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York, England City Guide
By January 21, 2014
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Ceiling in York Minster.

York is one of England’s most picturesque and historically rich cities. Situated halfway between London and Edinburgh in Yorkshire, York has more miles of intact medieval city walls than anywhere else in England and also boasts what is said to be the oldest shopping street in Europe. The Romans, the Saxons, and the Vikings all left their mark on York, and now it’s also one of England’s biggest university towns with a plethora of pubs as well. Budget two days to delve in and explore this dynamic city.

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York Minster.
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York Minster.

Top Hotel of 2013: The Dorchester, London
By December 27, 2013
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Afternoon tea at The Dorchester, London.

The Dorchester is in a class of its own. One of the best hotels in all of Europe, this five-star hotel in the heart of London’s Mayfair district overlooks Hyde Park, and is the perfect destination for an extra special occasion, or just an ultra luxury retreat. Read on to find out why The Dorchester has earned our vote as 2013’s #1 hotel in the world.

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The Promenade at The Dorchester.

Dionysos in Atlantis Restaurant, Santorini
By November 21, 2013
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Moussaka.

Greek food is the best food in the world. On the Greek islands, everything is absolutely fresh, and you can taste this freshness. Literally everywhere I ate in Greece was a momentous culinary experience, and each time I thought the food couldn’t get any better—it did. One of the most memorable restaurants I visited was Dionysos in Atlantis Restaurant on the island of Santorini. Here are a few quick snapshots from my first meal there…

Budapest, Hungary: A Guide to the City on the Danube
By October 24, 2013
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The Széchenyi Chain Bridge, Budapest.

Budapest, Then

Budapest, Hungary—take two. My train rolled into this magical city, known locally as Budapesht, for the second time in 15 years. The Hungarian capital, divided by the Danube river into the districts of Buda and Pest, was as picturesque as I remembered it from decades ago, although the city itself had undergone major changes since my initial visit. Back then, I remembered a quality of darkness—both in spirit and physical appearance. Buildings were stained black. The city was a bit rough around the edges—a little bit seedy you could say—and there was a certain heaviness of spirit in the air. It was also winter, with fleeting hours of daylight and a frigid bite in the air. The impression was very much one of recovery from the aftermath of soviet occupation.

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Hungarian parliament.

3 Standout Afternoon Tea Spots Making a Splash in London
By October 14, 2013
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Afternoon tea at Dorset Square Hotel.

London is filled with magnificent places to enjoy afternoon tea. Join us as we explore 3 standout spots in the city:

Dorset Square Hotel

The Potting Shed Bar & Restaurant at Dorset Square Hotel features an airy glass ceiling that fills the restaurant with natural light while the playful interior design lends an elegant, modern style. Afternoon tea here is particularly lovely, with tea served in beautiful floral dish-ware. Starting at £19.50 per person, you get scones with homemade jam and clotted cream accompanied by sweets like lemon tarts, carrot cake, and chocolate fruit-infused brownies. The finger sandwiches are creative as well, featuring tiger prawns, rare roast beef with horseradish crème fraiche, smoked trout with cucumber and lemon, and my personal favorite: truffled egg and cress.

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A Pair of Trendsetting Edinburgh Restaurants for Foodies
By August 21, 2013
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Shetland mussels at Blackwood’s.

Blackwood’s Bar & Grill at Nira Caledonia

Nira Caledonia translates roughly to ‘Pure Scotland’ in Latin. Set in the new town district of Edinburgh in a classic Georgian building, this boutique hotel is a stylish retreat a world apart from other Scottish hotels, blending chic design elements with luxurious comfort. With rich textures, fancy wallpapers, and metallic highlights throughout, this hotel is a stylish find that also happens to offer a world-class restaurant filled with delicious specialties from Chef David Scott’s inventive hands.

London Culinary Vacations: Stylish Hotels for Foodies
By August 7, 2013
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Afternoon tea at The Dorchester, London.

London is filled with an overwhelming array of hotels. When planning a visit, where do you even begin to look? Foodies visiting the English capital will want to take note of the following hotels, which combine comfort, luxury, and show-stopping style with some of the city’s finest gourmet cuisine.

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The Promenade at The Dorchester.

The Toren: Amsterdam’s House of Style and Glamour
By August 1, 2013
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Amsterdam is a quirky city where plenty of off-beat design touches flourish. Among the dangerously crooked houses you’ll find eccentric boutique shops, artistic graffiti, and bursts of bright orange, the unofficial national color. You’ll also discover plenty of stylish and design-centric hotels across the city, one of the most intriguing being The Toren.

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Discovering Luxembourg Part 2: The Moselle Valley Wine Region
By July 25, 2013
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The Moselle Valley, or “D’Musel” as it is affectionately known as in Luxembourg, is one of Europe’s most celebrated wine regions. It’s also a great jumping off point for a multi-country wine tour since the Moselle Valley spans 3 countries: Luxembourg, Germany, and France. Within Luxembourg, the Moselle Valley makes up the heart of the country’s wine industry. Connoisseurs of white wines will find bliss in the string of tiny towns that make up the Moselle Valley, where small family vineyards specialize in whites like Crémant, Riesling, Auxerrois, and Pinot Gris.

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Discovering Luxembourg Part 1: Luxembourg City
By July 22, 2013
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The Grand Duchy of Luxembourg is a microcosm of European culture. Wedged in a small space between Belgium, France, and Germany, Luxembourg has an international feel to it. Home to 150 different nationalities, the country is trilingual, with Luxembourgish, French, and German all serving as official languages. It’s also one of the world’s leading banking headquarters, and it’s home to many branches of the EU as well, contributing to the country’s multinational flavor. Best of all, Luxembourg is clean, modern, and brimming with history and culture.

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The heartbeat and capital of the country is Luxembourg City, located in the southern center of the country with all other cities radiating outwards from there, usually within just a 30 minute drive of the capital. In fact, the entire country measures just under 1,000 square miles—roughly 35 miles wide by 50 miles tall—making it one of the smallest countries in Europe, as well as the world. It’s easy to get here by train, with Paris only a couple of hours away, but the best way to get around Luxembourg itself is by car, due to the short distances. Combining a visit to cosmopolitan Luxembourg City with a stopover in one of the country’s outlying regions is a great way to get to know the country. For that perfect mix of city and country, our top choice is the sleepy Moselle Valley wine region near the German and French borders.

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