Tips and Ideas
From the 15th to the18th of September the annual Brooklyn Book Festival will take place in the vibrant eponymous New York district. The long weekend will see a wide range of literary themed events taking place catering to a broad variety of tastes and preferences. As well as meeting like minded book lovers, visitors will also get the chance to meet some of their favourite authors, from up and coming new hopes to global superstars. The obvious attraction of the festival to connoisseurs of a good book is equally matched by the appeal to general readers. The festival events have been specifically designed to cater to as wide a range of interests as possible, including for young children, making this a potentially excellent family weekend.
The capital and largest city in the Czech Republic is Prague. It is also one of central Europe’s largest cities and has served as Bohemia’s historic region capital for centuries now. There are a number of gift shops that target tourists lining the streets of the Old Town district. During the month of December, the Christmas Markets populate the downtown square where you can find all the arts, crafts, foods, and Prague memorabilia that you can possibly stand.
The north of Portugal is almost totally ignored by international visitors who concentrate, perhaps understandably, on the south of the country. However this is to ignore a particularly beautiful part of the world and the immensely attractive city of Porto. Among Porto’s many charms are a world heritage city centre, a fantastic restaurant and late night bar scene as well as easy connections to the rest of Europe.
The second largest city in Spain is Barcelona as well as being the capital and largest city of Catalonia. The city gained prominence over 2,000 years ago when it was a Roman occupied city name Barcino that became popular because of its location along Spain’s northeastern Mediterranean coastline. The city gained the attention of the entire world in 1992 when it hosted the summer Olympic Games and launched the tourist industry to a considerably higher level.
The City of a Thousand minarets – Cairo, Egypt’s, as well as, Africa’s largest city and one of its densest, offers the visiting tourist lots to see. With the right blend of old and new, one can wander the streets of this city and never get enough of it. Cairo derives its meaning from the French Le Caire, meaning “The Conqueror” – and true to its name, this city will conquer your heart.
The most populous city in Turkey is the city of Istanbul as well as being its cultural and financial center. It is situated on both sides of the Bosphorus Strait, the narrow waterway that separates the Black and the Marmara Seas. Istanbul has long been considered the bridge that links Asia with Europe both culturally and geographically. It is also known for its wide array of nightlife choices and features numerous pubs and cocktail bars that are worth visiting.
“Piazza” means “Square” in Italian and it has always played an important role in Florentine history. Since many centuries ago people liked to meet with each other or go for a coffee in the squares in the city center. Explore the most beautiful and important piazzas in Florence to experience the spirit of the renaissance city.
Bullfighting is one of Spain’s most antique and important traditions. Each year thousand of people gather in Las Ventas, in Madrid, for the bullfighting season.
The capital city of Latvia is Riga, as well as the largest of the Baltic States’ cities and the Eastern Baltic’s 2nd largest city. As there are numerous redevelopment projects currently underway in the city, Riga is experiencing somewhat of a renaissance and turning into what is sure to be one of Europe’s most beautiful cities. With the numerous pubs and cocktail bars in Riga, it is one of the continent’s most popular tourist destination for those loving lively evenings filled with dancing and drinking.
The northeastern African country of Egypt, more formally known as the Arab Republic of Egypt, extends into Southwest Asia by virtue of governing and holding the Sinai Peninsula. It is bordered on the east by Jordan, the northeast by the Gaza Strip and Israel, the south by Sudan, and the west by Libya. To the east and north lie the Mediterranean and Red Seas, respectively. However, it is dominated geographically by the Eastern and Western deserts and the Nile River.
The warmth of the summer sun touched the Napa Valley like a finger of God, blessing the earth with bounty and beauty. California’s bottled sunshine is the pride of sommeliers around the world. Whether your preference is for Merlot, Sauvignon Blanc, Shiraz or Pinot Noir, California’s wine country is the holy land for wine lovers. If you are in California for the first time and heading out to wine country here’s a little help to get you started.
With hordes of tourists, over-priced tickets and endless Andrew Lloyd Webber musicals, you could be forgiven for thinking that London’s theatre scene has lost its cultural edge.
But there is a thriving fringe of dynamic and innovative theatre, in England‘s capital, taking place in hidden away venues across the city every night. Hip, happening and hugely entertaining, some of the most cutting edge drama and comedy can be found in rooms above the capital’s pubs.
Oftentimes referred to as the “centerpiece of the Bay Area”, the city of San Francisco, USA, is well known for its great cultural and ethnic diversity as well as its hilly terrain, liberal community, scenic beauty, summer fog, and Victorian architecture. It is also one of the most popular tourist destinations in the US. The city is filled with attractions and things to do as well as diversity in international cuisine unlike any other city in the country. Suffice it to say, it is a city that will never bore the domestic or international traveler.
All of us like gorgeous landscapes, manmade skylines and bird’s eye view, but we cannot fly like birds. We can be flown. We can use hot balloons, hang gliders and parachutes to enjoy the expansive views, but all four means are expensive. However, climbing stairs and/or using modern lifts that lead to various observation platforms commanding panoramic views of Berlin, Germany, and its neighbouring regions is very much affordable. Avid photographers and travelers can take advantage of the platforms in many tall buildings of the city, including Fernsehturm and Müggelturm.
Located in the Mediterranean Sea off the coast of Spain is the archipelago known as the Balearic Islands, one of the most popular tourist destinations in this region. The capital and most frequently visited city in the Balearic Islands is Palma de Mallorca. Not only will you find a variety of bars, restaurants, and retail shops, it also features a beautiful harbor and the most outstanding nightlife in the entire islands.