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Showing posts created in January 2014, Show all

Auld Reekie, Edina, Embra – call it what you will, Edinburgh has been known by many a moniker over the last few centuries. An established city steeped in history, Scotland’s capital is recognised for its stunning architecture, world famous festivals and hospitable locals. It is a vibrant city with a blend of iconic landmarks, art & culture and lends itself to an exciting weekend away for any visitor.

I don’t need any excuse to sojourn in Scotland. I have visited Edinburgh annually since working there 12 years ago. It’s a city I could never tire of – the sound of the bagpipes still brings a tear to my eye as does the biting wind and a double Hendricks Gin. I love a man in a kilt, ginger hair, tablet, tweed & all things Tunnocks. Now when I visit, I am warmly nestled around the firesides of dear friends so perhaps don’t spend as much time wandering around the Old or the New Town streets as a tourist might. However, this is what I would recommend to the first time visitor.

A weekend away in Edinburgh

Jan 27th 2014, 10:19 by Michelle Reid

Imagine you’ve been struck with hunger pangs in an unfamiliar city, but there’s nary an internet connection or food-loving local in site. What’s a peckish traveller to do? While it’s hard to judge a restaurant by its cover, here’s our eight fail-proof signs we use when deciding whether to give that eetcafe or trattoria a pass:

1. A laminated menu in six different languages

A fisherman who casts the widest net catches the most fish. A restaurant that casts the widest net is just catering to the lowest common denominator for taste – bland food and boring preparations.

Traveling in a New City? Avoid These 8 Signs of a Bad Restaurant

Jan 21st 2014, 09:54 by Allison Guy

Sometimes you need to inject a little bit of spice into your relationships to keep the love burning hot. No, we’re not talking about your significant other, but your hometown. We can all fall into a rut of heading for the same cafes, the same bars, and the same venues. Give our recommendations a try to start seeing your city through a new set of eyes.

1) Stay in a concept hotel Book yourself in a hip hotel in a part of town you’re not familiar with. Plenty of hotels have wacky rooms, fun art, and cool concepts, all of which are normally invisible to locals. For bonus points, don’t tell the concierge where you live… see where their recommendations take you!

Seven Ways to Take a Break in Your Own City

Jan 14th 2014, 20:14 by Allison Guy

Berlin is a city known for giving you a heck of a bang-for-your-buck, and no where is this more true than in the city’s cheap dining scene. The streets abound with German, Middle Eastern and Asian food that’s not just affordable and fast, it’s probably better than most of the sit-down restaurants you’ve got back home. Here, six of our favorite spots to fill our tummies, from the famous to the far-out:

YamYam Across the street from the (deservedly) famous and touristy Monsieur Vuong, YamYam serves some of the tastiest, most authentic Korean food in Berlin. Though it’s now more of a sit-down place, the food is still affordable and fast, drawing a big lunch crowd in search of bimbimbap and the addictive kimchi soup. Alte Schönhauser Straße

Six Picks for Gourmet Fast Food in Berlin

Jan 6th 2014, 10:00 by Allison Guy