8/09/2017

ZURICH #2


As soon as you arrive in Zurich, you find one of it's finest buildings: Zurich Hauptbahnhof. Zurich main railway station is not just a place to pass by when you are about to catch a train. Indeed, the station itself is a rare piece of art, and the perfect welcome gift once you get off the train.






After walking down the Bahnhofstrasse -which links the main station and downtown Zurich-, a beautiful square captured my attention. It's Paradelplatz, the home of CreditSuisse and UBS banking corporations, two of Switzerland's most renowned and largest banking companies. I was really fascinated about the beauty of the CreditSuisse building, the headquarters of the Swiss company. Such a great place to get to know Zurich.





Later, I headed to Zurich University -literally Zurich Federal Institute of Technology, or ETH Zurich in German-, which is located on a hill. From there, the views of Zurich are just amazing, without forgetting about the magnificence of ETH Zurich building, another jewel to include in my personal list of Zurich gems.
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8/08/2017

GENT #1













Gante, la ciudad que vio nacer al emperador Carlos V, es además una de las más bellas ciudades de Flandes, y por ende, de Bélgica. Surcada por suntuosos canales, la capital de la provincia de Flandes Oriental es toda una joya que no puedes dejar de visitar si te decides por Bélgica para alguna escapada.
Uno de los puntos claves es sin lugar a dudas la plaza de San Bavón -Sint-Baafsplein-, donde se encuentran la catedral de San Bavón, el teatro de la ciudad, y el campanario de Gante -o Belfort-, a cuyo pie se encuentra el famoso conjunto escultórico Mammenlokker, uno de los emblemas más representativos de la ciudad.
A tan sólo unos pocos pasos se encuentran la plaza del Korenmarkt -o mercado del maíz-, y el canal del río Lys, en cuyos márgenes se sitúan Graslei y Korenlei, las dos calles más importantes y hermosas de la ciudad, un lugar apacible que desde luego invita a sentarse en una de sus numerosas terrazas y disfrutar de la magia de Gante, aunque sólo sea por un instante. Y aunque sólo estuve un día allí -el viaje en tren desde Bruselas no alcanza siquiera la hora- me encantaría volver y reeditar todas aquellas brillantes experiencias.
¿Y tú? ¿Qué opinas sobre Gante? No olvides dejar tu comentario. 
¡Saludos a todos!

7/31/2017

BORDEAUX #1






En contra de la creencia de que no hay más Francia más allá del horizonte parisino, os propongo un buen ejemplo que refuta con toda seguridad la anterior máxima: la bella Burdeos. Emplazada a orillas del río Garona, esta bella urbe francesa destaca tanto por la majestuosidad y refinada elegancia de sus edificios neoclásicos, como por la fantástica conservación de su casco histórico.
Dos puntos merecen atención: en primer lugar, la Place de la Comédie, donde se ubica la imponente Ópera Nacional de Burdeos, rodeada de hermosas galerías porticadas, con grandes columnas rematadas por capiteles corintios, y sin dejar atrás la belleza que supone el conjunto arquitectónico de la plaza en sí. Un lugar verdaderamente inspirador.
El segundo lugar no es otro que la Place des Quinconces; también accesible mediante tranvía -al igual que lo es la Ópera-, esta plaza tiene el honor de ser la plaza más grande del continente europeo, engalanada en su centro con el Monument aux Girondins, una enorme columna que se alza sobre el cielo de Burdeos, con un precioso conjunto escultórico en su base, erigida para rendir homenaje a los Girondinos caídos durante el reinado de La Terreur, poco después de la Revolución Francesa. Verdaderamente merece la pena pasear por este atractivo lugar.
Espero que hayáis tenido un buen día, y que hayáis disfrutado con esta entrada. No dudéis en dejar tantos comentarios como queráis y compartir vuestras experiencias en Burdeos, un saludo a todos.

7/30/2017

BASEL #2




Basel's old town -Altstadt- is, in my most humble opinion, one of the best well preserved city centres in the whole world. Cobblestoned streets, fancy wooden windows, colourful fountains, and fine façades. Once you enter the old town, it really feels like living in the past. And the best part of it is that you will find few people on your way through the quiet, narrow streets of the old town -just some riverains coming out their houses and a couple visitors, but nothing else. So if you ever decide to visit Basel, just try to get lost through the streets of its old town and chill!

To begin your visit, you may take the tram and hop off at the stop 'Kunstmuseum'. There, you can take Rittergasse, which leads you straight away to the Basler Münster, which we visited in the last post about Basel. Rittergasse is a really picturesque street offering two really different points of view; on the one hand, if you walk towards the northwest, you will find the Münster towers standing at the end of the street. On the other hand, if you walk the other way, you will find the new building for the Kunstmuseum Basel, creating an exciting contrast between vernacular and modern architecture.










Once in the Münsterplatz, I recommend you to take Augustinergasse, and let yourself again invade by Basel picturesque atmosphere. This quite street, home of the Basler Natural History Museum, is the coolest way to get to the Mittlere Brücke, and even offers an exciting view of it from the heights. Of course, do not hesitate to take other streets connected to Augustinergasse, you will find a lot of pleasant surprises waiting for you.
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ZÜRICH #1





On the afternoon of my second day in Switzerland, I decided to do something different: escaping from travel plans. And yes, it was really worth it.
After having lunch, I headed to Basel SBB station, and once there I went straight away to the SBB ticket office. I know Switzerland is a country full of colourful, vibrant towns, and its nature and landscapes are just astonishing, but to be honest I had only planned to visit Basel, and had no idea about which destination would be better for a short visit (I had just a few hours until sunset). So after talking for a little while with a kind ticket officer -which explained me in full detail which place fitted best my needs-,  I decided to get a round trip to Switzerland biggest town, Zürich!
Though Zürich is mostly known all around the world because of its role as a global financial center -most important Swiss banking and insurance corporations are headquartered here, making it Switzerland's economic capital-, Zürich's beauty should be enough for making it a city worth visiting. So after arriving at Zürich Hauptbahnhof -which, to me, is one of the most beautiful train stations I have ever seen, and I have seen quite a lot- I started my visit, which despite being short, ended being full of magic moments.
The first stop was the Lindenhof, which can be reached easily by walking from the station, just taking the Bahnhofstrasse. The Lindenhof is a beautiful tiny park located on a hill, a fact that makes it possible to have a nice view of the city -mostly the other bank of the river Limmat, but also the bank you're in-. Furthermore, the Lindenhof is also a meeting point for Zürchers, a lively and quiet place to taste a bit of the city.








After leaving the Lindenhof, I decided to get inside the old town of the city -altstadt- and let myself get lost in those narrow streets which make you feel like a true Swiss. Walking through the streets I finally arrived to St Peterskirche, whose golden clock belfry can be seen easily in the old town, and once there I spotted a man dressed like in the Middle Ages, just surprising.






Following my particular parcours, I ended up in a very nice street called Schipfe, full of people walking down and sitting by the tables while enjoying a tasty dinner. A great place to feel like a Swiss, no doubt!
Did you like this part of Zürich? What else would you recommend? Do not hesitate to leave any comment, and have a nice day my dear!