12 hours in Barcelona برشلونه

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Welcome back to Barcelona! The sun is still shining, and we still have so much left to do! Because there is only so much you can accomplish in 12hrs, we made you a second guide to the Catalonian capital. If you have more days here, just combine this guide with our first one. And if you only have 12hrs, just pick the one that suits you best.

This time, we have a local Barcelonian showing us around. Meet Nuria! The first time we saw her, she looked at us from a giant billboard in London. A big airline was advertising city trips, and Nuria was just the face they needed for their campaign. She’s a model, loves analog photography, and has one of the coolest Instagram feeds that we know of. Nuria also travels a lot, enjoys surfing and skating, and is vegan and generally just a really cool gal. She loves to hang out on the beach and to explore cities, and today, she is taking us with her. Here are 12hrs in Barcelona with Nuria.

9am // Hotel Praktik Rambla

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Let’s get this day started! This time, we are staying at the Hotel Praktik Rambla. There are several hotels of this Barcelonian mini-chain all around the city, but the location of Praktik Rambla is just perfect for our day today. And it has everything we are looking for in a city hotel: A great location (in this case: right in the middle of the Eixample district of Barcelona), beautifully designed common spaces and rooms, free Wi-Fi and a price tag that won’t brake the bank.

Put on your trunks or your bikini, put some lotion on and grab your towel and skateboard. We’re heading to the beach!

Hotel Praktik Rambla // Rambla de Cataluña 27 // website

9.30am // Barceloneta Beach

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Nuria loves to spend time on the many beaches of Barcelona, so that is where we start our day, too. If you can manage, wait an hour or so until our breakfast place of choice opens. Relax a bit in the sand instead.

One of the great things about Barcelona is its proximity to the ocean. There is just something special about big, cosmopolitan cities with access to the sea. We are at Barceloneta now, one of the most beautiful areas by the sea that lies just off the Ciutat Vella, the old town. Located in the traditional fishing district, this is one of Nuria’s (and the city’s!) best-loved beaches. It is thought to have inspired Miguel de Cervantes as the setting for the fight between Don Quixote and the Knight of the White Moon in his book 2 of Don Quixote. In the distance, you can spot the fancy W Hotel at the shore.

11.am // Surf House Barcelona

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Breakfast, finally! Surf House Barcelona just opened its doors, time to head over there and order some fresh juices and some snacks. Nuria loves to come here to grab a bite after a long day in the sun.

We just love the surfboard tables and the relaxed vibe in here, the healthy fast food and laid-back atmosphere. If you have time to spend a day at the beach, Surf House Barcelona organizes tons of fun outdoor activities such as paddle surfing, runs on the boardwalk and game nights. Have a look on their website to see the upcoming events.

Surf House Barcelona // Carrer l’Almirall Aixada 22 // Wed-Thu 11am-12am, Fri-Sat 11am-2am, Sun 11am-7pm // website

12.30am // Harbor

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After a hearty breakfast, take some more time at the beach until the midday sun gets too hot. Then, around 12.30h, let’s pack up our bags and take a stroll down the boardwalk. Passing the beautiful harbor, we make our way up to Montjuïc.

1pm // Montjuïc

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Yes, it’s a little walk, but really not a steep one. Plus, there is shade! And Montjuïc is definitely worth a wander. In summer, it is a few degrees cooler here than in the bustling city below, and its many parks and gardens are great places to soak up the view of the city.

There are also plenty of museums: the Fundació Joan Miró, for example, is as famous for its Corbusier-influenced building as its collection. You’ll find Barcelona’s botanical garden here, a castle, as well as lots of other amazing parks that are really worth the little hike. Don’t miss the Mies van der Rohe pavilion at the bottom of the hill. It was built for the world exhibition in 1929 and boasts some of the architects’ most famous trademarks. In it, you’ll see the now famous “Barcelona chairs” that van der Rohe built especially for the Spanish king and queen during the event.

Fundació Joan Miró // Tue/Wed & Fri/Sat 10am-7pm (from July-September until 8pm), Thu 10am-9.30pm, Sun 10am-2.30pm, Admission 11 Euro // Fundació Joan Miró

Pavillon Mies van der Rohe // Avinguda Farncesc Ferrer i Guàrdia 7, Mon-Sun 10am-8pm // Admission 5 Euro // website

2.30pm // La Virreina

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Time to head back into the city to continue with Nuria’s tour of Barcelona. Take a metro, a rented bike, a bus or your skateboard, we meet back at La Rambla!

Right next to Barcelona’s famous shopping mile La Rambla is La Virreina, one of Nuria’s favorite museums in the city. The changing exhibitions focus on photography and video art, and the contrast between these modern pieces and the old, baroque architecture of this city palace is really exciting to look at. Take your time to explore the museum and cool down a little. If you want to know what to expect, check La Virreina’s website in advance to see what their current exhibitions are. A nice bonus: admission is free!

La Virreina, Palau de la Virreina // La Rambla 99, Tue-Sun 12pm-8pm // Admission: free // website

3.30pm // La Boqueria

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Step outside and walk around the building for the next stop on our tour. Like many Mediterranean countries, Spain is famous for its colorful food markets. Barcelona boasts many of them, each one of them worthy of a visit. If you just have time to visit one of them, take Nuria’s advice and make it La Boqueria. It was voted one of the world’s top ten markets, and you can easily see why.

Take your time to wander around the stalls and soak up all the sights and smells. There are fresh fruit on display, fish and seafood fresh out of the ocean, meats and dried goods. If it’s a hot day, have a little pre-lunch treat. The homemade fruit popsicles here are a favorite of Nuria, and after trying them, of us, as well. They come in every color of the rainbow – and they’re healthy, too!

La Boqueria // Rambla 91 // Mon-Sat 8am-8.30pm // website

4pm // Juicy Jones

After all that food we looked at, you’re probably hungry. Nuria recommends Juicy Jones for a quick, vegetarian (and even vegan) lunch around the corner. They have two restaurants in the city, head to the one on Carrer del Cardenal Casañas, it’s really close to the market.

The little restaurant offers different dishes everyday, check their Facebook page to see what’s on offer when you are there. As the name suggests, Juicy Jones is also big on juices and fruit smoothies, something that comes in handy when exploring a city in the Mediterranean sunshine.

Juicy Jones // Carrer del Cardenal Casañas 7 // Tue-Sun 10am-11pm // website

5pm // MACBA

Our next stop is the famous modern museum of Barcelona, known as the MACBA, the Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona. Since its opening in 1995, the MACBA has become a power player in Barcelona’s art scene. Some of their exhibitions might not look too approachable at first, but definitely give it a try. The permanent exhibition showcases art of the second half of the 20th century, with a big emphasis on media art, sound performances and the works of experimentalists of the 1960s and 1970s, including Bruce Nauman, Joan Jonas and John Cage. Spanish and Catalan artists such as Antoni Muntadas, Antoni Tàpies and the Dau al Set group are well represented as well. If you’re lucky, you might be able to catch a free concert in the vast auditorium.

The square in front of the MACBA is where all the Barcelonian skaters hang out. So even if you decide not to go in, you’ll have plenty of tricks to look at.

Across the square you’ll find La Capella, a former medieval convent that now showcases works especially commissioned for the MACBA. Admission there is free.

MACBA: Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona // Plaça dels Angels 1 // Mon, Wed, Thu & Fri 11am-7.30pm,
Sat 10am-9pm, Sun 10am-3pm // Admission 10 Euro // website

7pm // Loring Art

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A short, four-minute walk brings you to our next destination. Since we just left the museum, let’s finish our art excursion with some shopping. Loring Art is just the place for that. The shop might not look too big to you, but it is a giant in the world of art books.

You’ll find volumes on every creative topic you can image here, from architecture to graphic design, and the extremely friendly staff lets you browse the stacks as long as you want to. They stock some rare editions here that are hard to find elsewhere, so take your time!

Loring Art // Cale Gravina 8 // Mon-Fri 10am-8.30pm, Sat 11am-2pm & 5pm-8.30pm

7.30pm // Barri Gòtic

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Before we finish our day with Nuria, let’s take a last stroll through the Barri Gòtic. The Gothic Quarter is one of Nuria’s favorite areas of town, and once you get there, you’ll agree with her. It’s the oldest part of Barcelona, many buildings here date back to medieval times. There is a lot to discover. Small alleys, hidden courtyards full of palm trees, and little bars full of locals. Explore the Barri Gòtic as long as you want to and until you have worked up an appetite. Our last stop of the day is coming up. Dinner!

9pm // En Ville Restaurant

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Thank you thank you 12hrs, I loved this!

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Prague, Czech Republic براغ، التشيك

If you like to plan your airport-hotel transfer in advance, check: http://www.prague-airport-transfers.co.uk/other-transport/prague-chauffeur-services/

Prague is a great walking city and I recommend you to bring comfortable shoes and hit the roads of Prague.

Sleep:

Royal Boutique Residence

Residence Agnes

Archibald At the Charles Bridge

Design Hotel Jewel Prague

Myhouse Apartments

Aria Hotel Prague

oldtown prague

Things to see/Explore:

  • Jilska4, old town square
  • If you are really a fan of towers, climb the The Old Town Bridge Tower
  • Jewish District
  • Jazzboat with Dinner: (Check Viator for such tours)
  • Letna Gardens
  • Celetna Street: Powder Tower
  • Astronomical Clock
  • Explore the Vinohrady district, known for its modern art and Neo-Renaissance architecture
  • Follow the Silver Line to the Charles Bridge through the narrow streets loaded with souvenir shops
  • visit the National Museum
  • Lesser Quarter

  • Stop at Mistral Cafe
  • Eat at Restaurant Alcron
  • Eat at Etnosvet
  • Eat at Field Restaurant
  • Eat at K The Two Brothers

Oaxaca, Mexico

VISA

To enter Mexico (For GCC Nationals), you could enter with a valid US Visa, or establish a new Mexican visa.

How to Get There?

My trip was a bit LONG; I connected via Frankfurt, Houston, Mexico City and finally to Oaxaca. Airport in Oaxaca is called Xoxocatlan Airport (OAX). There’s a direct flight from Houston to Oaxaca.

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Length of my Stay

I stayed in Oaxaca for three nights, mainly because I was invited to attend a wedding there, so a full day was gone in the wedding, and I have two days to explore – two days were good enough to cover many things. Some sights were a bit further, so just make sure you plan your trip ahead of time, and see the time between the places you’d like to visit/see.

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Sleep

  • Quinta Real (Traditional, friendly staff, small but good rooms)
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  • Casa Oaxaca
  • Hotel Azul
  • Hotel Palacio Borghese

Things to do

  • Monte Alban (Pyramids of Oaxaca)
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  • Cascade de Hierve El Agua

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  • Museo de las Culturas de Oaxaca
  • Walk around and explore the beautiful street art all over town!

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Food

  • Casa Oaxaca (book at the terraza)
  • Pitiona

Cheers,

Hello965

Los Cabos, Mexico

Los Cabos is a Municipality located in Baja California Sur, in Mexico. Los Cabos, is divided to two parts: Cabo San Lucas, and San Jose del Cabo.

Month Visited: September/October

Period stayed: 3 nights/ 4 days

Airport:  SJD

Los Cabos

Hotel Stayed at: The Cape – San Lucas (RECOMMENDED!)

Food:

Flora's Kitchen

Flora’s Kitchen

  • Flora’s Field Kitchen (Organic, delicious, happiness!)
  • Lolita Cafe (Breakfast)
  • La Forchetta (Italian)
  • Las Cazuelas del Don
  • Nick-San (Japanese)
  • El Farallon

 

Things to do:

  • Desertica Cabo Multi Adventure Park
  • ATV ride over the longest hanging pedestrian wooden bridge in the world

Los Cabos

  • Frank Arnold Gallery (Gallery in San Jose) – You can choose to visit when the Art Walk is happening (every Thursday evening). This involves walking from gallery to gallery in the Art district.
  • Sailing trip (morning trip with paddle surf and/or snorkeling) or a sunset romantic sail boat trip

Los Cabos

  • See the Golden Arch ‘El Arco’ Cabos
  • Playa Santa Maria
  • Nikki Beach

Tips:

  • Although everywhere in Los Cabos from my visit was priced in US Dollars – do take with you Mexican Pesos as this is Mexico’s currency.
  • Rent a car Vs. Taxis: I preferred renting a car since I stayed in San Lucas, and wanted to go to places in San Jose as well.

Los Cabos

  • Book your activities in advance, so you can schedule your times.
  • Check the distances on Google Maps between each place to plan your routes and distances accurately.
  • If you’re going for the sun and water – please make sure you protect your skin and take some medicine just in case of an upset stomach due to food reactions.

 

You wanna see more? Check out our hashtag on Instagram: #Hello965LosCabos

Los Angeles Travel Guide

This is a basic guidance list

Airport details (LAX)

Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) to the city can be anywhere from a 35 minute to an hour long car ride depending on traffic.

LAX to the valley is a little bit further and can take anywhere from 25-50 minutes depending on the time of day and how bad the traffic is at that time. Bob Hope Airport in Burbank to the city can take as short as 25 minutes or as long as 50 minutes depending on traffic. 

 

Malls الأسواق
– Century City Plaza (Beverly Hills)
– The grove (Beverly Hills)
– Beverly Center (Beverly Hills)
– The Americana at Brand (Glendale)
– Santa Monica Place (Santa Monica – its on 3rd street promenade)
– South Coast plaza (South of LA – intersection of I-405 and Route-55)
– Fashion Island (Newport Beach)
– Irvine Spectrum Center (Irvine – intersection of I-405 and I-5)

Streets الشوارع

– Melrose Avenue – starts from Santa Monica Blvd and goes on. (the stores are scattered around the area, also there is a small street called Melrose Place it has designer boutiques. There are many nice stores for shopping)

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– Rodeo Dr. – Btwn Santa Monica Blvd and Wilshire Blvd.
– N Robertson Blvd. – Starting from W 3rd St. passing through Beverly Blvd. (nice shops in that street, Kitson, Chanel, Tory Burch and more)
– 3rd Street (West Hollywood) – beginning from La Cienega intersection (nice shops and many restaurants. Mostly breakfast and brunch you have to go early to get a table very crowded on weekends)

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– Beverly Blvd (West Hollywood) – beginning from Santa Monica Blvd. going towards La Cienega.
– Sunset Blvd. (West Hollywood) – La Cienega to N Doheny Dr. (there are restaurants and a couple of shops)
– Beverly Dr. (West Hollywood) – Starting from Santa Monica Blvd all the way to W Olympic Blvd.

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– 3rd Street Promenade (Santa Monica) – it’s a closed street with many shops, a nice place to walk and shop around. Nice at night on weekends. Take I-10 West and till 4th & 5th Street go on 4th street parking will be on the left after the traffic light.
– Main street – (Santa Monica)

Places to go to next to LA أماكن ينصح بزيارتها بجانب لوس أنجلوس

– Catalina Island – its a tiny island 20-25mins by helicopter or an hr by a ferry. It has many water sport activities and you go around in a golf cart.

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– Santa Monica Pier – walking distance from 3rd street promenade. There is a Ferris wheel and a small amusement park. Also there is an aquarium.
– Newport.
– Laguna beach (nice shops and stuff)
– Venice Beach
– Huntington Beach

– Long Beach
– Santa Barbara
– Malibu

Attractions:

– Hollywood Blvd – Kodak Theatre, Walk of Fame, Grauman’s Chinese Theater
– Disneyland, located in Anaheim (South I-5)
– Universal Studios, in Universal City (located on 101 highway)
– Six Flags Magic Mountain, in Valencia (North I-5)
– Knott’s Berry Farm, in Buena Park (it’s a small amusement park near Anaheim, route 91 then exit south on Beach blvd.)

Tours:

– The Grand Tour of Los Angeles
– Deluxe Movie Stars’ Home and Trolley Tour
– Los Angeles City Tour by Night
– Hollywood Behind the Scenes
– City Tour By Night
– Inside Historic Downtown Los Angeles
– Hollywood Trolley Tour
– Hollywood Double Decker Fun Tour
– Downtown Los Angeles
– Little Tokyo MOCA

 

 

Cheers

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