Earlier this month, I saw a good friend of mine posting a photo on Facebook of the new book she was reading, “Into the wild” by Jon Krakauer. I’ve read the book and saw the movie also, so I was curious on her opinion on the book. She wasn’t exactly thrilled with it and said that it wasn’t just because she didn’t like it, but because she was still under a spell from the previous book she had read. “The Shadow of the Wind” by Carlos Ruiz Zafon.
Unfortunately, I don’t read as much as I’d like to, and to my embarrassment, I didn’t know anything about the book or the author. But I got curios and after reading a little about it, I downloaded it to my kindle. Just two days later, I had finished and was completely under Zafon’s spell. If you’re just like me, you’ve also probably fell in love with the mystery in the books, the dark atmosphere and especially the amazing way he describes Barcelona. Right now I’m reading the second book in the “Cemetery of the Forgotten Books” series, The Angel’s Game, which is just as good as The Shadow of the Wind” (though perhaps a little more “Hollywoodian”) and which takes place in the same beautiful city.
After finishing the book, I was extremely curious to see the locations he so beautifully described in the book, so here are some of the most important locations in Zafon’s book, which you might like to see if you’re ever in Barcelona and loved “The Shadow of the Wind”. The locations are also very convenient to see as they are within walking distance one from another, since most of the action in the book takes place in the old city. The area is also very touristy, so easy to get around. [Click here to read more…]
Europe is a great place to visit if you’re going on holiday no matter which part of the world you are from, this is because depending on which part of Europe you go to get a very different experience compared to everywhere else in the continent. This along with fantastic history of Europe makes it a fantastic place to go and enjoy a great holiday. One kind of holiday that you might expect from Europe is a casino holiday, when most people think of casino holidays they think of Las Vegas and America. However this is not the case as many European countries have casinos much older than America and there is actually quite a heritage in terms of casino history in Europe. [Click here to read more…]
Amsterdam is undoubtedly one of the most well-known cities in the world. This famous Dutch destination is a popular spot for people who want to spend their time unwinding and relaxing within the city. Amsterdam may have been known for its red light districts or legal use of cannabis—which may cause families to think twice before heading here—but this should not hinder people to come and visit the place because there is a wide variety of clean and fun holiday activities and destinations that can be found here. [Click here to read more…]
Around 200 people (205 at the 2009 census) live on the Aogashima volcanic island in the Philippine Sea. The island is part of the Izu archipelago, being administered by the city of Tokyo as part of the Hachijo Subprefecture. Located 220 miles south of Tokyo and 45 miles south of the nearest populated island, Aogashima is the most isolated populated island in the archipelago and is also considered the least populated municipality in Japan. [Click here to read more…]
Sadly, jetting off to tropical shores is pipedream for so many of us. Although our pockets might not stretch to getaways in Thailand or the Maldives, there are plenty of low cost beach holidays available to fit all budgets. [Click here to read more…]
If you are taking all inclusive holidays in Portugal then a visit to the Algarve is a must. Why? For three very good reasons: sun, golf and food. It’s the holy trinity of any trip to the Algarve.
Portugal’s southernmost province reaches an average temperature in September of 26 degrees (22 in October), and it is fast becoming one of the most popular destinations for holiday-makers that want to abandon the Autumn weather and head for warmer climes. [Click here to read more…]