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Madrid: Visiting the Heart of Spain

Madrid is witness to the history of Spain. It has been the heart of Spain during its golden era in the 16th century. It suffered under the regime of the fascist Francisco Franco. It has been reborn in the last quarter of a century, celebrating the fruits of social and political freedom.

MADRID SpainMadrid today is a city shared by 3 million residents. It is a canvass for Renaissance and modern art museums, world famous restaurants, and alleyways. These variety offers excitement to anyone who will visit this corner of the globe.

Compared to the cities of the south, Madrid does not offer much of seeing architectural landmarks. World famous museums though must be part of the itinerary of any tourist. Madrid boasts of around 24 museums. If you cannot cover all these, focusing on the Prado, Thysen-Bornemisza, and the Reina Sofia will suffice your cravings for things worth looking at over and over again.

The Prado Museum was originally built to showcase the wonders of natural science. Today it serves as home to the master opus of artists like Goya, Velasquez, Bosch, El Greco, Botticelli, and Titian.

If the classic works of the masters doest suit your taste, try the colors of the modern art works displayed in the Reina Sofia. The museum building is converted from a hospital facility and now houses the works of the Guernica by Picasso.

The Thyssen-Bornemisza will give you a peek of the development of the arts from the 13th to the 20th century.

Another artistic spectacle that should be listed is the Corrida de Toros or bullfight. It is best seen at the Las Ventas Arena in Salamanca, Madrid.

Weddings in Australia

wedding sydney australiaAustralia is quickly moving up the list as one of the most preferred places to hold a destination wedding. In fact Sydney has been named six years running as the world’s best travel location. Australia’s spectacular ocean views coupled with the majestic open space provide an intriguing and appealing setting to many who live abroad. Tour operators are offering full all-inclusive packages, while if booked at the right time, airlines are offering major discounts to fly to Australia.

Legal requirements to have a wedding in Australia are few but one must take care to ensure the necessary documentation is in place.

  • The documents may not be signed and dated during the one month and one day prior to the wedding. They may, however, be dated for as long as eighteen months in advance of the wedding.
  • Australia requires a “Notice Of Intended Marriage Form” to be completed in your own handwriting. Copies in the form of faxes, emails and the like will not be accepted. The actual original in handwriting is required. The form is easy to obtain from any Australian Consulate in the world or from the wedding planner in Australia who will organize your wedding on your behalf.
  • Once the form is completed, those couples already in Australia may have it witnessed by an authorized party from a list of many. If outside of Australia, a Notary Public will be fine.
  • Copies of the couple’s birth certificates will be needed.
  • Copies of both persons’ passports.
  • If either of the parties are divorced or widowed, copies of the relevant documents will be required. For example, divorce certificate and/or death certificate.
  • No blood tests and residency requirements are necessary.
  • Once married, a Certified copy of your Marriage Certificate will be issued upon application.

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Visiting Boracay Island in the Philippines

boracay island travelThe Philippines is an archipelago of 7107 islands in South East Asia. The country is still struggling to compete with neighbors Thailand, Indonesia, Malaysia, and Vietnam as the prime tourist destination.

One of the most visited places in the Philippines by tourists is the island of Boracay. It is around 35-minutes of air travel south of its capital Manila.

Boracacy is considered as one of the best beaches in the world by noted travel magazines. It has all reasons to belong the list with its 7-kilometer stretch of white sand beach that remains cool even under the scorching heat of noon.

Getting to the island is very easy. The airplane will land in Caticlan and you can get a boat ride going to Boracay. Depending on your choice, the boat can dock on stations 1, 2, or 3 of the island.

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