The proclaimed ‘Most Romantic City’ in the World may surprise you. Actually, no. It won’t. (Hint: It’s in France.)
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Take a tour of the Old World with these gorgeous videos, compiled here from some of YouTube’s brightest and most talented creators.
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Scandinavia has long been one of Europe’s most lovely, charming regions – a winter wonderland that sparkles in summer, equally postcard-worthy under the sun or the snow.
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No doubt, you’ll get to Portugal and see many of its terrific sights – the riverfront in Porto, the windy orange and tiled homes and streets in Lisbon, the sand and cliffs that seem to wrap around the world in the Algarve – and wonder to yourself, ‘Wait, why haven’t I heard more about this place?’
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What do you like more – London at day or London at night?
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If you’re like so many out there, you’ve dreamed of one day living somewhere across the globe. You’ve seen the books and the photos, you’ve thought of a beach or Europe or somewhere sunny every day you were cooped up at work, and now you can afford to make that dream a reality.
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It’s true that what makes Paris – or any city like it, maybe Rome or London or Bangkok and certainly New York – so good is also what can make it so terrible.
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There’s a romance that washes over you when you’re slowly moving through some place that’s slowly moved from the end of its greatest era till now.
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This tends to give me bad taste, ironically. Because style is funny, when you hear it from those who observe it and therefore enforce it.
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Don’t let the assholes get you down. Don’t feel bad for buying a guide book, even if you can find the same shit – better shit – online. And you definitely can.
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“Istanbul, perhaps, wins this contest. And there’s probably a reason: it’s only half-European.”
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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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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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I’ve been to Madrid once. Didn’t get a chance to let it make much of an impression.
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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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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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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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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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“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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Mr. Bourdain takes his seedy self to seedy Sicily: the home of the modern American mafia and authentic Italy.
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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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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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“There is nothing like staying at home for real comfort.” – Jane Austen. Proud Londoner. Noted woman.
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1785. Small, crafty, cowering, timorous little beast, O, what a panic is in your little breast! You need not start away so hasty With argumentative chatter! I would be loath to run and chase you, With murdering plough-staff. I’m truly sorry man’s dominion Has broken Nature’s social union, And justifies that ill opinion Which makes […]
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1921. Turning and turning in the widening gyre The falcon cannot hear the falconer; Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold; Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world, The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere The ceremony of innocence is drowned; The best […]
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Amsterdam is a city of many things. Many great things. Sure, there are Sex Shops, Sex Workers, and Marijuana. Sorry, Coffeeshops. But, there are cheeses. Pigtails. Canals. Anne Frank things.
Are you man enough?
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It’s a zoo. A jungle. It’s Portugal’s jewel, one of the world’s greatest coastal cities. It’s Lagos.
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*Written and originally published on November 12, 2012 on White Cover Magazine Kolby Solinsky ————————————- *It should be noted, I have never been interested in visiting Paris. It seemed like a female Rome, or an expensive Lisbon. Like London, but without the work ethic. After one day here, I’ll wholeheartedly admit: I was wrong. There cannot be […]
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*Photos and Story by Kolby Solinsky… London’s a funny vacation spot, because it’s not a vacation spot. You touch down at the finest airport in the world – nothing can compete with the boutique-ity or the downright intentionally charming cheesiness of Heathrow’s shops, gates, and duty free alleys – and you pay way too much for […]
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