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5 Strange Things to Do In Spain!

Stranger Things: 5 Odd Spanish Attractions

Beautiful beaches, history, amazing food – Spain is every traveller’s dream.

Every year, tourists flock to cities like Barcelona and Madrid to soak up some of the Spanish culture and sun.

But if you’re a fan of the unusual, LottoExpress has rounded up some of the strangest things to do and see in Spain. Check them out!

 

Eat at a volcano-powered restaurant

Where: Island of Lanzarote, Spain

Order a meal at El Diablo restaurant, and your food will be cooked over a volcanic hole. This unique restaurant uses the heat from a volcanic hole to grill their meat to perfection.

How? A grill is laid over the opening of the hole – and heat from the bubbling lava 6 feet below creates the perfect temperature.

 

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Source: LaVieZine.com

 

 

Check out the ‘house of bones’

Where: Barcelona, Spain

Known as the house of bones by locals, Casa Batlló in Spain looks more like an animal than private house.

Divided into 3 different sections, one section looks like bones, the other echoes blood vessels and muscle, while the roof looks like a dragon’s scaly back!

 

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Visit a museum of chocolate  

Where: Barcelona, Spain

Got a sweet tooth? The Chocolate Museum tells the story of chocolate’s evolution in an innovative way.

Expect to see intricate sculptures made entirely out of chocolate, including cultural icons like Minnie Mouse and Louis Armstrong!

 

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Source: MuseuXocolata

 

 

Walk along the ‘route of faces’.

Where: Buendia, Spain

The ‘Ruta de las Caras’ or the Route of Faces is a hiking trail – with an artistic twist.

Over 18 sculptures have been carved into the sandstone along this trail, with some reaching over 8 feet high!

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Attend a baby jumping festival

Where: Castrillo de Murcia

Each year this Spanish town celebrates ‘El Colacho’, a festival where children are placed in neat rows of pillows spaced out down a public street.

Then, men dressed in traditional devil costumes go down the street, jumping over the rows of babies – as a symbolic way to absolve them of their innate original sin.

 

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7 Meals That’ll Make You Feel Famous

Never cook again with your own personal chef!

Everyone likes to dream about what they’d spend their newfound money on when they win the lottery. Usually the first things that come to mind are big houses, luxury cars, and expensive, endless vacations.

If someone asked me though, I think one of the first things I’d do would be to hire a personal chef.

Think about it: not only do you never have to be stuck wondering what to eat, but you have someone who makes meals exactly how you like it!

If you want to feel famous when you eat, check out LottoExpress‘ list of 7 famous people and the foods their chefs made for them!

1. Michael Jackson: Enchiladas

7 Favourite Meals of the Rich and Famous

Michael Jackson was the biggest pop star in history. He was known to be quite eccentric, and his food tastes were no different.

When it came to cooking for the King, Jackson’s personal chef in the 80s (named Mani Niall) recalls how difficult that task could often be.

Niall claimed that although Jackson was “vegetarian”, he “didn’t like vegetables”. This proved quite a challenge!

Eventually, Niall found the perfect cuisine: Mexican food. Dishes like spicy enchiladas became a fixture and the table. Jackson also loved tofu kebabs with Couscous and Moroccan Sauce!

(Source: People Magazine)

2. Queen Elizabeth II: Sunday Roast

7 Favourite Meals of the Rich and Famous

From the King of Pop to the Queen of England, her Majesty has reigned in luxury for over 63 years. Yet she has always been partial to simple, traditional English fare, though sometimes with a twist!.

Owen Hodgson, her former chef, dishes on a secret cooking tip when prepping for the Queen: “When we cooked the Queen’s mushrooms we always added a smidgen of Marmite”. Sounds savoury and oh so English!

Her current chef, Mark Flanagan, claims that Elizabeth, like her subjects, enjoys a Sunday roast after church. Don’t serve her the rare stuff though; she always prefers the well-done end slice!

(Source: The Telegraph)

3. George W. Bush: Cheeseburger Pizza

7 Favourite Meals of the Rich and Famous

Across the pond, another head of state was known for modest culinary tastes.

When he took over the Oval Office, U.S. President George W. Bush hired a kitchen team who could pull off his favorite comfort foods.

The First Couple were particularly fond of Tex-Mex, a type of cooking created in their native Texas. Their preferred Sunday meal was Huevos Rancheros (eggs and hot salsa on a tortilla).

But W.’s favorite guilty pleasure? Cheeseburger pizza.

According to White House chef Cristeta Comerford, this unusual dish consisted of a margarita pizza with ground beef, mustard, ketchup, and even sliced pickles on top –all the ingredients of a cheeseburger!

(Source: The Daily Beast)

4. Madonna: Macrobiotic Cuisine

7 Favourite Meals of the Rich and Famous

Madonna’s long been known for her extravagant and odd lifestyle choices. And food is no exception!

For seven years, she employed Japanese chef Mayuni Nishimura, who travelled the world with Madge cooking healthy “macrobiotic” cuisine.

Macrobiotic cuisine involves eating only whole grains, beans, and vegetables. Nishimura insists that meals always contain fermented foods found locally, no matter where you are. This type of diet is thought to contribute to a longer, healthier life.

While no longer Madonna’s chef, Nishimura continues to promote a macrobiotic diet as a way to live a healthier lifestyle!

(Source: The National.ae)

5. Donald Trump: Milkshakes

7 Favourite Meals of the Rich and Famous

Donald Trump has certainly made a lot of headlines lately! Over the past two years, he’s been touring America promoting his presidential campaign. And what’s more American than a milkshake?

Trump’s longtime former personal chef Joe Isidora recently revealed that The Donald has an obsession with milkshakes. “He loves milkshakes,” Isidora admitted recently.

And his favorite flavour? According to Isidora, it’s not just limited to milkshakes:

“I can tell you, milkshake or not, his favorite flavor is cherry vanilla.”

(Source: Inside Edition)

6. Kylie Minogue: Beef Tournedo

7 Favourite Meals of the Rich and Famous

Kylie is one of Australia’s most famous actors and singers. She’s been in the limelight since the 80s, and is still going strong today!

She’s particularly known for her extravagant live performances and tireless tour schedules.

Her former chef, Giles Broe, recently revealed what Kylie’s go-to post-show dish is: beef tournedos with olives.

According to Broe, Kylie wolfed these tender cuts of tenderloin down frequently: “(Kylie is) often exhausted after a show: this is the perfect protein-rich pick-me-up.”

(Source: Toronto Sun)

7. Floyd Mayweather: Gumbo

7 Favourite Meals of the Rich and Famous

“Money” Mayweather is one of the most successful and controversial athletes ever. He’s also one of the richest. And he’s famous for living an outrageously expensive lifestyle.

So when it comes to food, you know Floyd’s willing to spend big!

Enter Chef Q, whose real name is Quiana Jeffries. At $1000 a plate, She might be one of the most expensive personal chefs out there!

Chef Q is in on call for Floyd 24 hours a day, so she lives in a house down the street from his mansion.

As for what Money likes to eat? According to Q, he enjoys everything from oxtail to fried chicken to gumbo. He also loves to eat fish, usually salmon and tilapia.

(Of course, when he’s training, it’s all fresh juices and high protein, low-carb foods!)

(Source: Nextshark)


Well hopefully that list got your stomach grumbling and your mouth watering! As you can see, a personal chef will make you whatever you want, no matter how strange or how odd the time.

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5 Wondrous Wildlife Safaris

Win the lottery. Go on safari. It’s that simple!

You’ve just won the lottery, and now you can kiss your boring old desk job goodbye forever!

And if you feel the call of the wild, it’s time to say “hakuna matata” and spend your lotto winnings on a luxurious wildlife vacation.

Here are five amazing places to check out for some of the world’s most amazing and unique animals!

1. Galapagos Islands, Ecuador

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Blue-footed boobies in Galapagos

Teeming with hundreds of species you won’t see anywhere else, the Galapagos should be the number one destination for any wealthy wildlife lover!

Charles Darwin visited the Galapagos and was dazzled by the unique ecosystem that he found there. In fact, the animals of the Galapagos were a major inspiration for his theory of evolution!

Numerous tour agencies on the island offer opportunities that range from family safaris to scuba diving and other amazing ways to see some of the rarest wildlife on earth!

What you’ll see: Giant tortoises, blue-footed boobies, marine iguanas, Darwin finches … and hundreds of other species!

2. Masai Mara, Kenya

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A Rhino in Kenya

Keep your arms and legs inside the jeep at all times. Seriously though, here’s the place to see all the big cats that could eat you, if they weren’t busy chasing wildebeest!

Kenya’s Masai Mara National Reserve in the heart of the Serengeti is probably the most famous safari destination in the world.

Besides being a home for leopards and lions, the park is located in the middle of the “Great Migration” – the annual migration of millions of zebras, wildebeest, and gazelles.

Whether explored by foot, car, or even hot-air balloon, Masai Mara definitely puts the “wild” in “wildlife”!

What you’ll see: The “Big 5”– lions, leopards, elephants, buffalos and rhinos – plus just a few zebras and wildebeests!

3. Komodo, Indonesia

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The Komodo Dragon

Don’t forget to pack your coat of armour when you travel to Komodo. This island in the Indonesian archipelago is home to a real-life dragon!

Reaching a staggering 3 metres in length, the Komodo dragon is the world’s largest reptile.

The best way to view Komodos and the island’s other impressive wildlife is to travel in large groups led by park rangers.

And make sure you let them know if you cut yourself shaving that morning – Komodos can smell blood from up to 18 kilometres away!

What you’ll see: Komodo dragons, macaque monkeys, cockatoos

4. Sichuan Province, China

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Pandas in Sichuan

Sichuan is in the heart of China, and is home to China’s most famous animal – the giant panda.

Though still highly endangered, this bamboo-loving bear has seen its numbers increase over the past several decades, thanks in large part to the province’s panda sanctuaries.

A guided tour will let you see giant pandas living peacefully in one of the many reserves throughout these sanctuaries.

And while you’re in the neighbourhood, maybe you’ll manage to see some of the other interesting wildlife of China like the Sichuan takin, a species of goat-antelope!

What you’ll see: Giant pandas, red pandas, Sichuan takins,

5. Vancouver Island, Canada

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A humpback whale in Canada

When you’ve had your fill of land-based adventures, head to Vancouver Island, off the West coast of Canada. There you can hop on a boat and get up close and personal with the whales!

Vancouver Island is smack-dab in the middle of the migratory routes of both humpback and grey whales. It’s also home to several permanent pods of orcas, an animal as iconic as it is majestic.

Take in the breathtaking Pacific Northwest coastline and prepare to feel tiny as you pull alongside these massive marine mammals!

What you’ll see: Humpback Whales, grey whales, orcas


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5 Weird Things to Do In Italy!

Stranger Things: Here are 5 unusual things to do in Italy

There’s no doubt about it – Italy is one of the world’s most popular travel destination.

Year after year, tourists flock to cities like Rome and Venice to see iconic attractions like the Trevi Fountain or the Doge’s Palace.

But if you’re a fan of the unusual, LottoExpress has rounded up the top 5 weirdest things to do in Italy.

 

1. Picnic inside a monster’s mouth

You read that right.

If you visit the Garden of Bomarzo, there’s a ‘Park of Monsters’ you can explore. It’s filled with strange, bizarre sculptures like a monstrous fish head or a giant tearing another giant apart – all designed to shock visitors.

But perhaps the strangest piece is an enormous head, with its mouth open wide in a scream. You can actually enter this “mouth of hell”, where you’ll find a picnic table, ideal for small groups!

Where: Bomarzo, Italy

 

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Enter the Mouth of Hell, if you dare!

 

2. Discover the ‘Atlantis’ of Classical Rome

In its time, Baia was the choice vacation spot for the Roman rich and elite – including figures like Caesar, Nero and Cicero.

Famous for its spas, it was plundered in the 8th century and eventually, the ruined city sunk under the waves.

You can visit this underwater city, through glass-bottomed boats, snorkeling or scuba diving, and discover some of this sunken cities still-preserved wonders.

Where: Baia, Italy

 

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Underwater wonders of Baia. Source: Archaeology Wiki

 

3. Walk in rooms made of human bones

Room after room in the crypts of Santa Maria della Concezione are intricately decorated – with human bones.

There’s a crypt decorated entirely from leg bones, one with skulls, and another with pelvises. In some crypts, even the hanging light fixtures are made from human bones.

The remains are of the Capuchin friars, who instead of burying their fellow friars, decorated the walls of the crypts as a reminder that death can come at any time, and that one should always be prepared to meet God.

Where: Santa Maria della Concezione Crypts, Rome, Italy

 

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Capuchin Crypts. Source: Flickr, Johnny Söderberg

4. Catch a glimpse of Plague Island

A few miles away from Venice, lies a tiny, deserted island that was used as a plaque guaranteed station between 1793 – 1814. It once hosted over 160,000 infected people and it is rumored that 50% of the island’s soil consists of human remains.

It is also said that Napolean used the island at one point to store weapons. Finally, to add more gore to its dark history, a mental hospital opened on the island in 1922, and local legend claims that one of the doctors at the hospital would conduct torturous experiments on the patients.

While visitors are forbidden to set foot on this island, if you’re sailing along the Grand Canal, try and catch a glimpse of this dark – and possibly haunted – island.

Where: Veneto, Italy

 

The forbidden Plague Island. Source: Wikipedia Commons
The forbidden Plague Island. Source: Wikipedia Commons

 

5. Decipher a secret recipe on a ‘magic’ door

According to legend, in 1660s, the Marquis Palombara met an alchemist at a dinner party who told him he had discovered the herb to turn metals into gold.

He vanished in the morning, however, leaving behind a “recipe” for the transformation along with flakes of gold.

As the Marquis was unable to decipher the writing, he had it inscribed on his door – hoping that someone who could understand it would see it and come knocking.

This gate is the only thing that still stands today – and you can go right up to it. When you do, see if you can spot the mysterious symbol carved above its doorway!

Where: Piazza Vittorio, Rome, Italy

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The magic alchemist door. Source: Wikimedia


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4 Exclusive Island Escapes (For Lottery Winners)

Find out why these 4 destinations should be on your lottery winner’s travel list!

While budget destinations are enjoyable, there’s nothing like an exclusive tropical getaway.

White sandy beaches just for you, gourmet meals, private chartered boats to take you wherever you please – luxury travel is what most lottery players dream about!

Check out LottoExpress’ list of some of the world’s most exclusive luxury destinations!

 

Mantangi Island, Fiji

This horseshoe-shaped island has it all: tropical rainforests to explore, white sand beaches to relax on and a variety of water activities from snorkeling to sailing.

It’s also extremely exclusive as the entire island has just one luxury resort. The rates for this lavish escape start at around US$600 a night.

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Matangi Island. Source: matangiisland.com

 

Guana Island, British Virgin Islands

Guana, a luxury island destination, is as exclusive as it gets. First off, there is no public access which means travelers have to fly to a neighboring island and then take the resort’s boat over to Guana.

Then, you have the choice to rent the ENTIRE island for yourself – and 31 of your closest family and friends. Rates range between US$23,000 – $37,400 per night for the entire island and includes all the amenities you can think of.

 

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Guana Island.

 

Bora Bora

Bora Bora attracts celebrities and business elite for good reason! From its turquoise lagoon to luxurious villa resorts, this French Polynesian island promises an unforgettable experience.

As most resort hotels are built on their own tiny island, you can enjoy the beauty and comfort of the place without the crowds!

 

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Bora Bora. Source: Wikipedia Commons

 

Musha Cay, Bahamas

Musca Cay is another exclusive island escape that’s popular with the rich and famous. It’s only available for rent and rates start at around US$39,000 a DAY for the entire island.

Enjoy gourmet meals, deep-sea diving, or just enjoy the beach. For an additional fee, you and your 11 guests can also enjoy a personal fireworks show as well as a customized treasure hunt!

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