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The 500-year-old palace of the Duchess of Alba in Seville was first opened for tourists

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Casa de Las Dueñas – a palace in the center of Spanish Seville, built at the end of the XV century, for the first time in history is open to tourists. This luxurious residence is interesting because here until its death in 2014 lived the most titled aristocrat of the world and one of the richest women on the planet – the Duchess of Cayetan Alba.

As reported by Spain in Russian, the son of the Duchess Carlos Fitz-James Stewart and Martinez de Irujo, the 19th Duke of Alba, decided to open the palace to the general public in order to return Seville and its inhabitants part of the endless love they had for his mother, "unforgettable Duchess Cayetana."

During the hour excursion tourists will be shown picturesque gardens, patios and halls of the palace, decorated with incredible works of art of incredible value. In these rooms there lived a woman more noble than the Queen of Great Britain Elizabeth II, the extravagant Duchess of Alba. Visitors will see the Salon de Gitana salon, named after the bronze sculpture installed at the entrance, Sala de los Carteles, decorated with magnificent posters and Easter posters of the early 20th century, the Sala de Tablao, in which the duchess honed her skills as a dancer.

The entrance ticket to the Casa de Las Dueñas palace costs 8 euros (children under 6 years old are free). The attraction is open every day except holidays, from April to September from 10:00 to 20:00, and from October to March – from 10:00 to 18:00.

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From Dubai to Sharjah – by water taxi

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A water taxi will be launched between Dubai and Sharjah as part of the project to modernize the public water transport system. The exact terms of its appearance and the cost of the trip are not yet known. According to the plans proposed by the Dubai municipality, additional water stations will be constructed and the existing ones reconstructed.

Traditional Arab boats called "abra" are very popular with local people and tourists, the "Russian House" reports. Being today the cheapest type of transport in the emirate, they annually transport more than 15 million passengers. The water taxi crosses the Dubai Creek lagoon in two directions: Bur Dubai – Deira Old Souk and Bur Dubai – Suq al-Sabha. Such a boat can accommodate 20 people. With the advent of the new Dubai-Sharjah-Dubai route, passenger traffic can grow by 25%.

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Today, Japan celebrates the "girls' day"

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On the third day of the third month in Japan, Hinamatsuri is celebrated – a girls' day, also called Momo no sekka, a "peach season". It coincides with the time of active flowering of peach trees, the gently pink color of which symbolizes maiden beauty. Usually in families where there are girls, put out ohinasama – dolls in traditional clothes – wanting children health and happiness. Nearby lay rice koloboks in the form of stars of hishimoto, branches with peach blossoms and put sirozake – specially prepared "white sake". On this day, the housewives prepare special dishes, including sushi and hamaguri shellfish soup.

In different parts of Japan, special celebrations are held, the largest of which is the "Great Puppet Festival" in Katsuura, Chiba Prefecture, near Tokyo, RIA Novosti reported. From February 26 to March 6, around 20 thousand picturesque dolls stand around the city, and on the 60 steps of the ancient temple of Tomisaki, 1 thousand 200 dolls are beautifully illuminated at night. On a festive day, parades take place in the cities of Japan, the participants of which dress like their favorite dolls.

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More and more tourists prefer ski holidays

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The number of Russian tourists choosing holidays in foreign ski resorts will increase by at least 25% this winter. This forecast was made by Ilya Itkin, CEO of PAK Group. "Despite the absence of snow, last season was quite successful for the ski market, and this year we expect further growth in volumes, the most optimistic forecast I associate with the Alpine countries, that is, with Austria, Italy, France and Switzerland. predictable, "he said.

According to him, at least 100 thousand of our tourists go abroad every year through travel agencies, "Expert" informs. Another 50 thousand organize a vacation, independently booking places in hotels and airplanes.

It is expected that the main increase in the Russian ski flow abroad will give the regions. "PAC Group" increases the number of charter flights from Ekaterinburg, Samara, Chelyabinsk, Nizhny Novgorod and Rostov-on-Don.

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