Best Places to Eat in Boston, Massachusetts (I)

Author: George Augustine

Best Places to Eat in Boston, Massachusetts (I)

Best Places to Eat in Boston, Massachusetts: Algiers Coffee House – Euro-style lingering

 

Unpack your novel, order a Turkish coffee and settle into a tightly packed table on the rooftop patio. Or cozy up to your sweetheart on the second floor, sharing a cup of mint tea. Enjoy live music and Mediterranean cuisine, while Harvard students study around you. 

 

 

Best Places to Eat in Boston, Massachusetts: Amrheins – Old school delight

 

Located in gentrifying South Boston, Amrheins has been serving top-notch fare since 1890. (Ok, well, I can't confirm that it's been good since the day it opened 1890 — but it's been good in the recent past, since I've been alive).

 

The menu is loaded with fresh seafood, and the creamy Lobster Mac and Cheese is a crowd-pleaser. The latter is so rich – with Maine lobster, peas and pancetta in a smooth three cheese sauce and topped with buttered crumbs – and so generous that a half serving is plenty. Even when you are sharing. The pumpkin risotto, elaborate Sunday Brunch, pleasant patio and free parking keep diners returning meal after meal. While you’re there, check out the hand-carved bar – it’s the oldest in America.

 

 

Best Places to Eat in Boston, Massachusetts: Aquintaine – A Parisian Neighborhood bistro

 

Aquitaine's top notch menu offers classic French cuisine and fusion dishes. Service is attentive, prompt and friendly; décor is upscale, with a romantic-sexy-date-night kind of vibe. For dinner try the filet au poivre — well worth the price — followed by delicious bread pudding or the chocolate mousse.

 

Looking for a romantic Sunday breakfast for two (or three)? Then look no further for outstanding eggs benedicts, creamy omelets, fluffy French toast, and satisfying Belgian waffles. Top it off with a glass of Champagne. 

 

The small bar is a great place to nosh, pal around, and imbibe.

 

Museums to Visit in Wolfsburg, Germany (I)

Wolfsburg lies in the German State of Lower Saxony and on the Southern edge of Aller’s River Valley, along the midland canal.

 

In the south it extends to the high plain of the Eastern Brauschweig Flatlands, in the north to the Vorsfelde River Island, in the west to the Barnbruch Wetlands and in the east to the Dromling Nature Park.

 

Lower Saxony offers a large collection of historical and cultural tourist attractions. We’ve made a list of the most important museums to visit in Wolfsburg, Germany.

 

The nearest large cities are Braunschweig, around 26 km to the southwest, Magdeburg 64 km to the southeast and Hannover 74 km to the west.

 

1. Museums to visit in Wolfsburg, Germany: Alvar Aalto Cultural Center

The Alvar Aalto Kulturhaus (opened in 1961) is a protected historical monument and also a very important tourist attraction. In 1958, the city of Wolfsburg commissioned the world-renowned Finnish architect Alvar Aalto to develop a shared building for the City Library, the Adult Education Center and the Youth Center. The Cultural Center arose from these commissions and evinces a unique repertoire of forms and style elements: this includes the wave and the fans, the use of light and the painstakingly developed details. Unusual materials such as the dark blue tiles in the entry foyer, spatial installations such as the patch over the staircase sculptured into the upper floor (“into the light”) and acoustic details such as the sound in the lecture hall, make the Aalto Kulturzentrum an experience for all senses.

 

2. Museums to visit in Wolfsburg, Germany: Volkswagen Auto Museum

The Volkswagen Auto Museum presents, in separate spaces and with clear arrangements, the two strands of technical development from the Volkswagen brand. The entire history of the air-cooled rear-mounted engine is told from its very beginnings. The Era of the water-cooled Volkswagen with its (mainly) front-mounted engine, beginning in the 1970s, is also treated in all of its facets.

The Volkswagen Auto Museum represents the product history of the Volkswagen brand and is the place for everyone who has never forgotten his / her first ride in a Volkswagen. Public tours take place every Saturday and Sunday at 11:00 and 15:00. Individuals do not need to register in advance. Groups must register in advance. English language tours are also possible (without any added charge for the foreign language). Tour duration is 1 hour.

 

3. Museums to visit in Wolfsburg, Germany: Heinrich-Bussing-Haus

Heinrich Bussing, whose life and work is presented in the Heinrich-Bussing-Haus in Nordsteimke, is one of the most important pioneers in building utility vehicles. This house is not merely a testament to his memory, but it is meant to present and honor the achievements of his life. The rooms can be rented for business and cultural events on request.

The Perfect Family Island Getaways (III)

8. Perfect Family Island Getaways: Catalina Island, California— Located 22 miles off the coast of Los Angeles, Catalina Island seems worlds away from the hustle and bustle of the city. A short 75 minute ferry ride (or for the adventurous a 10 minute helicopter trip) makes Catalina an easy getaway for a day trip or short vacation. As there are no cars on the island, the preferred form of transportation is by golf cart. The clear blue waters are ideal for snorkeling and other water sports, while the mountainous terrain of the island make for great hiking and biking excursions. Families can either stay in one of the hotels on the island, rent a vacation home or camp alone of the many campsites. The charming town of Avalon is home to many restaurants and shops. Interesting trivia — there is a herd of wild buffalo that roam the island, which were left behind from a movie shoot in the 1920's.

 

9. Perfect Family Island Getaways: San Juan Island, Washington — Part of an archipelago of islands off the coast of Washington, San Juan Island is the ideal starting point for exploring all of the nearby islands (there is an inter-island ferry service to Orcas and Lopez Islands). Start out in Friday Harbor, a picturesque island town offering art galleries, antique stores, boutiques and restaurants. To reach San Juan Island by boat, car ferries leave from Anacodes, WA and passenger ferries are available from Seattle. For lodging, choose from in-town hotels, quaint B&B's, seaside cabins or campsites. Family activities include sea kayaking, Orca whale watching and zip lining through the forest canopy. For a truly memorable experience, take a seaplane directly into Friday Harbor

 

10. Perfect Family Island Getaways: Maui, Hawaii — It pretty much goes without saying that Maui is a wonderful place for a vacation, but many people don't realize just how perfect it is for a family getaway. Whether you bicycle down from the top of the volcano, Haleakala, take a surfing lesson together, or watch the sun set over Lahaina during an authentic Hawaiian luau, any trip to Maui will create lasting family memories. Look for a resort with activities for the keiki (children) such as lei making or hula dancing. Tired of the beach? Ride on a genuine 1890s train, known as the Sugar-Cane Train or visit the Maui Ocean Center. Travel tip: to avoid the long flight from the East Coast, break up your trip with a one-night layover in San Francisco (West Coasters have an easy flight).

 

 

 

Most Romantic Places in the World to Propose (V)

"Yes!" It's such a powerful word that it can bring men to their knees. A word that they hope to hear when that big moment arrives. To set the stage to pop the "M" question, here are some of the most romantic places in the world to propose, which help you both relax. These destinations will get her in the mood for romance and create memories that will last forever—till death do you part…

 

9. Most Romantic Places in the World to Propose: Notre-Dame Basilica—Montreal, Canada

When it comes to just the right spot to either pop the question or tie the knot, Montreal's majestic Notre-Dame Basilica has the market on "romantic" cornered! This grandiose temple is a true masterpiece of 19th century Neo-Gothic architecture. Its breathtaking interior features dazzling frescoes depicted on intricate stained glass windows, ornately carved woodwork, and the Great Casavant Organ, one of the largest in North America. The aura and grace of this house of worship makes for a reverent, dream-like setting in which to pledge your love for one another. Upon entering the Basilica, you will be struck by the extraordinary illusion of depth and surprised by its brightness; the unexpected sky-blue color of the walls affords a feeling of being outdoors under a clear sky. The sheer physical beauty of Montreal's Notre-Dame Basilica will only enhance the magic of your special day. International superstar Celine Dion and hockey legend Mario Lemieux both said, "I do" in this glorious setting — why not you?

 

10. Most Romantic Places in the World to Propose: Villa Harmonie —St John, USVI

For the truly adventurous couple, BeautifulPlaces, the international luxury villa company, has teamed with world-renown Lugano Diamonds to create, 'The $100,000 Diving for Diamonds Escape'. Guests stay at BeautifulPlaces' magnificent Villa Flarmonie, a private five-star mini-resort on the island of St John. Spend five glorious days in the villa's Presidential Suite where a personal butler, chef and concierge are available for any want or need. The Diving for Diamonds treasure hunt begins on a luxurious yacht. A personal dive master will be the underwater escort on an exciting adventure as guests follow a trail of artifacts leading to a hidden buried treasure. Bring the treasure ashore to a secluded beach where the contents will be revealed in a most romantic setting. That night, the couple will enjoy a jewel-themed dinner under the stars. International jewelers Lugano Diamonds will provide a one-of-a-kind design from their collection, valued at more than $50,000. The guest may also work with Lugano to create a custom treasure.

Most Beautiful Beaches in Lefkada, Greece (Part 4)

Known for the amazing landscape and the exotic water, Lefkada has some of the most beautiful beaches in the Mediterranean Sea. This week we conclude our series of the most beautiful beaches in Lefkada:

 

16. Nikiana

At only 9km north of the island’s capital, Nikiana is a small sandy beach, which evolved into a tourist resort with many choices for accommodation, cafes, taverns and beers.

 

17. Pefkoulia

The beach of Pefkoulia is very close to the town of Lefkada, north of the village of Agios Nikitas. It is considered by many one of the most beautiful beaches in Lefkada. The sea has a deep blue color with sand, pebbles and pines that reach up to the beach. It is a big beach but it has many powerful currents, so caution must be taken. Only a section of the beach is organized. The other side of the beach is occupied by nudists. Pefkoulia is easily accessible and that is one of the main reasons why it attracts so many tourists during the summer months. There are two taverns and a parking lot by the beach.

 

18. Porto Katsiki

The beach of Porto Katsiki is located in the southern part of the island, 35km away from the town of Lefkada and 9km from the village of Athani. A white strip of sand, lying in front of an impressive white cliff: the image is very familiar to most tourists, since it has been awarded numerous times as the best beach in Greece. The waters are crystal clear and turquoise. You can reach Porto Katsiki by car or by tourist boats, which depart from Vasiliki, Nydri, Lefkada or even Kefallonia. The beach can be accessed by going down 90 steps on the mountain slope, which starts from the parking lot. Although it’s one of the most beautiful beaches in Lefkada, it is not an easy one to get to. Getting down 90 steps is hard, but once you reach the bottom the beauty will reward you generously. In order to make sure you catch a sun bed and umbrella or even just a space to sit, we recommend you get to the beach early in the morning or late in the evening. The sunset is majestic and we guarantee you will not be let down by the landscape.

 

19. Spilia

The organized pebbled beach of Spilia is located below the village of Spartohori, close to the pier where the boat from Lefkada moors. It has two taverns, right by the sea.

 

20. Vasiliki

The beach of Vasiliki is one of the most beautiful beaches in Lefkada and the favorite for windsurfers. It’s a large sandy beach, which ends up at the famous Ponti bay. On its west side the sea is constantly calm. It is included in the top ten best beaches in the world and in the top three best beaches in Europe for windsurfing. The winds here create the ideal conditions for surfing, due to the high mountains behind the beach. This is also the place where the international watersports festival takes place.

 

Best Sights to Visit in Athens, Greece (II)

In 1985 Athens was elected the first European cultural capital, and not without reason. With its 5,000-year history of settlement the city is amongst the oldest in Europe. The most ancient part of the city is the Acropolis, the military and religious centre of the ancient world. Nowadays, Athens is a lively industrial and commercial city, Greece’s economic and cultural magnet. Read more about the Best Sights to Visit in Athens, Greece.

 

Best Sights to Visit in Athens, Greece: Acropolis (Fortress)

 

The Acropolis – the temple complex on the local mountain – is emblematic of the cityscape. This magnificent complex towers above the city and can be seen everywhere. It has been a Unesco World Heritage Site since 1987.

 

The ensemble was built between 467 and 406 B.C. and comprises the Propylaeum, Erechtheion, Nike Temple and the grand Parthenon. It is the biggest temple on the Acropolis and consists of 46 columns, 17 long and 8 wide. Inside there was a grand statue of Athene. The Erechteion is the second-biggest temple. It has a small annexe on the south side, whose roof is help up by six female statues, the Caryatides.

 

Location: The Acropolis rock is situated in the old town, the “Plaka”. Metro stop Akropoli (Line 2)

 

Price: 12.00 EUR

 

 

Best Sights to Visit in Athens, Greece: Agora (Square)

 

The Agora was the central meeting place for citizens and the social hub of Athens, while the Acropolis represented the religious and political centre.

 

The Agora became a public square in 600 B.C. Prior to this, it served as a cemetery or residential area at various points in time.

 

The most striking building is the excellently preserved Temple of Hephaestos. It is supported by 78 doric pillars and is particularly richly adorned with friezes and sculptures. The Agora was particularly characterized by its numerous columned halls, the so-called stoai. Citizens would gather here to chat and indulge in philosophical discussion. There were also shops here and it was a place to do business and carry out judicial processes.

 

Location: Metro stop Monastiraki (Lines 1, 3)

 

Price: 6.00 EUR

Most Spectacular Abandoned Destinations Across The Globe (III)

Abandoned cities, ghostly islands, deserted train stations, or castles in ruins, places forgotten by people, which have an apocalyptic, but special beauty. This is the last part of our series of the most spectacular abandoned destinations across the globe.

 

12. Most Spectacular Abandoned Destinations Across The Globe: The Michigan Central Station, Detroit, United States of America

Built between 1912 and 1913, The Central Station was in its time the tallest railway station building in the world. The railway line was closed in 1988, and the plans to restore the building have failed.

 

13. Most Spectacular Abandoned Destinations Across The Globe: Military Hospital in Beelitz, Germany

The building still retains traces of its past beauty, but it’s creepy altogether and the locals claim that during late nights you can even hear the wails of those who suffered and passed away in this gruesome hospital.

 

14. Most Spectacular Abandoned Destinations Across The Globe: Hotel Salto, Colombia

The hotel was opened in 1928 and was intended mainly for tourists with lots of money, who came to visit the Tequendama Waterfall. After the waterfall was contaminated with all sorts of spills, visitors stopped coming to the Salto, and the building was given to oblivion.

 

15. Most Spectacular Abandoned Destinations Across The Globe: The Christ From the Abyss, San Fruttuoso, Italy

The artist Guido Galletti made this statue in 1954 and lowered it almost 17 meters into the depths of the Mediterranean Sea. The statue depicts Christ offering a benediction of peace, with his head and hands raised skyward.

 

16. Most Spectacular Abandoned Destinations Across The Globe: The abandoned Railway, Lebanon, Missouri, United States of America

The railway trails in Lebanon, Missouri get lost in a final journey into the depths of the forest. Nature has seized the railway and the result is a spectacular landscape, highly appreciated by tourists and photographers.

 

Lodging in Santa Barbara, California (VII)

Santa Barbara is the county seat of Santa Barbara County, California, located in Southern California. If you’ve planned a tour of the Central California Coast, then Santa Barbara is definitely the best overnight destination. This articles series will reveal everything you need to know about lodging in Santa Barbara, California:

 

Lodging in Santa Barbara, California: San Ysidro Ranch – Posh mountain hideaway

 

All types of celebs and bigwigs retreat to historic San Ysidro Ranch. Here’s where they connect with nature in a gorgeous mountain setting – but can also count on the first-class amenities and privacy to which they’re accustomed. 

 

Vivien Leigh, Sir Laurence Olivier, Winston Churchill, Bing Crosby and Audrey Hepburn all stayed on the property, and John and Jackie Kennedy honeymooned here. 

 

The compound now includes 41 rooms, suites and cottages, an 1825 adobe, citrus groves, flower and veggie gardens, and 500 acres of open space with 17 miles of hiking trails. 

 

Even if you’re not an overnight guest you can experience the romantic environment while dining at the two restaurants: the historic Stone house or the more casual Plow & Angel bistro. 

 

Lodging in Santa Barbara, California: Ocean Mesa Campground – Bluff-top campsites near the beach

 

Ocean Mesa's 80 RV and 20 tent campsites occupy a scenic bluff next door to its sister property, El Capitan Canyon Resort. 

 

While not as posh as its sister, Ocean Mesa provides many of the same perks: heated swimming pool and spa, convenience store, 15 miles of hiking trails and access to Saturday evening concerts. They also offer Wi-Fi and cable TV access and a play structure for kids.

 

But Ocean Mesa holds a rare card that trumps its sister: ocean views unfold from every site. 

 

Leashed dogs are welcome and can romp in two special runs; one is an off-leash area.

 

Note: the train runs by here occasionally, so if you're sensitive to noise, bring earplugs.

 

Nightlife in Barcelona, Spain (II)

The diversity of nightlife in the Catalonian megalopolis offers a huge range of choices, with something to suit everyone. Numerous cafes, bars, restaurants, theatres, cinemas, clubs and other places with dancing, open their doors to the local residents and the city’s guests every day. Night revelers mainly populate the streets from Thursday to Saturday and gradually start seeking out clubs from around midnight. If you want to find out what’s going on during your stay you should ask the staff at your hotel for an insider tip or buy a copy of the city’s event guide Guia del Ocio (which comes out weekly) at a newsstand.

 

6. Nightlife in Barcelona, Spain: Bar Gimlet

Cocktail drinkers will certainly find what they are looking for in this bar as the bartenders constantly conjure up new imaginative drinks with plenty of creativity.

 

7. Nightlife in Barcelona, Spain: Hotel Omm Bar

This exquisite bar and lounge is located on the ground floor of Hotel Omm and creates a pleasant atmosphere with leather sofas, sculptures, and an open fireplace with discreet lightning. This is a wonderful place to recover from the hustle and bustle of the city.

 

8. Nightlife in Barcelona, Spain: Pastis

This very popular bar on the Ramblas has been around since the 1940s. Dark colors and countless memorabilia dominate the interior. Tasteful chansons emanate from the speakers. There is live music on Mondays and tango on Tuesdays. The bar is open daily from 7:30 pm until 2:30 am.

 

9. Nightlife in Barcelona, Spain: Bar Rubi

This bar is small but cool and is dominated by red color tones and romantic candlelight. It is open by midday and offers guests a low-priced 3-course menu daily. The people in the staff are friendly and speak several languages.

 

10. Nightlife in Barcelona, Spain: Bar Torres de Avila

It is possible to enjoy delightful views of the city, surrounded by trees, from the rooftop terrace. The focal point of the terrace is an illuminated dome with moon and star symbols. Small tables also contribute to the romantic atmosphe

Cheap Travel Hunter Guide – Munich, Germany

Munich (München in German) is Germany’s third-largest city with 1.3 million inhabitants, but it is definitely the city most Germans say they would prefer to live in – a relatively rich city with a high quality of life.

 

For tourists, Munich is, after Berlin, the most rewarding city in Germany. It has a rich history with varied cultural offerings. Perhaps most famous for its Oktoberfest and beer in general, it also has fine museums. The Pinakotheken represents one of the largest art collections in Europe and the Deutsches Museum is one of the biggest science and technology museums in the world.

 

Munich has been a royal residence for seven centuries and has some of the most splendid Baroque palaces in Europe with the Residenz, Schloss Nymphenburg and Schloss Schließheim trio. The wide variety of architecture ranges from old Gothic churches to the modern glass, tent-like roof of the 1972 Olympic Games Stadium and the BMW Headquarters.

 

Munich was established in the 9th century as a tiny settlement adjacent to a Benedictine abbey. Its name is originated from the ancient German word for monk. Sometime during the year 1225, the town was transformed into a ducal seat and in 1504 it became the definite capital of Bavaria. It persisted as the main residence for the reigning Wittelsbach dynasty until the abolition of the monarchy in 1918. The Wittelsbach were enthusiastic builders who erected various palaces and cathedrals, and many other constructions, which occupied entire city blocks. Bavaria became kingdom in 1806 and the kings were mostly enlightened leaders who enticed artistic talent to the city.

 

After World War I, Munich temporarily fell into the hands of anarchists who established the National Socialist German Labor Party – universally known as the Nazis. During the year 1923, their leader, Adolf Hitler, ineffectively attempted a coup d’état, but soon he got in command and Munich became the “Capital of the Movement”. Numerous buildings were raised or transformed, in order to fulfill the Nazi visions.

 

The infamous meeting where Britain, France, and Italy sold out Czechoslovakia took place in Munich, in 1938.

 

The city suffered terrible bombings during the war but it was quickly restored afterwards. On December 15, 1957, it officially became a city with a million inhabitants. In 1972, it hosted the Summer Olympic Games and two years later, Germany won the soccer world cup in the Olympic Stadium.