No.9 - Plovdiv’s history goes back to the 4,000 BC, which is proved by many Neolithic excavations. Over the centuries Plovdiv has been ruled by many empires, though originally it was a Thracian city. Later it was conquered by the Romans. In the Middle Ages Plovdiv was an alluring territory for the Bulgarian, Byzantine, and the Ottoman Empires. Only in 1885 the city became the part of Bulgaria. Nowadays it’s the second largest city in Bulgaria and it’s a significant economic, educational and cultural center.
I have been obsessed with the city for years. Last summer I was lucky to spend a couple of days in this magnificent city and I just fell in love with its narrow paved streets, neat beautiful houses and marvelous ancient architecture! The Old Town is definitely worth seeing. It is overwhelmed with restaurants, workshops and museums that were previously famous houses. Archeological sites, museums, churches and temples are also must-see places in Plovdiv.
The first shots have been fired in a low-cost air war across the Atlantic.
Europe’s third largest budget airline – Norwegian Air – has just started flights from London’s Gatwick Airport to the United States for the equivalent of less than 200 euros – one way, off peak.
On different days it is flying to Los Angeles, New York and Florida using Boeing 787 Dreamliners. It already runs services from Oslo to the US.
Both its larger rivals, Ryanair and easyJet have talked about offering flights to the United States. Ryanair has indeed said it will do that by 2019.
The service faces opposition from US politicians. They tried to block it saying Norwegian Air was circumventing European labour laws.
Lawmakers in Washington complained the planes would be registered in Ireland and that cheaper staff would be used at local bases in Europe, Asia and the US, thereby creating an unfair competition advantage.
For the moment the company is using its Norwegian Air Operators Certificate, rather than an Irish AOC, which means the planes can fly into the US.
USE-IT stands for no-nonsense tourist info for young people. USE-IT guides, maps, and websites are made by young locals, are not commercial, free, and up-to-date. Some USE-IT's also have a visitors desk, mostly run by volunteers. Every USE-IT publishes maps or guides that will guide you through the city in a no-nonsense way. Click on the city to get a free printable version.
Ever since 1912 the Sóller railway has been running a daily train service along the 27.3 km route between Palma de Mallorca and Sóller, without interruption. From 1913 it has also run the tram service along the 4.9 kilometres from Sóller and the Port of Sóller.
Brussels is an amazing city. Delicious food. Stunning architecture. Endless shopping opportunities. Incredible art. Relaxing parks. Not to mention it boasts a unique charm that makes it a sexy and romantic capital.
I love Brussels for all the above and more. And I am intrigued that only now it is becoming a trendy weekend destination. Granted, it is a relatively small city, but it has lots to offer. Here are 10 unique things that in my opinion, any first time visitor should try to experience while in Brussels
Indulge yourself in waffles, chocolate and cookies
Brussels has more chocolate factories than any other city on earth. And waffles have been the food of choice since the Middle Ages. Have no doubt, it’s a foodie heaven!
Any quick walk around the city center can turn into a tasting marathon. Sweet and sour waffles. Belgian pralines. And delicious butter cookies that come in incredibly cute boxes.
Belgian chocolatiers take their craft very seriously. As they do with the decor of their shops. And many of them have a long tradition. However, there’s one mandatory stop. Brussels chocolatier Jean Neuhaus invented the praline over a century ago and his wife invented the ‘ballotin’ – the luxurious, typical packaging for pralines. Their original shop can still be visited in the Galerie de la Reine.
Go on an Art Nouveau tour
Brussels is the capital of Art Nouveau. Apart from hosting an Art Nouveau biennial with doors open events, the magnificent structures can be admired from street level any time. However, certain buildings, including Horta Museum, can be visited throughout the year.
The Musical Instruments Museum is a masterpiece inside-out. It opened at the end of the 19th century, and back then it hosted the luxurious Old England department stores. Nowadays the museum has an extraordinary collection of more than 7000 musical instruments from all over the world (around 1500 are on display)....
Sleep Well youth hostel is located in the heart of Brussels, in a modern and welcoming building. It offers 240 beds and a wide-range of first class services. The building and rooms are totally suited for visitors with reduced mobility. There is a restaurant, bar, terrace, meeting rooms and relaxation areas, guided tours, bike hire, a Tourist Info Point, cultural events, a "tailored" welcome for all and special rates for groups. Sleep Well also runs activities that help promote exchanges and encourage people to meet others (games, music, library, karaoke, etc.).
MUCH MORE THAN A PLACE TO STAY FOR THE NIGHT!
Sponsorships, participation in social, educational and cultural events are an integral part of the hostel's day-to-day activities. By staying at the hostel, every visitor contribute (or contribued) to the following projects: « Ethiopia Mobility Cylce » project (Initiated by UNICEF and supported by the Brussels and the Abeba/Entoto Rotary Club), the creation of a youth SOS scheme (SOS Jeunes), the restoration of the Abbaye de Brogne (Work Training Enterprise, "les ateliers de Pontaury"), the handling of training courses organised by the non-profit FOR.e.t. association (qualifying training for housekeeping staff and kitchen staff),...
European Opera Days ¦ Venez savourez le génie de Giuseppe Verdi et de Richard Wagner à l’occasion de leur bicentenaire lors de la Journée européenne de l’Opéra le 12 mai prochain !...
Masterclass Chœurs de la Monnaie Assistez à un moment rare, une répétition publique du Chœur de la Monnaie ! Découvrez nos choristes, observez comment se tisse une relation enter un chœur et son chef, comment des voix s’emparent d’un rôle pour mieux vous faire vibrer !
FR & NL Durée : 60’ 13:00 Salle Malibran
Chantons Verdi ! Martino Faggiani et le chœur de la Monnaie vous donnent rendez-vous pour entonnez ensemble différents airs de Verdi! Une expérience unique, un partage d’émotions…
FR & NL Durée : 45’ 14:30 Salle Malibran
Concert Richard Wagner, Wesendonck-Lieder (1857-1858) (arrangement pour soprano et quatuor à cordes) Giuseppe Verdi, Quartetto per archi in mi minore (1873)
Quatuor Malibran (Tatiana Samouil, Emilie Belaud, Tony Nys, Justus Grimm) Tineke Van Ingelgem, soprano
Durée : 50’ 16:00 Salle Malibran
FILMS ET PROJECTIONS
2 Œuvres, 2 productions Venez voir ou revoir, découvrir ou savourer Parsifal de Wagner ou Macbeth de Verdi, deux productions phares des dernières saisons de la Monnaie !
PARSIFAL Richard Wagner (février 2011) - Mise en scène : Roméo Castellucci - Direction musicale : Hartmut Haenchen
MACBETH Giuseppe Verdi (juin 2010) - Mise en scène : Krzysztof Warlikowski - Direction musicale : Paul Daniel
Projections avec sous-titrages en français et néerlandais Parsifal 13:00 Mabeth 18:00 Studio 1
Dustin Hoffman, Quartet, 2013 Découvrez en avant-première belge le premier film de Dustin Hoffman, Quartet ! Dans la campagne anglaise, une maison de retraite s’apprête à accueillir comme nouvelle pensionnaire une ancienne diva connue de tous ! Et dire que la maison compte déjà en ses murs trois autres anciens chanteurs lyriques. Que se passera-t-il lorsque tout ce beau monde sera à nouveau réunit ? Les rivalités anciennes renaîtront-elles de leurs cendres ou au contraire, l’âge aura-t-il assagi ces pensionnaires bien sages ?
En Anglais avec sous-titrage en anglais Durée : 98’ 20:30 Galeries Cinema Nombre de places limité - réservation obligatoire au desk d'accueil (jusqu' 20h)
RENCONTRE ET CONFERENCE
José van Dam, Verdi & Wagner José Van Dam a chanté plus d’un opéra de Verdi ou de Wagner sur la scène de la Monnaie… Il en parle et évoque ses souvenirs au cours d’une conversation menée par Camille de Ryck. Une occasion d’entendre autrement l’une des voix majeure du chant lyrique !
Durée : 60’ 18:30 Salle Malibran
Wagner et l'esthétique de théâtre En créant le théâtre de Bayreuth, sorte de temple dédié à sa musique Wagner apporte des changements révolutionnaires dans l’architecture des théâtres d’opéra. Venez en apprendre davantage sur ce lien entre architecture et opéra face à la maquette du théâtre baroque de Bayreuth et de projetions du théâtre de Wagner à Bayreuth.
Durée : 30’ 15:00 - 15:30 NL Espace muséal
VISITES GUIDÉES Suivez nos guides dans les couloirs du théâtre : hall d’entrée, escaliers d’honneur, Grand Foyer, Grande Salle n’auront plus aucun secret pour vous !
Durée : 45’ A partir de 17h, départ toutes les 15’, en français et en néerlandais Hall d’entrée du théâtre
VERDI & WAGNER FOR FAMILIES !
Ateliers familles Au cours d’ateliers ludiques destinés aux enfants (6-12 ans), partez à la découverte de nos deux super héros !
Durée : 60’ 13:00, 14:15, 16:00 FR Alechinsky, Hall d’entrée des Ateliers de la Monnaie
Surprise pour les familles Chut… nous n’en dirons pas plus…
Durée : 60’ 17:15 NL & FR Alechinsky, Hall d’entrée des Ateliers de la Monnaie
Du côté des gourmands Ils portaient tous deux la barbe… Dégustez la barbaverdi ou la barbawagner en sucre rouge ou bleu sous le péristyle du théâtre.
VERDI & WAGNER BY POST À l’occasion du bicentenaire de Richard Wagner et de Giuseppe Verdi, la Poste édite une série limitée de 5 timbres illustrant des productions de certaines de leurs opéras. Retrouvez en timbre Parsifal dans la mise en scène de Roméo Castellucci ou Macbeth dans celle de Krzysztof Warlikowski. Profitez de la prévente officielle du 12 mai pour acquérir ces timbres précieux en avant première !
If you’re looking to take a break from your everyday life and retreat in a fairytale world, there’s probably no better place than La Balade des Gnomes, near the picturesque town of Durbuy, Belgium. Featuring ten amazingly-decorated bedrooms and a special suite designed as a Trojan cow, this place is certainly unique.
Formerly an ordinary Belgian farmhouse, La Balade des Gnomes was transformed into a magical tourist resort by architect owner Dominic Noel. Inspired by fantasy settings, ancient Greek history, science fiction and medieval castles, the resourceful Mr. Noel managed to create his incredible hotel exclusively out of natural materials like wood, stone and cob (mud mixed with lime and straw). “The hotel was created by people who have a strong interest in nature,” the owner says, but anyone with a rich imagination would certainly appreciate the unworldly design and decorations of this place. The names of the rooms do a good job of describing what you can expect to see when you walk through the door: The Legend of Trolls seems taken straight out of the Lord of the Rings, In a Moon Neighborhood takes you to a distant future where humans can spend their vacation in a hotel on the Moon, while Macquarie Island boasts a marine decor complete with a boat-shaped bed.
Rail travel is the most sophisticated route to international adventure. Imagine sipping a cappuccino as you traverse the Tuscan countryside or enjoying a spot of afternoon tea while you await your arrival in Paris. It’s truly a relaxing, easy, and fast way to travel.
In fact, I believe rail travel is perhaps the best way to explore Europe. It quickly transports visitors between top destinations, without the hassle of road traffic or airport security. Plus, when taking a train from place to place, you depart from one city center and arrive in the next, completely eliminating the hassle and expense of those long transfers to the airport.
More than 713 million passengers traveled across the EU by rail between April and September of 2014, showing resurgence in popularity among locals and internationals alike. But can you guess what the top destinations to visit by rail were for the summer of 2014?
France, Italy, and the United Kingdom.
For that reason, Friendly Planet Travel has developed a new line of tours that connect these top rail hotspots. Our Italy by Rail tour transports visitors to the greatest cities in Italy — Venice, Florence, and Rome — while our London and Paris by Rail package connects travelers with the pomp and pageantry of London and the sophistication of Paris. Book a trip today to see some of Europe’s most romantic and modern cities in true European style.
Check out Tom's Guide's latest story on vacation apps!
With the summer months upon us, many of you are likely organizing some breed of trip or vacation, whether it's to a far off, exotic place or a little exploration closer to home. The Tom's Guide team has put together a list of applications that will help you plan your trip and get the most out of your destination when you finally do arrive. Be sure to check out '15 Holiday and Travel Apps' for the full round up!
With warm months approaching, many people will surely be planning summer vacations with friends and family. Luckily, the advent of mobile internet,smartphones, and tablets provides users with many apps to help out when vacationeering. From trip planners and itinerary generators, to online marketplaces for accommodations and establishments, crowd-sourced reviews, and more, there's no shortage of applications to ensure your trip goes smoothly. Here are a selection of apps we feel could be of great use to those planning on traveling in the coming months.
Relax while pedalling (one or two hours) on the railway along the picturesque valley of the Molignée.
From Warnant to Falaën and back (8 km) or from Falaën to Maredsous and back (6 km) or from Warnant to Maredsous and back (14 km).
It is 20 years since we started riding on the Molignée line, and to mark the occasion we are offering the full route at the special price of 20 € to anyone born in 1994 (also in their 20th year !) -from 01/04 to 31/10/2014, on presentation of their Identity card (this offer cannot be combined with other promotions).
Rue de la Molignée 116 5537 Anhée Phone: 082/69.90.79
Each bed has curtains and a locker with a combination lock
There is a kitchen and a lounge
Washing machines are available
Showers and Bathroom are separated ladies and gents
Lan connections in each room and Wifi access
There is no smoking inside the building. Smoking areas are outside
I personally recommend this guest-house. The owner is very sincere and honest, gives you a lot of information in and around Yokohama. By the way, the situation is ideal.... a walking distance from the Central Station of Yokohama city.
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Europe’s largest low cost airline, Ryanair, will launch services from Charleroi in Belgium to the Montenegrin capital starting June 20. Maria Macken, Ryanair’s Sales and Marketing Manager for the UK, Ireland and Cyprus, announced the new service this afternoon at a press conference in Budva. The Ryanair flights will operate twice per week, every Monday and Thursday. Tickets are to go on sale tomorrow on the airline’s website. Montenegro marks Ryanair’s 29th country of operation. Speaking at the conference Ms. Macken said, “This year we are introducing only one service due to capacity restrictions. However, from next year we plan to introduce flights from London, Barcelona, Stockholm and Milan to Tivat”. The initial service from Podgorica is set to operate throughout the year, with Ryanair planning to handle some 10.000 passengers on the route in its first year.
Ryanair originally made plans to launch services to Montenegro last summer. In March 2012, the Montenegrin government said it had negotiated with Ryanair to launch flights to Podgorica from three cities in June. However, the announcement was followed by an angry reaction from the low cost airline, unhappy that details of the agreement were made public. It then decided not to sign the agreement with the Montenegrin government citing expensive fees at Podgorica Airport as its main motive for staying away. Tour operators blamed the government, claiming it purposely sabotaged the negotiating process to protect Montenegro Airlines.
However, in January this year the government launched fresh talks with Ryanair, saying it had made it its main priority to bring low cost carriers to the country. Despite its economy heavily relying on tourism, Montenegro is currently not served by a single low cost airline. Within the former Yugoslavia, Ryanair only operates services to Croatia. Earlier this month it opened its first base in the country, in Zadar.