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More than a decade ago, I studied half a year in León, Nicaragua. For sure, this was one of the happiest times of my life! I totally fell in love with the people, who where so kind, passionate and joyful. I learned not only to get a deeper sense of their culture and language but to live a life far from wastefulness, complaining, jelousy and indifference to others. It was a way of life that shaped me, a way of life I'll never forget. Gracias Nicaragua, mi amor!
The park of the monsters is located in Bomarzo and was built in 1552. The set of monuments is located on the slopes of a natural amphitheater, and is characterized by whimsical and grotesque shapes among the trees, flower beds and streams. Excessive sculptures carved out of rock, of terrible or absurd aspect, that represent mythical characters and fantastic beings.
This walk along the River Lea from Hackney Wick to the River Thames is a hidden gem here in East London. I recently discovered this wonderful route during Lockdown and it has been a welcome escape during this time. There are many wonderful sculptures along the way as part of the Line Sculpture Trail as well as fantastic views of the Olympic Park and unusual sites such as Abbey Mills Pumping Station and the Three Mills.
Right now all museums are closed due to national lockdown, but you can still admire their architecture from the outside and all the museums included in the map offer a virtual tour online!
This map shows the sites to visit while wandering in the historic center of the southern France city of Aix-en-Provence. You can walk in those streets for hours! I've been living myself in Aix-en-Provence for more than 11 years and I still get lost in those small streets! That is why I didn't draw a geographically accurate map. You do not visit the historic center of Aix-en-Provence with a map, there are too much small streets. You just wander and the monuments will be there, awaiting for you. It's always a discovery, but you are sure these sites are great to visit and the general style of the center, with those extremely old buildings, is so romantic. When you finish, you can have a nice view over the mountain called Sainte Victoire and have a break eating the sweets of the city, called Calisson. That's the proper end to your walk! I've left the names in French because they are proper nouns that you cannot translate (Albertas, Rotonde, etc.) or they are transparent words (such as cathédrale, place...) so it gives a little French charm, but the reader still understands. For this "provençal" map, I chose a sketch style that, in my opinion, testifies the best of the atmosphere of this city that has a very artistic History (city of Paul Cézanne, Picasso lived only 15 km away in a village). I tried to recreate the wonderful colors of Provence, the sweet nature atmosphere.
The capital of Poland has its' legends and its' icons. The Mermaid is one of the most famous icons. And very close to the inhabitants of Warsaw. The Mermaid has two monuments. One is located in the heart of the Old Town Square, the other - right on the bank of the Vistula River. The walk between them is a great opportunity to see the romantic part of Warsaw.