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Bruges, Belgium

by MDee
    
                                                                        Lake of   Love

Bruges, Belgium

A day trip to Belgium from Amsterdam was so convenient. Just a border away!. While in the Bus, I sat back in comfort while admiring the beautiful scenery as we pass along the Dutch and the Belgian countryside, the fascinating views of landscapes, beautiful buildings and other tour buses traveling along the highway.

First stop – Bruges, one of the incredible beautiful area known as “ Minnewater.” Where, the Lake of Love and Lovers Bridge are tucked away at the southern end of the North sea. It is a great place to be with someone you love. They say, it is a place where- “If you walk over the bridge and kiss someone you love it will become eternal love” A tranquil location with in the confines of the city.

A legend- tells the story of a young and pretty girl named Minna who was in love with the Stromberg- a warrior of a neighboring tribe. Her father did not agree with her love and arranged her to marry a man of his choice. A fisherman named Horneck. Minna’s father was a Sailor and is getting old and choses Horneck for her as a husband.  Minna escaped and ran into the forest. When Stromberg finally found her, she died in his arms of exhaustion. The lake was named after Minna and the bridge by the lake was considered The Bridge of Love– in her honor.  The park is home of numerous festivals throughout the year and the SWAN is the Minnewater emblem.

Bruges – is  the capital of West Flanders in Northwest Belgium . Explore to discover the old city, including the tall watchtower known as “The Gun Powder Tower.” The church of our Lady of Madonna and Child with its 122-meter brick, dominates the skyline of the city. Although there are many adaptations of Madonna and Child wither it is a Painting or  a Sculpture, it represents the very core of Christianity.

There’s so much more to see in Bruges if time permits. Bruges are famous for its Lace making -also it  is distinguished by its canals, cobbled streets and medieval buildings. Port Zeebrugge  is an important center for fishing and European trade.

Brussels- Sightseeing around the Capitol, The Grand Palace, Famous Landmarks, Century Old Buildings, International Banks ,Town Hall (Hotel de Ville) and of course Belgian Chocolates Factory for some treats which are several. The Little Pissing Man (a landmark) Bronze Fountain Sculpture in Central Brussel. Depicting a naked boy urinating into the fountain basin. Then The Royal Palace of the King and Queen of the Belgians in the center of the Nation Capital. It was a Wonderful day !

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Barcelona, Spain

by MDee

La Barceloneta Beach

Have visited Barcelona many years ago, So excited to explore the city. Spain has a history ties to my country. Barcelona is known for its exceptional soccer and the brilliant architectures. It is also famous for its modern art museums, parks, golden shoreline, beautiful beaches and tasty foods. Barcelona is the capital of Catalunya- a historical region of Spain and densely populated second after Madrid.

We watched the live Flamenco Dance show.  They say, beginning of the 20th century during the arrival of many Andalusians, live flamenco shows blossomed all across Barcelona. Dancers clicking there castanets with different fingers produces the rhythmic sound. Barcelona is considered the third capital of flamenco show in Spain. While you are in Barcelona, have a dip at La Barceloneta the golden sand beach also the closes to the city.

We traveled to  Mount Montserrat .It is a multi-peaked mountain range near Barcelona in Catalonia. It is part of the Catalan Pre-Coastal Range.
A spectacularly beautiful Benedictine monk mountain retreat, about one hour North West from Barcelona by train. Not only is Montserrat Monastery
of significant religious importance but also the natural beauty surrounding the monastery is simply breathtaking. If you enjoy walking there are some interesting walks through the mountains where you will experience magnificent views of some of the most unusual rock formations in the whole of Catalonia. You can take a funicular or a cable railroad to the top of the mountain and from there, you can take in the amazing views of the Catalonian countryside. The history of Mount Montserrat is fascinating and started in 880 when a small group of shepherd children saw a bright light from the sky over Montserrat mountains. In the same moment the children heard angels singing and the music filled their hearts with a radiant joy.
Today,  You can walk to the Holy Grotto and see first hand where these events took place.

Have you watched a bull fight on television or live? These days, Bullfighting is illegal in most countries but remains legal in most areas of Spain and Portugal as well as in some Hispanic American countries and some parts of southern France.

Madrid the Capital of Spain is one of Europe’s most amazing cities, exciting and dynamic metropolis with plenty of things to do and lots of places to enjoy. Most of the time visitors usually have a limited amount of time when visiting a city. Sometimes it is difficult to choose from range of things  Madrid has to offer and Madrid is famous for. Also Madrid’s Puerta del Sol is probably the city’s most famous spot. It is known for being the place where people gather on December 31 to celebrate the New Year.. The square is also the point where all of Spain’s six major roads starts. While most tourists have no idea that the Puerta del Sol is Spain’s symbolic “Kilometer 0.” In the middle of the square, a small plaque shows the exact point where Spanish roads begins – don’t miss it!.
Night life- Spain is famous over the world for its nightlife and party culture. With trendy bars, nightclubs and so much more. Madrid is the place to be  for the ultimate night in the town. Nightlife in Madrid can be one of the most memorable parts of your trip.

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