We Found That It is Better to Have a Private Party

Working hard for a lot of years had really taken a toll on me. I needed a break. But there was no time to take time off for any sort of vacation. I normally work six to seven days per week, and I felt that I didn’t even have time to get away for a weekend. I did not want my business to suffer. I was reading a site that I stumbled across and it said to click here for party buses so that I could read what they offer for partying in the city. I wondered if it was some sort of chartered party company, but I learned that what they offer is even better than that. They offer the chance to have your own dance club on wheels.

I remember partying really hard as a young person, and there were always fights involved. Not with me, but someone in my group who would get into fights with complete strangers. I never understood this. People bump into each other in a loud and crowded bar or club, and the next thing you know, fists are flying. » Read more: We Found That It is Better to Have a Private Party

The Parks and Gardens of Barcelona

Barcelona has some real jewels to explore and we’re not talking about the historical architecture, museums and art galleries. It has a wealth of gardens and parks that are open to everyone and free to enter, offering a place of space and beauty in the cosmopolitan and modern city. You can spend a whole day just discovering the gardens of Barcelona alone without even looking at any other places of interest.

Up on Montjuic Mountain you’ll find more than enough flowers and plants to fascinate. Amongst the 4 main gardens here are Jardins Mossen Jacint Verdaguer, named after the poet of the same name the extensive gardens are a pleasant place to amble through. Take a walk to the top of the hill where the views are magnificent. The Jardí Botànic has collections of Mediterranean plants organised into sections depending on where they originated and representing 8 regions including Chile, North and South Africa, and the Eastern and Western Mediterranean.

Jardins Laribal are a cool and shady place to meander through as they wind gracefully down the hillside. Relax next to a lily pond and admire the views of the Sagrada Família and Torre Agbar on the landscape and spend at least a few hours of your holiday at this tranquil spot. Jardins Joan Maragall were named after the leader of the Modernisme movement in literature and is a great park for wandering around appreciating the many kinds of flowers, and impressive statues, or visit the Albeniz Mansion, designed by Juan Moya for the 1929 Exposition.

Make your way back down into the city and visit the Parc de la Ciutadella, one of the main parks where both locals and tourists like to hang out, take a picnic and stroll hand in hand with loved ones. The first public park to be built in the city in 1872 by Josep Fontseré, half of it has now been taken up by Barcelona Zoo, one of the largest zoos in Europe.

Parc de la Ciutadella is one of the most popular parks as it is responsible for holding a diverse selection of entertaining and arty events throughout the year, in particular the jazz programme is a major annual feature that attracts thousands. In the park you’ll find a waterfall and lake where you can hire rowing boats, also a summerhouse that holds music events, and a plethora of sculptures by famous names including Manuel Fuxa, Frederic Mares, Josep Clara, Josep Llimona and Pau Gargallo. Passeig dels Albers and Passeig dels Tillers offer quiet areas where you can sit quietly and relax for awhile, sunbathe or have a picnic with the family. There are plenty of rental apartments in close proximity for those interested in seeing the real Barcelona.

Another park worth visiting if you have the time is the Tamarita Gardens which was originally a stately home bordered by a broad expanse of gardens, if you’re seeking tranquility then this is the park for you as the gardens offer a restful spot with lots of places where you can hide away from the crowds, be by yourself for a while and read a good book without being disturbed. The gardens range from orderly, landscaped areas to natural meadows and wild hedgerows, ensure you hang out for a while in the gardenia garden as it’s beyond a doubt one of the most appealing locations. During the summer months as in many of the other city parks classical music concerts are held.

Next on the list is the Castell de l’Oreneta Park, a large wooded area that has preserved a lot of its original Mediterranean flora and shrubbery including Italian stone pine, White pines, Holm oak and Northern red oak, Spanish broom, honeysuckle and strawberry tree. There are also lots of sweet-scented plants – thyme, laurel and lavender and eucalyptus can be identified along with orange, almond and olive trees. There are pony stables in the park along with a miniature train complete with locomotive engines and carriages, children’s playgrounds and picnic areas.

Stay in a city appartments in Barcelona and you can easily get around all the gardens and parks mentioned above. And if you don’t get to see all of them this time around then you can always return for more at a later date!

City Break Dilemma: LA or San Francisco?

Los Angeles and San Francisco are great options for an American city break – but which one should you choose?

Opt for the former and you will find that Los Angeles – also referred to as the City of Angels – has much to offer. If you’re looking to rest, relax and unwind while on holiday, LA would be a great place to visit, not least because it is home to a wide range of health centres and day spas that you are sure to enjoy spending time at.

For example, the Luxe Spa at the Luxe Hotel on Sunset Boulevard is the perfect place to visit for a spot of pampering. Here, you will be able to sign up for a range of packages, many of which combine body and skin treatments with yoga.

You can take your pick from Swedish, aromatherapy or upper body massages, or go for body wraps like the herbal seaweed detox mud wrap – ideal if you think your skin is in need of re-mineralising and toning.

If you’re new to the area, you will also find that LA is home to a lot of gardens and parks. Exposition Park on Exposition Boulevard is one highlight that includes a 7.5-acre rose garden – which harbours a staggering 15,793 rose bushes.

You can also head to the California African American Museum, the California Science Center and the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum while in this part of the city.

The Natural History Museum of LA County can also be found in this park. There is a variety of exhibitions on display, such as those in the new Dinosaur Hall, which is home to more than 300 real fossils and 20 complete dinosaurs.

In addition, the Butterfly Pavilion could be worth a visit and you will find more than 55 butterfly and moth species here. Keep a lookout for the monarch, California dogface and mourning cloak species, as well as other more exotic types that have been brought to the centre from around the US.

If you decide to head to San Francisco over LA, you won’t be disappointed, as this sunny city by the sea is home to a vast array of wonderful boutiques, renowned wholefood restaurants and late-night clubs, as well as a beautiful waterfront that boasts refurbished piers, gift shops, bistros and a huge number of bars.

Of course, you are sure to be looking for somewhere to eat while on holiday and you will find that San Francisco is a wonderful place for eager gastronomes to visit.

There are a lot of good-quality restaurants for you to investigate and you might have a great time if you head to Greens, Boulevard or Foreign Cinema – venues that are well known for their fresh, ingredient-driven menus. You might also want to check out the trendy neighbourhoods of Mission District and Noe Valley.

These quarters are home to Range, Delfina and Incanto, as well as Coi and Ame. These last two in particular are well known for their eclectic cuisine, with their fare firmly rooted in Asian and western traditions.

You are also sure to want to go sightseeing while in San Francisco, and your first port of call should perhaps be the Golden Gate Park – which is even bigger than New York’s Central Park.

Once here, you will find both the California Academy of Sciences and the Dutch Windmill. The latter was built back in 1902 and was originally intended to power the park’s irrigation.

You might also enjoy checking out the Beach Chalet, which is home to some amazing floor-to-ceiling frescos and lots of mosaics depicting Californian geography and history.

A great way of getting to know the city could be by taking to the air. You can book a trip on the San Francisco Champagne Seaplane Flight – a 35-minute journey that really is a very luxurious way to see what the metropolis has to offer.

You will be flown over Pier 39, the North Bay, the Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz and Downtown San Francisco – all the while sipping on a flute of champagne.

Those looking for nighttime entertainment might enjoy heading to The Parlor on Leavenworth Street.

This has been decorated in the style of the early 1900s but has also been fitted out with every mod con imaginable. There are high-definition TVs, private televisions in special booths and a wonderful bar with a number of the finest rare liquors to be found in the world on offer.