This small restaurant in Zurich-Wipkingen offers delicious Asian dishes. It feels like being at home, with personalised service from your own chef. Anthony Carlos, from the Philippines, offers serious a Asian menu with homemade specialties. Check as well the monthly events. Recommended for lovers of gourmet, but you will need to make reservations, as the place is small (max. 25 seats).
Nordstrasse 199, near Zurich-Wipkingen train station, and about 5 minutes from the main train station (Zurich HB), or you can catch bus no. 46;
tel: 043 539 76 79;
A 3 day world music festival in the beautiful and historic seaside town of Whitby. Now in its 7th year, this indoor festival has very rapidly become one of the foremost events on the world music calendar and every year features great and well known artists alongside new and upcoming acts from around the globe. It is family friendly and has a range of childrens activities and workshops in addition to the main music programme.
This year's line up includes: Buena Vista Social Club presents Cachaito Lopez, 'Guajiro' Mirabal, Manuel Galbon & 'Aguaje' Ramos; Natacha Atlas/Ali Slimani Band (UK/Algeria); Joana Amendoeira (Portugal); Go Lem System (Spain/Argentina), Yasmin Levy (Israel)and Spiers & Boden (England) amongst many others.
The festival takes place on the 20th -22nd of October and is the perfect antidote to the end of summer blues (though early booking is recommended)
Tel: 01947 603475
Venue: Spa Pavilion Complex, West Cliff, Whitby.
Take an old hospital spread over a few blocks in the CBD, knock it down and put in its place a completely new shopping and retail precinct and you have QV, which gets its name from the previous Queen Victoria hospital that was on the site. Specialist fashion retailers mix it with coffee shops and there is also a huge food court. Standard supermarket chains (Big W and Safeway) are also there.
Corner of Swanston and Lonsdale Streets, within easy reach of all city stations and trams;
tel: 9658 0103;
One of Melbourne's best Indian restaurants (and one of our favourites), the Roti Boti (pronounced Roaty Boaty, which means bread and meat) produces superb Indian dishes with a leaning towards those cooked in the tandoor. Great service and a wide choice of meals and courses, from vegetarian dishes to 'make your eyes water' curries. Kid friendly too, somewhere for the whole family. Bookings are essential at weekends, because it’s popular.
513 Hampton St, Hampton, within walking distance from Hampton Station;
tel: (03) 9598 5511;
What’s ACMI? It’s the Australian Centre for the Moving Image,
and it’s different. Want to know the history of Australian TV?
Sick of standard Hollywood output? Interested in animation?
ACMI has it all.
Federation Square, Flinders St (opposite Flinders St Station);
tel: 8663 2200; www.acmi.net.au
A great local cafe and bar with inside and outside eating areas, a very modern menu and a great wine list. Drop in for a latte and cake or have a full meal. An afternoon next to the fire here is a lazy way to while away a Sunday. The locals (including me) love it because it’s also 'kid friendly'. Babyccino anyone?
382 Hampton St, Hampton 3188;
tel: 9521 0547;
Four is devoted to the development of an uninhibited artistic exploration of ideas, discourses and new trends in contemporary art and its practices. It sees its function as promoting, supporting and bringing contemporary art, curators and the artists who take part in its evolution to the public's attention.
11 Burgh Quay, Dublin 2, near the Tara Street Dart station;
tel: 00 353 (0) 86 365 1256;
This is a traditional Catalan dance. It is performed in the Cathedral Square on Sundays from 12-2, and provides an opportunity to hear traditional Catalan instruments.
Place de la Seu, outside the Cathedral, in the Gothic Quarter
In addition to presenting the "history" of chocolate, the museum displays huge chocolate sculptures. There is also a cafe offering chocolate treats.
Comerç 36, in the Gothic Quarter;
tel: 93 268 7878;
metro: Jaume I or Arc de Triomf;
open: Mon-Sat 10am-7pm; Sun 10am-3pm
The old port of Santorini originally could only be reached by the long winding set of steps down from Thira. All 888 of them, or 588, but lots! The locals came up with an easy way for seafarers to go up to the town of Fira: use mules to carry people up and down. Today the tourist and charter boats bring tourists in who ride the mules up to Fira for their short stay on Santorini.
One can get to the old port (it is worth a visit) by walking down (which we did). The choice is then to either take a mule ride back up or take its modern equivalent, the cable car. We chose the cable car for the views, speed and smoothness. Both the mules and the cable car cost. One can also think about walking back up... but I recommend against it.
Follow the signs to the steps or the cable car station in Fira. The cable car is 3.50 euro per person each way;
Seven Springs near Afandou is a wonderful cool spot set in a pine forest beside a mountain stream. Sit at a wooden table and eat village food – specialty: baby kid chops. Then follow the stream and walk through a long cool tunnel (about 100 metres) out to a beautiful freshwater lake. The tunnel is clean and safe - and thrilling for children over 5. Try it.
Afandou is around 22 km from Rhodes Town, on the east coast. From there, to the right of the Kolimbia coast, is a road that leads to Seven Springs;
Melbourne bar/restaurant that’s located on the beach at Hampton (although the locals call it Brighton Beach because that’s the name of the adjacent railway station). Great outlook (check the website), nice food, plenty of parking, with a place upstairs for a drink and meal with a view. The hotel also hosts live music at times, check out the gig guide.
Cnr South Rd and Beach Rd (aka the Esplanade) in Hampton (aka Brighton Beach), 50 metres from Brighton Beach Station (20 min trip from the city);
tel: 9592 3555;
Nuremberg provides easy access to the very well-maintained cycle paths that go to Prague and Vienna.
Cycling is also the quickest and cheapest way to get around the city, and the cycle path goes along the river Pegnitz.
Down at "Woerther Wiese" there is a nice beer garden and a sensory garden for kids. Community sports like football and juggling take place there too - just ask, and most of the time you are very welcome to join in.
At "Woerther See", the little lake near the inner city meadows you can rent a boat, and it's also a good place for jogging and keeping fit - running round the lake usually takes about 30-45 min if you are fit.
Of course, cycling is also good during the World Cup. Especially if you want to avoid traffic jams around the stadium.
For a detailed map of Bavarian cycle paths (German language) see:
The Portsea Hotel (aka the Portsea pub) has one of the best outlooks of any pub in the world. It’s a favourite of those who live in Portsea, as well as those visiting. Drives to the Mornington Peninsula end at the pub, motorcyclists arrange their rides to end at the pub. The views are awesome, and the food and service are very good. Eat in the restaurant or outside in the beer garden. They also offer accommodation.
3749 Point Nepean Rd (Nepean Hwy), Portsea. It’s on the right-hand (beach) side as you enter Portsea.
tel: (03) 59842213
Fiskardo is a small (by British standards) local fishing port on the northern point of Kefalonia. With good restaurants and a good-quality chandlers at the far end of the port, it's very easy to spend a day relaxing there. The restaurants on the whole serve excellent traditional Greek and Kefalonian dishes.
Fiskardo is very popular in August, and is quietest at the beginning and end of the season. There's plenty to do, and plenty of seats if you just want to sit. There are also boats to nip across to Ithaka for some calamari, and a ferry to take you to the nearby islands.
It’s my favourite place in Kefalonia - I have often found myself spending a whole day there watching the world go by, enjoying breakfast, lunch and dinner with a few Mythos in between.
50km north of Argostoli. Catch a bus from there, or a ferry from Lefkada or Ithaki. N.B: The bus drops you off in a carpark. Walk down the steps to the left of the church and go straight ahead to get into the town.
If you are on Paros in August don’t miss the festival on the 15th, when everyone with anything vaguely seaworthy heads out into the bay armed with flares and fireworks for the Festival of the Panagia.
Block Arcade is an old shopping arcade tucked away in the inner part of Melbourne. It has been refurbished and all its 19th century fittings restored. It originally was a place to shop but these days also has the obligatory cluster of cafes (lots of them!)
Melbourne city centre, between Collins St and Little Collins St (a short walk from Flinders St station);
The sunsets viewed from Santorini are reputed to be the best in the world. I won't argue with that...and I have seen lots of sunsets around the world. The best places to see them are Oia (which is very crowded), Thira (also crowded with tourists), Ammoudi and the edge of the caldera between the port of Santorini and Thira. Just pull off the road (we hired a car to drive around) and watch the spectacle ...awesome.
Cool on a hot summer day or dry on a rainy day and loads of fun. Walk the 426m underneath the Elbe through the two narrow and tiled tunnels (or you can still drive through). The cars and people go up and down in lifts and the marine-related embossed tiles you see along the route are charming. Built in 1911, it was an engineering marvel in its time.
Lifts located in the domed structures next to the Landungsbrücken
Nice stretch of coast a little bit to the west of the main city, Xania. Even though the touristy main drag can be very tacky, behind all of that is a long stretch of family-friendly beach and activities. About 800 metres across the bay is the island of Thedorou, with excellent scuba and snorkelling sites. 30 minutes' drive away are more sandy beaches and snorkelling coves. Overall, a great location for a holiday.
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