On Tuesday 19 July 2011 2 19 /07 /Jul /2011 01:22

The Sant Joan de les Abadesses, or San Juan of the Abbesses in Spanish, is a municipality in the comarca of Ripollés in Gerona. Up until the age of 80 was reported by with Ripoll and Barcelona by rail, the origin of a current green route which runs through the valley of San Juan, watered by the Ter. Here are the best routes through this beautiful area of Catalonia.

Path of the Ferro

The origin of the route of the Ferro is located in the north of a great line whose origin was Barcelona to carry its coal industry tucked away in the basement of Sierra Caballera in Ogassa, very close to Sant Joan de les Abadesses. The crisis of the mining caused the final stretch of the line, between Ripoll and Ogassa and you will end up closing in 1985.

The Vía Verde of the path of the Ferro starts at the station of Ripoll. If turns his gaze toward the north, appears the old train line of Sant Joan de les Abadesses, follow this old line, thepath del Ferro is internal among meadows and wooded spots in a absolutely rural landscape.

About 6 Kms from Ripoll, an iron bridge that saves the Ter river has been adapted to become the vehicles and there are that go along with them. Be careful: the railings are low and the former gateway service has disappeared.

Past the bridge, the route of the Ferro returns to devise among meadows and forests of the hillside. Gradually climbs to reach a considerable height to cross the ravine carved by elTorrente of Pudol. Going through forests, the route crosses the torrent of Ginebrosa.

TO 10 Kms away from Ripoll, the Vía Verde arrives at the train station of Sant Joan de les Abadessesdonde has recovered the station building. Is in the upper part of the population, with what you have to cross the river Ter by its gothic bridge and discover the jewels of Romanesque art that it encloses.

Finally, about 2 kms from San Juan, the path of the Ferro ends at the wharf You then continue on toward Toralles.

Hiking paths.

The Ripolles in Girona, is known for its natural landscapes of captivating beauty and its attractive rural tourism. The area of Sant Joan the Abadessas combines the beauty of the natural environment and the jewels of Romanesque architecture that it encloses. Of the enormous amount of hiking trails that can be practiced there are two very attractive with a different level of difficulty:

.Sant Joan de les Abadesses- Collada Santigosa - Sant Joan, this is a circular route very attractive and easy:

Distance: 19.16 km

Minimum altitude of 774 meters and a maximum of 1,123

Degree of difficulty: Moderate

Time to complete: in 5 and a half hours

.Sant Joan de les Abadesses - Coll of dogs- Puig Estela-Sant Joan. For walkers motivated:

Distance: 35.62 km

Minimum altitude of 771 meters and a maximum of 1,556 meters

Degree of difficulty: Difficult

Time to complete: in 9 and a half hours

Sant Joan de les Abadesses vista pont
By Francisco José - Published in: Europe
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Saturday 16 July 2011 6 16 /07 /Jul /2011 11:50 PM

Asturias, natural paradise, Reza the emblem with the tourist that years ago the Principality is known worldwide. Famous for its exquisite cuisine, its rugged landscapes and its bravo mar, the best way to know it in contact with its amazing scenery. Here are the best accommodations in Asturias.

West of Asturias

In the West of Asturias there are several regions where you can find great rural accommodation, close to many protected natural spaces. We have chosen those that have a high rating by users:

1. Oscos-Eo region awaits . All the territory of the Oscos was declared a Biosphere Reserve in 2007. Rural tourism in the Oscos follows the model of sustainable development. In Oscoseoturismo.com there is a wide range of Village Homes, traditional houses with all the amenities in its interior:

.House Rivera in Santa Eulalia de Oscos; building of stone, slate and wood very close to the mountain, with 3 rooms and a fireplace.

2. Navia History Park. This is a project of several municipalities in the county to implement a common sustainable rural space in an environment of great natural beauty.

.Apartments brushing against. 4 Apartments nestled in Rozadas-Boal . Ideal for mountain routes. Reservations at the tel. +34 985 92 48 92.

3. National Park of Somiedo. Declared a Biosphere Reserve and protected wildlife refuge, such as the brown bear:

.Caunedo Cuenllas's home village. In Somiedo, it is a house for rent full, two-story and two rooms. With fireplace. Reservations in Caunedorural.com.

Out Penalties

Out penalties. Cape located further north of Asturias. To live the power of the Cantabrian Sea in an environment of wild nature:

.Apartments casa rural Carpinteru. There are 4 independent apartments, decorated with rustic materials and with great comfort in its interior. Have an ecological orchard. Reservations on +34 985 887 873

East of Asturias

1. District of the Cider.

.Quintana of the Foncalada Fountain in Arguero Survival School, Villaviciosa. Traditional Houses of the XVIII century located in a large farm with five rooms. There are heads of native cattle. Courses were also offered traditional pottery. Reservations on +34 985 87 63 65.

2. Comarca of the Picos de Europa.

.Les Vegues. Of all the wide range of rural accommodation in the Picos de Europa, this combines a high valuation by travellers and the proximity to the National Park. This is a rural apartment in Amieva, 12 km from Cangas de Onis.

Asturias from the air
By Francisco José - Published in: Hotels & Clubs
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Friday 15 July 2011 5 15 /07 /Jul /2011 1:08 PM

The Picos de Europa are a National Park and a mountainous massif located in the center of the Cantabrian mountains. AND is the second most visited national park after del Teide on Tenerife. This is a limestone formation that extends from Asturias, Cantabria and Leon with elevations above 2,500 meters in many cases. Here is the information you may need to spend a wonderful stay in a cottage.

In Asturias

In Asturias, to know the Picos de Europa staying in a cottage, there are three municipalities are indispensable:

1. Arenas de Cabrales. Nearby you will find the peak of Urriellu -the Naranjo de Bulnes, and a part of the Cares route:

.Home of the Chiflón in Bulnes, a former hostel 1906 restored. It is accessed in the funicular. 60 Euros per double room (surcharge of July 2011). Reservations on +34 985 845 943.

2. Cangas de Onis, with its emblematic Roman bridge and the Covadonga lakes in the township:

.Cottage the fields, in a small village called Corao. It was an old house on tillage with five double rooms and wifi connection. For 40 euros per double room (July 2011). Reservations on +34 985 940 217.

3. Sotres. Situated in the middle of the Picos de Europa, between the massifs and Eastern Central:

.Hotel Sotres, a small establishment of family character, with 12 rooms and a small restaurant that specialises in traditional food. Reservations on +34 985 945 048.

In Cantabria

In Cantabria, for the Picos de Europa, the municipality better to stay in a rural house is:

.Potes, the capital of Liebana, a region located in the southern slope of Picos de Europa, in the Eastern Massif known for its valleys of forests and grasslands:

.Home of thumbsize, with 6 double rooms, all with bathroom. In the lounge there is a library and fireplace. 73 Euros per room in july of 2011. Reservations on +34 942 730 465.

.Posada de Aniezo, in the village of Cabezón de Liébana. Cottage with 6 double rooms with bathroom and two lounges with fireplaces. Ideal for hiking in a valley of beech trees. Reservations on +34 942 732 205. At 60 euros per room in july of 2011.

In León

Leon is the province that brings to the Picos de Europa more surface. To get to know them, the best municipalities are:

1. Soto Sajambre, in the Western Massif. Database of known climbs and routes such as the path of the Archdeacon:

.Home Bridget. It is a cottage that is rented in its entirety, with capacity for 6 people. With fireplace and garden with barbecue. For 150 euros in July of 2011. Reservations in the 987 740 376.

2. Posada de Valdeon, on the banks of the Cares river, between the massifs and the Central West.

Cottage the granaries. With 9 bedrooms, living/dining room, it is rented in its entirety by 215 euros in July of 2011. Reservations in the 987 742 746.

Picos de Europa desde Cosgaya
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Friday 15 July 2011 5 15 /07 /Jul /2011 07:51

The territory of the island of Great Britain occupies 229,850 km2, which is divided in three nations: England, Scotland and Wales. It is often used this name as a synonym for United Kingdom, which geographically is not correct, because this also includes Northern Ireland. This article explains the constitution and the history of Great Britain.

Since the Roman conquest until the Norman conquest

Old Age: the emergence of Great Britain in the story itself (based on the existence of written documents) begins with the arrival of the Romans in the I century A. C, which they called Britannia. She was previously occupied by people of celtic culture, where it is assumed comes the etymology of Britannia.

The romanization was weak, despite the presence of the wall of Hadrian, built to contain the savage picts of the north. When the Roman Empire entered a crisis in the third century, Rome abandoned the island.

Middle Ages: for the British historiography, begins in the fourth century, the Dark Ages Would last until the eleventh century. The Venerable Bede tells us in her Historia Ecclesiastica Gentis Anglorum Whom As the Anglos (where derived from the name of England), jutos and Saxons had invaded Britannia. It is in this context that the king Arthur appears, probably a roman warlord-czech-british that fought against the invaders. The case is that Britannia was divided into 7 kingdoms, the eparchy.

Britannia was punished by Viking invasions in the IX, arriving the Danes to found a kingdom own in York, the Danelaw. The joy of victory on the vikings anglo-saxon hard little: in the year 1066, the Norman army of William the Conqueror defeated the Saxons in Hastings.

Since the Norman conquest until our days

The new Norman kings of England will fluctuate between their British and French. The story will be marked by the expansion in the islands (definitive conquest of Wales in 1291, and intermittent occupations of Scotland and Ireland) and the fight against the kings of France inland by their possessions. Duality which will end with the final defeat English in the Hundred Years War in 1453, and that will cause a crisis which will lead to the War of the Roses.

The crisis has ended with the advent to the throne of the Tudor, who will begin a struggle for world domination against Spain first (Elizabeth I), against Holland after and finally against France. Struggle which will end with the supremacy of England, who had already achieved the unification with Scotland in 1707 and with Ireland in 1801.

Despite the loss of the American colonies in 1776, England thanks to the Industrial Revolution achieved a world empire, which will be maintained until the twentieth century

The world wars resulted in the weakening of this empire: the loss of the 3/4 parts of Ireland first and the independence of its colonies and dominions after. In spite of everything, Great Britain still has important ties with its former colonies of the hand of the Commonwealth and continues to be one of the most important states of the world.

Union JackYou know what it is
By Francisco José - Published in: History
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On Wednesday 13 July 2011 3 13 /07 /Jul /2011 3:13 PM

Imagen009.jpgYesterday July 12 of 2011, took place in the Alcala street a concentration in front of the the largest company of nurseries in the Kingdom of Spain Ministry of Education to protest against the plan that was discussed in those moments: a tightening of the requirements for practicing the public function (which are already questioned by if) that your laugh of the tests to be flight controller. What happens is that a flight controller wins a pastureland and the faculty you are cutting increasingly salaries to convert them, with luck, in mileuristas.

At first glance, it might seem reasonable: if they harden the requirements, the faculty will be better, doesn't it? ... The problem is that between working conditions and requirements have to be a balance, because but the discouragement, the sense of powerlessness and the bad milk can do much, a lot of damage.

He explained to me: who would you like to be operated by a surgeon who after countless years of study and practice and guards and to move on do not know how many courts of opposition will force you to operate on patients to piecework and gaining a thousand and a few euros? What I mean, no?

The issue is how the Government has come to this brilliant idea. I have a theory, and that the power is never, never, never recognize their errors. And this is not the first time that something like this happens in Spain.

In the early 40, the winners of the Civil War, hoping legitimized, decided to fulfill his promise to give bread cheap to the Spaniards. The result of his brilliant plan ... well, we all know what were the forty, known as "the years of hunger".

They are not nothing happened rather than forcing farmers to sell the wheat at ridiculous prices to the State for so cheap resale to consumers. The results were predictable: the peasants cultivated other things and the wheat harvest sank. Rather than acknowledge the error and reversing ( paradoxically, the same error committed by the victors of the Russian Revolution and that caused millions of deaths by starvation), the minds like intervene first all cereals , with which was worse, of course. And then in cabezón plan, everything arable!. No book or the reed canary grass.

The most curious thing of all, it is who spent more than a decade until recognized their error and reworked. What is that they saw what was happening? Yes, they saw, but did not want to recognize that they were wrong. According to the economist nazaritas Gabriel Tortella, the persistence of the cagada his error was not so much by specific interests (uber trendy had connected with the regime that speculated with the misery) such as the pride of power.

And something similar i think that goes with this Government. In the early 90s they invented the LOGSE, a concoction that has caused that education in Spain this to the queue of the OECD. All the subsequent educational laws, are revisions of the same. Then ... they think the "thoughtful"... do we have wrong?... ¡ ¡Impossible!!. Someone has to take the blame, and the ideologues of the disaster (which have not given class in your life) may not be, so they are ... exact: ¡implementors!. Is that the "poor" don't know ... The fact that the teachers of the year 70, with much less teacher training (though not the other, eye), and with a few requirements to enter the profession almost null results obtain infinitely better, don't tell absolutely nothing.

And the disaster will continue, because it gives equal what tightening pins to the teachers, the only thing that remains is to know when will be rectified. For the time being, for 10 years more than the government of General Franco in realizing his mistake.

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