I suppose that all the followers of “Diary on board” already know that in Japan, the word KARAOKE refers to centers where private rooms are rented to sing and hang out with your friends, and not to cocktail bars where you have to sing In front of strangers. It is true that in some bars and pubs (mostly known as “snacks”) there are karaoke machines and customers take turns singing while having drinks, but these “snacks” - usually offered by male clientele and over 50 years- they do not consider themselves Karaokes, but it is a service more than they offer.
Alphonse Mucha was born in the Czech Republic in the mid-19th century. Your name may not sound like anything, but surely hundreds of posters and decorative boxes inspired by their designs will. This Czech artist was one of the greatest exponents of the movement called Art Nouveau which is, together with the Byzantine style, one of the styles that I like the most.
During our stay in Pingyao, we stayed at Hotel Yide, a beautiful hotel located in the center of the walled city, in a house more than 275 years old. The house was built in 1736 by a rich merchant during the reign of Emperor Qianlong, and is in an alley near one of the main arteries of the city, Nan Dajie Street.
The day began with the breakfast offered by the hostel. With two toasts I had enough. We went out to the street in search of La Concha beach. We cross the Zurriola bridge and walk along Boulevard avenue. At the end of this avenue is the town hall building on the left and an excellent viewpoint of the San Sebastián Bay.
Neither the polar cold, nor the wooden board on which I slept and not even the monk's songs on duty all night managed to prevent him from sleeping from the pull until nine in the morning. In the inner courtyard there was no one sleeping and it was clean and tidy as if no one had spent the night there.
Legend has it that a Norwegian fugitive threw a wooden pole overboard when he reached a new coast. According to the beliefs of the time, the gods would guide the tree to the place where the new settlement should be located. The pole ended up on the shore of a smoking bay, and hence the name to the city of Reykjavik.