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Unique Places

The most unique places around the world. Stores, plazas, parks and each small, but unique places that we have found.

Madrid

Unique places in Madrid : The Rose Garden in Parque del Oeste

Take the time to wander down the Rose Garden, read a book or get that perfect photo The Rose Garden “Rosaleda Ramón Ortiz” on the edge of Madrid´s Parque del Oeste, is best visited in the month of May when they hold a contest in Madrid for the best rose. The public is invited to come and view the roses in the competition and an expert jury comes in to choose the winners. After a winner has been chosen, that plant is given a special place with a little plaque in the garden. You can, of course, visit the Rosaleda at any point during the year, and the entrance is free to the public.

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England

Going to Greenwich, London by boat: between two time zones

Taking a ride on the Thames is a great way to get to Greenwich and stand in two different time zones at once I went to London with my brother, totally by chance.  We wanted to visit Greenwich. We chose the most original option: a ride in a boat on the River Thames. As we waited for the boat, we took lots of great shots of the Thames with the London Eye in the background.

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Ireland

Travel to Cork : Blarney Castle – The Stone of Eloquence

Whoever kisses the Blarney Stone wins the gift of eloquence All my life I had heard about the Blarney Stone which, if you kiss it, will give you the “gift of gab.” In other words, you will be very eloquent. I had always imagined that the stone would be some sort of rock on the top of a hill, similar to King Arthur´s story of the sword and the stone. It turns out, however, that the Blarney Stone is part of Blarney Castle in a small town just outside of Cork. When I went, I took the bus from Cork departing from the Parnell Place Bus Station in the city of Cork to the Village of Blarney. This bus departs every half hour, more or less, and when I went the bus was filled with other tourists, eager to see the famous castle.

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Madrid

The Rastro in Madrid : A classic on Sundays

It is a market that might seem overwhelming, but it you allow yourself to go and listen to the music of the voices, you will enjoy the morning On a sunny autumn Sunday Rusko decided to explore El Rastro in Madrid. Rusko took the metro to La Latina and followed the literal wave of people to the hill full of booths and people. El Rastro is an open air market that began in the year 1740 as a space to sell second hand clothing in the lower classes. At the time it was located near the slaughterhouse (near Puerta de Toledo) and this is how the market got its name because the “rastro” is another way to say the place where animals are killed by meat mongers because of the mark or “rastro” that they leave behind.

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Connecticut

Unique places in Hartford, CT : The Harriet Beecher Stowe House

Harriet Beecher Stowe – “Her words changed the world” Rusko visited the Harriet Beecher Stowe house in Hartford, Connecticut. Harriet Beecher Stowe was the author of Uncle Tom´s Cabin, the most popular book in the 1800´s second only to The Holy Bible. Harriet Beecher Stowe was the daughter of a Calvinist minister and was a fervent abolishionist, counting among her friends Sojourner Truth. The house is located on the famous Nook Farm, which was a little corner of Hartford in the bend of a small river which has since been rerouted underground. Her neighbor was actually Mark Twain!

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Asturias

Unique Small Towns in Asturias : Cudillero

Cudillero. Walk through Cudillero, you can really see the fishing tradition We got back in the car and continued our route stopping again in the fishing village of Cudillero. This town was even fuller of tourists. In fact, as we entered the main street you could see a huge sign that said “Cudillero in the past, in the present, and in the cinema.” It seems that the town was used in various movies. I can understand why this is the case.

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Asturias

Unique Small Towns in Asturias : Luarca

Luarca is the white town of the green coast After leaving Avilés, we continued across the coast and we stopped in two beautiful towns on the coast: Luarca and Cudillero. The first stop was Luarca. We had planned to park the car in the town, but it wound up being impossible because there wasn´t even one parking spot. In the end, we parked the car for a few minutes in the port so that we could contemplate the views of the sea and the town. Like Lastres, the town of Luarca is parcially located on a big hill. From the port you can see the sea on one side and a group of houses that were all different colors and sizes sitting on the hill.

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Asturias

Unique Charming Towns in Asturias : Lastres

Walking through Lastres, the town from Doctor Mateo, with some beautiful sights to see Our first route across the Asturian coasts arrives in the Council of Colunga. Here, in the village of Lastres, the Spanish television series, “Doctor Mateo” is filmed (It is similar to the American series “Northern Exposure”. Our visit to Lastres coincided with the town´s yearly celebrations, so with it being the summer and because now it is in fashion; the number of tourists was high. Despite that, Lastres was, possibly, one of the villages which we liked most.

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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

Unique Small Towns in Asturias : Ribadesella

Ribadesella is a beautiful town in Asturias where you can enjoy impressive landscapes We continue our route along the Asturian coast. After having lunch and visiting Llanes, the next stop was Ribadesella. Ribadesella is important for some reasons: the prehistoric remains are very evident and you can visit them, it is the place where the descent of the River Sella ends and the Route of the Dinosaurs is nearby and you can see their remains.

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Asturias

Unique Small Towns in Asturias : Covadonga

Covadonga: Beauty and fantasy; a visit to the lakes, the hermitage and the basilic The second day dawned very cloudy. After visiting Cangas de Onís, we wanted to see the Lakes of Covadonga, its landscape and the sanctuary. You can go to Covadonga by car or by public transportation (you can only go up to the lakes by car between 8pm and 10am). There are four parking lots to leave the car between Cangas de Onís and Covadonga (Cangas Center, La Venta, El Bosque and El Repelao). There you can buy the bus tickets (7,5€, from 10am to 6:30pm) for going up to any point of Covadonga.

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