Hemingway used to visit two horsing race venues in Paris: Auteuil Hippodrome on Route des Lacs and Hippodrome d'Enghien-Soisy at 95230 Soisy-sous-Montmorency. Talking with the author John Dos Passos, Hemingway bragged that he was winning "great sums.” However, in "A Moveable Feast," he confessed that, "It took full time work... and you could make no money that way".
The Embankment and "Let it Be" Matinee' in Savoy Theatre :
Start & End: Embankment Station.
Head northeast and turn right toward Victoria Embankment Road. Turn left onto Victoria Embankment and take the crosswalk. You face Cleopatra's Needle. This is one of London's great landmarks. It is one of a pair of twin obelisks that were gifted, in year 1818, by the nation of Egypt to London. It's much old than Queen Cleopatra. The Sphinxes are beautiful. Everyone climbs on them, so hard to get a picture without some stranger riding on them:
Before you go to the Strand and the Savoy Hotel and Theatre to watch the "Let it Be" marvelous show - take one hour to stroll in the Embankment and the blooming Embankment Victoria Gardens. Just the view across the Thames itself is sufficient reason to walk the Embankment.The Embankment Victoria Gardens are gorgeous park with a very relaxing, comfortable atmosphere. The place is full of all sorts of legal system employees at lunchtime.
Walk to northern end of the gardens. Turn left onto Savoy St. Turn left onto Strand and the Savoy Hotel will be on the left. The entrance reception area is breathtakingly luxurious. You feel you had stepped back in time walking through the hotel. The decor is absolutely beautiful:
Next door is the Savoy Theatre with its immortal show "Let it Be". The theatre itself is art deco and trendy. The seats retain their art deco designs as does the wall decoration. A truly great afternoon out. A wonderful set of Beatles songs played and sung in the style in which the legendary 4 boys would have done it themselves. Great show, great acting, great music. Cameras are allowed. An excellent show that gets you up and moving. We felt 50 years younger by the end of the show.
In case you have time step into Somerest House in the Strand.
Opening times: Embankment level 10.00-18.00, The Edmond Safra Fountain Court 07.30-23.00, River Terrace & Seamen's Hall 08.00-23.00.
Call +44 (0)20 7845 4600 for latest information. Much depends on current exhibition there ! Somerset house is quite an impressive neo-classical piece of architecture. The inner court with its water feature is a haven of tranquility in the center of this bustling city. In the massive courtyard during summer children play under the water fountains. The grounds of Somerset House are good for taking photographs and also inside. The various photographic exhibitions are also of an extremely high-calibre and tastefully chosen. Pleasant cafe and in the summer pleasant to sit outside overlooking the Thames !!!
The world is going mobile, but some cities are responding to the movement better than others!
Nowadays we all travel with our smartphones, and it’s not uncommon to see a fellow traveller, tourist, or backpacker glancing at their smartphones from time to time as they walk through the busy streets of a foreign land. Of course, some cities haven’t just embraced the mobile movement; others have shifted with the times and become mobile utopias where smartphones aren’t just a tool, but a key to enjoying the city and unlocking its full potential.
There are cities like London, which mobile users can enjoy thanks to the many apps that have been designed for the city, including bus and train schedules, integrated TripAdvisor guides, and community-run city guide apps. Elsewhere in the world, particularly in Asia, people are embracing social technology and uploading information about their lives to social networks at rates never before seen. But some countries and cities continue to stand out.
Barcelona, Spain has been declared the Mobile World Capital by the GSMA for 2012-2018. “Becoming the Mobile World Capital was a strategic bid for Barcelona, and consolidates our leadership as a benchmark city for new technologies,” said Xavier Trias, Mayor of Barcelona. The city competed with others from all over the world for the title, but ultimately it prevailed because of the local administration’s efforts to spread mobile connectivity throughout the city. Three years later, and we still see the effects that winning the title has had on Barcelona. Other than playing host to this year’s Mobile World Congress, everyday life in Barcelona has also been drastically improved.
Winning the title of Mobile World Capital also meant playing host to the Mobile World Centre, a shrine dedicated to the latest mobile technology. Located in downtown Barcelona, the Mobile World Centre houses both permanent and temporary exhibits that showcase the evolution of mobile technology. There are also several different events being hosted in the Centre, all open to the public, free of charge, from Monday to Saturday. The programs held at the Centre range from basic computer classes to app features, with some even teaching others how to make the most of their mobile phones.
The ground floor of the Mobile World Centre features the “Espacio Motivar”, a commercial area that not only presents the latest in services to the public, but also showcases technological advances made by Telefónica, the largest operator in Spain and owners of O2 in Europe. The first floor features various exhibits set up to give visitors a walking tour of the evolution of mobile technology, and what changes have come about thanks to mobile development. Dubbed “mWorld”, this exhibition space is divided into four interactive areas: mHistory, mWorld Speed, mWorld Definition, and mWorld Experience.
Barcelona also plays host to the Mobile World Festival, an annual event that sees thousands come together for sporting events, live musical shows, film awards, and application and technology features. Let’s not forget the Mobile World Congress (MWC) itself, which the largest technological companies from all over the world attend annually. The MWC has, for the past few years, been the event to watch out for, as huge mobile brands come together to launch their latest gadgets and offerings to the public.
Barcelona has continued its quest to become a truly mobile-integrated city. With apps like Pinger, which allow for free domestic and international calls from Spain, now on the market, there’s no denying that Barcelona is deserving of its title as the Mobile World Capital, and other cities need to step up to plate if they wish to steal the title from the city in 2018.
Budapest Zoo & Botanical Garden:
Please allow, at least, 3-4 hours for visit in this marvelous zoo. An excellent half day. Worth a visit, but will take even a full good day to see all of it !
The area is large, so wear good walking shoes.
No English signage.
The gardens are especially beautiful In full bloom.
Prices: adult - 2500 HUF (London zoo is four times the price...).25% reduction with Budapst Card. Impossibile to pay with credit card. No cash machines (ATMs) around. Have some cash in your pocket:
The Japanese Garden:
Butterflies farm (imported from Costa Rica - CRES):
DO NOT MISS THE SPECIAL HUNGARIAN FOOD -
Kürtőskalács: Kürtőskalács is made from sweet, yeast dough (raised dough), of which a strip is spun and then wrapped around a truncated cone–shaped baking spit, and rolled in granulated sugar. It is baked above charcoal cinders while lubricated with melted butter, until its surface gets a golden-brown color. During the baking process the sugar stuck on kürtőskalács becomes caramel and forms shiny, crispy crust on the cake. The surface of cake can then be provided with additional toppings such as ground walnut or cinnamon powder:
Don't know how much of a football fan are you, but one of the best teams in the world plays in Madrid, and the second best player currently lives - CR7. They have a great stadium called Santiago Bernabeo not far from the center. You can easily buy tickets at the gates from people who sell them.