Europe Travel

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 contributor Dana McMahan for her piece over at 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 […]

Which Croatian Island Should You Visit? Hint, It Rhymes With Gwar (I Think)

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Home to vineyards, all-night discos and perfect swimming conditions, the Croatian island of Hvar (the capital, appropriately enough, is also named Hvar) is the longest and (supposedly) sunniest of the over 1,000 islands in the country. A long-time visitor explained to the Telegraph that first-time visitors should make sure to head to “the little beaches […]

Eat Where The Parisians Do

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Looking for one of Paris’s best neighborhoods to satisfy your hunger? Then head to where the locals head, the quartier d’Aligre in the 12th arrondissement, as described here by Budget Travel. High on street markets (Marché d’Aligre, Marché Beauveau) and low on pretension, you can find three-Michelin star chefs like Fabrice Le Bourdat at Le […]

First Look: Images of Athens’s New Acropolis Museum

Monday, April 20, 2009

Images of Athens’s New Acropolis Museum have begun to crop up, and the good news is that it’s not bad as so many people had feared (in fact it looks pretty amazing). Rumored to be opening on June 30, the 130-million-euro complex containing over 4,000 artifacts will actually be opening on June 20, 10 days […]

Images From Ireland

Sunday, April 19, 2009

[mbs slideshow=1] Here are some highlights of my trip to Ireland in April of 2009. 1.     St. Patrick’s Cathedral: Dublin. Reputedly the site of a well that St. Patrick himself used to baptize newly converted Christians, the well has since been filled in by the British and the exact location is unknown (as was told […]

Discover Basque Country (In France!)

Friday, April 17, 2009

On the other side of the south of France lies the Pays Basque, the little-known French Basque region over the border from its slightly more well-known Spanish counterpart containing San Sebastian. As this article in T+L explores, the Pays Basque has successfully avoided the hordes of visitors and development that its neighboring regions to the […]

Ireland Trip: Day 6-7 (Final Travels And Return Home)

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

The day after Easter is actually a bank holiday here in Ireland, so it’s actually quite sleepy on both Easter Sunday and the Monday after. Cork, being Ireland’s second biggest cities, has gone through a dramatic change in the last decade or so due to the country’s prosperity. The city is home to the country’s […]

Ireland Trip: Day 5 (Easter And Rugby – What A Combo)

Monday, April 13, 2009

Cork is just a short 4 1/2 hour bus ride southeast from Dublin, and buses leave on the hour on most days. As most people say, some of the best of Ireland is seen outside of the main cities, and a trip overland can offer some amazing views. Of course, like most trips, I’m reminded […]

Ireland Trip: Day 4 (Spray Painting and Absinthe)

Monday, April 13, 2009

The trick is that they add the tomato, thus making the traditional Irish breakfast especially healthy. Complete with most animals in existence in the Western hemisphere, this artery-clogging conglomeration sticks with you the rest of the day, making lunch an especially tough endeavor.  Notice the black and white pudding up top. I’m still not sure […]

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