Valencia was first mentioned in the 2nd Century BC as a roman colony. Its name actually comes from the latin Valentia which means “strength” or “valour”, a Roman practice of recognising the valour of former Roman soldiers after a war. With 2000 years of history, 45 museums, 30 parks, gardens and 16 theatres Valencia makes the ideal destination for holidays, cultural breaks, family travel, romantic escapades and solo trips. Valencia has two official languages: Spanish and Valenciano which is a dialect of Catalan. If you want to sound more like a local (even though the backpack and camera will shout “hey I am a tourist”) say “Bon dia!” instead of “Buenos Dias” and then mix and match with phrases from that “Learn Spanish in 6 Weeks” booklet you carry with you. Continue reading “15 Things to do in Valencia”
Maybe you are reading this blog post bundled up on your way to class or to work or maybe you are reading it after you have been shoving snow all morning. Or maybe winter is your favourite season and you hate me for talking about spring already *eyes roll*. In any case, while we are still in the middle of winter (sorry to remind you) and I had to pay a fortune on a new pair of winter boots *£15* (I could have just saved that for travel purposes you know) I will tell you something my friend. Spring will be upon us eventually and now is a good time to make plans for March, April and May and see if that’s going to warm you up a little.
Christmas markets are an old tradition in Austria. They can be traced back to the Middle Ages. In 1298 Albrecht I allowed the citizens of Vienna to hold a Krippenmarkt (December Market). Even if the market has changed over the years, traditions have been adapted to fit modern days but they still occupy a very special place in the heart of every Austrian and not only. Visitors from all over the world come to Austria every year to enjoy the festive season at some of the country’s most magical Christmas Markets.
What are the first things that come into your mind when you think about Britain? Big Ban, Buckingham Palace, red buses, rain, British accents, royals, and cute telephone cabins I would guess. Add Christmas markets on the list too, as Britain will surprise you with markets which are held in the most historic and iconic places. Continue reading “Britain’s Top Christmas Markets”
While Christmas is becoming more and more commercial in many countries, luckily Switzerland is staying loyal to tradition. Swiss Christmas usually lasts from the beginning of Advent to the end of Epiphany (so from around the end of November until the beginning of January). On the 1st of December children will open the first window of their Advent calendar to find a yummy treat, each week families will light one candle on the Advent wreath until Christmas Day and on Christmas Eve they will ornate the Christmas tree with lit candles, a tradition which dates back to the 16th Century. Let’s see what happens in terms of Christmas markets.
Belgians somehow manage to succeed at everything they do and make us jealous of their beers, chocolate, fries and Christmas markets. From the traditional Christmas market of Bruges, to the unique underground Christmas market of les Grottes de Wonck, Belgium doesn’t stop surprising us at how many things she can impress us with. Continue reading “Belgium’s Top Christmas Markets”