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It's tough to beat the crowds at the Anne Frank House, but there are some tricks. Photo: Jacob C

Anne Frank House in Amsterdam: How to navigate the epic lines in summertime

Jul 31 Every summer my short stint as a tour guide begins with great intentions. We start at the Dam Square, stroll for an hour and soak in the atmosphere and good vibes from enjoying our wander. We check out the secret garden Begijnhof, dip into the art hall from the Amsterdam Museum, wander to the Flower » Read more

Barcelona Food: Five cheap eats under €6

Barcelona Food: Five cheap eats under €6

If you’re a foodie, Barcelona can get spendy. To add insult to injury, it also has the unfortunate reputation of offering overpriced, mediocre meals. While there are some fantastic Michelin starred restaurants in the city, Cheapos in need of good grub require other options. No te preocupes (Don’t worry!). Here are five cheap eats that will ensure a » Read more

London: Where to eat for cheap near the West End theatre district

London: Where to eat for cheap near the West End theatre district

Jul 30 Scored some bargain theater tickets? I’m here to really make your evening complete, and let you know the best place to grab some seriously tasty food before you sit down to be seriously entertained. There are plenty of menus catering to the London theater lovers, and they can offer brilliant value for money. On the » Read more

Dining in Paris: Five dishes to try before you leave town

Dining in Paris: Five dishes to try before you leave town

Jul 28 I hate writing about food. Suggesting someone a restaurant or a café is like trying to suggest a favorite color to someone. Just because I like a place, doesn’t mean you will, even if the food is stellar or the service above par. I’ll leave you all to battle it out on TripAdvisor. Instead, let’s » Read more

Rome Shopping: 5 spots to find Roman fashion for every budget

Rome Shopping: 5 spots to find Roman fashion for every budget

Whether you are seeking designer dresses or cheap chic, Rome has some of the best places to shop in Italy. The names of Italy’s finest designers sit alongside independent boutiques and market stalls as shopping in Rome caters to every budget. Here is my “Top Five” guide to the best places to go whether you are » Read more

Venice: 3 “pasticcerie” to try for breakfast

Venice: 3 “pasticcerie” to try for breakfast

Jul 24 When I was asked about where to have a nice typical breakfast in Venice, I was a bit confused. Why? Well, in Italy we do not have breakfast, or at least we do not have breakfast the way other people usually have it. For a Venetian, morning calories are usually consumed in the form of » Read more

Visiting Amsterdam: 5 first-time mistakes to avoid

Visiting Amsterdam: 5 first-time mistakes to avoid

Jul 23 Amsterdam can be a breeze for first timers to Europe in many ways. Everyone speaks English, and the city is small enough to get around by foot. At the same time, the streets are curvy and confusing, taxis are expensive and the Dutch language is a mouthful. It’s also important to find a good location » Read more

London: Affordable hotels close to the city’s top attractions

London: Affordable hotels close to the city’s top attractions

Jul 22 Location, location, location! If you’re visiting London for the first time you’ll want to be in the heart of the action, and the location of your accommodation is key. A wrong choice here could lead to long and costly journeys on public transport which will eat into your leisure time and budget. While hotels near » Read more

Want to live in Paris? 10 tips for moving to the City of Light

Want to live in Paris? 10 tips for moving to the City of Light

Jul 21 So you visit France every year—maybe two or three times a year—and you are thinking that you’d rather just move here for a while. Airfare does add up, after all. Well there’s no easy way to stay in France legally for more than 90 days unless you are a EU citizen, but there are plenty » Read more

Germanwings’ Blind Booking: A low-cost flight to a mystery destination

Germanwings’ Blind Booking: A low-cost flight to a mystery destination

Jul 18 Budget airline Germanwings’ Blind Booking offer is a neat marketing trick. For a low fare, the airline sells a ticket from one of six German airports to a destination revealed only after payment is received. Travelers can choose to launch their journeys from one of six airports: Berlin, Cologne/Bonn, Dusseldorf, Hamburg, Hannover and Stuttgart. The » Read more

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