This is a featured article by travel blogger Katie. She is a cake and travel addicted blogger who spent February and March 2013 travelling around Europe. You can follow her trip on Twitter. Ever since visiting Hadrian’s Wall as a child I have been fascinated with the history of the Roman Empire. After watching the BBC series Rome on television, I was excited to find out that the ancient Roman city of Tarraco, or Tarragona as it is called today, is just 11 kilometres up the coast from Salou where I had just made plans to visit as part of a larger trip I was taking round Spain. So I was definitely looking forward to taking a day trip to Tarragona during my stay in Salou.
Taking a day trip to Tarragona
While I love the feeling of being able to go wherever the mood takes me on my travels, I do like to plan some parts up front. I worry that otherwise I’d end up spending too much time planning and booking accommodation rather than actually enjoying myself. I chose a hotel called Hotel California Palace, which I thought would be an interesting conversation if anyone asked me which hotel I had stayed at. Plus I know it must be a really common name for a hotel following the Eagles hit song, but shouldn’t everyone spend at least one night in their life at a Hotel California?
All joking aside the price was right and the hotel’s central location close to the railway station meant I could easily pop up to Tarragona for the day and explore the Roman ruins knowing that both Hadrian, whose wall I so admired as a child had along with Augustus had spent time in Rome’s Iberian capital. For the first few days in Salou I just relaxed around the swimming pool working on my tan while enjoying not having to do anything, I had decided to make my day trip to Tarragona on Thursday, as I had heard that was when they had their weekly market, and from past experiences on visiting Spain I found that that was always the day that had more things happening, plus with Tarragona not being touristy like Salou I thought I might be able to pick up something unusual to take back home as a souvenir.
As I already said the railway station was close to the hotel and with frequent commuter trains’ making the 12-minute journey to Tarragona there was not too much planning needed. On arrival in Tarragona I strolled down the wide promenade called the Rambla Nova to the beautiful iron railings that they call “The Balcony of the Mediterranean” which you are supposed to touch for good luck. The view is magnificent overlooking the sparkling Mediterranean Sea and the golden sand of Miracle Beach but what makes the view special is that if you look to the left you will see the second-century Roman amphitheatre where up to 15,000 citizens cheered for their favourite gladiator or witnessed the martyrdom of Christians in the third century.
New Roman finds are being discovered all the time in Tarragona as the people that came after the Romans just kept building on top of the foundations the Romans had laid down. Next I went to visit the praetorium (Roman governor’s residence) and the largest circus in the Roman Empire built for chariot races by the Emperor Domitian to make up the forum that you can still follow the route of throughout the city. I was surprised to find that Tarragona was not as touristy as I thought it would be seeing as it was rated Michelins top 3-star award for sightseeing, and also the fact it was a UNESCO World Heritage Site. I found the whole Roman experience absolutely fascinating, and had by now given up the idea of buying a souvenir from the market, as it was mostly fruit and veg along with cheap clothes from China which was not quite what I was looking for so decided to find a nice place for lunch before heading back to Salou. I have since discovered that Tarragona has several market days, and Thursday was the clothing market. I found a great place to eat in the Plaça de la Font which feels as if you are sitting in the heart of the old city called Lola Tapas where I dined on fried calamari with a Russian salad. Along with an excellent glass of the house red before walking back to the station and heading back to Salou. I really enjoyed my day in Tarragona as it is easy to walk around in and you can actually start to imagine what it must have been like in the days of the Roman Empire.
5 Ways To Improve Your Sight
Our eyesight is perhaps one of our most useful and most essential senses (this, of course, may be moot). For many, the idea of losing their vision can be a scary thing. Loss of vision begins for many in their late 40s when it starts to become prominent. However, there are many ways in which you can improve your sight and keep from losing it in the extended scheme of things.
So here in this list, we have taken the liberty to compile a list of 5 ways in which you can improve your sight.
5 Ways To Improve Your Sight
# 1 – Prescription Glasses
In today’s internet driven world it is now easier than ever to get whatever you want online. You can buy glasses online or prescription sunglasses very easy and have it delivered to your home. No fuss and no hassle.
# 2 – Eat Carrots
Carrots are especially beneficial for our eye health, and it would prove invaluable for you to eat or drink as much carrot juice as you can. It may initially have a bitter taste but the more you drink it you will get used to it.
# 3- Bilberry Supplements
Bilberry is a supplement that is not that common with those who aren’t into the health niche, but bilberry is an excellent supplement for those who are looking to improve their eyesight.
# 4 – Watch Things From Far Away
This may seem like a strange method, but when you look at items off at a distance, you are strengthening your eyes. Your eyes are muscles, and they need exercise just as much as your body does.
So when you are looking at items or object off at a distance you are doing your eyes a significant workout that they desperately need.
# 5 Finger Eye Push Ups
To continue on with our last entry – a great way to get your eyes to see better and to improve them is by doing finger eye push-ups. Now, this doesn’t mean placing your finger in your eye but your eye’s vision.
By placing your finger in front of your eye and then away and back again you will strengthen the eye. This is because the eye is working to see an object in two different ranges.
Strength Your Eyes
Improving your eyes without surgery and an operation is possible. And if you consider these methods, you will “see” where we are coming from.
Video Slot Games Are All The Rage
Online casino games have seen a meteoric rise in popularity over the years. Let’s be honest -gambling is the average man’s pastime event. Very easy, simple and if you’re lucky you can win out big on a few small dollars or coins.
For this reason slot games have become some of the most highly played and enduring online casino games for newbies as well as veterans.
So it is no wonder that video slot games like Bullion Bars slot online are some of the most popular online casino games. Not only do they provide a great deal of entrainment but the payouts are quite high for those who manage to get the jackpot prize money.
However what remains a hallmark feature of online casino games and slot games comes in the form of how easy they are to win.
Playing online casino games are much easier to win then had you visited a real-life casino. This is not to undermine real-life casinos – as they do offer their fun and entertainment.
But online casino games are geared to the player. The online casino must payout players, all players, for a majority of the time, and when we say a majority of the time we mean almost all of the time.
Many online slot casino games and other casino games require that the online casino have a payout rate as low as 95%.
As low as 95%!!!!
So the chances of winning are highly in favor of the players. Failure to pay out players and having the casino simply take in more income then should be taking in will have the online casino shut down.
For those interested in playing online video slot games then now is the best time to play in this very lucrative and highly entertaining entertainment medium.
Online slot games come in a variety of themes and can offer any player, old or new, an experience that will keep them coming back time and time again.
The experience that online slot games offer players are top-notch, and the notion that many layers can play these games anywhere, at home on their desktop or the bus on their mobile home is what makes these games so alluring.
With very little to pay to play these games and a massive amount that can be paid out on a small amount as well as for being entertained the online casino slot gems don’t look like they will slow down anytime soon.
Three Reasons Pregnant Women Should Test Their Tap Water
Drinking plenty of fresh, clean water is an important part of a healthy lifestyle. It’s even more important to make sure your water is free of contaminants when you are pregnant. Drinking enough water during pregnancy maintains amniotic fluid levels and helps carry nutrients to the baby. However, if you are drinking contaminated water, the more you drink, the more the fetus is exposed to the harmful effects of those contaminants.
Water quality has been headline news lately after it was discovered that the public drinking water contained lead in Flint, Michigan. If you’re pregnant or know someone who is, you may be wondering if it is safe to drink tap water while pregnant. Here are three contaminants you should test for if you’re pregnant and drinking tap water.
Lead poisoning is a serious concern during pregnancy. Lead can be found in old water taps and outdated plumbing. As water travels through and sits in these pipes, it can absorb lead. If a pregnant woman drinks this water, her body then absorbs the lead which can be passed to the fetus.
While lead may not cause serious harm to a pregnant woman, the fetus can suffer lasting damage from even low levels of lead exposure. As the fetus grows, lead causes blood cells to become deformed, preventing them from functioning properly. Lead also damages the peripheral and central nervous systems causing learning disabilities as the child develops. Children affected by lead also tend to be shorter than other children and may have trouble with their hearing.
Water naturally contains bacteria, but in excess amounts it can be harmful, especially to pregnant women. E. coli is a type of bacteria that is occasionally found in the water. This is the same bacteria that is known to cause food poisoning, and it has the same effects when it is in your water. It can cause stomach cramps, vomiting, diarrhea, and fever, all of which can put a developing fetus at risk. Bacterial contamination can also be an indication of other contaminants such as protozoa and viruses which are linked to dysentery and hepatitis.
- Pesticides, Heavy Metals, and Chemicals
Lead poisoning and bacterial contamination are the most dangerous water contaminants for a pregnant woman and her baby, but there are other pollutants that are also concerning. Both municipal water and well water can test positive for pesticides, heavy metals, and other chemicals. While in low amounts, they may not be especially harmful to the pregnant mother, any exposure can pose a risk to the developing fetus.
Make Sure Your Tap Water is Safe
If you’re pregnant, the best way to make sure your drinking water is safe, is to test it. Whether you are drinking tap water, city water, well water, bottled water, or even filtered water, all are at risk for common contaminants that can harm a fetus. You can send water samples to a lab for complete analysis, but this can be costly, and it often takes weeks to get results. A faster and easier solution is a home testing kit. Most kits will give you results in a matter of minutes. If you’re pregnant, don’t take chances with the water you’re drinking, test your water today.
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