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Miami and Los Cayos (The Keys), 6 days of journey in Florida

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Miami is a perfect destination to get to know it at Easter or Christmas (in summer it is too hot), with a tropical climate, there can be temperatures of up to 30 degrees at Easter, and throughout the year it does not usually drop below 18 degrees.

I leave you the sites that you can take into account during these six days:

1st Day: Calle Ocho and Miami Beach

Calle Ocho

Calle Ocho (Southwest 8th Street) is located between South Miami Avenue and SW 107 Avenue (near Florida International University). This street is known as Little Havana. It can be walked quietly for a couple of hours and you can eat at any of the restaurants there are.
In it, you can find cafes, restaurants with typical Cuban food (and even a Spaniard), beauty salons and hairdressers, supermarkets, souvenir shops, etc.

The route of this street runs on both sides of the sidewalks and begins at the Memorial of the Plaza Cubana (13th Avenue and SW 8th Street); the next stops would be: Los Pinareños greengrocer; La Casa de Los Trucos (The House of Costumes); The Walk of the StarsLa Lilly Records (a store with a great selection of Latin music, a true paradise for those who are passionate about salsa, bachata, etc); the mural of the Guardabarranco Cafeteria, which pays tribute to Celia Cruz, Tito Puente and Selena; the Little Havana To Go gift shop; the Maximo Gomez Park on SW 8th Street and 15th Avenue; the tower Theater 1508 SW 8th St; the Latin Quarter Cultural Center; the Alfaro clothing store; and Casa Panza.

If you still want to walk down Calle Ocho and get off the tourist track, keep heading towards SW 13th Avenue, this is where you will truly see how Cuban immigrants live.

Miami Beach Art Deco District

In the afternoon you can go down to Miami Beach, to visit the Art Deco District. There are guided routes, but it can be privately done on foot and supported by a guide. The main stops you should make are Park Central (between 6th and 7th st); Lummus Park at Ocean Drive and 7th st; Art Deco Welcome CenterClevelanderCasaurina HouseTides hotel (between 12th and 13th st); Carlyle Hotel at 1250 Ocean Dr; Cardozo Hotel (between Ocean Dr and 13th st); Front Porch Café and Restaurant (at 1418 Ocean Dr); National Hotel (at 1677 Collins Ave); DelanoSagamore and Raleigh Hotel (1775 Collins Ave).

During the tour of the Art Deco District, you will run into countless tourists especially on the walk that runs through Ocean Drive, and you will find a large number of bars and restaurants with music and salsa atmosphere, so if you are passionate about this environment you will be in your “sauce”.

Similarly, Collins Ave, Washington Ave, and Lincoln Rd are the streets with the greatest atmosphere, mainly because it is where bars, restaurants, and shops are concentrated.

2nd Day: Fort Lauderdale and Key Biscayne

Fort Lauderdale

Fort Lauderdale is located 40 miles from Miami, when you arrive you will be quite struck by the mansions on the edge of the canals and the yachts that rest at the foot of the houses. An interesting way to go around it is with a water taxi, they are boats that make stops in the main points of Fort Lauderdale. They cost $ 15 for adults (tickets are bought on the boat itself), there are approximately 13 stops, and the boats pass every 15 minutes.

At each of the stops, you can visit the different areas of the route, and when you want to return to the ship you will have to go to the stop where you got off and wait approximately 15 minutes until the next ship arrives. During the tour, the guides will give you explanations of each of the points of greatest interest, above all, these will be focused on: knowing who each of the mansions and yachts belongs to, as well as the jokes of the North American guides. , very funny.

To do this tour you should spend two or three hours quietly, when you finish, I recommend that you take a walk along Las Olas Riverfront (SW 1st Ave with Las Olas Blvd), the Stranahan House, and rest on the beach, there is a very good atmosphere.

Key Biscayne (Key Biscayne)

Back in Miami, you can visit Key Biscayne (it is 50 minutes from Downtown Miami), here is the Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park, with an impressive lighthouse and where you can do a lot of activities and routes. Entering the park costs $ 8 with the car and $ 4 per person. To enter the site of the Lighthouse it is done at specific times, I recommend that you check at the entrance to the park.

3rd Day: Everglades National Park and Coconut Grove

Everglades national park

If you are in Florida it is essential to dedicate a whole morning to the Everglades National Park (it is about an hour from downtown Miami), it is totally different from the parks on the West Coast of the United States, the park is full of mangroves and crocodiles, a real luxury since you will be able to see them up close. All the routes you do through the park are made over wooden bridges, and the routes do not exceed any of them a mile.

After making the stops that mark you on the itinerary, it is advisable to take a boat that will tour the mangroves for approximately 2 hours, here you will also have the opportunity to see crocodiles.

The cost of entering the park by car is $ 10, and within it, you can do multiple activities, the best place to find out what you can do in the park is the website of the United States National Parks.

Coconut Grove

In the afternoon you can visit the Coconut Grove area. It is a residential area and probably the least interesting, but you can take the following tour to get an idea of ​​the area: Peacock Park, Coconut Grove Sailing Club, Mayfair at the Grove shops, CocoWalk, Jaguar Ceviche Spoon Bar & Latam, The Maya Hatcha, Commodore Plaza, Coco’s, Greenstreet, The Barnacle Historic State Park, and Cefalo’s at the Grove.

4th – 6th Day: The Florida Keys and Key West

To go down to Los Cayos you will need practically the whole day since during the tour it is essential to make different stops, the landscape is a real luxury and the only road you will travel through will become incredibly narrow. If you don’t want to make any stops to Key West, you can get there in three and a half hours, but it is worth spending time on this tour and especially if you are a diving lover.

Throughout the tour and in each of the keys you will see the announcements in the different establishments and posters on the side of the road, where you can do water activities and fishing.

Upper Keys

In the upper part of the Keys you will find Key Largo (it is the longest key of the islands with 33 miles), south of Key Largo is the city of  Tavernier, later you will find Islamorada (in this key it reaches Anne’s Beach, It is one of the most beautiful beaches you will find during the tour), and in 30 minutes you will arrive at Long Key.

Middle Keys

The next keys will be Grassy Key and Marathon (it is the second-largest key), at this point of the route is a good time to make a stop, I recommend that you do it at Wooden Spoon (MM 51 Oceanside) or Keys Fisheries (3502 Gulf View Ave).

Lower Keys

The keys that you will find in this last section before reaching Key West are Big PineBahía Honda (it has a very beautiful beach), and Looe (it is a perfect place to go diving), and at the end of the section, there are the Sugarloaf keys and Boca Chica.

This is when you will really want to get to Key West since it will have been a very beautiful journey, but surely you will be tired of the multiple stops you will make, there are only 20 miles left to start seeing Key West !!

key West

This key can be explored and enjoyed perfectly for two days, the idea is that one of the days that you are renting a bicycle for a couple of hours and it will allow you to tour the main streets, or take a tour of a couple of hours on a boat.

Some of the places that you cannot miss are Mallory SquareDuval StreetHemingway’s houseFort Zachary Taylor State Historic Park (this park has a very quiet beach and perfect for a picnic after having been walking the main streets with the bicycle), the lighthouse ( Key West Lighthouse ), the Little White House, the Heritage House, the Southernmost Point (you will have to queue to photograph yourself, a good time is when the afternoon falls) and Casa Antigua.

Without a doubt, the street with the most life in the key is Duval St, but it is also interesting that you walk through Simonton St, Whitehead St, Elizabeth St, and all its perpendiculars. Of course, you cannot leave the island without having a drink at the Green Parrot (at 601 Whitehead St), which is the oldest bar on the island.

And finally, before you go, try to connect to the days you are in Miami to see: The City Hall (with a very Spanish facade), Downtown (although it lacks tourist interest), and the Wynwood, Design District & Little Haiti neighborhoods.

Shopping in the City

The largest number of stores in Miami Bech are concentrated on Lincoln Road and Collins Avenue, where you will find the typical North American brands, but especially stop at Anthropologie (1108 Lincoln Road), Urban Outfitters (653 Collins Avenue), and Steven Madden (635 Collins Avenue and 1006 Lincoln Road).

If you go through 818 Lincoln Road, make a stop at Romero Britto’s art gallery, you can enjoy his works and take photos inside the exhibition, it has very original merchandising and perfect to carry detail.

Outside the city, you can go to the Sawgrass Mills outlet. It is approximately less than an hour from downtown Miami and you have to dedicate at least a whole morning to it since the number of stores that this outlet has is overwhelming (it is the 6th largest outlet in the US). You can find the offers in practically all stores, but it is recommended that you stop by Stuart Weitzman (if you are a fan of his designs) the prices can range between $ 150 and $ 200 some sandals, they always make a discount if you take two pairs; Michael Kors,  where you can find blouses for $ 70, Saks Fifth Avenue (with some impressive offers on footwear and accessories, yes, you will have to search), in Tommy Hilfiger with sweaters for $ 25, Anne Klein and Kate Spade New York, and Polo Ralph Laurent blouses and shirts for $ 35.

Fort Lauderdale

When in Fort Lauderdale take a walk around Las Olas Blvd and make a stop at the Bohemian Style vintage store (1309 E Las Olas Blvd) you have real gems in custom clothing, and also make a stop at Shop 603 (603 E Las Olas Blvd) You will find signature clothes at good prices, especially from North American designers.

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Prague: Monuments and Shopping Route

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Prague is an ideal city to spend a long weekend or a long weekend, it is a city that lets you see and walk for three days, without the feeling that you have left something to see, yes, you likely want to repeat once you know her. I leave you the best places that you cannot miss if you come to this city.

Staré Město Prague

The first thing you can do is visit Old Town Square, the truth is that it is a beautiful square. Inside this square, you will find the Church of Our Lady of Týn, the Church of Saint Nicholas (there is another with the same name in Malá Strana), and the Old Town Hall.

One of the main attractions of the square is in the Old Town Hall, which is where the Astronomical Clock, the Josef Mánes Calendar, and the animated figures are located, all of which are together, and every hour on the dot the Parade of the figures in the upper windows of the Astronomical Clock.

You can go up to the Clock Tower, the price is around 60 crowns (€ 2.4) and allows you to see the views of the square and the main monuments of the city. You have to avoid rush hours since otherwise it is quite heavy and you do not enjoy the views.

Leaving the square you arrive at the Torre de la Polvora, this tower is one of the oldest in the city and frankly beautiful. If we want to leave Staré Město and pass Malá Strana, you will have to go through the Charles Bridge.

Malá Strana (Little Town)

The Charles Bridge consists of 30 statues in its 500 meters of length, from here you have really beautiful views of the Castle and the Hradčany area.

You cannot miss the Little Town Square (Malostranské náměstí), the Church of Saint Nicholas (it costs 80 crowns to enter, approximately € 3.2) is the maximum exponent of the Baroque and truly a luxury, in the afternoons/evenings they give concerts inside and the Church of Our Lady of Victory.

In good weather I recommend that you make a stop at the Island of Kampa, it is a garden with a lot of life, nearby is the Prior Mill and the John Lenon Wall. If you want to do a walking excursion, you can go up to Mount Petřín, which is where the Petřín Tower is located, it is one of the most famous viewpoints in the city.

In this area, you can make a stop for a good pizza and a beer at St. Nicholas Café in Tržiště 10, at night they have live music (it is quite common in cafes and restaurants in Prague), or also in the most known Malého Glena in Karmeliska 23, where they have typical food or the handy burgers and salads, at night it is a good place to enjoy a live jazz concert.

Nove Mesto (The New Town)

This area of ​​the city is probably less interesting from an architectural and tranquility point of view since it is like many of the great European capitals (large avenues, shopping centers, restaurants, etc.), however, it is interesting to visit it to be able to walk around the Wenceslas (measured 750m long and 60 wide).

As you walk through the square, it is curious to see the many fast food stalls that are there and the queues that are mounted. A menu of “Hot dog” with its typical sausages plus a glass of Coca-Cola, can cost 110 crowns.
Crowning the Square is the National Museum of Prague (Národní Muzeum), whose interior is frankly beautiful.

Other places of interest if you see that you go early are the State Opera, the National Theater and the Communist Museum, by the way, very small, but in it, you can see the political history of the Czech Republic of the last century (20th), this museum is located on the first floor at Na příkopě 10 street.

Jewish Quarter (Josejov)

This neighborhood can be accessed from Paris Street (Parizska), it is one of the exits that can be taken from the Old Town Square. In this street, you can find the most expensive shops in Prague (YSL, Gucci, Prada, D&G, etc), but what is really interesting about this street is its architecture, and you can only enjoy it if you look up.

The interest of this neighborhood is through the different synagogues ( there are a total of 6: Maisel SynagogueSpanish Synagogue, Old-New SynagogueKlausen SynagogueSigoga High, and Pinkas Synagogue ) and the Old Jewish Cemetery in Prague. Through this tour (no more than three hours, as long as you don’t stop at each of the panels with their descriptions) you can learn how a Jewish community functioned.

Undoubtedly, during the tour, the most impressive thing is the Old Cemetery and the Spanish Synagogue, whose decoration is Moorish, and the exhibition is centered on manuscripts, posters, and photographs about Jews in the last decades.

As a general rule, people will buy tickets at the box office that is next to the Old Cemetery, I recommend that if there is a long queue, don’t waste time and buy tickets at any of the synagogues in the neighborhood.

Shopping

Walking through the city you will realize that the stores are very focused on tourists, with which the prices are even more expensive than here in Spain, but even with all that, it is worth making the following stops:

If you like vintage , visit the Malostranské Starozitnictví antique shop at Nerudova 51 (Malá Strana). You can find real silver jewelry ( brooches, rings, earrings, necklaces, and countless antiques) from the 19th and 20th centuries at very affordable prices (for example a 19th-century silver brooch can cost up to € 25), the owner and Your child can speak English perfectly.

You can also find vintage clothing stores in Vladislavova at number 17, you have to enter an interior square, and here is Quasimodo Vintage Fashion. It is a small store with very affordable prices that can vary from € 30 to € 50 to change for a dress.

Shops in  Prague

Other interesting addresses are Retro and Vintage Clothes at Michalska 18,  Art Deco Galerie at Michaska 21,  Bric a Brac at Týnská 7 or  Phase 2 Boutique at Tržiště 8. Almost all of them have signature clothing at affordable prices.

Prague: Monuments and Shopping Route

Finally, visit the Leeda fashion store in Bartolomejská 1, it has some very fun and quite colorful proposals, according to its website, it tries to reflect contemporary design, architecture, music, and cinema, and the truth is that it does not they are wrong.

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Budapest: Route of Bars, Brunch, Cafes and Ruin Pubs

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Whether you are looking at what to do in Budapest or if you already have it very clear, do not miss out on enjoying a beer, brunch, or cake in the following places, they are mythical of this incredible city. Some of them are far apart, but you can enjoy them throughout the day on the following route.

Csendes Vintage Bar & Café ( Budapest, Ferenczy István u. 5, 1053 Hungary ). District V

This bar is perfect for a stopover if you are going to drop into the most famous shopping street in the city,  Váci Utca (along with the ornamental Andrassy Avenue ). You can enjoy a very quiet environment, surrounded by the most curious gadgets you can imagine or utensils that have passed away (for example, a bathtub split in half that acts as an armchair). It is not expensive to eat or have a beer, as a reference, these are the prices that are managed: the pint of beer is at € 2 (624 Ft), a salad € 4.5 (1490 Ft) or a plate of pasta € 5 (1590 Ft).

You can get there by metro, the stop is M3 Ferenciek here (it is a 4-minute walk from  Centrál Kávéház ). It is open from Monday to Sunday. From Monday to Romans 10:00 to 2:00  am the Saturday and Sunday from 14:00 to 2:00 PM.

Centrál Kávéház (Budapest, Károlyi utca 9, 1053 Hungary). District V

An alternative to the  Csendes Vintage Bar & Café is this legendary cafe-style art nouveau marble tables, which are open from Monday to Sunday from 8:00 to 23:00. You can enjoy their desserts for € 2-€ 3 (recommended the Sacher cake  ), breakfasts for € 9 (2950 Ft), their à la carte menus for € 8 (2190 Ft). It is full of tourists, but the atmosphere is very relaxed and you will be surrounded by photographs of Hungarian writers and poets.

You can get here by metro, the stop is the M3 Ferenciek there (as is the  Csendes Vintage Bar & Café). It is a very good alternative to get out of the tourist bustle of Váci street.

Szimpla Kert (Budapest, Kazinczy u. 14, 1075 Hungary). District V

Almost certainly have never been to a place like this, the entrance and says it all, are known as pubs in ruins (Ruin bar, ruin pubs ) is in the city, it is considered one of the most important ( together with the Púder ), you can come to just have a beer (pints cost 619 Ft, € 2 change), eat (the average price of a salad is € 4.50 or a main dish for € 5 change) or enjoy their concerts live (you can see their programming here ). The place itself is very curious, it is full of rooms (it even has a souvenir shop ) and vintage decoration. It opens every day of the week, but most interestingly, it closes at 4:00 AM and on Sundays at 5:00 AM.

You can get here by metro, the closest stop is the M2 Astoria. Other Ruin Pubs in Budapest that you can put on your list to visit can be found here.

Gundel (Budapest, Gundel Károly út 4, 1146 Hungary). District XIV

You cannot leave the city without trying Sunday brunch in this place with a certain ancestry for Aquincenses (or Budapians). This brunch is a buffet with a great representation of Hungarian cuisine, based on cold meats, consommés (mainly pumpkin and duck), salads, meats, and a very careful selection of desserts. It is open on Sunday from 11:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., and it will cost you € 30 per person.

The quality and care with which they prepare each of the dishes are well worth a visit. You can book online and you will receive the confirmation of the reservation in the mail.

You can get here on foot (it’s 30 minutes as a reference from the Sofitel hotel). The M1 metro line Hősök Tere stop or by bus also H paradasök Tere stop (with the name of the large square that will be impossible not to see). It is within what is known as City Park, a wooded area with the Vajdahunyad castle very close.

After brunch, you can take the opportunity to visit the Kunsthalle  (contemporary art collection) and Szépművészeti (Fine Arts, closed until February 16, 2016, for renovation) museums, as well as the impressive Hősök Tere square, take an incredible walk through the City Park gardens, and if the weather is nice, go to the Széchenyi baths (Állatkerti art. 9-11).

From here, I recommend that you go down to the center again along Avenida Andrássy út, but this time, walking (it is lined with very well-preserved palaces, many of them are used as embassies), visit the Opera (in Andrássy út 22, has toured for tourists for € 12 to change), or something more alternative, stop by the Miniversum museum   (Andrássy út 12) of scale models at 1: 100 with the representation of the main places of Budapest and Hungary, Austria and Germany.

It is made in such a way that you can interact with the model (you can direct traffic on some streets) and with interactive screens.

If you come with children, it is a great plan. It has very long hours during the week, including weekends, and its prices for adults are 2400 Ft – € 7.75 to change.

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Xochimilco Mágico and its Trajineras

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Xochimilco Mágico

Probably going to the channels of Xochimilco Mágico if you are in Mexico DF is an option that you should not miss to be able to enjoy the music of the mariachis, the festive atmosphere, and the ride on a trajineraXochimilco  (area formed by canals and chinampas ) have been declared a World Heritage Site (1987).

Xochimilco Mágico

These canals are to the south of the city and you can get there by public transport, take the subway at the Taxqueña station (a light train leaves from here) to the Embarcadero stop, once here, ask the residents of the area for what They tell you how to get to the trajineras. The main piers are Nativitas and Cuernanco.

Renting a trajinera to tour the canals is the next step you will have to take. At the pier, you will have to negotiate the price and the route (as a general rule, the price is for the barge not for the number of people, they are rented by the hour, including their ‘skipper’, it is advisable to negotiate well).

These barges are unmistakable, strikingly decorated with (women’s) names and large typefaces.

Xochimilco Mágico

Renting a trajinera

During the tour of the canals, you can rent groups of mariachis to get on your boat or play alongside yours. You can bring your own supplies, but it is much more fun to buy from the street vendors that plow through the canals in their barges.

It is mandatory to drink a  Michelada  (try the one made with beer, lemon, Worcestershire sauce, Maggi or soy), TequilaEnchiladas Tacos Quesadillas Tlacoyos (they are thick oval and long tortillas, prepared with masa corn and stuffed with various ingredients), the ears of corn and the Elotes (or corn), everything is cooked at the moment.

To make the ‘technical stops’, on the banks of the canals there are several embarcadores with public toilets (all cost 10 pesos).

Enchiladas

Island of the Dolls

During the tour, remind the ‘patron’ of the Trajinera to pass you by the Island of the Dolls, this chinampa has been decorated by Julián Santa Ana Barrera (the person in charge for years of collecting the dolls that decorate the island) to doll base collected from landfills with the aim of ” scare away the fright “, they are hanging from trees and houses, and of course they do not leave you indifferent, it is quite gloomy and with a macabre atmosphere.

Island of the Dolls

Xochimilco Mágico is an ideal place to go on weekends , although it is also the time where you will see more people, but above all, the most fun is to see the revelry that is in other trajineras , whether they are led by families, bachelorette parties or tourists. .

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