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Paris - Around Town : St-Germain, Latin and Luxembourg Quarters (part 4) - Picnic Providers, Places to Eat
Wonderful patisserie, with an especially good line in small fruit tarts, such as lemon and strawberry. Fat-free cheesecake for the health-conscious, too.
Paris - Around Town : St-Germain, Latin and Luxembourg Quarters (part 3) - Late-Night Bars, Literary Haunts
Opened in 1927, this former coal depot was transformed by artists into a lavish, Art Deco brasserie. It attracted such luminaries as Louis Aragon and Françoise Sagan .
Paris - Around Town : St-Germain, Latin and Luxembourg Quarters (part 2) - Booksellers, Specialist Food Shops
Bibliophiles spend hours in the rambling rooms of Paris’s renowned English-language bookshop. There are books in other languages too and regular readings in English and French.
Paris - Around Town : St-Germain, Latin and Luxembourg Quarters (part 1)
This area of the left bank is possibly the most stimulating in Paris. St-Germain-des-Prés, centred around the city’s oldest church, is a synonym for Paris’s café society, made famous by the writers and intellectuals who held court here in the first half of the 20th century.
London - Around Town : Kensington and Knightsbridge (part 3) - Pubs and Cafés, Restaurants
Freshly made in Harrod’s kitchens, traditional ice cream and sorbet is made with the freshest ingredients. Have your own bespoke flavour created within 24 hours.
London - Around Town : Kensington and Knightsbridge (part 2) - The Best of the Rest, Shopping
London’s most famous store has over 300 departments full of the finest goods that money can buy. Specialities include food, fashion, china, glass and kitchenware .
London - Around Town : Kensington and Knightsbridge (part 1)
This is where London’s gentry live. Nannies push prams around Kensington Gardens, uniformed school children line up in Hans Crescent and the social “in-crowd” gossip in the Fifth-Floor Café at Harvey Nichols.
Berlin - Around Town : Prenzlauer Berg (part 2) - Best of the Rest, Restaurants, Pubs & Bars
Set off from U-Bahn station Senefelderplatz – one of the lively spots in Prenzlauer Berg. From here, explore the old tenement blocks and backyards. Now continue in a westerly direction along Fehrbelliner Straße to Zionskirchplatz with its eponymous church.
Berlin - Around Town : Prenzlauer Berg (part 1)
Berlin’s Prenzlauer Berg district attracts locals and tourists like virtually no other part of town because it has undergone the most dramatic changes in recent years. Today, the old tenement blocks in the former workers’ district of East Berlin have been taken over by cafés, pubs and restaurants, and the nightlife is exciting and vibrant.
San Francisco - Streetsmart : Budget Hotels and Hostels, Apartments and Private Homes
North Beach’s biggest bargain is full of charms. Each room is decorated with antiques, and the corridors feature brass railings and hanging plants under skylights. Every room has its own sink, while other facilities are down the hall.
San Francisco - Streetsmart : Neighborhood Hotels, Gay and Lesbian Hotels
Located just up from the Marina, this is a real find if you want to be close to the sights, although the street tends to be very busy. Nevertheless, this truly charming 1914 Edwardian inn features rooms full of antiques and fresh flowers, and serves complimentary afternoon drinks and hors d’oeuvres, as well as breakfast.
Washington, D.C - Streetsmart : Boutique Hotels, Business Hotels
The Mall is an easy two-block walk from here, and when visitors are not exploring Smithsonian museums, they can enjoy the amenities and fine river views here. There are little TVs in the bathrooms, and an indoor pool. The hotel is also pet friendly.
Washington, D.C - Streetsmart : Child-Friendly Hotels, Bed-and-Breakfasts
The Mall is an easy two-block walk from here, and when visitors are not exploring Smithsonian museums, they can enjoy the amenities and fine river views here. There are little TVs in the bathrooms, and an indoor pool. The hotel is also pet friendly.
Rome - Around Town : The Esquiline and Lateran (part 2) - Clothing and Discount Shops, Places to Eat
The market is a good bet for new leather jackets at great savings. Otherwise there is a lot of quite junky fakes, good-condition second-hand clothing, and other miscellaneous items .
Rome - Around Town : The Esquiline and Lateran (part 1)
In ancient times the largest of Rome’s seven hills was almost entirely residential, consisting mostly of upper-class villas. The western slope of the quarter, just behind the Imperial Fora was considered rather unhealthy as it was densely populated – the massive wall at the back of the Fora was intended to keep the squalid slum out.
Hong Kong - Streetsmart : Long-Stay Hotels, Great Escapes
For executives or small families, these upmarket two-bedroom duplex apartments are a 20-minute ride from Central in serene Repulse Bay. The hole in one of the tower blocks is said to promote good feng shui.
Madrid - Around Town : Comunidad de Madrid (part 2) - Historic Places to Eat
Considered the best restaurant in town. If you’re here on Wednesdays, all the better because chef Manuel Miguez’s cocido madrileño is renowned. Summer terrace.
Madrid - Around Town : Comunidad de Madrid (part 1)
The Comunidad de Madrid is a vast region covering 8,000 sq km (3,000 sq miles), with a population now exceeding five million. To the north of the capital is the Sierra de Guadarrama, a majestic mountain range, stretching more than 100 km (60 miles) east–west, and visitors to El Escorial, Valle de los Caídos, or Manzanares­el-Real will enjoy superb views as well as fresh mountain air.
Munich - Day Trips & Excursions - Along the Inn River
Perched high on the banks above the Inn River is the abbey of Sts Marinus und Anianus, a masterpiece of Bavarian Rococo. Between 1758 and 1763 Johann Michael Fischer rebuilt the church, incorporating the Romanesque east towers into his design.
Barcelona - Around Town - Beyond Barcelona (part 3) - Outdoor Activities, Places to Eat
One of Europe’s best rivers for white-water sports is La Noguera Pallaresa in the Pyrenees. Late spring is the best time to go, as the mountain snow thaws.
Barcelona - Around Town - Beyond Barcelona (part 2) - Churches & Monasteries, National Parks & Nature Reserves
From Barcelona take the AP7 motorway until exit 4, then take the C260 to Cadaqués. The journey should take about two and a half hours in all. Just before dropping down to the town, stop at the viewpoint and take in the azure coastline and the whitewashed houses of this former fishing village.
Barcelona - Around Town - Beyond Barcelona (part 1)
Steeped in tradition, with its own language and an enormous sense of pride in its separate identity, Catalonia is immensely rich in both cultural heritage and physical geography. It is no exaggeration to say that Catalonia really does have everything.
Toronto - Streetsmart - Bed & Breakfasts, Budget Accommodation
Located near the beautiful High Park and Roncesvalles neighborhood, this gorgeous home, set on a quiet residential street, has three spacious, well-lit rooms – all with private bathrooms – delicious gourmet breakfasts, and off-street parking for visitors.
Toronto - Streetsmart - Luxury & Boutique Hotels, Business-Friendly Hotels
Lovers of luxury adore this boutique hotel in the Entertainment District. Duvets, walk-in closets, extravagant bathrooms with heated marble floors, and many high-tech gadgets are standard. Senses, a top restaurant, is located on the ground floor.
Boston - Around Town : Cambridge & Somerville (part 3) - Nightclubs & Bars, Restaurants
Just outside Harvard Square, the Lizard Lounge attracts a young, alternative-rock and folk-loving crowd with the promise of good live music and a small cover charge.
Boston - Around Town : Cambridge & Somerville (part 2) - Offbeat Shops, Places to Mix with the Locals
This playfully decorated children’s bookstore, which carries more than 25,000 books and toys, pays homage to the timeless travails of its mischievous namesake.
Boston - Around Town : Cambridge & Somerville (part 1)
Harvard may hold Cambridge’s undeniable claim to worldwide fame, but that is not to diminish the city’s vibrant neighborhoods, superb restaurants, unique shops, and colorful bars lying just beyond the school’s gates.
Paris - Around Town : Invalides and Eiffel Tower Quarters (part 4) - Places to Eat
Book a window table for the view and then sit back and enjoy the fine food from Alain Ducasse. Reserve in advance.
Paris - Around Town : Invalides and Eiffel Tower Quarters (part 3) - Mansions
Built in 1730, this elegant mansion was home to the duc de Biron. From 1904 it was transformed into state-owned artists’ studios. Among its residents was Auguste Rodin (1840–1917), who agreed to donate his works to the nation in return for his apartment and studio.
Paris - Around Town : Invalides and Eiffel Tower Quarters (part 2) - Musée de l’Armée Exhibits, Views
There is nowhere in Paris to match the view from the top of the tower, so hope for good weather. With the cityscape and the sparkling waters of the Seine below, it is the highlight of any visit .
Paris - Around Town : Invalides and Eiffel Tower Quarters (part 1)
Two of Paris’s best-known landmarks, the golden-domed Hôtel des Invalides and the Eiffel Tower, are found in these quarters. Large parts of the area were created in the 19th century, when there was still room to construct wide avenues and grassy esplanades.
London - Around Town : Mayfair and St James's (part 2) - Shopping, Eating and Drinking
One of the best chocolate shops in town selling a tempting array of handmade chocolates. Fill one of the pretty boxes, which come in a range of sizes, with your own choice of chocolates.
London - Around Town : Mayfair and St James's (part 1)
This is where royalty shop and the rest of us go to gaze. Many of the wonderful small shops around here were established to serve the royal court at St James’s Palace.
Berlin - Around Town : Central Berlin: Around Alexanderplatz (part 3) - Pubs, Cafés & Beer Gardens, Restaurants
One of the most charming restaurants in the Mitte district. Savour the international food, surrounded by photos and paintings of famous contemporaries.
Berlin - Around Town : Central Berlin: Around Alexanderplatz (part 2) - Best of the Rest, Shops & Markets
The largest department store in East Berlin stocks everything your heart could desire. Its food department entices customers with a range of international gourmet foods.
Berlin - Around Town : Central Berlin: Around Alexanderplatz (part 1)
The area around Alexanderplatz is one of the oldest parts of the city; it was here that the twin towns of Cölln and Berlin merged to become one town in the 13th century. Berlin’s oldest coherent quarter, the 18th-century Nikolaiviertel and its medieval Nikolaikirche, the city’s oldest church, lie in the shadow of the TV tower, the pride of the “capital” of former East Germany.
San Francisco - Streetsmart : Boutique Hotels, B&Bs and Guesthouses
Inspired along hippie ideals, you meet the owners and other guests and engage in intelligent conversation around the breakfast table. Each guestroom is also designed to celebrate an aspect of world love.
San Francisco - Streetsmart : Hilltop Hotels, Traditional Hotels
The Top of the Mark restaurant is a major pull, of course, with its 360-degree panorama, and the service is genuinely caring. The rooms are provided with every amenity and achieve an excellent standard of comfort.
Washington, D.C - Streetsmart : Moderately Priced Hotels, Budget Hotels
Best known locally as the home of the top-rated Citronelle restaurant, this is a fine hotel in an excellent Georgetown location. Distinctive two-story carriage suites provide a gracious home base. The poolside patio overlooks the C&O Canal.
Washington, D.C - Streetsmart : Historic Hotels, Luxury Hotels
This is Washington D.C.’s only five-star hotel. The spa is renowned, and afternoon tea at the Garden Terrace will make any visitor feel special. Convenient to Georgetown and Rock Creek Park.
Rome - Around Town : Ancient Rome (part 2) - Rome’s Trendiest Nightlife, Traditional Roman Restaurants
The parkland on the other side of the Circus Maximus from the Palatine Hill conceals exquisite early churches and other gems. Start on the south side of the Circus Maximus, now a sunken patch of dust and weeds, but once a majestic racecourse until the popes plundered its stones to build their palaces.
Rome - Around Town : Ancient Rome (part 1)
This area has always been a contrasting mix of the highest and the lowest, from the most extravagant luxury to the toughest work-a-day world. In ancient times, the emperor’s lavish palaces were built on the Palatine, but they weren’t far from the docks, where roustabouts heaved the tons of goods that were imported to the wealthy city from around the world.
Location Shoot, Bavaria (Part 4)
I arrive back in Munich in the early evening and it’s still snowing, although to a lesser degree. The next step is to navigate my way through the commuters and onto the local train to my hotel. Once there, I meet Claudia Mitchell from the Bayern tourism office and we head out for something to eat, which is where Munich really has a multitude of things to offer.
Location Shoot, Bavaria (Part 3)
A couple of hours later and I’m pulling into Klais, which is right down near the Germany/Austria border having travelled through some increasingly mountainous terrain along the way. The snow has also increased considerably too and by now it has covered everything with a generous layer of the white stuff.
Location Shoot, Bavaria (Part 2)
Later that day, I travel onwards via train to the small town of Inzell, which is another pleasant surprise, located as it is roughly mid-way between Munich and Salzburg. I arrive there after switching to the bus after a twenty minutes or so transfer from Traunstein, where I left the train.
Location Shoot, Bavaria (Part 1)
If you’re thinking of a short photography break, then Bavaria makes the perfect destination. It’s less than two hours to Munich from London, the flights are regular so you can pick the best time to arrive and depart then, once you arrive in this marvelous centrally-located city, you’re perfectly placed to enjoy the wider area.
Hong Kong - Streetsmart : Value-for-Money Hotels, Cheap Sleeps
Right in the increasingly smart centre of Wanchai, the Wharney offers decent surroundings, a revamped gym and pool, sauna, business centre and a couple of restaurants. Rooms are well appointed but on the small side.
Hong Kong - Streetsmart : Mid-Range Hotels in Hong Kong, Mid-Range Hotels, Macau & China
The location above the Convention and Exhibition Centre on the waterfront ensures its popularity as a business hotel. Other visitors will like its landscaped grounds, leisure facilities and reasonable rates.
48 Hours In Sydney (Part 3)
The most beautiful beach in the south of equator is definitely Bondi Beach. This perfect crescent moon is in the general consciousness via the Life Saving Club of Bondi Surf Bathers, a group of rescue workers saved 180 people from the big waves in 1938 and created the rescue club culture in Baywatch, Bondi Rescue and Bondi Vet.
48 Hours In Sydney (Part 2)
Sydney's giraffes not only own the best real estate of the city but also own some of the most beautiful sunset views from across the harbor at Taronga zoo. In the zoo, Taronga is an interesting place, both in terms of the arrangement of living cretures in Bradley cape, where there are rich landscape and support for conservation, education and nurturing animal at risk programs .
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