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Porte de brandebourg, Berlin, Allemagne  © Eurofluence

October 3rd, Day of the German Unity

The Day of the German Unity is the national holiday day in Germany and it is celebrated on October 3rd. Since 1990 this public holiday has commemorated the German Reunification between the Federal Republic of Germany (FRG) and the German Democratic Republic (GDR). November 9th – day of the fall of the Berliner wall – had been initially suggested during…

Hugos classiques, photo de http://www.ristoramagazine.ch/2014/07/quali-cocktail-beviamo-destate-eccone-5-da-non-perdere/ (en italien)

The Hugo : a trendy cocktail from the Alps

Fed up with the eternal mojitos or caïpirinhas? Good news: Latin America is not the only place where people know how to make sunny cocktails. Goodbye Cuba or Brazil: welcome to the South Tyrol! It was there, in the Trentino-Alto Adige, that the Hugo was born in 2005; a summer cocktail that quenches your Central Europe thirst, from Austria to Bavaria,…

Hôtel Rathaus Wein & Design, réception © Hôtel Rathaus Wein & Design

Review: Rathaus Wein & Design Hotel, Vienna, Austria

Austrian-style wine & design, that’s the concept of this nice four-star hotel, located behind the Ring and only just a five-minute walk away from the MuseumsQuartier, the Volkstheater and the subway stations Rathaus (U2 line) and Volkstheater (U2 and U3 lines). It’s hard to find an establishment at a reasonable price in the Innere Stadt – the historic Vienna, so you have to cheat a little bit. The Rathaus Wein & Design Hotel offers spacious rooms at competitive rates and allows you…

Apfelstrudel traditionnel, photo de Justine Duppong (http://justineduppong.com/2012/09/12/wiaw-europe-tour-vienna-and-a-visit-with-the-dalai-lama/)

The Apfelstrudel, a traditional Austrian pastry

From Austria to the United States, through Israel or Argentina, its reputation is worldwide. The Apfelstrudel is emblematic of Central European cuisine and has traveled along historic migrations, specifically of Jewish Ashkenazi communities. Austria, Germany, Switzerland, North-Eastern Italy, Hungary, Alsace, Slovakia, Czech Republic, even the Balkans, every country has its recipe and keeps it as a memory of the Habsburg…

Einspänner, photo de Kaffee Magazin (http://www.kaffeemagazin.com/rezepte/der-einspanner)

Impressions: Viennese cafés

On November 10th, 2011 the UNESCO classified Viennese cafés as masterpieces of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity. These Wiener Kaffeehäuser, the true temple of delightfully outdated lifestyle, have been described as places “where time and space are consumed, but where the only item on the check is the coffee”. A spacio-temporal rift there lets us contemplate the ordinary and…

Tel Aviv Beach, Donaukanal, Vienne, Autriche © Tel Aviv Beach

Eurotrip in Central Europe, day 1 : the Viennese summer

My last post presented to you the program of my little trip in Central Europe, between four cities of the former Austro-Hungarian Empire: Vienna, Bratislava, Budapest and Prague. The idea is to tell you about this trip day by day, focusing on places, moments, delicacies, attractions, etc. Don’t hesitate to share your observations or your favorite places with me! Let’s…

Eurotrip de dix jours en Europe Centrale

A little eurotrip in Central Europe

I’m back at last, ready to pick up the blog where I left it and to share with you my ten-day trip in Central Europe, through the great cities of the former Austro-Hungarian Empire: Vienna, Bratislava, Budapest and Prague. From August 17th to August 27th, I traveled to these cities by train (without InterRail pass !), through Austria, Slovakia, Hungary, Moravia and…

Affichage en gaélique irlandais, quartier de Temple Bar, Dublin, Irlande © Eurofluence

10 things that may surprise a traveler in Dublin

« (…), travel is in my opinion a very profitable exercise; the soul is there continually employed in observing new and unknown things, and I do not know, as I have often said, a better school wherein to model life than by incessantly exposing to it the diversity of so many other lives, fancies, and usances… ». These are Montaigne’s words in…

MARQ, Alicante, Espagne © Eurofluence

The most beautiful archaeological museum in Europe: the MARQ in Alicante, Spain

Without a doubt, the MARQ is the most beautiful archaeological museum in Europe. Its name lives up to its ambition: to be the first 21st century archaeological museum. Challenge accomplished. The MARQ’s whole scenography has one goal: knowledge. Each of the five routes one can take through the permanent displays is an invitation to listen to our ancestors’ voices, from…

Mirabelles de Nancy sur l'arbre, photo de Stanislas Perrin  (CC BY-SA 2.5, 2.0, 1.0 via Wikimedia Commons)

The Lorraine mirabelle

It’s been three days of intense media coverage. Everyone is talking about it, even in the national press: war? the financial crisis? No (at least, not only): it’s the Lorraine mirabelle! Let’s zoom in on this little fruit, rich in vitamin C and fiber that exists almost nowhere else. A species of plum This delicate fruit is found almost only…

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