Miami Beach, Florida, United States

Miami Beach is a nearby town to that of Miami, in Florida, United States. More than half of its population is foreign born. The most spoken languages are English and Spanish but French is also used especially with tourists as almost all taxi drivers are of Haitian origin. It is located just a few kilometers from Miami downtown. It’s a tourism city that attracts tourists from all around the world, its climate is perfect for enjoying the beach most time of the year, it is rare that the temperature drops to 10 degrees.

Tips

The Airport Flyer Route 150 is an express bus service between the airport and Miami Beach that  is cheap. There is also a free electric shuttle that will transport you anywhere you like but only in Miami Beach.
Hurricane season runs from early June to late November, but in general, Miami is vulnerable right from mid-August to late September.
Avoid walking on the beach after sunset. If you have to move in the evening, choose frequented arteries.
Although in the United States you can pay with credit card almost everything, plan a little cash because for some things you’ll need it: toll, transit, parasol rentals on the beach, etc.

 

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.

Burano, Venice, Italy

Burano is an island in the north of the lagoon of Venice, Italy, known for its lace and its canals lined with houses very colorful. It is not a city but a town in Venice, divided into six districts and consists of four islets: San Martino, San Mauro, Giudecca and Terranova; separated by three channels. The houses were painted with different colors by the fishermen to be able to recognize them more easily in the mist, since the fog in this region is rather dense; especially in winter. Burano counts only with a church, San Martino Church. There was a school of lace but it no longer works but it is a museum that presents beautiful pieces. Today, there are just a few women, lacemakers, who continue with this tradition.

Tips

If you are in Venice, you can take the vaporetto which will take you there in about fifty minutes. The same vaporetto passes through Murano and Mazorbo. There is also another line that connects Burano and Torcello in five minutes.

Consider that if you want to buy a piece really handmade by one of Burano’s lace-makers, you will have to pay for it. Everything you find cheaply comes from China or Hong Kong.