New York in Pictures: Discover the City of Your Dreams

New York in Pictures: Discover the City of Your Dreams

New York is the dream destination of many. More than one of us have pictured ourselves walking down its streets like the protagonist of a movie or TV soap, getting a hot dog from a street stand, or stopping a cab as we call out “TAXI!”. It’s true. New York will have you falling in love with it and you’ll be hooked. Seeing a few images of this city’s greatness will suffice to have you tripping over yourself to pack your suitcase and book the first cheap flight and affordable Manhattan apartment. Who’s in? The Big Apple The Big Apple stuns at first, but you’ll quickly feel right at home, and discover that it’s easy to orient yourself. The Statue of Liberty This is a mandatory visit. Although it’s not as large as some imagine, it is still impressive and majestic. Brooklyn A Brooklyn sunset: the #OnlyBefrom moment you can’t miss out on. Williamsburg Williamsburg has a special charm. The presence of Orthodox Jews will make you feel like in the backdrop to a movie, and it will transport you in time and space. The Bronx The Bronx and its street art will take your breath away. We recommend a guided tour so you don’t miss out on anything. There are several different types and in all languages. Broadway Broadway boasts over 19 theaters with shows running all year round. Leaving New York without having watched one of them is just unforgivable. Fifth Avenue The Fifth Avenue and its surroundings are jam-packed with boutiques and department stores where the best-known brands compete to for clients’ attention.  An ode to...
New Year’s Eve: with the Family vs. with Friends

New Year’s Eve: with the Family vs. with Friends

What is it about New Year’s Eve that always catches us off-guard. Every year we resolve to plan it well in advance, but this just ends up being another one of those resolutions we leave behind along with the confetti and party hats. In other words, forgotten in any old corner. What happens is we can’t bear the pressure of having to plan that incredibly perfect event that makes our entry into the New Year memorable. We have to find a creative, fun, glamorous, and yet affordable way to spend the last night of the year so that it stays etched in our memory until the next. But let’s not kid ourselves here… all we really end up remembering is the next day’s hangover and little more. So I’d like to invite you to do it differently this year. Simply choose the right company, and the rest will follow. Because any plan can be perfect if it’s shared with the right people, and the most unforgettable nights always turn out to be those involving the usual crowd improvising and little more. So, if you don’t want to leave it all to the very last minute this New Year’s, and if you’ve finally decided to choose the best plan for a perfect New Year’s Eve, here are some suggestions for spending it in the full comfort of a centric apartment in your favorite city in the company of your people. Although you’ll have to choose: New Year’s with the family or with your friends?   NEW YEAR’S WITH THE FAMILY Important dates should be experienced in the warmth of the family...
10 Travel Destinations for a Killer Halloween

10 Travel Destinations for a Killer Halloween

There’s nothing quite as scary as seeing October 31st fast approaching and not having a single decent plan to celebrate the spookiest night of the year. The world is full of eerie places that well deserve a visit on this special date. If you have a clear idea of what to be this Halloween, and you’ve bought the decorations, the candy, and the perfect zombie makeup, all that’s left to do is to choose destination and get ready for a night that will have your hair standing on end. Warning: these locations may offend the sensibility of some readers. We urge weak-spirited and highly-impressionable travelers to abstain from going anywhere near any of these monstrous destinations: 1. Chalindrey, France Not as well-known as the French capital, this town in the Champagne-Ardenne region is immersed in an aura of mystery and enchantment guaranteed to give you the creeps from the moment you set foot on it. It probably has to do with the fact that its history is strongly linked to witchcraft, as it was the site of one of the largest witch-hunts of the 16th century. They still remember it to this day, taking advantage of the night of October 31st to organize the Witch Festival, a ball featuring Celtic music and horror costumes. 2. Londonderry, Ireland Halloween on a grand scale. This town in the North of Ireland takes Halloween night very seriously. Pumpkins of all shapes and sizes, black cats, owls and witches take over the city. Their Halloween activity program is almost endless; from specialized markets, to parades, Halloween crafts workshops, and even an amazing Gothic...

Columbus Day in New York

  The second Monday in October, New York celebrates one of its best-known festivities: Columbus Day, a holiday commemorating Christopher Columbus’ arrival in the Americas, paying homage to his Italian origin. Which is why the Italian American community emerges as absolute protagonist of this celebration in an impressive parade that takes over Fifth Avenue. As such, it is common for New York-based Italian restaurants to offer specials around this date, as the entire city turns red, white, and green. This is a great time to embrace the Italian culture, so firmly rooted in the Big Apple, by exploring what is left of Little Italy (in the section of Mulberry Street between Broome and Canal streets), tasting one of their magnificent pizzas with that genuine taste only Italians know how to cook up, or visiting the Italian American Museum, bringing together some of the most precious treasures of this immigrant community. You can get lost in the aromas and search for the perfect plate of pasta or pizza; or if you prefer, you can also play it safe by trying one of these delicious Italian restaurants in New York City: Marea: with two Michelin stars, excellent reviews in media outlets of the likes of The New York Times, and thousands of compliments from its clientele, this restaurant located on 240 Central Park S, brings together the best of the Mediterranean Sea and cuisine to serve it in the most succulent way. From unique antipasti, oysters and seafood to the very best homemade pasta. A voce: creative dishes and market cuisine with a distinct Italian taste. Where to find them? 10...
Oktoberfest Survival Guide

Oktoberfest Survival Guide

Planning a trip to this year’s Oktoberfest in Munich? There´s some things you should know before getting there… First of all, it may be called “Oktoberfest”, but it takes place majorly in September, from the 19th to the 4th of October in Munich, so it can be a little tricky. Why is this, you ask? Well, while the beerfest was originally held entirely in October, it was later moved back a couple of weeks so the festival would get better weather. I guess nursing a hangover in the sunshine is nicer than doing so in the cold… Strap on your lederhosen or dust off your dirndl, and let’s go! Buy your Bavarian outfit You can’t go to Oktoberfest without the traditional Bavarian outfit, the lederhosen are the men’s outfit while women wear the dirndl. So you better find a good store to buy or rent the outfit, and remember, putting them on might take a while, so you better get up early! Early Bird Catches the Worm The beer tents tend to fill-up very quickly, so if you don’t have pre-booked tickets and want a place in one of the tents, you’re going have to get down there early, so expect a beer breakfast. And we mean 8 am early. Pick your tent All tents are free to enter, and the German beer is typically 10 euros. There are 14 different tents, each tent has its own unique little characteristic, like type of food served, decor or music.  Drinking atmosphere is, of course, important, so you better choose which tents you prefer beforehand. Take it slow You’ll be drinking...