Amsterdam, Netherland

Amsterdam is the most populous municipality and the capital of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, although as the seat of Government, as well as most of the diplomatic institutions of the country are in the Hague. Amsterdam means the dam on the Amstel river that comes flowing into the IJ (a lake) and is integrated into a network of canals that dot the town two metres above the level of the sea, thanks to its canals, it is also called ‘the Venice of the North’. The lands around the city are flat and formed of large polders. We find the Amsterdamse Bos (an artificial forest) in the southwest. The city is connected to the North Sea by the long Canal of the North Sea that serves its port, the country’s second port after Rotterdam. There are important museums such as the Rijksmuseum, the Stedelijk Museum, the Van Gogh Museum and the Anne Frank House. The city is also known for its ‘red light main district’, De Wallen and his prostitutes, for its sex shops, for its many coffe shops, licensed to sell cannabis and for its breweries. Amsterdam is a multicultural city where half the population is of foreign origin. There is also the Bloenmenmarkt, the only floating flower market in the world. The shops are located on boats stowed on the canal. The city has also a large number of open-air markets. The majority of the historic buildings of downtown consists of buildings with gables, large merchants houses lining the canals are the best illustration of it. Free of charge, three ferries carry pedestrians and cyclists on the IJ, between the central station of Amsterdam and Amsterdam-Noord. Two other ferries (which you must pay)go on the IJ from East to West along the harbour. It is also possible to use water-taxis and river shuttles, rental of electric boats or even a cruise on the canals of the city.

Tips

We recommend you not to come to the city by car, for this purpose, there are lots of parkings where you can leave the car for a very reasonable price if you agree to take public transport to enter into the city. If you have the opportunity to bring your bike, you’ll be in the ideal city for it. Bring your own locks and remember where you leave it because it will be difficult to search for it among the thousands ones that you can find in the streets.
If you like shopping, you will find shops of any kind, but there are also several markets open daily or weekly.
Amsterdam is also known for its cloudy weather and rain, especially in the cold period so it is better to avoid the period that goes from October to March.
If you like Zoos, you will find the Amsterdam City Zoo; It has an aquarium (built in 1882), Zoological and geological Museum, a planetarium and a library.

 

 

Porto Seguro, Bahia, Brazil

 
Porto Seguro, located in the South of the State of Bahia, 750 km from El Salvador, is a popular tourist place with wonderful beaches. Its climate is an eternal spring (18 to 30 ° the whole year) and the kindness and the hospitality of its inhabitants are essential to a quiet life or to live when we decide not to work any more. There are a large number of hotels and motels and small houses near the beach to rent with a “Brazilian” atmosphere and the feet on the sand and into sea. At the seaside, you have plenty of bars where it is possible to spend the whole day, with toilets, showers, a beautiful shade under palm trees, necessary especially in the full sunny days and you can use the facilities with a required consumption. The city has everything you need, stores of any kind, no worries, everything is at your hand. You can visit the historic centre or take guided excursions to know the region and the other beaches nearby. At night, you have full of activities as: bars, restaurants, discos, shows of capoeira (Brazilian typical dance), etc.

Tips

Before you install in a bar on the beach, ask the waiter what, it is the consumption required to avoid surprises. If you want to spend the whole day, it’s worth it because you will be very well served and you’ll have all that is necessary on the spot, no need to worry about leaving your belongings when you go to the sea because people in the bar will check them for you.
It is better not to bring nothing to eat or drink at the beach because due to the hot weather, you can not keep your food in good conditions. Bars serve fresh and natural juices throughout the day and it is not expensive even like eating typical food as fish and vegetables. Healthy and delicious food.
If you want to buy souvenirs, the beach is a nice place to do it because there are many artisans that sell their products directly on the spot or vendors who bring them to your hands. Note that it is still possible to have a price reduction by asking. Brazilian cotton is very good and fabrics are generally well resistant and colors hold really well.
If you are a bit far from the beach, note that you can arrange a price with a taxi driver who will take you and will pick you up at the time indicated to bring back you to your hotel. You will go much more comfortable than by bus and at the time you want.

Forli, Emilia-Romagna, Italy

Forlì is the chief town of the province of Forlì-Cesena in Emilia-Romagna, Italy. It is rich of an important architectural heritage cause it has, among other buildings, some medieval ones. It also has many remains of old civilizations of great historical interest. The heart of social and economic life is Aurelio Saffi Suqare (main square of the city). It has 128 m long and 87 m wide and we can see in the middlethe the statue of Aurelio Saffi, (Italian politician), character symbol of the city, to which the square is dedicated. The most important buildings of the city give on this site: the Post Palace, the Town Hall from the year 1000, the clock tower which was destroyed during the second world war and rebuilt in 1975, Albertini Palace (15th century) and the Abbey of Saint Mercuriale with his bell tower. The San Domenico Museum contains an art gallery where we find the portrait of Caterina Sforza by Lorenzo di Credi, the resemblance to the Mona Lisa by Leonardo da Vinci was emphasized. Under Mussolini, Forlì became an urban centre and there was a restoration work that changed the downtown. The monument to the unknown soldier and the statue of Icarus are witnesses of this fascist architecture.

Tips

If you arrive by plane, the airport is 5 km from the city centre. There is no train service connecting the airport to the center so you can take the bus, a taxi or just rent a car at the airport if you want to explore the region.
Forlì has very dry and hot summers while its winters are hard and wet. This is why spring is the ideal time to explore the city. The temperatures are not too high and the rain is quite rare.
Aurelio Saffi Square is the most important place of the city and you will find many bars, restaurants and shops that will fill all your needs.
If you are thinking about spending your vacations in Forlì, you have very interesting cities to discover nearby such as Bologna, Modena, Ravenna, Cesena, Ferrara, and if you want to enjoy the Adriatic Sea, you can extend your stay from a few days to go to the sea either Rimini or Pesaro, it’s really worth it. You can also visit San Marino.