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Situated in the centre of Andalusian Region, Cordoba is a great cultural referring in Europe. This ancient city, which has been declared as a World Heritage Site, is a mixture of the diverse cultures that settled in it throughout history. Very few places in the world can boast of having been a part of the Roman Empire, the capital of the Al-Andalus, the highly civilised Arab state in Southern Europe and the Caliphate. Such splendour is palpable in the intellectual wealth of this centre of wisdom and knowledge that has seen the birth of figures like Seneca, Averroes and Maimonides. The historic quarter of Cordoba is a beautiful network of small streets, alleys, squares and whitewashed courtyards arranged around the mosque and cathedral which reflects the importance of the city during medieval times. Cordoba is also a modern city, very well connected to the other Andalusian capitals by the high speed train and a very extensive railway network linking it to all the big cities, like Madrid and Seville. Inside the city, it is very easy and fast to reach your destination due to an efficient public transport system. Cordoba is also synonymous with art, culture and leisure, thanks to a myriad of cultural events that are organised here throughout the year: flamenco festivals, concerts, ballet and other activities are complemented by a number of museums and an exciting nightlife. Meanwhile, the province has beautiful villages like Priego de Cordoba, an example of Spanish baroque; Zuheros, the typical white Andalusian village with a well situated castle and Cardena with interesting natural reserves.

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by AASHU

COLLAGELightSleeper – For A Good Sleep
This mini light projector beams a soothing light onto your ceiling and makes circles above you, the idea being that as your eyes follow the projection you gradually slip off to sleep. Whereas something like reading would stimulate the mind and thus keep you asleep, the LightSleeper relaxes you almost hypnotically. The makers claim that it takes under a minute to get it working, and it can be turned on with a tap (great if you wake up in the middle of the night) and automatically switches off after half an hour which means it is energy efficient too. The LightSleeper has adjustable brightness and you can set it to pulse or put it on constant to adapt to your own needs.

COLLAGEPhototherapy Hairbrush – Laser Stimulation For Luscious Locks
If you're terrified at the thought of losing your hair or are simply keen on making your locks look their natural best (dye and chemical treatments don't count) – then this gadget could be a big help. Called the Phototherapy Hairbrush and looking like some kind of laser comb, it uses proven photobiostimulation therapy to increase circulation to your scalp, which in turn delivers more oxygen and nutrients to your follicles – promoting thicker and healthier hair growth. Employing a technology that has been used in labs and salons for more than 20 years, this device simply involves passing or brushing the wand through your hair for three 15 minute sessions a week and even includes a timer which shuts the brush off when the 15 minutes are up. Apparently users have seen thicker, more vibrant hair in around 8-16 weeks.
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Top Cultural Holiday Destinations In The World – II

COLLAGE• London
London is steeped in history and ancient buildings. You can even find the old walls of the capital city if you get bored with the museums, art galleries and historic buildings that are just waiting for you to visit. Wear comfortable shoes!

COLLAGE• Paris
Paris rivals London and probably has as many interesting museums, art galleries and historic buildings. The Notre Dame Cathedral and the Palace at Versailles are truly magnificent, and if your visit coincides with the Beaujolais Nouveau celebrations, you will have a memorable stay. However it is wise to avoid eating in tourist areas, eat where the locals do, in small bistros which serve hearty traditional dishes.

COLLAGE• Moscow
A visit to Moscow will amaze and delight with its grandeur. The elaborate onion shaped domes on the skyline are very imposing and make a lasting impression. The Hermitage takes days to go around and all culture - vultures will love it. The Russians believe that it is much better than the Louvre, but you would have to judge for yourself. The Russians you will encounter are on the whole keen to meet foreigners and learn about their views and lifestyles. Don't be surprised if you are taken into homes and asked a lot of questions about how you live and what you think of Russians and Russian history.

COLLAGE• Mexico City
Mexico City is home to what is probably the best Anthropological Museum in the world and again this takes days to view in its entirety. The treasures of the ancient Mayan, Aztec and Olmec civilisations are incredible. Of course you may want to extend the trip and take in Macchu Pichu as it cannot sustain the ravages of more tourism. The sad thing about the ancient ruins of the world is that so many tourists clambering around the ancient sites damage them.

COLLAGE• Rome
Rome or the Eternal City has much to offer the cultural tourist, not just the Pantheon and the Colosseum, but a whole host of archaeological sites all over the city and the surrounding area. As you travel into the city you will see people living around ancient ruins, and only then can you truly appreciate how great the ancient city was – the splendour of the old Roman Empire.


 
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