Kraków is easily Poland’s best destination: a beautiful, old-fashioned city buzzing with enjoyable sights, tourists, college students, and some heavy history…
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Poland is a wonderful country. The people are friendly and, even better, shy…
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Are you young, cheap, but used to the good life? Are you thinking of leaving on a jet plane, crossing the Atlantic or (Insert Ocean Here) for Europe and it’s trendiest cities?
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Cities like Lisbon, Porto, Budapest, Berlin, Corfu, Madrid, and Krakow have turned to hosting clean, beautiful, stylish hostels to entice frugal, under-30 backpackers and partiers.
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“Regret is something you’ve got to just live with, you can’t drink it away…”
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It’s still one of Europe’s least well-known spots, even though it must seem like any or all of your friends have made their way there in the past five or 10 years…
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Finland is more than just beautiful blondes, blue eyes, and Teemu Selanne. And it’s not like that wouldn’t be enough, either…
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After starting in Shanghai, Bourdain and his crew will also travel to Vietnam, Jamaica, Tanzania, Massachusetts, Paraguay, The Bronx, and Iran…
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Lisbon has the Castle, the Sao Jorge. It has the Tower of Belem and Europe’s biggest aquarium. It has the greatest nightlife in the world, the best cheese in the world (but France won’t admit that, will it?) and – if you’re in the right mood and you’re just happy enough – the best damn wine in the world, too.
But Lisbon has people. Better yet, it has Portuguese people.
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So, where do Americans love to travel to most?
You might imagine Italy. Or Paris… because everyone loves France. Perhaps London, England. Even Spain might get some love.
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“We’d better not see that Starbucks cup in here.” “Yes, yes, I know,” I said. “I’m sorry. I just couldn’t finish it in time.” She didn’t laugh. That’s what you get when you enter Italy, or an Italian establishment. Their anti-ness to anything with Seattle’s green lady on the white cup is charming and expected, […]
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The first one goes in, finally. The small crowd erupts – maybe 10 or 15 people, and just a handful of them are decked head-to-toenail in that beautifully tacky, sort-of vintage Red Devil tunic. I don’t even know the manufacturer; I just know it’s not Nike or Adidas. These people here, they’re a part of […]
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Shakespeare and Company is the world’s greatest bookstore. That’s not based on opinion or plagiarism of opinion. It’s fact.
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I’ve been to Madrid once. Didn’t get a chance to let it make much of an impression.
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The Charles Bridge is the landmark, the defining slab of stone, in Prague. It’s a beautiful city. It just needs a little YouTube. Or these guys, I guess.
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There’s no city like Prague. That, of course, is slightly bullshit. There’s no city like any other city. Even Washington, D.C. – which was a Copy and Pasted, clip art’d and over-American’d version of Ancient Rome – is nothing like Italy’s Eternal City.
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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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Paris, France. The City of Light. The City of Love. The City of Locks. (Video: Kolby Solinsky/White Cover TV)
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Rome, Italy. The eternal city, eternally. (Video: SehensWerk)
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Berlin, Germany. The new capital of new Europe. (*Video: TheWorldCities)
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Chapter 12. Page 32, of my copy. Bukowski’s Post Office is a landmark novel for many, the perfect kind of paperback to toss in your sack for a train, a Chunnel, or the overnights spent on the back bench of your Toyota. It gives comfort to the lonely and hope to the hopeless, because that’s precisely […]
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1915. In Flanders fields the poppies blow Between the crosses, row on row, That mark our place; and in the sky The larks, still bravely singing, fly Scarce heard amid the guns below. We are the Dead. Short days ago We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow, Loved and were loved, and now we lie […]
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“Never think that war, no matter how necessary, nor how justified… is not a crime.” – Ernest Hemingway (1899-1961)
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“I do not read advertisements. I would spend all of my time wanting things.” – Frank Kafka (1883-1924)
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“No intelligent idea can gain general acceptance unless some stupidity is mixed in with it.” – Fernando Pessoa (1888-1935)
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Italy’s a special place, but you already know this. It’s practically its own continent, which you’ll learn if you travel anywhere else. There are Europeans – and they even include the English – and then there are Italians. The men wear underwear instead of board shorts and their’s as slicked as a cow’s tongue. The […]
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1833. Though much is taken, much abides; and though We are not now that strength which in old days Moved earth and heaven; that which we are, we are; One equal temper of heroic hearts, Made weak by time and fate, but strong in will To strive, to seek, to find, and not to yield.
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