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Where To Have A Nice Holiday in 2016?

Where To Have A Nice Holiday in 2016?

Where to have a nice holiday in 2016? the South America is infested with Zika, the Middle East is infested with terrorists, Africa is too hot, Asia is in the monsoon season. Maybe 2016 will be the year of European tourist destinations, and in the summer among the most crowded tourist destinations is just the beautiful Italy. But where to go? Italy is full of places bathed by a beautiful sea and clear water. Who doesn’t know Capri, Ischia, Amalfi, Positano, the Elba Island, Sardinia, and the Adriatic coast? However, among the major Italian tourist destinations is Sicily, the Italian region further south.

Sicily & Palermo: The Best Destination For Summer Holidays

While you decide to make a summer holiday in Sicily, you always think about the sea of Taormina, the Aeolian Islands or Lampedusa. However, today we speak of the Sicilian capital, Palermo, a city full of monuments, charm, and with some of the most beautiful and popular beaches in Italy. So, let’s find out what to do in Palermo and how to better organize their vacation.

Palermo is a unique city. UNESCO has defined its historic centre the largest in Europe, and this makes us understand how much beautiful and how many treasures this city has. However, what really characterizes the Sicilian capital are its endless and often absurd contradictions: so much beauty, so much history, so much culture, and so many treasures are too many for a population that lives unaware of his fortune and always continues to admire what it doesn’t possess.

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The Beautiful Beaches of Palermo

But before start talking about the incredible cultural heritage of the Sicilian capital, let’s discover its best beach: Mondello. Crystal blue Caribbean Sea and white sand of Mondello make it one of the most beautiful beaches in the world. In summer, it’s crowded of bathers and it’s almost impossible to find a free place, but Mondello is beautiful throughout the year, when the sunny days permit wonderful walks on the waterfront, permit to enjoy great food in the many local clubs and, why not, a regenerating bath out of season that never hurts.

Another beach, nothing short of spectacular, is Addaura. The Addaura beach, which takes its name from the dialect of “bay”, is located along the northern side of Mount Pellegrino, besides Punta Priola.
A lovely beach which looks toward the beginning of the Mondello Gulf. Beautiful beach resorts which has a lot of huge villas.

The seabed of this beach is full of ravines with bushy grasslands very interesting for those who enjoy diving.

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Palermo, Not Only Sea

But perhaps the best thing in spend their summer holidays in Palermo is the possibility to enjoy at the same time a cultural holiday and a beach holiday.

We have already mentioned the importance of the historical centre of the Sicilian capital, one of the major attractions in it is the Norman Palace, in the heart of the historic centre. Its name comes from the fact that the Normans rulers have restored it and gave him glory, but this building, which for centuries has hosted kings and governors of Sicily, is actually older and has been used for many subsequent centuries up to host today the Sicilian parliament. Inside, you will find the Palace Chapel, built by Ruggero II, small but amazingly decorated with Byzantine mosaics in sacred subjects which are among the most beautiful of Sicily and of the entire Mediterranean area.

A short distance from the Palace of the Normans is the beautiful church of San Giovanni of the Hermits. This church, dating from the twelfth century, is one of the architectural symbols of Palermo. With its characteristic red domes, it’s one of the finest examples of Arab-Norman architecture which is an example of the intertwining of different cultures in Sicily. The church was part of a former Benedictine convent of Norman times. Also the cloister is very nice, it’s adorned with columns and arches and Mediterranean plants.

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Obviously, it’s unthinkable to be able to describe all the monuments of the historic centre of Palermo and the places of major interest of the surroundings. The board, however, is not to miss the chance to see Palermo Cathedral, the Catacombs of the Capuchins, the Martorana, the Archaeological Museum in Salinas, the Teatro Massimo and the Botanical Garden.

The most beautiful thing about a holiday in Sicily, and in Palermo, is the ability to enjoy a crystal clear sea and a warm sun during the day and enjoy a great sightseeing tour of the city streets during the afternoon.

To say nothing of the Sicilian cuisine, one of the most popular cuisines in Italy. Don’t worry too much about gaining weight during your visit to Palermo, you are on vacation!

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Featured photo credit: © Ken Sparkes All Rights Reserved via sprks.com

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Last Updated on March 13, 2019

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

1. Work on the small tasks.

When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

2. Take a break from your work desk.

Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.

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3. Upgrade yourself

Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

4. Talk to a friend.

Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.

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6. Paint a vision to work towards.

If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

7. Read a book (or blog).

The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as Lifehack.org, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

8. Have a quick nap.

If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.

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9. Remember why you are doing this.

Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

10. Find some competition.

Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

11. Go exercise.

Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.

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Here’re 15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It).

12. Take a good break.

Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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