The period of Christmas in Paris is a special time to enjoy the French capital, and discover the ...
They alone form the heart of the city and, despite their popularity, are appreciated both locals ...
Here is our subjective selection of the must-see museums!
The MACBA, t ...
If you travel from far away, take the opportunity to visit more than one city with your family! P ...
The period of Christmas in Paris is a special time to enjoy the French capital, and discover the city!
Here are some tips of festive places to discover.
Take a wander through the main shopping area, Boulevard Haussmann, where buildings Printemps or Galeries Lafayette, true wonders of architecture, will be enlighted by garlands and Christmas trees.
A short tour by the famous churches such as Notre Dame and Sacre Coeur is also a good idea. In addition to the traditional Christmas celebrations, discover the cribs of each parish. Whether traditional, baroque or modern, these pieces of art are worth seeing!
Direction Champs Elysees to the famous Christmas market! Festive atmosphere guaranteed, ideal to finish your gift list, or to share some Christmas cakes with your family! Nearby you will find the Grand Wheel of the Place de la Concorde, totally free, offering stunning views of the city! Finally, go to Avenue Montaigne, where the great names of haute couture offer majestic Christmas tree!
On the left bank, you'll find another nice Christmas market at Montparnasse.
In the 12th district, one of the most festive places but also the most enigmatic of the capital, the Museum of fairground art opens its doors to the public. The wonderful festival is a gateway to one of the largest collections of European objects of entertainment and fairground art. A cultural and fun visit, punctuated by festive wanderings in the spaces of the museum but also performances of street magicians and artists!
Generally speaking, all the rides and carousels in the city are free at this time, enjoy!
Finally, remember the shows and museums, circuses, concerts, exhibitions, the period of Christmas is always eventful!
Merry Christmas to everyone!
Here is our subjective selection of the must-see museums!
The MACBA, the Museum of Modern Art in Barcelona
This architectural icon of Richard Meier, located in the heart of the Raval has established itself as one of the best museums in Barcelona, setting the city as an international reference for contemporary art. Do not miss the Keith Haring fresco at the entrance or the esplanade where the best skaters in the city come to train every day!
Open every day except Tuesdays until 7.30 pm and admission costs 7.5 €
The Picasso Museum
Opened in 1963, the Picasso Museum in Barcelona is housed in an old palace in the Gotic district, offering works by the painter from the end of the 19th to the mid-20th centuries.
Open every day except Monday, from 10 am to 8 pm
Admission costs 10 €, it is free the first Sunday of the month and the other Sundays from 3 pm. Attention, the queue is very long if you do not book in advance!
The Joan Miro Foundation:
In the heart of the famous hill of MontJuic, where we recommend you to stroll at the end of the day, to enjoy the sunset over the city, the Joan Miro Foundation, marvel of architecture, retraces the work of Catalan genius Joan Miro. You will find there many works of this other surreal master, as well as documentaries and testimonies of these contemporaries. The museum is as exceptional as its contents!
Open every day except Monday, and on Sundays it closes at 2 pm, admission costs 9 €
The Museum of History of Barcelona
No need to be a history buff; One goes there especially for the superb palace and the Plaça del Rei which shelters the museum.
Open every day except Monday, until 19 or 20h depending on the season, and the admission costs 7 €.
The Maritím Museum
Coastal city, Barcelona has a history intimately linked world of the sea. The collection of arts of the maritime museum exposes objects from the medieval times until the 19th century: navigation instruments, testimonies, models of old boats ...
Open every day from 10 am to 7 pm, admission costs 5 EUR.
The Casa Batlló
Casa Batlló, built between 1904 and 1906 in the heart of the city, is the most emblematic work of the brilliant Catalan architect Antoni Gaudi. Located on Passeig de Gracia, a must for shoppers from all over the world, this dreamlike and poetic place is a must for Catalan culture. Not far from here is another modernist masterpiece by Gaudi, Casa Mila, better known as "Pedrera".
Open daily from 9 am to 9 pm, admission costs 21.5 EUR for adults and 18.5 EUR for children.
The Sagrada Familia
Another central work of the architect Antoni Gaudi, although not really a museum in itself, this basilica of naturalistic-modernist inspiration, the emblem of Barcelona, is without a doubt the most emblematic monument of Barcelona, and therefore a place to visit in priority. Gaudi has designed a meticulous symbology that makes this edifice a mystical poem!
Open every day from 9 am to 6 pm, admission costs 14 EUR.
They alone form the heart of the city and, despite their popularity, are appreciated both locals and tourists.
Forming a natural route on both banks of Rome, they can easily visit in two days
PIAZZA DI SPAGNA
Undoubtedly one of the most photographed in Rome, it owes its name to the presence of the Spanish Embassy that settled on the square in the 17th century. The square is lined with beautiful buildings with warm colors. But what makes the reputation of the Spanish Steps is the perspective of the Barcaccia fountain at the Church of the Trinity of the Mountains, connected by a beautiful staircase built in the eighteenth century.
PIAZZA SAN PIETRO
In the heart of the Vatican, it is the great geometric purity of this square that allows it to distinguish itself from others. Indeed, its two hemicycles, supported by a quadruple colonnade, give it a monumental appearance that does honor to its position at the foot of the Basilica of St. Peter in Rome.
The best place to appreciate the architecture is from the dome of the basilica.
CAMPO DE FIORI
This square is full of morning activity (with its flower dealers) in the evening (with its nightclubs).
In the center, the statue of the monk Giordano Bruno (burned alive in 1600 during the Inquisition) contrasts with the old mansions that surround it.
The most elegant and the largest of all the Roman squares. Bordered on both sides by several restaurants with pink and orange facades, this is the ideal place to enjoy a glass of wine on the terrace.
It is built on the ruins of Domitian stadium dating from the 1st century, of which it preserves the exact form. It is one of the most beautiful ensembles of Baroque architecture in Rome, with its monumental architectural decoration (Gian Lorenzo Bernini's Fountain of the Four Rivers, St. Agnes's Church in Agone ...).
FONTANA DI TREVI
Fueled by an aqueduct dating from the year XIX BC, this famous fountain in the shape of a triumphal arch owes some of its popularity to the spectacular statue of Neptune on a chariot pulled by two sea horses and two newt waterfalls.
Lovers of Rome, turn your back to the fountain and throw away three coins: this will guarantee that you will return to visit the capital one day.
PIAZZA DEL POPOLO
With the twin churches Santa Maria in Montesanto and Santa Maria dei Miracoli as well as the Pincio hanging gardens, this square was once a place for public executions.
It now has a 25-meter-high granite obelisk imported from Egypt by Pope Sixtus V in the sixteenth century.
PIAZZA BARBERINI - FONTANA DE TRITONE
Dominated by the Triton fountain and its dolphins, Piazza Barberini displays the coat of arms of the papal family of the same name - the bees.
They are found in several places and in different forms from one end of the square to the other.
A monumental square, composed of three great Roman monuments: the Capitol, the monument to Victor Emmanuel II and the Palazzo Venezia, it is also known as a particularly dense traffic node. Linked to the history of Italy and Rome, Vittoriano pays tribute to the first unified king of Italy in the 19th century, Palazzo Venezia was the residence of the fascist dictator Mussolini, and the Capitol, one of the seven hills Of Rome and religious center of ancient Rome.
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