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Gérald Passedat’s New Restaurant in Provence

Gérald Passedat, the three-star chef of Petit Nice, Marseille, has just opened an ambitious gastronomic table near Aix-en-Provence: Louison. Gérald Passedat is heir of the Petit Nice, a family-run establishment that celebrates its 100th anniversary this year and is the only three-star hotel in the Bouches-du-Rhône. The renowned chef has become one of the best […]

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Best Beaches Of Cadiz

The beaches of Cadiz in Southern Spain should be included in the dictionary under the definition of ‘Paradise’. The Cadiz coast boasts some of the best beaches in Europe, whose natural scenery and fine white sand invite you to rest (or hop on a surfboard)..   Acantilados (The cliffs) de La Breña: wild nature of Cadiz […]

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El Perro Gamberro

There is a new vegan in Madrid: El Perro Gamberro (literally Hooligan Dog) moves away from the current predictable culinary vegan cuisine and rediscovers grandmother’s kitchen. In the past two years, the opening of a vegan restaurant in the Spanish capital always led to two types of premises; a restaurant for hipsters where each dish is so sophisticated that […]

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Chef Mathias Dahlgren at the Stockholm Grand Hotel

With interest in Nordic cooking on the rise, we focus on one of Sweden’s best chefs, and his residences in one of the Swedish capital’s best hotels. Mathias Dahlgren rose to fame after winning the prestigious culinary Bocuse d’Or award in 1997 and has since been awarded the Swedish Chef of the Year title four times. […]

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The Best Cities to Live in

The ‘Quality of living rankings’ list by Mercer, one of the world’s largest HR consultancy firms, has this year unveiled a top ten which consists largely of European cities. Featuring destinations with the best quality of life, the list again had Vienna on number one for the eighth consecutive time. The Austrian capital with its […]

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Paris’ New Perfume Museum

Paris has a brand new and instantly iconic perfume museum since December 2016: Le Grand Musée du Parfum. Pillar of French history, heritage, and art of living, perfume has long been associated with France and French culture. So finally there is an emblematic place to visit and explore the universe of perfume, in Paris. We […]

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Koti, a Finnish Experience in Paris

On the occasion of Mobile Home 2017, a program celebrating the centenary of Finland’s independence, the Finnish cultural institute in Paris is transformed into guest rooms; an exotic experience that will last 100 nights in the heart of Paris, a stone’s throw from the Sorbonne. Helsinki architect Linda Bergroth has designed this glass guest house, […]

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Chaplin’s World in Switzerland

It was whilst Charlie Chaplin was travelling to Europe to promote his film Limelight in 1952 when he learned that the USA had revoked his visa. Subsequently the Chaplin family moved to Switzerland where Charlie purchased impressive 14-hectare estate overlooking Lake Geneva Manoir de Ban.  This would be Charlie Chaplin’s home for the next 25 years, until his death […]

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Alain Ducasse Opens Café at Versailles Palace

Multi-starred chef Alain Ducasse has opened Ore, a contemporary café, at the prestigious Palace of Versailles. On September 13, the day of his 60th birthday, the famous chef inaugurated a restaurant in the Versailles Palace, perched on the first floor of the Dufour Pavilion, overlooking the Place d’Armes and Avenue de Paris. “Ore” is pronounced […]

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Museo Reina Sofía’s New Restaurant

Madrid’s Museum Reina Sofia museum has a new trendy Café/restaurant created by some serious talent. The space is designed by famed architect Jean Nouvel who has enhanced it with a futuristic and luxurious touch. NuBel’s varied and delicate cuisine is taken care of by Muñoz Calero. Already it takes a good month to book a […]

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New Nobel Center in Stockholm

Sweden’s new Nobel Center will be built on Blasieholmen, a wonderful site along Stockholm’s central waterfront. The new building is a huge project, headed by British architect David Chipperfield who told Swedish radio, “The size of the building is determined by what is necessary for a Nobel Centre”.  The auditorium has been developed into a forum-like […]

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San Sebastian, European Capital of Culture

Seaside beauty San Sebastian, The star of the Spanish Basque Country, has been designated European Capital of Culture for 2016. The European Capital of Culture is a city designated by the European Union for a period of one calendar year during which it organises a series of cultural events with a strong European dimension. Cue, San Sebastian: […]

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Lyon voted best destination for weekend in Europe

On Sunday 4 September the French city of Lyon was voted ‘Best European Destination Weekend’ at the prestigious World Travel Awards ceremony, held this year in Sardinia. This shows the city’s incredible growth, when just ten years ago, it did not know how to attract tourism and capitalise on its history as a metropolis for fairs and trade in the […]

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W XYZ Bar

The W XYZ Bar in Munich in the Aloft Hotels at Hauptbahnhof offers newcomer bands a place where they can present their songs to an open audience. These performances take place several times a month and are completely free. Meanwhile you can order at the bar and sip refreshing drinks and cocktails. The nightlife of Munich […]

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Dani García’s New Restaurant

Chef Dani García has opened a new restaurant in Puente Romano Beach Resort & Spa in Marbella this summer; El Patio Dani Garcia, a unique and different venue, wrapped in a magical atmosphere, for guests to enjoy the most memorable nights of the Costa del Sol. Michelin-star celebrity chef Garcia already runs the Dani Garcia restaurant in the […]

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Most Impressive City Squares In Belgium

Grote Markt, Brussels – The central square of Brussels is surrounded by guildhalls, the city’s Town Hall, and the Breadhouse which is built on the area of the former bread market and also a Brewer’s Museum. This square is the most important tourist destination and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The Grote Markt of Brussels has been called […]

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Staatliches Hofbräuhaus

The Staatliches Hofbräuhaus in Munich (Public Royal Brewery) is a brewery owned by the Bavarian state government and used to be the royal brewery in the Kingdom of Bavaria. Visited by many famous patrons over the years, it has a colourful history and been written about by such celebrities as Mozart who lived nearby in […]

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Romantic Barcelona

With its warm climate, the Mediterranean Sea, and stunning sunsets, Barcelona is a wonderful place to spend time with your loved one. We lay out some of the most romantic spots for you . . The Magic Fountain The Magic Fountain is the main feature of the collection of waterfalls and ponds on Avinguda Maria […]

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Diego Cabrera’s Latest Venture

Fans of mixology (the art of creating cocktails) in Madrid can tell you about Diego Cabrera, Argentinian barman who has managed to conquer the Madrid audience with his natural charm and an amazing ability to create and innovate.  He rose to prominence in the bar Sergi Arola Gastro, then had his own bar Le Cabrera (now closed) and created the firm Twist […]

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Bodegas Neo, Ribera del Duero, Spain

Bodegas Neo is a hip and relatively young excellent winery in Spain’s Ribera del Duero, said to be on the same level as wineries like Vega Sicilia, with its brilliant Tempranillos. The recent 2009 vintage of their flagship wine Neo Punta Esencia won Decanter Magazine’s ‘Top Ribera del Duero’, scoring 19/20 points. And their lovely […]

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Quaint and Unique Rome

Caffe Canova Tadolini This restaurant/museum lets you enjoy your espresso among sculptures. The premises used to be artist Antonio Canova’s studio and it remained in the family from 1818 for four generations. Only in 1967 was Tadolini’s workshop changed into a museum/atelier with coffee tables among the statues which also grace the walls. You will never step […]

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Best Stockholm Streetfood

Stockholm’s streetfood culture is exploding; apart from the already hugely popular longstanding food halls there are new and exciting food stalls and many food trucks popping up everywhere. Street stalls First of all a special mention must go to Nystekt Strömming/Strömmingsvagnen. This Baltic herring (strömming) stall has been around for a while and is known […]

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Things To Do In Lisbon

 Lisbon is spread across steep hillsides that overlook the Tagus river and offers Gothic cathedrals, majestic monasteries and many charming shops and panoramic vistas within its city. With its curvy tree-lined streets, Portugal’s capital is a marvel to stroll through and stop here and there for a bite to eat or a landmark building to visit. […]

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Stockholm Old Town

The Old Town or Gamla Stan in the Swedish capital is located on the island Stadsholmen, dating back to the 13th century with cobblestone streets, historic architecture, and a scenic square in the centre surrounded by old merchants’ houses. This is one of the largest and best preserved medieval city centers in Europe and Stockholm’s most unique attraction […]

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Bordeaux Wine Universe

Few cities can boast of having given their name to a product as famous worldwide as Bordeaux Wine .. Voted ‘Best European Destination’ last year, Bordeaux has much to offer to visitors. Located in the heart of a legendary wine region, Bordeaux, with over 350 buildings listed as Historic Monuments and whose Port de la […]

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Best Hotel Rooftop Views Madrid

La Terraza del Urban, Urban Hotel The terrace roof at the Urban Hotel offers some of the best views of the city and is one of the trendiest terraces in the city. You see Madrid’s skyline, including Retiro Park to the east and the “Madrid de los Austrias,” or old city center. During the winter season they […]

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No Man’s Fort

No Man’s Fort is a small island of opulence; this ancient fortress has been transformed into a five star hotel with a spa, heliport and even cabaret. No Man’s Fort dates back to the Victorian era and has been completely renovated by the company Amazing Venues, which specializes in organizing receptions in exceptional places. Built […]

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La Grande Maison

La Grande Maison in Bordeaux is a brand-new collaboration between top chef Joël Robuchon and the Bordeaux wine magnate Bernard Magrez; a luxury residence comprising a gourmet restaurant and six rooms decorated in elegant Napoleon III style and each named after one of Magrez’s vineyards. La Grande Maison is nestled in the heart of Bordeaux, France, directly across the street from art […]

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The 10 Best Plates From Spain

Everyone loves the Spanish kitchen and we have listed some of the best traditional dishes and where to have them; all the following are popular, many national stars and some lesser known. Wild bluefin tuna from Almadraba at El Campero (Barbate) – El Campero in Barbate is one of those little known places, a truly best-kept secret. […]

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Ten Good Reasons to Visit Stockholm

Meatballs at restaurant Sturehof, promenade around beautiful park the Royal Djurgarden, island hopping at Stocholm’s archipelago and the city’s best summer terraces; these are just some of the most excellent reasons to visit Sweden’s multifaceted capital. Meatballs at Sturehof Sturehof is one of  the most popular and classic food restaurants in Stockholm serving especially exquisite seafood. However, […]

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Biarritz Delight: Villa Eugénie

Situated on the edge of the beach its tall pink and cream silhouette is mesmerizing: what would Biarritz be without its famous Hotel du Palais? In the kitchen, Chef Jean-Marie Gautier is equally indispensable, working wonders with his original creations made with only the best products. The hotel was built in Biarritz in 1854 by Napoleon III in recognition […]

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Les Bains Douche Reopened

Les Bains Douche was the most famous nightclub in Paris during its heyday in the 80s and 90s. Closed in 2010 it has recently been reopened as Les Bains Paris after being completely renovated and reinvented, whilst maintaining its bohemian spirit, as a chic hotel with a restaurant, nightclub, bar and boutique by its current owner Jean-Pierre […]

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Alain Ducasse Loves Paris

Alain Ducasse needs no introduction for those who love food. This French chef, arguably the most famous of his generation, has written a book dedicated to his preferred gastronomic addresses in the French capital: J’aime Paris by Alain Ducasse. In his book he shares with us his passion for food and love for Paris, and […]

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The Best Coffee in Rome

Coffee is so much a part of Italian culture that you are spoilt for choice when it comes to finding a café, lounge or coffee bar that serves perfectly foamy aromatic coffee in the country’s capital. There are many different types of coffees in Italy, but the benchmark is the espresso – so called because it […]

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Virtual-Reality Theatre Opens in Amsterdam

The VR Cinema is located on one of the Dutch capital’s picturesque canals and is the first theatre in the world to show only virtual-reality movies. Although VR Cinema is located in the heart of Amsterdam, you will imagine yourself in distant lands, animated worlds and places you could never go before. A bonus is that in this cinema you […]

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The Titanic Takes to the Seas Again

 An historic event will take place in 2018: The launch of the Titanic II which is set to be built as a nearly exact modern-day replica of the famous but doomed RMS Titanic. The RMS Titanic is history’s most famous ship, a luxury passenger liner that at its launch, in 1912, was the largest ship afloat. It […]

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Mainau, the World’s Most Intelligent Island

The island of Mainau, located in the German state of Bavaria, is known as the Island of Intelligence. Once a year, about 30 or 40 Nobel prize winners, the cream of science and knowledge, flock to this piece of land located in Badensee – Lake Constance – to discuss, socialize, interact and ultimately, exchange views with […]

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Platea Madrid

 Platea: ‘Welcome to the biggest gastronomic & leisure centre in Europe .. the only place where a huge stage meets the best Spanish and international gastronomy made by Michelin-star chefs. An amazing 6000sqm design space that holds up to 12 restaurants that will take your breath away.’ Platea Madrid is a gourmet food hall housed […]

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A Top Performance: Teatergrillen

One of Stockholm’s best, most unique and enduring restaurants is Teatergrillen, a theater-inspired cosy and elegant venue visited over the years by actors, writers, artists and intellectuals, media and culture personalities, and all lovers of the artistic ambiance combined with excellent food and service. Upscale restaurant Teatergrillen is named after the nearby Royal Dramatic Theatre and is part […]

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Milan Shopping Mecca

Italy’s shopping mecca Milan offers an amazing array of department stores, galleries and boutiques. Great for shopping lovers, but where to start? We help you out with some tips. Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II This is one of the world’s oldest shopping malls, named after Vittorio Emanuele II, the first king of the Kingdom of Italy. Housed within a four-story double arcade in […]

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