Things to do while in Madrid



There are cities in the world that invite you to stay and live, at least for a while. That happens with Madrid. A friend of mine at San Francisco Bay Area Towing mentioned the crazy traffic and accidents in Madrid. Despite the traffic, noise and crowds in some areas, the capital has something that makes you feel at home. It is a welcoming city that is worth discovering.

The center of Madrid

If we are going to act as tourists, let’s do it well, so we will have to start at the center and visit the most visited point: Puerta del Sol. Going up Kilometer Zero and taking the picture with the bear and strawberry tree is a must, same as buying lottery in the administration of Dona Manolita. Then, you can move to the Plaza de la Villa in Madrid and the Plaza Mayor, with its nine access doors. Do not forget to go through the Arco de los Cuchilleros and visit one of their restaurants specialized in suckling pig.

The main street will take you to the Cathedral of Almudena and just in front you will have the majestic Palacio Real. If you have time, it is worth visiting inside and getting to know their art collections. Nearby are the Plaza de Oriente and the Jardines de Sabatini, one of the most beautiful of Madrid de los Austrias. The tour continues through the temple of Debod , a gift from Egypt to Spain built in 1968 and from there you can head towards the Plaza de España , the starting point of the famous Gran Vía in Madrid.


The Prado, the Retiro and the Cibeles

To start the day, you can go to the Carrera de San Jerónimo to see the Congress of Deputies and go down to Plaza Neptuno. From there, you can go to the Prado Museum and the Reina Sofía Art Center, two international references and a must-see meeting point for art lovers. Visiting these centers can take several hours, so it is important that you select the works you wish to see. The works of Velázquez are the great Room 12, with Las Meninas and The Drunkards in preferential place. Near the Prado is the Retiro Park , with its impressive Palacio de Cristal. At one end is the Puerta de Alcalá and very close to the famous Cibeles.

Don’t forget to plan well before traveling to spain. Any trip, especially an international trip takes lots of planning and organization. Safe travels and have fun!

The Emperor Jade Pagoda

emperor jade pagoda

This city is truly what a city can deliver when it comes to trade and industry. This is the economic backbone of Vietnam. Vietnam minus this city, wouldn’t have gotten to the enviable height it has attained in the eyes of the world. The city is no other than Ho Chi Minh, which contains the famous Emperor Jade pagoda.

A tourist visit to it is never a bad idea because of the prospects it holds. But, before you board your flight, it will not be out of place if you are given a foreknowledge of one of the places that make the city what it is today. One of the greatest tourist attractions in the city is Emperor Jade Pagoda. You must include it in your itinerary.

Why Emperor Jade Pagoda?

This temple was built in the year 1909. It rates as one the most atmospheric temples in this city. Here you will find statues of divinities as well as that of heroes past. A place for spiritual rejuvenation.

Why you must visit the Emperor Jade Pagoda


> Spirituality taken to the highest.

A tourist that wants quick answers to prayers should come here to make such supplications The intensity of spiritual activities is second to none. There is the ever-present smoke of incense that envelopes the entire atmosphere.


Jade Emperor

Jade Emperor is a spectacle to behold in the temple. He calls the shots of spiritual prayers. The emperor is flanked by four guardians and the faithful mil around him in an atmosphere enveloped by the smoke of the incense to receive answers to their supplications.

>  A place for deep sober reflections

It is worthwhile to reflect on life; for a deep, sober reflection about life, this place in question presents the perfect setting for such. Ever heard of the chief priest of hell? It is real at Emperor Jade Pagoda. His sermons are worth listening to. A tourist visit to this temple serves as a reminder to us that we are mere mortals whose end is inevitable.

You must visit this place once in your lifetime; it is never a waste of time or resources. It is an opportunity to make you realize that this world and things therein are temporary. Continue reading

Tips for planning a trip overseas

Many people are considering to travel overseas for a trip or tour. Most of these people don’t actually start planning their trips, because they don’t know where to start and what to consider. There are a couple of things that you should know and consider, so that you can have the trip of a lifetime. With these tips, you will not just dream about a trip overseas, but will actually be able to start planning one.

Are you going solo or with friends?

One of the first things that you should make sure about, is if you are going to go solo overseas or if you are going to go with friends or family. If you are planning to go alone, then you should consider are you going with a tour group or if you are really planning to go completely alone.

This is possible to go solo and still having a good time. You should just make sure that you are able to travel alone, without feeling lonely.

Do research about the country and accommodation they have to offer

The next thing that you should start doing, is to do as much research about the country that you are planning to go to and the accommodation options that they have to offer. You need to make sure that you have enough money for the accommodation, the flights, food and drinks and for doing some of the activities in the area.

If you are touring through the country, you need to make sure that you don’t book yourself at the most expensive hotel in the area. Except, if you have an unlimited budget for the tour.

The time of year that you are planning to go

Timing is also essential. Do you want to go overseas at peak season, or are you planning to go overseas when it is off season and where it is normally cheaper to travel?

The weather is also something that you should consider about the time that you are planning the trip. You don’t want to be stuck in snow, if you were looking for a summer holiday full of sun and sea.

Making sure that your visa and passport is in order for the country that you are planning to go

You can’t go to any country without your visa and passport. So, you should make sure that it is up to date and that you are applying for a visa and passport early enough if you don’t have one already. Without these two documents, you can just as well stay at home. Every country requires you to have one before you can enter their country.

With these tips, you will be able to travel overseas and know for sure that you are going to have a great time. There are many essential things that you should consider, but these are the most important things to consider. This is the only way that you can make sure that you are going to have a great time on your trip and that you will not forget it really soon.