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Poble Espanyol
Poble Espanyol
#About the Spanish Village with Replicas of Life-Size Buildings of All Styles in Spain

The Poble Espanyol is a pseudo-Spanish village built in 1929 in favor of the World Fair held in Barcelona. Because it gained momentum and became particularly popular, it remained after the exhibition and was even renovated. Today it is a museum of Spanish art and construction. The village is located on the Montjuic Hill, "Mount of the Jews." On the walls of buildings in the village you can see maps that will help you to orient yourself.

In the village itself, you can see 117 buildings, streets and life-size squares designed in a Spanish style. The aim was to accurately imitate the buildings built in different regions of Spain, each area, the building materials and its characteristic styles. It is a sample of diverse Spanish architecture, in its various regions.

In the village you will also see shops and cafes, restaurants and souvenir stalls. In the evening, pubs and clubs open where you can grab a cold beer, or just listen to an orchestra that plays for travelers.

In the workshops scattered in the village, you can sometimes see the craftsmen working in carving, interlacing, carpentry and more. In their artists' workshops and studios, you will see impressive handicrafts and works of art. One of the most impressive buildings in the village, worth seeing, is Utebo from the Saragossa area, but equally interesting are buildings from areas such as Segovia, Seville, Madrid, Barcelona and more.

For those interested in learning Spanish folk art, it is worth visiting the Museo de Artes Populares, which overlooks the Plaza Mayor.


#The Village for Tourists

Poble Espanyol is a fictional Spanish village and one of Barcelona's unique attractions. Poble Espanyol is an authentic village surrounded by a wall, located on a hill overlooking all of Barcelona. The village was designed for the 1929 World Exposition and has since become one of the most popular attractions in the area. 80 years later, it is still a wonderful place to soak up a varied atmosphere of art, architecture, culture and food - all of the same day.

Architecture lovers will enjoy exploring the various Spanish areas with interesting architectural features. Are you on a family trip? - If you purchase a secret guide to the village, you will be able to spend a very enjoyable day in the village, where you can discover interesting places in the village and experience lots of fun activities.

The village is also known for its many artists who display their handicrafts. You can go in and watch them while working in their workshops. In the shops you will find quite a few pieces of art that you can purchase, as well as walk around the restaurants and cafes and taste the unique delicacies and desserts sold there. The whole family will enjoy here and the village is definitely worth a visit!



#Story of Establishing the Village

Welcome to Poble Espanyol, the Spanish village at the top of Montjuic Hill. This little village is just like an oasis in the heart of Barcelona. When you enter, you will feel how you are passing through a modern urban landscape into a unique, authentic and historic village. In the village you will be exposed to the architecture, culture, lifestyle and art from the different regions of Spain, which blend together in harmony and give a sense of a real town. If you want to learn about Spain all in one time, this is the perfect place to do it.

The imaginary village was originally built for the 1929 World Exposition, with the idea behind the initiative being to give visitors a simple, experiential and unique overview of the diverse ways of life in the various regions of Spain.

The village was planned by two well-known Spanish architects, two artists. In order to achieve the overall view of the village, the architects traveled all over the country, from the Andalusia region in the south to Asturias in the north, in order to collect the materials they needed. Altogether, the two passed through more than 1,600 cities and villages to collect hundreds of photographs, notes and drawings that helped them choose the most suitable elements for planning and creating the virtual village. The village has over 100 traditional Spanish buildings.

The original plan was to build the village as a temporary installation and destroy it at the end of the exhibition. But the village had become such a thrilling success among the tourists that the authorities decided to leave it.

During the Civil War of Spain, in 1930, the village ceased to receive visitors due to the harsh reality experienced by the inhabitants of Spain. At the same time, the village served as the burial center of the area. After the war, the village was renovated and reopened to the public. In 1988, during the preparations for the 1992 Olympics, the village also placed an emphasis on art and culture, which brought it to what it looks like today.



A Closer Look at the Village:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jEOa4EpXKT4
Font Mgica de Montjuc
Magic Fountain of Montjuïc
#About the Magical Fountain

One of the famous attractions of Barcelona, a celebration for both adults and children, is the Magic Fountain of Montjuïc (Font Màgica de Montjuïc). You can see its full glory, at the footsteps of the Royal Palace. Like many buildings around it, the Royal Palace was built for the World Expo of Barcelona in 1929. Beyond the large fountain, that cannot be missed, an impressive avenue leads to more than 80 small fountains.

The fountain was designed by the enlightened fountain designer Carles Buïgas. Before it was even built, Buïgas created particularly ambitious plans, and many doubted his ability to stand according to the short timetable. He did not give up, and he brought more than 3,000 workers that volunteered for the task, and a year of working lead to the opening exhibit that was held for the first fountain performance.

During the Spanish Civil War the fountain was severely damaged, and only in 1955 did renovations take place, overseen by Buïgas.

In the 1980's the fountain show was upgraded with music and lights. Special characteristics - the combination of the motion of water, together with the lights and music that joins in, creates a hypnotizing show for the whole family. Every half an hour a new show begins that lasts for about 10 minutes. Today the show combines music from movies, classical music, and songs by famous artists.


#Tips

The Magic Fountain is opened throughout the year on Friday and Saturday nights, and during summer also on Thursday nights.


A Closer Look at the Fountain:

https://youtu.be/i5EUo_1P0sg


A different atmosphere:

https://youtu.be/9TME56Fj_aQ


A visit:

https://youtu.be/8DFHyxlJdn0
Prague Astronomical Clock
Prague Astronomical Clock
#About Prague's Famous Astronomical Clock

The Prague Astronomical Clock (Pražský orloj) is the oldest working clock in the world. This is a mechanical miracle of late medieval engineering. It is an astronomical clock that has been operating since the Middle Ages, and at every hour attracts crowds of excited tourists waiting to watch the wonder.

The clock on the tall municipality building at Stormska Square in the city was installed in 1410. It indicates the time in central Europe and the exact date of the month and year. The zodiac signs beneath the clock reveal the location of the stars and symbol that is currently dominating the zodiac. The outer ring of the clock calculates the time, according to the sunset.

Every hour, from 8 am to 8 pm, Jesus and his twelve messengers appear from the clock. It has various figures visible from the window, once an hour. Among them you can see the skeleton symbolizing the Angel of Death with his hourglass, a Turkish symbol of the Church's enemy, the miser merchant with the bag of coins in his hands, an angel, an astronomer, a rooster reading aloud and more.

If you go up to the clock inside the tower, you will enjoy a close look at the show of the 12 apostles of Jesus, who come out of the clock every hour, moving in a circle and peering out of the watch. And by the way, in the town hall you can also go up to the panoramic view of all of Prague.



#History of the Prague Astronomical Clock

The Prague Astronomical Clock is considered to be the world's best-kept watch of ancient astronomical clocks. The amazing thing is that the original mechanical mechanism still operates there, from 1410 until today.

The original mechanism of the clock was installed in 1410, by a clockmaker Mikulash Makadan. He created it with Jan Schindel, professor of astronomy at the University of Karl. In 1490 they added the calendar and dolls, made by a master in the name of Hanos. Legend has it that city councilors were so enthusiastic about Hanos's work, they feared that he would build a similar clock in another European city, and this lead them to make him blind. So there would be no other clock like this anywhere in the world.

The clock has worked continuously since then, except when in 1886 it underwent a major renovation. It was then that a Cronometer was added, built by Romuald Buzek. In the middle of the 19th century, Joseph Manes, a Czech national revivalist, added the calendar to the clock, with the natural paintings depicting the four seasons.

Another renovation took place after World War II. This is because the city hall was burned down and the clock was badly damaged.



#A Tour of the Town Hall in Prague

A tour inside the town hall takes place several times a day. On the tour, you can go first to the top of the tower above the town hall and view the historical center of Prague.

Later on you can stroll through the beautiful city halls and see the chapel of the town tower. You can look at the statues of the astronomical clock's apostles closely and then descend into the subterranean rooms beneath the building. Here you can visit the ruins of the Gothic and Romanesque periods, where there is a maze of streets, shops and old houses.



#How Many Municipalities Does One City Need?

You may have already noticed that there is a town hall across the Marianske Square, and another one next to the Powder Tower, and they are not the only ones. So what the hell is going on here?

The story is that until the 18th century Prague was a collection of four cities, each with its own town hall. Once they were united into one big city, the separate townhouses remained in each quarter. In Prague, as in other ancient cities, there was also a new town hall, so this city contains, in any case, a rather impressive collection of town halls.




A Closer Look at the Prague Astronomical Clock:

https://youtu.be/BeXLoHoVZmk



This is How it Looks Behind the Scenes:

https://youtu.be/Ef_WCsJGThM



A Further Look Back:

https://youtu.be/QAq_0y4uhi4
Heineken Experience
Heineken Experience
#About the Museum

The beer! - How much do we love that golden colored glass with sparkling bubbles. All beer enthusiasts, the Heineken Experience is the perfect attraction, it combines the two things people love most - a good tour, and a beer!

It's true, this place is a museum, but the beer company remains to emphasis the "experience" that touches all sense. The museum is located in Amsterdam, in a building that was used as Heineken's first brewery between 1867 - 1988.

The museum was opened to the public in 1991 and became popular decently fast. It displays the history of the brewery and different ways of making beer. If you take a tour at the museum, which is about half an hour long, you can see the beer making process all the way from beginning, to the beer glass. The museum also has two bars, where you can sit and drink the refreshing beer, and learn about how it's served.

In 2009 the museum underwent a massive renovation, and today there are modern technology advancements made to the production process. The combination between this new renovation, together with the older architecture style, 19th century, is what makes this place so charming. Recommended for beer lovers!



A Bottle's Journey in Heineken:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WWUmfu-HQp4

Attractions for Adults

Musee des Egouts de Paris
Sewers Museum
#About the Museum

It may sound like a joke, but the Sewer Museum (Musee des Egouts de Paris) in Paris really exists and you are really standing at its entrance! This interesting museum is located in the seventh district, on the left bank of Paris, near the Pont de l'Alma bridge and across Pier D'Orsay number 93, which is the building that exemplifies the complex sewer system in Paris. Visiting the museum is an adventurous and unique way to get to know Paris through the underground sewer system, it is a sort of underground city underneath Paris's magnificent sites. This famous sewer system was also mentioned in Victor Hugo's "Les Misérables."

As you enter the museum, you descend into the sewer system itself, you get to learn about the different sewer levels around and how this system is upheld, while walking closely to the sewer pipes. The tour intermixes walking around pipes that are used today, and older pipes that are outdated and are abandoned. Above these is the history of the Parisian sewer system, from different view points, including drawings from different time periods. Though today the sewers are updated, the tours include a few alleyways of the older systems, that are located down there just for display.

Beyond the tour, you can see photos from the history of the sewage of Paris, and get exposed to different maintenance methods that these difficult logistical pipes require.

Visitors on this tour are asked not to bring food, and at the end of the tour are requires to wash their hands.



#The Sewer System

Until the Middle Ages, drinking water in Paris was taken directly from the Seine River, where used water was drained to fields or unpaved streets. For an unclear reason, the water was able to return to the river, which lead to many health issues for the residents. This unusual museum is dedicated to the real underground city in Paris - the sewer system.

The divided sewage system is something of an achievement for the capital's residents from the 13th century, when King Philip August gave the order to build the drainage channels. At a certain point Napoleon ordered to have these channels moved underground, and in 1850 began the building of the sewage system that today reaches more than 2,100 kilometers of tunnels.

Until the 1970's, the sewage system was a fascinating tourist destinations that rode around in carriages, and later by walking tours. Today tourists are satisfied by visiting the museum, which has managed to turn this stinky topic into a chic place to visit. Here you can learn all about the Parisian sewage system.

The museum is located under the Pier d'Orsay, on the left bank of the Seine.

If you go on one of the hour long tours, you will be able to see the photos exhibited about the materials that were developed over the years to maintain and repair the sewage pipes. Massive wooden balls that were used for cleaning the pipes, maps that show the expansion of the tunnels by the architect Eugène Belgrand, and dolls dressed in uniforms of sanitations from different time periods.
NBC Studios
Tour at NBC Studios
#About the TV Studios

Anyone who has never been to a TV studio has come to the right place. The NBC Studio building, located in the Rockefeller Center in New York, is one of the icons for the entertainment world. These studios host a few of the most well-known TV shows in the world, starting from hosting shows like Saturday Night Live, and news reports.

The tour that you will take through the studios is an interactive and interesting tour, that reveals a wide history of television, and access to studios where a few of the most successful shows have been, and are filmed, like Saturday Night Live, The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, Late Night with Seth Meyers, and more.

In the tour, you can learn about the production and writing of TV shows, up to the point that they are broadcasted onto your TVs. Another enjoyable part of the tour is that you are able to film your own show in the studios, and watch it afterward.

The tour is about an hour long, and includes visiting the famous 8H studio, and the two radio stations of the studios. You can see the sets of known shows, like the Today Show. Often, you can run into personalities from the studios who are looking for an audience for their shows, filmed around noon, so that if you'd like, you can participate in tapings of real shows, broadcasted around all of the United States.
Madame Tussauds
Madame Tussauds
# About the Madame's First Wax Museum

Madame Tussauds is now a chain of museums, which span over several cities around the world. Though it is known to children and adults alike, the main and original museum was founded right here in London.

The museum was founded in 1835 by Madame Tussauds herself. Tussauds was a French wax sculptor who emigrated to London. Her talent and knowledge in wax sculpture was inherited from her mother, who was the housekeeper of an artist and sculptor who specialized in wax.

Wax sculptures of historical and famous figures of all kinds can be found around the museum: from famous politicians such as Churchill, Kennedy and even Shimon Peres, through actors and athletes, singers, cultural personalities and other celebrities.

Madame Tussauds is one of London's primary tourist destinations. Different experiences in the museum range from watching and photographing the various wax dolls, through interactive games, to a tour of the horror cellar where you can see figures of criminals and hangmen, executioners and actors to spice up the experience. Photos of important historical events of the city are on display, a train ride and a section where visitors become famous comic dolls.

Some of the characters in the horror cellar were brought from Paris to England by Madame Tussauds herself in the early 19th century.



A Closer Look at the Museum:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IrJLeWh3e8k
Varna Karting
Varna Karting
#About Varna's Karting Experience

Varna Karting Track is a stunning 1 mile-long karting track with everything it takes young poeple to drive a race track.

The vehicles and kart cars here place are equipped with advanced systems that guarantee to be parallel with those of a professional Formula 1 car.

The track offers an amazing carting experience, and also offers a bar area and a VIP area. Nice!


#Tips
The cost of getting here will vary according to the length of the route chosen.


A Closer Look:

https://youtu.be/smvJbxeUZgE


Sometimes It's Really Professional and Difficult:

https://youtu.be/4IltSsl6Gt4


Parc del Laberint d'Horta
Laberint d'Horta Park
#About the Park with the Maze

The maze park is located near the campus of the University of Barcelona. It was first opened to the public in 1971. The romantic park is built in the Italian style, and around are statues of Greek Mythology figures. It is ancient and historic, and you can see buildings here from the 18th century.

The park is well maintained and taken care of, mostly because this used to be part of the house of a noble family. Good weather and the fresh air pulled the nobility to build summer homes in the area, and vacation here. The size of the original mansion that stood here was 540,000 square meters. The park where you are standing now sits on 73,000 square meters of that land.

In the park is a garden in the neo-Classical style of the Middle Ages. The garden itself is in the style of the 18th century, and the romantic garden in the 19th-century style. In the romantic garden are flower beds, that was shaded by huge and impressive trees. In the gardens are trenches, pools, fountains, waterfalls and a stream. Without a doubt, the main attraction is the large maze, with a statue of Aros in the center, the god of love and passion from Greek Mythology.

In the maze there are 750 meters of Cypresses, walking trails that curve and turn, together these create the maze - for all ages. To succeed in finding your way out of this confusing maze is a challenging feat for adults, no less for children. From the square, there are 8 trails, and only one leads to the exit of the maze. If you managed to find your way out of the mase, you can see the round fountain.

Notice the especially romantic and picturesque canal, the neo-Classical palace and the impressive mansion. There are not many visitors in the area, and you can come here at all times of the day.



#Tips

On Sundays and Wednesday entrance into the park is free.



A Closer Look at the Park:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CrYCPWVk3zQ
Royal Observatory Greenwich
#The Observatory of 0° Longitude

The famous Royal Observatory of Greenwich stands atop a hill in the heart of Greenwich Park. It was the observatory that gave Greenwich its unique geographic location called the 0º longitude, which many recognize as the Greenwich Line. This observatory is now used as a museum. It is at the top of the hill in Greenwich Park overlooking the Thames.

The observatory was established for Charles II in 1675. Originally it served as the study of the Royal Astronomer of the United Kingdom. The astronomer John Flamsteed was a director of the observatory and responsible for analyzing the exact location of the stars, correcting the charts of the sky movements and, in general, anything related to the knowledge of exploration and navigation.

This was building to be built and dedicated to scientific research, which explains its great importance to the culture of science. After World War II, due to heavy air pollution in London, the use of the building was discontinued. Today you will find attractions for the whole family: rooms with giant telescopes, an advanced astronomy center and an advanced planetarium.



#Meridian Courtyard

In the courtyard of the museum you will find the Greenwich Line (longitude 0°), marked as a green laser beam coming out of the building in the north. Many visitors like to be photographed on both sides of the line (one leg on the west side of the earth and the other on the eastern side) and set their clocks according to Greenwich Mean Time.

Greenwich Mean Time was set according to the 0° longitude, which served as an international clock in the past.

Every day at 1:00 pm, the fall of the red "ball of time" can be seen from the top of the pole. The purpose of the time ball, which is on the observatory, is to mark the exact time for the Thames sailors.



A Closer Look at the Royal Observatory Greenwich:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M0JvpVd8URU
Bryant Park
#About the Park that Commemorates the Person Who Fought for its Existence

Behind the Public Library of New York, you can see Bryant Park, named after the journalist and editor William Bryant, who fought for a long time to establish parks and open spaces for the residents of New York. The size of the park is 39,000 square meters.

In the park is a large lawn area, where different events throughout the year go on. There are screenings of movies, concerts, and musical festivals. Around the lawn are seating areas.

In the park, you will find free attractions for visitors and locals, like ping pong tables, books and magazines, and more.

If you arrived in the winter months, notice that the main lawn becomes an ice skating rink. You can skate in the rink, entrance is free, or chose to sit at a cafe nearby and enjoy watching people skate. In the stores, you will find unique merchandise for Christmas, and everything around is decorative and festive.



#History of the Park

An interesting story about this park has to do with the general mood that was here until 1850. For a serious lack of green spaces and entertainment locations, locals were forced to go to the closest cemeteries to their houses and lay blankets on the ground.

Bryant Park in the past was also a cemetery. In 1840 it was decided to moved thousands of bodies to a new location. Seven years later the park was opened to the general public and offered visitors a place to relax. This time, the park was without gravestones.

With the building of the subway, this area deteriorated, and prostitutes, drug dealers, and homeless people began coming to the park. In 1930 the park was fenced with a metal fence, to ensure a separation between the park and the street. More steps were taken to clean up the questionable characters who used to come here. These attempts were unsuccessful. In 1979 the Public Library received funding for a new design, the park also received attention, and attempts were once again made for its rehabilitation. From 1992 the park became a success, a relaxed and fun place.

Following the substantial renovations, and the fact that it became one of the most populated places in the world during opening hours (about 198 people per 1,000 square meters), it is easy to understand its popularity. Renting prices for the houses in the neighborhood rose by 40%, and the quality of residents improved.




Ice Skating in the Park in Winter:

https://youtu.be/4L6wLsodC7g


Walk in in the Park in Summer:

https://youtu.be/QgNEaZFDlF8


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