Saturday afternoon and football match at Camp Nou Barcelona

Saturday afternoon and Football at Camp Nou Barcelona



Camp Nou Barcelona

Camp Nou is FC Barcelona’s home stadium with a capacity of approximately 100,000 spectators.

I went to an early match starting at 16.15, a perfect time of day as you get plenty of time after the match to go out for tapas and enjoy the incredible Barcelona nightlife.

It’s fantastic to see a match live and being there was such an extraordinary experience.

If you are in Barcelona during football (what’s known as soccer in some other parts of the world), I highly recommend you grab some tickets and head to a match at Camp Nou Barcelona.

The atmosphere is electrical with a festive feel.

To get there, you can take the Metro L3 to the station Les Corts or one of the bus lines that stop near the arena.

From Les Corts station, it is about a one-kilometer walk to Camp Nou stadium – no need to look for signs, just follow the crowd.







Celebration at Camp Nou when Barca wins La Liga

Another time when I was in Barcelona, I was lucky enough to be at the last match of the season when Barcelona FC won La Liga and the match was followed by a great ceremony.

When the home team wins, you usually find people dancing in the water fountains and the city of Barcelona is full of good cheer and happy people.

Unfortunately, things sometimes get out of hand with rowdy people spoiling the celebrations with fractions and firecrackers around Plaza Catalunya.

So it’s smart to head to your hotel as soon as possible after such a match or to take cover in a safe bar nearby.

We ended up at the Hard Rock Cafe, where we had to stay for three hours until the wild crowd outside had subsided.






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Berlin TV Tower (Fernsehturm) – A famous Attraction

Berlin TV Tower (Fernsehturm)

TV tower Berlin - Fernsehturm

Probably the most interesting tourism stories are those in which some architectural pieces changed its purpose and became must see attractions of the city or the country they’re situated in.

Precisely that happened with the Berlin TV tower.



Little History of the Tv Tower in Berlin

The story about the tower starts in the early 50s, when the GDR was planning to build a facility that would serve for transmitting the television signal.

After discussing what’s the best position for building it, the TV tower owes its location to a fully independent planning initiative – that came after detonating the Berlin Palace, and wish for creating a new architectural icon for their new society.

After rejecting some other plans, the authorities decided to merge two of earlier initiatives and had an idea to make the television tower in Berlin Mitte and not the Berliner Sclossplatz, but right next to the Alexanderplatz.

In 1969, the TV tower was put into operation, and after reunification of Germany in 1990, it instantly became a symbol of Berlin as a whole and one of the most popular city’s attractions.

That popularity remains these days also. In fact, it attracts more than a million people per year and it’s equally attractive to foreign tourist and Berliners.



Is it a space rocket ?

Its unique architecture is what, besides the magnificent view, attracts the most.

Once you come closer to the building, it resembles a space rocket, and the original design came from the East Germany architect Hermann Henselmann.

He indeed had a vision to make a piece that should remind of the Soviet Sputnik satellite; colored in red – the color of socialism.

Construction gave some headaches to the engineers, especially with mounting the sphere in place at an altitude of 200 metres.

They finally resolved it with a decision on an univalve construction of a steel skeleton for the sphere.

That segment was prefabricated on the ground and hauled up by cranes – attached to the spherical platform which marks the end of the concrete shaft.

Then, it was suspended on tension ropes, making it appear to be floating.



The lifts, the top and the view

In 1996, getting on the top of the tower became quicker.

The lifts were replaced and since then it takes just 40 seconds.

Since we’re mentioning getting on the top, the most frequently asked question of visitors is about how much the wind is bringing the tower to vibrate.

And the answer is – barely noticeable, so if you’re planning to visit the TV tower, don’t worry.

This interesting architectural piece offers the most spectacular views of Berlin and its surroundings.

Landmarks such as the Brandenburg Gate, Olympiastadion and Charlottenburg Palace.

You can enjoy a lunch or dinner in the tower’s restaurant – it’s something you should definitely try!

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Summer Music Festival Salzburg, Austria. 1 – 30 August 2020

Summer Music Festival Salzburg, Austria

1 – 30 August 2020

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Salzburg, lovely in summer as well as in winter and crammed full with culture, castles, monuments and history reaching back many centuries.

Birth place of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and many other musicians, writers, painters, sculptors and architects have lived here. It is thanks to them the city is one of the most important cultural centers in Europe.



Summer Music Festival Salzburg

The highlight, as far as opera, drama and classical music are concerned the annual “Salzburger Festspiele”.

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The first festival took place on 22nd of August 1920 with the performance of what is to this day the `center piece`: Hugo von Hoffmannsthals´s play “Jedermann” (Every man).

It´s the story of a very rich and selfish man who, during a banquet, is visited by Death who takes him away.

However, he is allowed to choose company to go with him and is subsequently abandoned by everybody, his servants, his lovers and even his money.

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The play is performed on the beautiful Domplatz (Cathedral Square).

A stunning setting for the drama and you can hear a needle drop when Death shouts his `Jedermann`reverberating from the surrounding buildings and the Dom behind.

Many more plays, operas and concerts are being performed during the summer music festival Salzburg in other venues like the “Felsenreitschule” and “Grosse Schauspielhaus”.

Naturally, tickets are coveted and don´t come cheap but even if you don´t manage to get the ones you want that shouldn´t deter you from visiting Salzburg during the Festspiele.

At least you can see and hear Jedermann from afar because it´s an open air performance.

Since instigation the Festspiele have become an international event, particularly from the 60s onwards under world famous conductor Herbert von Karajan.





A predominantly baroque city

As far as architecture is concerned, Salzburg is a predominantly baroque city with all the opulence the style implies.

Starting with the Dom which in it´s present form was inaugurated on 25th September 1628 with a 8 day festival, supposedly one of the biggest the city has ever seen.

3 portals, 5 bells with individual names and 5 separate organs are only some of the many awesome features of the cathedral.

Make you way to the 11th century “Festung Hohensalzburg” which towers over the city.

Fantastic views as far as the Alps and over the Old Town as well as sumptuous state rooms and weapons collections.

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If you are so inclined you can make the ascent on foot from the wonderful baroque landscaped Mirabell Park, but only if you are into hiking.

Luckily there is a cable car which takes you to the top without any effort.






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The luxury and famous Hotel Sacher

Want to rub shoulders with celebrities, actors and anyone else who is (or thinks he is) famous?

Then go and sit on the terrace of Hotel Sacher overlooking the river Salzach.

Sacher Torte

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Or just enjoy one of Salzburg´s best specialties.

A slice of Sacher Torte and a cup of coffee which in Salzburg is a science.

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Wall of Fames

Inside you can look at the Wall of Fame.

Autographed photographs of kings, queens, heads of state, artists and journalists who have stayed in Hotel Sacher.

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Then cross one of the bridges and explore the many cobble stoned streets and alleys of the Old Town, look at the fabulous pieces of jewelry in the Goldgasse, the flower arrangements in the Blumengasse,

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Mozart´s birth house which is also a museum in the Gerbergasse or visit the farmer´s market next to the Domplatz.

Salzburg is my favorite city in Austria. Cozier than Vienna, easy to reach, easy to get around. Never a dull moment here even if the best festival tickets already might been gone.

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A Summer’s Tale Open Air Music Festival, Germany 22 – 25 July 2021

A Summer’s Tale Open Air Music Festival, Luhmühlen, Germany

22 – 25 July 2021



About A Summer’s Tale

A Summer’s Tale is an open-air music festival plus so much more.

The first edition took place in 2015 and it is held amidst trees and moors in stunning countryside. and the whole family is welcome.

It’s a place that welcomes the whole family.

As well as international and local multi-genre music, it’s a cultural, creative, and outdoor experience.

It’s a world of its own in which you will want to immerse yourself!






A Diverse Festival

Concerts, DJs, Readings, Film, Performances & Lectures, Art, Workshops, Family Activities, Perspectives & Portraits, Outdoor & Activity, Culinary Treats, and a Design Market – it’s all on offer at this incredibly diverse festival.

In the mood for a walk in the forest, a film, a poetry reading, a Japanese tea ceremony, Qi Gong, meditation, or a crash course in ‘plattdeutsch’?

Whatever it is, chances are you’ll find it here.

It’s a place to create your own Summer’s Tale.

Food is also a festival specialty with a focus on organic quality.

You’ll discover regional and local produce at the food stands and trucks.

Gluten-free, vegan, and vegetarian options are plentiful.



How to get there

This event takes place approximately 50 km south of Hamburg.

The festival address is: Eventpark Luhmühlen, Westergellerser Heide 1, 21394 Westergellersen.

Public transport to and from the festival site is included in all single and family tickets on the train network.

From Lüneburg train station to the festival site, there is a free of charge bus shuttle.

Parking space for bicycles is provided.

Car parking is available at a cost.

Basic Information

When: 22 – 25 July 2021

Where: Luhmühlen, Germany

Map: Luhmühlen on Google Maps

Official website: asummerstale.de

Hotels: Hotels nearby Luhmühlen

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Festival Accommodation

For the full festival experience, you can set up your own tent in the camping area (bookings required).

If you’re after a little more comfort, there’s the comfort camping area where you can pitch your own tent or book a comfort-accommodation.

Hotel Tip

If camping is not your thing and you’d prefer to stay at a hotel, check out options in Lüneberg or book the nearby Rüter’s Hotel & Restaurant.

It’s a three-star hotel in the beautiful countryside offering a modern amenities mixed with traditional charm.

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Seneffe Festival at the Castle of Seneffe, Belgium

20 – 22 September 2019

Seneffe Festival Belgium

About Seneffe Festival

This festival was born 10 years ago and has developed over the years.

Last year over 6000 people came to celebrate in Seneffe.

It’s a result of a dynamic and impetus solidarity from the citizens; 200 volunteers of all ages and from all walks of life are at the service of the festival for a weekend.

The festival runs with the support of the municipality of Seneffe and for the benefit of local associations (AS snef-tyber, Seneffe youth service, Seneffe patro, Feluy scouts) and humanitarian associations.




The 10th edition of SENEFFE FESTIVAL will take place on 20, 21 and 22 September 2019 at the Château de Seneffe!

3 days of musical intensity, all on 2 alternating stages (at the front and at the back of the Castle)

A campsite is appearing in 2019 to welcome festival-goers all weekend.




Highlights and Program

On Friday, September 20, 2019, Seneffe will welcome intergenerational groups with some groups of occasions but also groups of composition. A novelty for 2019!

Since 2017, the Seneffe Festival wants to expand its musical universe and offers Belgian composition groups to make them discover festival-goers.

The day of 21 September 2019 will be dedicated to the pop / rock / electro of the moment.

A program that will appeal to all ages to enjoy a festive experience, with family and friends.

In 2019, to celebrate their 10 years, they expand the festival with a third day.

Sunday, September 22 will be an even more family-oriented day.

Activities for children, artistic performances, as well as concerts that will unite all ages.




Lineup 2019

KYO, Magic System, Mister Cover, Allez Allez , Tanaë, Pilgrims cover Queen

and many more.

Ful lineup and updates at their website:

https://www.seneffefestival.com/tous-les-artistes

Basic Information

When: 20 – 22 September 2019

Where: Seneffe, Belgium (42 kilometres from Brussels)

Map: Seneffe Castle / Festival on Google Maps

Official website: seneffefestival.com

Hotels: Overview of all hotels in Seneffe

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Tips on what to see and do in Amsterdam

Amsterdam – what to see and do

The beautiful city Amsterdam

Amsterdam is many more things than just the capital and largest city of The Netherlands.

It’s a beautiful city with a wonderful historic center that’s interlaced with canals, pretty bridges, narrow streets, and attractive architecture.

Once you can tear yourself away from these things there are excellent museums to explore, cafes to relax in, and a laid-back atmosphere to enjoy.

Even if Amsterdam is the country’s largest city, it doesn’t feel overcrowded.

The historic heart of Amsterdam does get busy during the summer months, but there are always quieter streets that you can explore away from the crowds if you prefer.



When to Visit Amsterdam

The city can also be enjoyed during the winter, but it will be colder and damper at this time of year so you’ll need to wrap up warm if walking around.

The advantage of visiting in the spring is warmer weather and the chance to see thousands of beautiful tulips in flower, which really is a wonderful sight.

By July and August temperatures are pleasant with average highs around 22 C, a great temperature for exploring on foot or by bicycle.

There is still rain in the summer (it can rain any time of the year here), so come prepared with an umbrella and/or raincoat and you should be fine.



Attractions in Amsterdam



Amsterdam’s Liberal Attitudes and Red Light District

Nestled between canals and alleyways in a part of Amsterdam that really looks no different to the rest is the city’s most famous district, the Red Light District.

Known locally as De Wallen (meaning The Quays) this well known neighbourhood is set in the heart of the oldest part of the city and covers several different streets, canals and alleys.

Here, prostitution is legal and if you want to wander down De Wallen’s streets the prostitution is pretty visible too.

Prostitutes don’t hide themselves away, so it does come as quite a shock to some tourists to see half naked women sitting or standing in street-level windows waiting for customers.

During the day, the majority of people wandering around the Red Light District have just come to check it out for themselves, though by night it can be quite a different story as numerous groups of bachelors wander around, enjoying their stag parties!

These visible windows are just one feature of the Red Light District; it’s also home to numerous peep shows, sex shops, and sex theatres, and the sex museum is quite a popular attraction too.

Apart from the sexual services in De Wallen there are other attractions too.

You’ll find Amsterdam’s oldest building here: Oude Kerk, meaning ‘old church’, which is 800 years old.

It was built around 1213 and also happens to be the oldest parish church in the city.

The original wooden church was built around and eventually replaced by the stone church you see here today.

As well as the sex museum, there is a cannabis museum in the Red Light District, and the neighbourhood has many bars, restaurants and coffeeshops.



Brewery Tours

If you know your beer you will probably know that Heineken is a Dutch brewer founded here in Amsterdam in 1864.

The first Heineken brewery was completed in 1867 and it produced millions of litres of beer up until a new, more modern facility was built on the outskirts of the city in 1988.

After closing the original became the Heineken Experience – a tour and visitor centre.

You can also see how a much smaller brewery works by visiting Brouwerij ‘t IJ (The IJ Brewery).

This small brewery was opened in 1985 and offers tours and tastings or there’s a pub where you can enjoy their five standard beers and four seasonal ones.

The brewery is right next to the De Gooyer windmill.

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Experience the Bridges and Cruise on the Canals

The canals and bridges of the Netherlands’ capital city are by far the best known attraction, though by no means the only one.

Strolling around the historic heart of Amsterdam you’re treated to these canals in abundance as streets criss-cross over them, using one of the 1,500 or so different bridges, and then there’s the architecture.

Historic homes, shops and premises line the canals and it’s great that you can still see many of the original features such as the hoists on the exteriors, where business owners used to hoist their goods up from the canals or street.

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Architecture and Buildings

As mentioned the architecture in Amsterdam is lovely, especially the historic buildings in the older parts of the city.

Just walking alongside one of the many canals you’re treated to an assortment of typical Dutch architecture.

The tall but narrow buildings are almost amusing in style with their many floors but narrow width!

There are numerous landmarks to look out for, both in the historic city, and outside;

The Dam, or Dam Square, is the main square in the city and a popular place for events and gatherings.

The large square measures approximately 200 by 100 metres and is home to one of Amsterdam’s top landmarks: the Royal Palace.

Built as the city hall between 1648 and 1655 it later became a royal residence and still today serves as one of three palaces in the country that is at the disposal of Queen Beatrix (King Willem-Alexander from April 30, 2013).

The palace is open to visitors and inside you can see some of the grand and beautiful interior which includes plenty of white marble and works of art by Dutch artists.

Also on Dam Square is the Nieuwe Kerk (New Church), which, despite the name, was actually completed in the 15th century.

The church is adjacent to the Royal Palace and is no longer used for services.

This church replaced the Oude Kerk (Old Church) which had become too small for the growing parish.

The Old Church itself is a well known landmark of Amsterdam too, not least because it is the city’s oldest building.

Other famous and notable landmarks include East India House, which was the headquarters of the powerful Dutch East India Company, and The Waag (Weigh House), which is an attractive 15th century building now housing a museum and café.




Famous Museums

If you know Amsterdam a little better you’ll also know that it offers some excellent museums, not least the Rijksmuseum.

Anne Frank House is also extremely popular, and a must-visit museum that’s set right within the historic centre of the city.

There are many other museums too, focusing on different aspects of culture and life, and you can read more about the museums at the museum page Amsterdam Museums

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Hotel Tips




There are literally hundreds of hotels located across Amsterdam’s various districts but for tourists wanting to explore around the canals and historic centre you should look for a city centre location.

You can find hotels for all budgets – at the luxury end there are hotels like the fantastic, luxurious De ‘Europe Amsterdam; a 5 star hotel set on the Amstel River, and a 10 minute walk from Dam Square.

The Radisson Blu Hotel is also at the high-end. It’s a 4 star hotel situated in a quieter street, only 7 minutes walk to Dam Square.

The building has an historic, grand feel to the outside with modern guest rooms inside.

There are many great budget hotels too if you want to save your money for shopping and sightseeing, or opt for the middle range and choose one of a number of 3 star hotels, an overview here.

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