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London’s Year of the Pig: Chinese New Year Celebrations

London’s Year of the Pig: Chinese New Year Celebrations

Last year, it was all about man’s best friend. This year, it’s all about Wilbur—or Babe, depending on your loyalties. Bah Ram Ewe! 2007 is the Year of the Pig in Chinese culture and London is ready to roll in the mud. London’s annual Chinese New Year parade takes place this Sunday starting at 11 » Read more

Kiss my Vespa

A trip to the Dipartimento dei Trasporti Terrestri (the Italian state Department of Motor Vehicles) is a bureaucratic nightmare in and of itself. To even think about personalizing one’s car tags in Italy was, until recently, not even an option. Until a recent revision of the law, in fact, it was impossible to obtain personalized car » Read more

Mystery photo: Name that EuroCheapo City

Mystery photo: Name that EuroCheapo City

Photo by Tom Meyers Mystery photo! In which city, listed on EuroCheapo, did we snap this photo? Answer. Hint: After snappin’, we did some snackin’ on reasonably-priced rotisserie chicken. De-lish. Another hint: Note the blue socks and Birkenstocks. This man fits right in. More examples.

Bombs and Share Prices

Bombs and Share Prices

Share prices of listed Greek companies. W-w-what, you say? The Friday following the rocket launch, Greek companies listed on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) saw their share prices rise. There appeared to be especially strong gains across the board in the Greek shipping sector, with companies like Danaos Corporation, Diana Shipping Inc., and Excel Maritime Carriers » Read more

Paris News: Louvre Guards Prepare to Strike

Paris News: Louvre Guards Prepare to Strike

photograph courtesy of the Louvre Guards at the Louvre in Paris are preparing to strike for a raise. The museum’s guards are arguing that the stresses of looking after Leonardo da Vinci’s Mona Lisa (La Gioconda) warrant higher pay. According to an article in today’s 20 minutes, the guards blame their discontent on a surge » Read more

London: Miffy the Bunny on display

London: Miffy the Bunny on display

Dutch-speaking world—is now celebrating her 50th birthday in London at the Victoria and Albert Museum of Childhood. Dare we say the Miffster doesn’t look a day over two? And, her simple, smart wardrobe is positively Prada-inspired. But if happy hares in minimalist dresses send you rushing for a Cadbury egg, be forewarned. Just on the rabbit feet of last year’s salmonella scare—in which » Read more

Tyler’s Monocle

Tyler’s Monocle

The weekend Financial Times just isn’t what it used to be. While we truly enjoy Chrystia Freeland‘s The A-Train column, we miss the column hers replaces—namely, her fellow Canadian Tyler Brûlé’s Fast Lane column. A mishmash of product recommendations, travel advice, urban planning prescriptions, and narratives of one jet-set life, his column was informative and irritating both. While » Read more

Paging Tom Hanks:  You’re Needed In Florence

Paging Tom Hanks: You’re Needed In Florence

We sure were delighted to open this morning’s New York Times to find a story about Maurizio Seracini. Dan Brown Watchers (DBWs) will note that Mr. Seracini is the only person mentioned by his real name in “The Da Vinci Code.” Apparently good ol’ Maurizio has more than a hunch that he knows where Leonardo’s » Read more

Europe’s Last Feudal State Mixes It Up

It’s been just over four months since residents of the Channel Island of Sark voted for a new political system, in large part in order to bring the island’s system of governance in line with European Human Rights laws. Located just east of the better-known (and much more populous) Guernsey, Sark has been ruled for 400 years by » Read more

Athens Government: Dora “Superwoman” Bakoyiannis

Athens Government: Dora “Superwoman” Bakoyiannis

She might as well be Superwoman or Wonder Woman or some fabulous female super hero. But instead, Greek Foreign Affairs Minister Dora Bakoyiannis is a mere mortal. She’s the first woman to hold this ministerial position in Greece, which makes her the highest-ranking woman ever to serve the modern Greek state. She is also a » Read more

Cruisin’ For A Boozin’

We’ve been noticing a glut of articles and press releases in the trades about the cruise industry’s resurgence, on the one hand, and the creative pursuits of first time cruisers, on the other. While, admittedly, this Cheapo would have a full fledged panic attack trying to sleep in a vessel at sea with 1,500 other passengers, some » Read more

NYTimes Sunday Travel Round-Up

NYTimes Sunday Travel Round-Up

Some articles that caught our eye in yesterday’s Times: Boutique Hotels Arrive in Armenia: Will Tourists Follow? The former Soviet Republic—perched on Europe’s far-eastern flank—gets its first boutique hotel chain, Tufenkian Heritage Hotels. Check In/Check Out: London – The Hoxton A great new trendy “cheapo” (£79-£129), perfect for exploring the East End. Don’t forget. Cheap beds are all » Read more

Greece’s Tourist Boom

Greece’s Tourist Boom

“Why don’t all Athenians walk around talking about Hydra all the time? It’s so beautiful!” This from an American friend who recently spent a weekend on the Sardonic Gulf island. Yes, in February. Said sage went on about low prices and the absence of tourists. If your heart is not set on swimming in the » Read more

Conversion: From Church to Club

Conversion: From Church to Club

The current Newsweek International asks what should become of old, out-of-work churches and cathedrals. In France and Germany, governments set aside cash to keep up our favorite steeples. In England and the Czech Republic, however, many churches currently face a choice between demolition and conversion. So what’s a monk to do? St. Mary’s in Dublin now hosts a high-end restaurant. Madonna has been known » Read more

France Clears the Air With A New Smoking Ban

France Clears the Air With A New Smoking Ban

Yesterday, France’s new smoking ban took affect, prohibiting smoking in all public places in the historically smoke-friendly country. Recognizing that the public might not be immediately inclined to follow the rules, the government has added some muscular penalties—anyone caught smoking in a public space will be fined €68. Failure to pay this fine within 45 » Read more

Nordic Cheapo Round-up

Nordic Cheapo Round-up

A few glances at yesterday’s Dagens Nyheter (Sweden) and Dagbladet (Norway) turned up some amazing package holiday deals. Stockholm’s Dagens Nyheter listed an advertisement for a week in the Azores, departing from Stockholm and including air and hotel, for SEK1995 (€220; $287) by Solresor. We also glimpsed an advertisement for a Viking Line cruise deal: » Read more