Thursday, February 13, 2014

7). Figueres, Dali & Girona - Top 10 Places to visit in Barcelona

Figueres, Dali & Girona

A one-day trip to two enchanting cities!

Figueres, Dali & GironaA fully equipped coach will take you from Barcelona to two great towns in the North of Catalonia, Girona and Figueres. Girona, home to one of Europe's best-preserved Jewish quarters, has all the charm of a large city but without the crowds. In Figueres, the birthplace of famous artist Salvador Dalí, you can enjoy the special Art in Teatre-Museu Dalí and "Dalí Joies". A Guide will travel on board during this trip.
In details:
A one-day trip from Barcelona, stopping first in Girona. A city that invites you to lose yourself in its streets and walk through the old town in one of the country’s finest historic ensembles: medieval walls, Romanesque and Gothic landmarks, baroque buildings and one of the best-preserved Jewish quarters in Europe. The second stop is Figueres, city of Dalí. A very attractive town with mansions, shops and pavement cafés… and with the Teatre Museu Dalí as its main highlight. The museum allows you to explore the surrealist world of Salvador Dalí.

Itinerary:  Barcelona - Girona - Figueres - Barcelona.

The ticket includes:
• Guided tour of Girona.
• Orientation tour to the Dali Museum.
• Complete informative guide with detailed information about Dañí. Figueres, Girona and the places to visit.
• Arrival back in Barcelona at 7.30pm (Plaça Catalunya).
• Free admission to the Teatre-Museu Dalí and "Dalí Joies" in Figueres.
• Discounts at museums, places of interest, shops and restaurants.
• Languages: Catalan, Spanish and English.
• Audioguide system in 10 languages for sale on board: Catalan, Spanish, English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Chinese, Portuguese and Russian. The same audioguide system is valid for all three routes and has an extra charge of 5€.
Departure time: 
Wednesday and Saturday
 at 08:30h. Make sure you are on time! (20 minutes prior departure)

Departure point:
This tour is leaving from Plaça Catalunya, Barcelona (in front of El Corte Inglés).

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4). Restaurant Red - Top 10 places to eat in Amsterdam.


Restaurant Red
City Centre Retreat staff visit this place often and you can see from the reviews on TripAdvisor that it is not a unpopular place so reservations even as much as a month prior to booking is sometimes needed. 

It's an unusual but straightforward concept - they only serve steak (one size of fillet only) or lobster for the main course - you can have a half lobster and steak combination and they do also serve caviar - but essentially that's it - no starters (other than bread and olive oil). You can chose garlic butter or bernaise sauce for the steak. Both come with chips (or fries for our American readers). All the food is excellent in our experience, meat is cooked to perfection and everything else is a delight to eat including the outstanding chips!

This is followed by a small selection (4 or 5 items including cheese) of desserts which were also excellent. There is a respectable wine list. 

The restaurant is located on a corner on the Keizersgracht (number 594) but it takes some finding as it has no signs outside at all - if you weren't specifically searching for it you would never find it, however I think this "stealth marketing" adds to the special atmosphere. 

If you don't reserve it not likely you will get a table although we have done once but we had to go at 18.00 when they opened. Even when we arrived bang on 6 and were the first to arrive - within half an hour the place was packed and they were turning people away at the door so booking is absolutely essential. The restaurant is small and very atmospheric being decorated in black and dark green (looks much better than it sounds). our waitress was very friendly, helpful and efficient and we all had a great time. 

We would definitely recommend trying this place out on your trip.

Food - Dinning - Amsterdam


Restaurant Red is with its unique concept, lobster and beef fillet, one of Amsterdam’s favorite dining spots. Overlooking the city’s most picturesque canal, the ‘Keizersgracht’, Restaurant Red is ideally located in a canal house in the middle of the old city center of Amsterdam.
Red is famous for her hospitable service, informal and warm ambiance, friendly prices and lasting quality. Red has been a ‘must’ for five years now for everyone who is looking for an exquisite culinary experience. Whether you are touring the nearby museums and attractions or visiting Amsterdam for business, Red is the ideal place for your evening.
We hope to have the pleasure of welcoming you at Red in the nearby future!
Our kitchen is open 7 days per week from 18:00 until 24:00 (sunday from 17:00 until 23:00) o’clock which makes it perfectly suitable for a late dinner.