“That’s the villa there, with the guest house next door”. A group of expats were talking quite loudly about a certain Mr & Mrs Clooney’s abode as we sailed by on the slow boat around Lake Como. It didn’t look like they were at home so popping round for the last pod of coffee was out of the question. Never mind! The journey itself was serene; a sublime panorama featuring a shoreline littered with elegant grand residences. We glided by mansions used in movies perched magnificently on the water’s edge and were given useful photo opportunity tips by the friendly boat crew.
What we know as modern-day Budapest is a product of a menage a trois. In 1873 the three towns of Buda, Pest, and Obuda were connected by the construction of the chain bridge. However, the personalities of each area are very distinct and although they are now part of the same city, they seem to be worlds apart. Buda is the posh, decadent side, where the art is in galleries and the buildings are neo-gothically ornate. Pest, on the other hand, is the rebellious, real Hungary, where the bars are in ruins and the art is sprayed on the walls.
One of the best aspects of visiting another country is trying their national foods and regional specialties. Most of the time they feature the usual meats, carbs, and vegetables with maybe some different herbs and spices or methods of preparation or cooking. Sometimes you do encounter cuisine that might seem to you as being different or even strange. Here are a few foods that you can try if you are truly adventurous:
If you want to really know a place, get to know the culture and people. There’s no better way to do this than by seeking out the top local bars and Ljubljana has some awesome offerings, where friendly is an understatement. The centre of town has some beautiful riverside cocktail lounges and wine bars, but if you want to head out of the tourist trap and into reality, head west. There you will find a collection of cool joints, from diverse to a dive to the divine. Here’s a selection of the best:
Vienna is a city of spectacular grandeur, oozing opulence at every opportunity. This is evident everywhere, from the architecture to the food. So if you want to eat like an Emperor and dine like a dignitary, this is your number one dietary destination. Here are a few suggestions for how you too can find some fancy feasts:
Zanzibar has so many special treats to offer visitors, it is much more than just a tropical island fringed with white sandy beaches. But what are the best things to do? Here’s a quick guide on how to get the most out of your time on Zanzibar.
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The Mekong Delta is the rice bowl of Vietnam and one of the world’s most productive agricultural areas. It is an immense maze of paddy fields and canals covering an area the size of Wales. Three friends (Fiona, Kate, and Tomo) spent two weeks cycling around the Delta on vintage local bicycles and were completely won over by this area of Vietnam’s charms. In this post, they tell you why, and how, you should do a similar trip!