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New York or the Big Apple in the United States of America is home to various famous shopping districts and areas. Amongst the top ranked and must visit or rather must shop for the visitors to the city is the Fifth Avenue. There are many popular shopping streets which attract tourists and locals alike. Broadway, Times Square, Herald Square, Madison Square and 14th Street are other better known places to shop and splurge. In fact from 14th Street to 59th Street, all the places in Manhattan from north to south offer awesome shopping experience.
Top Places to Shop in New York – Fifth Avenue
Fifth Avenue in New York City has it all – attractions, department stores, jewelry, Museums, clothing, accessories, parks, restaurants, luxury brands, gifts, cafes, bars etc. It would not be wrong to call it a one stop shop for all the shoppers’ delight. It is home to some of top brands world-wide. Empire State Building and the Rockefeller Center are amongst the must visits here.
This is quiet a landmark in NYC and parking here is hard to get and expensive at the same time. Many opt to get there by bus or using the subway. Since it is in the centre of Manhattan it is connected by number of buses M1 to M5 actually. Those planning to drive there can having instructions from the East – Lincoln Tunnel or the West – Long Island Expressway which is a toll road.
It is also known as the “The Diamond Avenue” owing to the presence of jewelers there. Without doubt the best time to be here in during the holidays when pretty much everything turns splendid. Nevertheless everyday too there are many things to look forward to.
Domestic and international travelers keep visiting the shopping stores for gifts to take back home and even souvenirs. As a norm people from other countries need to apply for a tourist visa and obtain it before legally traveling to the country. On the other hand there is a program called the Visa Waiver Program. This is run officially by the US government and it allows citizens of some select countries to travel without needing any visa. Travelers who would like to enjoy this need to get ESTA visa authorization only, it doesn’t matter if they are traveling by air or by sea.
For change of landscape visitors can stop by at the variety of museums like the Jewish Museum, African Art Museum, Guggenheim Museum, Museum of The City of New York and the Metropolitan Museum of Art
In addition New York has several shopping malls also. Time Warner Center has number of luxury shops, Manhattan Mall has handpicked stores, Grand Central Terminal serves culinary feasts, Queens Center Mall is flocked to by many for the stores like Best Bye, Target and Staten Island Mall is another place to spend an entire afternoon shopping. It is surely not always about luxury and brands, people throng the city’s flea markets and food markets too.
It happened so that in September I traveled to Seville, Spain for a special occasion that takes place here only once every two years – the Flamenco Festival and lasts for almost a month with traditional music and dances. I spent a few days there and would like to tell you about other places that I saw during this exceptional visit.
A true inspiration was the Seville Cathedral – the largest Gothic cathedral in Europe. If you happen to stay here be sure to enjoy the greatness of structures from the high point, because of the density of buildings around it. At the beginning of the second millennium this place was a mosque. That’s why middle-eastern motives are there, but the facade of the structure is 100 percent Gothic.
Alcazar, to me personally, was the most pleasant place to walk around in the city of Seville, Spain. I liked it even more than the Alhambra of Granada. This palace was founded in the 10th century and finished in the 14th century by the Spanish King Pedro I. For many centuries Alcazar has been a royal residency.
Don Pedro Palace boasts with its unique architectural style of insane congestion of fine details called Mudejar. In the Ladies yard a show of a hundred girls was once staged, as a tribute sent by the Caliph of Cordoba. The infamous Dolls’ yard was named after the elements of decor I could experience with my own eyes.
The Center of Seville is located in the Triumphal Square. There I was surrounded by many buildings, ascribed to the UNESCO heritage of humanity, such as India’s Home Archives – a colonial document repository where the journal of Christopher Columbus, as well as original manuscripts of Magellan, Pizarro, Cortes and a total of 80 million other important historical pages are preserved. The building was built in the late 16th century and used as an exchange for the Seville merchants’ guild. The west side of the building overlooks at the Avenue of the Constitution, the southern side at the street of St. Thomas – a great place to stay, as well.
The Constitution Avenue is a 600 m pedestrian street. Two events shaped its present state: preparation for the exhibition of 1929 and the decision of the city authorities to transform the center of Seville in a comfortable place for both local people and its visitors.
From there I kept moving and stumbled upon and Old Coliseum Theater designed by the brothers Jose and Aurelio Gomez Millan in the best neo-Mudejar traditions. It was built in 1931. As I learned later in the late 60’s the city wanted to demolish the building, as it did not meet the technical requirements, but after protests the city council decided to leave the building as it is.
All in all these were a couple of great days in Seville, Spain. If I ever have another chance visiting this beautiful place I will do it as soon as possible.