European way of life

Category: TRAVEL

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…

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 These Wiener Kaffeehäuser, the true temple of delightfully outdated lifestyle, have been described as places “where time and space are consumed, but where the only item on the check is the coffee”.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…

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…

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