Tag archives for Europe

Solstice Magic: Ireland’s Newgrange

Renew your spirit when this prehistoric burial chamber in Ireland fills with light on the winter solstice.

Wonderland: London in Winter

Some cities close their doors when winter strikes and the weather makes sightseeing a frigid ordeal. Not London.

Local Flavor: The Venetian Spritz

Chances are, if you’ve been to Venice you’ve had at least one. Likely a dozen or more. Here’s a brief history of how the spritz evolved—as well as tips on the best places to savor the refreshing apéritif in the City of Canals.

The Pearl of the French Riviera

Why is winter the best time to visit Menton, the “Pearl of France”? Reason No. 1: Carnival-like festivities celebrating the lemon—the beloved local fruit—when delightful citrus sculptures adorn this French Riviera resort town.

I Heart My City: Anne’s Chambéry, France

Few outside of France have heard of Chambéry, and those who have probably know it as a pit stop en route to their favorite Alpine ski stations. Washington, D.C. native Anne Donnelly (on Instagram @amdonn8) has the pleasure of living in this little medieval city in the mountains while she works as an English language teaching assistant in the…

I Heart My City: Claudia’s Dublin

Claudia Rodríguez lives to explore Dublin—and to share her insider intel on Spotted By Locals. Here are a few of her favorite things about the city she’s been proud to call home for the past seven years (and counting!).

How to Explore Paris Like a Flâneur

Stroll France’s capital and you’ll see human nature on full display, from doyennes taking their café to lovers cooing by the River Seine. As poet Charles Baudelaire put it, in Paris “the spectator is a prince who everywhere rejoices in his incognito.”

Travel Lens: Yotam Ottolenghi’s World

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Star chef, restaurateur, and food writer Yotam Ottolenghi is known for combining flavors and traditions from his Middle Eastern upbringing with those from the Mediterranean, North Africa, and Asia to create his own brand of fusion forged from a well-stamped passport. Here’s a look at the world through his unique lens (and appetite).

Europe’s Rising Star: Liverpool

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With more than a little dose of nocturnal naughtiness and a waterfront to rival any in Europe, Liverpool has emerged as one of England’s most convivial and cosmopolitan cities.

Europe’s Rising Star: Bologna

Often overlooked by visitors, Bologna magnifies and mixes the best Italian clichés.

Europe’s Rising Star: Porto

A surprise of a city? We’ll drink to to that.

I Heart My City: Anson’s Edinburgh

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For local Anson Clark, Scotland’s capital city is a place of fortuitous contrast. “Choose the New Town or the Old Town, parks or parties,” he says. “[Edinburgh] is all things to all people.” Here are a few of his favorite things about the city Anson’s proud to call home.