Thinking of treating yourself to a much deserved, cool holiday this Christmas?
It seems that it was summer only a couple of weeks ago but, in reality, the festive season is just around the corner. Thinking of going abroad during the Christmas holidays? Here are four destinations to consider if you are a coder.
1. Orlando, Florida
Your first port of call should definitely be the Kennedy Space Centre - get up close to the space shuttle Atlantis, touch moon rock, go beyond NASA's gates or even see a rocket launch. For those of you who love films, Universal Studios is a must. The Orlando Science Centre is also a fun idea, especially – but not exclusively – if you have kids, with four floors of interactive exhibit halls, labs and workshops, theaters, an observatory, and experiences that change with the season.
2. Barcelona, Spain
The Barcelona Christmas market Fira de Santa Llúcia is one of the oldest in Europe and takes place on the "Avenida de la Catedral" in Barcelona's Gothic Quarter. The best craftsmen in Barcelona and Catalonia have been presenting their products for nearly 250 years now. You will see beautiful illuminations, Nativity scenes, hand-made local products and a plant market. The CosmoCaixa science museum include the ‘Flooded Forest’, which recreates an Amazonian rainforest ecosystem and the ‘Geological Wall’, which comprises seven spectacular sections of real rock which illustrate the world's different geological structures.
3. Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Dubai Marina Walk and Park Island turn into a massive performance ground around this time of year, featuring magicians, jugglers, stilt-walkers, and musicians, while the Dubai Festival City Mall Festive Market features a massive Christmas tree, holiday caroling, and festive-themed IMAGINE shows – the record-breaking visual extravaganza that fuses science, technology and art, and that has earned two Guinness World Records.
4. Dresden, Germany
Dresden has the largest number of Christmas markets in the eastern part of the country. Dresden’s Striezelmarkt boasts a unique character, despite being in its 585th year with lots of regional specialities including stollen of course. For another day, the ‘Science Cafe Dresden’ aims to promote dialogue between scientists and the public by discussing current and controversial issues with experts and regular people in a casual and relaxed atmosphere.
Authored by the Finerton.com News Team (Malta)
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