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Berlin – Hauptbahnhof

The biggest train station in Europe, projected by Meinhard von Gerkan and opened in 2006 with a big ceremony.

It’s an architectural masterpiece and has presented many difficult tasks for engineers and architects, like the curved tracks or the glass roof.

Not to miss during a visit!

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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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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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Berliner Mauer – Berlin Wall

Today, 09th November 2014, is the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall.

Germany’s Capital has rememberer the date that changed its shape (and Germany and Europe’s future as well) lighting up hundreds and hundreds of white balloons, set where once the wall was. So a visitor can actually see a stream of light cutting Berlin in two. A mesmerizing and quite scenographic effect.

But the meaning behind this nowadays symbols is enormous: after the fall of the wall the city of Berlin has always tried to make “transparency” and “light” as its own symbols (the Kuppel of the Parliament is the supreme example of this), becoming one of the most important cultural capitals in the world.

After twenty years, the differences between the Western and the Eastern part can still be seen… Berlin is a wounded city, History has been mean to it… but as a phoenix, it has risen up once again.

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Louis Vuitton Art Centre, Paris

The brand new Louis Vuitton Art Centre ($ 130.000.000), by the superstar architect Frank Gehry, is an incredible, stunning building, whose lines seem to challenge the rules of physics.

Wood, glass and steel are melted together to create a space where (as usually in Gehry’s works) there are no sharp edges, but everything flows in curves, like a cloud.

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