Barcelona Trip

One might ask, is Barcelona worth visiting? The answer is YES! I’ve only had a hand luggage and 4 days to do it (that was the plan). Plenty to see and do so let’s get on with it. 

Capital of Catalonia and the second most populous city in Spain, Barcelona is well worth visiting. Barcelona’s pleasant Mediterranean climate and famous landmarks like the Sagrada Familia and many others designed by Gaudi, attracts a lot of tourists all year round. Located on the coast between two rivers, Besos and Llobregat no wonder that Barcelona is one of the most popular cities to visit in Europe.

The 4 day trip turned into unplanned 6 days, due to unseasonably bad weather the flight got cancelled, so I stayed a bit longer and the best thing about it? Twoextra days in Barcelona for FREE. I loved it.

Sagrada Familia

What To Do In Barcelona

Gothic Quarter or Barri Gotic – a Roman village in the past. Its winding, narrow streets and numerous squares, restaurants, shops, medieval architecture mixing with a modern one, a top choice for many visitors. I recommend when visiting Barcelona.

La Sagrada Familia – the most famous Cathedral and Antoni Gaudi’s unfinished work. The construction began back in 1882 and is still ongoing today. The Temple has always been an expiatory church, built only from donations. As Gaudi said: “The Expiatory Church of the Sagrada Familia is made by the people and is mirrored in them. It is a work that is in the hands of God and the will of the people.” One of my favourite places in Barcelona for sure. Get your Sagrada Familia tickets Here

Castel de Montjuic – Montjuic Castle – 173 meters above the Port of Barcelonawith stunning panoramic views across the city. Old military fortress has seen many battles since it was built in 1640. The castle is infamous in Catalan history for its role in the civil war from 1936 to 1939 when both sides of the conflict imprisoned, tortured and shot political prisoners here. Now a peaceful place, perfect for a day out. The Castle can be accessed by Montjuic cable car(Teleferic de Montjuic), or you can just walk up if you like.

Casa Batllo – is a UNESCO World Heritage site, designed by Anton Gaudi and considered one of his masterpieces. Some people call it House of bones due to its visceral, skeletal quality. Colourful facade with small balconies almost reminds a fairy tale house. The house is open to the public and visited by many people every year. If you visit Barcelona, do not forget to come and see for yourself. Get your tickets Here 

Park Guell – escape to the hill above the city. Located in La Salut, a neighbourhood in the Gracia district, with amazing views of Barcelona. The park is a reflection of Gaudi’s design. Gaudi implemented here a series of structural solutions rooted in geometry. Hence the shape of the buildings, the terraced gardens and the colourful mosaic roofs and facades. Everyone loves the garden with many plants, palm trees and benches to just sit down and take in the scenery. It is Free to visit Park Guell, but to enter the mosaic terrace, you will need to purchase a ticket. Book your Park Guell tickets Here

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Sagrada Familia
Barcelona Port Panorama
Casa Batllo
Park Guell


El Born – Cultural Centre 
– or Mercat del Born is a former public market and one of the most important buildings in Barcelona. Located in the lower and eastern side of the La Ribera neighbourhood, it is the largest covered square in all of Europe and marked the start of Modernism in Catalan architecture. Now a museum and cultural centre covering archaeological ruins which were part of the La Ribera district that was demolished in the early eighteenth century.

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La Boqueria – The Mercat de Sant Josep de la Boqueria – La Boqueria market, provides a wide variety of fresh fruit, vegetables, nuts and seeds, sweets as well as meat, fish, cheese and dairy. Very popular with locals and visitors alike. Immerse yourself in the smells, atmosphere and flavours of some of the Spanish most favourite foods.

La Rambla – It is the central boulevard which cuts through the heart of the city centre and is a vibrant and lively promenade filled with Barcelona’s action at its best. Its popularity with tourists has affected the character of the street, with a move to pavement cafes and souvenir kiosks. If you like to watch the world go by, La Rambla is the perfect place to visit.

La Rambla

Camp Nou – the home of FC Barcelona, it is the largest stadium in Spain and Europe, and the third largest football stadium in capacity. An exciting experience even for non-football fans. Book your Camp Nou Barcelona tickets HERE and save.

La Monumental – Plaza de Toros Monumental Bullring. It was the last place in Catalonia where bullfights were held since the Parliament of Catalonia passed a law banning bullfighting events on 28 July 2010 that came into force in 2012. Now a museum and a must see place to visit in Barcelona.

La Monumental Bullring

Venetian Towers – Torres Venecianes is the popular name for a pair of towers on Avinguda de la Reina Maria Cristina at its junction with Placa de Espana in Barcelona. They serve an ornamental function, to mark the entrance to the exhibition district, now known as Fira de Barcelona, and the start of the grand avenue leading up to the Palau Nacional on Montjuïc.

Venetian Towers Barcelona

Getting Around In Barcelona

Barcelona has a modern and well-developed public transport to get quickly anywhere in the city. The metro, bus and tram all run at a very tight pace and until late into the night.

Taxi in Barcelona, The Barcelona taxi service operates with city fare rates for services within the Metropolitan Area of Barcelona. The intercity fare, which is authorized by the Catalan Regional Government, is applied to routes outside of this geographic area. The easiest way to book your Taxi is by using MyTaxi app

The most convenient way to travel around Barcelona is using public transport, Bus or Metro. The TMB  service is very reliable and the most affordable way to move around Barcelona. Get your FREE Metro map HERE.

For unlimited journeys be metro and other public transport, get your Hola Barcelona travel card in advance. Barcelona metro service is well connected with El Prat Airport and the city centre as well.

If you prefer walking, download a FREE Barcelona map HERE.

Barcelona Weather

Winter, from December to February, is mild, although you may encounter different weather situations. Atlantic fronts can bring clouds and rains for a few days. Sometimes, even cold and windy days can occur, when cold air masses from eastern Europe arrive: in such cases it may even snow. The lowest temperatures in Barcelona are not particularly cold: typically the temperature drops around freezing or slightly below on colder nights.

Summer, from mid-June to August, is hot and sunny, with highs close to 30 °C (86 °F); the heat is sultry because of humidity, but sea breezes make it more bearable. The city is somewhat protected from heat waves that can affect other parts of Spain, but we can not exclude some particularly hot days, with peaks of 35/36 °C (95/97 °F). 

Spring and autumn are mild and relatively rainy, however, there is a fair amount of sunny days also in these periods. 

Visit London: Things to do in London

Who had not heard about or wanted to visit London ? Everybody has, right?

The capital of the United Kingdom, London is one of the greatest cities in the world. With a population of about 9.5 mil. and history dating back to Roman times it is on the top of the list of every traveller. For sure London is one of my favourite places to visit in Europe. Those who are planning to visit London in the near future might be asking what are the top things to do in London?

Places to visit in London.

The world famous Big Ben or great bell, seen here “through the keyhole” was the largest and most accurate clock in the world when completed back in 1859. It sits at the north end of the Palace of Westminster and is a must-see building when you visit London.

The Tower Bridge a suspension bridge built over 100 years ago to help easy London’s traffic. Still in perfect working order and considered an engineering marvel to this day. No wonder that the Tower Bridge is a favourite place to be seen by all visitors especially at night with all its lights on.

London Eye an observation wheel situated on the south bank of the river Thames with far reaching views over London. Thousands of people come here to see the New Year’s Eve fireworks every year.

Slightly of the beaten track yet not too far is the Millennium Bridge and St. Paul’s Cathedral. A pedestrian crossing over the river Thames linking Bankside and the City of London. The bridge leads gently towards St. Paul’s Cathedral an Anglican cathedral and the seat of the Bishop of London. Admired by all architecture lovers.

What to do in London.

Whether you like culture, sightseeing or shopping, London has a lot to offer. There are numerous museums to visit, many free of charge. Mine favourite one is the Natural History Museum.

If you visit London in the Winter, then don’t miss to see the Ice Skating Rink at the Tower of London. A historic castle on the north bank of the river Thames just a short stroll from the Tower Bridge. It served as a royal residence in the past and still is the home of the Crown Jewels today. Well recommended to visit for all visitors to London.

Another fun place to visit is the annual Christmas event- Winter Wonderland in Hyde Park. Dive into the Christmas atmosphere here. See one of the live shows, circus or ice show or just admire amazing light show after dark. Tuck into hot churros or German sausage and watch the people go by. Perfect place to bring your kids in.

Open all year round with a perfect mixture of culture and restaurants is Chinatown. A piece of China in the heart of London not far from the theatre district or Piccadilly Circus. Fancy a Peking duck or Wonton dumpling? London’s Chinatown is just the perfect place for you.

London sightseeing.

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Getting around in London.

London has one of the largest public transport networks in the world. So getting from one place to another is very easy. TFL or transport for London offers many ways to get around London, but I think the most convenient way is to use the London Underground network or the London Tube as it is called here. Admire history and breathtaking architecture of London’s underground stations some dating back to 1863. Modern train cars whiz beneath London streets and will get you to your desired place in no time. So don’t miss a ride on the London Tube. Get your Free London Tube map Here.

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Photography Highlight

What a Year It’s been…

Started off with a Photography trip to The Big Apple-New York . What a trip. Every photographers dream. The trip has come and gone. Bye Bye New York.

Now we Have the Summer here. Finally, Right? Lets have some fun…Sun, Sea and Sangria? Why not. The Mediterranean Island of Mallorca is the perfect destination. Lovely place to visit. Just when you start enjoying it it’s  time to go back home. I wiped the sand of my camera and back to the reality again.

The Autumn was here. The days are getting shorter, no more sunshine Ooooh. But wait. Maybe a quick trip somewhere? Somewhere warm? Yes! Alicante in Spain. 
Alicante is a port city on Spain’s southeastern Costa Blanca, and the capital of the Alicante Province. It was in late September and the temperature was still in high 20’s. As it happens time to go back home was here once again. Hasta Luego Espana.

The long, cold, wet winter is here again. Nothing else to do but go through all my photographs I took during the year. Lots of nice memories in those images. I had to book another trip. Last one this year. The Winter is here so might go out there and make the most of it. I was going to Slovakia. The Low Tatras mountains. 
The Low Tatras is a mountain range in central Slovakia, separated from the northern High Tatras by the River Váh. Most of the area is in Low Tatras National Park. Time to go was here. I finished my hot tea with rum, said goodbye to the friendly, welcoming people of Slovakia. But do not worry, will come back again soon.

That was my year in a few words and pictures. Do photographers work alone? People ask. Yes is the answer in my case. But the results are worth it I think. And if you love photography, there is nothing else you would like to do more. I am excited to see what will the new year bring.

One last thing. My long awaited photography site is up and running. Visit Us at  mgphotography.uk

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from mgphotography.uk

Have You Heard About The Two Week Diet?

Well I have. I guess we have all been there once or twice or… you know what I am talking about. Dieting.

I have tried all sorts of diets to loose weight from Keto to Atkins myself and do not get me wrong they work but my god what a pain in the backside, right? So I decided to spend more time researching and searching for something much more easier. It took me a while, but then I found something called The 2 Week Diet, how to loose weight in two weeks. Now what is that about you probably ask?

The 2 Week Diet focuses on three main components to help dieters lose unwanted weight: diet, exercise, and mindset. Dieters learn what, when, and how to eat for optimized weight loss. They also receive supplement and exercise advice to accelerate the process. Finally, they develop the mindset—or willpower—to lose weight and keep it off. Brian Flatt, nutrition coach and owner of R.E.V. Fitness, developed the 2 Week Diet in Southern California.

The two-week diet to loose weight is the diet program for safe, rapid weight loss. Based on a decade of scientific research, it promises at least pounds of body fat in just 14 days.

The complete 2 Week Diet system includes:

The Launch Handbook – which explains the revolutionary science in plain language. Dieters get a simple, easy-to-follow crash course in the specific nutrients needed to lose fat, increase metabolism, and regain their health and energy.

The Diet Handbook – which reveals how dieters can tailor their rapid weight loss plan to suit their body type. Dieters find exactly what, how, and when to eat each day. This handbook eliminates the guesswork that often accompanies other dieting plans.

The Activity Handbook – which discusses how a moderate amount of exercise is more than sufficient in the pursuit of fat-loss. Using these groundbreaking workouts, dieters get amazing results exercising only 20 minutes a day for 3-4 days a week.

The Motivation Handbook – which enables these unbelievable results by developing the right mindset, allowing dieters to stay motivated on their goals. Cultivating willpower is the key to a winning mindset.

There are some case studies backed by experts.

Harvard Studies on Cellular Inflammation Fuel Innovative Diet Program.

Dieters dissatisfied with ineffective, run-of-the-mill diets now have access to a groundbreaking program that guarantees weight loss of 8-16 pounds in 14 days.

Brian Flatt, a seasoned nutritionist and owner of R.E.V. Fitness, developed The 2 Week Diet in response to “mainstream diet programs that are time-consuming, inefficient, and just plain ineffective.”

After reading well over 500 medical studies, dozens of diet books and reviewing hundreds of diet systems, programs, gadgets, pills and potions, Flatt put together what he feels is “the ultimate rapid weight loss diet system.” This program is the result of more than a decade of research and more than two and a half years of real-world tweaking and testing.

According to nutrition experts like Dr. Alessio Fasano, holder of the W. Allan Walker Chair at Harvard Medical School, the primary culprit of weight gain is cellular inflammation. The 2 Week Diet applies groundbreaking findings like these to optimize the body’s natural fat-burning mechanisms.

“If we take control of cellular inflammation, we can effectively increase our ability to lose weight, burn fat, increase metabolism, and permanently stave off body fat,” Flatt said.

His 2 Week Diet also:

Corrects common misconceptions popularized by the mainstream dieting industry

  • Provides dieters with a straightforward, step-by-step plan of action
  • Produces rapid results to fuel dieter motivation
  • Avoids outdated and ineffective techniques like “Count every calorie” and the “Eat less, exercise more” mantra

“Most of the diet plans out there approach weight loss with a slow and sensible approach,” Flatt said. “It’s true that eating certain foods and following rigorous workout programs will produce weight loss. Unfortunately, the process moves at a snail’s pace. The reason is simple: these plans don’t attack stubborn, stored body fat.”

The 2 Weeks Diet provides dieters with nutrients essential for good health and proper functioning, while eliminating foods that slow—and even prevent—fat burning. Ordinary diets burn carbohydrates and proteins before fat, but a specialized diet can circumvent that order. It also helps dieters maintain lean body mass and increase their metabolism.

To learn more about the 2 Week Diet, please visit .

Dr. Fasano Link: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3384703 

Now , this is my week 2 and I must admit that it really works and what is even better that you do not have to “torture” yourself anymore like with all the diets before. I will never look back.

If you would like promo or to find out more about how to loose weight in two weeks, feel free to check it out here.

Mallorca, Spain.

Back from a trip to the Spanish island of Mallorca, well know holiday destination for most people. Mallorca together with other islands, Ibiza, Menorca, Formentera, Cabrera form the Balearic Islands. Only a short flight away from The UK and other European cities, no wonder that the Balearics are so popular.

I was staying not far from the Palma airport, a resort called Can Pastilla.

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Not as busy as perhaps the south of the island, therefore more relaxing atmosphere. Plenty of hotels offering decent accommodation, numerous bars, restaurants and miles and miles of nice sandy beaches. Other advantage of Can Pastilla is the close proximity to the islands capital Palma de Mallorca, where about half of the people from the island live.

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Cosmopolitan city indeed, with pleasant Mediterranean feel, cuisine and climate. Historic place with plenty of sights to see. One of the most visited is probably the Cathedral de Mallorca, with far-reaching views over the bay of Palma.

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Sadly, as always the holiday come to an end. So until next time…

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Hasta Luego Mallorca.

 

The Hiker

Recent nice weather finally allowed me to pursue my passion, the great (British) outdoors/hiking. So I decided to visit my favourite place – Brecon Beacons National Park in Wales.

Brecon Beacons

After about 40 minutes fast paced hike, I made it to the first summit, passing a few experienced hikers and some first timers as well. Quite funny to watch some of those people huffing and puffing trying to make it to the top, in their attire suitable more for a sunday stroll to the beach or down to Tesco. Fair enough, they might have learnt after first 10 minutes of walking and hopefully will come better equipped next time.  I have been doing a bit of hiking for a couple of years now, so yeah being a smart ass :). Anyway what a place to go to, keeps you fit and the views…

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Looking toward Cribyn (2608ft) from Pen Y Fan (2864ft). Well worth it.

 

 

“The Beast from the East”

Well, The Beast from the East has come to the UK, and gone or maybe not just yet. Had a bit of snow, more than We usually get over here. IMG_20180302_132134

The tv stations kept us well-informed, “be prepared for freezing conditions” mind You -4 C is much colder than We are used to, nothing in comparison with my native country Slovakia where -15 C is average temperature for this time of the year. Anyway, as I mentioned We’ve been well-informed by the media, do not travel if you don’t have to, good, right? Like nobody have to go to work etc. Trains, planes, public transport cancelled, schools closed. So obviously people are worried and try to stock up on food and whatever They need. I have decided to do the same and pop in to my closest supermarket, where I don’t have to drive my car to…

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So much for stocking up on fruit or veg (delivered fresh today). Empty shelves!!! Oh no! Never mind, shall I try the meat isle?

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I give up…Gonna wait a couple of days, hopefully no more Beasts are coming.

It’s all good, We keep on smiling. 🙂 🙂 🙂

Night Life NYC

Wonderful place such as New York City, The Big Apple, The City that never sleeps…

And many more names that New York is known by, where one never gets bored with so much to see, but probably one of the things not be be missed is seeing New York at night.

Nightlife NYC

With all the lights coming on and the yellow cabs whizzing by, such a feast for the eye(of a photographer or really anyone).

9/11 Memorial, NYC

For people who have not been or planning to go to New York, visiting the 9/11 memorial is a must see place. Commemorating the September 11th 2001 terrorist attacks on USA, where almost 3000 innocent people lost their lives.

You come to terms with the tragedy as soon as you enter the ground zero. Such a special and must say very quiet place, where people from all over the world come to remember the victims.

Visiting the memorial together with the museum, really moving experience.