A walk around Bristol that provides immensely valuable insight into the city's 150 year involvement in the transatlantic slave trade and its subsequent legacy. There's an online guide that can be downloaded or maps are available from the City Museum.
Download the guide: www.englandpast.net/education/bristol_index.html;
City Museum & Art Gallery: Queens Road, Bristol BS8 1RL
All female hip-hop collective standing up for women in the genre. Not only do they put on a monthly night at Bristol's Arc Bar but they also have their own clothing line for sale at their shop in St Nicholas Market. Check it.
A home to Afrikan Caribbean arts and culture. The main auditorium showcases music, poetry, dance and drama. Their aim is to counter the misleading stereotype of Afrikan and Caribbean art forms. There are workshops nurturing local artists and the excellent Sankore Library.
The leisurely way to get about the city centre. The ferry taxis passengers from Bristol Temple Meads into town as well as to the ss Great Britain and to Hotwells, where the floating harbour meets the River Avon. There are occasional trips up the Avon Gorge and under the Clifton Suspension Bridge. They offer up a traffic free perspective of the historic docks which gave rise to the phrase 'ship shape and Bristol fashion'.
Upon arrival at Bristol Temple Meads go out of the rear of the station and follow the signs to the ferry service behind the Bristol & West offices. Ferries also depart from the fountains on Narrow Quay;
Argentine-run neighbourhood pizzeria in among the seafood haunts of Barceloneta. Wander just beyond the market square in the evenings and be ushered in by a life-sized hoarding of Maradona in his Boca Juniors outfit. The Hand of God offers up not footballing controversy but an appetising looking pizza alla marinara.
Carrer de La Maquinista;
This bohemian neighbourhood restaurant serves up a varied and delicious menu. A wide selection of caipirinhas is also to be sampled ranging from maracuja to strawberry. It's worth dining out here not just for the food, atmosphere and caipirinhas but also for the reason that all the hand crafted decorations hanging from the restaurant's ceilings and walls are for sale.
Rua Joaquim Antunes, 217, Pinheiros, zona oeste;
The political centre of the country, this famous plaza is the location of the well-known balcony of the Casa Rosada from which Eva Perón addressed adoring crowds of workers. This is also the place where the Madres de la Plaza de Mayo held their persistent assembly and protest for the loss of their loved ones - the Desaparecidos, disappeared during the Dirty War at the time of the US backed military junta.
Plaza de Mayo
Another place to visit for Niemeyer fans. Set over a large concrete site, this is a modernist architectural tribute to the concept of Latin American unity, from Simón Bolívar to the present day. There's a concert hall, gallery, murals, library, conference centre and a spectacular concrete hand protuding out of the ground with Latin America running red from the palm into the ground.
Av. Auro Soares de Moura Andrade, 664 Barra Funda
Oca is a museum and exhibition space designed by Oscar Niemeyer, architect of the capital Brasilia. It's one for fans of modernist architecture and culture as well. Looking like a flying saucer that has landed in the middle of the city, the Oca consistently puts on great exhibitions in a massive space that is well worth checking out.
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