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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The Cavern Club, Liverpool, England

The Cavern Club is a nightclub located at 10 Mathew Street; a small street in the center of Liverpool, in England. It is here that Brian Epstein (who became their manager) saw the Beatles playing for the first time on November 9th, 1961. The place was opened in January 1957 and named after the local in its basement, where the Beatles occurred repeatedly. They gave 292 performances between February 9th, 1961 to August 3rd, 1963. There they began to have fans. Of course other artists and groups have come into the club, as famous as The Beatles; among them we can mention: The Rolling Stones, Pink Floyd, Aretha Franklin, John Lee Hooker and Oasis. The club still exists, and we also can find a reconstruction of the place as it was at the time of the Beatles in the museum dedicated to them (on the Albert Dock Liverpool). Currently, there are two rooms: the vaulted room is a recreation of the Beatles’ and receives groups who play the band’s music and the modern room with an actual sound system and a larger stage, for groups of all styles and nationalities.

Tips

If you want to enjoy a show in the club during your stay in Liverpool, check their website for details of concerts. Generally, the entrance is free but at some hours, days, or shows, you have to pay admission. You’ll find the option to buy souvenirs of the place too. If you are an artist or you have a band playing the music of The Beatles, you may have an opportunity once a year, to play in the Cavern, in the last week of August at the International Festival Beatleeek. You can contact the club to submit your application.

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