Chez Ali, Marrakech, Morocco

Chez Ali is a tourist complex in the heart of the Palmeraie of Marrakech, where you can attend a dinner show, known as the ‘Fantasy of  Marrakech’. The atmosphere is warm, you can feel like in an evening of Arabian Nights, under Berber tents decorated with carpets; hosted by fantasy; tasting the delicious dishes of the region. The show includes folk music, dancers, acrobats, magicians, fireworks … The show after dinner is outside. Transportation from your hotel or riad is included with your ticket.

Tips

If you do not want to attend the dinner, there is the option of paying just for the show. You can still arrive an hour before to visit the place which includes the Cave of Ali Baba, the museum with the history of the place and of its owner and the tents.
Children under 6 years do not pay.
The show takes place in the dark with very little light so it’s not very good for photos so a good camera is required.

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The gardens of Aranjuez, south of Madrid, Spain

The gardens of Aranjuez, located in the fertile plain of the Tagus in the south of Madrid (within an hour), is a space where nature blends with art; resort of kings and source of inspiration for many artists, there are fountains, sculptures and ancient trees. It was here that walked the monarchy and the Spanish court in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. The gardens surround the Royal Palace. The best known are the gardens of the Prince, the island and the Parterre. The master Joaquín Rodrigo was able to interpret this place in his famous Concert of Aranjuez. The Island Garden is considered the most important and characteristic of the time of the House of Austria (sixteenth century) and is surrounded by the waters of the Tagus. There are white marble nymphs which adorn the staircase that provides access to the orchard where Queen Isabella II used to stroll. The trails are drawn in a grid and you can smell the aroma of boxwood while you walk through them. There are also small waterfalls. The garden of Paterre before the palace façade, presents paths bordered by hedges, cut following a geometrical balance (like French gardens of the time). Two large fountains are found there, that of Hercules and that of Ceres and also marble vases with colorful flowers. The garden of the Prince, designed in the English style, has almost 150 hectares. Formerly, these huge spaces were dedicated to hunting parties. We find a wide variety of trees, monuments, ponds and fountains there.

Tips

If you visit the garden between May and October you can enjoy to do it on board of the Train of strawberry; this is an ancient railway.

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Piazza Unità d’Italia, Trieste, Italy

Piazza Unità d’Italia is the main public square of the city of Trieste, Italy, and is therefore, as such, also called Piazza Grande. It lies at the foot of the hill of San Giusto in the downtown; rectangular, it is bordered on three sides of neoclassical and baroque buildings, having as fourth side, the Gulf of Trieste (on the Adriatic). It is considered the most important place of all Europe among those that open onto the sea. In 1918 it changed the name of Piazza Grande by Piazza Unità when the town was annexed to the kingdom of Italy but in 1955, it takes its current name because the independent territory of Trieste was dissolved and the city made part of Italy. The palaces that line were restored between 2001 and 2005 and they replaced the asphalt pavement by sandstone slabs. The main palace is the building of the Town Hall (built in 1875 by Giuseppe Bruni) with a tower in its center to which we find the fountain of four continents and a lighting system was added to the edge of the sea. The tower or campanile has two figures (Michael and Jack) ringing all the time fifteen minutes on the municipal bell. The figures are a true copy of the originals which are preserved in the museum of the city.

Tips

The square is a meeting place, to make an appointment with friends or to have something to eat or drink in cafés, bars and restaurants nearby. There are also many other shops in the area.
It is also a landmark for the inhabitants of the city, for events, demonstrations, etc.
You can often see couples of newlyweds who make their first wedding photos in this place.

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