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Speakers' Corner
Speakers' Corner
#About Hyde Park's Speakers' Corner

Hyde Park is famous partly because of Speakers' Corner, where many people gather and conduct public debates to this day.

It's not just a street parliament. At the "Speakers' Corner" everyone can stand on a stool and speak at will. People who are present or arrive especially at the park gather around the speakers and listen to them. There are those who make remarks to the speakers, interrupt or protest against their opinions. Others just giggle or remain fascinated ... it is democracy at its best.

These are not just hipsters or enthusiastic young people. Some are elderly folk looking to "educate", others opinionated students, Christians and Muslims who explain how their religion is better than other, and many political opinions.

Some of the speakers here are particularly intelligent. People like Karl Marx, Vladimir Lenin and George Orwell, all legendary in their respective fields spoke here in the past. In contrast, some of the speakers who come today may simply poke fun or provoke arguments and ridicule...

The practice of the speeches has been partially preserved to this day, and every Sunday you can hear various speakers addressing political and economic topics, just to name a few.



A Closer Look:

https://youtu.be/5G0v6NjsqZo

https://youtu.be/qiYVUdFoJSI
Chatuchak Market
Chatuchak Market
#About the Huge Weekend Market of Bangkok

Chatuchak Market, or the Chatuchak Weekend Market, is considered one of Thailand's largest markets, or even the largest market. With 27 different areas, which offer 15,000 booths to about 200,000 visitors each weekend, most of them locals, it is no wonder that this market is so cheap. This is an amazing flea market.

From clothes and household products to pets and exotic foods - you can find everything here. There is a huge supply of objects and products - from clothes, bags and shoes to kitchen utensils, jeans, wood sculptures, furniture, kitchen equipment, flower pots, plants and gardening supplies. This is a paradise for those looking for bargains and a perfect place to buy gifts for family and friends at home.

Add the habit of haggling here and you'll have great opportunities, to find the stunning things that will be a real find.

The areas in this very large market are numbered. Among them are many who love Zone 1, where Vintage and second-hand products, like old cameras and radios, Siam ancient posters and more. Zones 2-6 and 10-26 sell clothes and accessories and in Zones 8-11 there are ceramics, handicrafts, housewares, furniture and gardening products, food, drinks, books, art and used clothes.

Bangkok's flea market has a variety of food stands, fresh tropical drinks and good restaurants, such as the one between the Zones 1 and 26, which offers excellent fried chicken and papaya salad.



#Tips

Spend at least half a day on the giant market.

The market operates only on Saturdays and Sundays. Try arriving in the morning hours, because in the afternoon there are always crowd of visitors.

At the information booth at the entrance to the market you can get a map of the various areas.

Bargaining and price comparisons are acceptable here, but with a smile please.

It's hot and humid here and very crowded! - Wear light, comfortable clothes and comfortable shoes and bring a bottle of drinking water and a convenient bag for new shopping.

Beware of pickpockets!

Please note that removing antiques and even good imitations requires a special permit in Thailand.



A Closer Look:

https://youtu.be/Wx2ANAoMkKI
Attica Zoological Park
Attica Zoological Park
#About the Historical and Cultural Museum of Greece

Attica Zoological Park is the largest zoo in Greece. There are over 350 species, and it creates a wonderful attraction to all animal lovers, especially children.

There are a wide variety of animals, all sorts of mammals, birds, and amphibians. Come see the lemurs, monkeys, turtles, kangaroos, and rare birds. It is worth to find out the feeding hours for the animals - something kids really enjoy.

The biggest attraction here is the dolphin shows and the elephant seal pool. These are only some of the interesting sea mammals that are here at the zoo.

Attica Zoological Park is located about 45 minutes away from the center of Athens by car. The park is outside of Athens, in nature.


#Tips

The zoo is open on Sundays, which makes it a popular weekend attraction, especially when most of the shops and attractions in town are closed on this day.

One can easily spend 3 hours here with children.

5 minutes from the Attica Zoological Park is a large complex with kid games and large stores, that sells toys for very cheap. With younger children you can spend a whole day at both attractions.



A Visit:

https://youtu.be/oxb12kqQytw



The Dolphin Show:

https://youtu.be/EgDP4hkT2Co?t=50s
Mercatone dell' Antiquariato
Mercatone dell' Antiquariato
#The Sunday Monthly Antiques Market

Mercatone dell'Antiquariato, or the antique market of Naviglio Grande, is a popular antiques market and flea market, where all the lovers of vintage and second-hand bargain hunters will be happy to visit.

The market is held on the last Sunday of every month, from 9:00 am to 6:00 pm, except for July. It operates in Naviglio Grande, in the Navilli district, in the southwestern part of the city.

If you are an antique or vintage enthusiast and you are in town on this day, this is the place to go.



#The Antiquities Market at the End of the Month

The antiques market of Naviglio Grande is a huge, vibrant and colorful antiques market spread over two kilometers (1.25 miles). With about 400 stalls and a true carnival atmosphere, it seems you can find everything there.

There are plenty of bargains here, including posters, clocks, books, records, antiques, furniture, coins, porcelains, toys, clothes from the past and many more.

Take the time and rummage through thousands of items. On the tables of the peddlers and between them you will also find quite a few wonderful street food booths. The atmosphere here is pleasant and inviting, especially in the morning and afternoon.

Also, in the surrounding area, we will mention that it is one of the most fashionable areas in Milan. You will find a wide range of cafes, restaurants and ice cream parlors. Alongside them will be clubs, art galleries, fashion shops, design and cheap second-hand shops. Enjoy!



#Tips

Try to arrive early in the morning, before it gets crowded and before the good finds will be gone.

Park in a legitimate parking lot, because cars that park on the street get towed or get very big fines.



A Closer Look:
https://youtu.be/Y3JlS57EPd4



Another Look:

https://youtu.be/mnNOvUetNes

Sunday

Museo de America
Museo de America
#About the Musem for American Cultures

The impressive two-story museum, built of all red bricks, is the Museo de America. This museum is organized by categories, dedicated to the cultures that were on the American continent, until Spain reached them.

Some see an irony in a museum by the empire that destroyed ancient and advanced cultures, and now boasts about the achievements of exactly those cultures. It has to be said that next to the impressive displays of archeological and ethnographic findings, there is an impressive survey of the complicated past and the history of Spain and the tribes that ruled America for many years.

In the museum there are many views of the different cultures and tribes of America. Over 2,500 items are displayed in the two floors of the museum, with information, models, maps, and different orienting factors. The division and display here include the historical aspect, geographical, religious, artistic, and cultural.

Some of the displayed items are very impressive. From the painting "Conquering of Mexico" from the 17th century, and the cultural treasures of Los Quimbayas, that the Spanish took from Columbia. The stone plates of the Maya, and the manuscript of Cortesano, that is considered a rare manuscript from the Maya culture, and a highly important historical item.



#Tips

Entrance on Sundays is free of charge.


A Closer Look:

https://youtu.be/WdZj-1hl6x4


A 360-Degree Visit to the Museum:

https://youtu.be/595UuouSsgU
Ildefonso Market
Mercado de San Ildefonso
#About the Good Food Market in the Malasana Neighborhood

Mercado de San Ildefonso is a great market, nice and not too crowded if you are hungry and located in the Malasana neighborhood of Madrid. In this market, like in the market of San Miguel, you can find lots of good and delicious food for fairly cheap.

The Mercado de San Ildefonso has 3 floors, that are designed as 20 food stalls and a number of bars. The food here is high quality and really good. This market was built over the ruins of the old covered market that operated here until 1970.

In contrast to most markets in Madrid, which are closed on Sundays, Mercado de San Ildefonso is opened on Sundays as well, and many come here to enjoy eating and drinking with friends.

The Malasana is a particularly bohemian neighborhood. Besides this great market, there are restaurants, and great tapas bars, nice cafes, and many bars scattered around the streets.




#Tips

If the weather allows it, there is an inner courtyard in the building that is nice.


A Closer Look at the Market:

https://youtu.be/HIWXdGSZPtM
Monastiraki Flea Market
Monastiraki
#About the Flea Market of Athens

The flea market of Monastiraki is the most well-known flea market of Athens. It operates on Sundays since 1910 in Avissinias Square in the center of Monastiraki. Once this was the center of Ottoman Athens, and today is the area of the flea market.

Here you can try and hunt for antiques and finds. Many items and clothes are here on stalls along the sidewalks. Likewise, you can find here almost anything imaginable - antiques, jewelry, clothes, kitchen utensils, presents, vinyl records, old books, souvenirs, and more.

The ruins that can be found here can surprise even educated enthusiasts. From surprising souvenirs from World War II, and old watches, vintage items and design, old style toys and weapons, some are real antiques and some fake.

What is nice here is that it is not visited only by tourists. Also the locals of Athens love to shop in this flea market, located at the edge of the Plaka area, at the foot of the Acropolis.

In the streets of the flea market of Athens there are many tavernas, shops, restaurants and cafes.



#Tips

Though it is open all week long, the market is especially popular on Sunday.

The entrance to the market is from Ermou Street, or Ifaistou Street, and it spreads along Ermou and Pandrossou Streets.

It is permitted and even encouraged to bargain with the vendors.

Beware of pickpockets around this market.

Don't touch the archeology - it is either fake or take out of Greece illegally.



A Closer Look:

https://youtu.be/oIhyhUKhqMw
Catedral de Santa Eulalia
Cathedral of Barcelona
#About the Impressive Gothic Cathedral of Barcelona

The Cathedral of Barcelona, Cathedral of Saint Eulalia, is a large and impressive building, whose turrets are tall and decorated with decorations fitting the Gothic style of the 13th and 14th centuries. Around the cathedral is a protective thick and tall wall.

In the cathedral sits the Archbishop of the city. An Archbishop is an administrative title in Christianity, given to a bishop that stands at the head of provincial churches of a certain area. It was the third cathedral to be built in this place. Before it, two other ancient churches stood here, and before that the area was a pagan cult dedicated entirely to the Roman gods.

Today, many believers of all ages come to the cathedral. They drift to its size and power. The Catalan people and the religious residents of Barcelona, are still conducting religious ceremonies to this day.

On Sunday afternoons, you can come here and see the locals dancing the Sardana in the square before the cathedral - the traditional Catalonian dance. After visitors light a candle in the cathedral, they pray and take part in mass, then they will organize in big circles and dance the favorite dance.


#Architecture of the Cathedral

The cathedral is built in the Gothic style, a style that erupted around Europe in the Middle Ages. The prominent characteristics of the Gothic building are without a doubt the height of the cathedral, the sharp arches, the rounded twists and large windows. Inside the gloomy cathedral the vast wealth invested in the building can be felt. The columns inside reach 26 meters.

The cathedral is built of 28 chapels. The natural light floods the face of the cathedral

Under the cathedral floor are buried people, they can be identified according to symbols engraved on the floors. Notice the drawings of the baking plate with two rolls - the family symbol of a family of bakers buried here. In places where you will see the symbol of skulls, are likely buried here bodies of people who died from the plague that hit the city in 1348.

Even though it is ancient and has stood here for many years, the neo-Gothic exterior of the Cathedral was only created in the 19th century. During the first decade of the 21st century, it also went through another round of renovations. The scaffolding that accompanied the renovation, many steel pipes that helped support the building during the renovation, were removed only in 2012.



#Who Was Eulalia from Barcelona?

You were probably wondering about the meaning of the cathedral. The cathedral is dedicated to a saint that protects the city - the Eulalia from Barcelona. She lived during the Roman period, until she fell into Roman hands in 476. At the age of 13, Eulalia was an avid Christian believer. Even though the Emperor gave specific orders to leave the Christian faith in the Roman Empire, Eulalia refused, and she was given the death sentence. Roman soldiers stripped the girl naked and let her stand in the city square.

The Christian belief says that at this point snow started falling, and it covered the naked saint. The Roman soldiers were furious with anger and put her inside a barrel, that had knives sticking inside. They rolled the barrel down the street, hung her up on a cross, and finally, cut off her head. After her head was cut off, the terrible legend says, a dove flew from her neck to the sky.

In 1339 the body of Eulalia was moved to a gravesite inside the cathedral, in the ancient district of Barcelona. Eulalia, a young Christian lady, is remembered in the Barcelona streets, with statues of her around the city. Each year, on February 12, it is traditional to celebrate Eulalia's holiday.



#Entertainment

Come here on Sundays to see the Catalonians dancing the Sardana at the square in front of the cathedral. Starting at 12:00 pm on Saturdays and Sundays.



#Tips

The Christmas Market - each year it is set up in front of the cathedral, before Christmas, and visitors can experience the traditional Christmas, with hundreds of stalls, and a peek into the Christmas atmosphere.


Catalonians Dancing the Sardana Outside the Church:

https://youtu.be/slnGYnt4sXY


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