Planning a trip can be time consuming even in our internet age if you need to look at each point of interest via their individual website.
Heading for Paris and hungry for a cultural fill, you will find all 14 City of Paris museums under one roof, Paris Musees....
History buffs will want to check The Catacombs while literary minded can delve into Balzac's House, and classical music fans could check cast of Chopin's hand at Museum of Romantics which is currently under renovation and offers free access to permanent collection (only partly accessible because of renovations).
Few large cities around the world count vineyards within their vicinity.
Vienna is one of them.
Most famous of their offerings is Wiener Gemischter Satz included in Slow Food 'Ark of Taste', slightly skunky according to Alice Feiring.
Austrian National Tourist Office notes:
"Many are surprised to learn that urban Vienna is also a wine region. But within the city limits, 320 winemakers tend 1,680 acres of grapes – mostly in the river-flanking areas of Nussberg, Kahlenberg, Bisamberg and Mauer."
5 wineries from Vienna banded together and formed WienWein to share their offerings with the world.
Amongst them Weingut Cobenzl whose wines illustrate this piece.
The event's introduction turns walking into poetry.
"Amidst the nature protected by Parks, in sign of conviviality, the Walking Festival multiplies 6 Natural Parks in hundreds of events, obtaining as a result a feast ideally capable of eliminating the sea that divides the Coast from the Islands, a sequence of steps that follow one another leading to the discovery of extraordinary places, a meeting between the desire of knowledge and the necessity of sharing ones emotions and experiences."
One of the 6 parks is National Park of the Tuscan Archipelago, considered largest marine park in Mediterranean. It includes 7 main islands of archipelago located between Corsica and Tuscany. They are "small Gorgona, the splendid Capraia, the vast Elba, the white Pianosa, the unreachable Montecristo, the aromatic Giglio with it's jewel Giannutri."
Tuscany Walking Festival 2013 'runs' from April 13 to November 3.
If you have not been kissed before in Paris, here are a few places where it might happen according to Ou s'embrasser a Paris (Where to kiss in Paris, in French only) by Laurianne Barbier (Rédaction Voyages-sncf.com).
She then offers a number of other sites including lesser known Musee et Jardin Albert Khan in Boulogne-Billancourt with its multiple gardens (English garden, Japanese garden, French garden) and mini forests (Blue forest, Golden forest, Foret Vosgiennes) and Butte Bergeyre (19eme arrondissement).
If your lover or better half does not like climbing steep hills, don't take them to Butte Bergeyre (pictured above).
Besides romantic advice, SNCF is also currently having 2 for 1 offer, Offre Duo (French page) for Spring travel on TGV and Intercites trains to and from Paris, Marseille, Brest, Clermont Ferrand, Toulouse, Bourges.
Book your trip by April 23 for travel between April 12 and May 13, 2013.
In France They Kiss on Main Street
(Photo of Butte Bergeyre from Butte Bergeyre piece on Peter's Paris- June 9, 2010)
I would be delighted to put Kiss a Girafe, Hop on a Matatu, 10 do's and don'ts of Nairobi by Mark Kaigwa which we published in February 2011 to the test with best round trip fares from New York to Nairobi around $1030.
Houston to Johannesburg is even cheaper at $805 round trip (best price).
Doing a test on KLM website, only flights listed from New York to Nairobi were from JFK even though I found similarly priced flights to Nairobi from Newark by KLM for similar prices on Google Flights...
Fares are publicized by KLM USA for purchase by April 10, 2013. Travel must include a Sunday stay and be completed by May 16, 2013.
(* Illustration above is Nairobi's fixture a Matatu by Kenyan photographer Mutua Matheka from Nairobi's 10 do's and don'ts )
With that in mind, it was only natural that I would ask them to share their personal recommendations on the place. Some of you might even be there for Spring Break.
Justin sticks to advice on enjoying the real Key West while Norman covers mostly food places, bars and history.
Here's Justin and Norman Van Aken 10 do's and don'ts of Key West.
DON'T Bother with any chain restaurants or bars. Can't anybody buy that garbage off any interstate in America?
DO Support our local businesses, please. We have many establishments around town serving great local fare unique to our little island. Sure, you've heard of Conch Chowder, but, a Mollete?
DON'T Forget that you're in one of the oldest cities in the country, not Alcohol: The Theme Park.
DO Take in some culture! Museums, cabarets, various tours, rides, or walks; water-based un like snorkeling, paddleboarding, kayaking, and fishing; or just hang out and drink Buchis with the Bubbas! (You might have to visit to find out what that means!)
DON'T Stay out for the late nights and sleep until noon each day, even if you're on vacation!
DO Get out and enjoy some of the mornings, too. The gentle sunlight, idyllic pace, and perfect temperatures of most mornings in Key West create the perfect setting for a long easy stroll around before the midday heat sets in, requiring (possibly sudsy) liquid refreshment -- and plenty of it.
Norman on eating out and getting around
Dress Code: Shorts are fine everywhere.
Hogfish Bar and Grill: It is not on Key West but on Stock Island. Hard to find place but it is like the original classic joints of Key West back in the day. Their “specials” are a good bet.
5 Brothers Grocery: 930 Southard Street. Food to Go. Breakfast on the bench outside. Bollos.
Sandy’s Café: Food to go at a laundromat. 1026 White St. Midnight Sandwich. Café con Leche.
Blue Heaven: Petronia and Thomas Streets. Drinks or Breakfast is my preference. Crowds.
Bad Boy Burrito: Chris Otten’s little spot on Simonton. Fish is fresh and local.
The Half Shell Raw Bar: New owner is said to be bringing back the old FUNK.
La Crêperie: Charming place run by 2 French women. (Across from Blue Heaven). Go.
Pepé’s: 806 Caroline St. Tiny and laid back local hangout.
El Siboney: 900 Catherine. Cuban family place with authentic fare. Breakfast/Lunch.
The Banana Café: On the “upper end” of Duval. Breakfast. Charming ambience.
The Elk’s Club. Barbeque on the sidewalk each Saturday around Noon. 1107 Whitehead St.
A Bit More Upscale (for KW):
Café Marquesa: Simonton and Fleming Sts. Chef Susan Ferry, (Great small/historic Hotel).
Azur: Has some promise. In the Eden House Hotel.
Antonia’s on Duval, (It has an Italian/American style and has been there 20 years).
Louie’s Backyard: 700 Waddell. Afternoons on The Afterdeck Bar for a Cocktail.
The Green Parrot Bar: 601 Whitehead Street. Our Favorite Bar. Great live music scene.
Little Room Jazz Bar. 800 block of Duval. New. Live Music every night at 8.
Sharon Wells of Island City Strolls, (305) 294-8380, publishes the free "Walking and Biking Guide to Historic Key West" and gives personalized walking and biking tours of the island's gardens, architecture, history, or whatever you're interested in.
Writers' Walk is a one-hour guided tour on weekends of the residences of prominent Key West authors, including Hemingway, Frost, and Williams. It's sponsored by the Key West Literary Seminar, (305) 293-9291).