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Vue sur Pest depuis la Basilique Saint-Étienne de Budapest, Hongrie © Eurofluence

10 things to do in Pest

Budapest: two cities in one, Buda and Pest. So far, nothing difficult, but these two cities joined by History both have their own soul. Pest is teeming with the life of a European capital, Buda invites to strolls in its charming little streets on which the centuries left their mark. Discover a few ideas for itineraries through Pest thanks to…

Ligne 2 du tramway de Budapest, le long du Danube © Eurofluence

The tram line No. 2 of Budapest

The tramway network of Budapest is one of the most important in the world: 155 kilometers of tramway routes! The tram line No. 2 stretches along the Danube and winds between the buildings that made Budapest famous. On the Pest side, be lazy and let yourself be let – the tram No. 2 will allow you to enjoy the finest…

Borgen © Mike Kollöffel / DR Fiktion / Arte

5 European TV shows to (re)discover

« I need a daily dose of fiction to survive. […] The fiction serves to perfect and make this flawed life a little better. » Pedro Almodóvar. As far as fiction is concerned, Old Europe’s small screen has no reason to be jealous of the fabulous America anymore. Nowadays, European shows – especially British and Scandinavian ones, can hold their own in the…

Non loin de la place Župné námestie, Bratislava, Slovaquie © Eurofluence

Eurotrip in Central Europe, day 4: a day in Bratislava

Bratislava is astonishing. If you expect a capital, you’ll be disappointed, if you expect an open-air museum of communism, you’ll be disappointed, if you just expect a Baroque town, you’ll be disappointed. Bratislava is a little bit of the three, and much more. Vienna and Bratislava are the two closest capitals in the world (65 kilometers as the crow files).…

Sachertorte du Café Sacher, Vienne, Autriche © Eurofluence

The Sachertorte: a sweet story about a Viennese legend

« Don’t make me feel ashamed, it’s the only thing I ask you… ». The story of the most emblematic Viennese pastry begins with these words. And it’s often the same story. Exactly like the Madeleine of Commercy in France or the Trdelník of Skalika in Slovakia: one day, an earl, a duke or a prince orders to his pâtissier a special…

Les familles déchirées se font signe, de chaque côté du Mur, 1961 (domaine public)

The Berlin Wall in 10 numbers

For the 28 years it stood, it was an open wound between the two Germanies, the two Berlins. Today, the German capital commemorates the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall and organizes a lot of events to celebrate this decisive episode of the recent European history. Five years ago, in 2009, I followed  the official ceremonies which gathered together…

« Der Zeit ihre Kunst - Der Kunst ihre Freiheit », « À chaque époque, son art - À chaque art, sa liberté », Palais de la Sécession, Vienne, Autriche  © Eurofluence

Eurotrip in Central Europe, day 3: eclectic Vienna

It’s already my last day in the Austrian capital. Bye, Sisi: from the Baroque to the Vienna Secession, it’s time to explore this part of the local History. The MuseumsQuartier The sky is low this August 19th, 2014 and a few raindrops escape from it. The Secession building is a twenty-minute walk away from my hotel. I go through the…

Café Central by night, Vienne, Autriche © Eurofluence

Impressions: the Café Central, a Viennese institution

I said so: Vienna has more than a thousand coffeehouses. But this one is like no other. The Café Central is a living museum, a swarming institution that makes us familiar with an old way of life. « To understand this, we must understand that the Viennese coffeehouses are an institution with no equivalent anywhere else in the world. It is actually…

L'impératrice Élisabeth, par Franz Xaver Winterhalter (1865)

Eurotrip in Central Europe, day 2 : Vienna, a Sisi marathon

A Sisirathon. The Sisirathon is my Viennese marathon entirely devoted to Sisi – Elisabeth, Empress of Austria and Queen of Hungary (1854 – 1898). It was the program of my second day in the Austrian capital. It is possible to visit the two main palaces of Vienna, the Hofburg and Schönbruun in just one day. You just have to like trekking…

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…

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