One of my favourite cheap things to do in London when friends are visiting is to do ‘Tate to Tate‘, as I have recently named it. This involves (obviously) visiting both Tates – Britain and Modern – in the space of an afternoon. It’s made very easy: you just take the river boat which goes direct from Tate Modern to Tate Britain (or the other way round) for a small fee. Even though it’s not completely free, it’s worth remembering that unlike in most other European countries, you don’t pay to get into either museum. There are exhibitions which you need to buy tickets for, but if it’s not something you really want to see, it’s not always worth paying for, & you can spend a perfectly busy afternoon in the free parts…
Prices from http://www.tate.org.uk/visit/tate-boat
- Adults – £6.50 single, £12 return
- Tate Members – £4.90
- Child under 16 with Travelcard – £2.15
- Travelcard holder or London Student Card Single £4.30
- Children under 5 travel for free
Have you ever heard of Girona? Probably not, it is a small city located in the north east of Spain, it is known by history lovers and passionate artists, but what about other people? Well, there is a lot you can do in Girona, get lost in the old part of town and discover the mysterious legends it hides.
The old part of town is the most beautiful thing in Girona. You can start your walk in the Rambla and then start wandering in the dark labyrinthine streets around it. Once there you can make your way to the old cathedral, in which you can find different architectural styles from different periods of time. The cathedral is well known for having the widest gothic nave in the world. If you are an art lover I strongly recommend you the cathedral’s museum in which you can find beautiful and unique pieces.
I’d then continue going down the small alleys in the so-called Jewish quarter, because there used to be one of the biggest Jewish communities until 1492. There are a lot of legends surrounding this quartier (there are some books explaining almost all of them that can be found in shops in the old part) and I definitely recommend the visit to the Jewish museum in Girona.
Continuing in the old part, you will be able to find the smallest square in Europe, la plaça del Raïm and the curious thing about it is that hardly anybody knows about it, not even the locals.
I haven’t talked about it much but it is definitely worth seeing is the wall of Girona, it was firstly built by the Romans then rebuilt by Charlemagne. The sight from there is beautiful as you can see the mountains from the Catalan Pyrenees.
Finally, the famous orange and red houses next to the river (in Catalan they are called “les cases de l’Onyar”) are really something one must see before leaving Girona and take some good pictures, as well as the kissing the lion’s bottom. Let me explain that before you think about how crazy Spanish people are, there is a statue of a lion and if you kiss its butt that means you will definitely come back to Girona.