A traditional Alentejan joint in Bairro Alto, where diminutive space is inversionally proportional to the food quality. Forget the mercurial service: the gambas ao alho (garlic sauce shrimps) may be the best you´ll ever taste. Nice value, too.
No sign, but it’s on a corner of Rua do Norte (number 46), low Bairro Alto;
tel: 21 346 4265
Open every day except Monday from 7pm
This cheap and cheerful Pakistani restaurant is probably not worth the tube journey to Upton Park all by itself, but very nearly.
This is an Asian McDonalds practically. Big family groups turn up for Pakistani feasts. Queue up at the counter and order kebabs, curries, dhals and bread to share. It will all be carried across to your table on a groaning tray.
Swig back sugary Rubicon drinks and get them to box up some desserts (I recommend their kheer) to take home – there’s no way you will have space straight after eating your meal.
Wander slowly back towards the tube looking in the windows at all the sari/sweetmeat/jewellery shops.
222-226 Green Street, E7 8LE
Left out of Upton Park tube and keep on walking.... (maybe 10 minutes)
Most restaurants and bars only sell two or three types of beer, usually from a single brewery. This place is totally different: They sell more than a dozen beers from small breweries in the Nuremberg/Forchheim/Bamberg area. Snacks are simple and affordable. Having tried a traditional beer here you'll never touch a Budweiser again!
Enjoy a schnapps after your meal or have a different one with every beer. If you are travelling with children, be warned: this place is unpleasantly smoky. Try to get there early as it is hugely popular with the locals and therefore always somewhat crowded.
Rothenburger Straße 26 - a three minute walk from either Plärrer or Rothenburger Straße metro;
A hostel-oasis bit of accommodation on the tropical island of Itaparica, near Salvador in the Bahia region of Brazil. It used to be run by two lovely guys, one who worked as a surgeon and the other a teacher. Both welcoming and thoughtful.
It's a beautifully vivid and tranquil place, bright colours, lots of areas to choose from to read, converse,write, sleep, swim.
Has native landscaping, and electricity run via solar energy. The most beautiful and luminous place I've stayed in. It used to be hard to track down, phoning ahead probably best.
Loteamento Outeiro Gabão, Qd B, Lote 23 - Bom Despacho;
tel: 71 3681 1361/1360;
Built by Peter the Great for his wife Catherine, this palace provides an opulent backdrop to much of Estonia’s foreign art collection.
The galleries contain paintings, prints and sculpture by mainly Flemish, Dutch and Russians artists of the 16th -19th century and include works by Breughel the Younger and Cranach. There are some excellent portraits by Anton Graff and an interesting room dedicated to 19th century views of Tallinn. As the information plaques explained these were produced almost as equivalents to today’s postcards, souvenirs for the more well-heeled visitor.
Also impressive are the Russian realist pictures - such as "A Soldier’s Tale" by Ilja Repin and Ivor Shisnkin's "The Pine Forest" - which have a very earthy, tactile feel to them.
There was also a small but interesting temporary exhibition about copies of masterpieces - not fakes but copies made, again, as a kind of souvenir or as a tribute to the original artist, or as practise for an apprentice painter.
Information plaques, in Estonian and English, are found in each room and the exhibits themselves are well labelled.
The Palace is open 10.00am-5.00pm closed Mondays May-September and both Monday and Tuesday October-April.
Weizenbergi 37/Valge 1;
Take Tram No. 3 to Kadriog, then it is a short and rather pleasant walk;
This small B&B plus apartment is in the village of La Roche Sur Foron, which is about 15 miles from Annecy.
Best thing is Marie Ammeloot, the owner, who has to be one of the nicest people we have ever stayed with. The sand pit in the garden for small children helped too.
La Roche is nice small town with an excellent swimming pool and mountain views
1 Route de la Bénite Fontaine, La Roche sur Foron;
tel/fax : 04 50 03 3116;
email : email@example.com;
La Roche is 30 mins by train from Annecy and also an hour or so from Chamonix.
This restaurant offers a really good deal for a three course meal - it costs about 12 euros if you go before 7pm and about 15 euros after 7pm. Portions are small but really delicious and service is great
Ottostraße 69, Ehrenfeld;
tel: 0221 55 6261;
Nearest tram stop is nussbaumerstrasse on line 5 or 13
The Kulturzentrum Kammgarn is a community-sponsored centre of cultural activity and hosts regular pop and jazz concerts, and they'll probably have an internationally-focused programme for the World Cup. It's also very reasonable.
The most expensive Waikiki hostel, and also the largest. They have the most stuff for their guests (from surfboards to snorkelgear) and the most rooms (beds) of any hostel in Hawaii. The staff are great and it would be hard to not have a good time unless you really dislike good looking people, sunshine and beer.
Direct online bookings (to avoid paying booking companies) are available through www.waikikibeachsidehostel.com
This place has a really authentic Italian feel about it. There's no trendyness or pretentiousness like you find in other city centre Italian places, whose food generally turns out to be a big disappointment.
Here you can find the best pizzas north of Rome, served by a guy who would be more at home in a gladiator outfit, and the red-checked tablecloths and paintings of Italy on the walls tell you that he's probably a little bit homesick.
It's also relatively cheap, so it's a great spur-of-the-moment restaurant (you don't need to book). In 8 months of living in Brussels, this was my favourite restaurant by far.
Rue Jourdan 5, (just off the top of Avenue Louise)
Shabusen Yakiniku House is an all-you-can-eat restaurant, with two central locations in Vancouver. It's got decent sushi, but the real experience is the Yakiniku (Korean BBQ) and Hot Pot options where you have a grill and/or a hot pot at your table and you cook your own food, be it meat, seafood or vegetables.
It's a tasty and fun experience. And it's only around £12 per person. It gets busy though, so either make reservations or be willing to wait a while (it's worth it!).
2993 Granville Street, Vancouver
Tel: (604) 737-6888
755 Burrard St, Vancouver
Tel: (604) 669-3883
The You Sabai is a guesthouse located in the heart of Chiang Mai. It has 8 comfortable, clean and affordable guesthouse rooms (150 – 250 Baht per night), a charming outdoor restaurant that serves up healthy authentic Thai dishes and western breakfast favourites, and assists with a wide variety of traveller arrangements.
Visitors staying at the You Sabai guesthouse can avail of free use of an open space to practice Thai massage, yoga, or to meditate in privacy.
I kept going back to the same Guest House in Chiang Mai because the people that owned it were really friendly, honest and fun. Now I am lucky enough to be good friends with them. And I wish to tell anyone that is going to Chiang Mai that they should call in and see for themselves.
Nearby to Commercial Drive there is a quiet and unique park.
Trout lake is beautiful in all seasons. You can walk the perimeter of the lake taking in the breathtaking views of the rocky mountains with the echoes of children giggling whilst paddling in the water.
You will find Vancouverites riding bikes, reading books, sunbathing, swimming and occasionally even a samba band practicing!
In the summer it houses one of the best farmers markets in British Columbia.
Good place to visit if you need to warm your heart and soul.
Trout Lake Park (also known as John Hendry Park) is located at East 15th Avenue and Victoria Drive in East Vancouver.
The University of British Columbia (UBC) throughout the summer has various types of accomodation available. The rooms are clean, comfortable and good value for money. There are great transport links and a few shops, bars and a beach in the vicinity. Around 45 minutes from downtown Vancouver, unless you get an express bus, which makes it around 25 minutes. Well worth checking out for those on a budget.
The Kingston is a great, small hotel near the centre of the business district. It's a little distant from Stanley Park (maybe a mile or so away?), but pretty close to Granville Island and very close to Chinatown... a nice walk in any case. It's fairly inexpensive, and there's nothing incredibly fancy about the rooms, and frankly, that's part of the Kingston's charm. It's clean, basic, family run, comfortable and a great place to rest your head before a full day of touring this great city.
Probably the best located and most fun of the hostels in Waikiki and is also one of the cheapest. They have hammocks, keg parties, and free internet (or you can use the internet cafe two doors down).
For five years there has been one restaurant which i have always happily returned to. A five minute walk from the Rynek Glowny, along ul. Florianska and through the Barbakan, you will find Nana.
A bright, airy space with outside tables, this is a small bar which serves some of the best pierogi and placki in Krakow, and all for less than 10zl for any meal. Try any of the main meals with the unique 'hunters sauce'. With side dishes for under 50p, and enough food to leave you satisfied for less than the price of a coffee from the city centre, it is highly recommended, and I will be definitely be returning on my next visit.
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