Tasmania, including Hobart and Wineglass Bay

Posted on August 8, 2011

The capital and the paradise bay "of the wine glass" are some of the strengths of Tasmania, the southernmost of the Australian states.

It is the most southern state of Australia and its island condition sometimes marginalizes some guidebooks Oceania. But Tasmania, real state within a state, is an island full of amazing landscapes that are worth discovering.

A possible route could begin in Hobart, the capital. It is city of nearly 300,000 inhabitants originated, like many other of Australia, as a prison. Founded in 1804, remained relatively isolated from Sydney and Melbourne-the Australians economic engines but quickly develop and shape their own personality.

Today, Hobart is a quiet but active city. If you decide to visit it on a Saturday morning, the traveler should begin to walk it in Salamanca Place, the shopping district par excellence. Next to the harbor, this picturesque area is characterized by a bustling market at the crossroads crafts of all kinds and regional foods.

In Salamanca Place you can buy many pieces of glass and pottery-some times made ​​her eyes and face a wide range of foods. They range from regional cheeses (such as King Island) and fruit (apple the world famous "Granny Smith" is native to this land) to seafood (the crab is the typical local dish).

In the vicinity of Hobart, some of the people who deserve to be discovered are: Kettering (with intense artistic activity) Eaglehawk Neck (key point for cruises), Oatlands (typical colonial town of descendants of Irish and Scottish) and Taranna (home Tasmanian Devil Park).

Bay "wine glass"

The singular form of this bay explains its name. But one thing to know and another to be there. To appreciate it you have to get close to the Frecynet National Park, located 125 kilometers from Hobart.

Sometimes listed as one of the best beaches in the world, Wineglass Bay has a mild climate throughout the year and is a real show color at dawn with rocks almost orange and deep blue waters.

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Discovering Malta

Posted on March 12, 2011

It has an ideal climate, a story that mixes British and Italian traditions and stunning natural scenery. From Valletta to Gozo, there is much to see and do.

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It is only 90 kilometers from the coast of Sicily and there are direct flights from most European capitals. That might explain that, each year, travelers remedy any beaches and towns, attracted by a magical atmosphere in which a long and rich history and magnificent scenery are intertwined.
In Valletta, the capital, which is more surprising architecture, with multiple cobbled alleyways and churches of different faiths. Founded in the sixteenth century by the Knights of the Order of San Juan, the city was designed as a haven of nobles. Hence its many castles and Baroque palaces. STEAL: San Juan Cathedral (with its paintings of Caravaggio and its 369 marble slabs!) And the Grand Masters Palace, which today houses the national parliament.

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Beaches, villages and cliffs

Beyond its cultural riches and picturesque Anglo-Italian influences in its culture and society (the cars drive on the left), the Maltese archipelago keeps great natural attractions.
To appreciate (and incidentally get away from the crowds), should travel to the island of Gozo. Here we can run into charming villages as Xaghra and Marsalforn. In the latter, it is worth scheduling the subtracted "The Pulena" , where you can sample from gozitano risotto with cheese (a local variety of cheese), pizza and mushroom dishes.
The natural beauty also appears strongly in the island of Comino, almost uninhabited paradise (according to Wikipedia, in the last census 8 permanent residents were counted) dominated by wildflowers and a constant breeze that seems perfuming everything. Its main beach is "Blue Lagoon" perfect paradise for surfers, divers and travelers in general.

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What has been said here is just an outline of what you can see and do in Malta. But it is enough to encourage them to discover this exotic corner of the European Union can still boast fabulous quiet and corners.

Written by Andrés Bacigalupo
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São Luis, a city for all seasons

Posted on February 4, 2011

It is one of the most important cities of northern Brazil. With mild weather and enormous architectural heritage, always worth a visit.

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You are more than three thousand kilometers north of Rio de Janeiro. It's quaint, ancient, tropical and populous. These four adjectives give a quick idea of what São Luis, a city that houses no fewer than 3500 colonial buildings, heritage has earned him recognition from the UNESCO since 1997.
Inhabited by nearly one million people, São Luis is a city that caters to all kinds of travelers. It is ideal for those wanting to lose between narrow streets and old restored convents and who are just looking for wide beaches with endless sunshine. Temperature recorded no large variations throughout the year and the average is maintained between 26 and 28.

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Blessed by its tropical setting has Ponta D'Areia bustling beaches (near the bars and hotels) and other less crowded as Calhau (which runs parallel to Avenida Litorânea). If you opt for more discretion, it is suggested to embark Ilha Do Medo. To appreciate cliffs and hills, ideally Olho d'Água beach, where it is not uncommon to see local fishermen.

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What to eat and what to buy

Gastronomically, Maranhao excels in seafood. Among the former are the most common snook and corvina. And if this is typical dishes, most restaurants will tempt you with a "cuxá" a dish made ​​with dried shrimp, manioc flour, toasted sesame seeds and a herb called "forkleaf".
Culinary shopping instead Sao Luis has four large shopping malls and two medium-sized galleries. The most famous is Sao Luis Shopping with nearly 150 stores (including international brands) and a food court where you could taste Japanese food, Arabic and Italian (plus all the usual fast food options).
In how local manufacturing should pace the Crafts Center and / or the "Casa Das Tulhas" looking for hammocks and carpets made from natural fibers of the Amazon region. There are also ceramic but acceptable quality.

Written by Andrés Bacigalupo
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Beaches and Cuisine in Menorca

Posted on December 20, 2010

The smallest of the Balearic looms as an ideal for those looking to combine the warmth of its quiet beaches and an array of culinary choices destination.

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Just 34 miles from Mallorca, we have this fabulous little island with a long list of attractions that include not only its wide beaches but also medieval churches, traditional distilleries (as prepared by the gin Xoriguer) ports and intense life .
If we start with "urban" impossible not to refer to Mahon (pronounced by the locals simply as "Mo"), insular capital and heart of economic life. The city was founded by the Carthaginians but the footprint of different peoples (Romans, Arabs, Greeks and Phoenicians) was reflected in its unique architecture. Notable examples of this; the Fornás of Torrelló (where there is a mosaic of the sixth century Romanesque style) and the City, with neoclassical façade and an impressive clock Richard Kane led the British in colonial times.
The city also has remarkable amenities;. Cafes and restaurants of varied style Thus, quasi-hidden in a popular street in Mahon, we find the Ízaro, discreet detracted 7 tables offering tickets as cool with ham and plates of classic sea and unbeatable as garlic prawns and octopus. Biosphere are also recommended (great for breakfast) and MOM cafe, specializing in Mediterranean cuisine, serving exquisite fish lasagna.

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Despite its small size (compared to Ibiza and Mallorca), Menorca has many beaches. The largest (with 3 miles of coast) and San Bou is known but also have their charms Binisafuller Cala Sant Tomás (chosen by those who practice water sports), Cala Binibeca, Punta Prima and Cala en Porter.

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Written by Andrés Bacigalupo
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Inescapable

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If this is typical flavors, who landed in Menorca's capital city should not miss trying the Cheese Mahon. Made using traditional methods, this distinctive cheese with denomination of origin that is made ​​from milk of Friesian cow. It has a fine texture, a slightly sour taste and has aromatic reminiscent of butter and toasted nuts.

Latinos in San Antonio Charms

Posted on September 27, 2010

It is one of the most interesting cities in Texas. Steeped in Mexican heritage, also attracts its varied cuisine and Ripleys Museum Rarities "Believe It or Not".

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It is the unofficial capital of southern Texas, the first major city across the border from Mexico and the third most populous city in the state. San Antonio, with its rich Spanish (and later Mexican) heritage is a growing destination not only among Americans, but also among foreigners.
Located about 300 miles south of Houston, San Antonio retains its downtown one of the unavoidable points for any traveler. The Alamo building, commemorating the battle of the same name, remember that from the XIX (1836) Century Texans fought to secede from Mexico when he still did not dream of joining the United States.

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From Alamo in the historic center of the city, ideal touring nearby (San Fernando Cathedral and "Little Village" and "The Market") to encounter Riverwalk, an active commercial area stretching along the banks of the river San Antonio. Among the Alamo and St.Mary abounds with dining offers could be some good tacos in Aldaco's (100 Hoefgen Street), something "gourmet" as leg of lamb with herbs and chutney in Boudro's ( was included among the top 50 of all US subtracted according to Esquire magazine) or the understated elegance of the Lion & Rose British Pub, with four branches throughout the city.

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Although you may not believe

Beyond the culinary history and the most distinctive surprise San Antonio is the largest of its kind in the country Ripley's Museum. In its spacious three-story, curious and hunters cited records to discover rarities of all kinds. In addition, there is also a Tussaud Wax Museum with 200 historical figures and showbiz.
But the third largest city in Texas is not exhausted in this description; many youth theme parks and mega malls to visit.

Written by Andrés Bacigalupo
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