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The Stockholm Open in Sweeden is one of the most popular Nordic tennis tournaments in the region. The most famous tennis players across the globe have participated in this tournament, which is why the event attracts so many visitors. This year’s Stockholm Open tennis tournaments will take place on the 15-23 October 2022. Already confirmed to play is world number three Alexander Zverev. However, if you are in the region and haven’t secured any tickets for the Stockholm ATP (Association of Tennis Professionals), worry no more! We have carefully selected the best bars in Stockholm, Sweden to enjoy the Stockholm open tennis tournaments.

But first, let’s explain what exactly the Stockholm Open is and why it is significant.

 

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What is the Stockholm Open?  

The Stockholm Open is an indoor tennis event, which is part of the ATP Tour played at the Kungliga tennishallen in Stockholm, Sweden. The tournament is owned by The Royal Lawn Tennis Club of Stockholm, SALK (Stockholm Public Lawn Tennis Club) and Tennis Stockholm. The Stockholm Open was first held in the Royal Tennis Hall in 1969. Since then, the tournament has been the highlight of the year for Sweden's many tennis enthusiasts. Throughout the years, the tournament has attracted world stars including Andy Murray, Stefanos Tsitsipas, Roger Federer and many more. The prize money for the Stockholm Open is approximately €711,275 (2019) 

 The tickets for the Stockholm Open 2022 have been released. The ticket prices start from as low as €10. Making it the perfect opportunity to get to see world-class players at a more affordable price.  

However, just in case, you do not secure tickets for all your favourite matches, we have rounded up the top bars in Stockholm to see the tournaments.  

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O’Learys Hötorget  

At the top of our list, of course, we have O'Leary's, the hotspot for Stockholm’s sports fans. Located in central Stockholm, the atrium-style bar at O'Leary's has an extensive seating area. The venue is best known for its large TV set, which is as big as a cinema screen.  

At O’Leary’s, you can also play Foosball and Shuffleboard with friends. Here you can find, a great selection of food ranging from traditional American, Mexican and British food. Ranging from burgers, pizzas, steaks and quesadillas. In addition to this, they have a lovely dessert menu.  It is important to note that, they have a 20-year age limit every day from 6 pm. Visitors under the age of 18 are welcome in the company of a guardian. This place is a no-brainer to enjoy the Stockholm Open!   

 

 

 

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El Amir  

Next up, we have the stylish bar El Amir bar, nested at Galma Brogatan Stockholm. This venue is divided into two spaces, the bar area and the restaurant/lounge area. The bar area has a large TV where you can watch the ATP Stockholm Open. El Amir specialises in Middle Easter cuisine with its signature dish being couscous If you are searching for a more elegant and quiet place to watch the Stockholm Open Tennis Championships this is the place to go! (photo from Yelp) 

 

Bar08  

Another great sports bar to watch in the Stockholm Open 2022 is Bar08. Located in the Fridhemsplan region, Bar08 is very spacious and great for large groups of people.

This all-day sports bar stays open until 3 am and serves both drinks and food for lunch and dinner. The kitchen makes classic dishes such as hamburgers, pasta and pyttipanna (meat and potato hash browns). Additionally, Bar08 has a beer garden to enjoy a drink and the lovely weather. A great location to watch the ATP Stockholm Open Tennis games.(image from thatsuplondon)

 

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Eagle1 American Bar 

Last but not least, Eagle1 sports bar is located in Norrmalm, Stockholm. An authentic American sports bar, that offers delicious American food, including burgers, Philly cheesecake and milkshakes. Eagle1 has a great atmosphere and is the ideal place for a drink. The bar has plenty of screens to enjoy the Tennis Stockholm Open.   (image from Yelp) 

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Conclusion  

 

That was our list of the best bars in Stockholm to watch the ATP Stockholm Tennis Open 2022.  

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Blessed with areas of outstanding natural beauty, and lots of family-friendly activities, Great Yarmouth makes for a classic weekend break in the UK.  Right on the gorgeous coastline of Norfolk, Great Yarmouth has been a popular seaside spot for hundreds of years. 

Handpicked for you, here you'll find a list of the best seaside hotels in Great Yarmouth. From small and budget-friendly to large and elegant, we've got it covered. 

 

 

Premier Inn  

The ultimate budget-friendly hotel at a fantastic beach-front location, making it one of the top-searched hotels in the region.  This hotel is hidden away from the bustling city centre of Great Yarmouth and is a 5-minute drive from Marine Parade. The city centre of Great Yarmouth can be reached in 15 minutes on foot.  This five-Storey hotel offers dreamy sea views in most of its rooms. In addition, there is also a Beefeater restaurant, on the ground floor level of the hotel. There is also a beautiful beach-side terrace with outside seating, to enjoy the sea’s light breeze. This sea-front Premier Inn is crowned one of the best hotels in Great Yarmouth, UK.  

 

 

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The Cliff hotel  

The Cliff Hotel offers you the best of both worlds, located overlooking the award-winning Gorleston beach and the perfect base for exploring the majestic coastline. A seaside hotel, which offers luxurious rooms with king-size beds to guarantee the most comfortable and relaxed stay. Thus, making it one of the top hotels in Great Yarmouth. The coastal hotel includes sea view rooms that feature panoramic views of Gorleston beach and harbour. With regards to dining, there is The Cliff Bar, which offers a variety of delicious meals that are freshly prepared and locally sourced, which you can enjoy at the garden terrace while gazing at the lovely view of Gorleston’s sandy beach. The hotel is also child-friendly as it has a children's menu, board games and a playground. All the rooms come with free toiletries and dressing gowns and the double room features a spacious living area with a table and a couch. Additionally, the hotel has free private parking for guests and is only a 10-minute drive from the Norfolk Broads.  

 

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Furzedown Hotel 

The Furzedown Hotel is a charming seaside hotel, which has been owned by the Garrod family for over 50 years. If you like your accommodation to be standard, comfortable and low-cost, then this is the beachfront hotel for you. The hotel is small, with only 20 beautifully furnished comfortable bedrooms. At Furzedown Hotel you will find a gorgeous garden and a bar. After visiting the outdoor tennis courts for a workout, you can grab a bite to eat at the restaurant that offers an a la carte menu or relax with a drink at the bar/lounge. Likewise, guests can enjoy a continental breakfast in the bar.  Other facilities offered include a ticket service, luggage storage and an ironing service. Dogs are charged at a rate of £5 per night. The Furzedown hotel is less than 1 mile from Sea Life Great Yarmouth and just over 5 miles from Burgh Castle.  

 

 

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Hotel Ocean   

One of the top-reviewed hotels in the region, Hotel Ocean, is the ultimate modern and luxurious hotel for the best summer getaway.  Located on the beachfront in Great Yarmouth, Hotel Ocean has a Cafe & Coffee shop as well as a shared lounge decorated with elegant furniture and a beautiful terrace with sea views. Likewise, a Full English/Irish breakfast is available each morning at Hotel Ocean. All the rooms are very stylish and a desk, a flat-screen TV, a private bathroom, bed linen and towels. The rooms will provide guests with a wardrobe and a kettle. Popular points of interest near the accommodation include Great Yarmouth Pier Beach, Great Yarmouth Britannia Pier and Sea Life Great Yarmouth. The most modern and elegant seaside hotels to enjoy the Great Yarmouth weather.  

 

 

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Pier Hotel 

Next up, we have the Pier hotel. A small hotel, with only 25 rooms coined with blissful sea views. With a beautiful location and magnificent views overlooking Gorleston Beach and the River Yare. The Pier Hotel offers relaxed surroundings, good, home-cooked food, great wines and friendly service. Likewise, the hotel can also host functions and special events. Also, the accommodation features a lounge bar and restaurant with a  varied menu, including fresh fish, grill and vegetarian options.  Free private parking is available for guests. At the Pier hotel, you are just around the corner from the Pavilion Theatre, Gorleston Golf Club, and Gorleston beach. what more could you ask for with a seafront hotel?   

 

 

 

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Conclusion  

There’s an unrivalled number of gorgeous seaside hotels in Great Yarmouth. Whether you are searching for a more budget-friendly hotel or you are treating yourself to something a bit more elegant, well Great Yarmouth has it all.  

 

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The Commonwealth Games is one of the biggest sporting events in the world, which celebrates all the greatest athletic talent across the Commonwealth.  This year, the Commonwealth Games will be held here in the UK in Birmingham. It will be the first time the Games have been hosted in England since 2002. This is the biggest event the city and the region have ever hosted. The Commonwealth Games will take place from July 28 to August 8.  

 

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Brief History of the Commonwealth Games  

The Commonwealth Games is a multi-sporting event, involving Commonwealth nations. This international event takes place every four years in a Commonwealth country. In the past, the games were held in Australia’s Gold Coast, Glasgow, Scotland, and Delhi, India. The first event games took place in 1930, in Hamilton, Canada. The Commonwealth Games was not always the official name of the games. To be more specific, from 1930 to 1950 they were known as the British Empire Games, later they became the British Empire and Commonwealth Games and after that British Commonwealth Games. Finally, the games were officially named The Commonwealth Games in 1974.  

Another fact about the Commonwealth Games is that it is the first fully inclusive international multi-sport event as athletes with a disability are included as full members of their national teams. Likewise, the Games are the only global multi-sport event to feature an equal number of men's and women's medal events. The Games have a global television audience of up to 1.5 billion.  

Throughout the years there have been some new additions to the Games, such as the  Commonwealth Winter Games, the Commonwealth Paraplegic Games for commonwealth athletes with a disability, and the Commonwealth Youth Games. The Commonwealth Games are overseen by the Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF), which also controls the programme and selects the host cities. 

Birmingham Commonwealth Games 2022 

Birmingham is the official host of this year’s Commonwealth Games. Public investment of £778 million has gone into staging the 2022 Commonwealth Games. The metropolitan city of the Midlands has a plethora of sports venues, arenas and conference halls that will be utilized during the Games. Overall, 17 thrilling sports will take place over 11 days including archery, cycling, swimming, basketball, and many others. All the sporting events will occur in Birmingham City and different areas of the region.  

The mascot of this year’s Games is Perry the Bull. The colourful mascot is covered in patchwork, which symbolizes the diversity and vibrancy of the Midlands. A young girl called Emma-Lou won a competition which meant that her mascot design was to be used for the games.
 

 

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Sustainability  

The first-ever carbon-neutral Commonwealth Games. The Birmingham Commonwealth committee strives to establish a Carbon Neutral Legacy for future Games to come. They are taking responsibility for the Game's climate impact in a credible, transparent, and holistic manner.  They also aim to eliminate carbon emissions and are also working with the University of Birmingham to understand the impact of the Games on air quality. They have developed circular economic principles in order to minimize waste, such as, reducing the use of single-use plastics through several initiatives and working with our partners and the voluntary sector to explore ways to recycle assets post games. 

 

 

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Jersey; the ideal island for the perfect romantic gateways. The sea, port, castles, what else do you need?  No wonders it has been named ‘honeymoon island’. From walking hand in hand across deserted sands to a cosy dinner in a lovely restaurant there is something here to suit every couple. There are jersey holiday packages online, but make sure you double-check the jersey travel restrictions before you plan your trip. The beautiful island of Jersey is the largest of the Channel Islands at nine miles by five. It is extremely small yet it is packed with natural beauty, fun activities, and relaxing activities to refresh yourself! 

We have put together a list of some fun activities you can do on the island of Jersey. 

 

 

Visit one of the Castles  

 The biggest Castle in Jersey is called Castle Elizabeth, which is nestled on a little island, which is accessible on foot when the tide is low or by the Castle Ferry, which will transport you across the bay to and from the Castle.  The 17th-century castle is named after Elizabeth the first and it’s the perfect place to spend a day exploring Jersey’s history. On-site, you will be able to 
climb the battlements, explore the turrets and bunkers and discover the Hermitage where Saint Helier lived around 550 A.D. Fun fact! You can even stay in Elizabeth Castle for £317 per night. Now that’s what we call living like royalty.  

Mont Orgueil is the oldest castle on the island which is located on the east side of Jersey. To reach the castle you’ll need to climb almost 200 steps to the highest turrets and enjoy breath-taking views of the French coast. Moreover, the castle has been a landmark of the island for over 800 years and was the island’s forefront of defence. Notably, the castle protected Jersey against the French invasion over 600 years ago. However, when Elizabeth castle was built in the 16th century, Mont Orgueil castle became a prison. Explore this extraordinary building full of history by visiting secret rooms to discover hidden treasures. 

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Fun activities on the beach  

If you and your partner want to do some fun seaside activities, then we have various options for you to choose from. First of all, you can book a voyage with Jersey Seafaris and enjoy an exhilarating high-speed journey to a deserted off-shore sandbank surrounded by crystal clear waters and teeming with bird and marine life. In addition to this, you can go kayaking, Paddleboarding, SUP Board Yoga, Scuba Diving, Coasteering and Water Skiing! The perfect fun day out.  

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Go for a walk at the beach 

The island of Jersey has some of the nicest beaches to enjoy a blissful walk. One of the most beautiful beaches is Ouaisne Bay, which can be found on the southwest coast of the island. The Bay has safe swimming waters and during low tides, visitors enjoy walking across to St Brelade’s Bay, making the perfect day out exploring two bays in one! Another golden bay, for the most romantic beach walk, is Plemont Bay, which is located on the northwest coast of Jersey. The bay is hidden away between large sea cliffs and is not easily accessible with a long stairway down the cliffside. During a low tide, you can visit the magical rock pools and caves.  

Lastly, the Corbière Lighthouse is a must-visit location. From here you can experience the most breathtaking views of the island. Closer to the lighthouse, you will find rock pools galore filled with the island’s unique sea life. While you are there you can also visit Corbière Phare Restaurant, where you and your partner can enjoy fresh fish, pasta and a selection of dishes made with local ingredients. Did we mention, the restaurant is right next to the sea? A wonderful restaurant for a romantic and unforgettable meal. Well, we don’t know about you, but we have already been searching for flights to Jersey.  

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Go back in time to the Jersey Museum and Gallery 

In Jersey, like most places in the UK, there is always the possibility the rainy weather can ruin your plans. So why not have a plan b to visit the Jersey Museum and Gallery? This unique museum presents history from 250,000 years ago when the first people arrived in Jersey and continues through the centuries to explore the factors that have shaped the island and its people. At one of the island’s most popular attractions, you will find out how Jersey stayed loyal to Great Britain, despite being closer to France, as well as finding out about the island’s Ice Age history and meeting Barbu, the resident Neanderthal. Additionally, you can learn about the Island's traditional farming industry and watch fascinating archive footage of the early years of tourism. On the top floor, you can visit the seasonal paid exhibitions and on the lower floor a cute little café.  

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We hope our tips convinced you to start the new year by planning a lovely romantic weekend getaway, or even a honeymoon in Jersey.  Grab a short flight or even a ferry and you’ll be in an Island paradise! Who knew the UK had so many hidden gems!

 

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Walking through, the centre of Madrid is like walking through architectural history. As a tourist in Madrid, you will come across gorgeous 18th-century palaces sitting alongside imposing 19th-century buildings, Art Deco skyscrapers, concrete Modernist blocks and 21st-century glass-and-steel interventions.  

However, in the last decades, Madrid has been investing heavily in contemporary architecture. Architects like César Pelli, Norman Foster, Richard Rogers, Rafael Moneo, Jacques Herzog and Pierre de Meuron have transformed the city, with their contemporary buildings.  In Madrid, visitors can find an amazing fusion of aesthetic and innovative architecture. 

Below is our guide to the MUST-SEE Contemporary Architecture in Madrid for any tourist.  

Torres Blancas 

 One of the finest examples of Brutalist Architecture is the Torres Blancas. A tall residential tower designed by the Modernist architect Francisco Javier Sáenz de Oiza. Built-in 1969, this cylindrical tower was one of the most complicated and innovative concrete structures of its time. It includes semi-circular balconies and a large circular roof, which houses a communal rooftop pool. The building was designed to resemble a tree and rises to a height of 80 metres, creating a cluster of circular shapes that are sure to grab your attention. Likewise, it is known as one of the best examples of organic architecture. For this reason, it was the winner of the first COAM prize, awarded by Madrid’s Colegio Oficial de Arquitectos, and also won the European Excellence Award.

Museo ABC 

In the heart of Madrid, this 1900 building, that used to be home to the Mahou brewery, is now home to a hip cultural space. The building was refurbished by Aranguren & Gallegos in 2011. The six-storey building features an exterior wall of asymmetric glass and steel tiles, which also cover the courtyard, where they serve as skylights to the underground exhibition space. Its interior is clean and minimalist. Museo ABC showcases illustrations, comics and cartoons encompassing more than 100 years of Spanish history from Spain’s oldest existing newspaper, ABC. The museum showcases nearly 200,000 works from all around the country. This museum is truly a great example of Madrid’s contemporary architecture.   

Santa Ana church 

Spain is a dominantly Catholic country, hence there are many churches in each region, especially in the capital, Madrid. One church that stands out the most for its contemporary architecture is the Santa Ana church. This modern church was designed by Miguel Fisac who was one of the boldest Spanish Modernist architects and experimented with concrete at Santa Ana, creating curved organic shapes and a cave-like feel.  The complex is made up of two independent buildings: the church, and the daily chapel. Moreover, the ribbed concrete roof mirrors, which allow the natural light to fall on the church’s altar and illuminate the space. It is one of the most modern churches we have ever come across as it is a very contemporary building.   

CaixaForum Madrid Museum 

CaixaForum Madrid is a museum and cultural center in Paseo del Prado 36, Madrid. It is sponsored by Caixa Bank. It was an old power station called Central Del Mediodía, from 1900 transformed into a beautiful museum. It was designed by the Swiss architects Herzog & de Meuron and built by Ferrovial between 2001 and 2007. The building is most known, for its avant-garde Vertical Garden outside the museum, which is made up of 15,000 plants and brings a sense of freshness and naturalism to the urban city. The interior of the building is very minimalist with wide white spaces and staircases. Hence, making it a beautiful location to enjoy contemporary architecture in Madrid. The CaixaForum Madrid Museum regularly hosts various exhibitions ranging from Greek mythology to music festivals.  

 Mirador Sanchinarro 

The Mirador Building is a postmodern architecture building that can be found in the Sanchinarro neighbourhood, in the north of the city of Madrid. Sanchinarro is a residential suburb on the northeast edge of Madrid. Surrounded by highways, with views towards the Guadarrama Mountains. Mirador is a collection of mini neighbourhoods stacked vertically, with a striking orange exterior.  Furthermore, it encompasses It includes 156 homes an outdoor space and community garden for the residents of the building and has breathtaking views of the city and the Guadarrama Mountains beyond   The building was developed by the Dutch architecture studio MVRDV in collaboration with the Madrid-based architect Blanca Lleó, and completed in 2005.  A truly amazing piece of modern architecture in Madrid.  

Conclusion  

Madrid is full of remarkable inspiring architectural sites, from Roman ruins to edgy modern designs. In the capital of Spain, there is a vast number of architectural styles that make up the city’s urban landscape, buildings and monuments from different eras that coexist in harmony.  

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Rome is one of the most photogenic cities in Europe.  Ancient landmarks, colourful neighbourhoods, elegant fountains, beautiful architectural buildings are just some of the best Rome Instagram spots to take the best shots. 

When you’re visiting the Eternal City to shoot, the last thing you want to do is miss out on one of these magical Instagrammable locations. That’s why our guide to the most Instagrammable places in Rome is here to inspire and help you map out your visit. 

 

The view from San Gianicolo Hill  

 

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Gianicolo Hill offers a breathtaking scenic view of Central Rome. It is located outside the ancient city and is very close to historic places like the Vatican. This is a perfect place for sight lovers as well as for history lovers. It is one of the highest hills in Rome and includes many famous historic centres such as the Dome of St. Peter’s Cathedral, Borghese Villa, and Galleria Borghese.  The hill is also known for its defence against French troops. Thus, every day at noon, a cannon goes off from here to proclaim the time of day. This has happened every single day for the past 165 years, only having been interrupted once! The hill lies just behind the characteristic Trastevere neighbourhood. Therefore, it is one of the most Instagrammable places in Rome. You can spend a lovely evening in this area, enjoying the sunset over St Peter’s Basilica, then heading down the hill to one of the many restaurants and bars to enjoy authentic Italian cuisine. Visit the San Gianicolo Hill to get that panoramic Instagram picture checked off your list.  

 

Palazzo della Civiltà Italiana 

 

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The most imposing and symbolic building in the developed and modernized district of Rome is without doubt the Palazzo Della Civilta Italiana, which is also known as the “Square Colosseum”. This building was commissioned by Benito Mussolini. Hence, the building remains a symbol of Italian Fascist architecture. In addition to this, Mussolini wanted this building to remind people of the ancient Colosseum and give them the impression that fascism would last forever. Furthermore, each side of the building consists of six rows of nine arches, rising to a height of 50m. Likewise, these numbers are a homage to the project’s fascist patron, with the six rows reflecting the six letters of Benito and the nine arches the nine letters of Mussolini. Most recently, the Fendi fashion house purchased and renovated the building where they established the global headquarters. Furthermore, occasional contemporary-art exhibitions are staged on the ground floor. A very elegant and high-fashion location to get the perfect Instagram picture to spice up your feed.  

Piramide di Caio Cestio (Pyramid of Cestius), Via Raffaele Persichetti 

 

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If someone told you that they had visited a pyramid while visiting Rome, would you have believed him? Now you have a chance to see it yourself. The Pyramid of Cestius is a monumental pyramid, built over 2,000 years ago by a Roman nobleman Gaius Cestius. It was made accessible to the public for the first time ever in 2015. Located on the outskirts of Rome, it is one of the best-preserved ancient buildings in the Italian capital. This pyramid is 37 metres tall and nearly 30 square metres large. Fun fact; the pyramid used to be covered in marble. Now, that is impressive! Thanks to the great state of preservation of the pyramid, visitors can even enter the burial chamber, which is concealed inside, still boasting beautiful ancient decor and frescos. WOW, your Instagram followers, with a picture of this hidden gem!  

Trastevere 

 

 

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Perhaps the most charming neighbourhood in all Rome is Trastevere. A  beautiful and vibrant area full of authentic Roman trattorias and cafes. From romantic winding alleyways and cobblestone streets to majestic churches and splendid piazzas, there's plenty to keep tourists busy. This atmospheric neighbourhood with the great nightlife is located on the west bank of the Tiber. One of the true beauties of Trastevere is Piazza Santa Maria in Trastevere, with the picture-perfect Basilica alongside the golden mosaics and external fountain. The Basilica is one of the oldest churches in Rome and was dedicated to the Virgin Mary. Trastevere is very quiet during the day, pleasantly removed from the crowds and hustle and bustle of the city, yet conveniently located within walking distance from the Historic Center, the Vatican City and Spanish Steps. Hence, it is one of the top things to do when in Rome. It is truly the ideal location for a lovely stroll to see the true colours of Bella Rome and the best photo to brighten up your Instagram feed. 

 

Quartiere Coppedè  

 

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Quartiere Coppedè is an unexpected and extraordinary area within the Trieste district in Rome, Italy. Its architecture incorporates a mix of Ancient Greek, Medieval, Mannerist, Roman Baroque, and Art Nouveau styles. For this reason, it is also known as Rome’s “Fairytale” district. The architect of this gorgeous district is the Florentine architect Gino Coppedè, who was working on the quarter from 1913 until he died in 1927. It is a unique location; you will probably not find it in tourist guides. No two buildings look the same. Likewise, all the buildings have beautiful murals painted onto the exterior. Additionally, the wonderful ‘frog fountain’ is a great location to take your memorable Instagram photo. Moreover, Coppedè’s fantasy style buildings have attracted several filmmakers over the years. This novel setting was seen on the big screen in movies such as The Perfume of the Lady in Black (1974), Inferno (1980) and  The Omen (1976). 

 

Conclusion:  

Rome is a beautiful timeless city and the most Instagrammable places are scattered all around it! Realistically, you’d need at least a few days if not longer to photograph all these locations. I’d recommend picking the ones that really stand out and then photographing others nearby so that you don’t miss your favourite shots. 

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When you think of ‘New York’ the first thing that comes to mind, is the Empire State Building, Times Square, Statue of Liberty, Broadway...the list goes on. However, not many people know about New York’s hidden gems, which are New York’s islands. The city of lights is known to have about 36 to 42 islands in total, around its region and most of them are easy to access via boat or even on foot by the city’s bridges. From gorgeous coastlines to mesmerising lakes and rivers, New York’s islands are something to see! We’ve rounded up the top New York islands you must visit on your next trip to the big apple.  

 

Roosevelt island 

Located on the East River, Roosevelt Island sits between Manhattan and Queens and is one of the nicest places in Manhattan to relax. It’s a manmade island full of cherry blossoms and green spaces. There’s also plenty of things to do, places to eat.  One of the primary attractions is the Blackwell Island Light, a charming lighthouse that provides visitors with the best view of the city. Other must-see buildings include Renwick Ruin and Strecker Lab (all part of the former smallpox hospital), the Octagon Tower (an abandoned asylum), and the Blackwell House, which used to belong to the owners of the island, built-in 1796, which makes it the sixth-oldest house in New York City. Towards the southern end of the island, visitors can find the picturesque Four Freedoms Park, where The Franklin D. Roosevelt statue is situated.  

The island can be accessed via the aerial tram that operates 250 feet above the city, look out for the cutting-edge Cornell Tech campus, a serene park, and gorgeous views of the Manhattan skyline. 

 

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Little Island 

Built-in 2021, Little Island is by far the newest and smallest island in NYC. This breathtaking man-made island can be found in Hudson River Park near 14th Street and offers spectacular views of Manhattan and New Jersey. The island creates an immersive space between nature and art and is perfect to visit all year round. Feast on delicious street food from the many food trucks and enjoy some performances and music festivals at the amphitheatre. The park is open to the public, but you’ll need to reserve a ticket if you’re planning to visit during the high season. The island is accessible via bike, car, and public transportation such as the subway and buses.  

 

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Goat island  

A visit to Niagara Falls isn't complete without a stop at Goat Island in Niagara Falls State Park. The island splits the Niagara River in two before it roars over the American Falls and the Horseshoe Falls (Canadian Niagara Falls). This Island gives you an interesting and unforgettable view of the famous falls. First things first: There are no goats on Goat Island, even though there used to be back in the 1770s. The island was turned into a national state back in 1885 and was claimed to be the nation's first state park. A fun attraction on the island is the Cave of the Winds, which takes visitors to the lower level of the Bridal Veil Falls, where the rushing water creates stormy conditions. Be prepared to get wet!  For food, you can have a sit-down lunch or dinner or a sunset cocktail at the Top of the Falls Restaurant. Its large windows overlook Terrapin Point and the Horseshoe Falls. Goat Island is a beautiful New York island with stunning and up-close views of the magnificent falls.  

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Heart Island 

In the town of Alexandria, you will find the beautiful Heart Island. No, the island is not heart-shaped, but it does have a sweet love story associated with the island's castle. Yep, you heard it right, there is a massive castle on this island that dates to 1900. The castle is named Boldt Castle, which was created for the millionaire George C. Boldt with the help of the architectural firm G.W. & W.D. Hewitt and hundreds of tradesmen. Moreover, the castle was a gift to Boldt’s wife, Louise who tragically died after 10 years of being married to him. In addition to this, Boldt Castle is a six-story castle, that includes 120 rooms, a powerhouse, tunnels connecting the rooms, Italian-style gardens, a children's playhouse, a drawbridge, and a dovecote. Heart Island is the place to visit historic and beautiful architecture and remarkable landscapes surrounding the castle. 

 

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Fire island  

A bit further from the city, Fire Island is the perfect location for a weekend gateway. You may have heard about Fire Island’s bustling party scene, however, the island has so much more to offer than just that. The island is on the southern shores of Long Island and is 30 miles long. It has beautiful sandy beaches for the most romantic beach walks in addition to jet-skiing and other water sports for the more adventurous. During your visit to the island, you can even enjoy some of New York’s wildlife, as friendly deers tend to greet visitors in the Sunken Forest, Davis Park, and Cherry Grove. In addition to this, birdwatching and camping options are available as well. Visitors can access Fire Island only by the Fire Ferries.  

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Conclusion  

So, there you go, the top 5 islands of New York City! Visiting these gorgeous hidden gems are great for beating the hectic life of the Big Apple as well as relaxing and enjoying the amazing views these islands have to offer.  

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The city of lights has inspired many directors to use its streets, buildings, and bridges as the backdrop for their movies. The city's beautifully preserved historic sites are perfect for all sorts of movies such as romantic, drama and action.  

Of course, the most popular attractions such as the Louvre and Eiffel Tower have been featured in hundreds of films, but we wanted to track down the lesser-known attractions that directors chose as their filming locations. 

Here is Urban Illustration’s top 5 must-visit movie locations of Paris. 

 

  1. CAFÉ DES DEUX MOULINS - AMÉLIE 

Why not drink a coffee at the famous café des Deux moulins, which was featured in the iconic movie The Fabulous Destiny of Amélie Poulain. In the film, the main character Amélie works at this cafe during the day.  It is located on the corner of a quaint Cobblestone Street in Montmartre. The café looks almost exactly as it did in the film and includes various photos of Amelie from the film shooting. Don’t forget to try their 'Crème Brûlée d'Amélie', a classic crème brûlée dish flavoured with vanilla beans, which featured in the film as Amélie's favourite treat.  

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  1. MUSÉE RODIN - MIDNIGHT IN PARIS

 

An amazing film directed by Woody Allen, and starring big names like Owen Wilson, Rachel McAdams and the then-First Lady of France Carla Bruni. One of the most iconic locations in the film is the Rodin Museum, which is nested in Paris’ Left Bank in the 7th arrondissement. It is a breathtaking area surrounded by lovely gardens. You can spot this location in the film, in the scene where the museum curator (Rachel McAdams) explains the story behind Rodin’s art to Gil (Owen Wilson) and Paul (Michael Sheen). The museum itself is a beautiful 18th-century mansion dedicated to the life and works of French sculptor Auguste Rodin. The works are housed in the beautiful that calls this piece of land home. An interesting fact about this location is that Napoleon's tomb can be found here!  

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  1. BIR-HAKEIM BRIDGE – INCEPTION 

 

Wouldn’t you want to take a walk knowing Leo DiCaprio has been in that exact spot? Well, now you can! Visit the famous Bir-Hakeim Bridge aka the ‘the bridge from Inception.’ The bridge is one of the first places where Ariadne discovers that she can manipulate a dream, which makes it a significant scene in the movie. You can find the bridge in the heart of Paris, quite close to the Eiffel Tower. It’s a graceful steel bridge, with a unique double-decker steel frame that makes it the perfect place for a photo. If you’re a Christopher Nolan fan, then make sure you add this location to your Paris list.  

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  1. LE CAVEAU DU HUCHETTE - LALA LAND 

 

Le Caveau du Huchette in the Latin Quarter is a jazz club featured in the musical romantic film La La Land. To be more specific, this location is visited by  Sebastian (Ryan Gosling) and Mia (Emma Stone) on a night out. The space is similar to an old-time cellar style jazz bar from the 20s. Interestingly enough, the bar was not well known before the film. It has since seen a rise in popularity as more and more people have recognised it from the motion picture. Le Caveau du Huchette will be a night out in Paris you’ll never forget. A great opportunity to explore the scenes from your favourite movie in real-time. 

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  1. LE NEMOURS – THE TOURIST 

 

Have breakfast at the very place Angelina Jolie ate hers in the opening scene of The Tourist. Just around the corner from Le Louvre where Elise (Angelina Jolie) burns a letter using the tealight keeping her pot of tea warm. Sit down at a table on their outdoor terrace and enjoy the atmosphere at this elegant Paris Cafe. The theatre Comédie Française, is right next door to the restaurant. In fact, it's not uncommon, in the evening, to see actors dine at the brasserie after their performances. A fun way to imagine yourself in Angelina’s shoes, fleeing from the enemy in the heart of Paris. However, be cautious that this area is very central and can get crowded.  

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Tips to have a more eco-friendly and sustainable trip in Amsterdam

Amsterdam is the ideal location for eco-conscious tourists.  Interestingly, in 2010 Amsterdam was nominated for the European Green Capital 2010 award. The city encompasses an eco-friendly attitude including tree-lined canals, famous parks and 400km of cycle lanes. All this makes it a great place for the eco-conscious to have a city break. We have put together some eco-tips and activities you can do that will make your stay as green as can be. 

 

Eco-transport  

So, when you first think of transportation in Amsterdam, the first thing that comes to mind is cycling! To be sure, it is one of the most bicycle-friendly cities in the world.  It’s the best eco-way to see the city just like one of the locals.  Furthermore, the city is equipped with well-designed cycle lanes and flat streets to guarantee a smooth and pleasant bike ride.  

It’s not only environmental-friendly but also the fastest way to get around in the city. You can explore the Dutch capital on a bike ride along the canals, with its museums, Dutch-style houses, and typical cafés. 

If you are not a confident bike rider, to handle Amsterdam’s crowded streets then worry no more! You can always take a bike guided tour to guide you through the crowds.  

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Alternative transportation  

 

Walking  

If biking is not your thing, then you can always explore the city on foot. Amsterdam is small enough for you to walk around and walking along the canals will allow you to discover lively neighbourhoods such as the Jordaan and picturesque path spots. In addition to this, there are free guided walks offered around the city.  

 

Boat it out  

Amsterdam, also known as the “Venice of the North,” can be explored via its canals. Visitors can either hire a pedal boat at Leidseplein quays and go at their own pace or take a tour on one of the electric boats which are powered by natural gas and other sustainable fuels.   

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Public Transportation  

The Dutch city has an amazing and well-organised public transportation network, which includes trams, metro, bus, ferries, and trains. Notably, most of these run-on green electricity and are convenient and easy to navigate. Tourists can buy 1-day to 7-day tickets or the iAMsterdam City Card which gives visitors unlimited rides. 

 

The Plastic Whale  

For an eco canal cruise choose the Plastic Whale. It’s a special boat that was created by a company that harvests plastic out of the canals with the help of passengers and uses this plastic to make more boats and office furniture.  

The Plastic Whale offers its guests a two-hour outing, seeing some of the most famous landmarks that are best viewed from the canals. During those two hours, guests are provided with snacks and drinks and are also invited to participate in collecting some of the waste that is littering the beautiful waterways. It is important to highlight that collecting plastic is not mandatory for any guest.  

The Plastic Whale also holds competitions between groups onboard awarding prizes for the team with the largest amount of plastic retrieved, as well as one for the most original object collected. A must for any eco-warriors out there. 

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Choose an Eco-Friendly Hotel  

In Amsterdam, most hotels are becoming more energy-efficient and implementing energy-saving measures. Additionally, more than 50 hotels are being rewarded a Green Key certificate, which indicates that their facilities are sustainable.  

One of the best eco-friendly hotels is The Conscious Hotel, which has three locations in the city and offers guests a 100% sustainable experience.  A modern hotel with furniture, which is made from recycled plastics.  They also serve a big, healthy and organic breakfast. Likewise, the hotel has solar panels on the roof and an eco-product shop. Plus, they offer in their rooms non-toxic shampoo which comes in large, refillable pump bottles. This hotel is a favourable choice for eco-conscious guests that want to keep their carbon footprint to a minimum whilst visiting the city.   

Other eco-friendly hotel options include; EcoMama Hotel and Zoku Amsterdam  

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Ecological shops and markets 

What better way to support local farmers other than purchasing organic fruit and vegetables to snack on during the trip. If this sounds like something you would be interested in doing then make sure you check out the Farmers Market (Boerenmarkt) at the Noordermarkt square.  

Another hotspot for eco-conscious tourists is the colourful flower market, which runs along the canals. Brighten up your day by having a pleasant walk and browsing the colourful world-famous dutch tulips, which is the national flower of Holland.   

If you are into thrift shopping, then the vintage markets and upcycling shops in the Pijp district are worth a visit. Another location to check out is the Haarlemmerdijk and the LENA fashion library, which allows you to borrow quality vintage and designer clothing.   

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Conclusion  

The Netherlands is the place to go for eco-friendly places and activities, and you’ll be spoilt for choice in Amsterdam! These tips are a snapshot of how to have an eco-conscious trip to the ‘Dam, once you’re there   

 

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Berlin is one of Europe’s most colourful, dynamic and surprising cities, packed with infinite potential, history and culture. Wondering about the top unusual things to do in Berlin? We suggest you avoid the typical sightseeing tours and try these five best cool and unusual things to do in Berlin, to experience the city to the fullest. Discover the most unusual places to visit in Berlin including Forbidden City, Grunewald and quirky museums. Plan the perfect Berlin itinerary that includes plenty of time to enjoy the most underrated spots in the city.

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1. Visit Quirky Museums

Berlin is greatly known for its amazing art and history museums. However, there are just as cool and unique museums that are much less known. For instance, the Ramones Museum; the first and only museum dedicated entirely to the American punk rock band. Moreover, the bassist, Dee Dee Ramone, grew up in Berlin and, if you listen closely, you’ll hear references to Berlin in several of their songs. Inside the museum, you’ll find around 1,000 examples of Ramones memorabilia. Additionally, concerts are occasionally held here, and C.J. Ramone even performed once. The museum also has a plant-based café with various delicious dishes named after Ramones’s songs.

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One of the quirkiest and most unusual museums in Berlin has to be the David Hasselhoff Museum. Yeap, you read that right! In 1989, when the Berlin Wall fell, David Hasselhoff’s “Looking for Freedom” topped the German charts. The museum is located in the Circus Hostel that has commemorated this shared history by opening the free David Hasselhoff Museum. The museum features Hoff memorabilia from throughout his career, including Knight Rider, Baywatch, his musical career, and the fall of the Berlin Wall. It only takes 5 minutes to see, and it’s open 24/7, so you can visit after a late night out.

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2. Swim at Badeschiff

Even though the city of Berlin is surrounded by the Spree river, you are prohibited from swimming in its waters as it is too polluted and the river is frequently used by ships. Luckily, there is still the chance to swim in the river without actually swimming in it! The Badeschiff (literally Bathing Ship), nestled near the eastern city centre, is a large swimming pool, which was built inside the hollowed hull of an anchored vessel. The pool was designed by Susanne Lorenz as part of a competition for city art projects and was inaugurated in May 2004. Since then, the Badeschiff has become a favourite among Berliners and tourists alike trying to escape the summer’s heat.

During the summer months, an open-air bar, restaurant sunbathing area, massages and sports classes are available at the pool’s location as well. During the winter, a cocoon-like temporary roof is established over the pool and the surrounding area, which holds two saunas and a lounge bar. A perfect location if you’ve run out of things to do in Berlin.

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3. Day Trip to the Forbidden City

Calling all history enthusiasts! Just on the outskirts of Berlin (one hour away from Berlin via public transportation), visitors will find the “Forbidden City” aka Wünsdorf.  It all started as a military area for the Prussian Army, then home to the Nazis’ command centre during World War II, and finally, the area became the headquarters for the Soviet forces in Eastern Germany until September 1994. It has been abandoned since then.  

Today, you can pay 15 Euros to visit the “Haus Der Offiziere” and see a Lenin statue, old Soviet maps, a theatre hall, and a swimming pool used by the 1936 German Olympic Team, the year Berlin played host to the Olympic Games. Be sure to wear sturdy walking shoes and use caution when walking around the site. This is an extremely unique side to Berlin that most travellers don’t get the chance to see first-hand.  

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4. A Walk to Teufelsberg

Another of the most unusual things to do in Berlin is found Teufelsberg (Devil’s Mountain) which was the construction site of a planned Nazi military and technology college. The occupying forces attempted to demolish the building but were unable to do so. Instead, they filled the building with war waste from Berlin and formed a man-made hill, which was covered, and trees planted around the site.

During the Cold war in 1961, the American and British military built a secret spy tower and listening station on the site. It was constructed under the disguise of a weather station. Once the Berlin Wall fell, the site was abandoned. Today it is privately owned, but you can visit this site and check out the grounds and tower. It features several floors of street art as you walk towards the spy tower. Likewise, the site has some amazing views of Berlin’s outskirts green lands. However, it’s not very accessible, it’s a 35-minute train ride and then a 30-minute walk through the woods to the site.

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5. Trabi Safari

Another unusual way to experience Berlin is by going on a Trabi safari. Produced by former East German auto maker VEB Sachsenring Automobilwerke Zwickau, the Trabant was the most common type of car in East Berlin during communist times. These vehicles were highly coveted with a waiting period of up to 15 years, and while they weren’t known for their reliability, there is a sense of nostalgia about them. Renting these unique cars only costs 30 euros. The excursions are typically safari-style where you have a lead guide and driver, and everyone follows behind in their Trabant. You get a quick driving lesson at the start of the tour as this is a rather unusual car.

Throughout the Trabi safari, you get to see some of Berlin’s top tourist attractions such as the Berlin Wall and Holocaust memorial. At the end of the excursion, you receive a Trabant driver’s license as a souvenir.

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These are a few of the more interesting, cool and unusual places in Berlin, Germany. Visiting will guarantee you the most authentic visit to Berlin and its surrounding areas.

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