“Budapest is a Western European city for an Eastern European price. Thus, it attracts tourists of every variety, from thirsty, fratty Brits to young, spelunking Australians to tired old bones only interested in a hot spring dip. But even if you’re not interested in raving, caving, or bathing, Budapest also offers a mix of the Soviet Union’s legacy and the history of a country that has lost every battle it has ever been involved in.”
72 Hours in Budapest
A powerful piece by one of our bloggers on the recent events in Boston.
Boston Grieves, Boston Remembers, but Boston Does Not Retreat
“Everyone knows that cities like New York and Los Angeles have been featured in countless films and television shows. But where else in the world will you find a sprinkling of magic, movie dust while trotting the globe? From San Fran to Savannah to the Sahara, Let’s Go takes you on location to movie sets around the world.”
On Location: Movie Destinations Around the World
Southern Comfort Food in Chapel Hill
Reflections for a New Year: What Exactly is Chinese New Year About?
Ireland was cool before Instagram.
Wondering where to satiate your inner barista while on the Big (Cold) Island? Check out a local’s favorite digs.
Reykjavík: Stay awake, Stay caffeinated
Let’s Go is dreaming of Frühjahr…
“When he shall die,
Take him and cut him out in little stars,
And he will make the face of heaven so fine
That all the world will be in love with night
And pay no worship to the garish sun.”
Can you name the city where this star-crossed man (and his lady) bid their last farewell?
Assisi, Italy: just as charming as its sister city, San Francisco.
“That is no country for old men. The young
In one another’s arms, birds in the trees
— Those dying generations — at their song,
The salmon-falls, the mackerel-crowded seas,
Fish, flesh, or fowl, commend all summer long
Whatever is begotten, born, and dies.”
A Nice View
“The Dutch Bank Café, as its name hints, occupies the renovated shell of a 19th century Dutch colonial bank. Tucked in a forgotten corner of the harbor, the café has for neighbors a naval base and several oddly fascinating colonial ruins. During the troubles, the Sinhalese owners had to flee and the building was left to the devices of nature and civil war. In the past month, the owners have returned and created an understated yet refined restaurant serving Dutch specialties (the meatballs are heavenly). When I struck up a conversation, the Tamil staff were unexpectedly open about Trinco’s complex history and their hopes for the restaurant. From the rooftop, they showed me the sunset over the tranquil bay and its colorful fishing boats.”
“There is no better way to become better acquainted with the unsurpassable power of the Cape Peninsula than to scramble over its rocky steps, trudge along its sandy shores and, with every chance to rehydrate, discover new wounds. After all, hiking the Hoerikwaggo entails five days of uneven ground. It takes suffering a few blisters and a sunburnt scalp before selfish cares cease to exist in this rocky and rolling landscape of fynbos and flowers.”