Bay Street Biergarten aims to offer "atmosphere of a traditional German Biergarten, combined with the newest experience in beer, Bavarian-inspired, southern made cuisine from Executive Chef Jason Walker."
10 Do's and Don'ts of Charleston.
Explore the city on foot. It’s the best way to see all of the gorgeous South of Broad streets.
Dine out as much as possible. Whether you’re looking for breakfast, lunch, or dinner, there are so many delicious options in town.
Visit one of our historic churches. There’s a reason Charleston is known as the “holy city.” Don’t leave without checking out some of these amazing old buildings that are still operating churches.
Dine out as much as possible. Whether you’re looking for breakfast, lunch, or dinner, there are so many delicious options in town.
Take a walk on one of our gorgeous beaches and spend the afternoon in a classic beach spot like Poe’s on Sullivan’s Island.
Prepare yourself for imbibing while you’re in our fair city. There are bars, pubs and and craft cocktail establishments in every neighborhood, and you should stop by as many as possible. Of course, leave some room for a trip to the Bay Street Biergarten.
Do take a ghost tour downtown. This is a haunted city best viewed at night.
Don’t eat in a chain restaurant. Charleston is known for the bounty of its waterways and local farms. Support our farmers and fisherman by dining local!
Don’t stay outside of downtown. You really get a chance to see the city like a local when you are wandering back to your hotel on foot after a great dinner.
Don’t visit like a tourist. Talk to the locals and find out where they’re going; that’s how to do a city properly.
Don’t forget your sunscreen if you are visiting in the summer. Charleston summers can be brutal.
Don’t try to beat our meter maids. You will get a ticket.
Don’t litter! We are proud of our gorgeous city, help us keep it beautiful.
Don’t forget to take a rickshaw ride around the battery. It’s a great way to experience Charleston.
Don’t be lured in by long lines and neon signs. That doesn’t necessarily mean that you’re at the right place.
Don’t rush! We are genteel and slow moving here in the south. Sit back and enjoy our pace.
Don’t even think about taking a dip in a pond. One word: ALLIGATORS!
Thanks Laura for taking a break from your pre-opening work to serve this taste of Charleston.
(* Photo credits: Goat.Sheep.Cow shop in South of Broad from their Facebook page, St Michael's Episcopal Church from Charleston Area Convention and Visitors Bureau Facebook page, Cypress Gardens fall image from their Facebook page, Two Boroughs Larder from their site)
The Austria Info team always delivers a monthly newsletter chockful of information.
Mid September edition is focused on 2013 wine harvest and wine highlights.
One of them is Klosterneuburg Monastery which they describe as oldest, largest and first carbon neutral winery in Austria.
Another item worth mentioning is Wine Travel online tool created by Austrian Wine which showcases wineries, restaurants and vintners and most important allows visitors to create their own itinerary including descriptions and distances.
After one of the rare 10 do's and don'ts reports from Latin America (we are working to correct that) with Buenos Aires by Vanessa Camozzi, we cross the Atlantic and head for Portugal with 10 do's and don'ts of Lisbon by Luisa Santos an art curator who divides her time between London and Lisbon.
10 do’s and 10 don’ts in
Lisbon is the city where I
was born and raised. I have lived in some different cities, as Linz, Copenhagen
and London in my 20s and was lucky enough to get to know cities in different
continents as the USA, Europe and Asia. I cannot name a favorite city but if I
would have to name a city “home” that would certainly be Lisbon, where I find
my roots in the sea and my dreams in the bright white light.
Go to old cafés like Pasteleria Versailles in Saldanha and Pastelaria Mexicana (it’s not a Mexican
café) located Avenida Guerra Junqueiro 30 C, founded in the 1940s, with its amazing tiles and a
sort of aquarium full of colourful birds.
Visit Gulbenkian. It’s composed of two Museums, a traditional one
and a Contemporary / Modern Art Center and it has the most beautiful gardens in
the city. It was planned and designed by architect Ribeiro Telles. The
exhibition programme at the Modern Art Centre is impressive and there are
always good concerts if you like classical music and jazz;
Save time for Miradouros as
Miradouro da Graça, Miradouro da Nossa Senhora do Monte and Miradouro de Santa Luzia. Lisbon is the city of the seven hills and the views
are amazing. From each point, the city is visible almost fully and the view to
the river is always quite refreshing and somehow, makes you feel like getting
into a boat, like the Lisboners of the 15th Century did in the
Get lost in the narrow
streets of Alfama , eat some fish and bread and sit with the locals by
the square of the Museu do Fado (above) honoring this Portuguese
Pay visit to Bairro de Alvalade, a neighborhood from the 1950s (which is something
rather recent for Portuguese terms), the architecture is very different from
the one in the old town (as Alfama and Bairro Alto) and there are many local
shops selling way nicer and cheaper products than in the touristy areas as
Have lunch at Martim Moniz
, a sort of a melting pot of cultures. There, you
can easily eat a Chinese meal together with an Indian Mango Lassi. It’s very
vibrant and it’s being renewed as it used to be a quite dodgy area.
Go to Estação do Rossio , it’s a beautiful train station located in
Restauradores on the end of Liberdade Avenue, a very posh avenue with shops like Louis Vouitton, Prada and the like. Restauradores is very near to Rossio Square, in the Pombaline Downtown (18th
Century, built after the 1755 earthquake and tsunami which wrecked the whole
city) of Lisbon.
DO go to Largo do Intendente.
Most people will tell you it’s the equivalent to the red district in Amsterdam.
That is partially true but it’s also wrong as it’s been subject to a huge
renovation and the Largo (square) is now full of artists, the Mayor has moved
there, you can find a residency for artists and there are always live concerts in the
Summer as well as performances and site-specific artworks which are changing a
lot the perception people have towards this area.
Visit Belém (take the tram
15 at Cais to Sodré) and have a Pastel de Belém at the Fábrica dos Pastéis de
Belém. The queue is long and full of tourists as well as locals. A Pastel de Belém
is not the same as a Pastel de Nata, it’s always warm, and the Fábrica dos
Pastéis de Belém is filled with beautiful traditional Portuguese tiles. Once
you’re in the area, have a look at Mosteiro dos Jerónimos , Padrão dos Descobrimentos and stop to watch the river. On the
other side of the river you’ll see Almada, which is also worth a boat trip from
Terreiro do Paço...
Make an evening stop at Zé dos Bois if you are into alternative / indie
music. It’s a very peculiar space, an old building in the old town (Bairro
Alto) with an exhibition space, a bookshop, a bar and a concerts’ room.
DON’T go to any Starbuck’s
café. Lisbon is filled with traditional cafés, why would someone pay double for
an expresso (an expresso in Lisbon costs roughly 0,60 Eur and at Starbuck’s costs
around 1,20 Eur), which tastes bad? And it’s a chain that you can find anywhere
in the world.
DON’T go to any Padaria
Portuguesa. To a tourist, at first sight, might look as something traditional
but it’s not. It’s a chain and the quality is poor.
Stay away from Hard Rock
Café. The music is not terrible but there are so many nice concert and music
places in Lisbon that this one is the one to be missed.
Skip Colombo, Vasco da
Gama or any shopping mall. Please support local and small shops. You are in the
city of the white light, please don’t spend your days in a closed space.
DON’T visit Lisbon in August,
it’s way too hot and there are many shops closed for holidays.
DON’T go to a Fado House
where there is a person giving you a leaflet at the entrance and pushing you to
enter. The best Fado Houses don’t need to ask for clients
and are usually located in narrow streets and corners in Bairro Alto (old town)
DON’T forget to try a Port wine. It’s from Porto but if you are in Lisbon you’ll find it as well.
DON’T rent a car if you are
staying in the city or even if you want to go to Cascais or Sintra. Take trains and metro instead. The traffic in Lisbon is unbearable and it’s very
difficult (and pricey) to park.
No need to take a cab from the
airport. Lisbon has just built a new metro station in the airport and it takes
you everywhere in the city for 1,50 Eur (a cab can cost you from 10 to 50 Eur,
depending on where you want to go).
No need to choose the cheapest
hotel or the most expensive (as Tivoli or Sheraton). There are very good deals
in areas as Alameda Dom Afonso Henriques, Saldanha and even the Old Town
(Bairro Alto). There are some new hostels that might be a good option but it’s
also nice to rent a flat from a local.
In 2007, Tiroler Landesmuseen (Tyrolean State Museum) brought together under one umbrella, Tyrolean State Museum Ferdinandeum with the Zeughaus (Armoury), Museum of Tyrolean Folk Art, Court Church, Kaiserschützenmuseum (Imperial Infantry Museum) and the Folk Song Archive.
Tyrol independent spirit and history is on display for all to discover.
Good place to start is Das Tirol Panorama (The Tyrol Exhibition) which looks at Tyrol's people, influence of religion, conflicts and history and impact of its mountains.
The Tiroler Landesmuseen is located in Innsbruck.
(* Illustration above from 'Tyrol Exhibition' pages)
Last published 10 do's and don'ts was Key West back in March...We travel further south with Vanessa Camozzi 10 do's and don'ts of Buenos Aires.
Camozzi is an expat living in Buenos Aires, Argentina. She is the
owner of Fukuro Noodle Bar. Her love and passion for the restaurant
industry prompted her and her husband (a native of Argentina) to open
up #FNB in the heart of Palermo Hollywood. The couple decided to
return back to Buenos Aires and finally open their own restaurant
after spending the past ten years working in the gastro scene in the
Vanessa's 10 Do’s and 10 Don’ts of Buenos Aires:
1) Visit the incredible landmark Palacio DuHauat the Park Hyatt and have a glass of champagne outside in the
beautiful patio garden. Palacio Duhau is perfectly located on Avenida
Alvear, in the heart of the French heritage district of Recoleta.
2) Have the best ice cream you have ever tried in your life at one of
Argentina’s many ice cream parlors. Argentineans know their ice
cream—indulge in delicious flavors like dulce de leche granizado,
malbec y frutos rojos, and chocolate suizo. Though there are many
places to choose from I rank Freddo as one of the best ice cream shops in the city.
sure to visit the Museo de Arte Latinoamericano de Buenos Aires
institution was organized around the Costantini Collection, and has
continued to expand its selection of works from modern artists from
across Latin America. The museum welcomes over a million visitors
4) Order Argentina’s national drink “Fernet with Coca-Cola” when
you go out at night for cocktails. Fernet is
a type of amaro, a bitter, aromatic spirit made from a number of
herbs and spices. You can’t leave Argentina without trying it!
5) Block out a morning or afternoon to get pampered at Gino
Lozano hair salon. This full service salon will have you looking and feeling like one
of Argentina’s many beautiful models in no time. Argentines take
their time while getting pampered and don’t rush through any of the
services they provide—so make sure to have enough time blocked out
and sign up for a mani/pedi and a “brushing” (a hair blow out) It
is so worth it.
sure to try and hook up with a
local to go and have a real Argentinean “asado a la parilla” at
somebody house. Asadois
a term used both for a range of barbecue techniques and the social
event of having or attending a barbecue,
An asado usually
consists of beef alongside various other meats, which are cooked on a
grill called a parrilla,
or an open fire. It’s
an ABSOLUTE MUST TRY if you are in Argentina. Don’t forget to put
chimichurri on all of your meats to add that final delicious flavor
to your plate. And If you don’t know a local then head over to
Pobre Luisa typical traditional restaurant that serves up killer asado.
coffee. Do be sure to have lots and lots of “cortados” while
sitting outside in one of Argentina’s many cafes. The
most popular traditional Argentine coffees are small black coffees
small espresso coffees with milk (cortados-
which also come in larger jarrito size),
and larger coffees with milk (café
con leches). Sit
outside in the sun like a real porteno with a cortado in hand and let
the day pass by as you get nice and caffeinated with each delicious
sip. Don’t know which café to choose? Try El Gato Negro you won’t be disappointed.
8) Visit El
Teatro Colón.It has
just recently been newly renovated.
the main opera house in Buenos Aires and is acoustically considered
to be amongst the five best concert venues in the world.
9) Spend time at upscale gourmet harborside of Puerto Madero.Puerto
Madero was of course originally a port. It was built to accommodate
the cargo ships of the day, but the increasing use of larger cargo
ships around that time quickly rendered it obsolete. It’s now
filled with a plethora of restaurants and cafes. Here you will be
sure to have great food with a beautiful scenic view.
10) Get a dose of dulce de leche infused “facturas.”
every other block in Buenos Aires has a panaderia (bakery)
where you can try these delicious sugared pastries. The most popular
fillings are dulce
de leche, custard (crema
pastelera), and quince
generally buy them by the dozen and have them during teatime or with
friends while drinking “yerba mate.” Mate,
also known as chimarrão or cimarrón, is a traditional South
American infused drink, particularly in Argentina, Uruguay, Paraguay
and the southern states of Brazil and to a lesser degree in south of
Chile, the Bolivian Chaco, Syria and Lebanon. Mate
is the perfect partner to go along with these tasty facturas.
try to rent a car and drive yourself through this city. Buenos Aires
is way too big of a city not to mention the people drive crazy--you
can forget about everyone staying in their own lanes and following
any traffic laws. The city is way too large to try and navigate solo
or even with a travel partner. Public transportation is a much more
viable and smarter option. Take the bus, subway, a taxi or just walk,
as these are all better options.
make dinner reservations for 7:00pm. Argentinians do NOT eat dinner
early and never go out at 6 or 7pm to have dinner. It doesn’t
matter if it’s a weeknight or weekend. Everything in this city
stays open until late and it’s completely normal to make dinner
reservations for 10:30 or 11:00 pm.
go to MicroCentrootherwise known as the financial district in Buenos Aires— it’s
old, over crowded and overrated.
be shocked if somebody kisses you on the cheek when you are meeting
them for the first time— it’s customary in Argentina— no
handshakes here. One kiss on the side of your cheek is the practice,
regardless of your age or gender.
expect the right of way when you are crossing the street. Pedestrians
do not have the right of way. Once in a blue moon a car may stop for
you to cross but nine times out of ten, they wont.
take the trains, they are overcrowded and accidents seem to regularly
occur each year. The trains are not well maintained so it’s not the
best form of transportation to take.
be surprised to see lots of dog poop on the streets and dog walkers
walking up to 10 to 12 dogs at a time. Try and look down when you
walk as much as possible or if not you will get a nice frequent
surprise on the bottom of your shoe.
come here with large bills in hand and expect to get change. Change
is a highly coveted thing in Argentina. Taxis, kiosks and stores
don’t just give out change willingly—so be strategic when you use
a large bill, otherwise you may not be able to make your purchase.
you are from the United States, don’t say “No hablo espanol soy
Americano/a” Instead you should say “Soy de los Estados Unidos”
It’s considered rude to say you’re “American” since you are
still in America just a lot further South.
Don’t leave without coming to Fukuro Noodle Bar. If you’ve
stuffed yourself over and over with tons of meat and malbec then come
to FNB for some fresh ramen, craft cocktails, dumplings, steamed pork
buns, and milk and cookies. See you in Buenos Aires!
"Taking place in July, in the old town of Lisbon, an area filled with used but also abandoned tram tracks, where horizontal and vertical lines cross, “Just another Boat” (2013) is composed of paper boats - the character in the story - spread along two meters ropes hanging from the ceiling to the floor. At Round The Corner, a small room where every exit is also an entrance, the visitors are invited to pass through a dense curtain of ropes and the space becomes an integral part of the mixed media installation with its mysterious character of passing through, both on horizontal and vertical ways."
"Co-inhabiting a space between installation and performance, “Just another Boat” (2013) makes use of the wind present in the room when doors are open and looks differently at every person’s entrance in the space. In the opening day, Sophie Bazy plays an accordion in between the boats. The instrument can be seen both from inside and from the street that here, becomes part of the scenario (or site) for the installation, which is, above all, a story."
Round The Corner (pictured below) is located Rua Nova da Trindade, Doors 9F – 9G Lisbon, Portugal.
(* Photographs excepted from Time and Tide, Photographs from Praia Piquinia by Christian Chaize, reproduced with permission of Chronicle Books...Top photo August 4, 2009 at 2:09 pm...Second August 7, 2009 at 10:25 am)