Stirring Up Cape Town's City Bowl

Written by Gregory Hudson

Forrepparttar discerning traveller torepparttar 147189 Cape who would like to explore Cape Town's City Bowl, here are a few suggestions. Remember, Cape Town bears two distinct faces, a mask worn by day and a mask worn by night. Whichever one you choose, this article will provide you with a few hints on how, when and where to explorerepparttar 147190 city bowl, whether by day or by night.

The City Bowl by Day:

Pan African Market

Now thatrepparttar 147191 subject of masks has been broached,repparttar 147192 discerning traveller torepparttar 147193 Cape may want to experiencerepparttar 147194 full range of African facades. If this isrepparttar 147195 case, you need go no further thanrepparttar 147196 Pan African Market. Located in a national monument on historic Long Street, one could easily walk to this destination and most rented taxis know exactly where Long Street is situated. Drop byrepparttar 147197 market on any day ofrepparttar 147198 week and they should be open, although there are certain occasions when they may be closed due to certain religious observances.

Well worth a visit, it literally looks as thoughrepparttar 147199 contents of this shop sprang straight out ofrepparttar 147200 pages of “King Solomons Mines”. Althoughrepparttar 147201 motifs behindrepparttar 147202 masks and other goodies have often been lost in time, just looking at them should provide you with enough of an explanation!

Green Market Square

A large cobbled area known as Greenmarket Square can be found inrepparttar 147203 centre ofrepparttar 147204 city bowl. It is a busy place, a place to barter and haggle, providing a pleasant, corner café atmosphere good for just sitting peacefully and watchingrepparttar 147205 goings on.

There is perhaps no other place where paths cross as they do at this hub of city life. A traveller torepparttar 147206 Cape is able to gain an insight intorepparttar 147207 African culture with only an hour's observation, as Greenmarket Square provides a varied cultural sampling ofrepparttar 147208 cities folk.

The Cape Town Gardens

This historic parkland inrepparttar 147209 heart of Cape Town is simply about birds, tea, roses, Koi Fish and history, hopefully mixed with a bit of sunshine.

The best place to start your leisurely walkabout would be just outsiderepparttar 147210 Slave Lodge onrepparttar 147211 Corner of Adderley and Wale Streets. To avoid disappointingrepparttar 147212 areas inhabitants, bring peanuts. Oh, and lookout forrepparttar 147213 Albino Squirrel.

The Bokaap

The architecturally and socially unique Bokaap, otherwise known asrepparttar 147214 Malay Quarter, rests onrepparttar 147215 slopes of Signal Hill. This quiet niche onrepparttar 147216 fringe ofrepparttar 147217 City Bowl is a newly proclaimed national monument. With its quaint, cobbled streets and renovated slave quarters it, till this day, housesrepparttar 147218 original descendants for whomrepparttar 147219 quarters were built. If you have never heard of a “Roti” ask for one at a Bokaap café, they are delicious.

Beautiful BARCELONA - Easy Travel Guide

Written by Travel

Beautiful city of Barcelona, capital of Catalonia (a Spain's province), is situated on onrepparttar shore ofrepparttar 147165 Mediterranean sea and bordered at either end by 2 river deltas. Barcelona isrepparttar 147166 second largest city in Spain after its capital city Madrid. Barcelona has a population of 1.5 million, over 4 million including suburbs. The varied, eventful history ofrepparttar 147167 city dates back 4,000 years torepparttar 147168 first settlements by ancient farmers. Later it became a Roman colony,repparttar 147169 Visigoth's capital city, then it came under Moorish rule. It went through sieges, destructions and occupations, finally to become an autonomous democracy 1975. The city has always played an important role in political and cultural life of Spain and it is well reflected inrepparttar 147170 variety and quality of historical buildings, museums, many other tourist attractions. Today Barcelona is one ofrepparttar 147171 most diverse european cities with unique culture and rich traditions. You can find here a formidable balance ofrepparttar 147172 traditional things andrepparttar 147173 avant-garde. A cosmopolitan metropolis, Barcelona affords visitors a warm and sincere welcome, being aknowledged worldwide as one ofrepparttar 147174 best tourist-friendly cities in Europe.Barcelona's organisation ofrepparttar 147175 1992 Olympics provided regeneration of this dynamic city, gave a fresh start to its infrastructure development. WHAT TO SEE AND WHERE: POINTS OF INTEREST - La Rambla is a tree-lined pedestrian boulevard packed with buskers, living statues, mimes and itinerant salespeople selling everything from lottery tickets to jewellery. Pavement cafes and stands selling craftwork, street performers surrounded by curious onlookers, a noisy bird market, Palau de la Virreina, a grand 18th-century rococo mansion,repparttar 147176 Gran Teatre del Liceu,repparttar 147177 famous 19th-century opera house- these are all colourful parts of La Rambla's mosaic. La Rambla ends atrepparttar 147178 lofty Monument a Colom (Monument to Columbus) andrepparttar 147179 harbour. Barri Gotic - also known as Gothic Quarter, it isrepparttar 147180 old part ofrepparttar 147181 city. Picasso lived and worked in Barri Gotic from 1895 to 1904 and Joan Miro was born and lived here during his youth. Gothic Quarter is situated onrepparttar 147182 right hand side ofrepparttar 147183 La Rambla, it contains a concentration of medieval tall Gothic buildings (14-15th century) on narrow cobbled streets and now is home to much ofrepparttar 147184 city's nightlife. La Sagrada Familia - La Sagrada Familia is one ofrepparttar 147185 most famous and magnificent among Barcelona's landmarks. The life's work of Barcelona's famous architect, Antoni Gaudi,repparttar 147186 magnificent spires ofrepparttar 147187 unfinished cathedral imprint themselves boldly againstrepparttar 147188 sky with swelling outlines inspired byrepparttar 147189 holy mountain Montserrat. Above each facade there are four towers, 12 in total, which are dedicated torepparttar 147190 Apostles. The tower inrepparttar 147191 center,repparttar 147192 tallest of all at 170 m., is dedicated to Jesus Christ. Around these there arerepparttar 147193 towers ofrepparttar 147194 four Evangelists, andrepparttar 147195 tower overrepparttar 147196 apse is dedicated torepparttar 147197 Virgin. They are encrusted with a tangle of sculptures that seem to breathe life intorepparttar 147198 stone. Gaudi died in 1926 before his masterwork was completed, and since then, controversy has continually doggedrepparttar 147199 building program. Nevertheless,repparttar 147200 southwestern (Passion) facade, is almost done, andrepparttar 147201 nave, begun in 1978, is progressing. La Pedrera - Casa Mila (Mila House) is an apartment building,repparttar 147202 last example of Gaudi's civil architecture.It is one of his finest and most ambitious creations, extraordinarily innovative in its functional, constructive, and ornamental aspects. Visitors can tourrepparttar 147203 building and go up torepparttar 147204 roof, where they can see spectacular views of Barcelona. One floor belowrepparttar 147205 roof is a modest museum dedicated to Gaudi's work. Montjuic -repparttar 147206 largest open space inrepparttar 147207 city, its main attractions arerepparttar 147208 Olympic installations,repparttar 147209 Spanish Village andrepparttar 147210 hilltop fortress. Montjuic,repparttar 147211 hill overlookingrepparttar 147212 city centre fromrepparttar 147213 southwest, is home to some fine art galleries, leisure attractions, soothing parks andrepparttar 147214 main group of 1992 Olympic sites. Montjuic is covered in ornamental gardens with water features and isrepparttar 147215 most popular destination in Barcelona on Sundays. Tibidabo - isrepparttar 147216 highest hill inrepparttar 147217 wooded range that formsrepparttar 147218 backdrop to Barcelona. It has amazing views ofrepparttar 147219 whole of Barcelona, a stunning cathedral, and a family fun park Parc d'Atraccions with old-style rides offering breathtaking views. A glass lift atrepparttar 147220 park goes 115m (383 ft) up to a visitors' observation area at Torre de Collserola telecommunications tower. Modernisme - spectacular modernista architectural creations dotted aroundrepparttar 147221 city by famous Antoni Gaudi and his contemporaries. Camp Nou - home of F.C. Barcelona, one of Europe's leading soccer teams, with capacity of almost 100,000 spectators. The Seu Cathedral - Built in medieval times onrepparttar 147222 site of a Roman temple, La Seu is one ofrepparttar 147223 great Gothic buildings in Spain. Parc de la Ciutadella - Barcelona's favourite park and a Sunday afternoon rendezvous for families, friends and ducks The Sardana - traditional Catalan dance, performed outsiderepparttar 147224 cathedral and at national festivals, with everyone encouraged to join in.

MUSEUMS - The Barbier-Mueller Museum of Pre-Columbian Art -the only museum in Europe devoted exclusively to Pre-Columbian cultures. Housed in a gothic palace, its collection is one ofrepparttar 147225 finest of its kind and gives visitors an insight intorepparttar 147226 rich world ofrepparttar 147227 earliest cultures onrepparttar 147228 American continent. This tiny museum contains one hundred pieces, including wood and stone sculptures, ceramics, tapestries, jade, often found in international exhibitions and prestige publications. The exhibits representedrepparttar 147229 Olmec, Maya, Aztec, Chavin, Mochica and Inca civilisations. Palau de la Musica Catalana - one ofrepparttar 147230 world's most extraordinary music halls, it is a Barcelona landmark. From its polychrome ceramic ticket windows onrepparttar 147231 Carrer de Sant Pere Mes Alt side to its overhead busts of Palestrina, Bach, Beethoven, and Wagner,repparttar 147232 Palau isrepparttar 147233 flagship of Barcelona's Moderniste architecture. Museu Picasso - is Barcelona's most visited museum. 3,500 exhibits make uprepparttar 147234 permanent collection. Picasso spent several years (1901-06) in Barcelona, and this collection, is particularly strong on his early work. Displays include childhood sketches, pictures fromrepparttar 147235 beautiful Rose and Blue periods, andrepparttar 147236 famous 1950s Cubist variations on Velazquez's Las Meninas (Ladies-in-Waiting). Gaudi Casa-Museu - Gaudi lived in this pink, Alice-in-Wonderland house from 1906 to 1926, which now houses a museum of Gaudi-designed furniture, decorations, drawings, and portraits and busts ofrepparttar 147237 architect. Fundacio Miro - it was a gift fromrepparttar 147238 famous artist Joan Miro to his native city. The museum opened in 1975, and now it is one of Barcelona's most exciting showcases of contemporary art.

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