditional music or, on occasions, by a DJ. The best recipes of traditional Moroccan cuisine can be savoured in La Maison Arabe, one of the best riads of Marrakech, situated in the District of Bab Doukkala in the medina, to the sound of a duo of lute and guitar playing music Arabe-andalusi. In the heart of the medina and close to the Jemaa el Fna square, Chahramane, a splendid Moorish palace, with his wall sculptures, they will discover their tapestries woven by hand and its purely Moroccan decor. In addition to the exquisite Moroccan traditional cuisine, the place offers them the opportunity to enjoy a wide variety of folklore, entertainment and evenings music interpreted by several troupes coming from, so if you want to fully discover the Moroccan culture, music is a way to both fun and instructive, as well as very accessible. Many hotels in Marrakech will help you choose and book the best place to enjoy the traditional Moroccan music and many of the riads of Marrakech even have their own restaurant with performances of dance and music. Come to Marrakech and irradiate it!

Unforgettable Place Vinales

Vinales is always a worth visiting place. Day and night always invites contemplation and rest. It is a unique place in Cuba. Why not the area boasts distinctions that attest to the above. To the late de1970 the Valley of Vinales, the great cavern of Santo Tomas and a curious species of plant that has survived since the era of the big dinosaurs and that living in the vicinity of Vinales were declared by Cuba national natural monuments. In 1999 the UNESCO Heritage Committee awarded Vinales Valley Cultural Heritage category. And in 2001 the mogotes forming everything North of the aforementioned Valley and others coming were declared Vinales National Park.

There is therefore ample reasons to visit Vinales. The first thing to think about is therefore where to stay and then what to do in Vinales. In terms of hosting there are two geographically different sites where this can be done: the Valley of Vinales and San Vicente. The first has more options because it is It is the village of Vinales with more than 100 private houses, two hotels and a camping, while there is only one hotel in the second. Both places are excellent from any point of view.

We move on to Vinales Valley. It’s actually a set of small valleys limited on the North by a chain of calcareous mountains composed of mogotes, while to the South extends a series of hills composed of rocks abound schist and slate, while its fund soar small mountains and isolated mogotes. Small rivers, low, flowing northward and meet in a single stream, which is named River Palmarito. It is immersed in a cavern at the foot of the mountains bordering the North of the Valley. The Fund of such valleys consists of very fertile red soils and seen from elevated areas give rise to beautiful visuals, where this red combines with the green of the vegetation of the mogotes, pine forests or crops of station.

Sketch Nature

Landscape problem: how to transfer sunlight, shadows, reflections on the foliage and bodies, the refraction of light in the fast jet stream, as naturally place the figures of people concerned about the nature of many artists. Landscape was even at the core of Impressionist painters, and led to radical changes in art in general: lightening of color, artistic development deep, real space, to the fragmented composition to the addition of a new method of writing – "alla prima". Finally, a landscape sketch was of the school, which honed their art of painting for several generations artists. However, one should distinguish between landscape and landscape painting Sketch. Etude, which is written directly from nature, usually quickly, in one or more sessions is not intended to create a complete image of nature.

The beauty of the Etude in swiftness, escaped into the accuracy of individual observations in the true state of the transfer of instant landscape, emotional paintings. Landscape painting is created in the studio more often, as works of other genres, is a complete, carefully and thoughtfully made (not to be confused with the thoroughness of detail drawing), the expression a general idea about the nature of work. Each movement in art given their similarities in landscape and in understanding the landscape of space. Until the last century Landscape space was built primarily on the basis of the theatrical scene with the romantic foreground illumination, scenes, and a flat long-range plan, in the painting was dominated by dark colors. It is true that some major artists (eg, Brueghel), we meet with an amazing realism to the concept of space, but the real flowering of landscape painting, accounted for nineteenth, early twentieth century. We say that English painters Gainsborough, Turner, Constable, famous Russian landscape painter Vasilyev and S. Shchedrin, a galaxy of French Barbizon School and later currents. Artists are making high art in the transfer of real movement that occurs in nature, interference of light and air, atmospheric conditions, solid images and the fusion of a human figure with the landscape.