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10 most Instagrammable marinas to visit for Winter sun in Europe



Marina de Vilamoura in Portugal
In fifth place, Vilamoura Marina is the only marina in the rankings in Portugal | Photo: Peter Idowu

New research has revealed the most Instagrammable European marinas for Winter sun, with the Porto Montenegro marina taking the top spot in the rankings.   

The research conducted by European based yacht charter group Catamaran Charter Croatia established the most popular European marinas on Instagram and analysed the number of hashtags each one has per post.

The analysis revealed that Porto Montenegro had the highest number of hashtags on Instagram, making it the most Instagrammable place. The hashtag #PortoMontenegro has 173,309 posts on the platform to date. Porto Montenegro, situated in the beautiful, fortified town of Kotor, has an average Winter temperature of 9 degrees.

Limassol Marina, located right in the heart of Limassol, places second with 76,803 posts on the platform for #LimassolMarina. Limassol is Cyprus’ second largest urban area, with its marina accommodating up to 650 yachts. The average winter temperature is 14 degrees.

The third most Instagrammable marina is Club Náutico de Porto Cristo, situated in the quiet Spanish town of Porto Cristo, just along the eastern coast of Mallorca. The marina’s popularity stems from its charming yet luxurious character bringing in tourists and sightseers from across the globe. The marina has a total of 52,280 posts on Instagram for #ClubNáuticodePortoCristo, and the average temperature in the winter is 10 degrees.

The fourth most Instagrammable marina is located in Mallorca, Spain and is named Port Adriano. The marina is extremely popular among luxurious yacht sailors, and relaxing cruises as its appearance is exceptionally beautiful. The marina has 41,589 posts in total on Instagram for #PortAdriano. 

In fifth place is Vilamoura Marina,with #VilamouraMarina totalling 28,274 posts on Instagram. Vilamoura Marina is the only marina in the rankings in Portugal, specifically in the bustling city of Quarteira. The city has a vibrant and lively atmosphere which caters to visitors of all ages, which makes it the perfect destination for a winter getaway. The average temperature during the winter months is 14 degrees.

Port Hercule is the sixth most Instagrammable marina, with 21,975 posts for #PortHercule. The marina is situated in one of the hottest and most expensive areas in the world, Monaco. Situated on a natural bay, the marina is the only deep-water port on the French Riviera. Resting on ancestral rocks, the port was used for the Greeks and Romans to trade, which is why many tourists enjoy visiting and indulging in the marina’s history.

The seventh most Instagrammable marina for winter sun is Puerto Banús harbour. This gentle port is located southwest of Marbella in the picturesque Nueva Andalucía and has an average winterly temperature of 14 degrees. To date, the marina has 21,263 posts on Instagram for #PuertoBanúsHarbour, which secured its seventh position. 

In eighth place is the Marina Botafoc, located in Ibiza, Spain. Despite Ibiza being extremely tourist-heavy, the Marina Botafoc is rich in beauty, elegance and charm, offering exclusivity and glamour to the old town. The average temperature during winter months is 12 degrees, and this marina has 20,750 posts on Instagram for #MarinaBotafoch.

Port Vauban ranks ninth with #PortVauban totalling 17,523 Instagram posts. The French yachting harbour is a mecca for all things superyacht, located in Antibes on the French Riviera. The port’s current layout has been in use since the 1970s, but the original port dates back to ancient times, allowing locals and tourists to taste this French city’s history. The temperature during winter is 10 degrees on average.

The tenth most Instagrammable marina belongs to the French city of Saint Tropez. Despite the city of Saint Tropez being particularly known for its famous beach clubs and bars, Port de Saint Tropez marina is an extremely popular luxury yacht destination. It has an average winterly temperature of 9 degrees. The marina has 12,925 posts on Instagram for #PortdeSaintTropez, which secures its tenth position.

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Cannes opens with French comedy and honorary award for Meryl Streep



Actress Juliette Binoche hands an award to Meryl Steep
Meryl Streep receives a honorary Palme D’Or from Juliette Binoche | Photo: Andrea Rentz

The 77th edition of the Cannes Film Festival officially opened last night with Quentin Dupieux’s Le Deuxième Acte (The Second Act), and an honorary Palme d’Or awarded to American actress Meryl Streep.

Presented Out of Competition as a world premiere on the Croisette last night, May 14, this four-part comedy was also released in all French cinemas on the same day. The film stars Lea Seydoux, Vincent Lindon, Louis Garrel and Raphaël Quenard playing squabbling actors filming a movie produced and directed by artificial intelligence.

The opening ceremony of the 77th Festival de Cannes, hosted at the  Grand Théâtre Lumière, also had American actress Meryl Streep as a guest of honour.

Streep received the Festival’s Honorary Palme d’or, 35 years after winning the Best Actress award for Evil Angels, her only appearance in Cannes until last night.

“My mother, who is usually right about everything, said to me: ’Meryl, my darling, you’ll see. It all goes so fast. So fast,″ added Streep. “And it has, and it does. Except for my speech, which is too long,” said the three time Oscar award-winning actress.

Last year French Film director Justine Triet won the Cannes Film Festival Palme d’Or for her murder mystery film “Anatomy of a Fall” becoming the third female filmmaker ever to win the prize, which was first awarded in 1955. 

The 77th Cannes Film Festival is set to run until May 25th, when the Palme d’Or winners will be revealed, 2024.

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Exhibition in Madrid reveals science and technology behind Pixar’s films



Exhibition in Madrid reveals science and technology behind Pixar’s films
The Science Behind Pixar can be seen at CaixaForum Madrid until 8 September.

CaixaForum Madrid is currently hosting The Science Behind Pixar exhibition, created by the Museum of Science, Boston, in collaboration with Pixar Animation Studios. The exhibition is divided into eight sections, corresponding to the steps in the process Pixar uses to transform an idea into a film. With specific examples from some of their most famous films, the public will be able to experiment with the techniques behind the modelling, rigging, surfaces, sets and cameras, animation, simulation, lighting and rendering of animated films.

This is the third collaboration between the ”la Caixa” Foundation and Pixar Studios. In 2015, Pixar: 25 Years of Animation, represented a thorough review of this pioneering company’s work in computer animation in its 25 years of history. Subsequently, Pixar, Building Characters (which has travelled to five CaixaForums since 2020) focused on the visual design of the Pixar characters to best transmit the story and fit in with the other elements of the film. Now, the eight sections of The Science Behind Pixar will give visitors an insight into every stage of the technical process used by Pixar’s artists and computer scientists

The aim of the new exhibition is to peel away, layer by layer and in a way that is attractive for all audiences, the scientific, computer and mathematical concepts that lie behind our favourite Pixar characters. To do this, the exhibition is organised into eight sections, each of which explains in depth one specific step of Pixar’s technical process: Modelling, which allows characters to be created in 3D; Rigging, in which the virtual bones, muscles and joints are developed; design of Surfaces and Sets; Animation, which brings the story to life; Simulation, which provides automated movements; Lighting, which enhances the emotional impact, and Rendering, which turns 3D scenes into 2D images.

Throughout 815 square metres in CaixaForum Madrid, visitors will learn about all these steps that Pixar pays passionate attention to in order to bring its worlds and characters to life. Dozens of interactive and audiovisual elements will reveal what is hidden behind Pixar films, from the first-ever computer-animated feature film – Toy Story – which opened over two decades ago, to the release of Turning Red.

To better understand the science and maths that go into creating the worlds and characters of Pixar’s films, visitors will see audiovisuals and hear first-hand from members of the studios’ production teams. They will also be invited to experience different roles within the production pipeline, through screen-based activities and physical interactive elements.

In the Sets & Cameras section, for example, visitors will discover how camera placement and angles created a bug’s-eye view for A Bug’s Life; in Modelling, they will try their hand at creating a digital sculpture from an artist’s sketch and in Lighting they will use lights to solve challenges similar to ones Pixar faced in creating underwater scenes with virtual light in Finding Nemo. The exhibition route also includes human-size recreations of many Pixar film characters, such as Buzz Lightyear (Toy Story), Dory (Finding Nemo), Mike and Sulley (Monsters, Inc.), Edna Mode (The Incredibles) and WALL·E (from the film of the same name).

Throughout the months that the exhibition will remain at CaixaForum Madrid, the ”la Caixa” Foundation will be offering various activities to bring the art and science of Pixar closer to all audiences. In addition, the general public can take a guided tour and families can choose between the family tour and the animated stories workshop-tour, where visitors can make a short, animated clip to understand all the phases of the creative process after visiting the exhibition.

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Switzerland wins Eurovision song contest with non-binary singer



Non-binary singer Nemo, winner of the Eurovision 2024
Singer Nemo performed ‘The Code’ for Switzerland | Photo: Alma Bengtsson

After the very last set of scores had come in, The Code, performed by rapper Neno, was announced as the clear champion of the Eurovision Song Contest 2024 with a points tally of 591 and a lead of 44 points. 

Croatia finished in second place with Rim Tim Tagi Dim by Baby Lasagna on 547 points. The other spot on the podium finish went to Ukraine, ending up in third place thanks to alyona alyona & Jerry Heil with their song Teresa & Maria, on 453 points.

Scores on the night were awarded in two stages, as is traditional at the Eurovision Song Contest. The first results to come in were from the juries, followed by the reveal of the public vote.

Once the initial points from 37 juries had come in, Switzerland already had secured the lead on the scoreboard with 365 points.

Nemo is the first nonbinary artist to win Eurovision.

“I’m mostly just really grateful for this experience and all the friends I’ve made along the way. This was one of the most queer representations we’ve seen at Eurovision which was amazing, I want to shout out all the other queer artists this year,” said the artist who was born in Biel, a small bilingual town in Switzerland.

Nemo’s triumph in Malmö is Switzerland’s third win at the Eurovision Song Contest to date, following victory by Lys Assia in 1956 and Céline Dion in 1988.

Switzerland first participated in the Eurovision Song Contest in 1956, winning the very first edition of the competition, which it also hosted. 

It has been a controversial year for the song contest festival launched in 1956. For weeks, the question of whether Israel should be allowed to compete or not while engaged in a military conflict in Gaza dominated the media surrounding the event and attracted pro-Palestine activists to the Swedish city of Malmö. Eden Golan, a 20-year old singer representing Israel, was booed during a dress rehearsal; It has been reported that she was confined to her hotel room, while in Malmo to perform at Eurovision, after a series of threats against the Israeli delegation. Hours before the grand final, on May 11th, Dutch rapper Joost Klein, who represented the Netherlands, was disqualified from Eurovision 2024 over what the organisers described as an “incident” involving a female member of the production crew.

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