Bray, Wicklow, Ireland

Bray is a town in County Wicklow south of Dublin on the east coast of Ireland; 20 km from the center of Dublin, the eighth largest city in the country. Since 1855 it is connected to Dublin and became the main resort on the east coast of Ireland, but since 1960, interest in this seaside resort decreases slowly. Bray is located at the mouth of the River Dargle. Some of its northern districts are even in County Dublin and is considered part geographically and economically of Greater Dublin. There are several Dublin urban bus lines that connect the two cities as well. In the south, the plain of Bray is closed by the Bray Head Mount (241 meters). It is a popular base for walkers, hikers and strollers. It is remarkable for its promenade stretching from the harbor, with its swan colony at the base of Bray Head at the southern end hence a well-worn trail leads to the summit. The city has a professional football team that plays in the first division, the Bray Wanderers. and also counts with several festivals. The most important is the Bray Summerfest with hundreds of free events: concerts, markets, family activities, etc. which is held for six weeks in July and August. The annual celebration for St. Patrick is as important one too with a carnival and a 5-day parade. Ardmore Studios (movie studios) are also in the city with a large production for film, TV and advertising.

Tips

If you visit Dublin, it is worthwhile to dedicate one day to Bray. It is a city with many restaurants, bars, pubs, cafes, easy transport in common access or even by bicycle. If you decide to stay in town for a few days or just a weekend, you will find any kind of accommodation from guest-rooms to hotels for all tastes.
Its long esplanade next to the beach invites walking.
If you like beer, visit the Porterhouse bar that specializes in brewing their own beers. It is considered one of the best bars in the world.

Madame Tussauds Museum, London, England

Madame Tussauds is the name of the wax museum founded in 1835 in London by Marie Tussaud. There are museums Madame Tussauds in several cities of the world: Berlin, Amsterdam, Vienna, Las Vegas, New York, Hollywood, Shanghai, Sydney, Tokyo, etc.
Marie Tussaud was working in Bern as a maid for a doctor, Philippe Curtius, who had become an artist, woodcarver. He took the girl on his wing and showed her how to shape the wax sculpture. He was called in France to make a portrait of Marie-Jeanne du Barry, mistress of Louis XV in 1765. In 1767 the doctor brought Mary and his mother and employed her to work in his many achievements in wax. In 1770 he made his first show and has had so much success that in 1776 the exhibition moved to the Royal Palace. In 1782, he opened a second exhibition called the “Cave of the Great Thieves’ on the Boulevard du Temple; it was the precursor to ‘The chamber of horrors’. Marie Grosholtz achieves its figures from 1777 with that of Voltaire followed by those of Jean-Jacques Rousseau and Benjamin Franklin but in the French Revolution, she was sentenced to the guillotine for its relations with the nobility. Pardoned because of her talent, she used to carry out the death masks of revolutionaries murdered and decapitated. On the death of Curtius, Mary is the heir to his collection of wax figures. In 1795, she married François Tussaud and had 2 children. She went with his eldest son (4 years) in England to present her collection but because of the War of the Third Coalition, she remained blocked in England and continued her road shows throughout Great Britain and Ireland. In 1835 she opened the Baker Street Bazaar (on Baker Street in London) whose main attraction iwas the Chamber of Horrors, which had two parts the victims of the French Revolution and the murderers. In 1842, Marie performs a self-portrait that is still presented at the museum entrance and died in 1850 at the age of 88. In 1884 the museum moved to its current location on Marylebone Road. In 1926, the company Tussauds Group was founded to manage Madame Tussauds. The museum is a major tourist attraction in London.

Tips

You can purchase the admission ticket to the museum on line, taking advantage of combining it with other attractions.
Access is allowed by time slot, so if you have already purchased your ticket, go straight to the door to enter the time of your access. Usually you have to wait a bit but you can walk around and come on your specified time and you’ll enter directly without the need to queue.
If you are visiting with the family, there is a family ticket that serves access for 2 adults and 2 children or 1 adult and 3 children, at reduced prices. In the case you bought the family access on line, you can choose the time of entry. Note that at age 16, the person is considered adult.

Shangri-La Hotel, Hai Zhu District, Guangzhou, China

Shangri-La Hotel, is in the Hai Zhu District (new business and convention district), in Guangzhou, China. It’s a really luxury oasis in the city with 12 acres of landscaped gardens and fountains, overlooking China’s third longest ancient river, the Pearl River. The rooms are very spacious and there are floor to ceiling windows. The hotel has a business centre, conference facilities, non-smoking rooms, gym, swimming-pool, 5 restaurants, 2 bars, spa, parking, safe deposit box, buttler service in suites, shoeshine service, laundry, valet service, babysitting, florist, gift shop, travel agency, taxi or limousine service, car rental service, foreign exchange counter, wi-fi; in fact, everything you could need is there.

Tips

You can ask for the transfer from-to the airport booking your room.

If you want to use public transport, you have the East railway station shuttle.

If you go on a business trip, you have spetial staff to assist you at any time. You can also hire all the material needed like cellular phones, fax machine, equipement, etc.

You can also have translation service and secretaries if needed.

If you just want to relax, you have the beautiful gardens with the fountains to walk, the swimming-pool outdoor or simply the spa.