Stirring Up Cape Town's City Bowl

Written by Gregory Hudson

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The City Bowl by Night:

The sunset in Cape town is quite remarkable. Withrepparttar waning ofrepparttar 147189 daylight hours,repparttar 147190 soft hues cast themselves acrossrepparttar 147191 clouds welcomingrepparttar 147192 coming ofrepparttar 147193 night. Cape Town transforms, donning another mask asrepparttar 147194 city’s landscape begins to twinkle.

The Cable Car Road

A drive alongrepparttar 147195 Cable Car Road is a little daring for some, particularly at this hour, but it is well worth it! It is possible to see from this vantage point why Cape Town's CBD is known asrepparttar 147196 City Bowl. As your gaze moves from left to right, Lion’s Head contrasts sharply withrepparttar 147197 backdrop of a golden sunset, as you pan further torepparttar 147198 right;repparttar 147199 torso of this giant beast becomes apparent. Fromrepparttar 147200 Cable Car Road, you can literally seerepparttar 147201 complete outline of a resting lion guarding his concrete jungle; a good time to take a snap!

The nightlife in Cape Town comes in many shapes and sizes, here are a few possibilities:

Mama Africa

There is warmth and feeling to Mama Africa. This authentic African restaurant, dressed in traditional African décor and servingrepparttar 147202 continents cultural cuisine, is always a lively place. You can often catch Marimba music and live African bands andrepparttar 147203 bar is not your average elbow parking lot either; it has been customised in rather a reptilian fashion. But you need to see that for yourself!

The Crypt

Situated atrepparttar 147204 beginning ofrepparttar 147205 afore-mentioned garden walk, atrepparttar 147206 same intersection of Adderley and Wale Streets, liesrepparttar 147207 Crypt. Under St George's Cathedral,repparttar 147208 Crypt, which was built in 1898, is nowrepparttar 147209 haunt of Jazz enthusiasts andrepparttar 147210 playground of dining room damsels fromrepparttar 147211 Cape Town city bowl.

After being closed for years,repparttar 147212 Crypt's curved arches, leaded window panes and plaques commemoratingrepparttar 147213 dearly departed have been revealed for your eyes to behold. Actually used for choir practice and as a clergy vestry,repparttar 147214 Crypt provides big breakfasts, cosy couches and a surprisingly warm atmosphere. Do make a calling!

If you decide to pay Cape Town a visit, remember Cape Town bears two distinct faces; a mask worn by day and a mask worn by night. Whichever one you choose, it is all up to you.

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Beautiful BARCELONA - Easy Travel Guide

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BEACHES - One of Barcelona's greatest draws is undeniably its beautiful beaches. Beside world-famous Costa Brava and Costa Dorada which are within 1-hr drive time from Barcelona, there are also several nice beaches over 4 km long withinrepparttar city boundaries, we will list just several of them here: Nova Icaria- Closest torepparttar 147165 Olympic marina, always crowded, this wide swathe of rough golden sand is great for food goers. There are three perfect beach bars and two very popular restaurants onrepparttar 147166 promenade (Mango and Chiringuito de Moncho) and countless bars and restaurants are just a short stroll away. Bogatell- This beach is twicerepparttar 147167 length of adjoining Nova Icaria and fringed by a stretch of stone walkway perfect for jogging, roller blading and cycling. Three large informal restaurants onrepparttar 147168 promenade. Mar Bella (Metro Ciutadella Vila Olimpica, plus 20-minute walk)- Barcelona's only naturist beach close to a peaceful park - good for a picnic or siesta underrepparttar 147169 trees. Barceloneta- wide and long, a traditional and popular stretch with locals, crowded, noisy and very jolly.

WHEN TO GO, WEATHER: The best times to visit Barcelona are late spring and early autumn, whenrepparttar 147170 weather is still comfortably warm, around 21-25°C. Summers are usually hot and humid, with temperatures averaging +30 (+ 86 Fahrenheit). Especially avoidrepparttar 147171 "dead" month of August, when many shops, bars and restaurants close forrepparttar 147172 month as many local inhabitants head out ofrepparttar 147173 city. Winters are cool with average daytime temperatures around +12 C (+59 Fahrenheit), occasionally rainy.

GETTING THERE AND AROUND: By a direct flight to Barcelona, or through Madrid or via another large European city from almost any major airports inrepparttar 147174 world. The highest fares are from May to September,repparttar 147175 lowest in March-April, October-November and December to February (excluding Christmas and New Year when prices are hiked up). Note also that flying on weekends may increase your ticket cost. If traveling to Barcelona from within Europe you can also chose train, bus or car, though these take much longer than a plane and often work out no cheaper. Many Mediterranean cruises include Barcelona as a port of call.

ACCOMODATIONS: We can offer you a range of choices. You can choose vacation rentals in Barcelona starting from $ 125 USD for a double room in a 4-star apartment hotel. Or you can opt for hotels from $ 65 USD for a double room in a 3-star hotel. Accomodation prices do not change much throughoutrepparttar 147176 year due torepparttar 147177 steady all-season flow of visitors to this extremely popular tourist city and surrounding resorts.

DINING: Besides restaurants you can eat at bars where you would have a succession of tapas (small snacks- three or four chunks of fish, meat or vegetables, or salad, which traditionally used to be served up free with a drink) or raciones (larger ones). The bar option can be a lot more interesting, allowing you to dorepparttar 147178 rounds and sample local specialities. Generally,repparttar 147179 average cost for a meal consisting of two dishes and dessert would come to about 25 Euros. Travellers on an extremely limited budget can do well for themselves by usingrepparttar 147180 excellent markets, bakeries and delis and filling up on sandwiches and snacks. Decent restaurants and cafes are easily found all overrepparttar 147181 city, though you'll probably do most of your eating where you do most of your sightseeing, inrepparttar 147182 old town, particularly around La Rambla and inrepparttar 147183 Barri Gotic. Look forrepparttar 147184 best and most authentic seafood restaurants in Barceloneta, a seaside neighbourhood. Gothic Quarter neighbourhood is home to some ofrepparttar 147185 oldest and most traditional restaurants inrepparttar 147186 city. Gracia is a very popular area among young people duringrepparttar 147187 weekend, it leadsrepparttar 147188 way in terms of exotic restaurants (Lebanese, Egyptian, Thai etc.).

TRANSPORT: Barcelona has excellent transport system comprisingrepparttar 147189 metro (subway), buses, trains and a network of funiculars and cable cars. You can find a link to transport maps atrepparttar 147190 end of our guide. On allrepparttar 147191 city's public transport you can buy a single ticket every time you ride, but even over only a couple of days it's cheaper to buy a targeta - a discount ticket strip. The T-10 targeta is valid for ten separate journeys onrepparttar 147192 metro, buses and trains. These tickets can be used by more than one person at a time. The metro isrepparttar 147193 quickest way of getting around Barcelona. For black-and-yellow taxis there is a minimum charge of $ 2 euro. You'll obviously have a great deal more freedom if you rent a car . Major roads throughoutrepparttar 147194 city are generally good, and traffic is generally well behaved, though Spain does have one ofrepparttar 147195 highest incidences of traffic accidents in Europe. It also has some ofrepparttar 147196 lowest fuel prices onrepparttar 147197 continent.

SHOPPING: Barcelona, one ofrepparttar 147198 most stylish cities in Europe offers great shopping, from designer clothes and accessories to household items. You will findrepparttar 147199 city to be quite cheap for a lot of items, especially if you coincide withrepparttar 147200 annual sales ( rebaixes in Spanish) lasting from mid-January untilrepparttar 147201 end of February, and throughout July and August. The best shopping areas in Barcelona arerepparttar 147202 old streets offrepparttar 147203 upper part ofrepparttar 147204 Ramblas. Souvenirs include ceramics, which are widely sold inrepparttar 147205 streets aroundrepparttar 147206 cathedral; leather goods; city's delicatessens, particularly cooked Catalan meats and sausages; a porron (the long-spouted glass drinking jar); CDs and tapes of Catalan rock and pop, sardana music, Spanish rock or flamenco. If you're looking for original gift ideas, some ofrepparttar 147207 best hunting can be found inrepparttar 147208 shops of any ofrepparttar 147209 city's museums, where you'll find reasonably priced and unique examples of Catalan disseny (graphic), and other original items ranging from postcards to replica works of art. We wish you a nice and safe trip!

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