Free Things in Europe

From my colleagues at i-escape.com, comes this great list of Free Things to do in major cities around Europe. i-escape is a UK-based website dedicated to helping discerning independent travellers find and book exciting and unusual places to stay in some of the world’s most beautiful and fascinating locations. I write reviews for them – check out my thoughts on Riad Kniza in Morocco, or Casa Susegad in Goa, India.

1. London – there are heaps of free museums and galleries to explore. An unsung hero is the excellent Geffrye Museum in Shoreditch, which shows the changing style of English sitting/dining rooms in a series of period rooms from 1600 to the present day.

2. Berlin – visit the East Side Gallery, a section of the old Berlin Wall which has become a gallery for freedom with paintings from over 100 worldwide artists.

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3. Paris – on the first Sunday of each month, lots of museums and galleries give free entrance. Includes the Louvre, the Pompidou Centre and the Musée d’Orsay. Arrive early!

4. Valencia – wander around the massive City of Arts & Sciences at sunset to admire the spaceship-like architecture.

5. Rome – Angeltoursrome.com offer a free guided walking of the Pantheon at 7pm every day (Nov – March).

6. Prague – visit the Strahov Monastery up past Prague Castle – and taste the beer brewed by the monks! The view of the entire city is amazing.

7. Madrid – explore the open-air sculpture museum (under a flyover off Paseo de la Castellana), which has works by 20th-century Spanish greats such as Miró.

8. Athens – walk up Filopappos hill to the ancient monument at the top for superb views across to the Acropolis, especially at sunset.

9. Venice – visit the island town of Murano, famed for its beautiful glass-making showrooms.

Shelley at Park Guell, April 2009

10. Barcelona – visit Park Guell, a Unesco site designed by Gaudi, showcasing many of his mosaics and his old house.

Travel Well!

Shelley & Keith

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About Shelley Seale

I'm Shelley, a journeyer and learner of the world, freelance journalist and author, yoga chick and dog lover. I pound the keyboard from home barefoot every day, and while my boss is demanding she also occasionally lets me have the early afternoon cocktail. I think not going into an office or collecting corporate paychecks are very good ideas, though not always profitable. I have written for National Geographic, USA Today, The Guardian, Texas Monthly and CNN, among others. Neither the New York Times nor Johnny Depp have answered my letters yet. I love yoga, indie movies, wine, and books, though not necessarily in that order. I believe in karma. Mean people suck. If I could have any dream job I would like to be a superhero. I have performed a catch on the flying trapeze, boarded down a live volcano and was once robbed by a monkey in Nepal. But, I don't know how to whistle. My mantra is "travel with a purpose."
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