Costa Brava - Girona, Catalonia, Spain

Costa Brava is a coastal region of northeastern Spain, consisting of Alt Empordà, Baix Empordà and Selva, in the province of Girona. The Costa Brava stretches from Blanes, northeast of Barcelona, to the French border. In the 1950s, the Costa Brava was identified by the Spanish government and local entrepreneurs as being suitable for substantial development as a holiday destination, mainly for package holiday tourists from Northern Europe and especially the United Kingdom and France.
COSTA BRAVA - province of Girona, Catalonia, Spain

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Tamariu a beach cove on the Costa Brava

The combination of a very good summer climate, nature, excellent beaches and a favourable foreign exchange rate, which made Spain a relatively inexpensive tourist destination, was exploited by the construction of large numbers of hotels and apartments in such seaside resorts as Blanes, Tossa de Mar, and Lloret de Mar. Tourism rapidly took over from fishing as the principal business of the area.

HISTORY: Until after the First World War, the beaches along the coast of Catalonia served for Sunday leisure pursuits for the local people, plus one or two from neighbouring villages. While world tourism had discovered the Côte d'Azur by that time, the Costa Brava remained unknown to it.

A few years after the Spanish Civil War when some sort of order had been restored, the gradual breaking down of Spain's international isolation in the 1950s cleared the way for new options in tourism. The sea and the sun were drawing increasing numbers of people, and that, together with the overcrowding the Côte d'Azur was already experiencing in those days, enhanced the appeal of the Costa Brava when some of the holiday-makers made their way up there.

CULTURE: While part of the Costa Brava coastline lent itself to tourist developments on a very large scale, other parts have retained a more traditional look. Small towns like Cadaqués, which is close to the French border and close to the foothills of the Pyrenees, have attracted artists, such as Salvador Dalí, Joan Miró and Pablo Picasso.

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SA CALOBRA Beach - Mallorca Island, Spain

Beaches of south Menorca, Balearic Islands, Spain
Beaches of south Menorca, Balearic Islands, Spain

MELILLA, - Coast Of The Mediterranean Sea, Spain
MELILLA, - Coast Of The Mediterranean Sea, Spain

Istanbul Express: London to Istanbul

The video showcases an epic 3-night train journey from London to Istanbul, right across Europe to the edge of Asia, distilled into just 12 minutes...

Istanbul Express: London to Istanbul

Istanbul Express: London to Istanbul by train
The route takes you via Paris, Zurich, Zagreb, Belgrade & Sofia, with an evening in Belgrade and a day between trains in Sofia.

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Bernina Express video guide, Milan to Zurich

A beginner's guide to travel from Milan to Zurich using the fabulous Bernina Express.
Bernina Express video guide, Milan to Zurich
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Bernina Express video guide, Milan to Zurich
The video shows the regional train from Milan to Tirano (depart 10:20, arrive 12:50), the Bernina Express Tirano to Chur (depart 14:04, arrive 18:27) and connecting InterCity train to Zurich (depart 18:39, arrive 19:53), showing both the spectacular scenery and the trains themselves.

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Praias 'Calas' de Menorca, Ilhas Baleares, Espanha

Minorca (em catalão e castelhano Menorca) é a segunda maior ilha do arquipélago das Ilhas Baleares localizada a leste da Espanha e oeste da Sardenha. Wikipedia
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Cala Macarelleta ( praia de nudismo )

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Val di Funes - Funes, Trentino Alto Adige - Italy

Villnöß (Italian: Funes; Ladin: Funès) is a comune (municipality) in South Tyrol in northern Italy, located about 30 km northeast of the city of Bolzano.

The municipality of Villnöß contains the frazioni (subdivisions, mainly villages and hamlets) Koll (Colle), St. Jakob (San Giacomo), St. Magdalena (Santa Maddalena), St. Peter (San Pietro), St. Valentin (San Valentino) and Teis (Tiso).

Villnöß borders the following municipalities: Brixen, Klausen, Lajen, Urtijëi, San Martin de Tor, Santa Cristina Gherdëina and Feldthurns. Via Wikipedia
Val di Funes - Funes, Trentino Alto Adige - Italy
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Kokkari, Samos Island, Greece

Kokkari is a village on Samos Island, Greece, about 10 km from the capital city Vathy.

Kokkari is a fishing harbour of Samos Island, which has now developed into a tourist center. Still it preserves its old traditional face, with small houses and lanes full of flowers. Kokkari is on a small peninsula full of houses which climbs up to the top of the hill with a small harbour on one side and a superb pebble beach on the other. Surrounded by green mountains and the view out to the sea, it's worth a journey....Wikipedia
Kokkari, Samos Island, Greece
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Rovos Rail train - Pretoria, South Africa: Namibia, Tanzania and Botswana

Rovos Rail is a private railway company operating out of Capital Park Station in Pretoria, South Africa. The Society of International Railway Travelers has regularly named the Pride of Africa, as the train is called, as one of the World's Top 25 Trains because of its excellent accommodation, public spaces, service, dining and off-train sightseeing. Wikipedia
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Rovos Rail, the most luxurious train in the world (2013)

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