Exploring Barcelona’s Eixample Neighborhood

  Barcelona, a European cultural center with a city-proper population of 1.6 mil, has several great neighborhoods, to include: Ciutat Vella (Old Town), the Barri Gotic, La Rambla, and El Raval. Another great neighborhood that visitors will not want to miss is Eixample, a vibrant, relatively modern district of Barcelona. Designed in the mid-nineteenth century, Eixample expanded ... Read Full Article

Geneva Switzerland’s Bohemian Les Paquis Neighborhood

  When one hears the name “Geneva,” images of a large lake, high-end shops and pristinely manicured public parks typically come to mind.  However, there is a more eclectic side to Geneva that many tourists never experience: Les Pâquis. Once used as a wide-open area for grazing cattle, Les Pâquis is now Geneva’s most eclectic neighborhood. The eight square block area bordered by Parc Mon- ... Read Full Article

Le Marais, Paris: Where History Meets Upbeat

Statue in the Place des Vosges

There are many faces of Paris. There is the majestic Paris with wide avenues, luxurious boutiques, grandiose parks and imposing monuments. And there is le Marais, the City of Light’s oldest neighborhood, with intimate shops, cozy gardens and charming museums. Great to enjoy in all seasons, the area has become Paris’ most branché (fashionable in French) quartier. A Bit of History Le Marais ... Read Full Article