We are creating two new websites focusing on selling tickets and providing information about two of Paris’ most popular tourist attractions, the iconic landmark of the Eiffel Tower and the original birthplace of the can-can, the Moulin Rouge. Every year thousands of people flock to both places, either to absorb the awe-inspiring views across the Parisian landscapes from the viewing platforms of the Eiffel Tower or to get a taste of the decadence of 19th century Paris entertainment at the Moulin Rouge.
It is clear that by searching for either place online you will be swamped by recommendations, links and information More >
New York may have a reputation as the city that never sleeps, but compared to the high intensity hedonism of modern Berlin there is no contest when it comes to round the clock clubbing. Whereas nightlife in previous partying pioneers like London is beginning to look a little jaded with a proliferation of chain clubs and bars overcrowding the city streets, Berlin is a veritable hotbed of unique, interesting and downright weird after-dark destinations that reflect its artistic and innovative culture. Once known simply for being the home of techno, the capital has held on to its hardcore electronic roots More >
Berlin has a past filled with tragedy, creativity, renewal and upheaval, reflected on every level from the political to the personal. The city has undergone multiple transformations, meaning that modern Berlin is a thoroughly contemporary creation that does not easily reveal its hidden layers of experience. This fascinating and ever-evolving base has resulted in a plethora of books from Berlin-based and international authors, aiming to rescue something of the city’s eradicated history with their depictions of Berlin’s numerous incarnations. We pick out seven of our favourite fictional books about Berlin to give added depth and context to your next visit.7. More >
Voted in the top 10 most stylish cities in the world by Forbes magazine and with a cosmopolitan cool permeating all aspects of its cultural life, Berlin is fast becoming one of the world leaders in bold, directional fashion with its own edgy attitude. The streets around Hackescher Markt and to the east of the city are filled with Facehunter-worthy looks from cool girls and boys, and there are boutiques and designer outlets aplenty for those brave enough to try and compete with the fashion mavericks of Europe’s hippest destination. We outline a brief guide to Berlin’s top three alternative More >
Walking through the modern metropolis that is Berlin today, there are constant reminders of the city’s troubled past evident in the juxtaposition between sleek and groundbreaking architecture with the crumbling remnants of Communist rule. Nothing symbolises this tension better than what remains of the Berlin Wall. A barrier that once stretched across the length of the city, separating Soviet-rule East Berlin from West Berlin, the few lasting pieces of the Wall are worth visiting as a stark monument to the oppression faced by thousands of Berliners in the not so distant past.History
Following the Second World More >
Any guide to Madrid will tell you about visiting the Prado, the Reina Sofia and the Thyssen-Bournemisza. But in dutifully traipsing round these three, culture lovers may well be missing out on some of Madrid’s lesser known museums and galleries – well worth a visit for showing you Spanish art and culture outside of Goya and Picasso.
Joaquin Sorolla was one of the most famous Spanish Impressionist painters of the early 20th century. Originally from Valencia, he later moved to this house in 1912. On his death in 1923 it was preserved More >
Spain is a shopping haven, with generally cheap prices and some fantastic brands which you can’t find anywhere else. As the birthplace of such high street favourites as Zara and Mango, as well as world renowned designer names, you’re bound to find the perfect style to suit your budget. Here’s our guide to the best shopping area in Madrid – make sure you’ve left room in your suitcase!
Gran Vía Metro stations: Gran Vía, Callao The biggest shopping street of all in Madrid, Gran Vía is the equivalent to London’s Oxford Street. Start at the end nearest to Gran Vía metro and work More >
Following on from our post about Huertas, here’s our guide to Madrid’s other great nightlife spot, Malasaña.
Madrid’s nightlife is legendary, but most travel guides will only tell you about the big megaclubs such as Pacha, Kapital and Joy Esclava. While popular, you’re likely to a) pay far too much for entrance and drinks b) dance to the same music you could find in any other big club in the world and c) meet only other tourists there. Madrid’s real nightlife is characterised by its tiny clubs and bars, all unique in their own way.
The area is named after Manuela Malasaña, More >
It’s always a good idea to learn a little Spanish before heading to Madrid, but your ‘Buenas dias’ and your ‘Quisiera una cerveza por favor’s are a world away from how people really speak. To truly talk with the locals you need to know the proper lingo. Practise saying these with some Spanish nonchalance and you’ll be fluent in no time.
Vale ‘Okay’, prounced almost like ‘ballet’ is probably the most frequently used word. Repeat at least four times for emphasis, more if desired. There’s really no limit.
Pues ‘Well’, the ultimate conversation More >
Madrid may not have the soaring towers of New York or Hong Kong, but its wonderful collection of classic redbrick rooftops and varied architecture means that sometimes only a bird’s eye view will do. This is particularly relevant during the long hot days of summer, where a cooling breeze on a rooftop is sometimes the only thing that can make it bearable. Here’s our guide to some of the best rooftops in the Spanish capital.
Casa de Granada Calle del Doctor Cortezo, 17, 6th floor Nearest metro: Tirso de Molina
Come for the views, not the food. This small café is situated on More >