Brussels has several amazing places, which are worth visiting. The Cathedral, The Grand-Place, The Parliament, The Town Hall and, of course, the famous Manneken Pis, which is extremely popular. It is a little statue situated near The Grand-Place which represents a naked little boy urinating into the fountain.
The Manneken Pis.
On the outskirts of the city, you can visit The Atomium, an icon of Brussels and Belgium. It is the most popular tourist attraction of Europe`s Capital. It symbolizes an iron crystal, referring to the power of nuclear energy. If you go up to the upper sphere, you will have spectacular views of the city of Brussels and when the sky is clear, the view reaches Antwerp.
The cheapest way to move around is by underground buf if you want to visit other beautiful cities like Brugge or Gent, the best option is by train. It is more expensive than by bus, but it is faster and more comfortable.
Finally, you cannot leave Brussels without having some chocolates and eating mussels. You will not forget their spectacular taste.
The word kumihimo means braid cord a it also represents the traditional Japanese profession related to clothing and culture. Kumihimo is the name of a traditional Japanese technique that consists on braiding silk threads to create color cords. The most destacable use of this technique in its beginnings was about Japanese warriors, the samuráis. They used these cords to tie their armors and the armors of their horses in a functional and decorative way. Nowadays, this technique is used as a bow for jackets and as a belt for kimonos.
In our culture, this technique has arrived as a very enjoyable, easy and quickly handicrafts. You can create a lot of things like belts, bracelets, necklace, key chain… anything that you can imagine, you only need cords of any type (silk, cotton, raffia palm…) and the kumihimo disc. You can make, for example, a bracelet with many colors and flowers, and also many different forms (round, plane, spiral…), it has a lot of possibilities.
If before this blogspot you want to try the kumihimo, I’ve attached a photo with a simple creation made by myself so you can see the result; I’ve also added a page and a video where you can see the instructions to make a kumihimo bracelet. I encourage you to try it, it’s easy-peasy. I hope you’ve enjoyed it.
Are you tired of using the same Christmas decorations of every year? Try to do new ones by yourself!
‘Do it yourself’ is a way of building or repairing things on your own, without the help of any expert. It consists of using creativity and different materials, both new and recycled ones, to combine them in order to make new things of your taste. With this term we are referring to a wide variety of things, such as jewellery, clothes designs, home decorations, recipes, etcetera. You can use it to decorate your house for this time of the year.
There are a lot of ideas that are quite easy to do for anyone. As an example, you can see a way of making Christmas ornaments step by step:
If you are thinking about funny activities to do for spending time with kids, it really entertains them and it doesn’t cost a lot.
Moreover, in case you don’t have much money to buy presents, there are also ideas of handmade gifts that I’m sure everyone appreciates more than a bought one.
As you can see, doing things by your own is not only cheaper than buy them done, but it also let you customize them with last trends or personalize them with your taste.
Here you are some examples of things that I have done myself: I painted a jewellery box with Winnie the Pooh and now I use it as a make up box; I did bauble; and I also made some Christmas ornaments for my tree. It’s a good way to relax.
Above you can see a fantastic river Danube sightseeing.
The river Danube is the second longest European river after the Volga. The Danube is Europe´s longest river which flows west to east, from Central to Eastern Europe. It rises in the Black Forest mountains of western Germany and flows for 2,850 km to its mouth on the Black Sea. Along its course, it passes thorough nine countries: Germany, Austria, Slovakia, Hungary, Croatia, Serbia, Romania and Ukraine. As you can see in the follow map:
The Danube played a vital role in the settlement and political evolution of central and eastern Europe its banks, line with castles and fortresses, formed the boundary between great empires, and its waters served as a vital comercial highway between nations. This a incredible sightseeing. It´s the Hungarian Parliament.
The Danube is of great economic importance to the nine countries that border it all of which variously use the river for freight transport, the generation of hydroelectricity, industrial and residential water supplies, irrigation, fishing and tourism, like an example for the last one here you are a picturesque sightseeing:
Danube and walts are joined forever since the great composer Johann Strauss the Young wrote The Blue Danube that became the symbol of imperial Vienna. This is a short version to practice if you play the piano or only to listen.
The Danube basin is home to a diverse system of natural habitats. Among these are the Germany’s Black Forest, the Alps and Carpathian Mountains, the Hungarian puszta plains, the Bulgarian islands and the giant reed beds and marshes of the Danube Delta. These habitats are home to a rich and unique biological diversity and species.
Now, you can answer my question. I hope all of you want to travel by the Danube.
This is one of the most popular Carnivals in Spain; it takes place between February and March. It lasts three weeks and there are many events, but the best one is the main parade, also called “Cabalgata”.
Almost two hundred thousand people attend the main parade every year along its six kilometer itinerary across the city and a hundred festooned cars go to the rhythm of the music.
This year the Carnival’s topic is the Fantasy World. Fairies, nymphs, unicorns, elves and others mythical creatures will go out and enjoy the experience. Magic, color, glitter and fun will inundate the streets of the city during this celebration. First of March is near so look for an original costume and come to this awesome party.
Besides, another famous party called “Los Indianos” is celebrated on “Carnival’s Monday”. The “Indiano” represents the emigrant from La Palma who after becoming rich in America, came back to the island. People dressed up with the representative white clothes and typical hats, and they dance Cuban Music in the street while a talcum powder battle is going on around.
The festival finishes with the Sardine’s Funeral. A huge parade crosses the city before stopping at “Las Canteras Beach” where the Sardine is burned. After that, people say goodbye to the Carnival and in the middle of the water there is a spectacular fireworks show.
Don’t stay at home and enjoy our awesome Carnival!
The world has been shaken by the news from South Africa. A person has died, but a myth has been born. The world is crying Nelson Mandela’s death. But, do you know why? Do you know he was?
Although I resist believing that there is someone of you who don’t know he was, I am going to help you know him. He was imprisoned by South African government where all their members were part of the apartheid movement. After 27 years in prison he was released on 11th February 1990.
In those days the scenario was a country where the majority of the population was black people who hated white people and vice versa. But in that moment the figure of Nelson Mandela emerged telling to the country some sentences like this “If you want to make peace with your enemy, you have to work with your enemy. Then he becomes your mate”, and he did it working with that government (white people) to abolish the apartheid.
He received more than 250 honours, including Peace Nobel Prize, the US Presidential Medal of Freedom and the Soviet Order of Lenin. Beyond this, he managed to unit a country where was full of hatred, racism and violence. He got it through forgiveness and sympathy towards white people, and the most difficult thing, making to understand that to rest of black population.
Finally, if you are interested in getting more information about his life is highly recommendable to watch a film about him, “Invictus”. I promise you will love him from then.