Europe Travel

There Is A Coffee Heaven, And They Call It Vienna

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Who would of thought that a bag of questionable pellets, originally thought to be camel dung, could transform a city into a coffee culture hub? Neither did the Viennese, nor myself, until The Toronto Star let me in on the secret. With over 300 coffee shops, Vienna has mastered the art of the bean (I’m wondering if […]

How You, Too, Can Get Invited To A Stranger’s House For A Meal In Italy

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Not content with the haute cusisine and celebrity chefs that permeate the dining scene in New York, the NYT’s Frugal Traveler, Matt Gross, headed off to Italy to barge in on some local families for a few but-gusting sit-down lunches and dinners (oh yeah, they were also complete strangers), all without getting kicked out even […]

Why Biking Europe Is The Way To Go This Summer

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

The poets tell us it’s about the journey, not the destination. The poetry unit in school wasn’t my specialty, but I’d have to agree with them. For those that feel the need to suck the marrow out of a journey, travel by means of bike has to be the way to go. Cycle touring really […]

Luke’s Europe Trip: Dispatch #3 (Plan your Illegal Activities Ahead: Unofficial Visit to Paris’ Underground)

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

* Disclaimer: As is becoming the norm with Luke’s contributions, hereby takes no responsibility for your imprisonment, injury or death as a result of mimicking any of the following actions described in this article People say that the land beneath Paris is like Swiss cheese. Outside the frequented subway, most tourists and residents spend their […]

Orthodoxy In An Eccentric Land: The Kiev You Didn’t Know

Sunday, April 4, 2010

For some, the sight of black ravens circling above — clearly a bad omen — would cause them to leave and never come back. For Jonathan Campion, it inspired him to come back, this time after he learned everything he could about one of Kiev’s most storied cathedrals. By Jonathan Campion Ukraine is nobody’s paradise, […]

The Case For Lisbon

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

It’s always a little odd the first time you cross into another country — especially an English-speaking one — and suddenly find yourself surrounded by a completely different culture and unfamiliar language. This happened to me crossing from English-speaking South Africa — where many neighborhoods could easily be mistaken as outliers of Phoenix — into […]

Luke’s Europe Trip: Dispatch #1 (London: Your Guide To Leaving The City $150 Richer Than When You Came!)

Saturday, March 27, 2010

* Disclaimer: hereby takes no responsibility for your imprisonment or diplomatic incident you cause as a result of mimicking any of the following actions described in this article. As a writer I think I’ve acquired some questionable thought patterns. Where my mind used to say, “That’s illegal, so don’t do it.” It now says, […]

Video: This Is What Happens When Artists Are Let Loose In Berlin

Friday, March 19, 2010

This is the first time I’ve heard about it, but for the past five years, Berlin has celebrated the Festival of Lights in mid-October. The festival entails, basically, letting the boat-load of artists that call the city home do what they want with light projections all over the city, including on some of they city’s […]

Ahhhh . . . Swimming In Austria’s Beer Pools

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Benjamin Franklin taught us that “beer is proof God loves us and wants us to be happy.”  I wonder what he would have said after a visit to the Starkenberger Brewery in Tarrenz, Austria. Housed within the walls of a 700-year-old castle, are seven pools full of beer.  That’s worth a dip. The 13-by-13-feet square […]

Video: This Is The Way To Experience Paris

Thursday, March 11, 2010

With over 29 million visitors a year, Paris is the most visited city in the world. With that number of visitors, truly it must be impossible to find your own little nook of the city where you can blend in and experience the city like a local. Right? Cue The Frugal Traveler, circa summer ’08, […]

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