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5 CHEAP & CHIC HOTELS

A ghost travels Europe, is the ghost of cool tourism for the masses. A new generation of hotels combines design, comfort, location, gastronomy, technology. Yes, you can have it all.

According to a survey conducted by hoteles.com, for 66% of travelers if the wifi is free is the most decisive when choosing accommodation. Well, the hotels in our selection see the wifi and add a design worthy of the best magazines of interior design, strategic location, various technological additions, eco-friendly restaurants, inspiring clientele, space for bikes, online checkin and all at affordable prices , Does anyone give more?

OKKO HOTEL, NANTES: The Okko chain and its serenity in design have just opened sucusal in Nantes and, in the coming months, in Grenoble and Lyon. It is an all inclusive: breakfast, aperitif, access to the wellness area, wifi, movies on demand … The first four stars for all.

BIKINI 25 HOURS, BERLIN: In a building built in the fifties by the architects Paul Schwebes and Hans Schoszberger, the new hotel of the chain for hipsters 25 Hours Hotels has lived a comprehensive redesign under the orders of Werner Aisslinger. The objective? Show the tension between nature and culture, between the urban and the jungle.

CASA ORTEGA, MARSELLA: Strategically located opposite the train station of Saint-Charles de Marseille and very close to the old port, Casa Ortega is a hostel in which the design plays a very important role. Decorated by David Karoubi, this accommodation has five rooms where antique furniture is blended with contemporary objects.

CHECK IN RIOJA: The decoration of Check In Rioja, an hostel in La Rioja that serves as a hostel for pilgrims who make the Camino de Santiago, is pure eclecticism. This accommodation mixes second-hand furniture and others made by the owner, Nacho Najera, with some old pieces and others made by a Rioja’s carpenter.

LA BANDITA, PIENZA (TOSCANA): La Bandita is the perfect place to rest. Located in the heart of Tuscany, this former convent converted into a rural house has several rooms, swimming pool and an incomparable environment.

Source: revistaad.es

MOROCCO

MEDINA OF FEZ, MOROCCO BY A PHOTOGRAPHER

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Fez Palais El Mokri was built in 1906 by Si Tayeb el Mokri, Pasha to Casablanca and son of the Grand Vizir of the King. The Palais is now home to a few of the Pasha’s heirs who charge a small entrance fee to curious visitors and, on occasion, rent out a few of the rooms for the night.

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One of those rooms available for rent is The Red Room.

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Like with many Moroccan towns, the medina is the center of Fez. Here, a man transports goods in the medina.

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Bab El Mahrouk is one the medina’s points of entry—and certainly the most striking.

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This traditionally restored “dar,” or house, retains all the original tilework.

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These colorful, handcrafted leather slippers, or “babouches,” are a popular souvenir.

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Photographer Felix Odell says that his favorite thing to do in Fez was simply walk down side streets, people-watch, and get lost.

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At the medina’s souk, Odell picked up spices and mint to take home to his native Stockholm.

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At night, Odell stayed at the Fez Jardin Des Biehn, an elegant old-world property in the medina.

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Outside of the African Suite at the Fez Jardin Des Biehn were these walls, washed in a blue color popular throughout Morocco.

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This raspberry tart ended a meal at the Jardin’s restaurant.

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A contrast of patterns and textures in the Pasha Suite mirrored the electic range of textiles found in the souk.

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Although some of Morocco’s cities, like Marrakech, are full of people in modern clothes, many of Fez’s residents wear traditional dress.

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The entrance of Al-Attarine Madrassa, an Islamic school built in the 13th century.

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Traditional Fassi-style pottery was on display at Souk el Henna.

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Past the medina’s walls is a small mountain. Locals love to climb it at night for the views of the sun setting over the city.

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From the hilltops of Mt. Zalegh, you can see the city as well as the countryside.

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A traditional Friday lunch of vegetable couscous cooked in a tagine at the Alami family riad. Odell reports that everything he ate in Fez was “fantastic.”

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Hotel Sahrai, just outside of the medina, is a mix of classic Moroccan design elements (like this rich tapestry, pictured) and modern amenities.

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A corridor of water just off the lobby at the Hotel Sahrai.

THE MYKONOS WINDMILLS

THE MYKONOS WINDMILLS

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The Mykonos Windmills are iconic feature of the Greek island of the Mykonos. The island is one of the Cyclades islands, which neighbour Delos in the Aegean Sea.

The windmills can be seen from every point of the village of Mykonos, the island’s principal village, which is frequently called the Chora (which translates to “Country” in Greek, but refers to an island’s “Town”) on Greek islands. The windmills are the first thing seen when coming into theharbour of Alefkandra, as they stand on a hill overlooking the area. Most windmills face towards the North where the island’s climate sources its strongest winds over the largest part of the year. There are currently 16 windmills on Mykonos of which seven are positioned on the famous landmark hill in Chora. Most of them were built by the Venetians in the 16th century, but construction continued into the early 20th century. They were primarily used tomill wheat. They were an important source of income for the inhabitants. Their use gradually declined until they ceased production in the middle of the 20th century. Their architecture is similar. They all have a round shape, white colour and a pointed roof and very small windows. Such windmills are found in almost all Cyclades islands. One of these windmills has been transformed into a museum. The whole village of Chora and part of the harbour are visible from this point.

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