Festivals in Paraguay.
Paraguay is situated in the South America. The country is divided into two uneven parts by the river Paraguay. The culture of this country is bright and friendly as most of the countries of the South America.
Music in Paraguay plays a great role in everyday life of the citizens. Music accompanies sadness and fun, good times and bad times, birth and death. Those who are about to go Paraguay can not find a better time than winter. Compering to the European countries this place has never seen cold weather. Here, the sun is shining and the flowers are blossoming. Otherwise the coldest season is summer; the temperature here hops from +36 to +6.
So here, in a hot winter time one of the best actions takes place – Paraguay’s festivals.
The main holiday of the country is “Paraguay’s carnival” and is held on February. Lots of costume performances, street processions, various cultural and religious festivals happen in Asuncion and other cities. San Bless Fiesta is held in February. Everything is bright and colorful, the streets are filled with musicians, and everybody is dancing and having fun. It is celebrated nationally and it occupies almost all big cities of the country.
Besides, the Christmas, New Year and Eastern holidays all the country celebrates “Dia de San Blass” in honor of the saint protector of Paraguay. It is celebrated since 1539. Other festivals are “Serro-cora “which is held on the 1st of March. There is also a special festival which is held on the 15th of August in honor of the establishment of Asuncion.
Every province has its own list of holidays, which are usually connected to some religious or historical dates. In the beginning of February little city Puno celebrates a colorful religious festival “Virgen-de-la Candelaria.” At the end of March another bright festival takes place – “Viemes – Santo”. In the first days of May town Alarsitas has a fair of manual craft that is held in the terms of the festival “Dia de Santa Cruz” which is a religious festival. The last religious festival is held in the end of September and is called “La VIrgen de la Mercedes”.
Bright emotions, bronze tan and lots of fun! This is Brazil! The country of wild monkeys and colorful parrots has a great variety of souvenirs and clothes that will be as bright and extravagant as Brazil itself.
Rua Visconde de Piraja is a fashion center that will amaze any customer. This street combines boutiques that represent all top brands. If you are looking for a golden bikini, the best place to go is “Lenny”. This place has unbelievable swimming suits. If you are not ready to Brazilian experiments visit “Blueman” some rumors say that even Bill Clinton does his shopping here. After a good swim through the accessory shops go to the “Alice Tapajs” here are some clothes from the brands like DKNY and if you are looking for good leather clothes better visit Frankie Amaury. Also there are a lot of other shopping centers in Brazil.
Although, not everybody is looking for clothes but everybody is buying souvenirs. T-shirt, trinket, figurine are the most popular souvenir gifts. Change your typical behavior – this is Brazil!
A Caipirinha is an alcohol drink that has a vivid acid color that will impress anybody; also, it will be good to bring real Brazilian coffee. Brazil has many jewel mines so it’s obvious that this country gives a variety of fine jewelry like diamonds, tourmalines, emerald and topaz. Plus the prices are lower than anywhere in the world.
Many people associate this country with carnivals, a carnival dress and a cd with samba will be an all-like present. The sea is another part that influences Brazilian culture. On the seaside you can buy some real treasures like ship models, tiny lighthouse, shipboard lamp and even real operating wheel.
If you don’t like ordinary stuff go to the Hippie market in Rio. This place is filled with variegated handmade dresses, swimming suits and goffering.
The capital of Catalonia, Barcelona is a hectic and live city. It is the second largest city in Spain. Nowadays Barcelona is a major economic and cultural center. Two official languages are spoken here: Spanish and Catalan. A lot of tourists visit Barcelona each year because of great amount of parks, gardens, beaches and museums. Barcelona is also famous for Antoni Gaudi’s masterpieces such as Sagrada Familia, Park Guell and Casa Batlló.
Park Guell is a very picturesque place, included in UNESCO World Heritage list.
The park was the part of unsuccessful commercial project. It was meant to be built in English style. Two houses were built on the territory of the park (not by Gaudi) but no one wanted to buy them. For those who wanted to live close to Barcelona it was too far, for those willing to live further it was too close. One of these two houses was bought be Gaudi himself, because Guell convinced him. Nowadays the house in which he used to live houses a museum where you may found out more about Gaudi’s life and to see the sketches of his works. The entrance to the park is free and anyone can visit it. The most beautiful spot in the park is the serpentine bench.
If you’re visiting Barcelona, you should definitely plan a trip to Park Guell. Spend at least half a day there to have enough time to admire one of the famous spaniards‘ masterpiece. It probably will be a better solution to take a bus to the park because if you decide to take metro, you’ll have to climb the hill for approximately 20 minutes.
Sagrada Familia is another Gaudi’s fascinating work, though the architect himself will never see his creation when it is finished. Last years of his life he dedicated to this project. Nowadays it is still under construction, but is available for tourists.
Lima is the most attractive and interesting for tourists city in Peru. That is why dining on a budget might be reasonable and considerable issue for those ones, who has busy trip schedule and do not plan to spend extra money in cafes. Cheap restaurants is very suitable also because of their location in central city areas in almost cases and, besides, it is always a great opportunity to taste local cuisine on moderate prices. So, top 5 cheap restaurants in Lima are defined.
Govinda (2 cafes) is a restaurant with entirely Peruvian cuisine made vegetarian, and soups and dishes made of rice are of high popularity. It is possible to order meals without le carte, which is a common practice in this establishment. Additionally, the outside patio supplements a nice atmosphere of the restaurant.
Address: 1.Schell 634, Miraflores Area, Lima, Peru.
1. Jirón Callao 480 (near Av. Tacna in Centro de Lima)
Openning Hours: Mon – Fri 11 AM – 7 PM; Sun 11 AM – 4 PM
Average prices: €4-5 per 3-course meal.
Accllahuasy Restaurant is a place, where one may taste racy Peruvian cuisine (sandwiches, snacks are included). It is important to mention that set meals are preferable on moderate prices.
Address: Ancash 400, Central Lima (Around the corner from Hostal España)
Opening hours: 07:00-23:00, daily
Papas y Comotes is a budget restaurant, conducted by one family, which offers Peruvian food of high quality with low prices. Among featured dishes tourists may taste the seafish food with Creole sauce (about €8-9) as well as different combinations of crispy potatoes and salads. This café is suitable for big companies, tourists with children and delivery is possible as well.
Address: 276 Calle Burgos, San Isidro
Opening hours: Mon-Sat 7AM-10PM
Average prices: €4-8 per dish
Las Mesitas Restaurant is a café, where the brightest Peruvian dishes are offered. Tourists might be delighted to taste specific corn dish humitas with different fillings (both meat and vegetable) as well as mezzamora morada (a pudding dessert, also made of corn and fruits).
Address: Grau 341, Barranco, Lima, Peru (near Parque Municipal)
Opening hours: daily, till 11PM-1AM
Average prices: €4-8 per dish
La Baguette appears to be a restaurant, which serves both local and international cuisine. The menu offers a wide range of dishes: sandwiches, salads, tapas, snacks, meat dishes, etc. This establishment might fit for arrangement of certain occasions and celebrations, brunches, for instance, as well as it is a nice restaurants for tourists, who live nearby.
Address: CC Plaza San Miguel, Lima, Peru
Phone: 566 – 0858
Opening hours: Mon – Sun 7AM – 12PM
Average prices: €4-8 per dish
The Oruro Carnival held in the mining town of Oruro in Bolivia is the most significant carnival in the country attracting crowds of tourists. It usually lasts for 10 days and the most fascinating day is on Saturday before Ash Wednesday when dancing devils parade takes place.
The parade of dancing devils is led by San Miguel and El Tio – lord of the underworld. These demonic dancers are dressed in extravagant clothes. The design and creation of Diablada customes has become an art in Oruro.
The procession is followed by other dance groups. Behind are the inca characters and a group of conquistadores, including Francisco Pizarro and Diego de Almagro. When the devils and the archangel arrive at the soccer stadium, they engage in a series of dances that tell the story of the ultimate battle between good and evil.
After over 20 hours of performing along the 4km route, the procession finishes inside the Socavon cathedral which is located in the very center of town. And there all the participants often crawl on their knees in order to honor the town’s patron saint – the Virgin of Socavon. And this is not the end of the party, it is only the beginning. There are 72 more hours left before the end of the carnival.
Then the crowd leaves the cathedral and meets the dawn in the square outside while Las bandas continue playing on the cathedral steps. Gradually the individual bands join together – how it’s organised is impossible to tell – until eventually the jaunty folk groups become one. As the new day begins, everyone relaxes to watch the sunrise with plenty of hot chicha to keep themselves warm. The carnival is one the brightest festivals in Bolivia.
Madrid is a bustling capital of Spain with its own impressive culture and mysterious traditions.
When it comes to Madrid, gastronomy is culture, business and leisure – all in one.
There is a vast range culinary variety on offer: Madrid is famous for its delicious cuisine and traditional homemade dishes.
With its fascinating traditions, rich history and remarkable art scene Madrid attracts a lot of visitors over the world. Probably, Madrid is one of few cities over the world where, every day, you can enjoy watching a ballerina or hear a tenor.
A World of Art
Madrid is well known for its large number of art galleries and museums that showcase masterpieces of many famous artists such as El Greco, Miro, Salvador Dali as well Goya and Picasso.
Better-known for its collection of artworks, Museo del Prado includes masterworks of world prominent artists as well as Barnett Newman, Goya, Picasso, Miguel Navarro, Dan Flavin, Barnett Newman and even more. Other outstanding art galleries in Madrid are Thyssen-Bornemisza, Reina Sofia and Museo Sorolla.
The architecture of Madrid is a strange mix of all the dynasties, the buildings stand as a testimony to the fact. The Prado Museum is the most renowned museum in the world which holds unique collections of classic painting worldwide. It is a home to famous artists such as Rubbens, Goya, El Greco.
The Reina Sofia Museum is named in honor of the actual Queen of Spain, attracting visitors with its amazing paintings like “El Guernica “the most important masterpieces of Pablo Picasso as well great masters as Miro and Dali.
Madrid is famous for its museums, but there are also many gardens and parks; one of the top 10 parks is the Royal Botanic Garden which includes huge collections of plants from all around the world. Other impressive park is the Casa del Campo in Madrid. Without doubt, Madrid has a rich culture and famous for its fabulous work of famous artists.
In Madrid, the world art is not extended to museums yet. A lot of galleries, institutions, public spaces of exhibition and foundations also exist in metropolitan city such as: At Castello, 77, Fundación Juan March is one of the oldest institutions in the city that includes exhibitions of Modern Western Art. It is well known as the first house of an international art. Other famous exhibitions are Círculo de Bellas Artes and Fundacion Arte y Tecnologia.
The major avenue is Gran Vía that offers musicals, symphonies, operas, dance performances, “zarzuelas” (light Spanish operas) and even more. Otherwise, if you are passion about football Real Madrid or Atlético de Madrid, is a must be.
Traditionally, the citizens of Madrid call the city “La Villa” (“the village”), and this custom still alive.
Another great example of Madrid culture is the invention of the Spanish guitar, was created by Andrés Segovia in 1790. When it comes to Madrid, it’s not only about learning Spanish language but also basically exploring fabulous, architectural places, museums, exhibitions, finding out the most fascinating facts about culture.
Coffee is widely popular over the world; 400 million cups are consumed each year.
With that many cups being consumed each day, it is a great idea to give people clear information about coffee, what they really want and need. The most astonishing fact is that coffee flavors have taken a giant step into the 21st century. Flavorings can be added to gourmet coffees to make amazing light tastes. The process involved in flavoring coffee means that flavorings are added to coffee beans while they are still warm, immediately after roasting. It includes such favorite flavored coffee drinks like Amaretto, Irish Crème, and Viennese Cinnamon. But hold your horses because the flavors do not stop there.
Every coffee from the same region but has some distinctive features that make it different out of coffees from totally different geographical zones. However, the coffees from one area keep their personal individuality and therefore contrast with one another.
While, Belgian coffee is more than something hot you buy through drive thru. It’s a rich deep flavored beverage that is tasty, hot or cold. Belgian coffee is a perfect choice to enjoy the warm conversation; it wakes up you in the morning, makes you full of energy during day, and does not let you sleep in the night.
Belgian coffee adds to the moment when you are extremely happy, coffee gives us ground when you are upset.
Coffee shops are ubiquitous in Europe, but the best coffee, you will find in Belgium. Actually, Belgium coffee is the most exotic and tasty drink. With this flavor of faraway places on your lips, you can taste the vanilla and coffee aroma of the tropics and the magical world of aromatic essences.
Belgian Waffle cafe offers the menu known as the “Coffee Chalet,” including a wide range of coffee, so you may have a dinner through the Lake Arrowhead Village.
The Belgian Waffle Coffee Chalet also offers Cappuccino’s, Latte, Mocha, Espresso, Chai Latte and our new Pumpkin Spice Latte. You may add a flavor shot of caramel, vanilla, almond, or others to choose from including sugar free flavors.
Without a doubt the most coffee brewed in the Village on a daily basis. Stop in for a fresh cup and enjoy the lake view while you are in Belgium.
If you are not in the mood for a Coffee drink try a cup of tasty Hot Chocolate with Lite Whipped Cream or a cup of Apple Cider. Otherwise, try Belgian Iced Cappuccino Drink you will ever taste. Make your stay in Belgium unforgettable with the best coffee over the world.
Belgium is well known by its sparkling old customers and festivals.
The Carnival of Binche without doubt is the most marvelous festival in Belgium. It has been proclaimed as a Masterpiece of moral and intangible heritage of Humanity by UNESCO.
The Carnival of Binche is a famous festival in Belgium and it takes place annually in a lovely Belgian town, called Binche.
People from over the world come to Belgium to see this fascinating festival that includes a lot of street dancing wearing vibrant costumes and wax masks. Men stand out from the crowd in orange costumes wearing wooden shoes. It is a national tradition of the festival that the Gilles happily throw oranges at the crowd to bless the upcoming summer season. The main idea is not to throw anything back at the Gilles instead turn the other cheek. The orange that can hit you in the forehead is actually a blessing. A lot of people come for the carnival for some goodness and honest fun.
This European carnival dates back almost 200 years. The pelting oranges are regarded as a gift promising a good harvest.
When the odds start?
The preparation for a grandiose event starts beforehand. The celebration lasts for three days in February. In fact, Shrove Sunday is known as the beginning of Carnival of Binche. The streets of old city are decorated brightly parading locals. The next day which is called Shrove Tuesday, you may find around a thousand Gilles de Binche, mostly all of them are males at the age of 60.
Up to 1.000 Gilles gather in the downtown of Binche, wearing fancy costumes and bizarre masks with green eyes, decorated with downy lace at the neck. During the festival they are walking through the city with the baskets full of oranges. The most astonishing part of the festival is orange tossing that takes place during the culmination of festival. During this time the Gilles throw oranges from large baskets to the people. Only men can take part in this carnival.
The participants enjoy the breakfast that consists of traditional oysters and champagne on fat Tuesday.
In the night, you have a chance to enjoy a colorful fireworks with the Gilles de Binche dancing around festival bonfire.
The spectaculars usually join amazing party and dance until the sun rises.
The Carnival of Binche is an ideal choice for people who adore old history and ancient cities.
Should you be traveling to Belgium during the festival, consider adding it to your itinerary. It will be the most unique experience you have ever had.
Salamanca is well known as “La Dorada”, or “Golden City”, because of the golden glow of its sandstone buildings. It has a population of 160.000 people and is a safe place for living. Especially, Salamanca is a lively students city (around 35.000 students come to study here), undoubtedly breathtaking with a medieval charm in Renaissance style.
The city has a lot of the most prestigious universities in the world. It attracts a lot of student from over the world to come here and learn Spanish languages. Surely, it is a busting city with a lot of things to do. While you are in Salamanca, do not miss the chance to see the oldest universities in Europe.
It was founded in 1218 by King Alfonso IX, making it the oldest university in Spain. In present times, it has an excellent reputation as an academic institution and throughout the years some famous persons studied here such as Miguel de Cervantes and Christopher Columbus.
Salamanca University has a lot of fascinating sights that make the entrance fee definitely worthwhile.
While, walking through the university you will find the old lecture rooms, going upstairs will see a huge University library. Including thousands of antique books arranged on wooden shelves and huge globes of the world, it will certainly give you an idea of the unrivalled academic splendor of the Salamanca University during the Renaissance. The facade of Universidad de Salamanca, carved in stone, there is a small frog on the skull. Also, you will have the chance to see a myriad of amazing details in its beautiful facade, among which are the medallion of the Catholic Monarchs, the arms of Charles V, and other symbols of the history of Spain.
In fact, the frog is a symbol of a sexual temptation and the skull a symbol of a death.
That’s why; the frog on the skull warned the students to stay away from women because they can make them not pass the exams, the traditional legend says.
Find the frog at the University of Salamanca:
You should look for the frog at the university – it is a national tradition for all people who visit Salamanca to drop by the university’s facade to look for the golden frog.
So, why people are looking for the frog? – It is a mystery for tourists. According to the legend, all visitors must look for the frog if they find it; they will come back to Salamanca soon. Also, there is another meaning – marriage with a Spaniard or you will be lucky.
In the Cuesta de la Encarnación
Street you will find a university dining room where you can have lunch for just 3.5 euro. Actually, there are a lot of university dining rooms in Salamanca but this one is in the city center close to the Plaza Mayor. You can also enjoy wonderful views of the Pontificia University and the Clerecía church while you are eating.
If you want to enjoy the wonderful sunset over Salamanca, the best place to do it – the Roman Bridge.
As night falls, Salamanca lights up and becomes even more beautiful, if such a thing is possible.
Salamanca is a student’s town; its nightlife is famous for its jolly atmosphere and party till the sun rise.
So if you want to have a fun and dancing, here you will find a lot of clubs, bars and discos right near the squares of Plaza Mayor and Plaza San Justo. If you are lucky, you will have the chance to find a group of tunos (traditional troupes of student singers) serenading revelers as they stroll through the town
The opportunities for having fun in Salamanca are never ending…- here; all your wishes can come true.
Born in the capital of Spain, Madrid Penélope Cruz was originally a dancer and a star of Spanish television.
She made her acting debut at 16 on television, and her feature film debut the following year in Jamón, jamón (1992). In the 1990s and 2000s she starred in Open Your Eyes (1997), The Hi-Lo Country (1999), The Girl of Your Dreams (2000) and Woman on Top (2000). The year 2001 was the most successful to Cruz as she achieved worldwide recognition after the leading roles in “Blow” and “Vanilla Sky”.
In 2006, she became spokesmodel for L’Oréal promoting such products as the L’Oréal Paris hair dye Natural Match and L’Oreal mascara products. Cruz appears in television commercials and print ads for the company. She receives $2 million a year for her work in L’Oréal. Cruz has appeared in print ads for Mango and had a contract with Ralph Lauren in 2001.
Cruz was ranked as No. 58 in Maxim’s Hot 100 of 2007 list, and was chosen by Empire magazine as one of the 100 Sexiest Movie Stars in the world. She was also ranked on Askmen.com’s Most Desirable Women of 2008 at No. 26, in 2009 at No. 25, and in 2010 at No. 7. In April 2010, she replaced Kate Winslet as the new face and ambassador of Lancôme’s Trésor fragrance. Lancôme has signed Cruz as the brand’s third superstar spokesmodel, along with Julia Roberts and Kate Winslet.
On the cover of Spanish Vogue’s December 2010 issue, she agreed to be photographed by fashion photographer Peter Lindbergh only if her pregnancy not be shown. In 2011, The Telegraph reported the most sought after body parts of the rich and famous revealed by two Hollywood plastic surgeons who carried out a survey among their patients to build up the picture of the perfect woman. Under the category of the most sought after body shape Penelope Cruz, known for her voluptuous figure, was voted as having the top body with Gisele Bundchen and Jennifer Aniston finishing the top three. Men’s Health named her one of the “100 Hottest Women of All-Time”, ranking her at No. 32.
She also donates money to charity. She volunteered in Uganda and India. In 2000, she spent time in Nepal photographing Tibetan children for an exhibition attended by the Dalai Lama. She also photographed residents at the Pacific Lodge Boys’ Home, most of whom are former gang members and recovering substance abusers. Being pregnant she took part in the battle against AIDS lightning up the Empire State Building with red lights on December 1, 2010 on International AIDS Day.