Palermo - Mondello

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Molti di voi avranno gi?? sentito parlare della zona di Mondello, in quanto una delle pi?_ turistiche di Palermo e famosa per aver fatto da ambientazione al film ???Il Gattopardo?۝ di Luchino Visconti. Rimane fra le aree pi?_ affascinanti della citt?? grazie ai colori spettacolari che ci regalano le sfumature del mare e della sabbia chiarissima??_ in questa stagione primaverile il paesaggio ̬ dei migliori perch̩ la spiaggia ̬ ancora sgombra da ombrelloni e lettini che d?۪estate affollano questa zona rendendola quasi invivibile! Most of you have already heard about the Mondello area , as one of the most touristic place in Palermo and as setting of the film " Il Gattopardo " by Luchino Visconti. It remains one of the most fascinating areas of the city thanks to the wonderful colors given by the shades of the sea and white sand... during the spring season , the landscape is the best because the beach is still free from umbrellas and sun loungers that during the summer flock to this area making it almost unbearable!ImmagineImmagineImmagineImmagineImmagine

Se avete voglia di fare una camminata lungo-mare vi consiglio di partire dall?۪incrocio di Viale delle Palme con Viale Regina Elena e proseguire su quest?۪ultimo fino a raggiungere la famosa piazzetta! Guardandovi intorno, soprattutto verso l?۪entroterra, vedrete un susseguirsi di splendide ville in stile Liberty. Questo quartiere ̬ infatti noto per avere le residenze pi?_ prestigiose della citt??.

If you feel like having a walk along the seaside I recommend starting from the intersection of Viale delle Palme with Viale Regina Elena and continue on the latter until you reach the famous little square! Looking around, especially towards the inland , you will see a succession of amazing Art Nouveau villas . This district is in fact known for having the most prestigious buildings in the city.ImmagineImmagine

A met?? strada troverete il Charleston, il pi?_ antico stabilimento balneare costruito su palafitte. Al suo interno si trova anche un ottimo ristorante, ???Le Terrazze?۝.

Halfway there is the Charleston , the oldest seaside bath-houe built on stilts. Inside you will also find a great restaurant , "Le Terrazze".IMG_0392IMG_0520

Ci?_ che consiglio maggiormente ̬ fare un giro nella piazzetta, fermandosi magari a mangiare un buon gelato o una tipica "arancina" davanti alle coloratissime barchette dei pescatori e ai venditori di cedro!

What I recommend the most is a having a walk in the little square , maybe resting a while and tasting a deliciuous ice cream or a typical ???arancina?۝ in front of the colorful boats of the fishermen and the cedar merchants!IMG_0402IMG_0403IMG_0405IMG_0523IMG_0530IMG_0516

??_vi innamorerete della Sicilia!

??_you?۪ll fall in love with Sicily!

BFL

 

Madrid - Vamos A Bailar? -

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Of course, I must also write about Madrid’s nightlife; how can I leave out "la movida" and the nightclubs? Where to go dancing in Madrid!?

Always a difficult question with such a vast array of options catering to almost any taste in music. Especially given that most nightclubs are so much fun!

The following is list of the best:

KAPITAL

Kapital is among the most famous and iconic nightclubs in madrid. Build on 7 floors, the first three overlook the main dancefloor, above that there is a rock’n’roll floor, followed by a floor playing latin-american music. On the roof, there is a wonderful terrace, perfect for a drink under the stars. On the second floor, there’s even a room for karaoke, and among the many bars, one even dedicated solely to Bacardi. Cover charge is between 10 and 15 euros with one or two cocktails included, depending on the night. The music is quite mainstream, but the choreographed performances, dancers, light shows, and acrobats swinging accross the ceiling are what make it truly special. This is without a doubt, my favorite party destination. Dress to impress, the doormen can be quite picky, and for boys, avoid shorts at all costs!

GABANA

The Gabana is currently one of the most “in” nightclubs in Madrid. It’s right in the center, in the Salamanca neighborhood. The doormen are very very picky, I suggest making a table reservation or making friends with someone who works there. As a nightclub, it is much smaller than Kapital, but still, you are guaranteed a fantastic night.

FABRIK

This nightclub is definitely a household name, it can easily accommodate 10 thousand people. It is often the venue of choice for very famous DJs. This is the perfect place if you lost electronica, house, and techno. The only catch here: it’s situated a little far from the city center, the best way to get there is by car or taxi.

 

 

 

 

 

JOY

Joy plays many genres of music and is centrally located on Calle del Arenal, a few steps away from the Opera metro station. Very popular for Erasmus university parties.

FORTUNY

Fortuny is a very posh club. It caters to an older clientele than the previous nightclubs mentioned. This is the place to be if you are looking for somewhere to be seen.

MOMA 56

Similar to Fortuny, this club is also quite exclusive, enjoy a meal here and then dance the night away.

SALA MARCO ALDANY

The Sala Arena, also known as the Sala Marco Aldany, hosts many smaller spaces where DJ’s frequently host concerts. It is located right in Plaza de Espana. There is always something different depending on the night from pop to techno. More often than not, you’ll hear some alternative or punk rock. The Smashing Pumpkins and Lagwagon, among others, have played shows here.

Marrakech - Restaurants & Food -

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The most typical dishes of this marvelous city include:

Cous cous: often the perfect companion to greens, chickpeas, or even chicken.

- Tajine: a dish that borrows its name from the terracotta clay pot that is used to cook and serve its contents. Typically, a tajine stew will be chicken, prune, or lamb based. This spicy dish is frequently accompanied by dried fruit, a key ingredient in Moroccan cuisine.

Pastilla: great as an entrée, is a sort of puff pastry stuffed with chicken or sea food. This delicacy combines both sweet and salty together; usually almonds and cinnamon are blended into the dough. The pastilla au poulet (chicken pastilla) is my favorite!

Patisserie Marocaine (Moroccan Pastry), is a sweet made with almonds and honey. It is always served with the world famous mint tea that I am absolutely crazy about.
 

As for restaurants, I’d like to list some of my favorites. These cover the whole gamut from the most spartan and traditional to the more famous and refined. The nice thing about Marrakesh is that you have an excellent selection of different experiences, all with their own merit.

Terasse des Epices, a definite MUST. This is one of the terraces i mentioned earlier, ideal to admire the red rooftops or simply to try some cous cous or tajine. This spot in Medina is steps away from the souk. I recommend it for a cute lunch or even some drinks and dinner.   

Cafe Arabe is very similar in setup: a typical Moroccan restaurant with a great terrace and view. Perfect for lunch and an afternoon break.

-  Le Jardin is another very cute bar also located within the souk. The only difference between this bar and the previous ones is the fact that it is located in a courtyard. You’ll be surrounded by greenery instead of perched on a rooftop terrace, afterall, Jardin is french for garden.

Tgi’in Darna is a bar positioned perfectly to admire the sunset in Jemaa-el-Fna square. Mint tea, and Moroccan bites...enjoy the sunset!

Al Fassia is known for the best Pastilla au poulet in Marrakesh. There are two locations in different neighborhoods, I suggest the one in Gueliz. This one is unique for its white motifs and strictly female staff. Best to make a reservation here:

The Kozy Bar is chic and refined nightspot in the Jewish quarter, Mellah. I would recommend it for anyone spending an extended period of time in Marrakesh who wants to try something other than local food. The Japanese chef makes excellent sushi. Enjoy a meal here with a great view of the old walls of the Palais el Badi and its stork nests.

- Saving the best for last, Jad Mahal is easily one of the most famous spots in Marrakesh. Restaurant, lounge bar, and disco: you must spend a night here. During dinner enjoy being interrupted by belly dancers moving from table to table; be careful, they may even have you try as well!

Sabah - Manukan Island & Sapi Island -

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Il post di oggi sar?? molto apprezzato da chi di voi ama il mare, fare snorkelling, diving e sport acquatici.La giornata ̬ iniziata con un breve giro al Sunday Market in Gaya Street, un mercato che si svolge solo la domenica mattina ed ̬ quindi un po' diverso rispetto a quelli che si trovano durante gli altri giorni della settimana. Inoltre la musica vi accompagna lungo tutto il percorso e nell'aria c'̬ un'atmosfera festosa. Dopodich̩ Christian, la nostra giuda di oggi, ci ha portato al porto dove ci siamo imbarcati per Manukan Island. Di fronte a Kota Kinabalu si trova Tunku Abdul Rahman Park, un parco marino composto da 5 isole: Gaya, la pi?_ grande, Sapi, Manukan, Mamutik e Sulug. Si trovano all'incirca a 10/20 minuti dalla costa e li il mare ̬ davvero magnifico! Kota Kinabalu non ha grandi spiagge a parte a Tanjun Aru e quindi il miglior modo per fare mare e andare nelle isolette di fronte che sono un vero paradiso! L'agenzia a cui abbiamo fatto riferimento ̬ sempre la stessa che abbiamo usato per l'escursione sul fiume e che useremo anche nei prossimi giorni, Sabah Booking.

Arrivati a Manukan abbiamo avuto tempo per fare snorkelling lungo la barriera corallina e ammirare l'infinit?? di pesci, coralli e conchiglie sul fondale. Dopo esserci scaldati al sole su queste spiagge bianchissime, siamo partiti alla volta di Sapi Island, a pochi minuti di barca. Sapi Island ̬ un'isola pi?_ piccola ed i fondali sono migliori rispetto a Manukan. Pesci pappagallo, pesci pagliaccio, barracuda e molte altre specie vi aspettano in queste acque turchesi. In quest'isola ci hanno preparato il pranzo sulla spiaggia e abbiamo avuto la simpatica visita dei draghi di Comodo, un rettile molto antico e velenoso, che per?_ non attacca quasi mai l'uomo. Abbiamo poi continuato alternando snorkelling e relax, vita dura! Per chi volesse c'̬ la possibilit?? di fare "sea walking", la banana, parasailing e altre attivit??!

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20130819-002101.jpg Per concludere il pomeriggio, tornati a Kota Kinabalu siamo andati sul lungomare per immergerci nel vivo del mercato del pesce appena pescato! Inevitabile e vivamente consigliato l'aperitivo al tramonto sul Waterfront. Ci sono una decina di bar/locali e si equivalgono tutti, a voi la scelta e godetevi la luce che pian piano scompare.

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20130819-003053.jpg Girando per Kota Kinabalu vi renderete conto della quantit?? di ristoranti di pesce che ci sono. Inutile dire che il pesce ̬ freschissimo, anzi spesso lo troverete nelle vasche all'entrata del locale e lo sceglierete voi stessi. Per cena quindi approfittatene e gustatevi i granchi, aragoste, gamberi e tonni appena pescati, magari proprio quelli visti poco prima al mercato del pesce!

Domani avr?_ un'idea da suggerirvi... molto molto interessante...

Selamat Malam!