Europe Off The Beaten Path

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Europe Off The Beaten Path

  • Walking Around

    Paris Off The Beaten Path

    One of the narrowest streets in Paris is called ‘Street of fishing cat’. It’s not very long and leads you to the bank of Seine. So if you aren’t so thin, better not try going there :). Also near here there is a restaurant with the same name. Nearest Metro station - Saint-Michel. GPS coordinates: 48.852937,2.346037

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  • Outside Rome

    Rome Off The Beaten Path

    FANCY A DAY WALKING THROUGH AN (ALMOST) INTACT ROMAN CITY? Pompei (or Pompeii) was destroyed almost instantly by the eruption of Mount Vesuvius. Now, with a little extra time, you can walk its streets and enter the courtyards of Roman Villas. You do need an EARLY START. Buy your tickets the day before at Termini Train Station to go to the PIAZZA...

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  • Day Trip: Montserrat

    Barcelona Off The Beaten Path

    An hour by train from Barcelona is the impressive Montserrat. From the train station at Espana, you can buy the round trip tickets that include both the train and the cable car for around 18E. The Church features the famous Black Virgin, and there can be a long line to walk up next to the figurine. Unfortunately, we timed it during a school field...

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  • Zaanse Schans

    Amsterdam Off The Beaten Path

    We loved the Zaanse Schans. We're in Europe now with to married couples and no kids an we looked for a place for a nice walk. At www.dutcmills.eu we read that you better avoid Zaanse Schans on Mondaybecause most 'attractions' are closed and the mills close at five every dat.....but you are free to walk around 24/7. ;) So we did. Only cost we had...

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  • Back Street Canals

    Venice Off The Beaten Path

    Travels in Italy: Doing the math……Venice/ Venezia According to Venetian official statistics approximately 16 million people visited the province of Venice in 2011, with increases projected for 2012-13. Most if not all visitors, come to visit the central island Venezia in order to see and be in the heart of the city. Geographically the city center...

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  • Parks & Outdoor areas

    Copenhagen Off The Beaten Path

    The park, complete with trees and statues, near The Little Mermaid, is a great place for a picnic by the water. I wasn't actually able to have a picnic here but my imagination created the thought. The day I visited this park and saw the Little Mermaid, the sun shined, it rained, it hailed, it snowed and the sun came out again. (All in a matter of...

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  • Hundertwasser

    Vienna Off The Beaten Path

    There is no doubt about that Hundertwasser Haus will occupy your attention at the very first glance. First you will seem that this is a joke or a creation reminiscent of the story of "Hansel and Gretel". My first impression was as if the house has made by a playful, imaginative and very talented children. In fact it is true that all similar works...

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  • Outside Berlin

    Berlin Off The Beaten Path

    A park I always try to go to is Schlosspark Buch. It's north of Berlin on the edge of B-zone, if you go by S-Bahn S2. You can enter the park just outside the station and immediatly it's like you are in another world. Big old trees makes almost everything lie in a shadow. Ivy climbs on many trees, small streams and a few ponds with ducks. It's a...

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  • Molnár János

    Budapest Off The Beaten Path

    There are three publicly accessible caves belonging to the largest cave system in Hungary. They are all situated in Budapest's 2nd district, called Rózsadomb, which is located in the north-western part of the city (on the Buda side). They can be reached by public bus line no. 65. The "main" one is called Szemlö-hegyi-barlang ("Freckle hill cave")....

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  • Pratolino Park and Villa Demidoff

    Florence Off The Beaten Path

    To the right of the charming Piazza Demidoff is a public garden called the Demidoff Gardini, with a statue covered by a Victorian glass canopy - monument to Nicolo Demidoff, Russian Ambassador in Tuscany . This square was dedicated to the Russian noble Nikolaj Demidoff (1773 – 1828). The Italians converted his Russian first name to the familiar...

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  • Skärgården (Stockholm Archipelago)

    Stockholm Off The Beaten Path

    Sometimes I just crave for instant nature. One of my favorite bus-trips goes from Slussen to Björkviks brygga. The bus takes you there in about an hour. At Björkvik there are nice bare cliffs or lovely sandy beaches for sunbathing, outdoor loo, large woods to hike and a beautiful sea to swim in. The place is crowded in the summertime, but very...

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  • Day trips: Sintra, Cascais,...

    Lisbon Off The Beaten Path

    Spend a day on the beach in Carcavelos or just have a great lunch/dinner in one of the beach restaurants. It's also a good option to take some Surf / bodyboard lessons. There's plenty of Surf Schools on the beach. I recomend Angel's Surf School (contacts below). It's very easy to get to Carcavelos, just pick the train in Cais do Sodré.

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  • Vysehrad

    Prague Off The Beaten Path

    Full of fascinating memorials to the famous (Smetana, Mucha, Dvorak) and the not-so-famous and the almost-entirely-unknown (and many monks and nuns too), this is a fascinating place. The memorial art alone makes it worth a visit. I've made a travelogue with more photos. Wander the rows of graves and just enjoy the art. Some of it, sadly, has...

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  • Howth

    Dublin Off The Beaten Path

    I saw this place at all possible weather conditions. My favourite thing about it - well, there is a hill there which you have to climb. Once on top of it you can see the sea on one side, Dublin on the other and a golf course below you. Its really nice. Getting up there is a bit slippy, a bit up hill (naturally) but definitely worth it. Think this...

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  • Starnberger See - Lake Starnberg

    Munich Off The Beaten Path

    Both are close to each other and have some unique sites around the lakes. They are about 25 miles SW of Munich and a lot of locals go her eon weekends. There are a number of little towns/villages around the lakes, and also one museum of note; the Buckheim, which is contemporary art for its art sake. Andechs Monastery was a big disappointment in...

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  • Daytrips

    Madrid Off The Beaten Path

    About one hour north of Madrid a high cross in the mountains of Guadarrama signs the location of this fascist monument to the death of civil war, in a place called Valle de los Caidos. Why not? We must keep good and bad memories. Go and have a look, and don't forget, ten kilometers distant Escorial is another kind of religious monument.

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  • Tours & Walks

    Brussels Off The Beaten Path

    Directly next door, at Avenue Palmerston, 2, an extension to Hôtel van Eetvelde (at Avenue Palmerston, 4) was designed by Victor Horta in 1898. Known as Hôtel Delhaye, this building has a beautifully detailed sandstone façade. It was designed to house a garage, an office and a billiard room for van Eetvelde, as well as apartments, therefore it...

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  • Beaches / Bays / Coastlines

    Palma de Mallorca Off The Beaten Path

    We found this place while driving up the coastal road to the lighthouse near Cap d'es Pinar (the peninsula opposite Formentor). You can sit in the shade or in the sun and enjoy pizza, seafood dishes, beer, wine, has ice cream all while looking out at the bay, the sailboats, and Formentor. To get here from Alcudia, head to es Mal Pas and take the...

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  • The Lake District: Como, Maggiore, Iseo,...

    Milan Off The Beaten Path

    The city of Como on the shores of Lake Como is an easy day trip from Milan - a 45 minute train journey from Milano Cadorna station, with trains running regularly throughout the day and late into the night. It's a lovely city - the historic centre and cathedral, the many shoreline villas, ferries to many other Lake Como towns and villages. (See...

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  • Paiania

    Athens Off The Beaten Path

    Located on the east side of Ymittos in Peania and separated into two sections The first one is a museum of modern art which present works and arts by Greek artist during the second half of the 20th century.The second one is called Pyrgi (tower) which have many folk objects

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  • Nearby Towns or Villages.

    Brugge Off The Beaten Path

    In Brugge, I rented a bike and followed an easy route to the Netherlands. The path was next to the tree-lined Damme canal with the occasional windmill and small town on the side - there was even a pub or two for emergency refreshment breaks. The towns on the way are Damme, Ooskerke, Hoeke. I rode for about an hour and fifteen minutes to reach a...

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  • Hidden Beaches

    Crete Island Off The Beaten Path

    Leaving Sitia we headed off to the east for Vai the beach with the palm forest. The road to Vai was pretty new and looked like it had been resurfaced which I was glad about as I could imagine it had been one of those roads!! During the 70`s when the hippies were thrown out of matala they made there way to vai, they certainly could pick thier spots!...

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  • Outside Moscow

    Moscow Off The Beaten Path

    On my second trip to Moscow in October 2009 I wanted to take at least one daytrip from the Russian capital. I perused several guide books and finally decided on Sergiyev Posad. Sergiyev Posad, which was formerly named Zagorsk, is situated on the so called Golden Ring, just 70 km north east of Moscow. It can easily be reached by train...

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  • Beaches

    Ibiza Off The Beaten Path

    If you just fancy a peaceful few hours it`s worth a trip to Cala Gracio - just outside the throbbing resort of San Antonio. There are literally hundreds of really quiet secluded little coves easily accessible if you take the trouble to search them out.

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  • Surroundings

    Edinburgh Off The Beaten Path

    A self guided audio tour in 15 languages is offered on the Royal Yacht Britannia. Adult price is £9.00 children £5.00 Over 60's £7.00. Opening times are April - October 9.30 - 4.30 November - March 10.00 - 3.30 Pre booking is recommended in August Tel. 0131 555 5566 We didn't take the tour - but if you have an interest in the Royals & want to see...

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  • Walking & hiking

    Salzburg Off The Beaten Path

    It is safe to say that most people confine themselves to the old city centre when traveling to Salzbrug. The is, after all, where the funicular to the Festung is as well as the Dom (main Cathedral) and Mozart's birthplace. But if you travel across the bridge into the pedestrian area and stay to the right until there is an opening you will find the...

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  • Parks, Statues & Memorials

    Tallinn Off The Beaten Path

    My granddaughter went up into this park which was near the Viru Gate and took some photos of some of the statues there. It is a park in Tallinn City Center which has a statue dedicated to a famous Estonian writer Anton H. Tammsaare. The park was established in 1948 on a former bombsite, and was originally called Stalin Square. After Stalin's...

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  • Buildings, streets...

    Warsaw Off The Beaten Path

    This kiosk with newspapers adjacent to Church of the Holy Spirit (Paulite Church) in the New City is the smallest house in Warsaw. Local law says that only seperate houses have own numbers and this tiny structure has its own number: ul. Dluga 1 (1 Long Street). Let me add the other, more cosmopolitan, Warsaw curiosities: 1. There are twenty towns...

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  • Pedestrian tunnel

    Antwerp Off The Beaten Path

    To get the best views of Antwerp's skyline you'll need to cross the river. I suppose you could always swim but the easy way to do it is to use the Sint Anna Pedestrian Tunnel, with its wooden escalators and 572 metre tile-walled foot/cycle path - http://members.virtualtourist.com/m/p/m/22f5f2/ Once on the left bank you get great views over the...

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  • Museums

    Saint Petersburg Off The Beaten Path

    The State Memorial Museum of the Fieldmarshal Alexander Suvorov the Count of Rymnik and Duke of Italy (1730-1800) was founded in 1904 in Saint Petersburg, Russia. That museum is dedicated to the best Russian military leader Fieldmarshal A.V. Suvorov the Count of Rymnik, the Duke of Italy, the Count of the Holly Roman Empire, the Grand and the...

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  • Beaches

    Majorca Island Off The Beaten Path

    Hi Have you been to the south east of the island? Ther is a resort called Colonia San Jordie which has some of the best beaches on the island! You can check out the area by looking at videos of Es trenc on Utube, also Hotel Migjorn video on utube gives a good idea of what the are is like. Lots of villages with local restaurants. Sa Rapita is also...

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  • Libraries

    Manchester Off The Beaten Path

    The John Rylands library was built as a memorial to a husband, from a wife, in the late 19th century. It now is part of the University of Manchester and is open to the public. The building is Victorian Gothic and is really beautiful, almost church-like with stained glass windows in the main reading room and vaulted ceilings. When we went there...

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  • Day trips

    Dubrovnik Off The Beaten Path

    I did this trip with Adriatic global agency. The bad side is that you have to pay online if you want to book from home, the good side of the medal is that they organise smaller groups than Gulliver travel. The price with online discount was 52 € and the bus was for 12 people. I enjoyed this trip though I usually am not a fan of group excursions....

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  • Carouge

    Geneva Off The Beaten Path

    A charming village in the city... Relax by strolling through this nice little city and animated streets with plenty of good addresses to eat, to drink and to dance. Some of my favourite addresses in Carouge: - Restaurant au Vieux Carouge (27 rue Jacques-Dalphin) for their famous and delicious Swiss Cheese Fondue specialties in a very popular and...

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  • The Sibelius Monument

    Helsinki Off The Beaten Path

    This monument was created to honour the Finnish composer Jean Sibelius (1865-1957). The designer of the monument was Eila Hiltunen. This monument (called 'Passio Musicae') was one of the first abstract monuments in Finland. The monument lies in the middle of a beautiful green park, and the good thing about this monument is that it is open to...

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  • The hidden little gems of the town

    Verona Off The Beaten Path

    The bust of Felice Cavallotti, 1842-1898, stands on the wall in the passage of Scaliger palace. He was Italian politician, poet and dramatic. In 1860 and 1866 he faught with the Garibaldi Corps. Cavalotti was killed on the 6th of March 1898 in a duel with Count Macola, editor of the conservative Gazetta di Venezia, whom he had assailed with...

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  • Outside Hamburg

    Hamburg Off The Beaten Path

    Hamburg is the major city in the north of Germany but there are plenty of other interesting places to visit in this region. Try Bremen, Lubeck or Kiel which are all within easy reach by bus or train. Northern Germany has similar features to that of the Netherlands with its canals.

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  • Ronda (daytrip)

    Sevilla Off The Beaten Path

    A day trip to Ronda is perfect when you're looking to see more of Andalucia. If you plan to go on a Sunday, all the main attractions are open for tourists; the bridge, the roman baths, the museum, etc. You can take the bus from the San Sebastian station, the trip lasts just under 3 hours. The busline is called 'Los Amarillos', and does a...

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  • ALBAICIN

    Granada Off The Beaten Path

    You'll find this huge chunk of masonry if you walk...as you should....along the Carrera del Darro, the narrow and almost traffic-free street which follows the route of the Darro river from Plaza Nueva/Plaza Santa Ana. It's a very pleasant walk, with a great deal of history to see on the way....from the ancient Moorish baths and various...

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  • Loch Lomond

    Glasgow Off The Beaten Path

    If you plan to travel from Glasgow to Loch Lomond then consider taking the A81 via Killearn. On the road you can visit the small an beautiful distillery GLENGOYNE. They arrange tours, there is a shop and you can taste some of the products. Be sure to choose at designated driver first!

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  • Riverside

    York Off The Beaten Path

    The New Walk was created during the Georgian period to provide a space for the high society to promenade and socialise. It was laid out in 1730 as an avenue along the river Ouse. By 1824, 820 trees had been planted. The gentry and other fashionable people could take some fresh air and enjoy each other's company and the possibility to present...

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  • Outside Innsbruck

    Innsbruck Off The Beaten Path

    If you have some spare time and happen to love medieval towns, then I would suggest taking a 10km drive to HALL IN TIROL. There is public transport available. The historic centre is wonderful, just left how it was! Most of the buildings are from the 15th century. There are many churches and they are wonderful, well worth going inside for a look....

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  • Uetliberg

    Zürich Off The Beaten Path

    Uetliberg of course makes a wonderful defensive and watchtower position so it is hardly surprising that people have used it as such for millennia. Archaeological excavations have shown that it was an oppidum (fortified settlement) in the Bronze Age and it was almost certainly inhabited long before that. Late, six forts (or 'castles') were built...

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  • Barry Island

    Cardiff Off The Beaten Path

    Barry Island is very much the traditional seaside resort with its long sandy beach, amusement arcades and fun fair, attracting visitors from far afield. Seafront shops will tempt your taste buds with ice-cream, candy floss and fish and chips. And in summer months weekends are buzzing with street theatre and live music. The pleasure park has over...

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  • suburbs

    Sofia Off The Beaten Path

    “Sofia Park” is a new subdivision created in the vicinity of the so-called “Business Park” (creation of the same German company) and in the foot hills of National Park Vitosha - lots of park atmosphere. This is wonderful – tonnes of green space, fresh air rushing down from the mountain to shove the smog downtown and of course, the views - towards...

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