The theatre festival held in July cannot be surpassed for thespian entertainment in the most beautiful settings.
Watch a play on a balmy provincial afternoon, followed by food and wine which elsewhere pales in comparison.
The charm of Avignon is in the atmosphere and no words can do it justice - you must feel it for yourself.
You must try the athmospheric and much loved La Banasterie Guesthouse.
It is located slap bang in the centre of the maze like citadel, but on a quiet side street and with excellent restaurants within a one-minute walk.
Jean-Michel and Francoise make the ancient house terribly atmospheric with fairy lights and by lighting the stairs and halls by candlelight at night.
If you would like a home from home, with an authentic french atmosphere, I couldn’t recommend this place more highly!
Time your visit for September and after spending a few hours in Avignon step back in time and take the short train trip to Arles which takes you through a magical landscape formed by Les Alpilles.
Experience an unforgettable sight as you approach this enchanting ancient Roman town with a stunning view of the roman bridge over the Rhone.
Wander along the banks of the river to the Place de Forum where you can sit in the Cafe van Gogh shaded by plane trees and savour a grand paella which is cooked in giant pans to celebrate the annual rice festival.
While wandering through the old city, below the Palais des Papes, you could do worse than call in to Les Halles, where the stalls are laden with all the fresh produce of Provence.
The bowls of unctuous , gleaming aioli are worth the visit alone. Plenty of entertainment from the seafood traiteur preparing his dishes. Be warned: you won't leave empty-handed.
When passing through Avignon on the way to the Cote d'Azure we stopped for lunch and discovered a wonderful bistro in the rue de la Balance, called the Brunel. Unfortunately there was no connection to the great railway engineer but the Monkfish with pistou was wonderful .
Find theatrical presentations for everyone, which inspire and excite at Les Ateliers d'Amphoux - but make the visit sensational by experiencing the speciality of the city, 'Papalines'.
This delicacy is made of fine chocolate, sugar and oregano liqueur. And of course, this is the best place to drink Cotes du Rhône wine.
The small town of Plataria is an excellent place to stop overnight if you are making your way by boat down from Corfu to the other islands in the Ionian sea.
Budos restaurant is one of the best fish restaurants I have ever been to - ask for a selection of everything they have. The covered veranda at the front has a great view over the bay.
Plataria is on mainland Greece, just south east of Corfu Town. Budos restaurant is located right at the entrance to the little marina.
It can be hard, on a student budget, to find a place where you can get a great Italian pizza for four euros or less.
This restaurant is tucked away down a side street (like many places in Salerno) and does a delicious margherita or pancetta pizza for three or four euros.
From research after I got back from my trip, I'm pretty sure this is the name of the restaurant; it's on Via Arechi, a two-minute walk from the HI hostel Ave Gratia Maria, which is on Via dei Canali. The restaurant is an unassuming building with a medieval style front with stained glass windows.
The harbourside in St Martin is crammed full of restaurants, but this was the best we found by a long chalk. It catches the evening sun longer than many others too!
Inventive food impeccably cooked, decent wine list with many charentais wines chosen. It's generally more considered and less frenetic than some of the other more classic tourist-traps on the waterfront.
15 quai Clémenceau
South of the river in Bristol is a bit of a nightlife black hole if you're not in Southville - but with the arrival of the S&D, the Windmill and the Bocabar, things are becoming slightly more exciting.
The S&D wins out over the other two though, because of its fantastic food, some of the best I've had in Bristol (better than many mediocre but far more expensive restaurants in town - Riverstation I'm looking at you).
It's not totally gastro though - downstairs is a more traditional pub, though wonky and trendy in that reclaimed-furniture style. And it's right by a big park. Lovely!
75-78 St Luke's Road, Totterdown
0117 300 3712
About 15 minutes' walk from the town centre.
Friendly restaurant near the old port with imaginative cooking. Three-course menu (27 euros in the evening) offers excellent value for money.
We like La Virgule so much we went there twice on a recent weekend break. Although located one street back from the waterfront it has a large outdoor seating area on a pedestrianised street with good views to Notre Dame de la Garde. Seems popular with locals. Open 7 days for lunch and dinner.
20, rue de la Loge, 2e arrondissement (Le Panier). Tel: +33 (0) 4 91 90 91 11
In Amsterdam, the former city glasshouse has been restored and turned into the light-filled, airy De Kas restaurant, with smaller glasshouses around the main room used to grow herbs and vegetables. Book for dinner in high summer and start with a glass of champagne flavoured with a basil leaf, followed by delicious, seasonal food like confit duck, grilled fish, fresh salads and tiny jellies made from fresh berries. They serve one daily, five course menu so all you need to do is book a table, turn up and relax - neatly avoiding both menu dilemmas and dinner envy.
Kamerlingh Onneslaan 3
Academie OT301, the former Netherlands Film Academie, is a legalized squat featuring two large performance/rehearsal spaces, a cinema, cafe and gallery space with cultural activities and events. Check it out for the mega-cheap organic vegan restaurant. A meal costs €5 but must be reserved from 4pm on the day; dinner is served at 7pm.
Though part of the Apamea Cham Hotel, it is located on the other side of the road, with spectacular views of four of the noria water wheels which moan as they turn, and its independent access means that most diners at night come from outside the hotel.
The menu is varied (the only non-expensive place in Syria where I found fish available) and prices are very reasonable for excellent cooking. Beer and spirits are served. The only downside is that you are sitting on one of the key sites of the dramatic suppression of the 1982 Hama uprising.
To the north of the centre of Hama, on the east side of the Orontes river and adjacent to Apamea Cham Hotel. Open for dinner, but not necessarily for lunch.
Of the listed restaurants in the Christian quarter of Aleppo, this is the best value in terms of atmosphere and food. It has two entrances, one signed from the side of the Armenian cathedral and the other from Qastal Ibshir Pasha street. Beer and wine on offer.
See above for directions. tel 2224462.
OK, this is my secret tip. Only for food and jazz lovers. Forget touristic places like Kantjil and the Tiger. This place is the real deal.
Very, very good Indonesian food.
The owner is an eccentric and the jazz is cool. It's super-small: there's only like five tables. But only for you I recommend it. Don't tell anyone else, otherwise I can't get in any more, because it's too full, you know? Just between you and me.
In the Utrechtsestraat. Tram 4 right through it, or tram 7 or 10 till Frederiksplein. Or metro till Waterlooplein and then walk some seven minutes.
This is a restaurant located in the Ferry Building. They serve great, great food.
Watch out for the dog, though. He is not dangerous, but the owners are not polite enough to keep the dog away from the communal table, which I think is weird.
You have a straight view on the Bay Bridge, which doesn't have the fame of the Golden Gate, but is still well worth looking at.
Right in the Ferry Building. Tons of trams and buses go there.
It's a really nice university town with some great coffee places, like the Java House and the Prairie Lights Bookshop which also has a small Java House, perfect for working on your laptop. The centre has a funny fountain which keeps children sweet for hours. There are some decent Indian place (like always, they are run by Sri Lankans) where you can have a lunch or dinner. The university library is huge, and you can easily spend days in it. It's always open, I think. I spent many nights there. America being a very Christian country, there are a lot of churches. I went a few times to First Mennonite Church of Iowa City and experienced a very warm atmosphere. When a good friend of mine died, they helped me to go through it. They are great.
Iowa City's airport is the one from Cedars Rapids. You can also take a Greyhound to Iowa City, f.i. from Chicago.
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