Paris in the summer
Paris is always a paradise of cheap and fun things to do in the summer, and 2014 will be no exception. Photo: Trey Ratcliff

Summer in Paris: 9 ways to celebrate that won’t break the bank

Jun 09 Looking for fun and affordable things to do this summer in Paris? Look no further. Just make sure you bring your own SPF since sunscreen can get pricey here… 1. Stroll les Berges de Seine The renovated banks along the Seine were one of the best gifts the mayor gave the city last year. This » Read more

10 ways to celebrate summer in Barcelona: Festivals, beaches, and low-cost fun

10 ways to celebrate summer in Barcelona: Festivals, beaches, and low-cost fun

Jun 06 After what has been one of the wettest, coldest springs on record, summer has finally arrived. Sizzling days are spent at one of the city’s nine beaches, and humid nights are enjoyed at one of the numerous festivals. Don’t miss these events and city sweet spots from June to September. Festivals 1. Sant Joan: All-night » Read more

London myths are falling down: 8 popular misconceptions about visiting

London myths are falling down: 8 popular misconceptions about visiting

Jun 04 Thanks to EuroCheapo correspondents across Europe, we now know that all Parisians aren’t the height of chic, and that Barcelona isn’t full of sangria-guzzling locals. Now it’s time to leap on the next Eurostar to debunk a few myths about London. 1. Londoners are rude Of course, London can be a frantic city, with so » Read more

How to order coffee in Italy: Navigating cafe culture like a pro

How to order coffee in Italy: Navigating cafe culture like a pro

Jun 03 Italian coffee culture is strong, just like the espresso, and cafes are always full no matter the time of day. In Rome, cappuccinos are fantastically frothy, and the espresso is always made with quality coffee beans and ground on site. One sip of an Italian coffee, and it will be hard to go back to » Read more

Hotel de Nice photo essay: A cheapo classic in Paris

Hotel de Nice photo essay: A cheapo classic in Paris

May 31 For years, Hôtel de Nice has topped EuroCheapo’s list as one of the more beautiful and charming, while still affordable, places to stay in Paris. With rates between €80-220, gorgeously kitsch interiors and a central location in the Marais, this place is hard to beat. Walking into the hotel through the turquoise blue doors, you » Read more

Glasgow and beyond: Art Nouveau in Europe

Glasgow and beyond: Art Nouveau in Europe

The news last week of the terrible fire at the Glasgow School of Art surely brought great sadness to all devotees of art nouveau architecture and design. Reports over the last day or two suggest that, while much of the building has been saved, the celebrated Mackintosh Library was largely destroyed in the flames. It » Read more

Visiting Barcelona: 8 misconceptions unmasked

Visiting Barcelona: 8 misconceptions unmasked

May 29 A city of around two million people, Barcelona receives a robust seven million tourists a year. That’s a lot of people coming to the city! And it should be no surprise that many tourists come with preconceived notions, and generalizations about locals and the Catalan capital abound. We dive into a few of these myths » Read more

London budget tips: How to get a cheap (or even free!) haircut

London budget tips: How to get a cheap (or even free!) haircut

May 28 You may have managed to find a great London hotel deal, but once you’ve checked in, London does have a way of extracting cash from you at a rate of knots. While there are ways and means to enjoy cheap food and excursions, I’ve always been stunned at how much you can be charged for » Read more

Shopping in Rome: 5 destinations for vintage designer deals

Shopping in Rome: 5 destinations for vintage designer deals

May 27 Rome is one of the best cities for designer shopping in the world. Armani, Dolce and Gabbana, Bulgari and the like line the streets of the city center, tantalizing passerby with their luxurious window displays. But you don’t need to cough up your entire savings to go home with a Prada purse or a Roberto » Read more

Traditional Parisian dining on a budget: The classic Chez Chartier

Traditional Parisian dining on a budget: The classic Chez Chartier

May 26 Housed in an ornate, mirror-filled 19th-century hall with mile-high ceilings and tiled floors, le Boullion Chartier is certainly a classic Parisian restaurant. How many restaurants can say they have a history dating back to 1896 or even their own Wikipedia page? While normally these Belle Epoque-style bistros will cost you a pretty penny, Chartier is » Read more

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