When in Florence, there are a number of romantic hotels one could stay in while indulging in the culture and its arts and architecture. Hotel rooms are clouded with unique ambiance and come with dreamy bedrooms and classy bathrooms equipped with stunning marble basins.
– St Regis
The hotel St Regis will give you the feeling of being in a place with just the right amount of extravagance. This ambience is further more made special by the service provided by the place which is both unobtrusive and friendly. This hotel is located in the heart of Florence where the territory is surrounded by lux boutiques and easily accessible when one wants to visit major tourist sites. The place was originally called the Grand Hotel and was only launched in 2011 as St Regis which is then known to be. St Regis offers a total of 100 hotel rooms, all of which are as grand with the level the hotel is known for. There are rooms that are preferred because of its view of the river.
– Four Seasons
This hotel is extraordinary in every way and is evident as soon as you step inside the lobby which uses stuccoes and bas reliefs as its main décors. The hotel is humungous with its main building on one side and a former convent house the other side of the park which is around 11-acre. This is considered as Florence’s largest garden. The hotel is big in using oil paintings, décor of the Old Parisian taste and various antiques all over the place. The hotel offers 116 rooms and suites combined which are all decorated individually with much use of velvet and silk while furniture that are made of marble and some antique graces the rooms.
– Palazzo Galletti
This hotel is strategically located in the center of Santa Croce and Duomo. It is surrounded by the rich neighborhood of Florence with scattered bars, shops and restaurants. Reception is provided and always available but the place gives off a homey feel rather than being a hotel. There are four suites and one of them is the Cerere suite which is often given to couples on a honeymoon. The area where breakfast can be taken is said to date back as far as the 1500 and comes with a fireplace and original stunning marble basins.
Is there such a thing as an unhappy country? Yes there is. In a new released survey, it was found out that Bulgaria is the most unhappy country in the European Union. Bulgaria was a former communist country that joined the European Union in 2007 but it seems that the people are not satisfied. Bulgarians averaged 4.8 in a happiness scale of 0 to 10. The next most miserable country was Portugal that gained an average of 6.2. Scandinavia is the happiest country with an average score of 8/10. The survey was published to coincide with the International Day of Happiness.
Why is Bulgaria unhappy?
Bulgaria has the lowest GDP in the EU. Its unemployment rate is 10.8% which is above the 9.8% average. In 2013, Bulgaria has the lowest average annual wage rate at 1,949 Euros. The country experienced rapid growth between 2004 and 2008 but it was hit by the global economic crisis. However, according to an expert, Bulgaria’s misery is more nuanced than lack of money. Bulgaria was not happy joining the European Union and they considered it as a necessary evil. Their expectations were too high and they thought the Europe Union was the answer to their problem. The underlying nature of Bulgarians as people and as a society is not to trust anyone. In the last few years, there were lots of activism and protest movements.
According to a Bulgarian, Elena Georgieva, it is not surprising for Bulgaria to be unhappy. Since the fall of the communist regime, many Bulgarians are living in poverty and it has taken its toll. Bulgarians want a simple life and they are not interested in having lots of money or travel to exotic places. People are constantly worried about the jobs and whether there will be enough to buy food and pay bills.
A significant factor that is considered is that happiness is not a state of being but a process. People who are not evolving will not be happy. You have to move forward so that obstacles can be overcome. Happiness is also a feeling of belonging. If you know that you are part of a community and are appreciated, you will be happy.
Mark suffered emotionally because his weight made him the target of bad jokes. He was bullied and this made his life miserable. Mark works for a coach company and he is definitely ashamed of what he was like being a fat massive person. Whenever Mark looks in the mirror he asks himself “What on earth have I done to my life?”
Mark does not eat during the day but at night, it was all about convenience food. He would call McDonalds after work and top the convenience food with hot pastries and sausage rolls from bakeries. For Mark this was his eating pattern since he was 10 years old until he reached 32. That was when he really got so big because he was eating about 500 takeaways in a year. Eating all the food at night gave Mark indigestion and made him feel ill. He knew it was awful but still he would do it every night.
The bullying got worse than before and young girls would call Mark as Man Boobs. Mark felt miserable and the bullying certainly hurt. Since Mark is a bus driver, he felt that he had to get his food quickly and be on the go so that he would go to the drive-through quite often. The food packages were kept because he did not want anyone to know his food binge.
However, Mark was able to overcome this challenge through the help of his mother and the Slimming World’s diet plan. Living with his mom helped Mark shed weight because she tracked Mark’s diet and was quite strict about sneaking food. Mark’s mom prepared fresh food and it was nowhere near the amount of the takeaways.
Mark now hopes that he can help other people by sharing his experience. Mark has been awarded with Slimming World’s Hall of Fame as the “Slimmer of the Month” because he has won the battle against his weight. Mark knows that so many people are facing the challenge of obesity. If Mark did not get support from his mom and Slimming World he would continue to sneak food and eat overwhelming amounts of takeouts that he would later be ashamed of.