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Patagonia – the legend of the indomitable

 

The austral road, synonymous with adventure

To name the Patagonia in Chile is to name spaces without limits, infinite forests, nature in pure state. Patagonia is a sonorous and beautiful toponym that incites us to think of past frontiers, in remoteness, in unreal realities for a citizen of old Europe, where every square centimeter of the territory is used, populated, tamed. In Patagonia, on the other hand, man is still a stranger and not with all his strength and power has he succeeded, well into the twenty-first century, to tame and much less populate disproportionate areas of measure with young mountains, which are still in formation .

In this I think as I see the first pictures of the great Chilean south appear through the window of the plane. The aircraft departed very early from Santiago and leaves me when the morning still shines in Temuco, the capital of Region IX, about 670 kilometers south of the Chilean capital.

The silhouette of the Villarrica volcano covers the entire horizon. It is a powerful, perfect volcano. A volcano of book, or drawing of a small child: with frustoconical form, solitary and isolated in the middle of the plain, with a smoky crater that many nights emerge flashes of fire of the incandescent lava and a glacier of perpetual snows that shelters the summit like an ice scarf. And below, a gigantic lake of blue waters bordered by black beaches of volcanic ash where to bathe or fish. A paradise for lovers of the environment.

The Villarrica volcano, powerful and perfect

This is a country of extremes and the more you move away from the center, the wilder the scenario becomes: desert in the far north; with forests, lakes and then glaciers at the southern end. One of the many thermal centers that take advantage of the emanations of hot waters that flow in the skirts of the volcano, and after many hours of curves and endless forest crossings, I arrive in time to see sunset in Puerto Varas , on the shores of Lake Llanquihue, with another colossus of fire putting the perfect pin to the setting: the volcano Osorno.

I am in the region of Los Lagos, where officially begins the immense territory of the Chilean Patagonia. Puerto Varas is the beginning of one of the best nature excursions that can be done through the Andean mountain range. For centuries, the Andes were an almost insurmountable border between Chile and Argentina.

The road and the volcano Osorno

The tectonic movements and the weight of the glaciers sank the terrestrial crust of this zone; when the glaciers retreated the sea took its place. What remained was a complex and intricate panorama of fjords, islands, sea-inlets, canals and an inland sea that make the progression by land very difficult. The typical image of Patagonia as a gigantic eternity of empty spaces in which the howling of the wind can drive men crazy or catch them forever becomes reality south of Puerto Montt.

The highest mountains were converted into islands. Of these, the largest is Chilo, the second largest island in the Americas and one of the most important destinations in all of Chile. From Puerto Montt I follow the Pan-American Highway for 59 kilometers to Pargua, where a ferry helps to cross the channel that separates the island from the mainland. Then I continue to Ancud, a fortified port founded by the Spaniards in 1767.

A group of swimmers on Lake Llanquihue, Puerto Varas

Its celebrity also lies in that it is the largest private natural park in the world. In 1991 the American millionaire and philanthropist Douglas Tompkins bought 17,000 hectares of forest in this area only to leave them as they were and to avoid their use or destruction.

Little by little he acquired more land for the same purposes: to keep it. In 2005 this private preserve of territory was declared Sanctuary of Humanity. Tompkins ceded the land to a Chilean foundation that now administers them.

The entrance to the park is free but you can only walk along the marked and authorized trails. The Austral road moves southwards, saving all kinds of obstacles. Whoever ventures through it will find dozens of nature reserves and protected spaces where the hand of man has not yet changed anything.

Back on the Austral roads, you pass through La Junta, a village at the confluence of the Palena and Rosselot rivers. Almost 30 kilometers to the south of La Junta there is access to Queulat National Park, another of the inexcusable landmarks. In Queulat, which unfolds around the Ventisquero sinus, the temperate rain forest reappears in all its splendor, a primary jungle that man has not yet tarnished. The star of the park is the Ventisquero Colgante, a glacier that is born in the Alto Nevado mountain, at 2,225 meters of altitude, and whose front now forms a wall of ice hanging from a cliff that precipitates a beautiful waterfall.

It is highly recommended the trail of 3.5 kilometers that goes from the camping area to the moraine of the glacier. There are many kilometers of Longitudinal Road Austral, not always asphalted, and many more privileged natural spaces on both sides: the national reserve of Lake Carlota, the San Rafael lagoon, the Corcovado National Park, the national reserve of Cerro Castillo … the road arrives to its end – at the moment – in Villa O’Higgins, a town of colonization and border that with its squared planimetry and its colorful houses is the last human presence of considerable size before the great South Ice Field begins and the region XII of Magallanes, the southern boundary of Chile, a hieroglyphic of islands, canals and fjords inaccessible by land.

The wild Patagonia

To the few populations of this region, like Puerto Natales or the capital, Punta Arenas, can only be acceded from Chile by boat or airplane. To do it by land you have to cross to Argentina. Punta Arenas is the Chilean population that controls the northern shore of the Strait of Magellan. In spite of its 130,000 inhabitants it has something of colonization position, of city of border in which the light and the air presage already the southern solitudes.

The local newspaper is called The Penguin, reason more than enough to come to know a local as unique as this. Punta Arenas is the starting point of excursions to see nearby penguins and areas of native forest in the Strait of Magellan, as well as the cruises that arrive to Ushuaia through the Patagonian channels. Patagonia is one of the most wild, complex and beautiful territories of the American continent. A territory still open to true adventure.

 

Experience an exuberant experience in the unforgettable city of Rio de Janeiro

 

Things to do in Rio de Janeiro

With frequent flights from Copa Airlines to Rio de Janeiro, you will soon experience some of our favorite activities in Rio de Janeiro. Stroll down Copacabana, the famous white sand beach where locals play, tan and swim. Travel through the lush jungle of Tijuca, the largest urban park in the world, to reach the iconic statue of Christ the Redeemer.

After enjoying the beautiful view, have lunch in the bohemian neighborhood of Santa Teresa, located at the top. Enjoy the atmosphere of the colonial River in the historic center, where the baroque churches of the eighteenth century look small next to the modern office buildings. At night, show your best dance moves to the sound of samba bands live from the lively bars of Lapa.

Fabulous restaurants in Rio de Janeiro

Going out for dinner is one of our favorite activities in Rio de Janeiro. Head to the exclusive Ipanema and Leblon to find the best restaurants in Rio and surround yourself with attractive and glamorous cariocas. At weekends, locals congregate in the picturesque neighborhood of Santa Teresa to enjoy a relaxed feijoada lunch, a traditional black bean stew.

Vibrant nightlife in Rio de Janeiro

The eclectic bars of Lapa attract excellent bands that play local samba, the syncopated rhythm that makes the city move throughout the year. Attend a classical concert or dance show at the opulent neoclassical municipal theater, Rio de Janeiro’s premier performing arts venue, or go to a concert of local Brazilian artists of pop, funk or rock.

Travel Tips for Rio de Janeiro

Choose a clear day to enjoy the best views from the Cristo Redentor and arrive early in the morning or late at night to avoid the long queues.
The efficient and safe metro system of Rio de Janeiro connects the neighborhoods of Ipanema and Copacabana with the center. At night, get on a cheap yellow taxi to get around.

Although the carnival lasts only 4 days a year, visitors can have a sample of the largest party in the world witnessing a weekly rehearsal from July or joining the street parties (blocks) in the weeks prior to the celebration.

Expect a hot, tropical climate in Rio de Janeiro throughout the year, but pack a light jacket or sweater for the milder winter days between June and October.
Travel to an unforgettable experience in Rio de Janeiro with Copa Airlines, the best way to connect with the Americas.

 

Miami the coastal city that vibrates both day and night

 

Places to visit in Miami

With Copa Airlines flights to Miami, fly to a coastal city that vibrates day and night. Start your trip with one of the best things to do in Miami, walk through the art deco district in pastel shades of South Beach. Ocean Drive is a center full of cafes where you watch people go by in the city. The sun-drenched sands are only a block away.

Another dose of culture and history awaits you at the Museum and Gardens Vizcaya, an ornate mansion full of fine arts and period furniture. Relax together with the family in the Venetian Pool, a coral lake with fountains, waterfalls and caves that offers an incomparable experience in the water.

Colorful restaurants in Miami

Restaurants in Miami offer a variety of vibrant tastes and flavors. Dine meats and seafood near the beach or look for Nuevo Latino cuisine and “Floribbean”, prepared by famous chefs in the heart of the city.

Modern nightlife in Miami

Miami’s bustling nightlife stretches into the night. Put on your dancing shoes and dance to salsa in a nightclub or relax in style with an elegant cocktail in a South Beach hotel bar.

Miami travel tips

Miami is not the easiest place to move between neighborhoods. Maximize your time by taking a taxi or driving your own rented car.

If you decide not to rent a car, consider the airport’s flight path after your plane lands. If it’s a few blocks, the bus takes you to Miami Beach with just one stop.
Weather in Miami is typical of semi-tropical climate, where the long summers are warm, but rarely too hot, and the winters are quite pleasant.

The downtown business district thrives by day, hosts many upscale hotels and is comfortable for the best activities in Miami. The biggest nightly action moves to South Beach.

Travel to an unforgettable experience in Miami with Copa Airlines, the best way to connect with the Americas.

 

The best beaches in Tahiti

 

Turquoise water beaches, huts on a coral sea, palm trees that embrace the white sands. This typical stamp that we usually take as a place of dreams exists. The island of Tahiti is the largest in French Polynesia, in the South Pacific. Welcome to Paradise.

The island of Tahiti is divided into two parts: Tahiti Nuli (the largest) and Tahiti Iti (smaller), joined by a cord of earth, forming a fish-shaped island. After years of diverse conquests, the island still retains its ethnic Tahitian and French influence. It has dense tropical forests, volcanic summits and dream waterfalls. However, the biggest attraction is its beaches.

Lafayette beach

Located in Matavi Bay, east of Tahiti, it could be considered part of it as a kind of private beach. The famous Radisson Plaza Resort Tahiti is housed in the same inlet, with numerous amenities and a large pool that merges with the ocean. Lafayette Beach, with its black sand and turquoise waters, marked the entrance to the island of the first explorers in 1760. Just 10 kilometers from the airport, Lafayette Beach hotel is one of the most complete hotels on the island.

Venus Point Beach

This beach in the north of the island, the closest to the capital Papeete, is unspoilt and black sand, conceived as part of a natural park with a white lighthouse of the nineteenth century as a cultural attraction. Nowadays it is an ideal place to go on a picnic and while enjoying the black and turquoise contrast, a perfect sunset, or fall in paragliding from one of its volcanic summits. The planet Venus was discovered from this beach by the explorer James Cook, in 1769, a source as curious as cosmic.

Teahupoo Beach

A beach for surfers could not miss in a destination like Tahiti. There you can find the highest waves in the world (up to 5 meters), and surfers practicing their pirouettes known as kambala currents. The beach is located in Tahiti Iti and its name comes from a king aficionado to collect human heads, whose correct articulation would be Cho-Poo.

Your place in the world

Tahiti is the ideal place for couples on their honeymoon and fans of water sports. A dream island that exists and awaits you among crystal clear waters and soft sands.

 

Bonaire the island without traffic lights

 

The inhabitants of Bonaire live in a hurry and look for the tourist to have an unforgettable experience. They have a high environmental awareness. The Caribbean island is considered as a destination to enjoy contact with nature.

The tranquility that breathes in Bonaire is typical of a Caribbean island privileged by nature to be outside the strip of hurricanes. The calmness with which one lives on the island is evident in the total absence of traffic lights and it is claimed to be the Caribbean island with greater ecological awareness, according to the most important environmental organizations in the world.

Its local government has assumed a culture to achieve the goal of zero emission of carbon monoxide to the environment. To achieve this goal, the use of alternative energies is being adopted.

The first foreigners to arrive on the island were Americo Vespucio and Alonso de Ojeda near the year 1499. The location of the island and the production of salt of excellent quality were the cause of that after the arrival of the first foreigners Bonaire would go through a long struggle of powers between the countries of Europe that demanded the sovereignty of its territory.

It is until 1816 when it is definitely considered as Dutch territory. Since 2010 is considered as a Dutch municipality and its inhabitants have said nationality and its economy is based on the US dollar.

Its culture is made up of the mixture of nationalities that have made life on the island with a base heritage of the Caquetios Indians and the Arawaks from Venezuela who emigrated to the island centuries before. At present its inhabitants have internalized the meaning of a quiet life and show no trouble to do things. Enjoying time and nature is a very popular culture in Bonaire.

Diving

Bonaire is a popular destination among dive practitioners. It has more than 60 dive points within easy reach from the shore. In 2012 it was awarded as the most awarded tourist destination in the Caribbean Atlantic category for being the number one for shore diving.

The dive points are identified with a yellow stone and the name in black letters for easy access to tourists. For more tranquility of the divers there is a hyperbaric chamber in the hospital San Francisco. Another activity that is done in the depths of the waters of Bonaire is underwater photography due to the transparency of its waters.

The history

If you visit the island a must stop is the population of Rincon. This settlement is to the northeast and its value consists in that its inhabitants have preserved the autochthonous culture in all the senses. In the days of the colony the families of the slaves lived in Rincon while they worked in the salinas and they visited them at the weekends.

You can know the customs of the island in this town and buy the local works of art; if you visit this town its most emblematic dish is the kid stew. Many painters have made this Caribbean island their home and exhibit in their galleries.

 

10 reasons to fall in love with Ecuador

 

In fact, I have met quite a few people who believe that tourism in Ecuador is to visit the Galapagos Islands and now. I can not hide that at some point I thought so and it is logical since, being a series of islands with a spectacular and exclusive fauna around the world, most tourist companies only mention the Galapagos to the media.

Going there is an experience that is worth everything, and more now that cheap flights to Ecuador are at their best, which many take to get to the international airports of Quito or Guayaquil and leave as soon as they can on another flight towards Galapagos.

Despite the great charm of these islands and all the biodiversity that will leave you speechless, I think Galapagos has earned its place in Ecuadorian tourism to mention in this post. With this I do not want to detract from any merit or anything like that, but if you want those who read this post to know that there are several options to know (my 10 recommendations in this case) if you have the opportunity to visit Ecuador. Like Colombia, you can run the risk of falling in love and staying : D.

Quito: The capital of Ecuador is one of the largest cities in Latin America and is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Its historic center, its inhabitants and all the activities you can do will leave you amazed enough to stay for a long time.

Chimborazo Volcano: The highest mountain in the country is one of the most beautiful, amazing and dangerous experiences you can experience in your life.

The dangerous thing would be taken into account if you plan to climb this summit, but if you just want to see it from the skirts you can do it without any risk. Of course, do not forget to take sun block and tablets for the dizziness if you are not acclimated to the altitude.

Quilotoa Lake: A natural attraction so charming and little visited by travelers, Quilotoa is about two hours drive from the city of Latacunga. This huge lagoon is about 3km in diameter, and if you like walking you will be lucky enough to do all the hiking you want. If you feel lucky, you will want to walk around the boiler which takes about 5 hours.

Baths: Also known as Baos de Agua Santa, this is the favorite destination of those who love doing activities surrounded by the most incredible mountain landscapes of the region.

Do you like to ride a bike, bike, take long walks, do bungee jumping, rafting or take a tour that takes you to the jungle? Do not hesitate for a second to go to Baos.

Vilcabamba: A small town with a reputation for housing very old people (over 100 years old), this place is ideal to feel the tranquility of being away from the urban environment of many Ecuadorian cities.

Even though it is a quiet place, there is still an opportunity to keep busy with a horseback ride through the nearby mountains, ride a bicycle or go to the Podocarpus National Park and appreciate the characteristic wildlife of southern Ecuador.

Cuenca: A colonial city that has nothing to envy its European counterparts, Cuenca is a collection of beauty and history that attracts more and more tourists thanks to its fascinating architecture and pleasant climate. Its most recommended points of interest are its Historic Center, Cajas National Park, the village of Chordeleg and the viewpoint of Turi.

Montaita: This small village, next to the beach, is like a version of Ibiza in miniature, where the nightlife does not give truce throughout the year. The parranderos will be happy on the street of the cocktails, which is where the epicenter of all the festive hubbub unfolds. Not everything is parranda, since during the day there will be those who prefer to practice surfing or paragliding.

The Ruta del Sol: A little more than 300km long, this road crosses each of the towns near the beaches that are located along the Ecuadorian coast, bathed by the Pacific Ocean. If you love the beach and the sun, you will need a couple of days to walk around and see the relaxed life of its inhabitants, most of them fishermen. I recommend going in the months of December to April, when it is dry season and the chances of finding sunny days are greater.

Otavalo Market: About two hours away from Quito is this town, very famous for the local market. The Indians, dressed in their traditional clothes, put on sale all kinds of products, such as handicrafts, clothing, food and even animals.

Whether you decide to buy a souvenir or not, it would not be too much to take a walk around this place, especially on Saturdays when the streets take on more life than usual.

Yasun National Park: Although there are several national parks in Ecuador, the Yasuni is one of the most interesting because of the amount of virgin nature that abounds in all its extension (more than 100,000 species of insects and more than 2,000 species of trees, only for mention an example).

When navigating the Napo River, you will have the privilege of enjoying the flora and fauna that makes the Amazon region unique.

 

Panama colonial and cosmopolitan city Vs Caribbean paradise

 

The old quarter of the capital contrasts with the new area of modern hotels and shopping centers facing the Pacific Ocean. The beaches and indigenous communities of Guna Yala and Bocas del Toro are the main attractions of the Panamanian Caribbean.

Panama proposes an urban experience combined with a stay on the beaches of the Caribbean coast for the summer holidays. Entering the most cosmopolitan and one of the safest cities in Latin America, and touring the architecture and historical heritage symbol of its ethnic and colonial past is an option to combine with the relaxation of paradises such as the islands of Bocas del Toro and Guna.

Strolling through a very modern old city

Strolling through cobbled streets between Guna handicraft stops and scraping stalls (ice cream with syrup and condensed milk) or staying in modern boutiques facing the Pacific Ocean are disparate but possible proposals in Panama City.

Nowadays, the old quarter of the capital is experiencing a renaissance with the restoration of buildings, the opening of restaurants and the emergence of small charming hotels and diverse shops of careful decoration. The beautiful historic complex called San Felipe was strategically surrounded by a large stone wall.

In the Plaza de la Independencia there is the Canal Museum, which occupies the former post office building of the Plaza Mayor, and the National Theater presides over Plaza Bolivar. From the Place de France, where the monument to Lesseps rises, one can contemplate the Bay of Panama and the buildings and spaces of the modern city.

This new urban area constitutes the current business and shopping district, where large skyscrapers stand out among the skyline. The area next to the Cinta Costera is also occupied by hotel complexes, luxury apartments and restaurants and leisure spaces, which incorporate cinemas, casinos and gambling halls, the coolest in the city. In the Causeway of Amador, called Causeway, are also grouped discos, bars and restaurants with views to Punta Patilla and Punta Este.

The modern shopping centers and the exclusive boutiques incorporate national and international luxury brands and the first fashion and footwear, accessories, perfumery and jewelry firms.

Paradise does exist in Panama

Panama is a spectacular destination that offers more than 2,850 kilometers of coastline and 1,800 islands distributed by the Caribbean Sea in the north and the Pacific Ocean in the south. In the exotic waters of the Caribbean there are beaches, coral reefs filled with multicolored fish and stories of pirates and privateers in times past.

The beaches with warm, transparent waters filled with marine stars in Guna Ayala, in the San Blas archipelago, complete the amazing natural spaces of the Panamanian Caribbean.

The archipelago of Bocas del Toro consists of white sand beaches, turquoise waters filled with starfish and 200 species of tropical fish.

Tranquility and multiculturalism characterize this paradise populated by Caribbeans who migrated to the area attracted by the plantations.

In the opposite zone of the Caribbean emerges the archipelago of San Blas, formed by more than 365 islands, 49 of them inhabited by the indigenous community of the Guna Yala.

The marine area is surrounded by reefs where you can go scuba diving and snorkeling. Among the most interesting for sunbathing and snorkeling, Achutupu, Kagantupu, Yandup and Coco Blanco. Some of the islands offer accommodation to sleep in cabins on the same sand and seaside, and a gastronomy based on fish and fried plantain.

The Gunas practice ancestral styles of government and keep alive their traditions, beliefs and forms of cultural expression. This group is characterized by the craftsmanship of springs, textile works elaborated by the superposition of different layers of fabrics, forming very different designs of geometric drawings of different colors. These decorated compositions can be purchased in San Blas or in the stalls located in the old town of Panama City.

 

Malta, destination for an active holiday

 

The good weather, sunshine and nature of the Maltese islands are the perfect mix for an outdoor holiday. Its small size does not prevent finding a great offer to practice all kinds of sports and without having time for boredom.

Malta from the water: the excellent clarity of the waters, the warm temperatures throughout the year and the magnificent seabed make Malta a perfect destination for diving. In addition, surfing and sailing are very suitable activities for practicing in the archipelago.

Among the most impressive sites are Wied iz-Zurrieq (The Blue Grotto or Dwejra in Gozo, one of the most impressive diving spots in Europe.

Malta from the heights: the archipelago is endowed with abrupt walls of limestone, which in most cases are near the sea, and spectacular coastal cliffs prepared for climbing. All the routes chosen are natural routes drawn by the same rock. Its holes, edges and small protrusions mark the way acting like natural grips.

In addition, you can also practice the psychobloc (Deep Water Soloing) mode for expert climbers. It is about climbing coastal cliffs of 10 meters in length, with the waters of the sea as protection in case of fall. A whole experience to release adrenaline.

Malta by bike: this year culminates the project of more than 1,000 km of tracks of various levels of difficulty planned between nature and beautiful landscapes. There are two routes along the island of Malta. The northern route is more rural and natural culminating with a relaxing swim in the beaches of Golden Bay, Gnejma and Ghajn Tuffieha.

The south route offers the possibility of pedaling along more than 7,000 years of history, from megalithic structures to the Buskett gardens of the Order of Malta era. Gozo is also a fabulous place to discover by bike.

Along the way, the cyclist will find amazing places, small villages and the spectacular view of the Gozo and Comino canal.

Malta on horseback: Maltese are passionate about equestrian, having a long tradition of riding. Going horseback riding is a great option to discover the

Maltese landscape: nature, cliffs and sea. It can be done individually or on organized excursions.

But in addition, you can spend a morning practicing caving or paragliding and for less adventurous jeep safaris, off the main roads and with picnic stops are the best option to visit Malta.

Whatever your choice, by bike, on foot, on horseback, from the heights, the adventure is assured in the Maltese archipelago.

 

Reasons to adore Paris

 

For those who miss it even without knowing it, for those who have not seen it for a long time, for those who plan to go soon, here is a detailed tour of the districts of the City of Light. The new places, the less obvious ones and the inescapable ones are only some reasons to want to visit it.

Do you know Paris? Tell us your reasons for going or wanting to go back one and a thousand times.

1 If we think of the Parisian icons, along with the baguette, the beret and the accordion, coffee would come. In the absence of domestic square meters, the premises make comptoir (bars) and terraces an extension of their departments, and so they pass by, stepping one or more “”petit noir”” (coffee) per day.

When passing or sitting with the newspaper in round tables attached to the impossible, alone and before work or between friends for the appetizer … in any case, the slogan is to look out: the best always happens in the street. If once in Paris you already have a hotel and a map, sitting with an espresso and a pair of croissants on a terrace is the next step to dive into the worldly theater of the French capital.

2 Saint-Germain-des-Pris Although today lives more fashion than letters, the rive gauche was synonymous with illustrated and academic Paris. On one of its walls hangs a picture of Borges, on the table where he sat down to write.

Bookstores gave way to lavish shops, but art galleries do not stop growing, perhaps because of the proximity of L’Ecole Nationale des Beaux-Arts. The Hotel Lutetia continues to be an art deco landmark within walking distance of Le Bon March, the chic version of the Lafayette galleries. Next to it, La Grande picerie gathers mineral waters and exotic olive oils. The Lipp Brasserie still brings together fashionable journalists and politicians.

This cobbled street lined with tables leads to a secret garden of the Middle Ages, the Cours de Rohan. There lived the mistress of Enrique II and, very close, the Dr. Guillotin experimented with his novel instrument … without imagining that his own head would serve after testing.

To enter this set of three courtyards, you must pray that the gate is open and, once there, envy those who now live in that hidden corner, pure peace meters from Boulevard Saint-Germain.

3 Vintage wines

At the steps of the Pantheon 5th district) hidesDes Vinis Illustribus , historical cava in Paris specializing in wines from other eras. Lionel and Dominique Michelin are the two passionate people who created this kind of museum full of dusty bottles, all relics, and some less accessible than others: there are labels up to 9,000. Lionel is an oenologist by profession and recommends the wines according to their year of origin. If you want one from 1972, a Bourgogne is more appropriate than a Bordeaux. To commemorate a wedding anniversary Cabernet Sauvignon is recommended. And everything is explained in a tasting menu that honors the wines.

4 Museum Quai BranlyModerno

Although not contemporary art, the museum designed by Jean Nouvel at the foot of the Eiffel Towerdeserves a separate paragraph. The collection of 3,500 pieces is a trip from Europe to the other continents (Africa, Asia, Oceania and the Americas), exposed with great aesthetic criteria inside a room without barriers.

The French rescue of the rest of the cultures could be “”politically correct””, judging by the immigratory conflicts that commit the Gallic country; for that reason the challenge was to turn it into a space of “”intercultural dialogue””, still touching the most sensitive subjects.

Some of them are chosen: Papua New Guinea masks, Easter Island sculpture, Russian shaman’s mantle, Algerian tapestries, section dedicated to Mayan culture and Oruro carnival costumes. From the restaurant Les Ombres there is a splendid view of the tower. Closed on Mondays.

5 Sweet Tip Ice cream Berthillon may be the perfect excuse to approach St. Louis Island.

Today they are sold in almost all cafes and craperies, but the original ice cream parlor still exists and is very easy to recognize because the rue St. Louis is cut at that height by the queue of people waiting for a bouche or two caramel au beurre sal , grapefruit, coconut milk or pistachio.

6 The Seine is the one that counts the best in Paris. From either side, the droite or the gauche, on foot or by bike, with picnic on the coast, under the bridges or from the docks, between the old editions of Balzac offered by bouquinistes (booksellers who sell editions of second hand) … each one goes through it at his whim and makes it his own for that time.

The two-hour walk is a classic for wedding proposals or anniversaries. With this objective there is a special table in the bow of the boat, where roses and champagne are not missing.

Something predictable, but there are always tears and applause. If the price of the menu is excessive, you can choose the version only ride with audio guide, which in one hour shows the same with more information. The boats depart from the Bridge of Soul, where Lady Di died. At night, all buildings and bridges are illuminated.

7 Le Marais In the 1980s, gays became more visible between the Bastille and the Pompidou Center, joining the Jews, the historical community of this former marshy area that went to become the the most dynamic neighborhood in the center (between the 3rd and 4th districts).

This is Le Marais: the synagogue, gay bowling, kosher restaurants (especially on rue des Rosiers) and the latest trends in design and fashion. The peculiar multiculturalism attracts tourists who wander between art galleries, kitschy objects and Place des Vosges, the oldest in Paris – which made Henry IV – and perhaps the most beautiful, miraculously preserved as the house where the famous Victor -Marie Hugo (1802-1885) spent much of his life, a few meters.

Behind the Picasso museum, in the upper Marais, businesses such as the multi-brand Shine, with designs by Stella Mc Cartney and Marc Jacobs, and Merci, a new cult store located in a 1,500-square-meter loft of light where you can buy a dress, fresh roses and perfumes by Annick Goutal or read a used book and take a lemonade in the chic cellar of the basement.

It is good for two: everything has a discount of 30% and part of the proceeds goes to various NGOs. Sunday is one of the most active days; On Saturday, however, many places are closed.

On the sabbath, of course.

8 Popular and luxury shopping

The stained glass windows of Paris are semi artistic installations that deserve a look with or without extra euros in the pocket. The Colette concept store is a good example. Colette herself, a trendsetter, choose the brands and objects that make up the two floors of his premises in the rue St-Honor.

The inventory brings together Valentino dresses, skateboards, electronic cigarettes, ultra modern eyeglasses, iPads and design annotators. The same criterion of local-museum is valid for the new futuristic store of Hermes, built in a historical swimming pool of Saint-Germain-des Pres. In the hall, three wooden “”huts”” house furniture, perfumes and jewelry. And along with the famous foulards, exotic flowers are on display.

Montaigne and Champs avenues are the temples of fashion that do not need presentation, such as Dior, Louis Vuitton, Prada and Cartier. Within the shopping mall area, the boulevard Hausmmann with its department stores take the lead. Beneath the glorious Art Nouveau dome, the Lafayette galleries are an accessible temptation, especially in times of big rebates (January and June). The Japanese people adore them. The rue Rivoli and the streets of the Latin Quarter are ideal to buy those trinkets that we all keep in some drawer, like the classic crystal ball with the Eiffel tower in miniature, magnets, berets and handkerchiefs with iconic motifs.

9 Cathedral of Notre-Dame

Around 13 million people admire each year their gargoyles, those stone monsters that see the city above the gray roofs. Despite the crowds that surround her day and night, 9 Cathedral of Notre-Dame Around 13 million people admire each year their gargoyles, those stone monsters that see the city above the gray roofs.

Before being the home of the hunchback Quasimodo, the peak work of Gothic art demanded almost two centuries of construction – between 1163 and 1345 – and witnessed the auto-coronation of Napoleon as emperor in 1804 (when Pope Pius VII was going to put the crown, he snatched it and placed it himself). In order to interpret his multiple allegories it is advisable to use a book or an audioguide.

The night view, from the rear, is one of the most beautiful images of Paris. It opens every day, from 8 to 18.45 and until 19.15 on Saturdays and Sundays. 10 BellevilleDentro Paris and almost on the periphery, districts 19th and 20th demarcate one of the most promising corners of the capital, where it is reached thanks to the advice of the locals.

This area that was supposed to be born to Edith Piaf, does not have an identity but thousands. First were the Chinese, then came the Armenians, Greeks and Jews; later, the Algerians, Tunisians and black Africans.

The second impact is to observe the river of cars that turns as a lane by the roundabout that surrounds it. It is a paradigm of traffic self-regulation, where those who circulate inside must give priority to those who enter (unlike in most roundabouts). And the real triumph is not to crash.

As it is to try to cross on foot some of the twelve diagonals that converge in the arch. But most people are slow to realize that the prudent way – the only one in truth – to reach Charles de Gaulle Square is through the subterranean passages located on the different avenues.

A scarf lightly knotted to the neck, a pair of salmon trousers, jopos and polished, hats, a vintage blazer, fire red lips or shoes that look out of the wardrobe of the grandmother: only they know how to wear them with distinction and naturalness. If we had to define the Parisian style, it could be both sober, fresh, bold and with attitude. And, above all, very personal.

It will be because there are so many brands and designers that do not see clones disguised as the same, not even in fashionable neighborhoods. We all wanted to have one like this close to home.

If you have little time, go straight to the goat cheese stand. Another very cosmopolitan is the d’Aligre, near the Bastille, with more than a hundred stalls and next to a covered gallery – the Beauvau market which offers more select products.

The same metro ticket serves to climb the funicular and avoid the stairs to the panoramic point. Before or after wandering between the stalls of the artists of the Place du Tertre and taking a portrait – the initial price can be haggard – the pause can be made at the bottom of the hill in the Le Petit Trianon bistro, redesigned in the retro- chic Try not to limit yourself to the labyrinth of circular streets that surround the basilica; there are secret passages to explore, such as the one that descends from the avenue Junot and leads to a distinguished mansion converted into the Hotel Particulier Montmartre.

To visit it complete takes more than a day. Then you have to choose: travel express by the classics (the Gioconda, the Venus of Milo, the Code of Hammurabi and the Egyptian mummies), or walk rupturista by one of the most recent additions, such as the room dedicated to Islam. But the visit begins earlier, since it is accessed by the glorious garden of the Tuileries, or even can be only outside, between the facade of the former palace of the kings of France and the famous glass pyramid designed by the architect Pei.

If instead the purer contemporary art is sought, the Center Pompidou is obliged, at least if you want to have inches away from works by Matisse, Picasso and Kandinsky.

A chosen one: the portrait of the journalist Sylvia Von Harden, of Otto Dix. Because yes. It is worth buying the Paris Museum Pass . Without queues, it is a direct pass for more than 60 museums and monuments. There are two days, four days, or six days.

The green revolving locks and bridges are a magnet for young people sitting on the water’s edge to picnic and play guitar. Los Sunday, the streets bordering the canal are pedestrianized and can also be cycled.

10 Bistronomie

“”Unabashed”” cuisine is the latest gastronomic trend of the French capital. No more sophisticated dishes or constipated environments as in the times when he was endowed with nouvelle cuisine. No more tiny portions at huge prices (chef Paul Bocuse used to say wryly: “”nothing on the plate, all on the bill””). No more white tablecloths. The premises of the bistronomy (bistro with economy) are fresh market produce, few tables, waiters and, above all, a simple and innovative cuisine.

The success of the place led him to add L’Avant-Comptoir, a hallway stuck to the bistro to poke rations side by side while waiting for a table.

11 The Eiffel Tower is the most beautiful in the neighborhood. So beautiful, that rubs the excess. And not only because it becomes a twinkling mass of lights every night, by its splendor of brilliance. By day it also has its own light, wherever you look at it. It is an image that we can not add anything to. Or maybe some data.

In order to become the undisputed symbol of Paris, a number of detractors had to be persuaded, including intellectuals such as mile Zola and Guy de Maupassant. They considered it “”a vertiginous and ridiculous tower that dominates Paris, like a gigantic and dark chimney of factory””.

The project of Gustave Eiffel prospered and the tower was ready for the Universal Exhibition of 1889 in the left bank of the Seine: ten thousand tons of steel distributed in 300 meters of height. He thought of it only as a temporary attraction, but once finished, they all surrendered to his feet.

It was the tallest building in the world, until the opening of the Empire State Building in New York. And as it was meant to be seen, everyone wants to visit it. That’s why the queues to climb the lifts are endless, especially in the morning hours (it is best to visit it from 19).

To save that time, The project of Gustave Eiffel prospered and the tower was ready for the Universal Exhibition of 1889 in the left bank of the Seine: ten thousand tons of steel distributed in 300 meters of height. He thought of it only as a temporary attraction, but once finished, they all surrendered to his feet.

It was the tallest building in the world, until the opening of the Empire State Building in New York. And as it was meant to be seen, everyone wants to visit it. That’s why the queues to climb the lifts are endless, especially in the morning hours (it is best to visit it from 19).

To save that time, The project of Gustave Eiffel prospered and the tower was ready for the Universal Exhibition of 1889 in the left bank of the Seine: ten thousand tons of steel distributed in 300 meters of height. He thought of it only as a temporary attraction, but once finished, they all surrendered to his feet. It was the tallest building in the world, until the opening of the Empire State Building in New York. And as it was meant to be seen, everyone wants to visit it.

That’s why the queues to climb the lifts are endless, especially in the morning hours (it is best to visit it from 19). To save that time, but once finished, they all surrendered to their feet. It was the tallest building in the world, until the opening of the Empire State Building in New York. And as it was meant to be seen, everyone wants to visit it. That’s why the queues to climb the lifts are endless, especially in the morning hours (it is best to visit it from 19).

To save that time, but once finished, they all surrendered to their feet. It was the tallest building in the world, until the opening of the Empire State Building in New York. And as it was meant to be seen, everyone wants to visit it. That’s why the queues to climb the lifts are endless, especially in the morning hours (it is best to visit it from 19).

To save that time,you can buy the ticket online. You can go up to the second floor or to the top, where many spend a few euros more to toast with a glass of champagne because they are those occasions that merit.

At this very moment, there is a kiss on the Pont Neuf and someone walks to the side of the Seine dreaming of some casual encounter, as Cortzar imagined the appearance of La Maga on the Pont des Arts, the same as the lovers fill with padlocks to seal your love at risk of knocking down the metal structure.

 

New York, the City that moves the World

 

When we talk about a city that is home to artists, songs, and perhaps one of the best known worldwide, we are referring to New York City. Undoubtedly the big metropolis has something different and special that even Frank Sinatra in his famous melody called New York, New York affirmed “I want to wake up in the city that never sleeps,” because in fact it feels like being there. Everything is movement in the city, nothing is static, so that little by little has left a mark becoming a reference for entertainment, fashion, cultural movements, and especially tourism. To get there is to find an urban nucleus that catches the traveler between big skyscrapers, huge avenues, and endless places to eat, shop and enjoy life like a New Yorker.

The city consists of five districts each of which coincides with a county: Bronx, Brooklyn, Manhattan, Queens, and Staten Island. But certainly Manhattan is where most of the iconic places for travelers, such as the Empire State Building, the Chrysler Building, the Rockefeller Center, the theater district around Broadway, the financial center around Wall Street, American Museum of Natural History, as well as Times Square, and Fifth Avenue where much of the commercial movement is located.

Unlike other locations New York is made to be traveled by public transport, in fact its use is the highest in the United States. It has the largest fleet of hybrid buses or equipped with compressed natural gas of the country, as well as some of the first hybrid taxis of that nation.

A good option is to get around by metro, as it is quite practical. It operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week. For $ 2.50, you can use the system throughout the city, plus unlimited MetroCard cards allow the user to use the system plus unlimited buses within a fixed period; where you can choose between seven days ($ 29) or one of 30 days ($ 104).

From the heights

A particularly daring way for the more daring is to enjoy the privilege of hopping on a helicopter and sighting from all its splendor Manhattan and its surroundings. There are companies dedicated to offering packages according to the length of time (individual or group) so that each one lives the experience adapting it to its budget. The plans vary according to the areas that fly over.

To get to the heliport you only need to take the metro and get to Rector Street, identifying the train with number one on the red line; or take trains four and five (green line) and get to Bowling Green station. While the nearest station is South Ferry (on the red line), it is under repair due to Hurricane Sandy, which left it visibly affected, so it is out of order. The most economical package starts from the $ 150 which allows for about 15 to 20 minutes to have views of Lower Manhattan, Statue of Liberty, Battery Park, Ferry Terminal to Staten Island, Hudson River and part of Midtown. Flights leave approximately every 15 minutes and are available all week until 5:45 pm

To fly it is necessary to have an updated identification and comply with the security protocols. Photographers and amateurs will enjoy visuals that can only be seen when you are from the heights.

Visit to the park

With more than 25 million users a year Central Park is the most visited urban park in the United States. While everything looks very natural the space was completely designed and designed by the architects Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux to become a kind of vegetable oasis.

With an extension of approximately 3.4 square kilometers, it has extensive valleys, lagoons, bridges, hiking, a theater, castle and even a zoo. The main attraction for young and old is the Wollman Rin skating rink. From October to April you can ice skating and the rest of the year on the track. It is in operation every day of the year, all day. The price ranges from seven dollars per person in winter to four dollars in summer.

In the park you can find caricaturists and musicians who show their work to residents and tourists, giving that bohemian touch to space. In turn as a place so crowded and famous worldwide, it is common to run into filming teams performing scenes of music videos, movies and even television commercials. The most famous square Bethesda Terrace and its “Angel of the Waters” is by par excellence the favorite environment for this purpose.