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4 Must-Visit Sites in Lisbon

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Vibrant, cultural, and with a rich history, Lisbon has all it takes to attract visitors. It’s easily accessible and located only a few hours away from any given European capital, making it the perfect destination for an action-packed city break. If your time is restricted, though, you’re better off planning ahead because the city offers an abundance of things to see and do. To make your selection process easier, we have listed our top 4 picks of must-visit sites in Lisbon.

1.      Jerónimos Monastery

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The 500-year-old Jerónimos Monastery is an architectural masterpiece and a UNESCO World Heritage monument located in the riverside suburb of Belém. The monastery and church were built to honor the great Portuguese explorer Vasco de Gama who was the first European to have reached India by sea. Upon da Gama’s triumphant return from the Far East, King Manuel I, with the help of a myriad of architects, begun constructing the stunning Late Gothic monastery we are still able to admire today. Construction took nearly a century to complete but once finished, it became the archetype of Portugal’s Age of Discovery.

The main attraction here is the highly ornate Gothic chapel leading to the monastery, which also serves as the final resting place to some of Portugal’s greatest historical figures, including that of da Gama. This sumptuous piece of history and architecture is without doubt Lisbon’s number one heart-stealer.

2. Belém Tower

This charming little fort was constructed to guard Lisbon from intruders from the sea. The lower and middle levels served as a prison an armory, while the top floors were royal residences. Although its role was mainly to protect, the tower was lavished with stunning architectural details that are best viewed from the banks of the Rio Tejo river. Definitely worth a look-see!

3. The Chapel of St. John the Baptist, Igreja de São Roque

From the outside, the Igreja de São Roque is remarkably plain – its simple sand-coloured facade towering over a small town square is hardly anything to write home about. The interior, on the other hand, is nothing short of impressive.

The Chapel of St. John the Baptist that sits within this late 16th century church is, in fact, the world’s most expensive chapel. With stunning inlays, mosaic panels and precious stones covering the entire chapel, it’s considered to be a masterpiece unique in European art. The chapel also holds an important part in the history of architecture as it introduced the rococo style into Portuguese architecture. In addition to its impressive decor, the chapel also has a rich collection of religious liturgical ornaments, vestments and documentation that can be viewed at the Museum of São Roque just next door to the church.

4. Berardo Museum

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The Berardo Museum is a must-see for art lovers. Located in the cultural center of Belém, it features stunning permanent displays of some of the world’s best modern and contemporary art. The Berardo Collection Museum contains a truly impressive collection of over a thousand pieces, including work of artists such as Dalí, Warhol, Miró and Lichtenstein. In addition to the remarkable permanent collection, the museum also offers a wide range of fantastic temporary exhibitions. Even better, admission to the museum is free.

89This is a guest post sponsored by the Corinthia Hotel Lisbon and written by Steve Ewins. An avid traveller who has visited more than 80 countries.

 

 

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Things I Love To Do: Antarctica

 

There is no question that you are curious about visiting Antarctica and you probably wouldn’t be browsing this blog post if you weren’t. Antarctica Travel is one of the best things that I have ever done in my entire life and I wanted to talk more about some of the fun things that you can actually do there. So sit back, relax and enjoy reading about the things that I love doing in Antarctica.

Kayaking

One of the best things about Antarctica travel and visiting this frozen content is the kayaking and it is even more special because it is in one of the most unique places on earth. What I love about doing this is that you get to see Antarctica from sea level and then you start to get an idea of how big things actually are. Icebergs are one great example of this and kayaking in out of the ice and icebergs is such a cool experience. Kayaks also allowed me to get up close and personal with different kinds of animals like seals and penguins that were resting on the rocks.

Jumping in

This idea is not for the faint of heart because it is going to involve getting quite cold. The idea is at it suggests taking a dip in the sub zero waters of Antarctica. Once you survive this, you have the ultimate bragging rights. Nobody is going to be able to top your feat. Ever.

Camping

One thing that I tended to notice about Antarctica and the cruises there is that a lot of companies won’t let you off the ship. Well I was lucky enough to be on one that did and the best part was actually getting to sleep on the Antarctic mainland! This may not be the most comfortable experience of your life, but it is something that very few people will ever say they have done.

Take a Zodiac tour

A Zodiac is a small rubber boat that is named after the brand itself and is a great way to experience the Antarctic seascape. Just like kayaking you get to see things from sea level and you get to see the massive scale of the ice around you. It’s also a great way to interact with wildlife that may be hiding away on a piece of ice. This is always a great change up when you spend most of your time on the cruise ship itself.


Send a letter

Yes, it is actually possible to send a letter from Port Lockroy. Of course, the mail will be very slow to reach its final destination, but imagine the surprise of somebody when they receive a letter with a postmark from Antarctica! Port Lockroy is an English research station and you tend to meet other tour groups here, so it is a great chance to share your experiences with these people.

Penguins

Penguins are without a doubt my favourite animal when it comes to visiting Antarctica. They are so cute and you could simply watch them all day. They are also quite curious creatures, especially when they live on the most isolated place on earth, and they will approach you to inspect you more closely. They also love playing, which is something that is great to watch. There are few other places on earth where you can do this.

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Menorca, The Low Key Celebrity Alternative

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The Holiday Taxis team love Menorca! For too long it has been the overlooked member of the Balearic Islands. Ibiza has its cool party vibe and Majorca has its resorts and high rises, but Menorca? It doesn’t spring to mind; and in essence that is the nub of its low key charm and the reason why it is picking up a celebrity following. In recent times celebs such as Rachel Weisz, Cesc Fabregas and Doutzen Kroes have all been spotted holidaying on its beaches, and a brief stay there makes it easy to understand why it is gaining such a following. 


In contrast to the bigger Islands of the Balearics, Menorca has retained an authentic and traditional feel; a mix of the blessing and curse of its history. Key to this was its support for the republicans during the Spanish civil war – Menorca was the last place in Spain to fall to General Franco- and as a result he refused to allow it funding for public buildings during his reign. The result is a quiet, peaceful place that has escaped the worst excesses of hyper-tourism. Instead of the high rises seen along the Costas, Menorca is home to pretty cities where time has almost stood still.

The mellow vibe that this brings has obvious appeal to the celebrity trying to escape the limelight and recharge their batteries. Instead of the busy nightlife elsewhere, Menorca offers more beaches than Ibiza and Majorca put together, a retreat from the world and an opportunity to watch the sun rise before the rest of Spain sees it. Being off the beaten track gives it peace and privacy, whilst its unique history and architecture make it well worth the visit.

Its history of conquest gives Menorca a different story to the islands around it. Although authentically Catalan in language, food and culture, Menorca has been invaded by the Vandals, the Moors, the Spanish and the British. This has left it with a unique mix of cultures. In the principle town Mao (Mahon in Spanish) there are authentic Georgian buildings in amongst the more typically Spanish ones- the only examples of Georgian architecture in the whole of Spain. Today there is more regeneration and redevelopment, but it continues to be overshadowed by the rustic and the traditional, giving Ciutadella and Mahon especially a timeless, sun kissed beauty. Away from the limelight of the bigger islands, people here are happy to let the world waltz past – on Menorca there are more important things to concentrate on.

So don’t be surprised if you hear of celebs enjoying the beaches on Menorca – and more to the point don’t be surprised if you don’t see Doutzen, Rachel, Cesc et al enjoying the opportunity to unwind out of the spotlight. Because that is the point of Menorca – a place to hide away from the stresses of the world and to simply enjoy the good things in life.

 

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Getting The Right Hotel For Your Visit to Jakarta

Indonesia’s Capital City Jakarta has a reputation of being busy and chaotic, in a good way. Which means you shouldn’t shy away from the exciting and thriving city. With great food, friendly people and a huge amount of culture and architecture, it’s worth spending a day or more to check out what Jakarta has to offer.

However, because the city is a tad frantic it’s nice to get your travel arrangements and hotel planned before hand. This way when you arrive at the airport you can be comforted knowing you won’t have to rush around the streets looking for accommodation or ask a tout at the airport where a good place to stay is. This often causes frustration and will, more times than not, lead to spending a lot more than you would have had you booked in advance.

The fastest and most efficient way of finding a hotel is using an online database that sources the best hotels based on your preferences. Taveloka has some of the largest selections of hotels in Indonesia and is a trusted resource for booking hotels online. In fact, they have over 500 hotels and reviews for Jakarta.

Things you’ll want to consider when booking a hotel online.

Accessibility  to/from Airport

If you are coming in late at night or leaving early in the morning, you’re likely going to want to find a hotel that is either very close to the airport or can be reached easily. Leaving excessively early to the airport so you can sit in the back of a cab stuck traffic in traffic is nobody idea of a good time. Browsing online will help to gauge on a map how far the hotel is from the airport, many hotels will also list online whether they offer a shuttle service. Some offer this service for free and others will charge a fee.

Nearby Attractions

Like I said before, there is, in fact, a lot to do and see in the Capital. Visits to the National Monument or National Museum you’ll want to stay in the heart of the city. Online reviews of hotels will give their nearby attractions, districts and places to shop and eat. This is great for planning a day out around your hotel room.

Neighbourhood

Typically hotels aren’t set up in dodgy neighbourhoods but nothing is ever one hundred percent. This is why viewing a hotel online and researching the neighbourhood, before you g0, could have great benefits. User reviews will rate the location of the hotel and often comment on how they felt about the hotels location. 

Price

With a huge spread of hotel prices in  Jakarta, being able to check and compare prices is important for any budget conscious traveller. Keeping the cost down on your room means more shopping, eating and entertainment. Browsing online will help you compare a range of star ratings in different locations, narrowing down the best price. you’ll also be able to see what amenities the hotel offers such as, wifi, laundry service and a pool or gym.

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For The Never Ending Love Of Pizza!

Hello users! If there is something that comes along with the awesomeness of festival season and long weekend, it’s none but pizza feast. And not to mention some drool-worthy Dominos offers on pizza that we thought we will talk about them in this article.

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Go check out what’s the best offer available at Dominos today and believe us you will thank us later because it’s so nice to enjoy pizza, especially in those days when there is flat 60% discount on final bill, or BOGO (Buy One Get One Free). Imagine the combination of a cheese burst pizza slice and your favorite drink together, good heavens!

Pizza Mania

While there is a bunch of other pizza chains that have promotions on pizzas and other sides, what’s so special about Dominos that we have picked here? Yes, sure we’ll answer to this question. There is not one but a plethora of reasons that says why Doiminos, but one of the dominant reasons is – the fresh pan pizza price starting at Rs 49 only. Compared to other pizza aggregators like Pizza Hut, Papa Johns in India, Domino’s Pizza is ahead in sales and the number of loyal users; this is because of its mouth-watering deals. So what’s the trick to order pizza for half the price or buy 1 pizza and get 1 pizza free… Don’t worry, read the rest of this article, you’ll come to know.

Celebration without a pizza is incomplete

Why would you wait for a reason when an offer like this hits? Even if you are celebrating a special occasion, without pizza the celebration would be incomplete. Goodness and awesomeness of Domino’s pizza mania should never be untold. Because, you see a flavour of choices for all your pizza obsessions right here, ranging from veg extravaganza, chef’s veg wonder, cloud 9, exotic Italian varieties, veg treat choices, cheese bursts, feast pizzas on non-veg and more. Of course, there are sides as well like a lot of options in beverages, dips, breads, pasta and more.

Would you like to get alerts on pizza offers or would like to know the latest offerings from your favorite restaurants without even browsing the web? Sign-up for buzz notification at GrabOn. This coupons and deals website lets you explore a wide range of amazing discounts on everything that you shop online.

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Ways learning an instrument can help you in life

If you’re like me you wanted to learn to play an instrument for a long time. Finding the drive to take the time to learn isn’t always easy though. Sure, the thought of being able to pick up a guitar and whale out an amazing rift or sit at a piano and captivate listeners with a melodic piece should be motivation enough to get practicing and start learning. Sometimes you need more motivation than that. Here is a list of way learning to play an instrument can actually improve qualities in your life.

 

Time Management

Many times finding a tutor to improve your skills and motivate you it’s a worthwhile investment. Finding music tutors in Hong Kong, Los Angeles, or London can easily be done online. The great thing about finding a tutor is that the time spent learning will be more focused and streamlined. You won’t have distractions like checking your phone every few minutes or getting sidetracked by the TV or computer.

 

Concentration

You’ll find that even if you know the exact chords to play, you’ll still need to have a 6th sense on the tone, pitch, key, rhythm and tempo of your instrument. Not only that, but you will have to listen to others around you to make sure they are performing correctly.

 

Confidence

Starting out most are quite shy and timid about their musical abilities. With practice and starting with small performances for friends and family you can gain confidence in your ability. Once you are certain of your capabilities you can perform at venues, busk or join a band and put on concerts. It’s incredible how much your personal confidence will increase.

 

Coordination

When you are reading musical notes you must then applying what you’ve read to a series of body movements. Much of it is hand-eye coordination but once you really begin to practice and be able to play an instrument you will no longer need to watch where your hand are, they will just know through memory.

 

Develops Team Skills

The great thing about music is by adding more instruments you can make more interesting sounds. It’s hard to play every instrument by yourself so of course people get together and make music. In order to do this you must work with the other musician and collaborate in sticking each note to make truly beautiful music,

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The Best Way to Share Your Travel Experiences With All of Your Friends and Family

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We all love traveling, there’s no surprise there, and while travel provides so many great experiences and memories that we want to share it isn’t always as easy as we would like. If you’re about to head out on an extensive adventure or even a road trip around your state, The Wander Kind has some advice on how you can share your experiences as you travel! Continue reading

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