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Korean Tacos, Affordable Cocktails at an SF Newcomer

When only a strong drink and a bite will cure what ails you, a bar with decent food is the logical solution. Chowhound vulber says that SOMA newcomer …

Texas

Marcella Hazan

My mother, Marcella Hazan, the eminent authority on Italian cooking who passed away at the end of last year, was often described as exacting and …

The Best Beer Gardens in Germany For Your Taste

<b>Most Iconic Beer Garden: Hofbrauhaus, Munich</b><p>Hofbrauhaus is one of the most famous Oktoberfest tents, and Hofbrau is known far and wide as THE German beer. Kelley checked out the actual Hofbrauhaus, the historic, 5 story beer hall in downtown Munich and was surprised to find that it is NOT …

Beer

Food-Lover’s Road Trip: Barcelona to Basque Country

Few cities rival Barcelona for sheer chic and panache. From its sinuous sensuous Gaudí architecture to the stunning seaside setting, the Catalan …

Barcelona

In Paris, a New York-style High Line

An abandoned railway line that encircles the French capital is being transformed into an enchanting flora- and fauna-rich walkway.<p>An abandoned railway line that encircles Paris is being transformed into an enchanting flora- and fauna-rich walkway – much like Paris’ Promenade Plantée near Bastille …

France

London Is A Better Place To Visit Than Paris [INFOGRAPHIC]

London is known for its beautiful and historic architecture. Paris is famous for its exquisite cuisine. Each city is unique in different ways, but when put head to head, which comes out on top?<p>It's a close call, but London clearly has the advantage, according to a new infographic by Csaba Gyulai, …

France

Reims Rhymes with France

Reims, with its breathtaking Gothic cathedral and its beloved Champagne caves, is just 45 minutes from Paris on the new TGV connection. That makes it a wonderful day trip. We just reworked the Reims chapter in our France guidebook to make sure those zipping in for the day have everything they need …

France

Seeing Great Gothic Churches

When traveling in France, you can't help but marvel at the towering Gothic cathedrals that mark the centers of many towns. I like to imagine what it was like to be a pilgrim 600 years ago, wonderstruck by saints and Bible stories, and hiking for days and even weeks to a particular church on a …

France

Insider’s Guide to Healdsburg

Healdsburg is the perfect base for exploring Sonoma wine country: it’s serious about food and drink, and you don’t have to venture out of town to …

List-Worthy

Paris, France: The Marais District

Where to Find the Best Paella in Spain

Image by zsenya via Flickr<p>Did you know that Paella and other rice dishes used to be considered a poor man's food? Since rice was widely available and relatively cheap, farmers and peasants took what litte food and rice they had, then threw everything they had in the pot or "paella" - sometimes even …

Barcelona

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The Best Snacks to Bring on Airplanes

<i>by Amy Sherman</i><p>Do you crave Biscoff cookies or Terra Blues potato chips? If you do, you're probably a frequent flier. I travel a fair amount and while some airlines offer decent snacks, more often than not they are sold out or not available by the time they get to my row, so I find it's best to be …

Healthy Eating

Eight Travel Apps to Help Plan the Perfect Family Vacation

Planning that long-anticipated and well-deserved vacation is so much fun -- all the new things to try and do and discover! But finding the perfect place for your crew to stay and putting together an itinerary that will make everyone in the family happy -- all while staying within budget -- can also …

Apps

Paris: Traveling The World Through Instagram

If you can't jump onto the next flight to Paris, you can now experience "The City of Lights" in an instant. Instagram has made it easier than ever to travel the world using their "Explore" feature to, well, explore the world! Check out the Fodor's, Lonely Planet, and UNESCO Instagram accounts to …

59 national drinks from 59 awesome countries

Singani is produced from white muscatel grapes grown at elevations of 5,250 feet or higher. Rather than age, the quality of the product is determined …

The Top Online Travel Communities Used by American Travelers

The annual MMGY Global/Harrison Group 2013 Portrait of American Travelers is a good source of insights into the habits of American travelers, and one …

The Quieter Side of Ibiza

The Spanish do it. The French, the Brits, and the Italians are all doing it. But Americans? We haven’t yet joined the ranks of Ibiza lovers.<p>Last month, I gave in to a nagging feeling that I was missing something and packed up my family for a week of sun and sea on Spain’s “white island.” What I …

Ibiza Summer Comes To A Close With Ridiculous Partying

We previously reported that our European pals were spending their summer vacation days on secluded islands and remote mountain ranges.<p>Well that estimate was maybe a little off. Apparently all of Europe is actually on the Spanish island of Ibiza! Spain saw a record number of tourists this July, and …

ABBA — The Museum

Spain's Tourism Numbers Set a Record in July, Thanks to the Brits

A record number of foreign tourists have visited Spain this July, welcome news for a country mired in recession and suffering massive …

Munich Prepares For Annual Oktoberfest Celebration (PHOTOS)

Germany's famous beer-soaked celebration, Oktoberfest, is just a month away.<p>The festivities will kick off Sept. 21 in Munich, where preparations are already underway.<p>Last year, Oktoberfest drew 6.4 million revelers to Munich -- approximately 14.6 million pints of beer were consumed.<p><b>Check out the</b> …

Five curious facts about Croatia

Nestled near Italy on the Adriatic Sea, the tiny country has been an unsung source of innovation, libation and historical intrigue for centuries.<p>Nestled near Italy on the Adriatic Sea, the tiny country has been an unsung source of innovation, libation and historical intrigue for centuries.<p><b>Fashion</b> …

European Travel

Vienna’s Horizontal Hotels

A curtain is always rising in Vienna, Austria, with vacant shops now playing new roles as stand-alone hotel rooms.<p>A trio of architects launched <b>Urbanauts</b> (“city explorers”), a network of street-level “lofts” that combine with the funky shops and galleries of Vienna’s Fourth District to form …

A guide to the eateries of France

There's a vast number of eateries in France. Most have defined roles, though some definitions are becoming a bit blurred. Here's a quick guide:<p>Auberge<p>An <i>auberge</i> (inn), which may also appear as an <i>auberge de campagne</i> or <i>auberge du terroir</i> (country inn), is usually attached to a rural B&B or small hotel …

France

The First UK Budget Airline to Come to America Is Not Ryanair

Holidaymakers in the north of England and Scotland have been given a boost by the launch of new transatlantic services by Jet2.com.<p>The low cost …

Revolutions: The Paris Commune

The city of lights; the city of love—Paris is most famous for being in flames.<p>Decorating the walls of the French capital you can find graffiti …