Riga, the capital of Latvia, has been experiencing something of a Renaissance lately with many of the older buildings throughout the city being renovated and/or restored. Lately, Riga is viewed as one of the most attractive cities in Europe. Shopping in Riga offers the international traveler a number of excellent venues to enjoy such as the central markets and the little stands scattered around the central part of the city.
However, if you want to explore shopping malls in Riga, the following ones are highly recommended: read full article
The Banks of the Seine in Paris were inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage Site (WHS) List in 1991 for its excellent urban riverside architecture, including wide boulevards and spacious squares, designed by Haussmann, which inspired town planners of 19th and 20th centuries across the world.
Even noted painters visited the river Seine looking for inspiration. The WHS covers Île Saint-Louis and Île de la Cité, natural islands in the river, and a number of architectural masterpieces erected along the river. The area stretches between Notre Dame and Saint-Chapelle in the east and the Eiffel Tower in the west. read full article
The small Swiss capital Zurich is home to a surprising variety of bars and clubs: there are said to be more clubs here per resident than in any other city in Europe. Zurich’s relaxed licensing laws allow many clubs to stay open until the early hours of the morning, and the wide range of clubs and bars in the city centre guarantee that you can listen to live music almost every day of the week. There are several jazz clubs in the city, and bars and clubs offer gigs by local and international bands.
Berlin has been hosting the Six Day Race since 1909, but it was not held between 1935 and 1948. The American cyclists- Floyd McFarland and Jimmy Moran- won the first race.
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The six-day race will start on January 27, 2011 to select 100th winner among the best cyclists from around the world. read full article
While Colorado gets all the attention with regards to skiing in the Rocky Mountains, Utah is finally emerging as a serious competitor with its powdery slopes offering ‘the greatest snow on earth’ and cheaper resorts.
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While Utah may lack some of the glamour and infrastructure of its neighbours, it more than makes up for this with challenging ski slopes and unspoilt character. read full article
Getting from the airport terminals of Gatwick Airport to central London may seem like a daunting task, especially for first-time travelers. But it is a lot easier than you think. There are a few different options for transportation – Gatwick Express (the quickest way), private hire transfer, easyBus, First Capital Connect trains, National Express Coach, Southern trains, or taxi.
If you’ve had enough of skiing and want to try something a bit different, Switzerland has it all: ice diving, heliskiing, snowkiting and Europe’s longest sledge. And have you tried airboarding yet?
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Europe’s longest sledge
There are a lot of reasons that international travelers visit Vienna. Vienna is not only Austria’s capital, it is the country’s largest city. The city is known for being Austria’s cultural, economic, and political center but for the international traveler it’s the architecture, art, cross-cultures, and history that hold the allure for the tourist. And let’s not forget the cuisine.
Italy’s southern region of Campania is rich in both history and beauty and one of the most breathtaking drives is La Costiera Amalfitana, The Amalfi Drive. I am sad to see this series come to an end because the inspiration of this scenic road is endless.
Christmas in Copenhagen is incomplete without a visit to the Christmas Markets. Ask any Dane and they will confirm it too. There are many markets that are open during Christmas.
Tivoli Gardens is the venue for Copenhagen’s most well known Annual Christmas Market. This also happens to be one of the oldest amusement parks in Europe. It opens ever year in the middle of November up to the end of December. Tivoli is close to a good number of hotels and is easily accessible by public transport. read full article
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1. The De Kas Restaurant in Amsterdam.
On a visit to Amsterdam you obviously don’t want to miss the Canals or the Anne Frank House, but for your culinary imagination try not to miss the inspiring De Kas Restaurant. The De Kas Restaurant in Amsterdam is one of the most contemporary and exquisite gastro experiences that you will enjoy. It´s not simply a plain restaurant because it also boasts its own vegetable gardens. That means that the carrots you taste in the big dining room have just been collected a few meters from you. A real luxury. read full article
The German Christmas markets, an annual affair, open in the end of November and lasts until the end of 4-week long Advent. Choral music wafts through the nippy air of the winter until the last day of the market. A Christmas market, a street market originated in Germany, recreates the nativity scenes, and sells ornamentations for Christmas tree, traditional food, local arts and crafts, gifts and souvenirs, to name but a few.
The “Christmas Magic” Market (WeihnachtsZauber) on Gendarmenmarkt square in Berlin, one of the best Christmas markets in Berlin, showcases works of different genres such as stone and wood sculpture, carpentry, photography and painting. Visitors can watch artisans at work and buy handmade goods. It hosts fire swallowing, acrobatics, juggling, dance, and choral and classical music shows all 38 days to entertain the public. The market serves traditional cuisine, gourmet food, seasonal delicacies and exquisite snacks to reenergize visitors spent after browsing through the stalls. read full article
Ice skating is one of the most popular wintertime activities in Helsinki. Skating in Helsinki is easy and fun, as most of the ice skating rinks in Helsinki are free or very cheap. As well as the free and low-cost local ice skating rinks, you can try skating in the Helsinki Ice Park on the Railway Station square (right by the main train station).
The Helsinki Ice Park
The centrally located Ice Park has been an annual event in Helsinki ever since 2006. The Ice Park takes over the railway station square in late November and stays open until March. The €5 ticket (or €2 for kids) gives you access to the ice for a whole day. Skates can be hired and if you have never skated before, skating lessons are offered too. You can even borrow a helmet for the kids (for free). The Ice Park also has a café for hot drinks and snacks. read full article
My first ski holiday was at the tender age of 9, and I was hooked from the off. Generally speaking, when I am on a ski holiday I am at my happiest. Undoubtedly, the actual skiing and snowboarding play a big part in plastering a smile across my face, but there is so much more to it than that. For me, skiing is about spending quality time eating, drinking and generally making merry with friends and family, exploring an awe-inspiring natural landscape that I wouldn’t otherwise get to see, and of course there is a bit of exhilarating sport thrown in for good measure!
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From Europe’s biggest freestyle snowboarding open to an ice climbing festival and an international sled dog race, here are top five winter sports events in Switzerland this season.
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