Six Great Places for Spring Travel in Europe

Paris a great spot for Spring Travel in Europe

It’s always a stunning time in Europe when the sleet and snow of winter makes way for the glowing renewal of spring. Parks and gardens blossom and bloom, cities return life again. Ahead of the summer throngs, it’s also a fabulous time to baulk the European crowds, while keeping the back pocket in tact with friendly shoulder-season rates. From the Italian Lakes to Vienna, Budapest to Seville, we ... Read Full Article

The Keukenhof Gardens: Europe’s Best Spring Destination

The Keukenhof Garden's windmill is a popular attraction

There’s nothing as encouraging as seeing the first spring flowers pop out of the ground after a long, cold winter, their colors a first hint that warmer times are on their way. But just imagine seeing millions—yes, millions—of them spread out over fields and lawns and in wooded parks. You can witness a natural spectacle like that in the Keukenhof Gardens in the western Netherlands. The ... Read Full Article

Cycling through Charlottenburg : The Leafy Side of Berlin

The Schloss-001

You’ve probably heard the common line about Berlin: a poor but sexy concrete Neverland, simmering with smoky bars and clubs that rage to the break of the next week’s dawn. While the racy capital’s hedonistic reputation definitely checks out, there’s a lot more to it than that. On a gloriously sunny, summer day we took a cycle ride from our HQ in the southern (and much more raucous) district of ... Read Full Article

The Best Third Wave Coffee Shops in Berlin

Bonanza coffeehouse

Whether you’re an embracer of change or a stickler for the straight and true, third wave coffee culture has all but taken over much of the western world in recent years. While the old guard in Europe has been slow to accept the modern approach – ever-faithful to Mediterranean habits over single origin roasts and bio milk – young, creative populations in capitals like Berlin are sprouting some ... Read Full Article

Paris: Beyond the Tourist Haunts

Fondation Louis Vuitton

This year, we decided to take a river cruise on the Seine into Normandy, spending four leisurely days beforehand in Paris. After all, I'd never pass up the opportunity to spend time in Paris. We travel to Paris regularly, so we are always looking for new and interesting things to do, beyond the regular tourist haunts. Here's a rundown of what we did this summer. Three of us arrived on a ... Read Full Article

10 Exciting and Innovative Berlin Restaurants

Bandol Sur Mer entrance

Unlike France and the relatively proximate nations of the Mediterranean, Germany is not traditionally known for its cutting edge cuisine. Meat in tube form, pork knuckle and vast quantities of bier remain some of the more enduring gastronomic icons that the Deutsch have spared upon the world (not necessarily a bad thing either). However, in 2015, all that is changing – particularly exciting things ... Read Full Article

St. Germain en Laye: Paris’s Royal Suburb

The Castle of Saint Germain en Laye

Saint Germain en Laye is an elegant, royal town located just a short drive (or RER line #1 trip) from Paris; a perfect spot for a day trip from Paris or for a quick overnight visit. Founded in 1020, Saint Germain en Laye is the birthplace of Louis XIV. The city features a vital, historic town center with 26 protected, expansive acres including many early 19th century arcaded houses. It is a lively ... Read Full Article

In Search of the Authentic Pint in Paris

Corcorans Pub in Paris

Of course there are great pubs in Dublin, Limerick and Galway, but what about Paris pubs? We have searched out the most authentic Irish pubs in Paris, because sometimes you just gotta have some pub grub and an authentic pint! Kitty O'Shea's Pub and Restaurant   One of the most authentic pubs in Paris, Kitty O'Shea's, is set right in the heart of Paris. The owner and wait-staff ... Read Full Article

Best Restaurants for Late-night Dining in London

Balans, one of the best restaurants in Soho

New York might be the city that never sleeps, but London follows pretty close behind. At least that’s true when it comes to its late night dining options. Now you can enjoy a meal at some of the best restaurants in London... 24 hours a day! This wasn't always the case, of course. Historically, if you were hungry after a night out, you'd have to rely on private member's casinos, kebab vans or hotel ... Read Full Article

Capitoline Museum: The Story Behind Boy With Thorn

Close-up of the statue of the Boy with Thorn

I had never been to the Capitoline Museum. The first time I saw Boy with Thorn, he was a black and white projection snapping in and out of focus on the classroom wall. It was my senior year of college, and I was fulfilling my Literature and Arts general education requirement with an Italian Art History course. The classroom, a small, dusty room on the third floor of the Harvard Fogg Art Museum, ... Read Full Article