Travel | #Czech Republic – Prague

  • See Prague Castle of course, the Spanish Synagogue and the view from both the Pražsky Metronom and the little street Strahovské Nádvorí near the Monastery.
  • Eat & Drink:

La Finestra

If Czech food is not your thing, head to this Italian restaurant. Pick something in the menu or simply ask which piece of meat and sides you would like! // Platnéřská 90/13 – 110 00 Staré Město – Praha

DISH

Probably the best burger in Prague! What else? // Římská 1196/29 – Praha 2, 120 00

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Travel | #Austria – Vienna

Buxbaum

If you spent some time reading foodies and lifestyle blogs, you will find this little gem! But I am in a generous mood so let’s save you some time. // Grashofgasse 3, im Heiligenkreuzerhof – 1010 Wien

Plachutta

If you want to have a (huge) glimpse of traditional Viennese food, then head to Plachutta. Best Schnitzel in town! // Gasthaus Zur Oper, Walfischgasse 5-7 – 1010 Wien

ULRICH

The Breakfast of champions is to be taken here! // St Ulrichsplatz 1 – 1070 Wien

Es Gibt Reis

‘Schüttel dein Haar’. You don’t know what this means? Well that’s good news, because you only need to drink this one and appreciate the ride. Yes, cocktails around here. // Piaristengasse 15 – 1080 Wien

Eis-Greissler

Best Vienna’s ice-creams in this tiny shop! You can ask for all flavours in English or just be adventurous and try as everything is delicious! // Rotenturmstraße 14 – 1010 Wien // Mariahilfer Straße 33 – 1060 Wien // Neunkirchner Straße 2 – 2700 Wiener Neustadt

We only got three days and a lot of sacrifices to make unfortunately. If I was to go there again, I would not miss the romantic Steirereck, the creative dishes of Konstantin Filippou and Mraz und Sohn or Joseph Brot for the breakfast. I would also be curious about Tian, the rewarded and chic vegetarian restaurant and probably end with a cocktail at The Sign.

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Travel | #USA – New York

  • See Greenwich and the West Village, walk on the High Line and admire the view at the top of the Rock. Don’t miss JUMBO and push your walk to the bottom of Manhattan Bridge. And don’t miss he New York’s public Library either.
  • Eat & Drink:

The Spotted Pig

If you’re a vegetarian / vegan… just forget it! Otherwise, run for it! A super restaurant in town from the cocktail to the main. // 314 West 11th Street / Greenwich Street – New York 10014

Doughnut Plant

After a long long walk, we grabbed three donuts to share in take away. We fell on the coach at home…. and it was wonderful… +1 for the blueberry donut! // 379 Grand Street, between Essex and Norfolk | 220 West 23rd Street, between 7th & 8th Avenues | 220 West 23rd Street, between 7th & 8th Avenues – all in New York

Ess-a- Bagel

Awful staff but crazy bagels… But who cares when you take a break with such tasty street food? // 831 3rd Avenue – New York 10022

Two hands

Champion breakfast in here and best banana walnut bread I’ve ever eat. Super nice staff that will help you enjoy the day ahead! // 164 Mott Street – New York 10013

Bubby’s

There’s a reason you can find this address on every blog post about NYC. Brunch. Here. That’s it really. Oh, yes: don’t forget to order some pancakes. // 73 Gansevoort Street | 120 Hudson Street – Both in New York

 

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Travel | #USA – Boston

  • See the Common Park, the Isabella Stewart Museum, Charles Street and follow the Freedom Trail.
  • Attend a Boston Celtics’ game.
  • Eat & Drink:

Tatte

Afternoon tea are to be taken in this place. Or you can order on take-away and eat in the park… No matter what you choose, don’t miss the chocolate Rose and the Brownies… // 70 Charles Street – Boston MA 02114

The Juicery

Feeling a little bit tired during your walk? Go get some energy with a delicious smoothie… It’s good and it works. // 66 Cross Street – Boston MA 02113

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Travel | #USA – Heritage & Museums in Washington DC

Among all museums in the US, those in Washington are unique because admission is free. The National Mall is surrounded by many interesting museums you can hardly avoid. You may challenge yourself and visit them all or you can pick up depending on your interests. If museum is not your thing, there is an incredible number of memorials to see in Washington, plus the US Capitol, the Library of Congress and the National Archives for example. White House tours are also free, but subject to request through a Congress Member or your Embassy in Washington if you’re a foreigner.

Anyway, when I went to Washington two weeks ago I visited some of these places of interest. If you lack inspiration, here’s a few glimpses of things you may want to see there:

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Travel | #USA – Washington D.C

  • See the National Mall and take a walk in Georgetown.
  • Eat & Drink:

Good Stuff Eatery

Some of the best Burgers in town! The place works like Shake Shack in terms of service… but the Burgers…. I can tell you like many people I will remember Obama for his presidency, but also for this unforgetable “Prez Obama Burger” I ate there! // 303 Pennsylvania Avenue – SE  Washington DC 20003

Baked & Wired

Plan your walk in Georgetown but don’t forget the afternoon tea. Head to Baked & Wired, spend half an hour to choose a cupcake and treat yourself near Washington docks. My “Unporked Elvis”, a banana cake with peanut butter frosting was seriously good… // 1052 Thomas Jefferson Street – NW Washington DC 20007

Founding Farmers

If you decide to go there, here is my advice: be patient and be hungry (which sometimes comes with you being patient I know). The place can be really crowded and you can only add your name on a list and… wait. But once you’re in there, you’re definitively in for a treat. Portions are insane and taste is incredible so make sure you make a deal with your friends to share a bit of everything! Farmers breads are incredible, dog rolls as well and I never saw fried chicken quite like this. Life without this place would be a mistake so don’t miss it. // 1924 Pennsylvania Avenue – NW Washington DC 20006

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Travel | #France – St Mandrier, Le Castellet & L’Ile du Gaou

I’ve reached this time of year where I feel confused about what ‘home’ means to me. I’ve just come back from France – my birth country – and visited my family and it always reminds me how much I miss the South, the Sun, the people, the food… I come from Avignon, but since my departure to the UK my mum moved a little bit more towards the sea near Toulon. I go there a few times a year, and here are three of my favorite places: St Mandrier (a little beach near my mum’s house); the beautiful medieval village Le Castellet and the very turquoise Ile du Gaou. These are places you should visit if you decide to spend some time in Toulon or in the region. Of course, there are other beautiful spots to discover, but I guess I’ll keep them for another post… As for my little confusion, I suppose ‘home’ is wherever you feel good and surrounded by the people you love.

Elle est là, cette période de l’année qui m’embrouille et me fait douter de l’endroit où “chez moi” se situe. Je reviens fraîchement de France – mon pays d’origine – où j’ai rendu visite à ma famille et c’est toujours la même chose: je me rends compte à quel point le Sud me manque, le Soleil, les gens, la nourriture… Je viens d’Avignon, mais depuis mon départ au Royaume-Uni, ma mère a poussé ses valises un peu plus loin dans le Sud près de Toulon. J’y vais quelques fois durant l’année et voici trois de mes lieux préférés : la plage de St Mandrier ; le beau village médiéval du Castellet ; et la très turquoise Ile du Gaou. Si vous décidez de passer du temps dans les alentours de Toulon ou dans le Var, vous devriez passer par là. Bien sûr, il y a bien d’autres endroits à découvrir, mais je les garde pour un prochain post… Quant au “chez soi”, je suppose que c’est là où l’on se sent bien entouré de ceux que l’on aime.

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Travel | #Italy – Burano & Venizia

Après quelques jours à Pula en Croatie, nous avons sauté dans un bateau en direction de l’Italie. Je trépignais d’impatience à l’idée de montrer à Nicolas tout ce qui m’avait émerveillé quelques années plus tôt. J’ai retrouvé mes coups de coeur bien entendu, mais j’ai également été horrifiée par les touristes. Oui, c’est la gueulante qui arrive, mais c’est seulement pour quelques lignes. Horrifiée de tourner la tête à droite et de voir un immense paquebot laid laid laid dépassant les maisons de trois bons étages. Horrifiée de voir les gens s’agglutiner en face du pont des soupirs non pas pour emporter ce bout d’histoire avec eux, mais pour immortaliser leurs visages insupportables sur des téléphones pendus au bout d’une perche. A ce sujet, la mode du selfie me dépasse.

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Travel | #Croatia – Pula & Brijuni

La semaine dernière nous avons soufflé notre quatrième bougie à Londres. Quatre ans qui sont passés en un claquement de doigt. Oui “tchac” là comme ça, boom boom. Et si on en tire beaucoup de joie, le bilan fait aussi état d’un manque certain de temps, de soleil et probablement un tas de chose dont il serait ennuyeux de faire la liste ici. Bref, tout ça pour dire que les critères de nos vacances d’été n’étaient pas très complexes cette année: soleil & plage. La première étape fut donc: Pula en Croatie. Les doigts de pieds en éventail et cette pensée: le luxe, c’est le temps. Bon, l’estomac insatisfait – car oui petits gourmands vous serez malheureux en Croatie – mais pour une fois, on s’en fiche. Enfin, si, ne déconnons pas tout de même: tenez vous éloigné des glaciers ! Trust me ! Ce sera plus que de l’insatisfaction. J’aurais bien hurler au scandale, mais je ne parle pas croate. Respirez et achetez-vous un Cornetto, c’est de l’or à côté. Non ne me remerciez pas.

Last week, we celebrated our fourth year in London. Four years that went as fast as a snap of your fingers. Tchac. And if you already have lot of happy memories, we also miss a few things we had in France, like the sun, but don’t worry I will not make a boring list here. Anyway, destination was not difficult to pick up this year : sun and sea mandatory. First step : Pula in Croatia. O this is such a perfect place for a little bit of farniente. It’s the kind of place that makes you realise time is a real luxury. However, do not hope for good food, even an ice-cream is awful there. Trust me! I know it seems impossible, but go for the Cornetto, it’s pure gold compare to the ‘homemade’ stuff they sale. Yeah thank me later.

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Travel | #Hungary – Budapest

Prendre des photos sous la pluie, dans la grisaille et le froid est un exercice périlleux. Mais même pas peur, car Budapest trempée et à 0°C sait tout de même jouer de ses charmes. Côté Buda, les mollets pleurent dans les escaliers pour grimper jusqu’au Château, admirer la vue et s’arrêter dans les meilleurs restaurants de la ville – ben oui, les calories d’un goulash ou du foie gras ça se mérite ! “Foie gras” ? Oui. Tous nos voisins (et même les autres) nous pointent du doigt, nous Français addict au foie gras en période de Noël, mais on a bon dos. Il y a des planqués dans le lot, je vous le dit ! Côté Pest, c’est plus éclectique, mais tout aussi joli. Les statues des immeubles sont comme suspendues au dessus du brouhaha de la ville ; impossible de ne pas craquer pour le petit métro jaune qui donne l’impression d’un jouet ; ou de ne pas repartir avec un Kürtőskalács du Marché de Noël entre les mains. Pour notre part, on a longuement cherché un stand qui nous inspirait, jusqu’à tomber sur ce couple de personnes âgées et une longue file d’attente 100% hongroise…. on les aurait bien débauchés pour nous préparer le goûter à Londres. Hum.

Taking picture when Mother Nature as decided to send you rain, cold and grey sky is quite an exercise. But I’m not scared and that’s good news because Budapest knows how to charm you with these conditions. On the Buda side, your calfs will cry since you need to climb many steps to access the Castle, find a nice view and enter the best restaurant in town. Or should I say, you will have to lose the goulash or foie gras calories before eating it. Foie gras? Well yes my loves. Everybody blame the French, but how convenient when it’s also our neighbors specialty! There is more eclecticism on the Pest side, but it’s worth a visit too. Building’s figures of stone seem suspended above the city hullabaloo ; you have to catch the cute toylike yellow metro ; and you have to taste a Kürtőskalács you can find at the Christmas Market. We look for an inspiring stand, at some point we saw an old couple and a long 100% Hungarians queue. Kidnaping them for our breakfast in London was highly tempting. Yummy.

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