Notting Hill Carnival – London #spanish

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Cada año, el último fin de semana de Agosto, se celebra en el popular barrio londinense de Notting Hill uno de los festivales urbanos más multitudinarios del mundo, Notting Hill Carnival. Este colorido (y gratuito) festival atrae a más de un millón de personas todos los años, dónde la diversidad y la música son el principal atrayente y la diversión y el “buen rollo” están asegurado. El festival está organizado por la comunidad Afro-caribeña de Reino Unido y se lleva celebrando cada año desde 1996.

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Desde las 11 de la mañana hasta bien entrada la noche el desfile recorre las principales avenidas de Notting Hill. Miles y miles de personas, mayormente de procedencia afro-caribeña, muestran orgullosos su riqueza cultural a través de sus coloridas vestimentas, su animada música y sobre todo a través de su carisma y simpatía (o como lo conocemos aquí en Inglaterra, con su particular “flow”). No resulta muy difícil dejarse llevar y en cuánto menos te lo esperas, ahí estás moviendo tus caderas al son de los tambores, siendo uno más en el desfile. Cabe destacar la simpatía de los miles de participantes, siempre dispuestos a dejarse fotografiar o a mostrarte sus exuberantes y seductores bailes.

Si te gustan los festivales, o vives por tierras británicas, no dudes en añadir Notting Hill Carnival a la lista.

 

Bath Christmas Market

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Bath Abbey – Picture Pack Your Bag

We all know that Christmas Markets are getting more popular for the past years around Europe. Visitors has increased and more cities and towns throughout Europe join now this “Christmassy revolution”. Thanks to these markets, number of tourists during the month of November and beginning of December has grown considerably thus creating a new trend in our way of travelling and in the same time helping local economy in critical months for travel industry.

Pack Your Bah has visited Bath, one of the most beautiful cities in UK, popular for its Romans baths and hot springs. The city of Bath rewarded as a World Heritage Site by Unesco is the home of the biggest Christmas market in the Southwest of England. Thousands of tourists come every year to visit the Bath Christmas Market as it’s considered one of the most beautiful in Europe. *keep reading after the picture

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The organised rows of wooden chalets, decorated with twinkling fairy lights and set against the illuminated backdrop of Bath Abbey line the streets of Bath city centre.  From local artwork, handmade Christmas decorations, toys, clothes…you will be sure to find the perfect present.  If you’re a homemade food lover, let yourself be tempted by the stallholders with a whole host of delicacies,including premium quality cheese, dried herbs and spices, chutneys and preserves, pastries and cakes, luxurious chocolate, infused liqueurs and award-winning ales.

As you can see, each year the centre of Bath is transformed into a magical Christmas shoppers paradise that you should visit st least…once in life 🙂

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Scottish Highlands – Land for walkers

Sunset in the Highlands - Photo taken by Pack Your Bag

Sunset in the Highlands – Photo taken by Pack Your Bag

The Highlands really is the Scotland of your imagination. It’s a beautiful and inspiring land with a rich and dramatic history. Whatever time of year, the Scottish Highlands are well worth a visit. Discover in this article magnificent lochs, the UK’s highest mountain as well as one of the largest national pathways.

My experience across the Highlands was definitely one of the best of my life so far; the fact of walking 11 days along the Loch Ness, also climbing the Ben Nevis (UK’s highest mountain) and walking again across the West Highland Way made me discover deeply the highlander culture as well as the beauty of this land. If you are an enthusiastic walker, the Scottish Highlands are definitely a place to go, at least once in your life.

1.- The Great Glen Way

It stretches for 117 km from East Coast to West Coast, linking the main regional towns, Inverness and Fort William. Most of the route keeps to lower levels and offers a good introduction to the Highlands running along the shores of the Loch Ness, the Caledonian Canal and the Loch Lochy. You can complete the Great Glen Way wether in 5 or 6 days, depending your strength and the time you have to, with an average mileage of 13 miles per day. What the Great Glen Way offers to you? History, nature, waterfalls, lakes, castles, forests and a huge range of wildlife.

  • Inverness, the capital of the Scottish Highlands.
  • Loch Ness, the most popular lake in the world.
  • Unquart Castle, in the northern shore of the Loch Ness
  • Fort Augustus, the beginning of the Caledonian Canal
  • Loch Lochy, high mountains and magnificent waterfalls.
  • Fort William, the UK’s outdoor capital and base camp to climb the Ben Nevis.

Further info about the Great Glen Way in the following link Great Glen Way

Great Glen Way Map - Provided by Contours.co.uk

Great Glen Way Map – Provided by Contours.co.uk

Loch Ness

Loch Ness – Photo taken by Pack Your Bag

2.- Ben Nevis, the UK’s highest mountain

Fort William, the UK’s outodoor capital, is also the “base camp” to climb the Ben Nevis. A tourist route, also known as the Donkey Path, heads up from beautiful Glen Nevis to reach the top of Ben Nevis, Britain’s highest mountain. The route, although easily seen, is challenging due to its length and height (1344m). Ascend in a South East direction to join the path from the Youth Hostel. Continue the path to a junction above Loch Meall, then continue South to start the zig-zagging section. Eventually you will reach the boulder slopes that head to the summit. Beware the cliffs of the paths. On a cloudy-free day the views from the top are astounding. Then to return walk back the way you came.

Ben Nevis Map- provided by canvis.com

Ben Nevis Map- provided by canvis.com

Ben Nevis zig-zag path

Ben Nevis zig-zag path – Photo taken by Pack Your Bag

3.- The West Highland Way

This was Scotland’s first long distance route, stretching for 154 km from Glasgow to Fort William. Well-waymarked throughout, the route is within the capabilities of most walkers. It offers tremendous variety such a pastoral landscapes, the beautiful Loch Lomond and on into increasingly rugged Highlans. You can also enjoy a glimpse of Glen Coe, probably the most popular Scottish’s landscape. It still has enough challenge to inspire the imagination of the walkers; one of the hardest and most challenging parts is unexpectedly the journey along the Loch Lomond although the fact of walking the major part next to lake makes the day absolutely unforgettable.  You can complete the West Highlands Way in a minimum of 8 days with a daily average walking distance of 20 km. Lots of lodges and B&Bs are found along the way, but if you are brave enough you could sleep in tent anywhere you desire as it is permitted in Scotland.

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West Highland´s Way Map – Provided by Contours.co.uk

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Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park – West Highlands Way

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2 days in Northern Ireland

dsc_0259If there is a country which really impressed me and also took my expectations higher than I thought that is Northern Ireland. Although we only could spend two days I was very impressed of its beauty. Also the good weather that we had really helped to enjoy even more this small but lovely country.  Is it two days enough to visit the country? The answer is “NO”, but you can get a brief idea of the beauty of this country with only two days. The fact of having the flight in the early morning and also the flight back to Bristol in the late evening of next day helped us to take those two days in a very slow mode. I have to say that the country is not so big as you can drive from South to North in only 1 hour and a half, same from East to West. The short distance between the most interesting highlights makes even easier the short getaway.

Do you want to know what you can do in only two days in North Ireland? Take note of the following round trip across this country.

Giant's Causeway Bay

Giant’s Causeway Bay

Day 1 – The North Coast

We hired a car in Belfast International Airport, the cost for two days was only 60£ (around 75€) including the full insurance, just in case. First stop was Portrush, a small fisher village with an amazing white sand beach situated in the north, also it was the starting point of our trip . Not so far (only 3 miles far away) you can find the Dunluce Castle, a medieval castle which is basically destroyed although the breathtaking views due to its placement in the edge of the cliff make this place worth to visit. If you are a whisky lover don’t miss the Whisky Distillery in Bushmill, the oldest working distillery in Ireland; the price is 7.50£ including a taste of different varieties of whiskies. Next stop during our journey was the magnificent Giant’s Causeway, awarded as World Heritage Site by UNESCO since 1986. This place is a must not only while visiting North Ireland but your life. Millions of years ago a natural phenomenon transformed the rocks into particular geometric shapes and now more than 3000 people visit this place every day to admire its beauty. Don’t miss the mythological legend of the giant and how he built the causeway between North Ireland and Scotland (I’ll write soon about this legend). There is a shuttle bus which takes you from Bushmill to the main entry and the price is 7£ all inclusive, otherwise if you park the car next to the main entry you will pay 9£ for the admission plus 5£ for the car, I hardly recommend to take the shuttle, it only takes 5 minutes and the price is much cheaper. You can easily spend 4 hours only walking along the cliffs and taking pictures in here(we spent 4h 15 minutes) therefore prepare camera and walking shoes as you will regret if not.  Our B&B was placed just in front of the Giant’s Causeway main entry with stunning views over the sea and the countryside. The weather was sunny and we could admire a stunning sunset from our room, local people said to us that this is something what happens rarely so we were fully lucky this day.

Day 2 – Causeway Coastal Route

The Causeway Coastal Route is a designated way marked drive around the coast of Northern Ireland. The route is 190km long and links Londonderry with Belfast. The landscape is varied from coastal roads to mountains tops and crossing beautiful glens (valleys). The best manner to experience the route is by driving relaxed while enjoying the landscape. First stop during our journey was the Carrik-a-ride Rope Brigde, suspended almost 30m above sea level, the rope bridge was first erected by salmon fishermen 350 years ago. Next stop was Ballycastle, another fisher village placed between the sea and high hills which make the scenario of the village quite incredible. You have the option of taking a ferry to visit the Rathlin Island, but forget to take the car with you as it’s forbidden for tourists and the departures times from both places are limited. Then the route cross few glens between high mountains (thinking we are in UK) which make more than 500m of height. This part of the route is separated from the coast although in only few km you will be enjoying again the breeze of the sea. Our next stop was Cushendall, another fisher village placed between high cliffs. From here the route goes along the coast during almost 100km, in some of the points the road is basically in the same level than the sea with incredible high mountains in the other side. Amazing cliffs, small fisher villages, sheep, cows as well as rural cottages will be part of the journey and the breathtaking landscape will make the journey absolutely unforgettable. After a morning driving along the coast, we arrived to Belfast, capital of Northern Ireland. The city is not so big and you can visit city centre as well as the main highlights with only 6-7 hours. In terms of tourism related Belfast pays tribute to the most important ship ever, Titanic. There is a walking tour from city centre to Titanic Museum which takes around 45 minutes where you will find information about the ship every few steps. The admission to get into the museum is 17.50£, we decided no to pay as the price is abusive, anyway as I told before, there is much information along the tour so you don’t really need to pay that amount of money. City centre is small, full of Victorian building and narrow streets, If there is something that really impressed me of Belfast was its street art, basically concentrated within the Cathedral Quarter. This spot really deserves a different article in the future. Also the mix between old warehouses with modern buildings make the harbour area quite particular.

I really had a great experience visiting Northern Ireland and I probably will go back at some point although I didn’t like Belfast that much. Here few pictures of this short getaway in this small but stunning country.

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Causeway Coast

Giant's Causeway Rocks

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Giant's Causeway Rocks

Giant’s Causeway Rocks

Causeway Cliffs

Causeway Cliffs

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Giant’s Causeway Rocks

Giant's Causeway Bay

Giant’s Causeway Bay

Giant's Causeway Rocks

Giant’s Causeway Rocks

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Causeway Coast

Belfast with the Titanic Museum as background

Belfast with the Titanic Museum as background

Belfast City Centre

Belfast City Centre

Street Art in Belfast

Street Art in Belfast

Narrow street within the Cathedral Quarter in Belfast

Narrow street within the Cathedral Quarter in Belfast

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Belfast

7 reasons why living in Bristol is lush

Are you thinking to move somewhere else for a new life next 2016? Bristol, in United Kingdom is one of the cities that you should have in your list. Pack Your bag is going to give you some reason of why you should move to this amazing city and why it is lush for living.

Estás pensando en moverte a otro lugar para una nueva vida en este 2016? Birstol, en Reino Unido, es una de esas ciudades que deberías tener en tu lista. Pack Your Bag va a darte varias razones de por qué deberías moverte a esta fantástic ciudad y porqué mola vivir aquí.

Bristol Suspension Bridge

Bristol Suspension Bridge

1.- European Green Capital 2015

Bristol has been the European Green Capital during this 2015. It’s been the first British city of getting this award. There are more than 400 parks in Bristol, so basically the city is covered by green. Also there are more than 170 city farms where they grow organic vegetables and fruits. You will find a huge wide range of organic shops as well. Few national natural reserves are situated not too far from city, like Leigh-woods, which takes only 15 minutes to get there by cycling from city centre. There is a big cycling network throughout the city, so you won’t get bored waiting the bus or getting stuck in traffic jams as you will love to use your bike.

Bristol ha sido durante este 2015 la capital europea verde, siendo la primera cuidad del Reino Unido en obtener este galardón. La ciudad cuenta con más de 400 parques, básicamente la ciudad esta cubierta de verde. También cuenta con más de 170 granjas dentro de la ciudad donde cultivan frutas y verduras orgánicas. Encontrarás también un gran número de tiendas donde venden cómida orgánica. Varias reservas naturales nacionales están situadas no muy lejos de la ciudad, como Leigh-woods, el cual está a tan solo 15 minutes en bici desde el centro. Hay una gran red de carriles bici en la ciudad, no te aburrirás a la hora de esperar el autobús o de quedarte atrapado en un atasco ya que seguro disfrutarás de moverte por la ciudad en bici.

Bristol European Green Capital 2015

2.- City of Universities/ Ciudad Universitaria

Bristol has two Universities, The UoB (University of Bristol) and the UWE (University West of England). More than 22.000 students from different countries come every year to study at any of those Universitites. Also the University of Bristol (UoB) is rated like one of the top 30 Universities of the world. Young and international atmosphere is guaranteed in this city and it’s becoming one of the most important multicultural cities in United Kingdom outside London.

Bristol cuenta con dos universidades, La UoB (Universidad de Bristol) y la UWE (Universidad del Oeste de Inglaterra). Más de 22.000 estudiantes de diferentes paises del mundo llegan cada año para estudiar en alguna de sus universidades. La Universidad de Bristol (UoB) está catalogada como una de las 30 mejores del mundo. El ambiente juvenial e internacional está garantizado y se está convirtiendo en una de las ciudades más multiculturales de Reino Unido fuera de London. 

View of the University of Bristol

View of the University of Bristol

3.- Urban Art Street/ Arte Urbano 

Bristol is popular due to its international graffiti artist Banksy. Scour the streets of Bristol and you will struggle not to find a cutting-edge piece of graffiti art decorating the city’s walls. Along narrow streets, through under-passages and across building walls, a piece of graffiti art will jump out, making Bristol the European Urban Art Street Capital. Banksy has painted few graffiti in Bristol, and there is a Art Street Tour available showing the  Banksy most popular graffiti.

Bristol es conocida gracias a su grafitero internacional Banksy. Rebusca por las calles de Bristol y ya verás que no tendrás que enforzarte en encontrar vanguardistas grafitis decorando las fachadas de la ciudad. A lo largo de calles estrechas, a traves de pasajes suterráneos y en la fachadas de los edificios, un graffiti seguro te aparecerá en cuanto menos te lo esperes, haciendo asi de Bristol la Capital Europea de Arte Urbano. Banksy ha pintado varios grafitis en Bristol y hay una visita guiada dedicada al Art Street disponible la cual te mostrará los grafitis más conocidos de Banksy.

Banksy Graffiti in The Canteen Pub - Stokes Croft

Banksy Grafiti in The Canteen Pub – Stokes Croft

4.- Music everywhere at anytime/ Música en todas partes y a cualquier hora

If you are a music lover, Bristol is absolutely your place. You will find live music every day at any of the hundreds of Bristol’s pubs, clubs and venues. Both local bands and popular bands come to Bristol every year as they know that Bristolian people love music. Yes…we love music!! Also amateur singers and bands play in the street (if the weather helps) to make themselves known in that industry. All music genres like rock, reggae, electronic, jazz, soul, heavy-metal, salsa, pop, hip-hop, R&B, trip-hop and the popular Bristolian music style Dubstep are tuned every day making Bristol a world music reference. Come to Bristol and tune a song with us!

Si eres un amante de la música, Bristol es definitivamente tu sitio. Encontrarás múscia en directo todos los días de la semana en cualquiera de los cientos de pubs, discotecas y espacios musicales de la ciudad. Tanto bandas locales como famosas vienen a Bristol a tocar cada año ya que sabes que los Bristolianos aman la música Si… nosotros amamos la música! También bandas y cantantes amateurs tocan en las calles de la ciudad (si el tiempo ayuda) para darse a conocer en el sector. Todos los géneros musicales como el rock, reggae, música electrónica, jazz, soul, heavy-metal, salsa, pop, hip-hop, R&B y el Bristoliano Dubstep son sintonizados todos los días haciendo de Bristol un referente musical a nivel internacional. 

Local Band playing in Corn Street

 

5.- Festivals – Festivales

If there is music, obviously there are festivals, even though the festivals are not only oriented to the music industry . You will find Food & Drinks Festivals, Cinema Festivals, Urban Art Street Festivals, Green Festivals, Marathons & Races, Animation Festivals, Family Festivals and perhaps the most popular one: Bristol International Ballon Fiesta. Do you know what’s the best of Bristol’s festivals? You can enjoy them all year long, they take place every month!! Wow… Here the most popular festivals! Check them out!

Si hay música, obviamente hay festivales, aunque sin embrago no todos los festivales están orientados a la industria musical. Podrás encontrar diversos festivales gastronómicos, festivales de arte callejero, festivales verdes, maratones y carreras deportivas, festivales de animación, festivales para familias y por supuesto el más conocido: Festival Internacional de Globos Aerostáticos de Bristol. Podrás disfrutar de festivales todo el año en Bristol, ya que se realizan festivales cada mes. Guauuu…Aquí teneis los festivales más importantes! Echale un vistazo!!

January – Slapstick Festival

February – BBC Radio 6 Music Festival

March – Bristol International Jazz & Blues Festival

April – The Bristol Improv Theatre Festival

May – Bristol Walk Fest 2016 & Loves Saves the Day & Dot to Dot Festival

June – Let’s Rock Bristol! The RETRO Festival & Bristol Festival of Nature

July – Bristol Harbour Festival

August – Bristol International Ballon Fiesta

September – Factoberfest

October – Simple Things Festivals

November – Half Marathon Bristol & Christmas Lights

December – Christmas Market & Christmas Events & Festivals

Bristol Harbour Festival

Bristol Harbour Festival

6.- Multicultural city/ Ciudad multicultural

You can find in Bristol up to 170 different nationalities, all of them living in harmony. And you also might learn up to 150 different languages. When you are walking across the city, you rarely will only see British people. Spanish, Italian, Greek… up to 170 different nationalities turn the city into a colourful atmosphere. We bring to the city not only different languages, we bring and share our cultures with local people and you know what? They love it. We all are making Bristol a different city, with a strong personality and very alternative. Bristol is definitely a multicultural city whereby Bristolian people feel proud of it. 

Podrás encontrar en Bristol hasta 170 nacionalidades diferentes, todas ellas viviendo en armonía. También podrás llegar a aprender hasta 150 idiomas. Cuando vas andando por la ciudad, raramente solo verás Británicos. Españoles, Italianos, Griegos… y así hasta 170 diferentes nacionalidades llenan la ciudad de una colorida atmósfera. No solo traemos idiomas diferentes, también nuestas culturas, las cuales compartimos con la gente local y sabeis qué? Les encanta… Todos juntos estamos haciendo de Bristol una ciudad diferente, con una fuerte personalidad y muy alternativa. Bristol es definitivamente una ciudad multicultural y los Bristolianos se sieten orgulloso de ello. 

Hungarian, Spanish, Polish, English, Italian... we all share our life in harmony

Hungarian, Spanish, Polish, English, Italian… we all share our life in harmony

7.- A city of opportunities/ Una ciudad de oportunidades

Bristol has the fastest growing economy of any of the city outside London this 2015. Bristol is young, vibrant and funny city which offers thousands of opportunities for both British people and foreign people. Bristol also has one of the lowest number of jobless people, maybe due to that fast growing economy. Students coming from everywhere usually decide to settle here after they finish their studies as they find good job opportunities. Foreign people come straight to Bristol as the economic numbers are absolutely brilliant and we know that. Bristol is getting more and more popular lately, which is seen in the news and also in the streets of the city. Do you need more reasons to come to Bristol?

Bristol puede presumir de ser la ciudad de mayor y más rápido crecimiento de Inglaterra fuera de Londres este 2015. Es una ciudad joven, dinánica y divertida la cual ofrece miles de oportunidades tanto para británicos como extranjeros. Bristol también puede presumir de ser una de las ciudades con menos desempleo del Reino Unido, posiblemente gracias a su gran crecimiento económico. Estudiantes de todas partes del mundo deciden quedarse en la ciudad una vez finalizan sus estudios ya que suelen encontrar buenas oportunidades laborales. Extranjeros vienen directamente a Bristol ya que los números económicos son brillantes y nosotros lo sabemos y los proyectamos. Bristol se está poniendo de moda ultimamente y lo puedes ver tanto en las noticias como en las calles de la ciudad. Necesitas más razones para venir a Bristol

 

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3 fascinating cemeteries in Bristol UK

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My viewpoint about visiting cemeteries changed when I came to England. A nice walk along any cemetery could be an interesting experience due to their colossal tombs & sculptures. Some cemeteries also offer tours, activities and seasonal events for all range of ages. In Bristol (UK) there are six cemeteries which three of them stand out due to their architectural desing and location. Also, one of them offers thematic tours as well as events throughout the year. Pack Your Bag has visited these three “unusual” cemeteries which will give you a different viewpoint of what a traditional cemetery could be.

Mi punto de vista sobre visitar cementerios cambió cuando llegué a Inglaterra. Un agradable paseo a través de cualquier cementerio podría ser una interesante experiencia gracias a sus colosales tumbas y esculturas. Algunos cemeterios también ofrecen visitas guiadas, actividades y eventos para toda las edades. En Bristol (Reino Unido) hay 6 cementerios de los cuales tres de ellos destacan por su arquitectura y localización. Uno de ellos tambien ofrece visitas temáticas así como eventos durante todo el año. Pack Your Bag ha visitado estos tres “inusuales” cementerios los cuales te darán un punto de vista diferente de los que es un cemenerio tradicional.

1.- Arnos Vale Cemetery

Arnos Vale Cemetery

Arnos Vale Cemetery

This is probably the most beautiful cemetery in Bristol. It’s a hillside Victorian cemetery and also a conservation park. It is situated on the side of a hill, with nice views over East Bristol and hidden inside a leafy forest.   This cemetery offers to the visitors both wildlife and historical tours. There is a cafe situated in one of the main buildings and a visitor centre in the main gate. Depending the season Arnos Vale cemetery organises different events, thematic tours and also traditional markets. You also will see dozens of stone-sculptures decorating the most popular tombs.  Who said a tour cemetery is not a good option for fun? Visit Arnos Vale Cemetery in Bristol, it’s absolutely worth it!

Probablemente es el cementerio más bonito enBristol. Se trata de un cementerio de estilo Victoriano. Esta situado en el lateral de una colina, con preciosas vistas al Este de Bristol y escondido entre un bosque frondoso, de ahí que también sea un parque de conservacion de animales salvajes y plantas. Hay un café situado en uno de los edificios principales y un centro para el visitante en la entrada principal. Dependidendo de la época de año el Cementerio de Arnos Vale organiza diferentes eventos, visitas temáticas así como mercadillos tradicionales. También podrás ver decenas de esculturas de piedra decorando las tumbas más populares. Quién dijo que una visita a un cementerio no era una opción divertida? Visitar el Cementerio de Arnos Vale, vale la pena!

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2.- Avonview Cemetery

Avonview Cemetery

Avonview Cemetery

Its name gives us an idea about what’s interesting in this cemetery: the views over Bristol and Avon River as well as the place where it’s based. This cemetery is located in St Georges Area, only five minutes walking from St George Park and Church Road. It is also situated in a hillside, but less sharp than Arnos Vale hill. Here you also will enjoy beautiful views over Avon River and South, West a & Central Bristol. Thousands of tombstones are well lined-up with harmony and style, offering to the visitor an interesting overview of the cemetery. In this case, Avonview Cemetery doesn’t have too many stone-sculptures like Arnos Vale, neither events or traditional markets,  but just the views over Bristol are good enough for a chill walk through this cemetery.

Ya su nombre nos da una idea de qué es interesante de este cementerio: las vistas sobre el Río Avon así como el lugar donde se encuentra ubicado.  Este cementerio está localizado en el barrio de St Georges, a tan solo cinco minutos andando de St George Park y Chruch Road. Está tambien situado en el lateral de una colina, pero está vez menos escarpada que la colina de Arnos Vale Cementerio. Aquí también difrutarás de vistas sobre el Río Avon y el Sud, Oeste y Centro de Bristol. Miles de lápidas esta alienadas con harmonía y estilo, ofreciando al visitante una interesante panorámica del cementerio. En este caso, Avonview Cementerio no ofrece demasiadas esculturas como Arnos Vale Cementerio, tampoco eventos ni mercadillos tradicionales, pero tan solo por las vistas sobre la ciudad de Bristol es suficiente para un tranquilo paseo a través de este cementerio. 

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3.- Greenbank Cemetery

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Victorian Church in Greenbank Cemetery

Situated between Eastville Park and St George Area, GreenBank is a peaceful cemetery which offers wide green-grounds filled with tombstones, a stone-sculpture close and an abandoned  Victorian Church situated in the middle of it. The main path-walks which cross the cemetery are fully surrounded by lined-up trees in both sides and thereby creating a scary atmosphere. There is a small close filled with stone-sculptures of different virgins and angels. It is probably the most peaceful cemetery as there are not views over the city and it is hidden in between houses, even though it’s a big cemetery where enjoying a full peace.

Situado entre Eastville Park y el barrio de St Georges, Greenbank es un tranquilo cementerio el cual ofrece amplias zonas verdes repletas de lápidas, un callejón de lleno de esculturas y una abandonada iglesia Victoriana  situada en el centro. Las principales callejuelas que cruzan el cementerio cuentan con largas filas de árboles en ambos lados, creando así un ambiente espeluznante. También cuenta con un pequeño callejón repleto de esculturas de piedra representando a vírgenes y ángeles. Es probablemente el cementerio más tranquilo de los tres ya que no ofrece vistas a la ciudad y está situado entre casas, aunque sin embargo es un gran cementerio donde disfrutar de plena paz. 

Visiting cemeteries may be funny if you change your view point about them. Visitar cementerios podría ser divertido si cambias tu punto de vista sobre ellos. 

7 things you must do if you visit Edinburgh

Edinburgh is probably one of the most beautiful cities in Europe due to its well conserved medieval architecture, its well-designed streets as well as its charmed people. For those reasons Edinburgh is also one of the most visited cities in UK and Europe. Million of tourists visit this charming city every year as the city offers to the visitors a huge wide range of things to do and enjoy. Pack Your Bag wants to give you some tips about what you should’t miss in your visit to Edinburgh.

Edinburgo es probablemente una de las ciudades más bonitas de Europa gracias a su arquitectura mediaval tan bien conservada, su  diseno urbanístico así como su encantadora gente. Por estas razones Edimburgo es una de las ciudades más visitadas en UK y Europa. Millones de turistas visitan la ciudad cada año ya que la ciudad ofrece al visitante un gran abanico de posibilidades para disfrutar. Pack Your Bag quiere daros algunas recomendaciones de qué no deberías perderte en tu visita a Edinmburgo.

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Edinburgh Castle overview

  1. Edinburgh Castle. This is the most visited monument in Scotland. The price is £16.50 and you might spend up to 4 hours visiting all its rooms. Es el monumento mas visitado de Escocia. La entrada cuesta £16.50 y podrías llegar a necesitar hasta 4 horas para visitar sus estancias.

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    Edinburgh Castle

  2. Royal Mile. This is probably the most popular street in Edinburgh. Lots of traditional shops are based in this street as well as St Giles Cathedral. This street heads up to the Castle so basically it is situated in the heart of the Old Town. Es probablemente la calle más famosa de Edimburgo. Diversas tiendas tradicionales se concentran en esta calle así como la Catedral de San Giles. La calle te lleva directamente hasta el castillo y está situada en pleno corazón de la Ciudad Vieja. 

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    Royal Mile Street

  3. Find William Wallace. You will find this popular historical Scottish personage at any place in Old Town. Don’t be shy and take a funny picture with him, you also will donate and support a children’s charity. Encontrarás este famoso personaje histórico escocés en cualquier parte de la Ciudad Vieja. No seas tímido y hazte una foto con el, también estarás colaborando con una asociación dedicada a niños.

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    William Wallace

  4. Calton Hill. If you want to enjoy a beautiful panorama of Edinburgh don’t miss Calton Hill. It is situated only few steps far from city centre and the views over Edinburgh and its Old Town are amazing as well as the views over the sea. If you are a lucky person and the weather is nice, I mean, it is sunny,  don’t miss the sunset from up there as it’s stunning. Si quieres disfrutar de una preciosa panorámica de la ciudad, visita Calton Hill. Esta pequeña colina está situada a tan solo algunos pasos del centro de la ciudad y las vistas sobre Edinburgo y la Ciudad Vieja son fantasticas así como las vistas al mar. Si eres una persona afortunada y el tiempo te acompaña, quiero decir, que esté soleado, no te pierdas la puesta de sol desde arriba de la colina ya que es preciosa. 

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    Edinburgh sunset overview from Calton Hill

  5. Eat Haggis. Comerte unos Haggis. This traditional Scottish plate is made basically with black pudding, although is popularly served with mashed swede and potatoes . One of the best places to eat a Haggie is MUMS Restaurant, situated in Old Town, only few steps from the National Museum. Absolutely the perfect option to fight against the Scottish coldness. Click the link bellow for further information.  Este plato escocés esta hecho basicamente de lo que nosotros conocemos por morcilla, aunque suele estar acompañado con pure de patatas y nabo. Uno de los mejores restaurantes donde podrás comerte un buen haggie es MUMS Restaurante, situado en la Ciudad Vieja y a escasos pasos del Museo Nacional.Sin duda la mejor opcion para combatir el frío escocés.  Si quieres saber mas sobre este restaurante, pincha el link de abajo. Restaurant Info

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    Haggis

  6. Go for a  folk music party in a traditional Scottish Pub. Participar en una fiesta escocesa con música tradicional. If you want to feel the real sense of the Edinburgh’s night life, don’t miss one of the different live music performances you will find in the pubs of Edinburgh. My favourite one is Sandy Bells, a traditional Scottish Pub situated in Old Town, just in front of MUMS Restaurant. There is a wide range of whiskies to drink and taste and you also will be surrounded by local people. This pubs offers folk live music every day a week and the atmosphere is incredible for a night out. Further info, click the link below. Si quieres sentir la verdadera esencia de la vida nocturna de la ciudad, no te pierdas uno de los diferentes conciertos de musica local que encontrarás en cualquiera de los pubs de Edimburgo. Mi Pub favorito es el Sandy Bells, un pub tradicional situado en la Cuidad Vieja, justo en frente del Restaurante MUMS. Hay un amplio abanico de wiskies para degustar y podrás disfrutar de un ambiente completamente escocés con gente local. El pub ofrece música en directo todas los días de la semana y la atmósfera que se respira es genial para salir una noche de fiesta. Para más información, dale al siguiente link Pun Info

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    Sandy Blues Scottish Pub

  7. Walk along Princess Street Gardens. Un paseo por los Jardines de Princess Street. Situated in city centre, these gardens are probably the best option for a short walk during your visit at Edinburgh. You will enjoy, not just the pleasure of a nice walk, also a magnificent views of the Castle as well as Old Town from below as the gardens are situated mountainside of the Castle. Don’t miss them! Situados al centro de la ciudad, estos jardines son probablemente una de las mejores opciones para un corto paseo en la ciudad durate tu visita a Edimburgo. Disfrutarás, no sólo de una agradable paseo, si no también de unas vistas fantásticas del Castillo y de la Cuidad Vieja ya que los jardines se encunentran en las faldas de la colina del castillo. No te los pierdas. 

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    Princess Street Gardens and Edinburgh Castle