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Top 10 Things to Do In Portland, Oregon

There is so much to do in this majestic city in the Pacific Northwest! Here you can take in the local coffee culture, ride bikes, wear flannel all day long and so much more. If you’re planning a trip to the “The City That Works” read this list to get an idea of what you shouldn’t miss.

1. Living Room Theatre

Are you a film buff? A lover of indie movies? Or maybe you just want to find a place to hide away for the night? Check out this local movie theater. Grab a local microbrew and watch your favorite artsy film in your own personal reclining chair here. It’s just like your own living room!

2. Powell’s Books

In downtown Portland you can check out rare and small press books at Powell’s, the city’s largest bookstore. It has its own coffee shop and tons of corners and nooks to hideaway and read in. It’s a must see for any book lover.

3. Portland Trailblazers

Portland isn’t just hipsters, coffee, and art. This city is also home to renown NBA team that makes Oregon proud. See the Trailblazers at the Moda Center, formerly know as the Rose Garden.

4. Portland Saturday Market

This popup market takes places every Saturday in Ankeny Square. Here you’ll find local knick knacks, hand crafted accessories, candles and whatever else you can dream of. Portland is slogan is “Keep Portland Weird” so you can only imagine what kinds of random bobbles and local flare you’ll find here.

5. International Rose Test Garden

There are over 500 varieties of Roses here! You can check out the garden at your own pace, so you can stop and smell the roses OR you can go on a guided tour that takes place 1 p.m. daily. It’s your choice.

6. Food Carts

Portland is known for its many food carts. On all sidewalks and street corners you are likely to find one serving up things Thai, Mediterranean, Japanese treats. Stroll through the city and sample them as you go. There’s nothing they don’t serve.

7. Red and Black Café

If you love coffee, you won’t want to miss this collectively run coffeehouse. It’s flooded by hipsters with MacBook’s fighting the power and living up to the many anti-establishment placards that paper the café. Portland is a liberal city, so you’ll find many coffee shops like this, but Red and Black Café stands above all the rest and their coffee is to die for.

8. Washington Park

High above the city is a forest covered by pine trees. This forest is known as Washington Park. Within this park are the Rose Gardens, Japanese Gardens, and literally thousands of rose bushes. Pebbled pathways guide you through the park and to the various landscapes within it. In here you’ll also find the city’s zoo and an arboretum.

9. Hawthorne

If cities had hipster districts, this would be Portland’s. Strolling through this trendy neighborhood you’ll oddballs with handlebar mustaches drinking slow drip coffee and riding fixed gear bicycles. You won’t want to miss this unique neighborhood. Go here to gawk or partake. In Portland all is accepted and encouraged.

10. Mount Hood

This is the lone Mountain that looms over the city, watching it in the distance. If you’re in this city for adventure, this is where you’ll find it. Navigate is rocky trails cover pine trees on a day hike or ski down it’s slopes depending on the weather. Either way be sure to check it out near sunset so you can get a view of the city that can’t be beat!

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The 10 Best Things to Do in Atlanta From Travel Channel

Atlanta is not the sleepy Southern city from the 90s. What was a place that may not have appealed to big-city people from New York or Los Angeles has turned into quite the diverse and populous area.

The city has a lot of things to offer people, such as United Nations diversity, the Civil Rights movement, great food, hip-hop culture, and an amazing film industry in the South.  Not only can tourists visit The World of Coke and the Mercedes-Benz Stadium, but there are some other cool destinations to view.

1: The Atlanta BeltLine

While New York has its High Line, the ATL has a nice urban promenade as well. What started as a master thesis from Ryan Gravel (Georgia Tech), has turned into reality. He wanted this site to connect both rich and poor, which became a great place for runners, bikers, and restaurant lovers.

2: Gunshow

Atlanta star chef Kevin Gillespie created the Gunshow, which is like a live cooking show. It’s inspired from Asian dim-sum concept, where the  restaurant features an open kitchen where diners can take in the entertainment of Kevin and other cooking guests. Take in the unique flavor and cool preparations of these wonderful meals.

3: Whitespace Gallery

Here’s an art gallery that brings in a lot of regional and national artists in a unique, local environment. This place run by Susan Bridges, gives a interesting perspective of both local artists and out-of-towners. Not to mention, there are some nice specialty libations, food trucks, and music on the menu.

4: High Museum of Art

Think of the classics of Monet and Picasso mixed in with Vil Muniz and Jean-Michel Basquiat. Kids can see the work of yesteryear to contemporary pieces that have influences from African designs to sneakers. The High has become such a central location and a location to have lunch and dinner in the surrounding area.

5: Polaris

Take a look at this remodeled 1967-circa revolving bar. The Polaris has an amazing view and can be quite relaxing looking at the city while sipping a tasty cocktail. Make the a special outing with your significant other as you both enjoy fine dining in the spot.

6: Atlanta Botanical Garden

A green utopia in heart of the city? Both children and adults will appreciate this beautiful place. From the art exhibits to summertime concerts, this garden will keep you fully entertained.

7: Octane Coffee, Grant Park and Westside

This is a cool little hipster spot that serves some of the best coffee and croissants in the area.  Octane Park is a unique place with Hop City, a sprawling art complex the Atlanta Contemporary. Also, checkout The Optimist and the beautifully atmospheric Vietnamese brasserie Le Fat, to making your day outing into an evening affair.

8: Oakland Cemetery

A cemetery? A bit spooky, right? Honestly,  Oakland is a refreshing look into the past with beautiful trees and great landscaping. It’s an ideal place for different events ranging from Halloween festivals to historic picnics.

9: The Fabulous Fox Theatre

What started out as movie palace in 1929 almost turned into a parking lot, but Atlantans made sure they kept the legacy alive. Recently, this 4,665-seat has not only been great for summer film screenings but hosted musical concerts with the likes of Prince (RIP) and Madonna. Also, you can enjoy this Moorish design in this divine space while taking in the feels of the Golden Age of Hollywood.

10: Buford Highway

While New York, San Francisco, Seattle have their Chinatown, Atlanta has its own cool foodie place.  Check out the spectacular 7-mile ribbon of mind-blowing eats. The Buford Highway Farmers Market has stuff all over Asia, Eastern Europe, Germany, Italy and other places around the world. If you need a bit of warm and hearty pho in your life, head to Nam Phuong.

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The Best Way to Explore Mexico City? Pick a Neighborhood

Polanco/Bosque de Chapultepec

The Polanco district is one of the most affluent neighborhoods in Mexico City. Streets are named after figures such as Archimedes and Edgar Allan Poe. You’ll find plenty of amazing hotels and shopping districts in this part of town.

Where to Eat

Breakfast: JoSelo Café

You’ll find this breakfast place by Parque Lincoln. They serve amazing pastries and hot drinks, and you can sit at your leisure or get up and walk through the park in the morning. 
Lunch: Quesadillas Maria Isabel
You’ll find amazing quesadillas at this restaurant. They make their own fried pockets of corn masa dough, and you can fill them with potato, chorizo, and all kinds of cheese.
Dinner:Pujol
Pujol is considered the best restaurant in Mexico, and it’s ranked 20th in the world. If you visit this restaurant, try the six-course tasting menu – and be sure to make a reservation. 
Drinks:Jules Basement
This is one of the trendiest places to go in Mexico City, and you’ll find all kinds of mixed drinks served on skull-shaped tables. 
What to Do
One of the best places to go in this areas is Bosque de Chapultepec. It’s a massive urban park with all kinds of attractions, including the legendary Chapultepec Castle.
Where to Stay: Pug Seal
The Pug Seal is a charming Bed and Breakfast. Although the hotel is small, it’s incredibly well-designed. 
Roma/La Condesa
Roma and La Condesa are known as Mexico City’s “hipster” neighborhoods. You’ll find stunning Art Deco architecture, and all kinds of coffee shops, art galleries, and bars.
Where to Eat
Breakfast: Lardo

Although Lardo is a great bar at night, it’s become an amazing place to get breakfast. You can order various Mexican dishes such as chilaquiles, or go with plain and simple eggs.

Lunch: Contramar
This restaurant is one of the best places to go for lunch. It’s also famous for its seafood offerings, from tuna, octopus, snook and much more. The wine menu is also amazing. 
Dinner: Huset
This charming restaurant features a wood-fired oven. You’ll find plenty of comfort food here, and the decor is incredible. Check out their outdoor patio that has beautiful flowers and vines.  
Drinks: Baltra
Baltra is one of the best bars in the world, and it was ranked at number 14 by an official poll. You’ll find all kinds of amazing cocktails at this bar, and they definitely know what they’re doing. 

What to Do

Casa Lamm was once an incredible mansion, but now it’s been repurposed into an art gallery, a library, and a restaurant all in one. There’s a lot to see and do here, and it should keep you occupied for hours.

Where to StayCondesa DF
The Condesa DF was also once a mansion, but today it has been completely redesigned into a stunning hotel. Its interior design was created by the famous India Mahdavi.
Centro Historico
This is the historic center of Mexico City, and as the name suggests, there’s plenty of interesting clues to this city’s past in this neighborhood. History buffs will love getting a sense of how the Spanish conquest played out, and what life was like before the Europeans arrived.
Where to Eat

Breakfast: El Moro

El Moro is one of the best places to try a famous Mexican treat: deep-fried churros and hot chocolate. This breakfast place has been going since the 1930s. 
Lunch: Taqueria Los Cocuyos
This restaurant is one of the best places to try an authentic Mexican taco. They know how to make tacos better than almost anyone else, and you can try chorizo tacos, suadero tacos, and more. 
Dinner: Cafe de Tacuba

This is one of the most famous restaurants in Mexico City. It’s also one of the best places to experience live music while eating classic Mexican food, such as enchiladas or tamales.
Drinks: Zinco Jazz Club
Although this club may be small, it’s a great place to visit if you want to experience some top-notch jazz. They also serve great Sazeracs and Martinis. 

What to Do

This historic district is home to amazing live performances such as the Ballet Folklorico de Mexico. If you’re going to stop by this neighborhood, we recommend that you try to get tickets. 
Where to Stay
Gran Hotel Ciudad de México
The building is more than 100 years old, and it features stunning staircases, caged elevators, and glass ceilings. If you want to experience true luxury, you need to check out this hotel.  
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Top 10 US Cities for Living on $40k

You won’t need to worry about finances in these cities. Live comfortably for $40, 000 a year by packing up and moving to these fine American towns!

10. Sheboygan, Wisconsin

Population: 115,300, median home price: $127,300, sun shining days per year: 188. One short hour north of Milwaukee, you’ll find this tiny Midwestern town on the shores of glorious Lake Michigan.   The opening of the Sheboygan River is the area’s main draw and a hotspot for surfing and sailing. You will love Sheboygan’s free and affordable events and activities, and you won’t want to miss the annual Brat Days festival, a celebration of the city’s most famous culinary export.

9. Eugene, Oregon

Population: 358,300, median home price: $222,000, sun shining days per year: 155.   Nestled in the lush Willamette Valley, Eugene has “carefully cultivated its image as an outdoor lover’s paradise,” or so says The AARP Magazine. You will enjoy regular farmer’s market visits, hiking and biking trails, museums, vineyards, and galleries.

8. Cleveland, Ohio

Population: 2 million, median home price: $124,000, sun shining days per year: 166.   Sitting on the shores of Lake Erie, Cleveland is home to the NFL’s Browns and a growing population of baby boomers and millennials. LeBron James may be the big draw for NBA fans, but there is also a strong art and music community, complete with spunky nightlife and award-winning restaurants.

7. Fort Walton Beach, Florida

Population: 258,000, median home price: $208,200, sun shining days per year: 226.   Located in the Florida panhandle, Fort Walton Beach residents know how to party and relax to live outdoor music while lounging on the beach. It’s a relaxing yet active city thanks to surging tourism and nearby Eglin Air Force Base.

6. Abilene, Texas

Population: 168,600, median home price: $106,500, sun shining days per year: 243.   Abilene is stereotypical Texan: charming, authentic, and packed with good barbecue.   Less than a three-hour drive from Dallas, Abilene is where you will find Depression-era cultural gems, the Paramount Theatre, the Grace Museum, plus the Dixie Pig, the oldest restaurant in town, where you can grab a $5 breakfast.

5. Bristol, Virginia, and Tennessee
Population: 308,000, median home price: $115,000, sun shining days per year: 201.   Bordering both Virginia and Tennessee, the city of Bristol sits at the foothills of the Southern Appalachian Mountains and is the home of country music. Live and sometimes free bluegrass and country music events are a city staple, along with outdoor activities like boating, fishing, hiking, and golfing. If you’re a NASCAR fan, twice each year, residents gather at the famous Bristol Motor Speedway for events.

4. Cheyenne, Wyoming

Population: 96,400, median home price: $191,800, sun shining days per year: 236.   Residents enjoy a small-town feel and a Wild West atmosphere. Cowboys and rodeos remain a staple and uphold the city’s roots. The area is continually welcoming new residents thanks to a growing technology industry. The low cost of living plus parks and festivals keep daily life affordable.

3. Cañon City, Colorado

Population: 16,300, median home price: $146,700, sun shining days per year: 250.   A quick hour south of Colorado Springs, Cañon City, is a sleepy town that’s where adventure seekers spend their day’s rafting, rock climbing, fishing, and hiking near the Arkansas River. The historic downtown district is gaining new life, and unemployment is incredibly low, thanks to several state and federal prisons in the area.

2. Rochester, New York

Population: 1.08 million, median home price: $126,600, sun shining days per year: 165. New York state’s third largest city lies on the Southern shore of Lake Ontario and has exceptional schools, libraries, art institutions, and parks. Highland Park, the Frederick Law Olmstead-designed arboretum, hosts the annual Lilac Festival. And for over 110 years, Rochester’s Public Market continues to offer fresh produce, locally made food, and bargain merchandise to residents and visitors alike.

1. Sioux Falls, South Dakota

Population: 248,400, median home price: $202,000, sun shining days per year: 211.   Sioux Falls is the largest area city and boasts of high ranks of happiness, tons of outdoor activities, a strong sense of community, and a friendly spirit. Sculpture Walk is a free hotspot and no state income tax and one of the lowest unemployment rates in the country to boot.

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Top 10 Summer Travel Spots

After the school year is over, you’re definitely looking forward to a great summer. Weddings on the horizon or other cool events make it a fun and romantic season. Take a look at some nice, dream destinations.

10. Kaua’i, Hawaii

Ahhh. One of the top honeymoon destinations, period. Not only will see you see, humpback whales when the temps are just right in June, but think of all the local pools and amazing beaches before it gets taken over  by everyone and their mommas.

9. Stockholm, Sweden

Here’s a cool destination known to draw in a lot of single women. Take in the coffee shops and restaurants along Old Town and Gamla Stan. Since it’s a modern spot, you can use metro stations to easily to get from one destination to the next. It’s a perfect area for a woman get pampered as they tour the city.

8. Havana, Cuba

Not only will you hear the sounds of Desi Arnaz, but get a nice dose of the Caribbean. La Fábrica is a cool art bar to check out. Sip a nice mojito as you enjoy your nights in the plush Pullman Cayo Coco hotel.

7. Bangkok, Thailand

Even with monsoon, the city stays pack with over 45 million people visiting. Despite the crazy weather, there’s a lot of adventure, from spas to nightlife. Speaking of which, stop at Rabbit Hole for a white-truffle gin martini before hitting the town.

6. Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado

Mother Nature has a way of bringing adventurers and family together, especially in one of the USA’s national parks. The Rocky Mountains have a beautiful scenery filled with trees, flowers, and some great native wildlife. Take time to enjoy the Estes Park where you can go to year-round festivals for some great fun.

5. Guatemala

Guatemala has a unique energy with the international feel spilling into different parts of the city. Also, it’s a cool tourism destination and people enjoy the authentic Mayan villages across Lake Atitlán.

4. Bordeaux, France

Bordeaux is one of the top notch places, period. If you’re a wine connoisseur, make sure to head to the wine museum, La Cité du Vin, in June for incredible exhibits on winemaking. Next, stop at the La Grande Maison for some delicious French food before you begin your next adventure.

3. Boston, Massachusetts

Need something to do during the summer? Take a look at one of America’s greatest walking cities. Whether you wander through Faneuil Hall, Newbury Street, or Cambridge bookstores, you take in the Bostonian culture and feel the vibe of this historic town in all its American glory.

2. Venice, Italy

There’s something about majestic light and nice breezes while taking in the beautiful scenery. Venice is just a place for art, food, and excitement. After a busy day, relax with a swim at the pool in the JW Marriott Resort & Spa.

1. Beijing, China

In June, enjoy the relaxing weather and the light tourism. Have a chance to visit The Great Wall and Tiananmen Square without he hustle and bustle of a crazy city. Enjoy this combination of past and future with the ancient sites to five-star suites.

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Top 10 Underground International Caves

While we see a lot on the ground level, there are so many things underground that have a certain undeniable beauty. Some may be stalagmites, antique tree trunks, or even hidden war rooms. Take a look some of the top ten locations.

10. Reed Flute Cave, China
Here you’ll get a look at around 800 feet long  halls of stalagmites and stalactites, and wall pieces that stem from the Tang Dynasty. Take pictures of the formations, such as Dragon Pagoda and Sky Scraping Twins.

9. Poço Encantado, Brazil
It’s called the “enchanted well” for a reason. It has a body of water that’s so clear you can see 200 feet under to look at rock formations and ancient tree trunks. Between April and September, the sun is in the perfect spot to reflect off the water.

8. Magma Chamber of Thrihnukagigur Volcano, Iceland
Even though this volcano has been dormant for 4,000 years, it’s a perfect spot for geological enthusiasts. Use a cable car to take you on tour to see all of the epic mineral colors.

7. Turda Salt Mines, Romania
While you can play a game of golf or basketball, save your energy for the amazing Transylvanian cave that is 368 feet under the earth’s surface. Relax your mind and body at  the halotherapy spa when you’re done exploring.

6. Puerto Princesa Underground River, Philippines
This a five-mile long river that’s a UNESCO World Heritage location. With eight nearby parks that have diverse plant and wildlife, you can have a great time taking a tour around the area.

5. Waitomo Glowworm Caves, New Zealand
Now, here’s a site for sore eyes! This a beautiful cave in New Zealand that features different colored glowworms. Get a look at nature working in a unique way.

4. San Clemente Basilica and Santa Maria della Concezione dei Cappuccini, Rome

Here’s a 12th-century Basilica with a rich history. If you like the undead, horror kind of vibe, you’ll enjoy the temple that was home to a male fertility cult, who worshiped Mithras, the sun god. Also,  take a look at the remains of the 4,000 monks around a crypt.

3. Cabinet War Rooms, London

Here’s a war area that the British used and Winston Churchill headed in World War II.  These days you can get a look at the artifacts, maps with pins denoting front line changes and Churchwell’s chair. Perfect place for a history nerd.

2. Mayakovskaya Metro Station, Moscow
This is another cool World War II spot, which features one of the busiest subway systems in the world. Checkout the scenery from the red marble columns, archways, and mosaics. You have six doors to go into The Tchaikovsky Concert Hall.

1. Cu Chi Tunnels, Vietnam
While this is a bit touchy, you can get some serious appreciation from viewing the 75-mile tribute to men who overcame major trials and tribulations of the war. Reenact tunnel crawls and even eat some of the traditional meals that captured soldiers had to endure.

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Top 4 Best California Spas

We all know how great a day at the spa can be for our stress levels, our self-esteem, our well-being and our overall health. So, if you live in California or are planning to visit the area, these are the absolute best places to hit for a great, fulfilling and thoughtful day. And in California, you can not only get a mani, pedi and facial; you can also get some great activities. Let’s get started!

4. Cal-a-Vie Health Spa
At this picturesque site, a real tribute to the French countryside, set in the middle of San Diego, you can hike, select a fitness or yoga class, practice deep water exercise or a barre workout. But don’t worry, you can still partake of more traditional spa treatments, they also offer multi-night packages, golf, and tennis.

3. The Spa at Terranea
Heaven on earth in Rancho Palos Verdes complete with activities, saunas, whirlpools, steam rooms, fire pits, cold plunge pools and more activities. Hike the hills in Seaside Cycle, it’s oceanfront to boot, outdoor yoga classes and an excellent Nature Gym that is a challenging obstacle course of drills and resistance training across this gorgeous 102-acre campus.

2. Esalen Institute
Get your body, mind, and spirit and soul back in balance in Big Sur. Reminiscent of the freewheeling 1960s, Esalen offers everything from bunk beds to suites complete with redwood decks offering views of the deep blue Pacific Ocean. Yoga, meditation, dance, hot springs integrated with the cliffs and more incredible views are on the menu at this retreat.

1. Ranch Malibu
You can’t go wrong with beautiful Malibu! Lose weight with group fitness classes, weight training, a morning hike or yoga and then chill in the afternoon with a great massage and a nap. The menu is entirely vegetarian and free of caffeine, alcohol, glutens, sugars and even artificial sweeteners. Your new body will be detoxed, clean and you will have a fresh new perspective to face the next day.

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Top 10 Castle Vacations in the United States

Instead of being the Phantom of the Opera, how would you feel about being the ghost in the castle? And you don’t have to leave the United States to find some great castle bed and breakfast locations along with castle hotels. Massive walls, turrets, moats, and towers are all the qualities we all imagine when we think of a castle.  ow, think of a castle as elegant, sensual, luxurious, comfy, royal, and oh so cozy!

Book your rooms, grab your friends, family or that one extra special person in your life, and experience a life of exquisite beauty, sophistication and comfort. These beauties will have you envisioning yourself as the “belle of the ball” once you’re inside.

10. Ravenwood Castle

Ravenwood Castle is nestled in the woods of New Plymouth, Ohio and is the perfect destination for a romantic, honeymoon escape or for treating the family to a medieval flair. This location comes complete with Shakespeare’s Cottage, Woodcutter’s Cottage and Candlemaker’s Cottage.

9. Mohican Castle

Another Ohio area is Landoll’s Mohican Castle in Loudonville, Ohio offers different packages to make your stay more pleasant and 11 suites.

8. Castle Hotel and Spa

If New York is more your style, visit the Castle Hotel and Spa. It won’t feel like the bustle of Manhattan, but you’ll be overlooking the Hudson River, less than a two-hour drive from the city.

7. The Inn at Erlowest

Also in New York, The Inn at Erlowest is in the Adirondacks at Lake George, New York.  A smaller option, this inn had ten rooms and was built in 1898. They boast of having a “farm to table’ restaurant.

6. Oheka Castle

Bragging of European elegance, The Oheka Castle is in New York as well. This location has beautiful gardens and will make an awesome wedding site for two young or old lovers. Or any celebratory events.

5. Arch Cape Inn and Retreat

Across the country to Retreat, Oregon and the Arch Cape Inn and Retreat, which is a quaint chateau on the beautiful northeast coast of the United States. The location is near Cannon Beach, Oregon.

4. Castle Marne

A mansion, Castle Marne in Denver Colorado was built in 1889 by architect William Lang. Mr. Lang was known for being a bit eclectic, so you know his castle creation is a knockout!

3. Castle Post

Our bluegrass state is home to Castle Post in Versailles, Kentucky. And since the state is home to the Kentucky Derby, you’ll be surrounded by horse farms and those magnificent creatures.

2. Mission Inn Hotel and Spa

Back out west to the Pacific Coast in Riverside, California, you will find the perfect marriage of royalty and that unique California styling at the Mission Inn Hotel and Spa.

1. Norumbega

And to the Northeast corner, in Camden, Maine is home to The Norumbega, which offers 11 rooms along the stress-free Atlantic coastline.

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Top 10 Most Romantic International Cities

When you think about traveling with someone you love for romance, the usual international spots like Paris and Italy automatically come to mind. Well, they made our list, but you have other options as well for picking beautiful spots to steal a kiss, hold hands, star gaze, or stroll along a sandy beach with the waves lapping at your feet. If you love an exciting nightlife, we’ve got you covered for that as well. We’ve sought out the most romantic cities outside of the United States for you to consider for your sensual, passionate needs.

10. Lucerne, Switzerland
Burrowed between the snowcapped Alps and Lake Lucerne, the city is a delightful Swiss retreat with old-fashioned embellishments. Consider Chapel Bridge, which was built in 1333 and is often adorned with blooming flowers. Visit charming old city squares and the first Baroque church in Switzerland. And Villa Honegg, just outside the city center will bring you to the most romantic site for relaxing. It’s an old 1905 mansion-turned-hotel and offers an outdoor heated pool with a fabulous view of the mountains and lake.

9. Aix-en-Provence, France
Once you see the beauty in this city, you will no longer wonder what inspired Cezanne, who was born here, to stroke his magnificent masterpieces. The Morning Market and the Farinoman Fou are great sidewalk cafes for a cup of coffee or tea and a flaky, buttery croissant. Lovely Lavender fields forever, hot springs that were used by the Romans, and vineyards will call you away from the city. Stroll past the moss-covered fountains that pop up on every turn and if you’re looking for something sweet for your sweet, try a calisson, candied almonds with fruit, covered with icing. Hint: leave a smidge of icing on your lips for a sweet kiss.

8. Salzburg, Austria
We can’t think of Austria without also thinking of The Sound of Music and the beautifully delicate edelweiss flowers. For thousands of years prior the city was filled with opera, musicals, and concerts. Schloss Mirabell is home to the Marble Hall, 17th-century Palace, the baroque Mirabell Gardens including the Pegasus Fountain and the Rose and Dwarf Gardens. This is also where the lovely and romantic gazebo scene from the referenced movie was filmed. Another stunning castle, Festung Hohensalzburg is the place to see in the evening when the city light looms beneath you. And the best part of your romantic journey may be the cable car that delivers you to the Untersberg for a crazy awesome view of the city and the Salzach River.

7. Seville, Spain
Seville offers us several outdoor eateries, and we hear that the most decadent meals end with Jamon Iberico, a pitcher of sangria, and chocolate dip for your warmed churros, we can see you now feeding each other that yummy chocolate! But let’s start the day with the fragrant orange trees under the shade of the weepy purple jacarandas on authentic cobblestone streets filled with boutique shops. Second, only to the Vatican, climb the Cathedral of St. Mary Tower for incredible panoramic views and grab a scoop of the best gelaterias you’ll ever eat and walk the Plaza de España. If you’d looking for a place to stay, we suggest you consider the El Alcazar palace, complete with Moorish-inspired architecture and knock out gardens. If you stroll the charming side streets in the area, you will most certainly run into a flamenco performance.

6. Monte Carlo, Monaco
The bold glamor and extravagance of the French Riviera, coastal views and some of the best cuisine you ever will eat, help you along on your quest for romance. Spend a day at the spa, get a couple’s massage, take a helicopter ride to see the city from a bird’s eye and check in to the Hotel Hermitage for an evening’s rest. Rent a sexy, convertible to see the Grand Corniche, visit the racetrack or the Casino de Monte Carlo to go home a little richer than when you left.

5. Siena, Italy
In Siena, you get Tuscany minus the throws of tourists. It’s a medieval city that existed before the Renaissance and is home to the Duomo, a home that displays incredible artworks from over 40 Italian artists. The impressive listing includes Michelangelo, Bernini, and Donatello. At the center of the city, you will find a UNESCO site for some excellent people watching at the Plaza del Campo. Abundant wineries await outside the city limits with wines made from Sangiovese grapes so, grab a taste and relax to a gorgeous sunset.

4. Barcelona, Spain
Check into Hotel Neri, stroll along the La Boqueria or Santa Caterina for fresh foods, climb the Gaudi’s Sagrada Familia and dine seaside and watch the sunset around the Mediterranean. Retire to your 18th-century hotel and wake up to breakfast on the roof. Parc Guell also offers beautiful views, and another grand hotel option is a suite at El Palauet. If Cupid hasn’t already hit your heart, he will be awaiting your arrival in this beautiful city.

3. Victoria, British Columbia
The city is hidden on the inner tip of Vancouver Island and offers Neo-Baroque architecture. If you don’t stay at the Fairmont Empress Hotel, look in at least to see the stunning Edwardian décor and their famous Butchart Gardens. Visit the Parliament Buildings, and just a short 30-minute drive will deliver you to Cowichan Valley, which is filled with vineyards, art galleries, and hiking trails. Go ahead, get cozy!

2. Bruges, Belgium
It’s only an hour by train from Brussels and all the charm you would expect from a 13th-century village. Gothic architecture, canals, windmills, quaint homes and cobblestone streets and you will feel like Cinderella with her handsome prince. Bruges has excellent samples of Flemish artworks, Belgian waffles topped with powdered sugar, and 50 different chocolate shops.

1. Paris, France
We mentioned Paris earlier, so of course, it tops our list. In the “city of lights,” you can visit the Louvre, picnic by the Eiffel Tower, and bike through Le Marais. Hop the metro to Montmartre and visit the Sacre Coeur, the Latin Quarters and the Tuileries Garden and you’ll be living in a dream. And we can highly recommend a nighttime visit to the lawn in front of the Eiffel Tower with a bottle of wine for some serious star gazing, lovers.

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Top 10 Best Places for Street Eats in the World

If you’re a foodie like I am, you’re going to want to make your travel arrangements to these exciting locations. You may want to consider taking some vacation time; these hot spots may be hard to reach during a traditional lunch hour.

10. Singapore

One of the safest street food cities in the world. They have strictly enforced regulations and centralized hawker areas. Plus, stalls are required to show cleanliness grades (“A” through “D”), so you know exactly which vendor to choose. Order: Hainanese chicken rice; bak chor mee (pork noodles); sup tulang (bone marrow soup); min chiang ku.

Maxwell Food Center, very near Chinatown, is one of Singapore’s most popular hawker centers. The longest lines will be for Hainanese chicken rice and congee.

Hong Lim Food Centre, also very close is great for spicy, delicious laksa and seafood-based noodle dishes.

At Lagoon Food Village, by the beach, you will see an entire row of satay stalls.

9. Sydney

Sydney’s diverse food scene has you covered for most any craving. Variety aside, the city’s street stalls and food trucks are some the world’s cleanest. Like Singapore, the city enforces food safety guidelines and performs regular cleanliness inspections.

For ramen or pho, during the month of October, Hyde Park’s Night Noodle Markets are worth the trek.

Other times of the year, you’ll find the best Asian street food at Cabramatta or Marrickville, in Sydney’s Western suburb.

Order the fat boy burger and truffle fries at Mister Gee Burger truck.
Gnocchi with lamb ragu is good at Urban Pasta food truck.
Banh mi at Marrickville Pork Roll.

Because Sydney’s food trucks are scattered and on the move, across the city, we recommend downloading the Sydney Food Truck application, to know exactly where everyone is located on the day of your visit.

8. Istanbul

These city streets are crawling with street vendors and shops where you can grab a quick sandwich, hot dog, or cold beer. While the food is usually safe, err on the side of caution and stick with cooked foods, rather than raw meat or seafood. Lahmacun is a Turkish-style pizza covered in ground meat, onions, and spices, grilled corn on the cob is called m?s?r; kokoreç or lamb intestines wrapped around skewered sweetbreads and grilled over charcoal; and the flaky pastry, börek usually has either a vegetable or cheese filling.

7. Bangkok

Street food is so inherent in Bangkok you can eat well in the city and never set foot inside a restaurant, and that covers three meals a day. There are an estimated 12,000 vendors in the Thai capital; however, they are not all licensed. We suggest you hang with the stalls that display a sticker of a smiling plate, which is the health official’s seal of approval. Som tum Gai Yang or green papaya salad with chicken; grilled pork skewers served with sticky rice; boat noodles; moo dad died (deep-fried pork jerky) are all great choices.

Yaowarat, Bangkok’s Chinatown, and the Soi 38 night market off Sukhumvit Road are packed full of delicious street food options.

For the best boat noodles visit the boat noodle alley at Victory Monument.

6. Marrakesh

Street food in Marrakesh is some of the most exciting and flavorsome in the world, with all its spices, colors, textures, and influences. Food safety is not a primary concern at the Djemaa el-Fna, Marrakesh’s iconic central square because there are frequent inspections, and leftover food is disposed of nightly. We still think it’s a good idea to go for tagines, sandwiches, and cooked foods when possible, especially if you are outside the Medina.

Each night, Djemaa el-Fna turns into the city’s greatest outdoor dining hall, overflowing with sizzling grilled meats, fragrant tagines, and fluffy, spicy couscous. Tagine; ghouls; bastille (Moroccan pigeon pie); ma’qooda (deep-fried potato balls); chebakia (sesame cookies) are all yummy options.

5. Mumbai

About 250,000 hawkers, cover the streets of Mumbai and all of them are rich in culinary exploration. Most of Mumbai’s street food is hearty, filling and vegetarian-friendly. But beware: food safety is a concern in Mumbai because only around 17,000 hawkers are legally licensed. Stay with cooked food and avoid dairy.

A wallah will be on every street corner, but the best vada pav is at Shivaji on Rajwadkar Street, Colaba. They make vada pav fresh daily. Vada pav is a fried potato patty on bread.

The best pav bhaji or spicy vegetable curry served with a butter-soaked bun will be at the stalls in front of Juhu Beach.

Pick up a tasty bhelpuri, which is a crunchy puffed rice and vegetable salad at any chaat-wallah on Chowpatty Beach.

4. Palermo

It goes without saying that pizza and pasta are awesome. But don’t discount the curbside cooking. Chickpea fritters and liver sandwiches are daily fares. Most everything is deep fried, so food safety isn’t a huge concern, although your waistline maybe something else when you return home.

Food stalls are everywhere, and a spleen sandwich which tastes better than it sounds is a must order and be sure to ask for a lemon wedge. Try one at Pani ca Meusa di Porta Carbone on Via Cala.

Fish are caught daily and grilled in front of you at Borgo Vecchio.

3. Rio De Janeiro

The natives at this location, called Cariocans take eating to a new level by starting their day with an acai bowl, for lunch a beef and cheese flatbread esfiha to be followed by a food truck burger of stuffed bean patties or acaraje for dinner. While there are food regulations, we are unclear on enforcement, so uncooked foods are best left alone except for acai bowls.

Santa Teresa’s boho neighborhood is a great place for authentic acaraje, but for everything else, hit the beach! Try the Acai bowls, tapioca crepes filled with bananas and Nutella, cheese puffs or pastries stuffed with veggies, shrimp or beef.

2. New York City

There is nothing you can’t find on the streets of New York friends! The Health Department is strict about regulating and monitoring the sanitation of mobile food vendors, and offenders are heavily fined. So, eat what you want and enjoy!
Brooklyn’s Smorgasbord Festival – don’t miss it during the summer
Any other time of year, Prince Street in Soho is the place to be for all day food trucks.
King o Falafel: order the lamb shawarma.
Milk Truck: grilled cheese.
Dirty Water Dog: chipotle pork burrito.

1. Cartegena

African and Spanish influences run amuck here, and while you will find and taste some of the tastiest and innovative dishes, there are no existing regulations for food safety so proceed with caution, please. We suggest a street food tour so you can bypass the testing and head straight for the very best foods.

Plaza de la Trinidad is a good start, and you will want to order Arepas, mazorca desgranada, which is a corn, meat and cheese combo topped with crunchy potatoes. Guava and cheese filled pastry or bocadillo con queso and bollos, which are boiled yucca buns.