Mar 26 2015

April in Rome – Come Celebrate Rome´s Birthday!

This April in Rome celebrates the creation, culture, and liberation of the beautiful city of rome so come along and take a visit to Rome! There is plenty to do! We have compiled you a list of the diferent things going on in Rome. 

Cirque-Eloize

Cirque-Eloize by (André Galant)

April 21 – The Founding of Rome (Rome's Birthday). The celebration of Rome's birthday is typically held the weekend that falls closest to April 21. Rome is said to have been founded by the twins Romulus and Remus in 753 BC. Special events, including concerts, a parade, and historical re-enactments are held at the Circus Maximus, the large field where chariot races were once held. Fireworks and gladiatorial displays at the Colosseum are also part of the festivities.

The performance of the Cirque Éloize not only bring to the stage this new way of thinking about the circus, but it represents a step further. In fact, thanks to the use of the language of the street, to the spectacle of philosophy "street", the result is explosive. A show full of energy, acrobatics, break dance, set in the streets of a contemporary metropolis and mixed with the sounds and music of the underground scene.

 25 March until 4 April – Rome, Teatro Brancaccio

Settimana della Cultura, Week of Culture. National museums and archeological sites have free admission and some sites not normally open to the public may be open. Some museums in Rome that participate include: The Capitoline Museums and the National Roman Museum, among many others.

April 25 – Liberation Day. A somber day of celebration, April 25 marks the day that Rome and the rest of Italy was liberated at the end of World War II. Commemorative ceremonies are held at the Quirinale Palace among other state venues in the city. The day honors those who served in the Italian Resistance. Marching bands, music concerts, food festivals, political rallies, and other public gatherings take place in many places in Italy.

If you are coming to Rome and you still haven´t found a place to live then check out Habitat Apartments where you will find an abundance of apartments at very competitive prices Below featured is the Pineto Attic Apartment, which has lovely terrace and sleeps up to 6 people.

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Mar 23 2015

Madrid During April and Easter Holidays – Fun For all The Family

This month in April Madrid is filled with activites and events. In this post we have tried to include some activities that will be fun for all the family, so that you can come to Madrid during the Easter holidays with your family and be sure that you will be able to entertain everyone.

Royal Palace Madrid

Royal Palace Madrid (from imagea.org)

The Natural Science Museum in Madrid occupies two spaces in a huge building overlooking a sloping garden on the Castellana. Much of the north wing is given over to temporary exhibitions: generally a couple of small-scale ones are held annually and a larger, more ambitious one, lasting about a year, is organised every 18 months. They tend to be hands-on, interactive and fun for kids.

Permanently in this wing is 'Mediterranean Nature and Civilisation', a large exhibition of Mediterranean flora and fauna, illustrating the region's biodiversity. The Jardín de Piedras (an outdoor rock garden) exhibits rocks and fossilized logs, most of them from the Community of Madrid. A replica of a Diplodocus is undoubtedly one of the highlights of the museum, along with the skeleton of a Pleistocene era Megatherium americanum from Luján, Argentina, and a stunning whale skeleton more than 20 metres long that will wow visitors of all ages.

Tue-Fri, Sun, public holidays 10am-5pm; Sat and Sun before public holidays 10am-8pm; Sat in Jul and Aug 10am-3pm

Madrid Zoo

From the smallest insect to the biggest mammal, all the species of the planet live together in the Madrid Zoo. More than 6,000 animals belonging to more than 500 species are found there: mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, fish, and invertebrates. This wonderful zoo is almost 20 hectares and includes a dolphin tank, aquarium, and an aviary, where the best examples of fauna from the five continents are brought together.

http://zoomadrid.com/

Single Entry: 16.90 € (adults) – 13.70 € (3 to 7 year children and adults over 65)

Free (younger than 3 yrs)  

Family (three or more children previously authorized): 13.45 € (adults) – 9.20 € (children)
 

Real Madrid v Malaga

If you are into football or just want an evening out filled with good cheer and great atmosphere then why not go and see Real Madrd vs Malaga at the Bernabeu Stadium in Madrid. For tickets to see Real Madrid v Malaga click here

Estadio Santiago Bernabeu, Madrid (ES)

Sunday 19-04-2015, 21:00

 

Royal Palace of Madrid

Another great place to go and visit is The Palacio Real de Madrid aka Royal Palace of Madrid which is the official residence of the Spanish Royal Family at the city of Madrid. Although it is the official residence nowadays it is only used for state ceremonies. King Felipe VI and the Royal Family do not reside in the palace, choosing instead the more modest Palacio de la Zarzuela on the outskirts of Madrid.

 The palace is owned by the Spanish State and administered by the Patrimonio Nacional, a public agency of the Ministry of the Presidency. The palace is located on Calle de Bailén (Bailén Street), in the Western part of downtown Madrid, and is accessible from the Ópera metro station. 

It is a lovely building with lots of history. For more information about the Palacio Real de Madrid click here

€10; consc €5 (5-16s, over-65s, students; free under-5s, 18 May (International Museum Day), Mon_Thu 4pm-6pm Oct-Mar and 6pm-8pm Apr-Sep for EU citizens and residents and Latin American citizens.

 

Madrid Planetarium

Planetario de Madrid (or Planet Mad as it is sometimes known) is a centre which aims to teach people about the cosmos and its history. Concerts beneath the stars, exhibitions, and observations under the supervision of experts. This center has more than 20 years of experience and is a really great place for people of all ages and because of its very reasonable entrance fees it is a great place to go with a family.

Adults: €3.60

Children and over 65s: €1.65

Exhibitions: free entry

If you are coming to Madrid and you are still looking for a place to stay then check out Habitat Apartments where you will find a great selection of apartments that will suit all needs. Featured below is the Alcala Deluxe Apartment which sleeps up to 6 people.

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Royal Palace Madrid (from imagea.org)

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Mar 23 2015

April in Venice – Filled with Culture

April in Venice is known to be very cultural and romantic as not only is there Saint Marks Day, which is the Italian version of Valentines day, there is also culture week. During this week you can visit a lot of Museums for free so come to Venice in April!  

St. Mark's Day (Festa di San Marco), also known as the rosebud festival (Venetian: festa del bocolo), is a festival in Venice held on 25 April celebrating Venice's patron saint, St. Mark. On this day, men traditionally give a single rosebud to the women they love.

One of the highlights during the Feast of St Mark is the Regata di Traghetti, a boat race featuring gondoliers who compete while transporting passengers in their gondolas.

Gondolier Race

Gondolier Race (by Roberto Trm)

Mid-April – Culture Week. The Settimana delle Beni Culturali is a week celebrated all over Italy, in which state-run museums and monuments are open for free and, sometimes, for longer hours. Some museums in Venice that participate include the Accademia, the Ca d'Oro, and the Archeological Museum, among many others.

CONCERT AND DINNER IN VENICE

Friday, April 10 2015, 20:45 San Giovanni Elemosinario, Venice

PROGRAM

Bach, Johann Sebastian
Air, from Suite No. 3 in D major, BWV 1068 "Air on a G string"

Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus
A Little Night Music

Marcello, Alessandro 
Concerto for oboe, strings, and basso continuo in D minor

Albinoni, Tomaso Giovanni
Concert for oboe and strings in d-moll

Pachelbel, Johann
Canon in D major

In the beautiful setting of San Giovanni Elemosinario, in the heart of Venice, Sinfonia Veneziana offers you the opportunity to listen to wonderful baroque music. 

At 7 pm, before the concert, you will taste a typical Venetian 2-course-dinner at 'Antica Osteria Ruga Rialto', a famous Venetian restaurant, serving local cuisine. The restaurant is 1 minute walk from the concert venue. 

Dinner: two courses, water, wine and coffee are included in the price.

Approximate duration (min.): 70

For tickets to see the concert and have dinner click here

Venice Naval Museum

The Museo Storico Navale is one of Venice's less-visited museums, and is open only in the mornings. Situated in the Castello district, near the Arsenale, Venice's historic shipyard, it is devoted to naval and nautical history, with exhibits covering five floors of the building. If the subject matter interests you, this rather old-fashioned museum is definitely worth a visit. If you're here for a long visit and getting acquainted with the city, I'd recommend you pay a visit, if only to see the historic gondolas on display.

If you are coming to Venice and you are looking for a place to stay then check out Habitat Apartments where you will find a great selection of napartments at very reasonable prices. Featured below is the lovely Byzantine Apartment.

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Mar 23 2015

April In Barcelona – Trade Fairs, Cava and Vermouth

This April in Barcelona there is a lot on offer and as the weather is starting to get warmer we thought we would give you a couple of walking tour opportunities, as well as a couple of other events that are taking place.  
 

Teatre Liceu Barcelona

Teatre Liceu Barcelona (picture by Sergio Calleja (Life is a trip))

Have you ever tried the famous Catalan Vermouth? It is a very common thing to drink Vermouth at the weekends in Catalunya so make sure you try it! Vermouth is a fortified wine, spiced with over 50 different herbs with a secret recipe, its like nothing you've ever tasted. You won't look back. Here is a link to go on a 3 hour vermouth tour with professional guides that will tell you everything you need to know.

 

Wine and Cava Tour

9 hour small group day tour from Barcelona to visit Barcelona's scenic Penedès region where world famous wines and sparkling cavas are made. On this tour you will spend a whole day immersed in the world of Spanish wine and cava sparkling wine previously called "Spanish champagne." First you visit the heart of the Spanish Cava industry, the town of Sant Sadurni d'Anoia, where 95% of Spain's cava is produced. Then you will visit one of the jewels of the Spanish cava world namely magnificent Codorníu Cava winery at their modernist winery designed by the Catalan modernist architect Puig i Cadafalch. In the afternoon there is a visit to the equally famous Family Torres Winery, winner of the best wine tour award in Spain in 2013

This tour is only available Monday to Friday. 

 

In Cosmetics 2015

In Cosmetics 2015 trade fair is the leading global business platform for personal care ingredients. Meet over 500 suppliers and over 6000 visitors to discover the newest products and latest developments from the world’s cosmetics and personal care industry.  Tuesday 14th April 2015 to Thursday 16th April 2015

To register for In Cosmetics 2015 click this link 

 

Expo Ecosalud 2015 Barcelona      

Barcelona lifestyle and health exhibition

Event date:  Friday 17th April 2015 to Sunday 19th April 2015
Admission: Open to trade vistiors and general public
Event location:  Fira Montjuic – Barcelona 

Expo EcoSalud. Biannual heatlh exhibition in Barcelona. Next edition in 2015. Focus on health and quality of Life, ecological and dietetic products 

 

Carmen opera Barcelona                 

Gran Teatre del Liceu – Opera House

If you like the Opera then you should definitely take a visit to The Gran Teatre del Liceu which is located on Las Ramblas at Liceu metro stop. It is housed in a beautiful old building where you can see a spectacular performance of Bizet´s Carmen.

Event date:  Friday 17th April 2015 to Saturday 2nd May 2014
Event location: Gran Teatre del Liceu – Opera House 

Tickets for Carmen Opera at Gran Teatre Liceu Barcelona

 

If you are coming to Barcelona and are looking for somewhere to stay then take a look at Habitat Apartments where you will find a large selection of apartments that can accomodate all needs. Below featured is the Paseo de Gracia Deluxe Apartment which can sleep 4 people.

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Mar 13 2015

Fun For all the Family! – Activities for Children in Barcelona

Are you coming to Barcelona with a family and you are worried about how to entertain the young ones while you are here? Barcelona has a lot on offer to entertain people of all ages, so after you have dragged the kids to see some of Barcelona´s most famous buildings, such as The Sagrada Familia or the Casa Batlló, you can treat them to one of these workshops or tours that are guaranteed to appeal to a younger audience – who doesn’t love chocolate?!

Museu-de-la-Xocolata-barcelona

The Chocolate Museum (Museo de la Xocolata in Catalan) is a truly spectacular experience. They offer many different workshops and activites that are each aimed at different age groups from babies right the way up to adults. For example, there is a workshop for painting with (and eating!) chocolate for the youngsters and then there are guided tours of the museum as well as brandy testing with chocolate for adults. It is really a fantastic day out that will be enjoyed by the whole family. Take a look at the website here to view the website of the Museo de la Xocolata and see different workshops and tours that are available – there are 13 in total!

 

Another place that has a lot to offer for children is La Pedrera. There are many different workshops that are very interactive and aim to teach the children about the architecture and the history of the building, but in a fun way that often involves painting and building sculptures. The price of most of the workshops is only €8.50 so it´s quite reasonable and the different workshops have different durations and are at different times of the day, so there will almost definitely be something that suits your needs. Click here to find more information about what´s on offer at La Pedrera.

 

Poble Espanyol is another place that is very child friendly. They have different workshops and activities on offer that are enjoyable for people of all ages. Amongst others these include: glass painting, bread making and also an agricultural and ecological workshop that teaches how to prepare a seedbed, make compost and plant a lettuce. The activites are all relatively cheap and very well thought of so it is very enjoyable. Visit the website for Poble Espanyol for more information and for times.

 

If none of these things take your fancy then here is a link that suggests some other activities that are both educational and fun for children and adults.

 

If you are coming to Barcelona with your family and would like a nice apartment to stay in then check out Habitat Apartments where there are a lot of family orientated apartments. Featured below is the Barcelona Center Apartment which is perfect for a family and even includes childrens toys.

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