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Thursday, October 2, 2008
Thursday, September 4, 2008
When you want to go on vacation in Rome, you will want to be prepared in advance so that all of your plans go accordingly. First, you should always book your flight months ahead of time and your hotel in Rome. To book your hotel reservation in Rome you can choose among many Rome hotels. If you are trying to have a vacation in Rome during the peak tourist season, you will want to book at least six months in advance. And then you will also need to think about your hotel. A vacation in Rome won’t be perfect unless you find the hotel that suits all of your needs, as well as your budget. This can be a hotel that is in the center of the city, close to all of the shopping and dining opportunities. Or, this hotel could be out of the way in the suburbs. This is where you can find quiet, relaxing settings without the luxury price tag. So plan your vacation in Rome as soon as you can.
Sunday, July 27, 2008
Thursday, July 17, 2008
If Riga was a mighty seaport during the Middle Ages and a leading port for the Russian empire in the 18th and 19th centuries, Riga reminds the traveller of its Hanseatic days (Great Guild and Small Guild) as well as its Art Nouveau or Jugendstil movement (one thitd of Riga's downtown buildings were constructed in Art Nouveau Style). Two more assets: Riga as town of music and arts (Riga gave birth to major artists from the ballet dancer Baryshnikov to the violinist Gideon Kremer) and Riga as the town where Catholic, Lutheran and Ortodox churches meet ( from the Lutheran Dome Cathedral and the magnificent St peter's Church to the Catholic St Jacob's Cathedral to the synagogue in Old Riga).
Just another curiosity: Riga is one of the few places with flower markets open 24 hours a day and believe it or not Riga has an intense nightlife (casinos, bars, discos and nightclubs).
In this small country German, Russian, Swedish and Polish rulers left more than a trace in palaces, castles and manors build in the Latvian countryside. Just south of Riga the grandest in the country is the famous Rundale Palace, designed bythe Italian architect Francesco Bartolomeo rastrelli. The same architect who designed the Czar's Winter Palace in St Petersburg. Many good reasons, and not the only ones, to visit this small country and its capital: a journey to Riga in the past and in the future, in this city you can book a your prefered room in one of many Riga hotels.
Sunday, June 15, 2008
Each immigrant and expatriate has brought favourite dishes, ingredients, techniques resulting in an incredible range of cuisines, among which dishes like fish head curry and chilli crab remain among the favourites.
A special tasty and imaginative cuisine is the Peranakan or Nonya food in Sigapore, as a result of the culinary tradition of Perakanans (descendants of early migrants from China) marrying local Malay women: a mix of chinese ingredients andMalay spices and herbs. Try rempah and belacan (I will not tell you what the ingredients are...)
Besides simple dishes of noodles or fried vegetables with rice here you can find Vietnamese, Thai, Turkish and even Italian dishes. But honestly I would suggest to stick to a casual eating of far east specialities..
Wednesday, June 11, 2008
getting away from the so-called "mass tourism". And indeed Procida is a fascinatingplace, with its narrow roads, its colored houses facing the sea.
Ferries and hydrofoils dock at Marina Grande arriving from Naples orPozzuoli. The first image that welcome those who arrive at Procida are the colored houses linedup along the sea. This fishermen's little town is dominated by a castlestanding on a rock of turf. But the heart of the island is "Terra Murata", with its medieval houses, gardens, churches and palaces. Donot miss the panorama from the "belvedere".If you like to swim, the semicircular bay of Marina di Chiaolella awaits you with its calm sea.The islands houses also an Oasis protected by the W.W.F. (World WildlifeFund) on the islet of Vivara: it is worth a visit, but do not forget to obtain the
permission from the Municipality.It is not a case if Lamartine celebrated the island in his book"'Graziella" in 1852, also Elsa Morante's novel "L'isola di Arturo" (1957) is set in this small and fascinating island.
Friday, June 6, 2008
Even the famous writer Edgar Allan Poe stayed here at the Village form 1844 to 45 in a small house made of red bricks, recently knocked down to build part of the famous NYU (New York University)
This quarter since the 30s was a meeting spot for artists, actors, intellectuals, politicians. Today is a very fashionable and cool place, where buying a house is something reserved to the wealthy. The Greenwich Village is still today a very fascinating place that attracts New Yorkers and tourists from all over the world.
Friday, May 23, 2008
Let's say the truth, Amsterdam is best known around the world for its wild side, for its tolerance, for its freedom. Yet Amsterdam is way more than that! If you wish to discover one of Amsterdam's hidden sides we advise you to be there from the 20th to the 22nd of June 2008.
In those three days the Canal Museums are going to give you the chance to view Amsterdam's hidden gardens.
This happening takes place once a year when, thanks to the kindness of private homeowners and various institutions, the doors to private gardens and spectacular hidden arbours remain open from
10 am to 5 pm. The Open Garden Days will let you see what goes on beyond some of the most beautiful façades of Amsterdam, and, with a ticket of 12 €, you will have the opportunity to board the canal boat that will bring you to these awesome hidden Amsterdam's secret gardens.
Monday, May 19, 2008
TEMPTING STORES: LONDON TOP 5
FORTNUM & MASON (Piccadilly): a most glamorous grocer
SELFRIDGES & CO (Oxford Street.): hippest department store in town
HARRODS (Knightsbridge): “Everything for everybody everywhere”
WATERSTONE’S (Piccadilly): the biggest bookshop in Europe
HAMLEYS (Regent Street): largest toy shop in the world
LONDON MARKETS. 5 best ones
PORTOBELLO ROAD: antiques market - Saturday 7 a.m. – 6 pm
PETTICOAT LANE: second hand clothes – Sunday 9 am – 2 pm (metro Liverpool Street Or Aldgate)
COLUMBIA ROAD: flower market – Sunday 8 am – 1 pm
CAMDEN PASSAGE: antiques – best Wednesday/Saturday (metro Angel)
JUBILEE MARKET: souvenirs; APPLE MARKET: jewellery; in Covent Garden Piazza
Victoria & Albert Museum (V&A). silk and organza scarves, hand dyed Indian bathrobes, Raku ceramics
The Science Museum: educational and scientific toys
Royal Academy and Tate Modern: products linked to special exhibitions
British Museum: a last-minute-shopping at Heathrow Terminal 4
THE BEST FISH & CHIPS
Rock & Sole Place in Covent Garden, Costa’s ( Notting Hill) owned and staffed by Italians, Sea Shee in Lisson Grove and Geales in Notting Hill, Fish Central (near the Barbican Centre), Masters Super Fish (Warterloo) and Seafresh in Wilton road (close to Victoria Station).
Friday, May 16, 2008
That's what London can offer you, but this is only one of hundreds of ways to visit this extraordinary town. From fashion boutiques to the big institutions like Marks & Spencer or Selfridges, to the multiclored stores of music chains HMV and Virgin, to a wide range of bookshops /mainly concentrated at the eastern end of Oxford street/Charing Cross road, to fashion stores and boutiques, to sex shops ... Indeed in London you can find anything you might wish, There is even a list of 'London's top 10 tempting stores': amond them the most glamorous grocer Fortnum & Manson (Piccadilly), Harrods (Knightsbridge), Waterstone's (Piccadilly), Europe's biggest bookshop whioch is worth a visit for its interior of the 1930s.
One cannot miss the area of Covent Garden, its market, its shops, its theatres, opera house, cafès and bars, one of the most pleasant shopping London areas. If you look for most famous European designers (like Armani or Versace) or some of the best-quality British accessories (like Mulberry's leather handbags and Church's traditional English shoes) just walk along New Bond street. Since you cannot but visit some of the many museums in town, do not forget that the shop inside the Victoria and Albert Museum (South Kensington) sells beautiful scarves in silk and organza and a stunning collection of Raku ceramics while at the Natural History Museum you can find prodcts made from recycled or raw materials. We suggest a weekend or city breaks, you can enjoy your shopping days, you can choose in many hotels in London to book your cheap or luxury room . Shopping in London is quite an experience!!! Good Shopping!