The Blue Hole, St. Ann and St. Mary, Jamaica

The Blue Hole is a place hidden up in the mountains with waterfalls and natural swimming pools, on the border of the parishes of St. Ann and St. Mary, at about 25 minutes from the town of Ocho Rios, in Jamaica. You can find two sections; the main Blue Hole and the waterfall of about 20 feet in height. You will find a path going along the river and you can walk from one to another. You can jump into the Blue Hole or just walk around if you prefer; the only thing is that you must be very careful because the rocks could be very slippery. The best thing to do, specially if you are there for the first time, is to hire a guide, he could tell you where it is better to walk or jump. Remember you are in a place that isn’t too commercialized yet and there’s no first medical aid nearby if something happens to you. On the other hand, the good thing is that you are really visiting a place in nature.

Tips

The site is open form 8.00 AM to 5.00 PM.

You must pay the entrance (15,00U$) and provide some extra money for your guide’s tip. If you are going with a group of 10 people or more, you can negotiate the price of the entrance.

Don’t forget to bring your water shoes, your swimsuit, a towel and a waterproof camera.

If you feel adventurous, there is a Tarzan swing you can use to jump into the hole.

Try not to visit the place when the cruise ships are docked in Ocho Rios, you’ll be better when there are a few people visiting the place.

Split, Croatia

Split is the second most populated city in Croatia and the seat of Split-Dalmatia County. The city was established inside the huge palace of the Roman Emperor Diocletian (of Dalmatian origin); built between 294 and 305 and had an area of 39,000 square meters and then it continued expanding around the palace. From 1420 to 1797, Split became part of the Venetian Republic; that is why the historic center of this had Venetian-style buildings (Rector’s Palace, City Hall, Venetian tower). France and Napoleon ruled Split from 1805 to 1813. From 1815 to 1919 it was a part of Austria. After the collapse of Austria-Hungary and with the founding of the Kingdom of Serbs, Croats and Slovenes, the city was part of the Yugoslav Dalmatia. Today, Split is a major industrial and tourist port and is listed on the UNESCO list of world heritage. We find still part of the palace on the waterfront as the Maritime gate known in antiquity that allowed ships to dock directly.

Tips

The historic center is just a short walk from the harbor. Inside, there is a part that today is a big market with stands that sell souvenirs. You can also visit three museums that are located inside the old city and two other museums in the exterior. There is also a cloister that was rearranged by Rodin.

 

Milan Central Station, Milan, Lombardy, Italy

Milan Central Station, is an Italian railway station, terminus, located in Duca d’Aosta square in the center of the city of Milan, capital of the Lombardy region. It is the first station of the city and second Italian station with a passing average of 120 million passengers per year, around 300 trains and approximately 320,000 passengers per day. It is served by the Frecciarossa and Frecciargento, Italian Intercity and Eurocity to Switzerland, Thello joins it to Paris-Gare de Lyon and of course, regional trains Trenord to Tirano and Bergamo. It was officially opened in 1931, replacing this way the old station 1864 because it could not support the traffic of the time. The first stone was laid by King Victor Emmanuel III in 1906 but construction began in 1912 and due to the First World War and the crisis, it proceeded too slowly. When Benito Mussolini became head of government he decided that the station should represent the power of the fascist regime. Its facade has 200 meters wide, the ceiling is 72 meters, has 24 docks and large steel arches. The station has several floors accessible by stairs, elevators or escalators. There are many shops selling a different range of products even as cafes and restaurants.

Tips

If you are traveling to Milan Central, you will find everything you need while waiting. If you are traveling with the Freccia, you have an exclusive waiting room for Freccia customers.
As there is always a lot of people, try to go with enough time to catch your train because there are long walks to do in it depending where your train leaves from.
Try to have coins with you to go to the bathroom that are paid because the exchange machines are not always functional.