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Playa Del Carmen And Its Main Attractions

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Playa del Carmen is featured worldwide as one of the most interesting tourist destinations of Mexico. It is located in the heart of the Riviera Maya. this place is visited every year by countless travelers from various regions of the world, who choose this site because of their special features, including highlights, of course, the beaches with white sand, crystal clear waters and pleasant weather accompanying this area at any time of year. Besides its natural attractions and the wide range of outdoor activities you can do in this location, modern hotel infrastructure in the region are also presented as another reason why it is so traditional a place to vacation. In this way you will have the opportunity to book and enjoy the best service, comfort and attention to a more convenient price. Besides family hotels resorts, hostels and many other alternatives. Travelers who have been lucky enough to visit Playa del Carmen know that the reasons for choosing it as the next holiday destination are endless: to begin to clarify that it has some of the most beautiful natural scenery and romantic in all of Mexico, making it the ideal choice to share with your partner, but also offers a variety of activities, excursions and tours perfect for family or friends. With its wonderful climate, with an average temperature of 25U 35U C and maximum in summer, Playa del Carmen is emerging as the ideal alternative for those who love the outdoors and for those tourists who want to get away from the city and enter contact with nature, leaving behind the worries, stress and pressures of daily routine.

To achieve the latter goal this destination offers a wide range of spas and restorts which will be attended by professionals who will provide the best services and treatments for your relaxation and wellness. The growth that has made Playa del Carmen since the late 60s in tourism is now easily discernible today is a cosmopolitan port where its inhabitants are divided between those from the region and a large portion of immigrants from different countries around the globe. This feature can be seen through the many local artists, among whom are musicians, actors, dancers and artists of renown. Playa del Carmen is more than a beach destination: Fifth Avenue is the meeting point for mentioning this multiculturalism. Here you will find many craft shops and stalls selling upscale clothing. You will also have the opportunity to sample the best dishes, national and international restaurants offering different this important avenue. I recommend taking time to visit Playacar, just 20 minutes away, where you’ll find a stunning residential complex with restaurants, first class hotels, a sprawling golf course and an exotic bird.

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September 29th, 2010 at 3:00 pm

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Martial Arts

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Bruce Lee was born in the year of Dragon, the Chinese Hospital of San Francisco, on November 27, 1940. His father, Li Hoi Chuen was representing a work of China Cantonese Opera in the Americas from there that Bruce was born in San Francisco. Grace Li, Bruce’s mother, put his boy named Li Jun Fan, which means Protector of San Francisco, but during the first months he was called the Little Phoenix, which in Chinese is a female name, intended to confuse this evil spirits who steal from the boys after dark. Dr. Glover was who gave him his American name, Bruce Lee, he did not know of its existence until thirteen years later entered the English school of Hong Kong.

In 1946, when Bruce had only six years was hired to work on a film. It would be his first film as six months old and had participated in Tears of San Francisco (San Tears Francisco) which is not a trace. Bruce was introduced into the Hong Kong film industry thanks to family friends. After the small little test was accepted. The film is titled Birth of Mankind (The Birth of Mankind) It was a melodramatic film that was in vogue then in Hong Kong. Bruce then rolled thirteen other films of the same court. They all figured his stage name Li Shiu Loong, which means Little Dragon. During his childhood, adolescence or rather Bruce was a gang member, was engaged in fighting with other gangs, carrying guns, chains, but one day he asked what would happen if he had the support of the band and got into a fight Andara, then decided to learn Kung Fu.

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September 29th, 2010 at 1:20 am

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Museum Of Funeral Coaches

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This museum shows us the habits and customs that the people engaged in the funeral ceremonies during the last third of the nineteenth century and the first half of the twentieth. I wanted to move to Barcelona and make a report of what was hidden there. Ask to speak to, Josep Diaz, and became passionate about my friendly guide and protector history of this unusual museum. Certainly there are other museums of its kind in the United States, Vienna, France and Italy, however the Barcelona is the most complete, original and which has more material. All the objects presented here are authentic, including the original cobblestone streets of Barcelona and the two gas lanterns (although today look with electric light) According tells me Josep Torras Christopher, manager of Funeral Services of Barcelona, made a effort to ensure that these floats are not destroyed, to condition and preserve the beauty with which they look now. We also found other objects such as belts and harnesses that served as an ornament for draft horses. The tour starts with the coaches “white” reserved to transport the deceased children and maidens. This is when Josep emphasis on showing the two types of shields that have all the floats. On one side is the “House of Charity” entity in charge of transferring the less fortunate and secondly, the shield of “la Diputacion de Barcelona” for floats larger and tended to be contracted by the bourgeoisie In the central part of the museum stands imposing the “Great Dumond” of French eighteenth century.

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September 21st, 2010 at 6:01 pm

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The City Museum

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Tradition and history combine in the city of Trinidad, in Sancti Spiritus province, located on the southern coast of central Cuba, 370 kilometers from Havana. It was the third town founded on the island by Spanish settlers in the sixteenth century, in honor of the Holy Trinity. At the same rich sugar planters settled, coffee and livestock in the area, who built mansions and palaces of great beauty. This fascinating destination in turn considered National Monument, is one of the most attractive for those who prefer a holiday in Cuba. The city awakens a renewed interest in visitors, with its cobblestone streets hark back to times of yore, to their churches, mills and mansions-turned-museums.

Detained in the past, Trinidad has one of the most complete colonial architectural and stored in the Americas, an authentic invitation to photograph. Thanks to the rich urban complex of plazas, squares and beautiful buildings dating from the Spanish colonial period, Trinidad has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site, along the nearby Mill Valley. Visitors can appreciate the architecture of the buildings of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries as the Brunet Palace and the Cantero Palace, which were built in the era of prosperity of the city, from the sugar trade. It is observed mainly the combination of neoclassical and baroque styles in architecture of the Trinity, witness to a history of opulence. The city of Trinidad is a major tourist attraction on the island. The major sites are located in the historic center, where they are popular visits to the Plaza Mayor, surrounded by the most remarkable houses of the city: the home of Councilman Ortiz, today Benito Ortiz Art Gallery, home of Padron ( Guamuhaya Archaeology Museum), the Palace of Count Brunet (Romantic Museum), and the house of Iznaga Sanchez (Trinity Architecture Museum).

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September 21st, 2010 at 7:40 am

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Museums And Their Secrets

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Mankind has lived a long and difficult process of historical evolution, accompanied by a myriad of elements that have made life easier on those long moments of history. they are useful tools, such as machines, devices and many others, elements of the environment as animals or vegetation and works of art that have allowed the development of expressive and new trends and visions of aspects of human life such as social, political and cultural rights is both the value that they have had these various aids or elements that have accompanied the man, that they have created special areas where you can see such objects has situations that will evoke the past and these spaces are the museums, where you can find great and vast libraries where the content will depend on the vision museums, are natural museums, history, ethnographic and art. In today’s world museums are of great importance since they can be found in large and important elements that have been instrumental in the development of man, not only belong to the past history can also find new elements in the lives of people, so the knowledge that can provide good museums, places such institutions as one of the most important cultural development encunado humanity. Speaking of museums was being referred to an institution that is usually public in nature, but there are also private, must take into account that in any case must be a nonprofit institution, as its vision must be designed to serve the society and allow its development. The museums among its many activities, they acquire different kinds elements, which are preserved in museums for study or exposed, with the idea of providing easy access to these items by individuals, either with the idea of providing knowledge , to permit education or simply for those art lovers who wish to enjoy the aesthetic value of the works are found in museums. Among several major museums in the world can find: The Louvre Museum: This spectacular museum is in Paris, France and is considered one of the most important museums of the world, where his vast collection is the result of the efforts of both the royalty, the royal collections and men illustration. A very important value that is added to the Louvre museum in the world of museums, is that this was going to collections of public character, leaving the private collections, allowing access to society. New York’s Guggenheim Museum: This museum is part of the museums belonging to the Guggenheim Foundation, which has distributed several museums in the world, but he who is in New York is perhaps the most important of all. The vision is to have this museum of modern art space.

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September 20th, 2010 at 3:00 am

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Christmas Time For Family

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Christmas, a time of love and peace in the world, thousands of carols speak of this, but how different is when a home no financial means to make this event something special. yes perhaps need the money? … and No is true that the most important thing is to be with our loved ones and share with your family? … And why it has become so important money this holiday season? … sometimes the lack of money leads discussions that alter the whole family, making the celebration a funeral ?…. It is true that everything costs money and often it is not. And it is also true that the phrase The important thing is to be filled never fully meet our expectations and fewer still have children in this regard. Unfortunately we are bombarded daily with a horrible and almost consumerism we are forced to act as we say, buying many things, borrowing to meet the business needs and acquiring objects of great economic value with the intention of feeling, for some moment, happy.

Happiness little hard, as soon as we begin to pay for it and disappears instantly, leaving us to change a tremendous guilt. My invitation is, quite simply, to find the magic of the holidays without incurring the cost that we can not assume. Let us fill our home details and traditions that are filling our souls of true happiness, do not allow us consumerism snatch the magic that lives within us. Many must think that it is impossible or Utopian, but I’m going to give them a couple of ideas that can make this event something special: Made with Christmas ornaments kids, using elements we have at home or we can get low-cost we decorate our home with the family, let us permission to do crazy things and take every idea seriously suggesting children. Let’s see how we in the cupboard and think of different menus for Christmas Eve, however simple it may be, invent the way it is different, it can be a plate of rice with fried eggs, but rice can serve as Christmas tree and decorate it with some vegetables simulating a real, for example, that children choose and participate in the food preparation and decoration of the table. Make up a family tradition, something that is a kind of secret between you each year. As for gifts, can be made between you too, or achieved at low cost, they are beautiful packaging, with some meaning for everyone, children to try to have some surprises, be creative, resourceful, for even the most humble gift may be the best in the world, especially if children are concerned, for example, a personal experience, the first Christmas my daughter brought him many gifts, including a giant teddy bear, a tricycle, colorful, various toys and clothing, within these, a bathing suit, which came in the hook, well, my daughter played all week long, happy, regardless of anything else, with the coat hanger. In short, do not worry if there is no economic means to do whatever they wanted for the holidays, children will enjoy more if they seem happy and share in the celebration and its preparation, avoid arguments and make the magic flow from interiors and flood your home with her. I wish you a wonderful Christmas and a very prosperous new year. Gabriela Your Guide for Parents.

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September 18th, 2010 at 9:43 pm

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Christmas Tree Fun

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This Christmas, “you dare to ask? The shopping center Barcelona invites you to enjoy a special Christmas magic hand of the artist collective and Els Altres Narac. Come to the port of Barcelona to experience with Aurora, a Christmas tree and atypical musical. Maremagnum shopping center opens its doors to all those who still believe in wishes. Within the grounds of the center is Aurora, a Christmas tree. Aurora is an amazing musical instrument in the guise of an unusual Christmas tree. In it, visitors can print their desires under a visual and musical universe.

His appearance in any material seduces. Within its structure lies a universe of lights, color and sound in which all are invited to interact freely laser printing to its most cherished desires. Every word, sentence and / or drawing with its own light shine. Come to the port of Barcelona and enjoy a special Christmas. Maremagnum Barcelona For the past two seasons has Maremagnum proposed to present Christmas in a more innovative. After the concept of recycling last year, this new campaign has shifted to a more artistic field, more sensitive, more dream … What we would ask for christmas? Maremagnum wants to become a new district of Barcelona, with culture to awaken curiosity and stimulate the senses.

A place where actions and events held for the public. Collective Narac and Els Altres conjunction with Lemon Drops and ELS NARAC altres is a collective born in Barcelona in 2006. He works mainly in the audiovisual, staging and design (Roger Vicente Salazar, Marcos Alonso Ruiz, Joan Achon Cancer; Carles Munne Blanco, Gonzalo David Sauzea Ruscalleda). They are interested in and enjoy a special way with all projects that carry a load and a risky creative staging attractive. Other work included the exposure Drap Art exhibition at the CCCB and Reactable: Musical Instrument interface tangible (currently on display at the following museums: CosmoCaixa LABoral Madrid, Gijon. Shortly we will be at the Science Museum in Montreal, CosmoCaixa Barcelona (forthcoming) and the Science Museum in Athens for its part, is a Lemon Drops independent creative producer of shows and events like the Fantasy Show and the Changing Room, as well as support for contemporary young artists in different art shows.

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September 18th, 2010 at 12:01 am

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Christmas Celebrating Life

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Christmas is a celebration of life, the life of our planet: One of the most beautiful Christian traditions is the making of the manger scene (…) The population growth, environmental requirements and increasing the number of stalls that are made endanger the natural balance of the soil, as these musguitos play an irreplaceable role in ecosystems: they protect bare soil, cover the rocks, provide optimal conditions of moisture and nutrients to germinate and grow other seeds, prevent erosion and hold moisture. In the past, the use of moss in births could be insignificant and greater environmental impact. Today there are other connotations. Imagination and creativity are a constant challenge to find alternative elements in the development of our beautiful cribs. – Published on the website of the Archdiocese of Merida on Saturday September 17, 2005.

This site uses only fragments; emphasis added. Alternatives to make a manger scene may be used other materials such as sand, pebbles, sawdust, sawdust, paint, paper, cardboard, cloth, jute and all materials that indicate your imagination. You can take the opportunity to live with your children, making a manger scene with recycled material. Remember, all plants, from the smallest to the largest are important for the balance of life of our forests and cloud moors. When we destroy the moss not only destroy them but we’re destroying an ecosystem. Protects the moss, hay (wooden beard) and tree ferns (fern trunks). Do not remove them. Do not sell. Do not buy. Notes: (1) newspaper El Tiempo, Colombia (2) Protecting musguito Project, Venezuela: (3) News The Front, Colombia (4) Mosses of Chile: Image: Sandro Bellosta Architect – Graphic Design: Francis Lau – Barquisimeto 2008 (with slight modifications Vinculando.org) For more information see Linking originally,.

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September 14th, 2010 at 6:40 pm

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Enjoying The Christmas Spirit Of Barcelona

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Santa Llucia Fair will be held between November 28 and December 23 only a few steps from the cathedral of Barcelona. This popular Catalan festivities organized by the Barcelona City Council takes place every year since 1786. Over 200 years of tradition in which Christmas is celebrated, promoting and selling all kinds of utensils and dishes typical of the holidays. The market has over 300 stalls which are divided into different zones according to the traditional products offered. Interested parties who roam the greening a may acquire the characteristic Christmas tree and ornaments, nativity scenes for the moss, cork, branches of mistletoe and the mythological figure a Catalonia, very popular among the younger members of the home. The ECAG Tioa is a tree with eyes and nose and smoking pipe. The children are given food and covered with a blanket to keep you cool, and Christmas Eve is beaten with a stick to the rhythm of a popular song to a gifts and candy for everyone. Other market areas Llucia Sata Fair dedicated to the figures needed to organize the Bethlehem, like the Magi, the Virgin Mary and Joseph, the baby Jesus, the angel, the shepherds and animals.

The Catalan peasant clothing, with belt and beret, is another figure which is always fun in Catalan nativity scenes. You can also find handicrafts such as candles and local delicacies as nougat and marzipan, as expected by the Spanish throughout the year. The present of all ages will also have the opportunity to visit the impressive cathedral of gothic architecture and enjoy musical performances and exhibition of nativity scenes. La Feria de santa Llucia is inescapable for those visiting Barcelona on such intimate dates. Experience the holiday spirit and booking the best deals. In know of hotels. We have fantastic deals and Late availability for over 23,000 hotels, cottages and apartments all over Europe.

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September 7th, 2010 at 2:22 am

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Christmas Carolling

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Ebenezer treated their employees horribly. Constantly harassed, they fought and yelled and gave them free only reluctantly Christmas. It took three visits from the ghosts to Ebenezer finally realized that there was more to life than making money. Undoubtedly Ebenezer company provided a good service. His ethics, however, was somewhat doubtful. The way he treated his customers and employees and the community showed that he alone was the one who benefited. The only way you learned was by a "great shock". The story presented in A Christmas Carol has its uses in ethical terms.

You can have it all, money, a big house, suddenly a boat, but if you do not have the basic values held about good ethical practices, you will end in one way or another as Ebenezer. You may not be visited by ghosts, but his conscience will suffer and their ability to achieve peace of mind. One should maintain good practice ethical because they get something in return. You should do it because that is what should be done. You do it because they realize more fun than a business it really is just a small part of our lives.

In 500 years nobody will remember the work we did, and if they do not see it even remotely similar to what they are doing. We maintain good ethical practices because it is our duty. We must comply with good practices and principles not by what we receive in return, although confidence is a great benefit, but because it is important for our peace of mind.

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September 5th, 2010 at 11:40 pm

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