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Venice, Los Angeles

Venice is a beachfront neighborhood on the Westside of Los Angeles, California, United States. It is known for its canals, beaches and circus-like Ocean Front Walk, a two-and-a-half-mile pedestrian-only promenade...

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Viareggio, on the coast of the Tyrrhenian Sea

Viareggio is one of the jewels of Tuscany, famous for its carnival featuring majestic floats and masks.
The city is somewhat close to Pisa so it can be reached by plane, Pisa's international airport being just 20 kilometers away from the Viareggio city center. So keep in mind that if you visit Pisa you can easily do a day trip to the Tyrrhenian Sea coast and visit Viareggio.
There aren't many classical tourist attractions in the city but if you are in the mood for a walk on the seaside or spending some time on the beach Viareggio is perfect: not that crowded and with prices that can match any budget.
Let's see some pictures of what Viareggio has to offer:

Viareggio Carnival in 2007
Viareggio Carnival in 2007

Viareggio Hotel Royal
Viareggio Hotel Royal

Typical street in Viareggio, Tuscany
Typical street in Viareggio, Tuscany

Viareggio night panorama
Viareggio night panorama

Pisa tower, just 20km from Viareggio
Pisa tower, just 20km from Viareggio

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Time your trip to New York to see tennis greats

New York is a city that is great to visit at any time of year. There are landmarks galore to visit, and whenever you go, you’ll never have enough time in one trip to see all the things that you wanted to.
But one great event not to be missed is the tennis US Open, which takes place in Flushing Meadows in Queens, New York every August.

The tournament is one of the four big international tennis events in the calendar year – and sits alongside the Australian Open in January, Roland Garros  (the French Open) in Paris in May and Wimbledon in the UK in June and early July.

This year there are some familiar names in the running for winner of the Men’s Singles at the US Open. If you check out different odds at sites like Paddy Power, you’ll see that Novak Djokovic is the favourite to win, followed by Rafael Nadal, Andy Murray, and Roger Federer. No matter which player you want to win, it’s definitely an experience to go to the US Open in person.
It’s the very opposite of Wimbledon in so many ways – which can feel a little formal and stuffy in its traditions.

At Flushing Meadows the dress code is definitely casual and the atmosphere is relaxed. Tickets are easier to come by too – in fact many British tennis fans have cottoned on to the fact that you can get the cost of the trip to New York and the seats at Flushing Meadows for a similar price that you could only get seats at Wimbledon for Centre Court or Court Number One.

The same players play at every international Grand Slam; why not enjoy an almost free trip to the Big Apple at the same time as you’re getting your live tennis fix?

Flushing Park Queens, New York
Flushing Park Queens, New York

Queensboro bridge, New York
Queensboro bridge, New York

New York County Courthouse
New York County Courthouse