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Zámecká, 284 03 Kutná Hora, Czechia
Always wanted to visit a bone ossuary. Not really sure why, except they just seem so bizarre. Finally got to Sedlec at Kutna Hora, Czech Republic. It didn't disappoint in the bizarre factor. I was so fascinated by how carefully arranged the bones...
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Zámek 1, 692 15 Mikulov, Czechia
If you're a lover of wine, then forget about the Napa Valley and Bordeaux, and instead head to Moravia, located in the southern part of the Czech Republic. By all means visit the wine museum in the castle, but then head into town to enjoy a few...
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South Moravian Region, Czechia
Some of the best wine in the world, and I am talking about the WORLD(!), is from the Czech Republic region of Moravia. Of course it doesn't get the same press as the French, Italian or even California stuff but believe me, these wines are top...
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III. nádvoří 48/2, 119 01 Praha 1, Czechia
In Prague, the grand St. Vitus Cathedral is a wonder to see. Unfortunately it's lack of space outside makes it difficult to grab a good shot of the front of the building, so many have to settle for close-ups of the details. Surprisingly, this...
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Cihelná 635/2b, 118 00 Malá Strana, Czechia
Located right in front of the Franz Kafka museum in the Lesser Town (Mala Strana) area of Prague, is one of the funniest fountains I’ve ever seen. Two bronze sculptures in the form of two men pee into a Czech Republic-shaped enclosure. Created by...
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Muránská, 841 10 Devín, Slovakia
One of the most interesting aspects of Slovakia are the number of castles found all over the country. From dark ages to the almost modern time, it's a wonderful trip for anyone interested in seeing castles. Devín was the first, and it's stood the...
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811 06 Bratislava, Slovakia
This spot has been occupied for thousands of years as a central point to the region, even before the Bratislava or Slovakia even existed. This castle was first built in the 10th century, and saw it's own experiences of different rulers, different...
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Friedrich-Schmidt-Platz 1, 1010 Wien, Austria
One of Vienna's most notable structures is its stunning Rathaus, or City Hall. Designed by Friedrich von Schmidt between 1872 and 1883, the imposing Gothic structure is the seat of both the mayor and city council, and is also the backdrop for one...
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Nussberg, 1190 Wien, Austria
Austrian wines are made all the better by a visit to the many vineyards and wine taverns (Heuriger) on the outskirts of Vienna. Wieninger vineyard is located north of the city on the Nussberg. A light meal and wine outdoors among the vineyards is...
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Hainburger Str. 19, 1030 Wien, Austria
Housed in a 19th-century building in Vienna’s third district, known as Landstraße, Spiess & Spiess is a relatively affordable, family-owned choice in a quiet residential area not far from the Danube. It’s just a 20-minute...
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Museumsplatz 1, 1070 Wien, Austria
Vienna's MuseumsQuartier is a great place to soak up the sun on the compound's iconic park benches, and check out extensive art collections housed in an elegant mixture of baroque and modern buildings. Don't miss great works of art by Austrian...
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Rechte Wienzeile 35, 1040 Wien, Austria
Wombats Hostels are one of the best chains in Europe with three locations in Vienna alone. The Naschmarkt location, however, is easily the best and newest, as it's right across the street from the city's famous local food market and dining...
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Bellariastraße, 1010 Wien, Austria
A delight for music lovers, with live opera singing every Monday evening, this well-established Viennese cafe is very popular with music lovers from around the world. Bellaria Café is the place to be on a Monday night. Professional opera singers...
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Kärntner Str. 19, 1010 Wien, Austria
Sky Bar has a great view even in the glass elevator you take up to the top and located on and looking over the Kärntnerstrasse pedestrian zone. They often have good music to pair with their tasty cocktails. They are located atop the Steffl...
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Kärntner Durchgang 10, 1010 Wien, Austria
With a paneled ceiling, onyx wall tiles, and a green-and-white marble floor, the Loos American Bar is an art nouveau masterpiece designed in 1908 by Viennese architect Adolf Loos. Seats are at a premium in this 300-square-foot space, which packs...
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Bäckerstraße 9, 1010 Wien, Austria
As soon as we touch down at the airport in Vienna my husbands asks when he'll have his "small Gulasch and small beer". This is his way of being part of a city that has been titled the most liveable city worldwide three years in a row. His choice...
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Stephansplatz 3, 1010 Wien, Austria
View from the top of Saint Stephen's Cathedral (Stephandom, Cathedral of Vienna) in Vienna, Austria. If I am not mistaken, the top of the tower from where this picture was taken is the highest point in Vienna.
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Prater, Wiener Prater 59, 1010 Wien, Austria
There's no better way to see Vienna than while soaring 117 meters above the city. Prater Turm at the Prater amusement park is a fun ride for all ages (as long as they meet the height requirements). After the ride, check out Schweizerhaus for an...
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Opernring 2, 1010 Wien, Austria
Traveling on a student budget makes you appreciate finding a good deal even if it takes a little bit of work; going to the opera is an amazing experience but going cheaply is even better! If you go to the Vienna opera house 80min before the start...
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1060 Vienna, Austria
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The Naschmarkt is absolutely one of the things you have to experience during your stay in Vienna! Locals call Vienna’s largest inner-city market the “city’s stomach." The market is a unique place for strolling, admiring, discovering, and sampling....
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Prinz Eugen-Straße vor, 1040 Wien, Austria
Between the upper and lower Belvedere palaces sits this immense garden. Filled with greenery, statues, and fountains, it seems like too much to really enjoy. Perhaps my taste in cozy Mediterranean gardens that are more or less places to "hide"...
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Vienna, Austria
The best part about our trip to Vienna wasn't really Vienna. It was finding the Grinzing area on the outskirts - quiet wine growing region with insanely charming tiny wine taverns everywhere. Our favorite was Mayer AM Pfarrplatz. You can get there...
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Museumsplatz 1, 1070 Wien, Austria
It might seem strange at first that Viennese locals would go to the MuseumsQuartier without any intention of setting foot in one of the nine museums. While culture buffs are regulars at the galleries and exhibition spaces, they also might come...
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Stiftgasse, 1070 Wien, Austria
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Located in the lovely Spittelberg neighborhood, tucked away in a secluded courtyard, Amerling beisl is a delightful Austrian bistro. Try the goulash!
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Friedrichstraße 12, 1010 Wien, Austria
You can see the golden dome of the Secesssion light up the Vienna sky-line from far away. The museum, which was built to accommodate one of the city’s most prolific art movements, is a sight in itself. But once you step into this temple of...
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Arsenalstraße 1, 1030 Wien, Austria
Contemporary art has found a new home in the 21er Haus, Vienna’s newest addition to its buzzing art scene. The structure itself was designed by Austrian architect Karl Schwanzer and is a dream-come-true for any curator of modern art. It is...
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Schiffstation Wien City, Franz-Josefs-Kai 2, Schwedenplatz/Kai, 1010 Wien, Austria
Everything about taking the Twin City Liner is an experience. Being able to go from the centre of Vienna directly to the centre of Slovakia's capital Bratislava in just over an hour would be impreessive enough, but being able to do so on the water...
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Budapest, Klauzál tér 9, 1072 Hungary
Stick-to-the-ribs staples such as kaposztas kocka (a dish of cabbage and pasta) and solet (smoked pork and baked beans) are served at this no-frills, plastic-tablecloth joint in the old Jewish Quarter. Autographed photos of celebrities who have...
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Budapest, Kazinczy u. 14, 1075 Hungary
An edgy crowd gathers at Szimpla Kert, a wacky ruin pub in the old Jewish Quarter. On entering, you’ll be overwhelmed by the maze of rooms, where you might find recycled computer monitors, towering piles of books, hookah pipes, or live...
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Budapest, Vörösmarty tér 7-8, 1051 Hungary
One of Budapest’s best known and most ornately decorated coffeehouses—as well as one of Europe’s oldest—Café Gerbeaud has been satisfying the city’s sweets cravings since it opened in 1858. The decor in the...
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813 Bienville St, New Orleans, LA 70112, USA
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Connected to Arnaud's, this cozy bar place makes you feel like you're transported back in time. It's a great place for conversation, even if just with the bartender. They take their cocktails seriously and you MUST try the souffle potatoes. Yum!
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536 Frenchmen St, New Orleans, LA 70116, USA
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The amazing music and cool vibe on Frenchman Street is irresistible. Some of the world’s best musicians are playing there every night of the week—just one of the many extraordinary things about New Orleans. While you are feeding your...
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600 Poland Ave, New Orleans, LA 70117, USA
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Why is a wine shop in a raggedy building at the far edges of a downriver Bywater neighborhood such a buzzed-about stop? Step out the back door and you’ll get your answer. The spacious if scruffy backyard—festooned with string lights...
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Old Town, Slovakia
One of the main shopping districts in the downtown area of Bratislava. A charming mix of fancy and historic.
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Karmelitermarkt 37, 1020 Wien, Austria
“The best way to describe Zimmer37 is sehr sympathisch—very congenial. The chef really takes into consideration vegetarians. Local, organic fare is the focus, and the small menu changes every day. The soups are always excellent.” - Hatmaker Klaus...
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Große Pfarrgasse 5, 1020 Wien, Austria
“The handwritten menu changes every day in this tiny restaurant, which has the ambience of a friend’s living room. You can always find fresh, seasonal ingredients and great wine. Also, the bar is beautiful, all done up in marble, brass, and wood.”...
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Seilergasse 10, 1010 Wien, Austria
“I can’t forgo the opportunity to tout my own stores, now, can I? My family has been making hats since 1903. All of our hats are made by hand. I try to respect tradition while creating modern designs. Styles range from baseball caps to traditional...
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Praterstraße 15, 1020 Wien, Austria
“I’m a regular at Café Ansari. The menu offers staples of Georgian cuisine like khinkali [meat-filled dumplings] and khachapuri [cheese-filled bread], but you’ll find other culinary influences also represented on the menu.” - Hatmaker Klaus...
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Pržno, Montenegro
Driving down the coast of Montenegro, we skipped the ugly-looking resort towns of Budva and stopped in pretty little Przno. Konoba More, along the water right next to a little public beach, was a lovely place to eat octopus and clams, and gaze out...
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Staroměstské nám. 1, 110 00 Praha 1-Staré Město, Czechia
Complete with an ornate astronomical and calendar dials and moving figures, the Orloj (Czech for clock) on the Old Town Hall is the main event in Prague's Old Town Square. While the clock itself and the astronomical dial date back to 1410, the...