Month: December 2020

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Bristol, England Travel Guide

Bristol is on the rise. Abandoned docks have become places of entertainment, historical attractions breathe imagination and a top-notch street art scene brings color and spice. From Clifton’s legendary suspension bridge to Brunels SS Great Britain, steamships and trains, Bristol is a city steeped in history. And it’s exposed in an attractive way too.

Throughout Bristol you will find restaurants that serve ethical, local, and creative cuisine. Visitors can enjoy everything from romantic dinners, a French theme to fabulously affordable gourmet cakes – inexpensive meals with numerous canteens, cafes, and espresso bars are particularly well represented. Here are top must-see attractions in Bristol, England.

Brunels SS Great Britain 

This powerful and innovative steamboat was designed in 1843 by the engineering wizard Isambard Kingdom Brunel. You can walk around the kitchen, the dining room, the surgeon’s quarters and see a huge replica steamboat at work. The highlights are passing under the “sea of glass” on which the ship sits to see the propeller and the rigging of Go Aloft! Climb. The new Being Brunel exhibition has restored the design office where Brunel along with his team worked on the creation of the ship.

M Shed

Located in the middle of Bristol Pier’s famous cranes, this magnificent museum is a treasure trove of memories. It is divided into 4 main sections: Life, Place, People, and large exhibits for working outdoors. They offer a fascinating glimpse into the history of Bristol, from the possessions of slaves and Wallace & Gromit figures to a work of art and a deck game by Banksy. There are regular crane, train, and boat trips from the museum (£2 – £6); more information is available on the website.

Clifton Suspension Bridge

The most photographed and famous landmark in Clifton is the suspension bridge of Clifton which spans the gorges of Avon. It was designed by engineer Isambard Brunel with construction starting in 1836, although before its completion in 1864 Brunel had died. You are free to cross on foot or by bicycle; motorists pay a fee of £ 1. There is a visitor center close to the tower on the west side of Leigh Woods. The free tours of the bridges are excellent.

Bristol Museum and Art Gallery

A few surprises await you in this classic and old Edwardian museum. Look for the artwork by famous street artist Banksy Paint-Pot Angel in the lobby; a grave statue with a pot of pink paint over its head is said to question our expectations of museum exhibitions and the value of art. It is also a reminder of the artist’s extremely popular exhibition here in 2009. Directly above is the Bristol Boxkite, a prototype of a double-decker powered by a propeller hanging from the ceiling. …

Dream Journey for One Week in Andalucia

Andalucia tops the list of dreamy, romantic destinations that everyone should visit once in their lifetime. Its attractions range from beaches that front the Mediterranean and Atlantic shores, Moorish cities, sheer cliffs, fiestas, and flamenco.

If you only have a week to spare, here are some of the highlights of Southern Spain that should not be missed.

Costa Del Sol

A coastal haven situated on the Mediterranean, Costa del Sol or the Sun Coast is an area famous for beautiful golf courses and glamorous beaches.

For example, the Real Club de Golf Sotogrande offers crystal lakes and long fairways against a backdrop of the lovely Andalusian landscape. The San Roque Club lies on the grounds of the summer palace of the Domecq family.

The beaches of Costa del Sol are bathed by the rays of the sun all year round, and they front charming beach towns. Playa del Cañuelo is a quieter beach away from the crowds with a curving shoreline and clear water. It is located in Acantilados de Maro-Cerro Gordo National Park.

A beach town with lots of character and natural beauty is Nerja. It offers dramatic views of the coastline and a great selection of eateries.

Marbella is famous for chic hotels, nightclubs, and bars. Apart from its party atmosphere, Marbella has palm- lined promenades, lovely beaches, and a pretty marina.

Malaga

An entry point for visits to Andalucia, Malaga is the largest city on the Costa del Sol. It is also the birthplace of Pablo Picasso. Malaga is renowned for its awesome Cruise Port, wellness treatments, Tapas bars, and over 30km of beach. The old town is a charming gem of narrow streets, little boutiques, outdoor cafes and dining terraces.

Alcazaba

Whilst in Malaga, visit this Moorish fortress and palace, originally built in the 11th century. This immense structure is spread over a number of hills and commands amazing views of Malaga.

Picasso Museum

One of the most famous artists of the 20th century, Pablo Picasso was born here, hence there is a museum dedicated to some of his works. This museum presents an overview of his paintings and contains over 200 pieces that catalogue part of his career. 

Granada

Every visit to Andalucia must include a stopover in Granada. Top on the list of the attractions here is the hilltop citadel of Alhambra. This is a  massive complex of walled dreamy palaces, decorative fountains, and a fortress.

The gardens are stunning, and the decorations are sophisticated. Founded by Sultan Muhammad ibn Nasr, this was a true and fortified city that was self-sufficient with mosques, Arab baths, and other amenities. This is a gem of ancient art and a great place to take memorable pictures.

Seville

Famous for Flamenco dancing, Seville is the capital of the Andalusia region and a center of rich culture, traditions, and historic monuments. The famous places of interest here include the Seville Cathedral, a UNESCO World Heritage site and the largest Gothic cathedral in the world. Also to be explored are the Alcazar palace, the bullfighting Museum, and Plaza de Espana, the most famous square in Seville.

World-famous for its beaches, mild climate, gastronomy, and diverse geography, Andalucia is truly a dreamy destination that is just waiting to be explored.…