European way of life

Category: CITY BREAKS

Vue de Baden-Baden, Allemagne © Eurofluence

An express to: Baden-Baden, Germany

Baden-Baden spreads leisurely at the heart of the Oos Valley, along a small tributary of the Rhine. This sprezzatura is characteristic of antiquated fashionable spa-towns. Baden-Baden, however, came out well from the “thermal transition” and has always remained, ever since the Antiquity, a small, but dynamic city. Indeed, the Romans first made the most of its hot water-springs, which are…

Salle des petits-déjeuners © Hôtel R de Paris

Review: Hotel R de Paris

This little designer four-star hotel opened in december 2013 in the heart of the 9th arrondissement. The address is still confidential, but this spring the clientele is already very international (Americans, Germans, Asians…). The hotel’s location on 41, rue de Clichy is a very good one, just a stone’s throw from Montmartre, the grands boulevards and the Opera – it…

La Dolce Vita, Fellini, 1960

10 movies to discover Rome

The wealth and diversity of Italian cinema is well-known and has earned it a prominent place in the 7th art Pantheon. Funny, moving or outraged, Italian cinema gave the era its biggest icons. But Sofia Loren, Claudia Cardinale, Anna Magnani, Valeria Golino or Jasmine Trinca all have a serious rival: Rome. A little tour of the Italian capital on the…

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An unusual Bastille Day: in Liège, Belgium

This 14th of July, the Walloon city of Liège will have been fervently celebrating the French national holiday for more than seventy years. Yet, until now, nothing had changed since your last history lesson. Some primary-school geography reminders: Liège is a city in Belgium. And Belgium, until proven otherwise, is not France. Why then, every 14th of July, do 35.000 people…

Sassi di Matera, Basilicate, Italie, 2006 © Eurofluence.

An express to: Matera, Italy

It is also called “the second Bethlehem“: a little bit away from the main touristic roads, Matera is nonetheless listed as a World Heritage site, because of its “Sassi“, hollowed out in the tuff by the water of the Galvina river, by time and by men. This 60.000-people town is located in the Basilicata, previously known as Lucania, a quiet…

En terrasse du Nemours, Paris, France, photo de Flickr’s (Regis Frasseto), licence Creative Commons.

Impressions: Le Nemours, real Parisian café

A coffee at the Nemours is like a timeless moment in the Parisian life. On the place Colette, an institution of the French theatre : the Comédie française. A little break, after the Louvre made us happily washed-up. The Nemours is at the crossroads between important centers of French politics: the Constitutional Council, the Council of State, the Ministry of…

Le Stube

Review: « Le Stube », a German in Paris

« Ein Ort wo man ist und isst. » « A place where one is and eats. » Suddenly craving for sauerkraut (« choucroute ») in July? Or in need of a comforting goulash after a rough meeting or of a piroshki* session with friends? Not a problem. Sure, you can find everything in Paris, but until now, certain Danubian needs could be hard…

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Top 10 of the finest squares in the world

A few months ago, LonelyPlanet published a list of the ten finest squares in the world.  Seven of them are in Europe and LonelyPlanet has ranked Krakow’s Main Market Square as the most beautiful in the world ! I already know the St. Mark’s square in Venice (n° 2, Italy). And the Plaza Mayor in Salamanca (n° 5, Spain). Most of all, I live proudly just a ten-minutes walk from the only French square ranked by LonelyPlanet : the Stanislas’ square in…

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A Turinese delicacy : the bicerìn

« Amongst the good things I experienced in Turin, I will never forget the bicerin, an excellent drink made with coffee, milk and chocolate, which is served in all cafes. » It’s the tasting memories that the famous French writer Alexandre Dumas kept after his Turinese stay in August 1852… Memories of the bicerìn, a small, hot beverage, very fashionable in the nineteenth century…

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How to use the bus in Dublin (especially from the airport to the city center)

Here you are in Dublin : you’re freshly off your RyanAir or AerLingus flight and now you want to leave the airport to get to the city center, around 10 kilometers south. You choose the cheapest solution : the bus ! Dublin is quite a special European capital ; you’ll quickly discover that the airport isn’t connected to any railway network. No high speed train…

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