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A Taste of Old World Europe: Wiener Schnitzel

<b>Wiener schnitzel</b>—an unassuming breaded, fried veal cutlet—has so captured Vienna’s taste buds that it bears the city’s very name (Wien = Vienna).<p>Yet Austria’s national dish may actually have originated in northern Italy as <i>costoletta alla Milanese</i>, a similarly prepared slice of veal. Legend has it …

Top 20 free things to do in Paris

City of love, fashion capital, literary paradise… Paris has many different guises. And while museum entry can be steep and fine dining comes at a premium, the French capital can also be a cheap date.<p>Whether you go weak at the knees for soaring church spires or want to rub elbows at an authentic …

Top things to do in Rome

Few cities evoke the sheer wonder and amazement of Rome. Ancient history, outstanding art and religious icons are around every corner and when it all gets too much you can just join the locals in sipping espresso in one of the city's many squares. With so much to see and do, the real test will be …

Wolves seen outside Paris for first time in 200 years

They once infamously killed up to 40 people in the centre of Paris....and now the wolves are back.<p>For the first time in almost two centuries, the …

Exploring the best of Croatia's islands

Croatia’s coast is speckled with dozens of magnificent islands that range from tiny, verdant and unpopulated to massive, arid and sporting ancient towns and villages. One of the chief delights on any visit to Croatia is hopping between the islands on the numerous ferries, catamarans and taxi boats, …

Paris on a budget: the best cheap hotels and restaurants

Parismay boast some of the world’s most splendid luxury <b>hotels</b> but it also has some wonderful bargains. Pleasant budget hotels are scattered through all the best areas, and with a general overhaul of much of Paris’s hotel offering, many have been recently renovated or even created, so it’s no longer …

10 Tips for Traveling Paris on a Budget

Paris is infamous for being known as the most expensive city in Europe and 2nd only to Singapore in the entire world. So needless to say Paris …