European way of life

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Cuisson d'un Kürtőskalács hongrois à la broche, au feu de bois, photo de Zlerman  (CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons)

The chimney-cake: kürtőskalács or trdelník

Winter is the best season to taste this typical Central European pastry. A lot of ephemeral food stands will sell you these cakes in the streets of Czech or Hungarian cities. You can warm up near the wood-fire, above which they are slowly glazed, you can divide them and share them with friends. And if you don’t know any better,…

Gare de Budapest - Keleti, août 2014, Hongrie © Eurofluence

The InterRail pass in question

When you plan to travel in Europe by train, the first thing you think about are the InterRail passes. But are they always essential?  What is InterRail? The brand is self-advertised as backpackers-friendly and offers several passes that allow you to travel in all of Europe by train. Buy your pass and then, take any train without paying anything (except…

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).…

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…

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…

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…

Progression des Alliés en Normandie

6 June 1944: the D-Day in 10 numbers

6 june 2014. Around one billion of viewers will have their eyes fixed on the little Norman town of Ouistreham where the seventieth anniversary of the D-Day will be celebrated. It may be the last decennial commemoration in the presence of the D-Day landings veterans, which give to this event a moving tone. A lot of ex-servicemen have already been gathered together since a few days on the theater of operations. That’s…

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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