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Le Havre: Summertime

Al norte de Francia en el Departamento Seine-Maritime y bañada por las aguas del Canal de la Mancha, Le Havre, es una ciudad muy interesante, ya que tiene mucha historia a cuestas, y muy apetecible en verano porque la temperatura no llega a los extremos de otras costas francesas. Además, la ciudad se toma muy en serio sus veranos y por eso no escatima recursos para llenarse de instalaciones artísticas, conciertos, actividades, fiestas y una variada serie de excusas para pasar un rato entretenido en sus calles, jardines o playas. ¡Os encantará!

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In the north of France in the Seine-Maritime Department and bathed by the waters of the English Channel, Le Havre is a very interesting city, as it has a lot of history behind it, and it is very appealing in summer because the temperature does not reach ends of other French coasts. In addition, the city takes its summers very seriously and that is why it spares no resources to fill itself with artistic installations, concerts, activities, parties and a varied series of excuses to spend an entertaining time in its streets, gardens or beaches. You will love it!

Edited and illustrated by Ana Laya, with a little help of our local guide: Danielle Marzin.

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Cover Photo: Chengming Wang via Unsplash.

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1. Lire à la plage

No es exclusivo de Le Havre, pero es una actividad muy linda, y como nos contaron las encargadas de la cabaña de Lire à la plage de Sainte-Adresse, esa es la que mejor vista tiene de todas.

¿Qué hay para leer? De todo un poco, desde novedades, bestsellers, infantiles, novelas clásicas, libros históricos de la región y un muy buen surtido de novelas gráficas que se prestan muy bien como lecturas playeras, rápidas de consumir. También puedes participar en rallys de lectura y dejar tus recomendaciones para otros lectores.

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It is not exclusive to Le Havre, but it is a very nice activity, and as the young women in charge of the Lire à la plage cabin of Sainte-Adresse cabin told us, that is the one with the best view of all.

What is there to read? A bit of everything, from bestsellers, recent releases, children’s short stories, historical books of the region and a very good assortment of graphic novels that are kind of ideal for beach reads. You can also participate in reading rallys and leave recommendations for others.

En la caseta con mejor vista de Le Havre · Fotos: Superminimaps.

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2. Museé d’art moderne André Malreaux

Su colección permanente es muy rica y muy local, después de todo muchos pintores impresionistas hicieron de Le Havre su hogar por un tiempo. Sus colecciones itinerantes, por otra parte, ofrecen planteamientos y miradas interesantes. La actual, por ejemplo, está dedicada al viento, “eso que no puede ser pintado” y que sin embargo es un personaje omnipresente en Le Havre.

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Its permanent collection is very rich and very local, after all many Impressionist painters made Le Havre their home for a while. His itinerant collections, on the other hand, offer interesting approaches and perspectives. The current one, for example, is dedicated to the wind, “that which cannot be painted” and yet is an omnipresent character in Le Havre.

Foto: Superminimaps.
Foto de Le vent vía Facebook.

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3. Salon des navigateurs

Los amantes de los museos peculiares no querrán dejar de visitar este particularísimo museo-peluquería. Daniel Lecompte es el propietario de esta particular espacio donde lleva más de 60 años cortando el pelo a hombres.

En los años 70, los ex marineros del distrito de Saint-François le ofrecen sus uniformes de la Marina Nacional, y comienza así una gran y curiosa colección de objetos variados relacionados tanto con el mundo marino como con la peluquería 💈🧴⚓️

Bonus: El museo esta ubicado en la Rue du Petit Croissant (Calle del Croissancito) ¡Imperdible!

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Lovers of peculiar museums will not want to miss this very particular museum-hairdresser. Daniel Lecompte is the owner of this particular space where he has been cutting men’s hair for more than 60 years.

In the 70s, the former sailors of the Saint-François district offer him their National Navy uniforms, and thus begins a large and curious collection of assorted objects related to both the marine world and hairdressing 💈🧴⚓️

Si tenéis suerte os encontraréis a Daniel trabajando. Nosotros, lastimosamente, no coincidimos… ¡habrá que volver! · Fotos: Superminimaps.

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4. La halle aux poissons

Pequeño mercado cubierto que ofrece una variedad de actividades, incluyendo 6 proyectos artísticos en residencia. También hay exposiciones, talleres, charlas, cine y un bar con una linda terraza con vista a un pequeño puerto.

(Ojo, la comida a la carta solo está disponible en horario de comida francés: De 12 a 14h y a partir de las 19h).

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Small covered market offering a variety of activities, including 6 in-residence projects. There are also exhibitions, workshops, talks, a cinema and a bar with a nice terrace overlooking a small port.

(Please note that warm/à la carte food is only available during French lunch hours: from 12 noon to 2 pm and from 7 pm).

La Halle y su terraza (sombrillitas azules) · Foto: Superminimaps.
El hall de la halle. | Foto vía Facebook.

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5. Jardins supendus

En lo alto de la ciudad, rodeado de bosques y con una hermosa vista de la ciudad, está esta fortaleza del siglo XIX que da paso a una serie de jardines, invernaderos con plantas, árboles, flores, y si hay suerte también actividades culturales en los espacios abiertos. También hay un pequeño café.

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At the top of the city, surrounded by forests and with a beautiful view of the city, is this 19th century fortress that gives way to a series of gardens, greenhouses with plants, trees, flowers, and if you are lucky, also cultural activities in the open spaces. There is also a small cafe.

Foto: Jeabapt vía Wikipedia.

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6. La petite rade

Pub playero relajado con buen ambiente, comida (rápida) bastante decente (hemos probado la hamburguesa, la ensalada césar y la terrine) y música en vivo (DJs) en las tardes noches.

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Relaxed beach pub with a good atmosphere, pretty decent (fast) food (we’ve tried the burger, caesar salad and terrine) and live music (DJs) in the evenings.

Foto vía La petite rade Facebook.

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7. Le bout du monde

Como su nombre lo indica, al final del paseo marítimo de Sainte-Adresse está este bar con lindas vistas, ambiente distendido (un poco menos fiestero que La petite rade) y comida rica para esperar el atardecer.

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As its name suggests, at the end of the seafront in Sainte-Adresse is this bar with beautiful views, a relaxed atmosphere (a little less party-mode than La petite rade) and good food to wait for the sunset.

Imagen vía La Bout du Monde Facebook.

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Bonus: Un été au Havre

Mención especial a Un été au Havre que son quienes organizan las actividades veraniegas que se pueden disfrutar en la ciudad año tras año. No dejéis de pasar por su stand en pleno centro de la ciudad (125 Rue Victor Hugo).

The Whale de Joep Van Lieshout, una de las instalaciones de 2022 · Foto: Un été au Havre
Jusqu’au bout du monde (2021) de Fabien Mérelle · Una de las instalaciones de otros años que se quedó como parte del paisaje de la ciudad · Foto: Superminimaps

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Minimaps Valletta

Valletta: Discovering Architecture

Valletta, is a small capital with a great heritage. You can stroll around and easily discover its elegant buildings. And while you are taking a look around you will notice some things that are peculiar in Valletta’s architecture such as the use of local limestone, its lovely balconies and the beautiful handles. Maybe it because of this combination that even residential buildings are also so pleasant to see.

In this minimap you will find some of the most beautiful architectural jewels of Valletta, both historical and modern. During the tour you can take beautiful pictures, enjoy moments of relaxation and, of course, eat really good food. 

Edited and illustrated by Eva Naccari.

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Cover Photo: Siddhant Prasad via Unsplash.

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1. City Gate

The City Gate is the gateway to the city of Valletta, it was designed by Renzo Piano and built between 2011 and 2014. The gateway is a gap in the city walls and is the fifth gate built in this place over the years. It’s made of stone and there are two steel poles, 25m high.

It is very evocative to cross it in the evening, walking on the illuminated bridge to enter in the city leaving behind the beautiful Tritons’ Fountain. 

Photo: Joseph Buhagiar · Unsplash.
At night · Photo: Eva Naccari

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2. Parliament House

The Parliament House is also Renzo Piano‘s and its part of his “Valletta City Gate Project”, as well as the redevelopment of the Royal Opera House. This is a zero-emission building, consisting of two blocks connected by bridges. Despite being a modern building, it is very well integrated into the architectonical context of the city. You will love looking at the façade, made with limestone from Gozo, that looks like it has been eroded by the wind. 

Photo: Eva Naccari.

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3. Pallazzo Ferreria

When one thinks of Valletta among the things that immediately come to mind are its traditional closed balconies with wooden verandas. You can admire them in the façade of the Venetian gothic style of Palazzo Ferreria.

This palazzo was designed by architect Giuseppe Bonavia in the late 19th century and is the second biggest one in Valletta after the Grandmaster’s Palace. Inside there are four statues that represent the continents.

Photo: William Jones | Unsplash.

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4. National Library of Malta

Walking along Triq Ir-Repubblika (Republic Street) you can take a look at the National Library of Malta in Republic Square. This neoclassical building was designed by Polish Italian architects Stefano Ittar and his son Sebastiano Ittar. In the library it is possible to find archives, ancient manuscripts, incunabula and maps. Before you resume your stroll you might like to relax and eat a dessert in the beautiful square. Also, don’t forget to have a look at the beautiful Grandmaster’s Palace, it is close to the library. 

Photo: Eva Naccari.

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5. Is-Suq Tal-Belt

Markets are always fascinating places. Is-Suq Tal-Belt or Covered Market is a beautiful building that knew unhappy times, but that now is become the perfect spot for meeting friends, shopping fresh produce and conviviality.

It was designed by Hector Zimelli and its construction ended in 1861, but over the years it has been renovated more times. The Is-Suq Tal-Belt consists of three levels: on the ground floor there is a food market, on the first floor there are restaurants with specialties from all over the world and bars and at the top floor you can relax in an open space. 

Images via Facebook.

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6. Basilica of our Lady of Mount Carmel

The skyline of Valletta is dominated by the dome of the Basilica of our Lady of Mount Carmel. This neoclassical church was designed by Girolamo Cassar and built in 1570. At the beginning it was dedicated to the Annunciation, but after it was given to the Carmelites.

Inside there are beautiful paintings and red marbles columns. And if you are in Valletta on July 16th, you can attend the traditional festival dedicated to Our Lady of Mount Carmel. 

Photo: Micaela Parente | Unsplash.
© Marie-Lan Nguyen · Wikimedia Commons · CC-BY 2.5.

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7. St. Paul’s Pro-Cathedral

Have you ever seen an Anglican Church? After seeing the Basilica of Our Lady Of Mount Carmel you can walk down Old Theatre Street and arrive to the St Paul’s Pro-Cathedral. It was designed by William Scamp, with a neoclassical style, and built between 1839 and 1844.

This church is one of three cathedrals of the Anglican Diocese of Gibraltar in Europe and was commissioned by Queen Adelaide. It resembles a Greek temple, with a portico of six columns with capitals of the Ionic order. Inside, however, the columns have capitals of the Corinthian order and you can also admire a beautiful baptistery. 

Photo: Eva Naccari.

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Brihuega Minimaps

Brihuega: Campos de lavanda / Lavender fields & more

No mucha gente sabe que apenas a hora y media de Madrid hay un pequeño pueblo que se enorgullece -y cómo no- de albergar la mayor extensión de aromáticas de España.

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Not many people know that just an hour and a half from Madrid there is a small town that prides itself -and of course- in hosting the largest extension of aromatic plants in Spain.

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Brihuega, es un municipio de la provincia de Guadalajara y cuenta con una población que ronda los 2.835 habitantes, según un censo de 2007. Me atrevería a decir que en los meses de junio-julio (dependiendo del año), en las semanas previas a la cosecha de la lavanda, la población de la ciudad se duplica o triplica durante el fin de semana.

La pequeña ciudad esté un poco abarrotada, habrá que tener paciencia para conseguir dónde aparcar y si deseas comer o tomar una tapa antes o después de tu visita a los campos y no has hecho reservación probablemente tendrás que hacer una pequeña cola… pero valdrá la pena.

En cuanto a los campos de lavanda hay estacionamiento y está bastante organizado y en el sitio hay hasta una pequeña tiendita de souvenirs. Pero para evitar no solo los muchos turistas que visitan sino también el calor y la aplanadora luz del mediodía recomiendo visitarlos muy temprano en la mañana o justo antes del atardecer.

En este minimap comparto las coordenadas de los campos y un par de cosas curiosas que descubrí durante mi visita. Espero que lo disfruten (:

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Brihuega, is a municipality in the province of Guadalajara and has a population of around 2,835 inhabitants, according to a 2007 census. I would dare to say that just before the lavender fields are harvested, the population of the city doubles (or triples!) during the weekend.

So it is to be expected that the small town is a bit crowded. Parking won’t be necessarily easy. And if you want to eat in a restaurant before or after your visit to the fields, I recommend you make a reservation, be prepared for a small queue or simply go visit one of the little towns near-by. Eating some tapas in the park must be easier though.

As for the lavender fields, there is a parking and it is quite organized. However, if you want to avoid not only the many tourists who visit, but also the heat and the flattening light of midday I recommend visiting the fields very early in the morning or right before sunset.

In this minimap I will share the coordinates of the fields and some of the things I discovered during my visit. I hope you enjoy (:

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Edited & illustrated Ana Laya.

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Cover Photo: Catalina Fedorova / Unsplash.

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1. Los campos de lavanda

Pues nada menos que la razón de ser de este minimap. El cultivo de lavanda en Brihuega se extiende por más de mil hectáreas de plantación. La siega de los campos suele comenzar a finales del mes de julio o a principios del mes de agosto, cuando la flor ya ha tomado un color grisáceo, y suele terminar entre la segunda o tercera semana de agosto.

La mayor parte de los preciosos, amplios y bien cuidados campos de lavanda se extienden a lo largo de la carretera comarcal CM 2005, pero hay un spot preciso con parking habilitado para poder bajarse y disfrutarlos respetando siempre el entorno.

Hay una pequeña tiendita de souvenirs también, porque recuerden: la naturaleza no da souvenirs. Las tienditas, sí.

Desde el ayuntamiento organizan visitas guiadas justo a esas horas 19 y 20h30 los viernes, sábados y domingos. Aquí el programa con todas las actividades alrededor de la floración de la lavanda del 2021.

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Well, nothing less than the reason for being of this minimap. Lavender fields in Brihuega extends over more than a thousand hectares. The mowing of the fields usually begins at the end of July or the beginning of August, when the flower has already turned gray-ish, and it usually ends between the second or third week of August.

Most of the beautiful, wide and well-cared for lavender fields stretch along the CM 2005 regional road, but there is a specific spot with a wide parking lot so you can get off and enjoy them without having to worry for your car. There are signs reminding you to always respect the environment, and there is a small souvenir shop too. Remember: nature does not give souvenirs, little shops do.

The City Hall organises visits Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays at 19 and 20h30. Here you can have a look at all the lavender-related activities scheduled for 2021 (in Spanish).

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Photos: Ana Laya · Superminimaps ®

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2. Parque de María Cristina

Esta arbolada plaza en el centro del pueblo es un sitio perfecto para tomar un respiro y disfrutar de la sombra. Además durante el fin de semana hay food trucks para además poder probar algún snack y una refrescante bebida.

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This tree-lined plaza is a perfect place to take a break and enjoy the much appreciated shade. During the weekend there are food trucks to also be able to try a snack and a refreshing drink.

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Photos: Ana Laya · Superminimaps ®

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3. La casa de la miel

Tiendita súper pintoresca. Además es imposible no pensar en miel luego de ver tantas abejas entre las flores de lavanda. De hecho, si cuando estáis en los campos cerráis los ojos podéis escuchar perfectamente el zumbido constante de las abejas.

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Super picturesque little shop. It is also impossible not to think of honey after seeing so many bees among the lavender flowers. In fact, iwhen you are in the fields, if you close your eyes you can perfectly hear the constant buzzing of the bees.

Imagen vía verpueblos.com

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4. Museo de Miniaturas

Como cuenta la página de Turismo de Brihuega, en este museo se ha dejado materializada la colección de miniaturas del Profesor Max y de su hermana María Rosa Elegido Millán, ambios briocenses (ese es el gentilicio, por si se os lo estábais preguntando) y ambos precursores de la miniatura a nivel mundial.

El museo está ubicado en el restaurado Convento de San José, y en él se expone parte de la colección del Profesor Max, que consta de unas 65.000 piezas: “sombreros, armas, maletas, zapatos, perros, juegos de café, pinturas, esculturas, muebles de diferentes estilos y épocas, más de 30 países representados con su variedad de artistas, escenas reducidas a escala 1/12, 1/24, 1/100, 1/144, de palacios, salones, tiendas, etc… y las maravillosas casas de muñecas hechas exclusivamente para el Museo, decoradas con todo lujo de detalles por los mejores artistas del globo; siendo poseedores de la casita más pequeña del mundo“.

Cerca del Museo de Miniaturas, en la icónica Plaza del Coso está la Oficina de Turismo de Brihuega. Allí sin duda os pueden dar más tips y recomendaciones.

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As the Brihuega Tourism page tells us, in this museum the collection of miniatures of Professor Max and his sister María Rosa Elegido Millán, both “briocenses” (that is the demonym) and both forerunners of the miniature worldwide, has been materialized.

The museum is located in the restored Convent of San José, and it exhibits part of Professor Max’s collection, which consists of some 65,000 pieces: “hats, weapons, suitcases, shoes, dogs, coffee sets, paintings, sculptures , furniture of different styles and periods, more than 30 countries represented with their variety of artists, scenes reduced to 1/12, 1/24, 1/100, 1/144 scale, of palaces, halls, shops, etc … and the marvellous dollhouses made exclusively for the Museum, decorated with great detail by the best artists in the world, including the smallest house in the world “.

Near the Museum, in the iconic Plaza del Coso is the Brihuega Tourism Office. There, without a doubt, they can give you more tips and recommendations.

Fotos vía TurismoBrihuega.com

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5. Destilería El Jardín de la Alcarria

Esta pequeña destilería ofrece un breve videotour por sus instalaciones en el que explica el proceso de sembrado, recogida y destilado de la lavanda. En su tiendita también hay muchos productos elaborados a partir del aceite esencial destilado por ellos mismos.

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This small distillery offers a short video-tour of its facilities in which it explains the process of sowing, collecting and distilling lavender. In their little shop there are also many products made from essential oil distilled by themselves.

Photos: Ana Laya · Superminimaps ®

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6. Museo y Castillo Viaje a la Alcarria (Torija)

El Castillo de Torija fue una pieza clave en la defensa del Reino de Castilla. En la actualidad, el castillo de Torija es sede del Centro de Interpretación Turística de la Provincia de Guadalajara –  CITUG.

En el interior de la imponente Torre del Homenaje del castillo se encuentra enclavado el Museo del Viaje a la Alcarria, primer museo dedicado a un libro, en el que figuran numerosos objetos personales y mapas utilizados en su recorrido por tierras alcarreñas por el Premio Nobel Camilo José Cela. 

Tanto el castillo como el pintoresco pueblo de Torija merecen una visita. Se recomienda reservar las entradas del Museo con antelación y chequear los horarios.

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The Castle of Torija was a key piece in the defense of the Kingdom of Castile. At present, the castle of Torija is the headquarters of the Tourist Interpretation Center of the Province of Guadalajara –  CITUG.

Inside the imposing Tower of the Homage of the castle is located the Museum of the Journey to the Alcarria, the first museum dedicated to a book (Camino a la Alcarria), in which there are numerous personal objects and maps used in his journey through Alcarrian lands by the Nobel Prize winner Camilo José Cela.

Both the castle and the picturesque town of Torija are worth a visit. It is recommended to book museum tickets in advance.

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Photos: Ana Laya · Superminimaps ®

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7. Mirador El pico de la muela

Situado del otro lado de la autopista, a aproximadamente 35min en coche del centro de Brihuega este mirador nos regala una panorámica de los campos de Guadalajara. Es un paseo bonito rodeado de muchos castillos.

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Located on the other side of the highway, at around 35 minutes by car from the center of Brihuega, this viewpoint gives us a panoramic view of the fields of Guadalajara. It is a nice walk surrounded by many castles.

Foto: Víctor Minguez Baranda vía Google Maps.

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Minimaps Nice

À table with the Niçois: Nice

Behind the blingy glam of the French Riviera, Nice hides a true local soul. The 5th largest city in France offers an unparalleled quality of life and a dynamic culinary scene. Ditch your travel guides, forget the tourist traps and experience Nice’s real local vibe with these 7 unmissable foodie spots!

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Whilst I now live in London, I grew up in Nice and love to go back to reconnect with my Mediterranean roots. What do I miss the most? The sea, the sun and… the food! From the French bakeries to the new trendy restaurants and the lively atmosphere of the food markets, Nice is full of beautiful culinary surprises that I always look forward to discovering or rediscovering.

Let’s be honest: in a touristy city like Nice, it is easy to be disappointed by overrated or overpriced spots. Yet, by exploring less central neighborhoods, going beyond Trip Advisor ratings and following the advice of locals, you’ll find an authentic and generous food scene.

Edited by Adrien Giacchero & illustrated by Victoria Fernández.

Cover Photo: Joachim Lesme / Unsplash.

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1. Arlequin Gelati

Arlequin has been elected nothing less than the best ice cream parlour in France. Do we need to say more? Ice creams and sorbets here are made using fresh and seasonal ingredients and contain no artificial colourings or conservatives. What’s great about Arlequin is that customers are always invited to try different flavours before ordering! A great way to help choose between the multitude of tempting flavours, from Sicilian pistachio to saffron or lemon & ginger. 

Photos via Arlequin Gelati

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2. Pâtisserie Déli Bo

If you have a sweet tooth, head straight to Déli Bo and indulge in some of Nice’s best cakes and pastries. My favourites? The tarte tropézienne, a succulent cream-filled brioche from St Tropez, the litchi and raspberry macaron and the classic millefeuille.

The Déli Bo team also has a popular restaurant located on rue Bonaparte, next to the trendy Place du Pin.

Photos via Déli Bo

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3. Maison Barale

Unmissable stop for pasta lovers! Maison Barale is a family institution founded in 1892 that has been carrying on the tradition of pasta making for four generations. The Old Town shop offers a great selection of fresh pasta, from the traditional daube beef stew ravioli to gnocchi and more creative options such as the surprising lemon and ginger ravioli.

Photos via Maison Barale.

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4. Mama Baker

This so-called “epicurian bakery” has a great selection of artisanal and organic products. It’s the perfect place to stock up on breads, cakes and brioches for a dinner at home or a picnic in the sun. It is not uncommon to queue for a bit… which will give you more time to make your choice amongst all the wonders displayed in the window!

Don’t miss the Norwegian fruit bread, the orange blossom brioche and the addictive chocolate and almond cookies. You’ll also find a good selection of savoury snacks, such as pizza and focaccia. 

Photos via Mama Baker.

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5. Marché de la Libération

Whilst tourists tend to flock to the colourful Cours Saleya market, locals much prefer the buoyant atmosphere of the sprawling marché de la Libération, open from 6am to 1pm daily (exc. Mon). Get lost in the hustle and bustle of this true Mediterranean market and discover the very best of the Nice region products, from the funny courgettes trompette to the small Nice black olives and lemons from the hinterland.

Feeling hungry? Try the socca, a typical chickpea pancake, at Socca Tram or choose from the many stalls of the lively Gare du Sud food market located in a former railway station..

Photos via Adrien Giacchero @adri_enroute

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6. Le Séjour Café

There are a lot of good restaurants in Nice, but my favourite is this small and unpretentious address at the heart of the Carré d’Or. Le Séjour Café offers a modern French cuisine with a Mediterranean touch in a cosy and intimate setting. What I also really like about this place is the truly excellent service. Make sure to book ahead! 

Photos via Le Séjour Café.

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7. Trésors Publics

This cute boutique, located a stone’s throw away from the magnificent Sainte-Réparate cathedral, has everything to make foodies happy. Its particularity? All the products on display are 100% made in France! Treat yourself among the fine selection of tableware and kitchen accessories including cast iron casserole dishes, madeleine moulds and elegant tea towels. The shop also stocks up a nice range of food products from Ardèche chestnut spread to Nice PDO olive oil and authentic Dijon mustard. Expect a warm welcome from the two friendly owners, always keen to tell a story about their suppliers.

Photos via Trésors Publics.

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Librerías de mi vida: Madrid

One is my nice local bookstore. Another one is where I go looking for children’s books and whenever I want to feel inspired by cute stuff. There’s the one that is always organising author’s lectures and conversations; the cozy little one that is a must when you are downtown and when you need books in English. Second-hand books to be recycled and re-read, rare and unique books, illustrated books, Latin American books, French books, poetry books, book related stuff, these nice bookshops have everything… and for different circumstances, right now, these are the bookshops of my life (Part I).

Edited and illustrated by Ana Laya.

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1. Terán Libros

This is my local bookstore. They have a great selection of new releases and a well-stocked catalog, if you are in Chamberí don’t hesitate to come in and ask for the book you’re looking for, they probably have it and they’re super nice!

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2. Librería Rafael Alberti

Beautiful spacious place. They are always busy organising talks, lectures, and book signing events. Good selection of children’s book. Rest assured that whenever you go there is always a nice group of people ready to assist you and recommend the perfect book for you.

Photo via Facebook.

3. Cervantes y compañía

Greatly assorted bookstore in the popular Malasaña, located in a lovely and shinny building that even has a cave. They also organise nice events.

Photo via Cervantes & Cia‘s Instagram.

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4. Tres Rosas Amarillas

Many, many books and beautiful things for children (and adults) of all ages, everything in a cute space that will definitely inspire you. Their soft spot are pop-up books, die-cut books, fold-out books, paper shadow theaters, lamps and mobiles. Right in Espíritu Santo (Holy Spirit), the heart of Malasaña.

Photo via Facebook.

5. Desperature Literature

“Real books. Desperate ones. Paper & glue”. This cozy little shop, part of a a group of bookstores that includes Human Relations and Book Thug Nation in Brooklyn and Atlantis Books in Santorini, here in Madrid is a downtown must. They have an amazing selection of books in English, French, Spanish. You can order books that have not been released in Spanish and they’ll get it for you. You can buy surprise books, participate in literary contests and attend really nice events that range from poetry readings and philosophy discussions to Harry Potter quizes.

Say hello to Terry! · Image via Desperate Literature’s Instagram.

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6. Arranca Thelma

A space with great personality located in La Latina. Here you can find special books, rare books, second hand books. It is the perfect place to go with time to spend a while having a look around until you find your next reading. Let serendipity be your guide!

Photo via Facebook.

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7. Re-Read Librería Low Cost

Their presentation is actually quite eloquent: “Re-Read was born thinking green with the aim of sharing a passion: reading; and to raise an urgent issue: if we want to build a sustainable future, we need to reduce consumption and reuse more.” They are an extended network of bookstores, so if you’re not in Madrid, worry not, probably there’s one close to you.

Photo via Re-Read Website.

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Switzerland’s (and the world’s) Longest Passenger Train

The longest passenger train is not in Texas! · Images via CNN.

Hey, train lovers! Did you know that Switzerland built a 2-kilometer-long train? 🚂🇨🇭

Yes, to celebrate the 175th anniversary of Switzerland’s first railway, the country’s rail industry came together to run the world’s longest-ever passenger train — 100 cars, 2,990 tonnes and almost two kilometres long.

Formed of 25 new “Capricorn” electric trains the record-breaking 1,906-meter train took almost an hour to cover around 25 Km (about 15 miles) over the incredible Unesco’s World Heritage Albula Line from Preda to Alvaneu in eastern Switzerland.

The images are definitely spectacular! 😍😍😍

Read more in CNN.

¡Hey, amantes de los trenes! ¿Sabíais que Suiza construyó un tren de 2 kilómetros de largo? 🚂🇨🇭

Sí, para celebrar el 175.º aniversario del primer ferrocarril de Suiza, la industria ferroviaria del país se unió para operar el tren de pasajeros más largo del mundo: 100 vagones, 2990 toneladas y casi dos kilómetros de largo.

Formado por 25 nuevos trenes eléctricos “Capricorn” el tren rompedor de récords de 1.906 metros tardó casi una hora en recorrer unos 25 km (unas 15 millas) sobre la increíble línea Albula, declarada Patrimonio de la Humanidad por la Unesco, desde Preda a Alvaneu, en el este de Suiza.

¡Las imágenes son definitivamente espectaculares! 😍😍😍

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