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Lanzarote, Canary Islands – Spain

Sorry for being absent on my blog but I was living an unforgettable experience in Lanzarote, the northernmost island of the seven Canary Islands (El Hierro, Palma, La Gomera, Tenerife, Gran Canaria and Fuerteventura) and surely the most transformed by a series of eruptions whose traces are violently visible on the island’s surface.

Its incredible and unique geological and natural landscapes are a treasure to discover, together with its dramatic cliffs, wonderful beaches, caves and grottos and thousands fat plants that grow in the most unusual places, showing that life is stronger than the most disruptive event.

I advise you to rent a car/motorbike and drive on the island’s roads enjoying its landscape changing in a couple of miles and stopping wherever you feel like.

Apart from the main touristic centers (the capital Arrecife and the main touristic destination Puerto del Carmen) are the little towns and villages whose white, flat buildings with blue or green shutters create a nice and romantic contrast to the black/reddish shade of the volcanoes. In these little fishermen’s towns, one can eat delicious fresh fish in one of the tiny restaurants.

El Golfo and this incredible black beach with the Green Lake. 

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Los Hervideros

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The large sand beach of Puerto del Carmen

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The infernal beauty of the Timanfaya National Park

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The delicious little village of Haria

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The stunning view from the Mirador del Rio 

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The volcanic grottos – La Cueva de los Verdes

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Los Jameos del Agua – The white pool is by the most famous artist of the island, César Manrique. 

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White sand and perfect volcanic lagoons 

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The little village of Orzola, the northernmost village of the island, where one can eat delicious food and take a ferry to the near Isla la Graciosa 

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Monumento al Campesino by César Manrique

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The beautiful beach of Famara is a paradise for the surfers. 

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Giant cactus – Jardin de Cactus by César Manrique

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Fondacion César Manrique – Tahiche 

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Edinburgh, Scotland

A friend from Scotland is about to visit me in my hometown, so I thought that it could have been nice to take a virtual tour through this wonderful city and its landmarks! I’ve wonderful memories of this place, of its green meadows, its monuments, its peace, its large streets, the air that one breathes. Welcome to Scotland’s Capital, proud of its roots, of its history, of its own identity.

The flavor of Edinburgh’s city centre

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Palace of Holyroodhouse

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Scott Monument

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National Gallery of Scotland

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Royal Mile, Edinburgh’s most famous street

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Breathtaking view from Calton Hill 

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Princes Street gardens

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Edinburgh’s landmark. its castle. 

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National Museum of Scotland

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Yacht Real Britannia *a must see*

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Breathtaking view from Arthur’s Seat

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St. Giles Cathedral

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Incredible Airports

I was listening to a radio program today, and they were talking about airports, once the most common non-lieux according to the definition of the French sociologist Marc Augé.

Nowadays airports aren’t just a passage point, a passage place where long and boring stopover hours could be spent, they are changing their shape, design and functions, looking more like huge shopping malls and lounge bars, places where one could spend hours shopping, drinking, eating, chilling out, swim in a swimming pool (in Singapore this is possible), enjoying wonderful settings and creative ideas.

Far East’s airports seem to be the largest and more impressive in the world, but the Arabian Peninsula’s, like Doha’s and Dubai’s are taking up the gauntlet. Beside these giants, tiny and cute airports resist, like the ones in Thailandia or in the northern part of Scandinavia. Flavors are completely different, and deciding which one is the best is a matter of personal taste.

I will post pictures of the airports that have been voted as “The Best in the World” at the World Airport Awards, but if you would like to comment, to present your city’s airport and post a picture, I would be absolutely happy!

 

Singapore Changi Airport

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Incheon International Airport, South Corea

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Munich Airport

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Hong Kong International Airport

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Hongkong Airport Terminal

 

Amsterdam Schiphol 

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Tokyo Haneda International Airport

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Beijing Capital Airport

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Zurich Airport

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Vancouver International Airport

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London Heathrow 

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