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7 Exciting Trips Across Europe to Make Your Weekend More Special

7 Exciting Trips Across Europe to Make Your Weekend More Special

Travelling is an excellent way of relaxing your mind and getting a break from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. Europe has destinations that suit a variety of interests and tastes. There are rural areas as well as bustling cities that you can venture to. There are so many adventure-filled places,[1] full of historical sites that you can explore and enjoy.

Here are some of the destinations in Europe that you should explore:

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1. Ghent, Belgium

It is an excellent destination, full of historical sites, and it can offer a visit back to the Middle Ages. Ghent was one of the most influential cities on the continent during the Middle Ages, and it is full off extraordinary historical architectures that you can explore. The city is not just full of lovely sights, but also has a delightful cuisine to offer. There are a lot of interesting dishes that you can try and, after that, take a stroll on the illuminated and beautiful riverside.

2. Nice, France

Nice is a beautiful coastal destination in France and is known for its excellent collection of art museums. One of the most famous art museums is the one which is dedicated to Matisse and Chagall. You can also enjoy the lovely panorama of the place by taking a walk up to Colline du Chateau. The city has beautiful and exciting nightlife. The cuisine of the city is famous for its delicious seafood. It is a perfect place for nature lovers because the botanical gardens of the city are highly impressive.

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3. Puglia, Italy

Puglia is not the most obvious choice when it comes to vacationing, but it is becoming more and more popular as it showcases the rustic tranquility of countryside as well as the Baroque luxury with superb villas  and world-class hotels. The destination is full of rich culture, architecture and a coastline that is bathed by two blue seas.

4. Florence, Italy

Florence is a culturally vibrant city, as it is full of artwork by legends such as Leonardo da Vinci, Botticelli, and Giotto. The Uffizi gallery is full of their work along with several other great artists. Florence is full of exquisite art and architecture so you may find it difficult even to start. It is a beautiful city with vibrant restaurants offering delicious cuisine. The nightlife of the town is also beautiful. The culture of the city is lively, and it goes beyond classical music, contemporary art and opera.

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5. Madrid, Spain

It is a growing city that has improved a lot in the past few years. The Reina Sofia, Prado and Thyssen-Bornemisza are the museums that you should not miss while in Madrid. They have become better and bigger. The center of the city has a lot of new boutiques, cafes, gastro bars, and delis to offer. It has excellent and rich cuisines to offer with a lively nightlife.

6. Amsterdam, Netherlands

It is a city that has the buzz of a metropolitan city. The city is beautiful with its pretty bridges, quiet canals and charming buildings. There is a lot of hustle and bustle in the city, but the quiet canals give it a village-like a charm. It is full of top-ranking art museums, and you can find the best orchestras in the world here. In this city, you will find a combination of glittering past with contemporary edginess. It is charming and alluring in every season.

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7. Lisbon, Portugal

It is an excellent place to spend your weekend, as it has a simple charm combined with the magic of a vintage era. It is a sun-kissed city that has a rich culture. You can check out the century-old wooden trams and iron funiculars that are still making their way among the seven hills that look over the city. The Baixa district has the best to offer when it comes to experiences. This is a city with an ancient heritage, as it is full of herbalists and tailors that work on the decorative streets of the beautiful city.

The list of the exciting and gorgeous cities to travel to for a weekend is too long, and these are just some of the cities that are excellent for a quick (or longer) trip.

Featured photo credit: Aria of Puglia via dw3i9sxi97owk.cloudfront.net

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How to Flow Your Way to a More Productive Life

How to Flow Your Way to a More Productive Life

Ebb and flow. Contraction and expansion. Highs and lows. It’s all about the cycles of life.

The entire course of our life follows this up and down pattern of more and then less. Our days flow this way, each following a pattern of more energy, then less energy, more creativity and periods of greater focus bookended by moments of low energy when we cringe at the thought of one more meeting, one more call, one more sentence.

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The key is in understanding how to use the cycles of ebb and flow to our advantage. The ability to harness these fluctuations, understand how they affect our productivity and mood and then apply that knowledge as a tool to improve our lives is a valuable strategy that few individuals or corporations have mastered.

Here are a few simple steps to start using this strategy today:

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Review Your Past Flow

Take just a few minutes to look back at how your days and weeks have been unfolding. What time of the day are you the most focused? Do you prefer to be more social at certain times of the day? Do you have difficulty concentrating after lunch or are you energized? Are there days when you can’t seem to sit still at your desk and others when you could work on the same project for hours?

Do you see a pattern starting to emerge? Eventually you will discover a sort of map or schedule that charts your individual productivity levels during a given day or week.  That’s the first step. You’ll use this information to plan your days going forward.

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Schedule According to Your Flow Pattern

Look at the types of things you do each day…each week. What can you move around so that it’s a better fit for you? Can you suggest to your team that you schedule meetings for late morning if you can’t stand to be social first thing? Can you schedule detailed project work or highly creative tasks, like writing or designing when you are best able to focus? How about making sales calls or client meetings on days when you are the most social and leaving billing or reports until another time when you are able to close your door and do repetitive tasks.

Keep in mind that everyone is different and some things are out of our control. Do what you can. You might be surprised at just how flexible clients and managers can be when they understand that improving your productivity will result in better outcomes for them.

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Account for Big Picture Fluctuations

Look at the bigger picture. Consider what happens during different months or times during the year. Think about what is going on in the other parts of your life. When is the best time for you to take on a new project, role or responsibility? Take into account other commitments that zap your energy. Do you have a sick parent, a spouse who travels all the time or young children who demand all of your available time and energy?

We all know people who ignore all of this advice and yet seem to prosper and achieve wonderful success anyway, but they are usually the exception, not the rule. For most of us, this habitual tendency to force our bodies and our brains into patterns of working that undermine our productivity result in achieving less than desired results and adding more stress to our already overburdened lives.

Why not follow the ebb and flow of your life instead of fighting against it?

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