European way of life

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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).…

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…

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 These Wiener Kaffeehäuser, the true temple of delightfully outdated lifestyle, have been described as places “where time and space are consumed, but where the only item on the check is the coffee”.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

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…

Emblème de la République italienne

Sixty eight years ago, Italy made the choice of the Republic

The 2nd of June is certainly the most important civic celebration in Italy. This public holiday celebrates this year the 68th anniversary of the Italian Republic. On June 2nd and 3rd 1946, Italians (especially, for the first time, Italian women) voted by referendum to decide upon the future of their country at a time it was devastated by the Second World War and two decades of fascism. Out of 22 millions…

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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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