Enclosures of Talavera de la Reina, Toledo, Spain

The walls and the towers ‘albarranas’ of Talavera de la Reina is a defense system that protected the town in the province of Toledo, Spain, and counted on three walled enclosures, the roads were tangential to the Arab fortress but nowadays, there is only a large part of the first enclosure, the oldest, and some remains of the second. “La Villa” (first enclosure) was built in the IX-X centuries by Arabians possibly following the path of a Roman or Visigoth wall. Its main material are stone blocks, there are a lot of reused Roman remains there, even printed stones of that time; and rough stones. We also find semi-circular and square towers; these being the oldest towers and other flanking the thirteenth and fourteenth centuries. Unfortunately, the doors do not exist except for the remains of one of the semi-circular towers of the Door of Mérida. There still has a shield and a Virgin who presided the Door of  St-Peter, but they were put in the Basilica of Prado. The second walls (XII) protected the Major cities or New ones and the third (XIII) surrounded the old towns. The second enclosure still retained some of the early ones alongside the citadel, and the door of Seville (XVI); the Powder Tower, a part of the door Zamora and a tower in San Miguel Square. The third will keep several coats of arms of the Door of Cuarto and some traces of the foundation. This kind of construction attached to the first fortifications meant that Talavera was considered one of the safest cities for centuries.

Tips

The walls and towers are on free access. It is a walk that can be done without a guide as there are indicators and panels with photos and explanations.
Talavera de la Reina has a tourist office where you can request more information.

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Royalton Hicacos Resort & Spa, Varadero, Cuba

Royalton Hicacos Resort & Spa is a resort of formula all inclusive, located in Varadero, Cuba. For adults, this hotel offers a natural setting, thanks to its proximity to the white sandy beaches and sapphire blue sparkling water of the lush tropical gardens. Thanks to its fresh water swimming pools, its wedding packages, restaurants of specialties, its care and its European treatments at the spa, as well as its land, and water sports, this hotel promises an unforgettable holiday. You have the choice of several restaurants and bars and a different show in the evening if you are staying a week. The staff is very courteous and friendly.  

Tips

Do not you forget to take an adapter/transformer of 220V if the current of your country is different.
If you you go there for the golf, remember that you must pay the transport to go to there and even the buggy rental golf. You must also register in advance for the days you want.
The internet service is not good then do not count with him if you really need it.
If you want to go around a bit, there is a shuttle bus which departs from the hotel to visit the old Varadero and its craft market. There are also other optional excursions and a full tour of the peninsula by bus that you can godown and take again so many times as you want with the same ticket.

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Montreal Casino, Île Notre-Dame, Montreal, Quebec, Canada

Montreal Casino is the largest casino in Canada, located on Île Notre-Dame in Montreal, in the old pavilions of France and Quebec during the 1967 World Expo; opened on October 9th, 1993 and managed by the Society of Quebec’s casinos, a subsidiary of Loto-Quebec. The building has 9 floors, 150 gaming tables, almost 5,000 electronic slot machines and games, one of the largest Keno games in America, four restaurants, a theater and cabaret of Montreal Casino that is the only place in Montreal where you can also have a meal. It includes all the traditional games and also an electronic racetrack Royal Ascot, video lottery terminals and a section for high bets.

Tips

You can arrive by metro or car and park it in the car park and take the free bus service that offers the Casino.

It’s also a good place to spend a nice evening without having the obligation to play, just to listen to music usually with live entertainment as well as dancing lessons in the central scenario where there is also a place for a dance practice, you can have a drink or coffee at the tsame place.

You can attend several  free varieties shows and other shows paying a ticket that change according to the calendar.

There are also various restaurants and the last opening was the Garden, a large terrace where you can eat, have a drink, attend live shows and dance.