New Year’s Eve: London Vs. New York

New Year’s Eve: London Vs. New York

No plans for New Year yet? All dressed up with nowhere to go? If you find yourselves in New York City or London, you are very lucky! We have searched the best places to spend your NYE so that you, our wonderful readers, can start a 2016 in style! NEW YORK Where to watch the best fireworks in New York Grand Army Plaza A nice hot beverage while enjoying the fireworks sparkling over Park Slope and listening to live music is never a bad idea, and it’s free! Live music starts at around 11pm at Grand Army Plaza, and at midnight, the 2015 fireworks will go off at Long Meadow; the best spots are at Grand Army Plaza, inside the park on West Drive and along Prospect Park West between Grand Army Plaza and 9th Street. Central Park New Year’s Eve Fireworks For a free, relaxing New Year’s Eve celebration for all ages, ring in the New Year watching fireworks explode in the night sky in Central Park. The fireworks are launched at midnight from Central Park’s Naumburg Bandshell and can be seen from virtually any spot in Central Park. The Times Square NYE celebration New Year’s Eve at the symbolic center of NYC has become more than just a celebration – it’s a global tradition. Also, it is the most visited tourist attraction in the United States. The Times Square New Year’s Eve celebration features star-studded musical performances, balloons, handouts, confetti, a colorful pyrotechnic display and the famous ball drop. We recommend you get there early, 3pm early. Brooklyn Bridge Book the Annual Brooklyn Bridge Walk, which gives...
22 Reasons Why You’ll Love Amsterdam

22 Reasons Why You’ll Love Amsterdam

1. Because you can ride your bicycle in Vondelpark, you can have a picnic in Vondelpark, you can just relax and read a book in Vondelpark… It’s just perfect!    2. And you can ride it everywhere, or just hop on the back.   3. Because the Dutch Apple Pie is so good that no wonder it’s the national pastry!    4. Because it is full of beautiful canals and bridges, just like a fairytale.    5. And during the night they light up!   6. Because beer and ‘bitterballen’ go perfectly together.   7. Because it’s The Capital of Cheese! They even have cheese markets where you can go crazy as there’s so many you can choose from.    8. Because the houses look like they are taken out of a painting, and they all look so cozy.    9. And it’s full of beautiful houseboats! Who hasn’t dreamt about living in a houseboat at least once?    10. Because even when the day is cloudy and ugly, the city still looks spectacular.   11. Because Keukenhof if just a train ride away.    12. Because The Dutch people sure know how to celebrate the Netherlands national day.   13. Because Amsterdam has very good Indonesian restaurants, you can’t leave without trying one!    14. Because it has the the Negen Straatjes, a paradise of boutique shopping, vintage stores and cozy cafés.    15. Because they have the best supermarket chain in the world: Albert Heijn.    16. Because you can go ice skating in the frozen canals, which can be really romantic.    17. Because the word gezellig...
Beautiful Places for Having the Best Hiking Experience

Beautiful Places for Having the Best Hiking Experience

NEW ZEALAND New Zealand is hiker’s haven due to its outstanding landscapes. Basically, it has it all! You can hike on glaciers, cross some challenging mountain passes, hike through wilderness area, explore the beautiful golden beaches on the coastal tracks or maybe even hike through volcanoes.   Photo: Michael Mellinger New Zealand’s nine “Great Walks” multiday hiking trails provide access to its incredible national parks, whereof the Milford Track, Routeburn Track, Tongariro Northern Circuit and the Abel Tasman Coastal Track are the most popular ones. In addition to these premium tracks, New Zealand has thousands of backcountry hikes all across the country to explore. Milford Track: Known as ‘the finest walk in the world’, the 53 kilometre and 4 day journey begins at the head of Lake Te Anau, and leads you across suspension bridges, board walks and a mountain pass. The Milford Track will show you pristine lakes, sky-scraping mountain peaks and enormous views of the valley; and it will take you to the Sutherland Falls, the tallest waterfall in New Zealand. Routeburn Track: This 3 day track has some of the biggest scenery as it links the Mount Aspiring National Park with Fiordland National Park, while crossing soaring mountain peaks, huge valleys, waterfalls and jewel-like lakes. Tongariro Northern Circuit: is a famous 3-4 day walk across a still active volcano, Mount Ngauruhoe. The hike includes the Tongariro Alpine Crossing, a day’s march that incorporates the Northern Circuit’s most stunning scenery, like the Emerald Lakes. Also, there’s an area where Lord of the Rings was shot, remember Mordor? Abel Tasman Coastal Track: This track is the perfect way to...
Thanksgiving: Vegetarian Alternative

Thanksgiving: Vegetarian Alternative

The time of the year has arrived, the fourth Thursday of the month of November, where families and friends get together and sit on the dinner table for hours, eating (indulging) stuffed Turkey with dressing, cranberry sauce and pumpkin pie. Vegetarians at these family Thanksgiving dinners are accustomed to getting the stink eye, the exasperated sigh, picking at side dishes like the not-so-satisfying green bean casserole, dinner rolls, and infamous pumpkin pie. But… these days are gone! Read on for our favorite turkey alternatives that will ensure no one will go unsatisfied this Thanksgiving, meat-free meals that can be just as rich and scrumptious as any of the classic holiday dish.   Pumpkin Pot Pie http://www.earthyfeast.com/ The classic chicken pot pie goes vegetarian and seasonal in this spotlight-stealing dish. Roasted pumpkin, carrots, celery, and kale take center stage, with white kidney beans that add the protein. Make the crust a tiny bit healthier by opting for whole-wheat flour and going easy on the Parmesan cheese.   Sweet Potato Casserole Thanksgiving isn’t complete without sweet potatoes in some shape or form. Keep this autumn staple simple in a sweet potato casserole! You just need to bake the potatoes, then mash them adding butter, brown sugar, cinnamon, ginger and bake again. The combination of these fall spices is sure to make this recipe a mainstay year after year.   Vegetable Soup with Red Beans and Potatoes http://www.tasteofhome.com/ Let soup take a front-and-center role by serving this veggie dish as a main on Thanksgiving Day. Instead of turkey, this recipe features kidney beans, potatoes, carrots, mushrooms, and spinach. It’s a warming, filling...
5 Scenic European Train Trips

5 Scenic European Train Trips

“Once you have traveled, the voyage never ends, but is played out over and over again in the quietest chambers. The mind can never break off from the journey.” ― Pat Conroy 1.The Bernina Express   Ready for one of the most spectacular train rides in the world? The Bernina Express takes you from Chur in Switzerland to Tirano in Italy, traveling the highest railway in the Alps, showing off the beauty of the mountains in a spectacular and memorable way. This 4 hour and 14 minute ride reaches an altitude of 2.253 m, going through 55 tunnels and 196 bridges, in order to give you a lifetime experience. Part of the route is classed as a UNESCO World Heritage site, which is pretty impressive if you know that there are only two other railways in the world that are listed. Landscape varies greatly, from high Alpine scenery on the Bernina Pass, to Mediterranean scenery in the Poschiavo valley to Tirano, so there’s no way you will not keep your nose pressed against the window during the whole trip while viewing the majestic mountain peaks, magnificent pine forests, vineyards and unearthly stone fields.   2.Bergen Railway The Bergen Railway runs between Bergen and Oslo, the highest rout in Norway (1.222m), and frequently hailed as one of the most beautiful and scenic train journeys in the entire world. The Bergen railway is a comfortable and easy way to travel, there are two classes on-board the Bergen Line, Komfort and Standard. Komfort is only an additional NOK 90 (£9) on tour train ticket and comes with free coffee, tea, and power...