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What to visit in Seattle: city tour and cool shopping

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Seattle is a very lively, modern, and fun city. It is very manageable to be able to know it on foot. If you have three days on your route through the United States or to the Canadian border, it will be enough to give you time to see the most emblematic points.

If you have arrived in the city without a map and references of what to visit, stop by the Convention & Trade Center (800 Convention Place), here you have a wide range of maps and advertising to get to know the city if you are not too sure, you can always ask the counter staff, they are really friendly.

One of the things that you cannot miss is Pike Place, where the Public Market is located, this market is characterized by having fish, vegetable, flower, souvenir shops, and restaurants, it is always full of tourists, and about everything, to be able to contemplate the launching of fish.

From Pike Place you can walk to the Seattle Center, where the Space Needle is located, this area is characterized by bringing together several buildings created for the 1962 World’s Fair, mainly the interest in this area is focused on going up to the viewpoint of the Space Needle and take a walk through the different buildings of the enclosure.

From the Seattle Center I recommend that you walk to the north of the city, towards Capitol Hill, this area is a bit off the beaten path, but it is very worth it since it is here where the style and form of life of the city dwellers.

It is a residential area, full of two-story houses, gardens, and Asian food restaurants, stroll along Broadway Street and take a break in Volunteer Park, it is full of trendy shops, alternative restaurants, and trendy people.

In Pioneer Square you will find the area of ​​oldest buildings in the city, whose facades are built of red brick, it is one of the busiest and most fun areas of the city, as it is full of bars, restaurants, and cafes. If you’ve made it this far, I recommend that you have dinner and then stay for a jazz concert at The New Orleans at 114 First Street.

Leaving Pioneer Square, go up towards the WaterFront, it is one of the most touristic areas of the city, take a turn to see the views, continue towards the Art Museum of Seattle (1300 1 st Av.), Dedicate a couple of hours, from Then it will not disappoint you when you go out if you want to take a break to see what the next step is, have a cocktail at their bar, very cool.

Shopping in the City (Seattle)

Seattle, like the rest of North American cities, concentrates a large number of stores and shopping centers. In addition to having reference stores such as Urban OutfittersAnthropologieBanana Republic, and American Eagle, I recommend that you stop by the Nordstrom Rack stores on Pine Street with the 2nd Steet, this shopping center welcomes clothing and accessories for both men and For women, the prices are impressive, but you have to have a lot of patience since the best brands in footwear and clothing are mixed, so yes, you can go out with a BCBG Maxazria jacket for $ 89, some Oscar de la Renta shoes for $ 200 or Cole Haan for $ 80.

On the floor of the entrance you will find some amazing deals on handbags and accessories brand ( clutch from Kenneth Cole for $ 20), on the first floor is the shoe both women and men, the women ‘s footwear is organized by designers, but there is a part that is altogether, here if you have time and desire, you can find real bargains, on floor -1, you will find signature clothing for women, the best offers are in North American designers: Anne KleinRalph LaurentBCBG MaxazriaKenneth Cole, etc.

Vintage Stores and Outlets

If you like vintage clothing, on your way to Capitol Hill stop by House of Pretty Parlor at 400 Summit St. with E Loretta Pl. You will also find a good selection of vintage clothing on Cherry St. and 1st Street, next to Pioneer Square.

Outside the city, about 40 minutes from downtown, you can stop by the Seattle Premium Outlets (at 10600 Quil Ceda Blvd). They have a total of 110 stores with the best brands, the idea is that you go through the North American brand stores is where you will see the real bargains, without a doubt the best stores to buy are: Kate Spade with her colorful bags and accessories, on sale they can have bags for $ 125, at Michael Kors you find jeans for $ 70, Calvin Kevin wardrobe blouses for $ 24.99, at Tommy Hilfiger men’s sweaters for $ 22, at Polo Ralph Laurent shirts for $ 36.50, etc, is a perfect place to get seasonal clothes at really good prices.

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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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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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