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Top places to dine while in in Rome, Italy

October 15, 2019

Top places to dine while in in Rome, Italy

Perhaps you’ve been to Rome countless times, or perhaps this will be your first visit. The awe-inspiring fountains, the marble sculptures and of course the pristine ancient architecture.  The sights and sounds of Rome are utterly amazing. Perhaps one of the most pleasurable experiences in Rome is its savory Italian cuisine. For those who have never visited Rome, the dining is exquisite.  It is not just the delicious food, but the entire experience of dining in Rome where mythology was born and the Renaissance began.   Once you have had a full-course meal in one of the many magnificent restaurants and eateries, you may not want to return home to your neighborhood Italian restaurant, it just isn’t the same.

Choosing the right cuisine

  As with any major city, finding the right kinds of food to eat and which restaurant to choose from can be rather difficult. Italian food is not just about pasta or pizza.  There are so many aspects that one must factor in when choosing the right restaurant for that truly gratifying dining experience. One such factor is the type of Italian cuisine you desire. There are many regions in Italy that have various types of specialty cuisine and each of these regions have flavorful tastes that are quite unique.  If you desire a meal with a spicy kick then Abruzzo and Molise region cuisine is for you.  For those who enjoy a meal of fresh-caught seafood, then Calabria region cuisine will fulfill your seafood desire. Let us not forget Tuscan region, known the world over for its fine natural and flavorful ingredients. Perhaps you are a pasta lover, Campania region is the cuisine that will satisfy any pasta aficionado.  Known for its extensive use of herbs and vegetables, Liguria region cuisine will be a dining delight. As there are perhaps a dozen or so types of cuisines from the various regions of Italy, when dining in Rome choosing the right one should be no problem as there is a restaurant on just about every corner of the city. Best Places to dine

Whether it be breakfast, lunch, or dinner, finding a dining establishment that will suit your appetite needs will be no problem. Choosing from fine or casual dining shouldn’t be a chore as there are restaurants throughout the city that will satisfy most any hunger. As Italians are proud of their cuisine, they take special care in preparing the most delicious and well-presented meal for your dining pleasure.

La Prosciutteria Trevi (Fresh, not frozen)

With their multiple restaurants located throughout Rome, it is not your ordinary chain restaurant.  They pride themselves in preparing everything (and we mean everything) from scratch. You will not find a freezer in their kitchen as they have fresh food (never frozen) brought in each day. Their specialty dishes are many and their house wine is relatively inexpensive.  The casual atmosphere is more suitable for lunchtime dining. Located at: Via Della Panetteria, 34 | Fontana Di Trevi, 00187 Rome, Italy

Pinsere (Pizza at its finest)

As soon as you walk in the door, the aroma of spicy sauce and cheese, fills the air. This is a “must” for any pizza lover. Their unusually shaped oblong pizza has a crispy, light crust loaded with a topping of your choice.  This is one of the local’s favorite places for pizza especially at lunchtime where you may have a wait. This Monday to Friday pizza establishment is only open in the early to late afternoon. Located at: Via Flavia, 98, 00187 Rome, Italy

Panino Divino (The “in” place for panni)

Considered the best place for paninis in Rome, this food establishment prides itself in a multitude of sandwich choices made with the freshest of ingredients. Located near the Vatican, it is a tourist’s favorite spot for a quick bite and an overwhelming menu of paninis to choose from. Located at: Via dei Gracchi 11a (Via Ottaviano), 00192 Rome, Latium Italy

Likeat (Casual and friendly bistro)

This quaint bistro and sandwich bar creates amazing sandwiches made only with the finest of locally-grown produce and farm-raised meats. Just a short stroll from Castel Sant'Angelo and just steps from San Pietro, this eatery in the heart of Rome’s casual dining district is an excellent way to savor your noontime meal.  Located at: Corso Vittorio Emanuele II 310, 00186 – Roma

La Pergola (Extensive menu, but at a price)

For that memorable evening dining experience, La Pergola is the one to choose. Located in the Rome, at the Cavalieri Hotel, the restaurant has a menu that will satisfy most any appetite. Best get reservations as they often book quickly, especially during high tourist season (generally in May). As their food selection are unbelievable (over 100 entrée selections), they are on the expensive side and not for the budget-conscious traveler. Located at: Via Alberto Cadlolo 101 00136 Rome, Italy

Da Simo…Pane e Vino (Tourist and Locals meeting place)

Looking for a quaint and affordable bar with light appetizers and beverages?  Nestled among the historic restaurant-lined streets of Via di Parione, this friendly bar has locals and tourists alike socializing on their back-lot terrace (a hidden gem) especially during aperititvo (appetizer) hour in the late afternoon. Located at: Via di Parione, 34 Rome, Italy

Pane e Salame (A lunchtime favorite)

For a true Italian lunch meal, Pane e Salame is the place to go. With a menu filled with selections of local homemade cheeses, Italian meats, olives, and more, choosing your lunch meal will be difficult when trying to decide between the many menu choices. What makes it even more appealing is its reasonable prices. Located at: Via di Santa Maria in Via 19, 00187 Rome, Italy

La Fata Ignorante (Wood-fired meals at its best)

A favorite for lunchtime locals and conveniently adjacent to the Piramide metro station, many of their handmade specialties are prepared in their wood-fired oven. Their pizzas and specialty dishes are amazing.  Located at: Via Giuseppe Giulietti 5/5a/7, 00154 Rome, Italy

So, wherever you choose your dining experience, Rome, Italy is one of the finest cities to explore various regions and specialties. Be it lunch or dinner, there is such a variety of tasteful cuisines that will meet any gastronomic appetite. Unfortunately, there are so many places to experience Rome’s dining experiences and ambiance, you may want to stay longer to try every Rome eatery. Oh yes, while on your dining excursions, you must at the very least, sample many of the delightful wines from the various regions of Italy.  They are a perfect beverage addition to your mouth-watering meal.  As they say in Italy, Godetevi la vostra esperienza culinaria!  (Enjoy your dining experience!)

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A City Guide to Avignon, France

October 07, 2019
A City Guide to Avignon, France

Paris may be the first stop in the north of the country, but the beauty and grace of Avignon makes it the number one destination in the south. Avignon incorporates everything that makes the ideal holiday destination – good weather, fantastic food, numerous attractions for all ages and interests, topped off with an amazing vibrant nightlife.

Due to the rich tapestry of history and culture woven in Avignon, the city has gained an impressive and well earned reputation for being a place of style, grace and sophistication. Each century, something unique and beautiful has been added, with the end result being a city of world-class heritage and a truly exceptional atmosphere.

When you visit Avignon, you are visiting a city that has many things to see and do. Start by exploring the very walls of the city. The city walls date between 1359 and 1370 and have been a part of the city’s heritage. These massive stone ramparts were erected in order to help protect Avignon from their enemies but even in their heyday they were not the state-of-the-art defences, but they have become part of the atmosphere and heritage of the city. Head inside the very walls and explore the museums to understand more about the role Avignon played in local and national history.

The city prides itself on its love of art and culture, so visiting at least one of the several art galleries and museums is a must. Head first to the Musee Angladon where you can allow your senses to burst as you gaze on some truly outstanding artworks by Cezanne, van Gough, Degas and Manet. For those interested in archaeology and history, there are some interesting collections of artefacts from various historical periods.

The Musee Calvet is considered one of the best galleries in France, and even the building itself, an 18th century palace, is truly exceptional. Inside, allow you eyes to feast upon the Galerie des Sculptures, a collection of marble sculptures dating back to the 19th century. On the second floor, you will discover an array of fantastic paintings from Dutch and Italian artists, including Vernet and Manet.

When you have explored the beauty and emotion of artworks, the next stop is to visit the Palais des Papes. This massive Gothic palace is the largest in the world, and its striking beauty is appreciated by all who come to admire her. The palace has been the location of many celebrations, including Clement IV’s coronation in 1342, but it was originally built as a fortress to protect its people. There are guided tours around the palace and as you explore each room you are left with a sense of refinement and historical significance.

When you have finished exploring Avignon, you can explore what she has to offer you by way of culinary delights. Restaurants and cafes are found on every street; some hiding in little corners, others found in authentic palaces. However, wherever you discover your eatery, the food will certainly take you on a journey to heaven.

Visiting Avignon means you are visiting a city that takes great pride in her history, her culture and her style. Just by walking along her streets, you understand how magnificent she really is. Once you discover her beauty, you will never want to leave.

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Reasons To Visit Timisoara, Romania

September 30, 2019

Reasons To Visit Timisoara, Romania

Timisoara is considered an ideal destination for a fun city break. It is a city which has something attractive for any kind of tourist, from a Zoo which is perfect for a family visit, to bars and clubs from Unirii Square and historic buildings and tourist objectives ideal for anyone who chooses to spend his vacation here.

City Zoo and parks
A holiday with children in Timisoara can quickly turn out to be full of events. The Zoo is found towards the city exit in the direction of Padurea Verde and is the place where kids can enjoy a good number of fun activities. The large number of animals, the presence of a playground, but also the possibility of taking lots of photos with ponies, goats and other small animals will surely be highlights for the little ones. The Children’s Park, recently renovated and reopened, is a central location which is perfect for a family outing. Children can have fun on trampolines and swing sets, play minigolf and explore the park.

Unirii Square
For young people, fun and nightlife are keywords when it comes to choosing a city break destination. The old town’s square of Timisoara, called Unirii Square, is the perfect place for these, due to the fact that most of the city’s clubs and restaurants are found here, in a relatively small place. During summer, terraces fill the entire square, along with the neighboring streets.

Museums of Timisoara
Timisoara is a city with a rich culture and history. Tourists may explore these in the numerous art galleries and museums the city has to offer. The Art Museum, located in Unirii Square, is the most imposing building dedicated to art in the city, hosting some permanent collections and also some temporary collection of extremely high value. There are also private art galleries, where hobbyists can admire the most recent collections of contemporary artists. For those who want to explore rural life in the city, the Banat Village Museum near Padurea Verde is the attraction which presents traditional houses and rural lifestyles specific to the Banat area.

Architecture of Timisoara
The architecture of Timisoara’s buildings may be another reason for which you should consider visiting the city. Especially in the central areas, but also in historic neighborhoods, tourists may admire a large collection of old places, which impress through architectural style and special exterior details. The most beautiful palaces in Timisoara are: Neuhausz Palace, Marbl Palace, Dicasterial Palace, Lloyd Palace, Hilt-Vogel Palace and Water Palace.

Other tourist objectives in the City
If you want to see what other things Timisoara has to offer, then you must know what its unique attraction are. The Hydropower plant on the Bega River is the first objective and the place where you can admire the history of this industry. Another reputed local industry is the beer-making, and here you may admire the Timisoreana Beer Factory and the Brewery where it sells its beer. The Bastion of Mary Theresa is another touristic objective you should not miss when visiting the city. Recently modernized, it hosts some art galleries and coffee shops.

These are just some reasons why we think Timisoara is an ideal location for a short European city break. It is very easily accessible by train, car or plane and is relatively cheap compared to other European destinations. Why don’t you give it a try?
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Top Attractions in Inuyama, Japan

September 23, 2019

Top Attractions in Inuyama, Japan

Known popularly as the Japan Rhine, Inuyama is a beautiful destination in southern Gifu-ken where images of crystal clear rivers and magnificent castles are placed in the background. At night, the fishermen come out and practise ukai, adding even more charm and appeal to an area known for its tranquillity and loveliness.


Dating as far back as 1440, Inuyama-jo is a magnificent castle which is the oldest in the country. The main keep, known as donjon, is just over a century younger than the exterior but has managed to survive against wars, earthquakes and restoration, coming out of the long centuries to be a magnificent example of architecture from the Momoyama period. You can visit this beautiful castle and wander around, taking in the amazing atmosphere.

Karakuri Exhibition Room:

Just a short walk south of the castle you will discover the Karakuri Exhibition Room (also known as the Marionette Exhibition Room) where you gaze in wonder at the skilled craftsmanship of the puppets produced during the Edo and Meiji periods. The skilled puppeteer Shobei Tamaya holds brilliant performances with these beautiful puppets at 10.30am and 2pm each Saturday.

Artefacts Museum:

The Artefacts Museum is located just across the road from the Karakuri Exhibition Room whose highlight is a magnificent ornate float which was used during the Inuyama Festival. This festival was first held in 1650, always performed on the first weekend in April, where 13 three storey floats are decorated with lit lanterns and karakuri, performing to music.

Admission to both the Karakuri Exhibition Room and the Artefacts Museum is included in the ticket to Inuyama-jo.

Uraku-En and Jo-and Teahouse:

Uraku-en is a beautiful garden in which to linger and take in the charming atmosphere of the town, although you will have to forgo your shoes and don open toed sandals. Jo-An Teahouse is considered one of the best teahouses in the country, founded by 1618 by Oda Urakusai, the younger brother of Oda Nobunaga. Visitors are allowed a glimpse into the teahouse but not actually allowed to step foot inside apart from four days each in March and November.


You can indulge in a spot of ukai in this beautiful little town. Boats depart from the cormorant fishing pier at 5.30pm from June to August when the shows start at 7.45pm. In September, boats leave the pier at 5pm which the start of the show kicking off at 7.15pm.

Meiji-muri Museum:

This striking open aired museum has managed to survive against all odds – from wars and earthquakes to restoration projects. You will need to set aside a full day here to wander around the public offices, homes, banks, trains and buses, bringing all the calamities Japan has faced together.


If you love to explore religious buildings on holiday, you should pay a visit to the 2000 year old shrine Ogata-jinja. It is dedicated to the Shinto goddess Izanami and attracts thousands of women here who ask for marriage and increased fertility.


As the male other half of Izanami, this shrine is dedicated to the Shinto god Izanagi. One part of the shrine you should visit is a building to the side of the main hall – it features a large collection of phalluses which were left by worshippers as offerings.


One of the best times to come to Inuyana is in the first week of April when the colourful Inuyama Festival is held. In addition to this, the Nihon Rhine Festival is also performed here on the 10th August where a magnificent display of fireworks is held.


Inuyama has some wonderful hiking trails for visitors to enjoy, especially around Tsugao-san. Commence your hike at the base of Inuyama-jo and head east. Passing Monkey Park and then onto Jakko Temple, and enjoy the stunning vistas of the foothills which run all the way past Kiso-gawa. There is the option to climb Tsugao-san or carry on until Zenjino station which will take you back to Inuyama.

One of Japan islands is not to be found

One of the small islands of Japan, called Esanbe Hanakita Kojima and uninhabited, has disappeared, and experts say it was eroded by winds and ice that are formed annually in the Ohotsk Sea during the winter, according to .

The island's disappearance has not been noticed by the inhabitants of Sarufutsu, a village only 500 meters away, on the larger island of Hokkaido.

Esanbe was one of the 158 uninhabited islands named in 2014 by the Japanese government, who wanted to clarify its borders, given China's disputes over the Senokaku (Diaoyu) islands.

Esanbe Hanakita Kojima is located in the Northern Territories, the subject of another famous dispute - the Kula islands - with Russia. The islands were confiscated by the Soviets a few days after the end of the Pacific War.

Local residents were alerted to the island's disappearance in September after writer Hiroshi Shimizu visited Sarufutsu to write a volume about Japan's "hidden islands". He announced the association of fishermen in the area who had searched for the island without success.

Older fishermen say they saw the island many decades ago, but they avoided it because the navigation systems mistakenly showed that the area was part of a reef.

The coast guard indicated that the most recent island was monitored in 1987 and was then only 1.4 meters tall. Authorities have to study the area to find out what was the fate of the island, and if it disappeared completely, Japan's territorial waters will be reduced by half a kilometer.

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7 Top Things to See in Copenhagen, Denmark

September 16, 2019

The Scandinavian city of Copenhagen has become a sought-over tourist destination. Its modern culture rooted in Danish traditions attracts travelers from all over. There are countless sights to see and activities to do in Copenhagen, and you could easily spend more than a few days there without getting bored. This list is by no means exhaustive, but here are some of the top sights to check out on your trip to Copenhagen!

Little Mermaid Statue

The iconic symbol of Denmark and one of the most famous statues in Europe is definitely worth a visit. It's about 15 minutes walking from the city center, so set aside the necessary time to get there. There'll likely be many other tourists taking selfies and photos with the statue. It's situated on the sea, so you'll also have some nice views for the background of your Little Mermaid photos!


Not far from the Little Mermaid is Kastellat, a historic fort open to visitors. The fort is in the shape of a star, situated on a tiny island surrounded by a lovely park. It's a nice place to have a leisurely walk, or stop and take a quick break from all your sightseeing.


Nyhavn is the famous street in the Copenhagen city center, that you will recognize from photos. Lined with restaurants, bars, and tourist shops, Nyhavn is a can't-miss stop for travelers to Copenhagen. Sailboats are docked in the canals that run through the middle, which serve as a starting point for tourist boat rides and cruises.


There are three major castles to see in Copenhagen, all within or near to the city center. You can visit all three, or just one, depending on your budget and preferences. If you have to pick one, then Christiansborg is the best value. Based on their history, architecture, and current functions, they've each been dubbed with an unofficial moniker.Rosenborg is the "historical" one, being the largest and oldest of the three castles. Amalienborg is the "modern" one being home to the Danish royal family. Amalienborg is where you'll find the changing of the guard. Christiansborg is the "political" castle since it serves as the current seat of the Danish government. Rosenborg and Amalienborg have a flat fee to enter, but Christiansborg has different levels of access at different price points. For this reason, Christiansborg seems to be of the best value. Additionally, part of the King's Gardens at Rosenborg can be viewed for free.

Tivoli Gardens

If you need a break from sightseeing and guided tours, then head to the amusement park Tivoli Gardens! Be careful about opening times, though. Tivoli operates on a seasonal schedule, so it's possible your trip will fall within one of the closed periods.


Copenhagen is home to many museums, so choosing one will just depend on what you want to see. For a decent collection of European and Danish classical art, check out the National Gallery of Denmark (the Dutch is name is Statens Museum for Kunst, hence SMK). The museum also has a contemporary art wing, if you grow tired of the classical stuff. Situated behind the SMK is another one of Copenhagen's parks, Østre Anlæg. It's perfect for an outdoor stroll after spending a few hours inside looking at art.


A trip to Copenhagen wouldn't be complete without trying some authentic Danish cuisine. The notion of "authentic" can be tricky when it comes to dining out in Copenhagen. It's not uncommon for traditional Danish dishes, like the Smørrebrød, or open-faced sandwich, to be reinvented in new and surprising ways. Another example is grød or porridge. Porridge has long been embedded in Danish culture, but it's recently gotten a revamp as hip restaurants and cafés have put a new twist on it. Eating authentically in Copenhagen, then, is often finding the perfect balance between tradition and innovation. There are certain dishes you'll see everywhere you go. Try both Smørrebrød and grød, which are easy to find in many restaurants and cafés. Its harbor location makes Copenhagen's seafood selection plentiful as well. Don't forget about the pastries. Copenhagen's pastry tradition is really an import from Vienna (the Danish word for pastry is wienerbrød, or "Vienna bread"), but Copenhagen bakeries have fully embraced it, creating a veritable Danish pastry scene.


Copenhagen is the perfect example of modernizing traditional culture with fresh perspectives. The city has a thriving sense of newness, while at the same time remaining rooted in Danish cultural legacy.
7 Top Things to See in Copenhagen, Denmark
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