Beyonce helped Louvre Museum beat the visitors record





Beyonce helped Louvre Museum beat the visitors record

The Louvre Museum in Paris recorded a record number of visitors in 2018: about 10.2 million people. It is an unprecedented number for this institution which, thanks to these figures, has become the most visited museum in the world.

"For the first time in history and for the first time in the history of museums, over 10 million tourists visited the Louvre in 2018 , " said Jean-Luc Martinez, president of the institution's CEO, according to the BBC.

The Guardian thinks that the record would actually be due to Carter - Beyonce and Jay-Z - who rented the Luvrul for a day in 2018 to shoot the APESHIT video , a reminder of how art deleted from history actors who were not white.

The video opens with portrait of Mona Lisa and ends with Portrait D'Une Négresse. The music stops for a few minutes to show us a portrait of Madame Récamier's painting.The video, choreographed by Belgian ballerina Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, was filmed discreetly on the night of May 31st to June 1, 2018 at the Louvre Museum in central Paris and presented during a London concert in their world tour OTR II.

The bodies of seemingly empty dancers alternate with the pictures of historical paintings signed by Jacques-Louis David, Napoleon Bonaparte's court painter, or Leonardo Da Vinci's Gioconda, and sculptures such as Venus of Milo or Victoria of Samotrace.

According to Le Parisien, APESHIT is a political video that seeks to "affirm the equality of African-American and White culture."

The video sparked tourists' interest and forced them to cross the museum's doorstep. Thus, the Louvre Museum recorded a 25% increase in the number of visitors by 10.2 million people compared to 8.1 million in 2017, thus losing its own record in 2012, when no less than 9.7 million of people have passed the threshold of the institution that houses famous works of art.

The record was also due to a revival in international tourism in the capital of France after a 30% drop in recent years as a result of the 2015 theorist attacks. Foreign tourists account for about 70% of the museum's visitors, and they mainly look from the US, China and EU countries.

Louvre Museum in Abu Dhabi, the most spectacular sights to be opened

Lonely Planet, the largest publisher of travel guides in the world, has made a list of the most exciting new destinations to travel in 2016.

Louvre - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
After the defeat of Napoleon, the Nile was returned to Italy. However, the Tiber remained in the Louvre Museum and can be seen in the collections today.

The first artificial lagoon, located in Wales, UK, is one of the most interesting sights that will be inaugurated in 2016, according to publisher Lonely Planet. With an estimated value of about 16 million, lagoon Snowdonia intended surfers, will open in spring 2016. It is 305 meters long and uses rainwater to produce waves every 60 seconds. The top have joined, among others, the Louvre Abu Dhabi and a new high-speed train in Japan. "Our experts have traveled the world tour to discover the extraordinary tourist attractions," said director of Lonely Planet, Noirin Hagarty. In addition to new destinations, the list also includes old destinations under development, Akagera National Park in Rwanda, the new currency will be brought, and the Panama Canal, the expansion of which have invested approximately EUR 4.58 billion.

And the new Louvre museum complex, built in Abu Dhabi, whose inauguration will take place this year, entered the list drawn up by specialists. Futuristic building, the dome will be located on an artificial lake and will house works of art from different eras, from the Buddhist engravings, paintings in oil Italian. Also in 2016 will be inaugurated a new building of Tate Modern art gallery in London. It will have 10 floors and will be open from June 17.









Beyonce helped Louvre Museum beat the visitors record

The Louvre Museum in Paris recorded a record number of visitors in 2018: about 10.2 million people. It is an unprecedented number for this institution which, thanks to these figures, has become the most visited museum in the world.

"For the first time in history and for the first time in the history of museums, over 10 million tourists visited the Louvre in 2018 , " said Jean-Luc Martinez, president of the institution's CEO, according to the BBC.

The Guardian thinks that the record would actually be due to Carter - Beyonce and Jay-Z - who rented the Luvrul for a day in 2018 to shoot the APESHIT video , a reminder of how art deleted from history actors who were not white.

The video opens with portrait of Mona Lisa and ends with Portrait D'Une Négresse. The music stops for a few minutes to show us a portrait of Madame Récamier's painting.The video, choreographed by Belgian ballerina Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, was filmed discreetly on the night of May 31st to June 1, 2018 at the Louvre Museum in central Paris and presented during a London concert in their world tour OTR II.

The bodies of seemingly empty dancers alternate with the pictures of historical paintings signed by Jacques-Louis David, Napoleon Bonaparte's court painter, or Leonardo Da Vinci's Gioconda, and sculptures such as Venus of Milo or Victoria of Samotrace.

According to Le Parisien, APESHIT is a political video that seeks to "affirm the equality of African-American and White culture."

The video sparked tourists' interest and forced them to cross the museum's doorstep. Thus, the Louvre Museum recorded a 25% increase in the number of visitors by 10.2 million people compared to 8.1 million in 2017, thus losing its own record in 2012, when no less than 9.7 million of people have passed the threshold of the institution that houses famous works of art.

The record was also due to a revival in international tourism in the capital of France after a 30% drop in recent years as a result of the 2015 theorist attacks. Foreign tourists account for about 70% of the museum's visitors, and they mainly look from the US, China and EU countries.

Louvre Museum in Abu Dhabi, the most spectacular sights to be opened

Lonely Planet, the largest publisher of travel guides in the world, has made a list of the most exciting new destinations to travel in 2016.

Louvre - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
After the defeat of Napoleon, the Nile was returned to Italy. However, the Tiber remained in the Louvre Museum and can be seen in the collections today.

The first artificial lagoon, located in Wales, UK, is one of the most interesting sights that will be inaugurated in 2016, according to publisher Lonely Planet. With an estimated value of about 16 million, lagoon Snowdonia intended surfers, will open in spring 2016. It is 305 meters long and uses rainwater to produce waves every 60 seconds. The top have joined, among others, the Louvre Abu Dhabi and a new high-speed train in Japan. "Our experts have traveled the world tour to discover the extraordinary tourist attractions," said director of Lonely Planet, Noirin Hagarty. In addition to new destinations, the list also includes old destinations under development, Akagera National Park in Rwanda, the new currency will be brought, and the Panama Canal, the expansion of which have invested approximately EUR 4.58 billion.

And the new Louvre museum complex, built in Abu Dhabi, whose inauguration will take place this year, entered the list drawn up by specialists. Futuristic building, the dome will be located on an artificial lake and will house works of art from different eras, from the Buddhist engravings, paintings in oil Italian. Also in 2016 will be inaugurated a new building of Tate Modern art gallery in London. It will have 10 floors and will be open from June 17.





Top of star: tourist destinations in 2019





Top of star: tourist destinations in 2019

Although suffered in 2017 by a drastic decrease in the number of tourists who visited it especially during the summer, Turkey returned to 2018, and in 2019 it will surely get a significant number of tourists on its beaches again. Recognized for 5 star services, the all-inclusive regime makes this destination a favorite one. Also, the offers of the local tour operators that compete in promotional packages lead me to believe that Turkey will resume its leading position among the countries visited in large numbers by tourists eager to relax.

Dominican Republic For lovers of warmth, exotic beaches, palm trees and all inclusive, the Dominican Republic will see an increase in the number of tourists visiting it in 2019. The relatively affordable prices to this destination, the large number of offers in the market, the landscapes and the hospitality of the locals in Dominican will attract touists as a magnet in Punta Cana in the coming year. Also, at this end of 2018, many of our countrymen chose to spend the years on the Atlantic Ocean beaches.

Already in the charts, Greece will be no less in 2019. Recognized as a favorite destination for tourists, the old Elada will be in the top 10 countries visited for many years now. What attracts us to this country? The culinary offer, the beaches and the water like the crystal. Accessible to many of us, this country offers endless opportunities for leisure. Weather is also an asset of the Greeks, but anyway, both luxury and economic packages are accessed by hundreds of thousands of tourists annually. And in this case, travel agencies compete in more attractive offers.

Dubai - Prominently, this destination has entered the tops of shattering other areas considered exotic to the tourists (Egypt, Morocco, Tunisia). Recognized for opulence, safety and decoration, Dubai is a good alternative to an exotic holiday. Although it is limited as a visiting period, due to the unfavorable climate a great deal of time, the beginning and the end of the year finds tourists at shopping, fun or at the beach.

Considered one of the most beautiful and interesting countries, the US has infinite offers for all kinds of tourists: from shopping, nature tours, caravan circuits, active and adventurous vacations or beach. Thus, America remains a country to be ticked on the holiday list of any european tourist. Observing this trend, some agencies offer interesting tourist packages for this destination, ranging from regular holidays to New York, Washington, Los Angeles or Las Vegas. Asking why America chooses, the Romans find infinite motives for visiting the country of all possibilities. While there are still visas, our fellow countrymen are not scared and they are increasingly choosing to travel to the USA, and the visiting period is over 9 nights. For New Years Eve and Christmas, the number of tourists in our country that travel here increases by at least 10-15%, the year-end mirage in Time Square making all the money.

Bali Earth 2 years ago, Bali was an unmatched dream for many tourists. The offers of airline companies and travel agencies have turned this area into one visited by european tourists. Attracted to her exoticism, but also to the fact that it sounds nice to go to Bali, our tourists sometimes choose hotels and low cost airlines, just to check this destination. Considered one of the largest tourist attractions in the world, Bali, an island in Indonesia, attracts us both for decors and for the part of SPA and massages in which they are masters. Another category of tourists who will choose Bali in 2019 are those who love water sports: surfing, diving, fishing. On the other hand, lovers of culture, history, or jungle excursions will be able to satisfy their holiday whims here.

Maldives If you get married in 2019, surely the Maldives remains number 1 to spend the honeymoon. Increasing the number of hotels opened in the Maldives, the offers of european tour operators for this destination place it in the top 3 destinations sold in recent years. It is hard to believe that in 2019 it will be different. Although it is not a destination that offers you a great deal of activity, as is happening in Puerto Rico, Costa Rica, Mexico or Argentina, the Maldives conquers dream scenes, fine sandy beaches and romanticism all the way. mauritius Although it may seem unexpected, in 2019 I bet Mauritius. Here every tourist will spend relaxing days on his sunny beaches enjoying an exotic atmosphere. Mauritius is a spectacular combination of tropical vegetation with steep mountains of volcanic origin, volcanic lakes and brilliant white sandy beaches bordered by the turquoise clear waters of the Indian Ocean, colorful springs with lush gardens full of exotic fragrant flowers. The island offers a wide range of activities: tours on the island, cruises on the sea, shopping, fun in the beachfront, and the price per person starts at 1390 euros.

The promotion campaigns made by the Ministry of Tourism in Israel, religious circuits at the Holy Tomb, but also our attachment to this country will make Israel a destination also visited in 2019. Its development in terms of tourism, mild climate and new destinations will attract the Romans to Israel. Airline offers also help. Tel Aviv, Jerusalem, Haifa are just three of the cities that will receive in 2019 more european tourists. Considered an expensive country, Israel compensates for climate, food, beach and proximity, just 2 hours of airplane flight. Thailand-Vietnam-Cambodia Bangkok, Angkor Wat, Angkor Thom, Saigon (Ho Chi Minh) are just a few of the attractions that in 2019 will cause european tourists to take out a considerable budget from their wallet,

THAILAND-VIETNAM-CAMBODGIA triangle is renowned for its blend of sensations gives them to those who reach these places. From historical visits to traditional food and access to certain Asian customs, all make the flavor of a seasoned holiday with everything. Not far away, beaches and massage sessions are just a few of the strengths of these countries that combine in a unique way offering the traveler an unforgettable experience.






Top of star: tourist destinations in 2019

Although suffered in 2017 by a drastic decrease in the number of tourists who visited it especially during the summer, Turkey returned to 2018, and in 2019 it will surely get a significant number of tourists on its beaches again. Recognized for 5 star services, the all-inclusive regime makes this destination a favorite one. Also, the offers of the local tour operators that compete in promotional packages lead me to believe that Turkey will resume its leading position among the countries visited in large numbers by tourists eager to relax.

Dominican Republic For lovers of warmth, exotic beaches, palm trees and all inclusive, the Dominican Republic will see an increase in the number of tourists visiting it in 2019. The relatively affordable prices to this destination, the large number of offers in the market, the landscapes and the hospitality of the locals in Dominican will attract touists as a magnet in Punta Cana in the coming year. Also, at this end of 2018, many of our countrymen chose to spend the years on the Atlantic Ocean beaches.

Already in the charts, Greece will be no less in 2019. Recognized as a favorite destination for tourists, the old Elada will be in the top 10 countries visited for many years now. What attracts us to this country? The culinary offer, the beaches and the water like the crystal. Accessible to many of us, this country offers endless opportunities for leisure. Weather is also an asset of the Greeks, but anyway, both luxury and economic packages are accessed by hundreds of thousands of tourists annually. And in this case, travel agencies compete in more attractive offers.

Dubai - Prominently, this destination has entered the tops of shattering other areas considered exotic to the tourists (Egypt, Morocco, Tunisia). Recognized for opulence, safety and decoration, Dubai is a good alternative to an exotic holiday. Although it is limited as a visiting period, due to the unfavorable climate a great deal of time, the beginning and the end of the year finds tourists at shopping, fun or at the beach.

Considered one of the most beautiful and interesting countries, the US has infinite offers for all kinds of tourists: from shopping, nature tours, caravan circuits, active and adventurous vacations or beach. Thus, America remains a country to be ticked on the holiday list of any european tourist. Observing this trend, some agencies offer interesting tourist packages for this destination, ranging from regular holidays to New York, Washington, Los Angeles or Las Vegas. Asking why America chooses, the Romans find infinite motives for visiting the country of all possibilities. While there are still visas, our fellow countrymen are not scared and they are increasingly choosing to travel to the USA, and the visiting period is over 9 nights. For New Years Eve and Christmas, the number of tourists in our country that travel here increases by at least 10-15%, the year-end mirage in Time Square making all the money.

Bali Earth 2 years ago, Bali was an unmatched dream for many tourists. The offers of airline companies and travel agencies have turned this area into one visited by european tourists. Attracted to her exoticism, but also to the fact that it sounds nice to go to Bali, our tourists sometimes choose hotels and low cost airlines, just to check this destination. Considered one of the largest tourist attractions in the world, Bali, an island in Indonesia, attracts us both for decors and for the part of SPA and massages in which they are masters. Another category of tourists who will choose Bali in 2019 are those who love water sports: surfing, diving, fishing. On the other hand, lovers of culture, history, or jungle excursions will be able to satisfy their holiday whims here.

Maldives If you get married in 2019, surely the Maldives remains number 1 to spend the honeymoon. Increasing the number of hotels opened in the Maldives, the offers of european tour operators for this destination place it in the top 3 destinations sold in recent years. It is hard to believe that in 2019 it will be different. Although it is not a destination that offers you a great deal of activity, as is happening in Puerto Rico, Costa Rica, Mexico or Argentina, the Maldives conquers dream scenes, fine sandy beaches and romanticism all the way. mauritius Although it may seem unexpected, in 2019 I bet Mauritius. Here every tourist will spend relaxing days on his sunny beaches enjoying an exotic atmosphere. Mauritius is a spectacular combination of tropical vegetation with steep mountains of volcanic origin, volcanic lakes and brilliant white sandy beaches bordered by the turquoise clear waters of the Indian Ocean, colorful springs with lush gardens full of exotic fragrant flowers. The island offers a wide range of activities: tours on the island, cruises on the sea, shopping, fun in the beachfront, and the price per person starts at 1390 euros.

The promotion campaigns made by the Ministry of Tourism in Israel, religious circuits at the Holy Tomb, but also our attachment to this country will make Israel a destination also visited in 2019. Its development in terms of tourism, mild climate and new destinations will attract the Romans to Israel. Airline offers also help. Tel Aviv, Jerusalem, Haifa are just three of the cities that will receive in 2019 more european tourists. Considered an expensive country, Israel compensates for climate, food, beach and proximity, just 2 hours of airplane flight. Thailand-Vietnam-Cambodia Bangkok, Angkor Wat, Angkor Thom, Saigon (Ho Chi Minh) are just a few of the attractions that in 2019 will cause european tourists to take out a considerable budget from their wallet,

THAILAND-VIETNAM-CAMBODGIA triangle is renowned for its blend of sensations gives them to those who reach these places. From historical visits to traditional food and access to certain Asian customs, all make the flavor of a seasoned holiday with everything. Not far away, beaches and massage sessions are just a few of the strengths of these countries that combine in a unique way offering the traveler an unforgettable experience.


Limited tickets : Exclusive North Iceland Arctic Experience



Limited tickets : Exclusive North Iceland Arctic Experience

Exclusive North Iceland Arctic Experience is featuring on Ideal World Shopping Channel on TV Thursday this week AND has had a price drop! So I thought it would be an excellent opportunity for you all to give it another push to get some of those high basket value bookings.

Incredible Iceland Break from £299pp

A great introduction to the wonders of North Iceland, with unmissable excursions included but plenty of free time to explore Akureyri in your own way. As well as flights, Incredible Iceland breaks include: Four nights’ accommodation in choice of Akureyri hotels Return airport transfers by coach ‘Search for the Northern Lights’ four-hour evening excursion on night of arrival ‘Lake Myvatn Adventure – Land of Fire and Ice’ full day excursion including visits to the mythical Godafoss Waterfall, the boiling mud pools of Namafjall and the opportunity to visit Myvatn Nature Baths.

Lake Myvatn – Iceland’s Winter Wilderness Break from £899pp

Perfect for nature lovers, this break allows you to fully explore the wild beauty of North Iceland in a smaller group. As well as flights, Iceland’s Winter Wilderness breaks include: Four nights’ accommodation in the 3* Sel Hotel Myvatn, including breakfast Small group transfers to/from Akureyri Airport in a 4x4 Minibus Akureyri City Sightseeing and Godafoss Waterfall tour Small group ‘Search for Northern Lights’ evening tour Small group ‘Lake Myvatn Highlights and Hidden Gems’ tour Visit and entrance to Myvatn Nature Baths Visit and entrance to Sigurgeirs Bird Museum This breakis subject to our Small Group Guarantee – a maximum group size of 16 passengers.

Freedom of North Iceland Self Drive Break from £699pp

Explore the best of North Iceland on your own terms with all the freedom having your own private mode of transport brings. As well as flights, Freedom of North Iceland Self Drive Breaks include: Four nights’ accommodation at either 4* Fosshotel Myvatn or Fosshotel Husavik with breakfast Rental of a Suzuki Vitara 4WD for the duration of the break Unlimited mileage, theft waiver, collision damage waiver & personal added insurance.

Luxury North Iceland Escape from £1061pp

For those looking to enjoy the finer things North Iceland has to offer, this break includes a host of culinary and cultural experiences along with a taste of luxury at the area’s premier hotel, which boasts outdoor hot tubs for prime viewing of the Northern Lights. As well as flights, Luxury North Iceland Escapes include: Four nights’ accommodation at the 4* Siglo Hotel, Siglufjordur, with breakfast Small group transfers to/from Akureyri Airport Visit to local waterfront bistro Ekta Fiskur for late lunch Kaldi Brewery visit and beer tasting Local sheep farm visit and smoked lamb tasting Lunch at local favourite Hannes Boy restaurant Visit to Icelandic Pottery Centre & Saga Fotografika Museum Segul 67 Brewery and beer tasting Walking tour of Siglufjordur town This break is subject to our Small Group Guarantee – a maximum group size of 16 passengers.






Limited tickets : Exclusive North Iceland Arctic Experience

Exclusive North Iceland Arctic Experience is featuring on Ideal World Shopping Channel on TV Thursday this week AND has had a price drop! So I thought it would be an excellent opportunity for you all to give it another push to get some of those high basket value bookings.

Incredible Iceland Break from £299pp

A great introduction to the wonders of North Iceland, with unmissable excursions included but plenty of free time to explore Akureyri in your own way. As well as flights, Incredible Iceland breaks include: Four nights’ accommodation in choice of Akureyri hotels Return airport transfers by coach ‘Search for the Northern Lights’ four-hour evening excursion on night of arrival ‘Lake Myvatn Adventure – Land of Fire and Ice’ full day excursion including visits to the mythical Godafoss Waterfall, the boiling mud pools of Namafjall and the opportunity to visit Myvatn Nature Baths.

Lake Myvatn – Iceland’s Winter Wilderness Break from £899pp

Perfect for nature lovers, this break allows you to fully explore the wild beauty of North Iceland in a smaller group. As well as flights, Iceland’s Winter Wilderness breaks include: Four nights’ accommodation in the 3* Sel Hotel Myvatn, including breakfast Small group transfers to/from Akureyri Airport in a 4x4 Minibus Akureyri City Sightseeing and Godafoss Waterfall tour Small group ‘Search for Northern Lights’ evening tour Small group ‘Lake Myvatn Highlights and Hidden Gems’ tour Visit and entrance to Myvatn Nature Baths Visit and entrance to Sigurgeirs Bird Museum This breakis subject to our Small Group Guarantee – a maximum group size of 16 passengers.

Freedom of North Iceland Self Drive Break from £699pp

Explore the best of North Iceland on your own terms with all the freedom having your own private mode of transport brings. As well as flights, Freedom of North Iceland Self Drive Breaks include: Four nights’ accommodation at either 4* Fosshotel Myvatn or Fosshotel Husavik with breakfast Rental of a Suzuki Vitara 4WD for the duration of the break Unlimited mileage, theft waiver, collision damage waiver & personal added insurance.

Luxury North Iceland Escape from £1061pp

For those looking to enjoy the finer things North Iceland has to offer, this break includes a host of culinary and cultural experiences along with a taste of luxury at the area’s premier hotel, which boasts outdoor hot tubs for prime viewing of the Northern Lights. As well as flights, Luxury North Iceland Escapes include: Four nights’ accommodation at the 4* Siglo Hotel, Siglufjordur, with breakfast Small group transfers to/from Akureyri Airport Visit to local waterfront bistro Ekta Fiskur for late lunch Kaldi Brewery visit and beer tasting Local sheep farm visit and smoked lamb tasting Lunch at local favourite Hannes Boy restaurant Visit to Icelandic Pottery Centre & Saga Fotografika Museum Segul 67 Brewery and beer tasting Walking tour of Siglufjordur town This break is subject to our Small Group Guarantee – a maximum group size of 16 passengers.




Story of a woman who lived alone on an island for 18 years





Story of a woman who lived alone on an island for 18 years

100 kilometers off the coast of California is Channel Islands (not to be confused with those of the English Channel with the same name), also known as the Islands of Santa Barbara, represent a series of five islands that have been isolated from the rest of the world for thousands of years. The island of San Nicolas was the home of the Nicoleño people, a tribe of natives who only had contact with the tribes on the other islands. This changed in the nineteenth century, which led to the story of the tribe's last survivor.

In 1811, a group of Russian fur traders arrived at the island looking for raw material, because the islands were abundant in seals and in seagrass, reports The Vintage News .

The merchants and the Nicoleño tribe entered into conflict, but the tribe was overtaken technologically.If it was not the intervention of the Spaniards - who had an interest in the island's resources - Nicoleño could disappear completely.

However, the male population was decimated, and the tribe was left vulnerable to Catholic missions , which took advantage of the opportunity to convert the population. In the 19th century, this was done by taking local people and distributing them to the mission system, where they were used as cheap labor.

In 1835, the island's population was just a few hundred, and the Santa Barbara Mission sent a ship to evacuate the island, bringing the last natives to the mainland as a hand.

Here begins the story of the woman named Juana Maria. There are two theories about how he stayed on the island : either he was left out of the accident or fled from the ship to return. In any case, the end is the same: it was left on the island, and the ship did not return after it.

People were impressed by her strength

The official version was that the island was completely deserted. Often there were stories from the crews of the ships that passed near the island, according to which there was an "appearance" on the blurred island.

Because of these stories, interest in the island has increased. In 1853, 18 years after evacuating the island, Captain George Nidever wanted to find this appearance, and in the first two voyages he walked over footsteps on the beach.

On the third voyage, he found three huts made of whale bones. In front of them was Juana Maria, and from the first moment, the crew knew what she had done to survive.

According to Carl Dittman, a crew member, "the woman stood on the ground and separated the fat from the skin of the seal."

The crew was amazed that somebody survived a deserted island for so long. Trying to communicate with it, they noticed they could not understand it. In the last 18 years he has been alone on the island, and his language has deteriorated to the point where he could barely articulate words.

However, sailors stayed on the island for several weeks while Juana Maria showed them how she survived, how she hunted, sang, and they were impressed by her strength.

When it was time to leave, the woman joined them, reaching Santa Barbara. Juana Maria, a name she received from the Catholic mission, remained with Captain Nidever for about seven months until the woman's death, most likely caused by a trivial disease that the immune system could not reject.






Story of a woman who lived alone on an island for 18 years

100 kilometers off the coast of California is Channel Islands (not to be confused with those of the English Channel with the same name), also known as the Islands of Santa Barbara, represent a series of five islands that have been isolated from the rest of the world for thousands of years. The island of San Nicolas was the home of the Nicoleño people, a tribe of natives who only had contact with the tribes on the other islands. This changed in the nineteenth century, which led to the story of the tribe's last survivor.

In 1811, a group of Russian fur traders arrived at the island looking for raw material, because the islands were abundant in seals and in seagrass, reports The Vintage News .

The merchants and the Nicoleño tribe entered into conflict, but the tribe was overtaken technologically.If it was not the intervention of the Spaniards - who had an interest in the island's resources - Nicoleño could disappear completely.

However, the male population was decimated, and the tribe was left vulnerable to Catholic missions , which took advantage of the opportunity to convert the population. In the 19th century, this was done by taking local people and distributing them to the mission system, where they were used as cheap labor.

In 1835, the island's population was just a few hundred, and the Santa Barbara Mission sent a ship to evacuate the island, bringing the last natives to the mainland as a hand.

Here begins the story of the woman named Juana Maria. There are two theories about how he stayed on the island : either he was left out of the accident or fled from the ship to return. In any case, the end is the same: it was left on the island, and the ship did not return after it.

People were impressed by her strength

The official version was that the island was completely deserted. Often there were stories from the crews of the ships that passed near the island, according to which there was an "appearance" on the blurred island.

Because of these stories, interest in the island has increased. In 1853, 18 years after evacuating the island, Captain George Nidever wanted to find this appearance, and in the first two voyages he walked over footsteps on the beach.

On the third voyage, he found three huts made of whale bones. In front of them was Juana Maria, and from the first moment, the crew knew what she had done to survive.

According to Carl Dittman, a crew member, "the woman stood on the ground and separated the fat from the skin of the seal."

The crew was amazed that somebody survived a deserted island for so long. Trying to communicate with it, they noticed they could not understand it. In the last 18 years he has been alone on the island, and his language has deteriorated to the point where he could barely articulate words.

However, sailors stayed on the island for several weeks while Juana Maria showed them how she survived, how she hunted, sang, and they were impressed by her strength.

When it was time to leave, the woman joined them, reaching Santa Barbara. Juana Maria, a name she received from the Catholic mission, remained with Captain Nidever for about seven months until the woman's death, most likely caused by a trivial disease that the immune system could not reject.


Valencia, the city with the taste of paella


One of the most important cities of Spain presents a happy mix between old and new, in a Mediterranean atmosphere.

Maybe he does not have the fame of Barcelona, ​​nor the glory of Madrid, but basically it is nothing lower. On the contrary, Valencia, Spain's third largest city, comes with something new. It is the only Iberian city where modern and old, or technology and history, blend harmoniously among palm trees, broad beaches, fine sand, sangria, paella and tapas. Situated in the middle of Spain's eastern coast, with the Mediterranean Sea, Valencia can be inspired until late autumn, late October, and even early November, when sunshine can provide the comfort of a beach day with temperatures which are not suffocating, but not stingy. The summer is warm, very hot and extremely crowded because the city's tourist potential has been exploited to the full in the past two decades when officials have decided to invest massively in this area.

The City of Art and Science, a futuristic project This is how the City of Arts and Sciences emerged, one of Valencia's strengths, a complex of buildings and museums, located at one of the ends of Turia Park, the one who cuts the city ten kilometers apart, and a girdle of greenery all year round. Ciutat de les Arts and les Ciències, as it is called the Spaniards, was inaugurated in 1998 and is the work of two courageous architects, Santiago Calatrava Valls and Félix Candela, who dared to believe that they can do this futuristic and fabulous project, and have convinced the authorities to spend nice money for him. Thus, the Princes Felipe Museum of Science, Imax cinema, L'Hemisfèric Planetarium, L'Oceanografic Park, L'Umbracle Garden and Opera Reina Sofia are grouped into a perimeter where any SF film can easily be made. 18 bridges are above Turia Park, providing road transport between its two parts.

Each of these has many things to offer, the Oceanographer, for example, is the third largest in the world, and the only one to host a beluga. To visit the City of Arts and Sciences, there are different entrance bundles, and to enjoy all the existing attractions it takes at least a day. Part of it is the Assul bridge of L'Or, the highest point in Valencia, 126 meters high, which is supported by 28 gigantic cables. Thanks to this miniature city, symbolizing the progress of technology in a country full of history, Valencia has won a lot of visitors, asian hordes looking for impossible angles every day to catch the frame of a collection photo. The city looks impressive both day and night, but it is ideal to catch a sunny day, and then it will all seem to be shining from another world.

From Valencia's SF to the historic area, the road is simple and smooth through the Turia Park and it is an urban jewel with an interesting history. It was set up on the Turia riverbed, the city that snakes through the city, like the Danube to Vienna or other rivers that cross the major European cities. It's just that Turia got its head in 1957, causing devastating flooding in Valencia, with many casualties. For this reason, and for the fear of a relapse, it was decided that the river be diverted from the city, and that the park was raised on its bed. Surprised by palm trees and other exotic trees, with flowery gardens, lakes, playgrounds, jogging alleys, and even football fields, Turia is the favorite spot of the Valencian people. This is how those who come from the province of Valencia, the fourth most populous of Spain, under the umbrella of which are around 5 million inhabitants. Young people running in the morning or in the evening with headphones in their ears, grandparents riding grandchildren or corporations who dine their lunch on the benches give life to this top-quality park, clean and extremely neat. The City of Arts and Sciences and Turia Park are the modern elements of the metropolis, but not the only ones that define it. Like any Spanish city that respects, Valencia has dozens of squares and squares, loaded with statues and historic buildings built of stone. Historic Valencia is coming from Turia to the El Miguelete tour where, for two euros, you can climb up a dozen stairs and finally get a fascinating view of the city. After the City of Arts and Sciences, the Miguelele tower is the favorite spot for the occasional photographers coming from all over the world.

The art of preparing the jam Then easy, at its base, you only have to lose yourself on the cobblestone streets, where cars do not have access to enjoy the typical Spanish landscape. Small shops on the ground floor of the buildings, where souvenirs, terraces and restaurants are sold, the groceries in the shop where the jamon hamburger smiles you enough to let your mouth water. Jamon, or the hamster imported by Romanian, means hospitality in Spanish, and it's inconceivable to get into the Iberian Penisula, and you do not eat at least a sandwich with this delicacy, which the Spaniards gain gracefully and skillfully. Even his preparation is a real art. Jamon Serrano, the bacon that covers about 90 percent of Spain's production, is considered to be superior to hams in other countries because it comes from selected pig breeds, fed exclusively with cereals. It is said to differ from the rest, with its red-hot color, strong texture and special taste.

Cathedral of the Holy Grail Returning to historic Valencia, the Cathedral is considered a must-see, although it looks rather like a genuine cathedral. It is more of a castle, and it was built to honor the banishment of the Arabs from Spain in the 13th century. For 7 euros, you can go in and see the Holy Grail, the cake that Jesus is supposed to have drunk at the Last Supper. Obviously, outside of the Cathedral, the place is embellished by various local artists, who put more or less innocent hand in their pockets for some small pieces. Some even do something to deserve their money, but unfortunately there are individuals who only beg for financial pity and create a strong mental discomfort when you distinguish the Spanish accent behind Spanish sparks.

The old Valencia area has many old places, Plaza de la Virgen, Plaza Redonda, Torres de Serranos and the list can continue. A special experience would be to visit Mercado Central, Central Market, where hundreds of traders sell vegetables, fruits, fish, meat and jam every day in significant quantities. Tariffs look like a magazine and it's hard to resist the temptation of not scattering some euros there. Being a large city with a population of 800,000, which doubles or even triplets if you join and come from the area, Valencia is also a powerful shopping center. As a result, there is no shortage of banal or firm stores, plus the famous El Corte Ingles, well represented in the city. Shopping lovers can not miss the pedestrian street Don Juan de Austria, the perfect retreat for shopping enthusiasts. Corridor show three times a year What would you like to see in Valencia, a city suitable for city breaks of 3-4 days, as well as for longer vacations? An unusual experience is a show of coridum. It is located in the Plaza de Toros, in the center, near the main train station of the city. The corrides are not events at anyone's convenience, primarily because they take place only three times a year: March, July and October. So whoever wants to watch the bull-to-bull war must plan their vacation early and have some money available, because a coridum show is not cheap. It costs up to 150 euros and takes two hours, during which 6-7 bulls are stabbed successively on the ring in public applause.

If the so-called bullfighting is kept for only two weeks in the aforementioned periods, the arena museum is open non-stop. It is well arranged and the entrance costs 10 euros. It is worth seeing by those who can beware that the poor cattle are terribly tormented until they get their last breath. For true animal lovers, the Valencia Zoo is a truly exciting experience where "tenants" live somehow in their natural environment, that is, not in cages, but in landscaped grounds to feel "home", indifferent that they come from Asia, Africa, Australia, Europe or the Americas. They eat well at decent prices Valencia is an effervescent city that breathes Mediterranean air and eats and drinks well at prices that are not exaggerated. A food consignment costs somewhere between 7 and 12 euros, and a beer is about 3 euros. Often, there is a need to book restaurants or pubs, because the premises are full of tourists and locals alike. Valencia also has a strong football team, whose fief lies on the Mestalla stadium, very close to Turia Park. The bats won six times the title in Spain and played twice the Champions League final in 2000 and 2001 when one of the pillars of the team was Adrian Ilie. The Romanian has spent four years in Valencia, 1998-2002, and the fans now remember the Cobra's whirling dribbling and his deceptive executions. Other Romanians, Belodedici, Gabi Popescu, Denis Şerban or Sabin Ilie, also played in Valencia, but none of them had the consistency of the former stelist, whose picture is on a banner on one side of the stadium. The stadium can be visited for 10.6 euro - ticket price for an adult.

Wide and neat beaches Located on the Mediterranean coast, Valencia offers some beaches far beyond what you see in Barcelona, ​​for example. With fine sand, well-groomed and well-arranged, beaches in Valencia are wide, at least twice as large as those in Mamaia, as a comparison. They are accessible by both metro and bus or tram, and when weather allows, about six to seven months a year are full until late at night. There are many famous restaurants for seafood, an important part of Mediterranean cuisine. EUR 1 billion costing the City of Arts and Sciences, three times more than initially estimated.

Valencia is served by the Manisas airfield, and from there it is easy to reach the city by bus or metro. Vouchers are cheap, 1.5 Euros bus and 2.8 Euros subway. Bus travel lasts 45 minutes, and the metro is 20 minutes. The subway station in Valencia is well structured and with stations quite close to each other. It is not necessary to take a subway from one tourist destination to another, because it is easy enough to walk on foot.  For those who want to visit as many or even all of the city's attractions, Valencia provides a tourist card. You can buy at the airport or at any tourist office, yet its online purchase comes with a 10% discount.

City accommodation can be both expensive and cheap. There are many hotels in the central area, but a variant that gets more ground, being cheaper, is accommodation through the airbnb network. Rufaza and Carmen are famous for their nightlife. And there are plenty of pubs on the beach, but the city's road up there will eat at least half an hour with public transportation. Las Falcia is a unique festival in the world, held annually in March. Each neighborhood produces huge statues of crepe paper, which must be ready on the first day of the festival. Statues are usually ironies to the negative parties of society or politicians. At the end of the festival, after three days, a winner is chosen and all the statues are burned and the whole city is covered by smoke, the show culminating with a great firework. From Valencia, it is easy to reach Benidorm, the famous Spanish resort, or Alicante, another tourist town, about two hours' drive.




One of the most important cities of Spain presents a happy mix between old and new, in a Mediterranean atmosphere.

Maybe he does not have the fame of Barcelona, ​​nor the glory of Madrid, but basically it is nothing lower. On the contrary, Valencia, Spain's third largest city, comes with something new. It is the only Iberian city where modern and old, or technology and history, blend harmoniously among palm trees, broad beaches, fine sand, sangria, paella and tapas. Situated in the middle of Spain's eastern coast, with the Mediterranean Sea, Valencia can be inspired until late autumn, late October, and even early November, when sunshine can provide the comfort of a beach day with temperatures which are not suffocating, but not stingy. The summer is warm, very hot and extremely crowded because the city's tourist potential has been exploited to the full in the past two decades when officials have decided to invest massively in this area.

The City of Art and Science, a futuristic project This is how the City of Arts and Sciences emerged, one of Valencia's strengths, a complex of buildings and museums, located at one of the ends of Turia Park, the one who cuts the city ten kilometers apart, and a girdle of greenery all year round. Ciutat de les Arts and les Ciències, as it is called the Spaniards, was inaugurated in 1998 and is the work of two courageous architects, Santiago Calatrava Valls and Félix Candela, who dared to believe that they can do this futuristic and fabulous project, and have convinced the authorities to spend nice money for him. Thus, the Princes Felipe Museum of Science, Imax cinema, L'Hemisfèric Planetarium, L'Oceanografic Park, L'Umbracle Garden and Opera Reina Sofia are grouped into a perimeter where any SF film can easily be made. 18 bridges are above Turia Park, providing road transport between its two parts.

Each of these has many things to offer, the Oceanographer, for example, is the third largest in the world, and the only one to host a beluga. To visit the City of Arts and Sciences, there are different entrance bundles, and to enjoy all the existing attractions it takes at least a day. Part of it is the Assul bridge of L'Or, the highest point in Valencia, 126 meters high, which is supported by 28 gigantic cables. Thanks to this miniature city, symbolizing the progress of technology in a country full of history, Valencia has won a lot of visitors, asian hordes looking for impossible angles every day to catch the frame of a collection photo. The city looks impressive both day and night, but it is ideal to catch a sunny day, and then it will all seem to be shining from another world.

From Valencia's SF to the historic area, the road is simple and smooth through the Turia Park and it is an urban jewel with an interesting history. It was set up on the Turia riverbed, the city that snakes through the city, like the Danube to Vienna or other rivers that cross the major European cities. It's just that Turia got its head in 1957, causing devastating flooding in Valencia, with many casualties. For this reason, and for the fear of a relapse, it was decided that the river be diverted from the city, and that the park was raised on its bed. Surprised by palm trees and other exotic trees, with flowery gardens, lakes, playgrounds, jogging alleys, and even football fields, Turia is the favorite spot of the Valencian people. This is how those who come from the province of Valencia, the fourth most populous of Spain, under the umbrella of which are around 5 million inhabitants. Young people running in the morning or in the evening with headphones in their ears, grandparents riding grandchildren or corporations who dine their lunch on the benches give life to this top-quality park, clean and extremely neat. The City of Arts and Sciences and Turia Park are the modern elements of the metropolis, but not the only ones that define it. Like any Spanish city that respects, Valencia has dozens of squares and squares, loaded with statues and historic buildings built of stone. Historic Valencia is coming from Turia to the El Miguelete tour where, for two euros, you can climb up a dozen stairs and finally get a fascinating view of the city. After the City of Arts and Sciences, the Miguelele tower is the favorite spot for the occasional photographers coming from all over the world.

The art of preparing the jam Then easy, at its base, you only have to lose yourself on the cobblestone streets, where cars do not have access to enjoy the typical Spanish landscape. Small shops on the ground floor of the buildings, where souvenirs, terraces and restaurants are sold, the groceries in the shop where the jamon hamburger smiles you enough to let your mouth water. Jamon, or the hamster imported by Romanian, means hospitality in Spanish, and it's inconceivable to get into the Iberian Penisula, and you do not eat at least a sandwich with this delicacy, which the Spaniards gain gracefully and skillfully. Even his preparation is a real art. Jamon Serrano, the bacon that covers about 90 percent of Spain's production, is considered to be superior to hams in other countries because it comes from selected pig breeds, fed exclusively with cereals. It is said to differ from the rest, with its red-hot color, strong texture and special taste.

Cathedral of the Holy Grail Returning to historic Valencia, the Cathedral is considered a must-see, although it looks rather like a genuine cathedral. It is more of a castle, and it was built to honor the banishment of the Arabs from Spain in the 13th century. For 7 euros, you can go in and see the Holy Grail, the cake that Jesus is supposed to have drunk at the Last Supper. Obviously, outside of the Cathedral, the place is embellished by various local artists, who put more or less innocent hand in their pockets for some small pieces. Some even do something to deserve their money, but unfortunately there are individuals who only beg for financial pity and create a strong mental discomfort when you distinguish the Spanish accent behind Spanish sparks.

The old Valencia area has many old places, Plaza de la Virgen, Plaza Redonda, Torres de Serranos and the list can continue. A special experience would be to visit Mercado Central, Central Market, where hundreds of traders sell vegetables, fruits, fish, meat and jam every day in significant quantities. Tariffs look like a magazine and it's hard to resist the temptation of not scattering some euros there. Being a large city with a population of 800,000, which doubles or even triplets if you join and come from the area, Valencia is also a powerful shopping center. As a result, there is no shortage of banal or firm stores, plus the famous El Corte Ingles, well represented in the city. Shopping lovers can not miss the pedestrian street Don Juan de Austria, the perfect retreat for shopping enthusiasts. Corridor show three times a year What would you like to see in Valencia, a city suitable for city breaks of 3-4 days, as well as for longer vacations? An unusual experience is a show of coridum. It is located in the Plaza de Toros, in the center, near the main train station of the city. The corrides are not events at anyone's convenience, primarily because they take place only three times a year: March, July and October. So whoever wants to watch the bull-to-bull war must plan their vacation early and have some money available, because a coridum show is not cheap. It costs up to 150 euros and takes two hours, during which 6-7 bulls are stabbed successively on the ring in public applause.

If the so-called bullfighting is kept for only two weeks in the aforementioned periods, the arena museum is open non-stop. It is well arranged and the entrance costs 10 euros. It is worth seeing by those who can beware that the poor cattle are terribly tormented until they get their last breath. For true animal lovers, the Valencia Zoo is a truly exciting experience where "tenants" live somehow in their natural environment, that is, not in cages, but in landscaped grounds to feel "home", indifferent that they come from Asia, Africa, Australia, Europe or the Americas. They eat well at decent prices Valencia is an effervescent city that breathes Mediterranean air and eats and drinks well at prices that are not exaggerated. A food consignment costs somewhere between 7 and 12 euros, and a beer is about 3 euros. Often, there is a need to book restaurants or pubs, because the premises are full of tourists and locals alike. Valencia also has a strong football team, whose fief lies on the Mestalla stadium, very close to Turia Park. The bats won six times the title in Spain and played twice the Champions League final in 2000 and 2001 when one of the pillars of the team was Adrian Ilie. The Romanian has spent four years in Valencia, 1998-2002, and the fans now remember the Cobra's whirling dribbling and his deceptive executions. Other Romanians, Belodedici, Gabi Popescu, Denis Şerban or Sabin Ilie, also played in Valencia, but none of them had the consistency of the former stelist, whose picture is on a banner on one side of the stadium. The stadium can be visited for 10.6 euro - ticket price for an adult.

Wide and neat beaches Located on the Mediterranean coast, Valencia offers some beaches far beyond what you see in Barcelona, ​​for example. With fine sand, well-groomed and well-arranged, beaches in Valencia are wide, at least twice as large as those in Mamaia, as a comparison. They are accessible by both metro and bus or tram, and when weather allows, about six to seven months a year are full until late at night. There are many famous restaurants for seafood, an important part of Mediterranean cuisine. EUR 1 billion costing the City of Arts and Sciences, three times more than initially estimated.

Valencia is served by the Manisas airfield, and from there it is easy to reach the city by bus or metro. Vouchers are cheap, 1.5 Euros bus and 2.8 Euros subway. Bus travel lasts 45 minutes, and the metro is 20 minutes. The subway station in Valencia is well structured and with stations quite close to each other. It is not necessary to take a subway from one tourist destination to another, because it is easy enough to walk on foot.  For those who want to visit as many or even all of the city's attractions, Valencia provides a tourist card. You can buy at the airport or at any tourist office, yet its online purchase comes with a 10% discount.

City accommodation can be both expensive and cheap. There are many hotels in the central area, but a variant that gets more ground, being cheaper, is accommodation through the airbnb network. Rufaza and Carmen are famous for their nightlife. And there are plenty of pubs on the beach, but the city's road up there will eat at least half an hour with public transportation. Las Falcia is a unique festival in the world, held annually in March. Each neighborhood produces huge statues of crepe paper, which must be ready on the first day of the festival. Statues are usually ironies to the negative parties of society or politicians. At the end of the festival, after three days, a winner is chosen and all the statues are burned and the whole city is covered by smoke, the show culminating with a great firework. From Valencia, it is easy to reach Benidorm, the famous Spanish resort, or Alicante, another tourist town, about two hours' drive.



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