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Grand Canal, Venice: Float in ecstasy



Venice is one of the most romantic cities in the world. Itis the perfect destination for your wedding, honeymoon or a romantic weekend break.VeniceItaly, is one of the most beautiful cities in the world and home to many attractions and sights.

One of the things that make Venice ‘the city of romance’ is the Grand Canalalso known by Venetians as Canalazzo, the major water-traffic corridor sweeping through this beautiful city. It is the main street of Venice.The Canal Grande snakes through the city of Venice in a large S shape, traveling from the Saint Mark Basin on one end to a lagoon near the Santa Lucia rail station.Shaped like a backwards “S,” a medieval sign of wonder and mystery, the Grand Canal down the ages has witnessed plenty of both.Only a few bridges cross the Grand Canal: the Accademia Bridge, the Rialto Bridge and the bridge near the station at…

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Going to Madrid?


Here are things to check out when you get there

Madrid the capital city of Spain is located in the centre of the Iberian Peninsula. It also occupies third position in the list of largest cities of Europe. Madrid and its outland districts are based on the banks of the River Manzanares that flows through the centre of the country. Because of its spectacular climate, Madrid has been officially declared as one of the ’greenest cities’ in Europe. Be that as it may, Madrid is the ideal choice for a holiday. There are so many things to see and do, like the visiting the warner bros park, zoo, El Parque De Atracciones, going on bus tours, safari parks, leisure centres, wax museums and the going to the urban beach. Madrid boasts one of the most packed calendars of concerts, festivals, shows, sports events and exhibitions in the world. Take a peek at a selection of the most important events programmed to take place in 2014 and start planning your next visit. Its major landmarks include the stunning Royal Palace which combines a mixture of classical and Baroque architecture, Plaza de Oriente, the Opera House, the Bank of Spain building and the very impressive post office building is among some of the most impressive architecture.

Here are other things you can do in Madrid.

Visit the world class museums. Madrid has a deluxe collection of about 70 museums which house interesting artefacts. Among them, the Prado Museum, the Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum and the National museum, the Centro de Arte Raina Sofia, one of the world’s finest art. With a trip planned before hand, you can get into the Prado and Sofia museum free of charge. For free pass to the Prado Museum, visit Tuesday to Sunday from 6pm to 8pm. For free pass to the Sofia Museum visit Monday to Friday from 7pm to 9pm on Saturday from 2:30pm to 9pm or Sunday from 10am to 2:30pm.

Enjoy the great outdoors. Visit the Retiro Park, one of the city’s top attractions. It is the perfect place to enjoy with your spouse or family. Here you will find many beautiful monuments and sculptures plus a boating lake. The park also hosts some of the free outdoor concerts in Madrid.

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The Royal Palace, Madrid. Designed by FilippoJuvarra to accommodate a total of more than 3000 courtiers, the Royal Palace has been acknowledged as Madrid’s largest building and royal palace in Europe. The palace contains paintings, furniture, tapestries and other important works of art and frescos by Tiepolo. It remains open to the public almost year round except on the days of official ceremonies and receptions.


Kick into the Santiago Bernabeu. Real Madrid isEurope’s most successful soccer team. The Santiago Bernabeu is their home ground. Named after the club’s first president, the Santiago Bernabeu has a current capacity of 85,454 spectators. Get a chance to look through the stadium with no limits. The stadium awaits you with its myths, like the tunnel to the locker room, the bench and the presidential box. You will also want to see the new museum, the chief exponent of Real Madrid legends.


Wonder through the Temple de Debod. This Egyptian temple that once stood in the village of Debod now resides in Madrid. This Egyptian heritage came to Spain when a dam was being developed in Egypt. Engineers from Spain helped the Egyptians move their monuments and in appreciation Egypt donated the temple of Debod.

The old city walls. Madrid was once a walled city.  A walk around the city walls makes for a great walk through the history of Madrid. This free attraction can be found just behind the cathedral.


El Rastro, the open air market. If you are spending a Sunday in Madrid, be sure to pay a visit to El Rastro- Madrid’s open air market. Here you can pick up all kinds of antiques and clothes. Even if you don’t want to buy anything, the atmosphere here is worth the trip alone.


Visit the plaza mayor. The stately Plaza Mayor for centuries has combined supremely fascinating architecture with a history dominated by peculiarly Spanish dramas. This Madrid square has witnessed many historical happenings like Royal ceremonies,bullfights, trials and much more. All year round, the plaza mayor buzzes with street life and an aurora of love that brings people together.


Bath in the sun inPlaza De Espania. Home to a beautiful large fountain and an intriguing monument to Cervantes the author of ‘Don Quioxte’the plaza de espania is a relaxing point for sunbathers. Soak up the sun here and appreciate the heat of nature.

Despite being a compact city, its accommodation is spread over a wide area, so it’s a good to have an idea of what you want before you book. Madrid has quite a number of hotels and resorts ranging from small, medium to exotic luxurious villas. Each is as enchanting as the next, offering impeccable services that will give you the ideal vacation. No matter the budget, there is always a place to provide you with the luxury that you need.

Quick Facts

Country Spain
Capital Madrid
Area 698 sq. km (234 sq. mi)
Density 5198 / sq. km (13.462.8/sq. mi)
Population of Spain 40448191 As per 2007 Census, City: 2905100;Urban Area: 5078100
Time Zone GMT/UTC+1
Average Climate Summer: 40° C ; Winter: 13° C
Currency Euro
Language Castillian (Official language), Spanish, Euskera, Galician, Catalan, Valencian
Government Parliamentary Monarchy, EU Member
Dialing Code 34




Sigiriya, the spectacular ‘Lion rock’ fortress, stands majestically overlooking the luscious green jungle surroundings, and is one of Sri Lanka’s major attractions.As legend goes,this was built by King Kasyapa, a son of King Dhatusena. King Dhatusena was overthrown and walled in, alive by Kasyapa in 473 AD. Kasyapa fearing an invasion built this impregnable fortress at Sigiriya.

Considered to be one of the most amazing and beautiful places to visit in Sri Lanka, Sigiriya has also been proposed to rank as the Eighth wonder of the world. Also known as the ‘lion mountain’ Sigiriya has been confirmed as an epitome of the ancient architectural tradition of Sri Lanka. It has been preserved from the first millennium and its buildings, pathways, trees and water gardens remind you of the magnificent fame of Sri Lanka’s past.sigiriya-1128a-092810

The most significant feature of this place is considered to be the ‘lion staircase’ which lies at the top…

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