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A classic yellow tram makes its way slowly up a steep, winding street of Lisbon, for a second it seems like you have somehow travelled back a hundred years to a belle époque of Iberian chic, complete with pastel-coloured houses and cobbled comeliness. The tram turns around a corner, and you suddenly find yourself back in a contemporary city, where art, fashionable shops and delightful restaurants populate the streets. Lisbon, like few other cities in the world have successfully managed to merge the past so elegantly with a feel of modern style, without losing its emphasis on either. Along the banks of the Tagus, visitors can see how times gone by and the present beautifully complement each other in the city. From the stunning UNESCO Heritage-listed Jeronimos Monastery and the Belem Tower to the longest bridge in Europe, the sleek Vasco da Gama Bridge. Each new part of Lisbon offers something not quite like the last, and as you indulge your curiosity you’ll find that you’ve become a veteran urban explorer before the day is over, Trawl through quaint markets like Feira da Ladra and the Mercado da Ribeira next to the Cais do Sodre station, before strolling up and down the narrow streets of the Bairro Alto and Alfama areas. Here you can check out the Lisbon Cathedral and entertain a fair bit of shopping in the linear and old-fashioned Baixa Pombalina-area. For more artistic outlets in the city, head further north to the Museu Gulbenkian museum, where you’ll find artwork and paintings that cover numerous centuries and a multitude of different styles, before concluding the day by retreating to a restaurant. In Alfama you can enjoy some freshly-caught seafood and a glass of wine, while being entertained by a rendition of a traditional fado – Lisbon’s iconic romantic music. These classic songs are aimed at the heart strings and you’ll find yourself being carried on an emotional journey through the music, regardless of how rusty your Portuguese may be.
Permeating every particle of Greek culture is its rich heritage of history and mythology. Regardless of where you choose to holiday in Greece, you’re never far from a place that in one way or another is linked to one of the great gods like Zeus, Aphrodite or Poseidon, or the historical setting of fabled demigods and heroes like Hercules, Perseus and Odysseus.
The Moroccan metropolis is a plethora of colours, tastes, scents and of course sounds. Visiting the city will leave you with an infinity of impressions and regardless of where you move in the centre of Marrakech, you’re never short of new experiences. During your stay in this amazing city, sometimes you’ll need a space where you can just relax and enjoy the silence for a bit. Luckily there are numerous options for you to choose between, and below we have selected four things for you to do when you want a break from the hustle and bustle of the souks.
Every year on the 17th of March the planet glows in a special green hue, in honour of the patron saint of Ireland, St. Patrick. Throughout the world, millions of people gather to celebrate everything Irish and the most famous festivities take place in New York City, Boston and of course Dublin. With lots of activities and performances taking place during the weekend around St. Patrick’s Day, we’ve chosen some of the main things that you can do, if you find yourself in Dublin during these joyful days. Check out more events here: http://www.stpatricksfestival.ie/