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City tours

Enjoy the articles about the different places we have visited. Complete guides and tips before traveling!

Belgium

Travel to Mons: A route around the European Capital of Culture 2015

It is a beautiful city with lots of charm and history Our third day in Belgium, and our third city in the area of Wallonia. This time, we were headed to Mons. We had a quick breakfast at our hotel in Tournai and made our way back to the train station. Note to all: the toilets were closed when we passed through…so if you need to use the rest rooms, do so before arriving or you will be out of luck. The train itself had little booth type seats with a most uncomfortable back that was board straight and left no room for poor posture. Luckily, the trip was short (no more than an hour) and we were in Mons by 11am.

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Belgium

Travel to Tournai (Belgium): A route around the city

Tournai is a city with a lot of history, and beautiful architecture Tournai was the second stop on our trip through Wallonia, Belgium. To give you a little bit of history and allow you to get your bearings, I´ll start by telling you why Tournai is historically important. The town is found along the Scheldt River (which runs right through the middle of town) only 10km from the French Border. In fact, one of the first signs we saw upon leaving the train station was pointing the way to Lille. This is a town filled with history, as it is one of the oldest in Belgium dating back to the Franks of the Merovingian dynasty who used Tournai as the seat of their kingdom during the 5th century. Another of the city´s claims to fame is the famous painter Roger de la Pasture (Rogierven der Weyden). And, in the middle ages, it was a center for tapestry weaving, along with export and trade of the blue grey stone which is so common in the architecture of Wallonia.

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Sweden

Travel to Gothenburg, Sweeden: The charms of the city (3/3)

Our incredible trip to Gothenburg finished with delicious foods The next morning we went to a cute little café in the area of town where my friend lived. It looked almost like a house, but when we walked inside there was a glass case filled with pastries and cakes. There were wooden tables all around, and we sat in chairs by the huge windows, despite the fact that there was not much to look at on the street in front of us. And, after browsing the menu we decided that the perfect brunch idea would be to have “chocolate breakfast” and skip lunch due to our early dinner plans. So we ordered a piece of chocolate tart and a mocha latte. The breakfast was delicious, and we left the café happy and ready to begin our day.

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Sweden

Travel to Gothenburg, Sweeden: The charms of the city (2/3)

We continued discovering the city of Gothenburg and what the night might offer In our last article, we ended up eating “Choklad”. From there I made my way toward the Göteborg Museum of Art located in Götaplatsen. The plaza is impossible to miss, as it is located at the end of one of the main streets in Göteborg, Kung sports avenyn (The King’s Gate Avenue). There is a huge statue of Poseidon standing in the middle of a fountain holding what looks like a fish in one hand and a shell in the other. Inside the museum you will find high ceilinged galleries filled with famous Nordic artists. There is also an impressive collection of contemporary and outsider art. I was really impressed by their outsider art exhibit, as well as a photography exhibit that was on when I went to visit.

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Sweden

Travel to Gothenburg, Sweeden: The charms of the city (1/3)

Our first contact with the city of Gothenburg For a long time now, I´ve been wanting to include musical suggestions that I like to think go along with our articles. Maybe it is my own taste, you can feel free to ignore my ideas completely. However, if you happen to be reading this and choose to look up the album, I would like to recommend the sound track for this and the following articles on Sweden is an album by Jens Lekman entitled “When I Said I Wanted To Be Your Dog.” This was the album that was on repeat as I wandered the streets of Göteborg, Sweden.

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Asturias

Travel to Aviles (Asturias) : A route around the city

Aviles, with the Niemeyer Center lends its industrial side to the arts After we had a relaxing breakfast, we took one last look at the great hotel where we had slept, and promised ourselves we would return sometime soon. Then it was off to Avilés, a town that was not in our route, but the waiter had recommended the night before which was on the way to Cudillero, where we would sleep that night.

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Asturias

Travel to Gijón : A route around the city

Gijón is a perfect balance of tradition and modernity From Villaviciosa we continued towards Gijón. Along with Oviedo, Avilés, Langreo and Mieres, Gijón forms part of what they call the “Asturian eight” named for the geometric shape that you would see by connecting the cities with an imaginary line. The city of Gijón was capital of the Muslim domains in the transcantabric region in the middle ages until the year 713, but it was successful again in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries when it began to trade with the American colonies. In modern times, Gijón is most known for coal and transportation along with the production of cider.

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