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The City of Musicals: London vs. New York

Broadway or West End? Stephen Sondheim or Andrew Lloyd Webber? We will rock you or American Idiot? How does one decide? Fans of musicals will be familiar with these questions, and the truth is that even experts in the field are hesitant to give a definitive answer. This is probably due to the fact that both programming and productions are becoming increasingly similar between cities, and this makes it very difficult to make a choice. However, the data speak for themselves; it seems that in recent seasons, London has broken records in the number of theater-goers. What else would we expect from the city of Shakespeare? On the other hand, New York boasts of being much riskier and original when it comes to the release of new pieces, among which we always discover adaptations of films, books, and even television series (Spiderman, Shrek, Catch Me If You Can). The British, meanwhile, bet on tradition as a guarantee of success (The Phantom of the Opera, Les Miserables, The Lion King) but are slowly integrating some new works (Once; Matilda, The Musical; Charlie and the Chocolate Factory). Of course, there are indisputable classics that have their rightful place reserved on both cities’ billboards season after season (Chicago, Mamma Mia, Miss Saigon), and that´s where the real battle is played: are they really the same presentations? Which cast shines more brightly? Which production is better? Whether for better or worse, that call is left to the viewers. For years, these two cities have disputed over who is the Theater City, which has resulted in each recruiting the very best of the entertainment...

3 Reasons to Rent an Apartment Instead of Reserving a Hotel Room

So you´ve purchased flights for your next holiday and now you need to find accommodations. You have two options: rent apartments or find a hotel. There are reasons why one might choose one or the other, but we are going to explain why renting an apartment is better than staying in a hotel. The reasons are manifold but we are going to give you the three best reasons to choose an apartment. When you finish reading, you´ll wonder why you had so much doubt in the first place. PL. SGR FAMILIA Apartment 1. Language Depending on where you go, you have no choice but to use the local language. The staff of the hotel might understand and speak broken bits and pieces in your language, but in many cases the language barrier can be a significant hurdle. What if there are problems with a reservation or you encounter leaks or the room is not serviced… An accommodation away from home is supposed to be a place to relax. That´s why renting an apartment is ideal, since you’ll love the place you’re staying and the only interaction you will have is to receive the keys. After that, there is no language problem, no barrier to overcome or anything like that. Just peace and quiet, like in your own home. 2. Local advice There’s no better way to get to know a new place than through the experience of someone who lives there. You’ll have your guide book, of course, but there’s nothing like a first-hand recommendation. When you pick up the keys to your apartment, you can ask that person...

Costa Brava and Costa Dorada – Experience beautiful Catalonia beyond Barcelona!

Many people, who think of travelling to Spain on holiday, have Barcelona as one of their main destinations, which although beautiful and charming, it is only one of the many destinations in the region of Catalonia. Today we’ll discover Costa Brava and Costa Dorada. Photo: Horrabin Costa Brava The Costa Brava, which literally means “the wild coast”, is a beautiful 160km coastline located in northern Catalonia. Being part of the province of Gerona, Costa Brava offers countless white sandy beaches, breathtaking landscapes and a sun that never stops shining that make this Catalan region the perfect destination for a romantic or family holiday. Some of the major towns that compose Costa Brava are San Feliu de Guixols, Cadaqués, Lloret de Mar and Tossa de Mar, among many others. These towns are ideal places to enjoy medieval architecture, beaches, water sports and an unsurpassed cuisine, which entice tourists from all around the world. In Costa Brava the weather is simply great for any activity or sport outdoors, whether going golfing, hiking into the mountains, riding bicycles or walking on the beautiful beaches, you’ll always find the right place to do it, no matter if it is on the many nature reserves in the area, or in the depths of the sea. The natural beauty of its landscapes is simply unmatched. Don’t miss the Marine Reserve from Medes Islands. Other important reserves are the Parque Natural dels Aiguamolls and the Parque Natural del Cap de Creus. Charming places like the former fishing village of Cadaqués, which became famous by the works of Dali, seem to be frozen in time, while we...