With their Belle Epoque, 1900’s décor, French comfort food at thrifty prices, “Bouillon” restaurants are once again popular in Paris. Proof? Chartier, a pioneer of the concept, is resuscitating one of its original Left Bank venues right in the heart of Montparnasse.
Hamburg, the second largest city in Germany and one of the busiest seaport in Europe, has been a powerhouse of international trade since the early days of the medieval Hanseatic League. Today this dynamic city steeped in tradition is at the forefront of modernity.
In Bordeaux, the city at very heart of one of the oldest and most revered winemaking regions in the world, the recently opened Cité du Vin takes visitors on a journey of discovery of the varied vineyards and wine cultures on the planet.
Ravaged three centuries ago by a major volcanic eruption, the arid, windswept Spanish island of Lanzarote, off the coast of western Africa, didn’t seem conducive to wine-growing. Yet its inhabitants have managed to create thriving vineyards by shaping a unique landscape of tiny craters of black volcanic ash, each planted with a vine.
The easternmost island of the the Canaries Archipelago, Lanzarote owes its unique personality to two major influences: the longest volcanic eruption in recorded history and the island’s favorite son, the artist and environmentalist César Manrique.
Antoni Gaudi, the leading architect of Catalan Modernism, is all but synonymous with Barcelona. Admired worldwide, his buildings are the most visited tourist attractions in the city.
Barcelona is said to have the most restaurants and bars per capita in Europe. Discovering memorable ones is a fun exercise for food conscious visitors.
Barcelona has everything that is most captivating about Mediterranean cities: two millennia of rich history, amazing architecture, endless sunshine and irresistible food.
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