Europe Travel

Did You Know The Best Hostels In The World Are In Lisbon?

Friday, May 8, 2009

Ever check out HostelWorld’s monthly list of the top hostels? If you do, what you’ll most likely notice is that Lisbon dominates the upper half of the list, occupying #2, #4, and #5 (Travellers House, Rossio Hostel, and Lisbon Lounge Hostel, respectively). (The other thing you notice is that Krakow, inexplicably, seems to also be […]

Be Blown Away By This Amazing Video On Rome

Thursday, May 7, 2009

I came across this great video on Rome by Cameron Moll the other day while I was browsing the “Travel Videos” section on Vimeo. Despite the obvious commentary at the beginning (“We’re standing in front of the Colosseum . . . Rome — Italy”), Cameron does a great job capturing images of the Eternal City […]

Croatia: Summer Music Festival Capital

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

With a full decade of war behind it, Croatia’s islands have fast become one of Europe’s premier summer party destinations, attracting everyone from well-heeled celebrities to the down-and-dirty underground dance music crowd, all in search of good times, good music, and an escape from the crowds that descend on Europe’s other party islands such as […]

Is Tokyo’s Best Ramen Shop Run By A New Yorker?

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Self-confessed “ramenjunkie” and Culinary Institute grad (and later NYC chef) Ivan Orkin decided to give up his life in the high-end world of NYC dining and pursue his dream by starting up a 10-seater ramen shop named, appropriately enough, Ivan Ramen, in a Tokyo suburb, all for the love of the noodle. And to many […]

Roughin’ It — In The French Riviera?

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Sure we probably all have a few million laying around to shell out for a thirty-foot yacht or private villa on the Côte d’Azur, but for those of us looking for a little connection to the land and a chance to escape our oh-so-glamorous lives, there are some breathtaking excursions through the little visited villages […]

A Pilgrimage To Poblet And Pinot Noir In Catalonia

Sunday, May 3, 2009

Travel with Beebe as she explores the 12th century Catalan Cistercian monastery of Poblet and its wine fields in the heart of Catalonia. By Beebe Bahrami My friend Mia had joined me for ten days during my research into the sacred sites of Catalonia. We were currently fixed at a local café across the street […]

Dublin’s Alternative To Temple Bar? Maybe

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

The NYT is all about Dublin right now. After being mentioned in their article about dirt-cheap flights to Europe (Dublin is singled out for its $312 ticket from Newark — the same one I snagged last month), they also went ahead and published an article highlighting the up-and-coming Dublin neighborhood of Smithfield, just a short […]

An Insider’s Take On Barcelona

Friday, April 24, 2009

So you’re one of the 4,427,186 visitors heading to Barcelona this year, but you want a leg up on what’s going on and what to do while in La Ciudad Condal? Check out Barcelona ex-pat blogger David Brydon who “started writing blogging” (I think there’s one too many verbs in there) about Barcelona after seeing […]

Iceland: The World’s Hottest Destination?

Friday, April 24, 2009

With the Icelandic krona nearly dropping by half to the dollar (44 percent to be exact), Iceland has been experiencing an unprecedented tourism boom since the economic disaster hit this tiny country of just 320,000. Employing an estimated 8,200 Icelanders, the country’s tourism sector hosted 70,000 Brits, 45,100 Germans, and 41,000 Danes in 2008, and […]

A Food Lover’s Look Behind The Scenes In Paris

Thursday, April 23, 2009

A nod to TheExpeditioner.com contributor Dana McMahan for her piece over at BootsnAll.com where she delves ever deeper into the Parisian dining scene by visiting the Rungis Market at 4 a.m., the market that replaced the famed Les Halles (remember Anthony Bourdain’s visit there in his Paris episode?), and she learns to make baguettes at […]

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