The Champs Elysees is the grandest street in the grand city of Paris.
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Props to ‘The Travel Vlogger’ for putting this number together.
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Long before Cristiano Ronaldo, there was this dude named Eusebio. They called him ‘The Black Panther’… because, you know, Eusebio was born in Africa. (Jury’s out on whether or not that nickname was racist, but I’d guess it’s one of these Washington Redskins-type things that was appropriate at the time because the minorities affected didn’t have […]
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It pays to be Cristiano Ronaldo. He’s the established second-greatest player in the world. He makes so many millions a year, there’s really no point in being too specific about the figure. He does this. He’s played for Sporting, Manchester United, and Real Madrid. Chances are, he’ll be bored with whatever team he’s on at the […]
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What is Gaudi’s Park Guell? from Wikipedia: The large cross at the Park’s high-point offers the most complete view of Barcelona and the bay. It is possible to view the main city in panorama, with the Sagrada Família and the Montjuïc area visible at a distance. The park supports a wide variety of wildlife, notably several of […]
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Gaudi’s church and Park Guell are interchangeable hallmarks. For many, though – for me – the Spanish architect’s apartment block at Casa Mila, better known as La Pedrera, is the coolest. The sleekest. The smartest and most alluring. What is La Pedrera? from Wikipedia: La Pedrera (pronounced: [ɫə pəˈðɾeɾə], meaning the ‘The Quarry’), is a building designed by the Catalan architect Antoni […]
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Apparently, Barcelona isn’t really in Spain. Something called Catalonia. Apparently, Antoni Gaudi was some super-famous builder of homes and all buildings similar. For the Sagrada Familia, he was supposed to build a home for God. Fittingly, it remains unfinished. What is the Sagrada Familia? from Wikipedia: The Basílica i Temple Expiatori de la Sagrada Família (Catalan pronunciation: [səˈɣɾaðə […]
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Amsterdam is a funny place for people who can categorize themselves into either (or neither) of the following: 1) You have no soul, or 2) You don’t care for your soul, or 3) You’re a history buff and you like beautiful cities. Well, that soul stuff may be a little over-dramatic. Extremely, in fact. You’ll never […]
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I arrived in Vienna on August 7 with no expectations. I had spent three months researching the place, even though I’d only spend one night – maybe two – there. One night – or two – out of five weeks covering the rest of the continent. It was a stop that meant a lot to […]
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What is Camp Nou? from Wikipedia: “Camp Nou (Catalan pronunciation: [kamˈnɔw], New Field, often referred to in English as The Nou Camp) is a footballstadium in Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain, which has been the home of Futbol Club Barcelona since 1957.” With a capacity of 99,786, FC Barcelona’s stadium is the 11th largest in Europe. Tours – the Camp Nou Experience – cost 23 Euros for […]
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Leave it to Europe to leave nothing to the imagination. Whether it’s bold and sometimes violent French kissing — despite varying levels of attractiveness in either partner — or fans’ monkey calls at black players in packed stadiums, Europeans certainly don’t mind letting us know their opinion of anybody, be it tasteful, bitter sweet or […]
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Anthony Bourdain, Kitchen Confidential. 2000. “Bobby was noisily rear-ending the bride. She was bent obligingly over a fifty-five gallon drum, her gown hiked up over her hips. Bobby’s apron was up, resting over her back as he pumped away furiously, the young woman’s eyes rolled up into her head, mouth whispering, “Yess, yess… good… good…” […]
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“The vacation gone wrong in Paris is almost always ’cause people try and do too many things.” With that quick intro, Mr. Bourdain has delivered a truly genuine warning – one you’ll hear and be cautious of, but never follow. It’s impossible to follow. There’s too much here – too much to see, too much […]
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Vienna is a home. Seriously, if you come from anywhere… you’ll feel just perfectly comfortable. You won’t know exactly where to go or what to do, but you won’t mind taking the time to figure it out. Vienna lives off its pleasantness. “Its easy charm.” Bourdain’s on the road to re-discovering Austria’s capital.
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The Charles Bridge is special. The beer is foamy, frothy, and full of life. Franz Kafka lived and worked here. Anthony Bourdain… well, he worked here for this video: Google
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Congrats to Sam Smith, who I’ll assume is a videographer, and is the creator of the work below, titled “My London”. Time lapses are fun for everyone, but they’re pretty typical. Smith’s is a little better than typical. from his YouTube post: I’ve always been keen to explore new ways of photography, this time I would […]
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Mr. Bourdain takes his seedy self to seedy Sicily: the home of the modern American mafia and authentic Italy.
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Rick Steves likes Italy. Most people do. But Rick knows what he’s talking about. La Dolce Vita, and that’s more than just a movie. To Rick, Italy means sitting with an old guy to watch a bambina walk by, taking in a road trip through the mountains, being in Switzerland and Italy at the same time, and […]
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I’d love to reserve my position as the anti-Rick Steves, but that would imply the man even needs one. He’s the master. Use his wisdom whenever applicable.
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The Waterloo Walrus Hotel Major props to this hostel’s location… right on the Thames – well, like, five minutes away if you’re walking – and near enough to the London Eye. You’re right by Big Ben and Westminster Abbey, and you can always stay on your side of the river for a walk down England’s […]
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I’ve never been to Ireland. I hate myself for this fact. It’s a tempting place, and you’re tortured by sights you’ve seen in photos only: freckled women with red and black hair, rolling greens you could bowl on, and that old school pub – that glowing red light – I’ve dreamed to have a drink in. What […]
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