Just 30 minutes driving from Barcelona, the Bages is an inland region full of history, landmarks like Montserrat and an old tradition of excellent food and wine. We decided to discover a small piece of this land visiting Artium cellar and Món Sant Benet monastery. It was a gastronomic, cultural and historical journey to the heart of Catalonia. In this post we explain all what we learnt, what we ate and what we drank in this one day trip from the well known capital of Catalonia. As always, we try to recommend unknown but valuable sites and experiences out of Barcelona. Hope this post is useful for your next trip to this mediterranean country.
It was our fist day in Beijing. We landed at the city at around 4 a.m. without having slept much during the flight. We took the train and later the underground to our hotel, completed the check-in and bought some breakfast at a FamiliyMart. Our bodies needed coffee and something sweet to deal with jet lag in our first day in China. We had a plan for it but trips are not always as we expect them to be, so we had to improvise a little bit.
As we already explained in this post, after crossing the security check that is required to enter the Tiananmen Square, we arrived at the sale office to purchase the tickets to the Forbidden City. However, we were told that all tickets for that day were sold out. We were tired and a bit disappointed: our trip to China had not started well. It was a very hot day but anyway we decided to anticipate our visit to the Summer Palace and now we can say that it really exceded our expectations.
knock, knock, knock.
It was 5:30am. The employee of China Railway company knocked the door and woke us up. We shared the small room with another couple from Barcelona. We hardly slept 5 hours and were tired after four full days discovering the capital of China, Beijing. We put on our clothes, went to the bathroom and closed the luggage. The train arrived to its destination, Datong.
As we already said in this post, our first trip together was to Dublin, so it has been a long time thinking of writing a post about this vibrant and beautiful city. We visited Dublin in Easter and there we found the cold that we were just overcoming in the Mediterranean. In our first (and short) trip to Ireland we only had time to discover its capital and the nice village of Howth, but we promised ourselves that we would go back someday to enjoy the Irish landscapes.
Anyway, in around one day and a half in Dublin we had enough time to visit some of the main hotspots of the city, and we must say that we loved all of them. Keep reading and write them down for your first trip to Dublin! 🙂
1. Guinness Storehouse
If every place has a beer, the flagship beer in Ireland is Guinness. And although we are not big fans of stout beer, we couldn’t be in Dublin without visiting the museum-brewery of this beer brand that exists since 1759. If you also want to visit Guinness Storehouse, we recommend buying the tickets in advance online to avoid queues. At least when we visited the brewery it was very crowded. There you will learn about the history and manufacturing of this world-known beer and taste a pint with good views of the city.
Nara was the capital of Japan during the Nara period (710-784). It was enough to build one of the most impressive buddhist temples in the world: the Todai-ji. It is also home of hundreds of deers and site of other impressive places, some of them free, that we explain in this post. It is an unmissable city in any trip in Japan. It is small enough to be visited in one day coming from the nearby cities of Osaka and Kyoto. Well connected by train in the region of Kansai, you won’t have any excuse to not come to Nara in your travel to Japan after reading these lines.