From the moment you step into Strasbourg, you’ll feel it. A pleasant, welcoming vibe that’s a lot more than the friendliness of locals, the ease of getting around, or the odd familiarity of the storybook houses. Even on your first hour in the city, you’ll feel a sense of belonging – that you’re not a tourist to be scrutinized or a stranger to be wary of. In a city that’s a mix of a lot of things, it’s just natural to fit in.
Strasbourg is known for many things – as the capital of the historic wine-growing region, Alsace; as the seat of the European Parliament; as the setting of one of the world’s biggest and oldest Christmas markets; and as a border city that derives from both French and German cultures – an intoxicating mix of countryside hospitality and multicultural charm.
Whether you’re here for the wine, the history and culture, or just to relax for a little holiday, there’s a lot to love in Strasbourg.
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Idyllic countryside, dramatic coastal roads, and romantic lake towns – this is a side of Italy you’ll only get to see if you step out of the big cities and go on a road trip. While, indeed, the rumors are true – driving in Italy is a bit of a challenge – it’s also very doable with a little extra planning and prep, and ultimately thrilling once you’re zipping around Italy behind the wheel.
Whether you’re planning to brave the Amalfi coast’s cliff-hugging roads for breathtaking views of the Tyrrhenian Sea or eating your way through the wine and food regions of Emilia-Romagna and Tuscany, this guide will gear you up for your driving adventures ahead. Here’s everything you need to know about driving in Italy.
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Rolling emerald hills and charming pastel houses, snowcapped mountains and the tinkling of cowbells – if these are some of your favorite things, then a road trip in Austria’s gorgeous countryside will surely make your heart sing.
Driving in Austria is one of the best ways to explore the country. You’ll get from one majestic city to another, through stunning natural parks and quaint little villages, all just a smooth and relaxing drive away. Here’s everything you need to know for your Austrian road trip.
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Bologna is a food-lovers’ haven – and the city knows it.
From the moment you step off the plane, the city welcomes you with food. Giant posters of food immediately give way to stalls of actual food, packed to the rafters with homemade tortellini, parmigiano reggiano, hams and sausages and bottles of aceto balsamico.
The ride from the airport to the city center is lined with osterias and trattorias, their tables clad in red-and-white checkered tablecloths. A quick walk down a street – any street – brings you past food stalls and markets, filled with the season’s bright-colored fruits and produce, various forms of meat hanging from the roof, and lots and lots of cheese.
The food alone is worth staying in Bologna for a couple of days or more, but the city has a lot more to offer. The city is peppered with historical and cultural artifacts and plenty of spots for panoramic city views and romantic strolls. Bologna is also an excellent base for day trips in and around Emilia-Romagna, whether you’re searching for culinary experiences, charming medieval towns, or a seaside escape.
While you can easily extend your stay and never run out of things to do or restaurants to eat at in Bologna, this essential travel guide will get you started on your holiday plans. Here’s how to spend 3 days in Bologna.
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Bologna lies in the heart of Emilia-Romagna, Italy’s gastronomic capital. While that alone makes this city a must-visit especially for food-lovers, Bologna’s got a lot more going for it.
The city itself is beautiful and picturesque, filled with historic medieval and Renaissance structures. You can spend an afternoon relaxing in the Piazza Maggiore and walking around the cobbled streets under the shade of the porticoes. You can go up Italy’s tallest leaning tower from where you can capture a gorgeous panoramic view of the city.
Bologna’s central location also makes it an excellent base for road trips around northern Italy – from the foodie cities of Modena and Parma to the beaches of Rimini – and even across the border to San Marino.
If you’re looking for a holiday filled with delicious food, road trips, and a relaxing city break, Emilia-Romagna’s capital city is the perfect destination. Here’s where to stay in Bologna.
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Budapest is a city that everybody seems to love.
The Hungarian capital is no secret gem. It’s a major port for cruise ships, a go-to destination for traveling Europe on a budget, and a favorite base among digital nomads. Scroll through Instagram and you’ll likely find photos of the Fisherman’s Bastion and the Parliament. Ask anyone who’s been to Budapest and they’ll tell you all about the ruin bars and the bustling nightlife scene. Budapest is a vibrant city with just the right mix of historic sights and cosmopolitan vibe, earning its place among the top cities to visit in Europe.
And yet, there’s a lot to discover in this city. Despite all the hype, I was amazed at how much more I ended up liking Budapest. The pictures and the stories just don’t do the city justice – it’s a place you really must experience to get what everybody’s been raving about.
If you’re heading to Central Europe, let me echo what all those who have gone before me have said: you must add Budapest to your itinerary. While there’s a lot to discover in this city that even a week’s stay or two won’t fully uncover, here are my best recommendations on what to do in Budapest in 3 exciting days. Continue reading “3 days in Budapest – best things to do in Hungary’s exciting capital”
Budapest is a city that has it all. One moment you’re walking along the glitzy Andrássy Avenue lined with designer shops and fancy restaurants, the next you’re looking up at bright murals painted on firewalls amidst the buildings of the 7th and 8th districts, all in various stages of renovation and transformation.
Whether you’re here to explore the historical landmarks, relax in the thermal baths, or shop and dine in one of the world’s most dynamic cities, a fantastic holiday awaits. Here’s where to stay in Budapest. Continue reading “Where to stay in Budapest, Hungary – best neighborhoods and accommodations”
Chocolates and cheese – these were the only reasons I needed to jump on a chance to spend a couple of days in Geneva, Switzerland’s second largest city.
As it turns out, there’s a lot more to enjoy in Geneva beyond the truffles and fondue. There’s the breathtaking Lake Geneva, a mere glimpse of the many gorgeous natural landscapes you can explore in Switzerland. There’s the picturesque old town, its winding alleys leading to art galleries, quiet leafy parks, and intimate cafés. And then there’s Carouge, a hip neighborhood just outside Geneva where you can instantly catch a Mediterranean vibe.
Whether you’re in Geneva for business or a little holiday, make the most of your stay in one of Europe’s most cosmopolitan cities. Here’s how to spend 3 days in Geneva. Continue reading “3 days in Geneva, Switzerland – best things to see and do”
If you’re looking for a luxurious city break, you can’t go wrong with Geneva.
Bright mornings treat you to a view of the lake and the alps, sparkling under the sun. A relaxing walk along the quay brings you to shopping streets lined with the world’s most luxurious brands, and lunch is a new opportunity to eat fondue. Afternoons are for exploring the old town’s alleys and discovering vintage shops and quiet cafes, while the evening is for dinner cruises onboard period ships.
Whether you’re on your way to the Alps, to a business meeting, or simply looking to unwind, a day or two in this cosmopolitan city is the perfect holiday. Here’s where to stay in Geneva. Continue reading “Where to stay in Geneva, Switzerland – best hotels and areas for a luxurious city break”
A visit to Alsace is a trip back to your childhood.
You know, those long nights spent under a blanket with only a flashlight to guide you through the crumbling pages of a well-worn, well-loved book, its pages filled with beautiful princesses, dashing men, and eloquent animals. While the heroes and heroines would eventually find their way to enchanted forests and abandoned castles, their adventures would always begin in a tiny town, with pastel houses and wooden beams, a stork’s nest on a lookout tower, rickety bridges over quiet waterways, and glistening emerald hills in the distance.
That picture right there – the one in your mind right now – that’s precisely what Alsace looks like. Well, sans the magical animals, but it’s pretty close.
If you’ve ever wondered if the places in the storybooks are real, check out these real-life pictures of Alsace and relive your childhood adventures. Continue reading “10 best things to do in Alsace, France – a real-life storybook destination”