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Dishes you must eat in Sicily

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There are many amazing regions to visit in Italy. However, few appeal so strongly to foodies than the island of Sicily.

Representing the soccer ball on a map of Italy, the culture of this corner of the nation is strong, and needs to be experienced first hand to appreciate it properly.

With that in mind, here are several dishes you must eat in Sicily…

1) Arancini

When you are walking the streets of popular Sicilian centres such as Palmero and Messina, keep your eye out for Arancini, as it is a popular street food that will prime your appetite for the more elaborate meals that are to come.

Arancini are stuffed rice balls that are covered in breadcrumbs, and then deep-fried. The filling varies from place to place, but it usually is filled with cheese, peas, and meat/tomato sauce...

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Best new restaurants in London in 2015

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London has long been a crucible for some of the best food in the world, so when one visits here, they can generally expect to eat well (though not for cheap, sadly). If you are looking to sample the best new restaurants in London in 2015, this post will reveal to you three of our top choices….

1) Piquet

For a capital city of a country that sits right across the English Channel from France, you’d think London would have more French restaurants. Being a global crossroads though, a variety of different cuisine types and fusions have squeezed out French as a choice for new aspiring restauranteurs, which makes Piquet an interesting case study.

Boasting a menu that changes on a monthly basis, and uses the freshest of ingredients, Piquet has thrived despite being located in a bit of a drab neigh...

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Experience Christmas in a different land this year

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Want to experience Christmas in a different land this season? If you are looking to shake up your celebrations at the last minute, this post will give you some suggestions to make this dream happen for you and your family…

1) Germany

Home to the rapidly spreading concept of the Christmas market in other parts of the world, Germany has a holiday charm that cuts to core of its original origins.

The best market to visit is in Dresden, which first put together a festival based around the holiday season in 1435.

At this event and equally popular ones in places like Berlin and Munich, you’ll find traditional crafts, the irresistible aroma of spiced gingerbread, and tasty and dangerously addictive mugs of mulled wine.

The latter will warm you through, but do bundle up tight, as the temperature ...

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Best countries to visit for art lovers

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If one of the things that you look forward to the most when traveling is seeing how different cultures express their innermost thoughts on canvas, then you will enjoy today’s post.

Below, we will reveal the best countries to visit for art lovers. From the grittiness of Colombia, to the Old World classics of Italy, there is much to love about the countries on this list…

1) Italy

A serious discussion on the best art destinations in the world simply can not be had without mentioning Italy first.

Home to some of the most creative minds in history, cities like Florence stand out, as being home to Michelangelo’s David (Galleria dell’ Accademia) and some of the finest pieces from Raphael and Rembrandt (Galleria degli Uffizi) has put it firmly on the global art map.

The Eternal City is a must ...

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5 French wine regions that will blow your foodie socks off!

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Love wine? There is no better place in the world to tour if this is the case than France. Its fertile countryside is covered with vineyards that are focused on producing vintages that will top those of yesteryear, which is something that you will better appreciate when you tour the following French wine regions…

1) Alsace

Sprawling over 15,000 hectares in the Haut-Rhin in the French interior, the Alsace vineyards produce a variety of quality wines that will make your journey out here well worth the trouble. The warm and dry characteristics of this region’s micro climate allow these fields to grow seven different types of grape – including those that produce Riesling and Pinot Noir.

When you are done sampling the bounties of these fertile fields, spend some time in the Alsace Vineyards a...

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Best pubs in Galway, Ireland

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While Dublin has many charms for foreign visitors, it is only the front door to the gorgeous nation that is Ireland. As one explores the remainder of this nation, they are bound to come across the western port city of Galway.

With only 70,000 people, this portion of the country feels much more like the authentic Emerald Isle that one would expect to see when arriving here from abroad. One element of that legend is Ireland’s pub scene, which is something that Galway excels at exceptionally.

In that vein, the best pubs in Galway will deliver an evening out that will satisfy your greatest expectations.

Tig Coili

If an authentic Irish pub atmosphere is what you are after, then spending some time at Tig Coili will ensure that your night out in Galway will be a gratifying one...

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Avoid Being Sent To The Poorhouse: Our European Travel Tips

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Europe, with its vibrant food culture, lengthy and rich history, and its outstanding natural assets, has been at the top of many traveler’s list since time immemorial. However, it is not a cheap place to travel, with some spots being downright larcenous.

One should not let this fact deter them from seeing one of the best places on Earth for the wanderer, so bear in mind these financial European travel tips so that you can go on holiday here without having to declare bankruptcy upon your return home.

1) Need to go to the bathroom? Duck into a mall…

It seems that everything has an extravagant price in Europe, including the right to answer the call of nature...

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Christmas in Amsterdam

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Ever wondered why Amsterdam was voted number 2 in the world as the best place to spend Christmas?

Festive Market Stalls

From December to early January, Amsterdam is filled with markets for everyone wanting to get those last minute gifts. From ice-rinks to food stands to seasonal gifts, you will find everything you could want. Christmas at Castle Keukenhof, from 12 – 14 December, is one of the largest Christmas market events filled with beautiful lights, great food and carolling. It is a whole other kind of shopping experience.

The Classics

For those wanting to soak up some culture, there are plenty of Christmas concerts that take place all around Amsterdam. Plays, operas, orchestras, ballets; you will be spoilt for choice. And let’s not forget snowman building on the banks of Prinseng...

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Lesser Known Sights to See on your Trans Siberian Railway Tour

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If you are looking for an adventure for your next holiday, a Trans-Siberian Railway Tour may be exactly the type of holiday that you are searching for. The Trans-Siberian Railway is not just one railway line connecting Moscow and Vladivostok, but is actually a collection of many different railways.

This allows for easy transportation and allows you to explore some of the least popular tourist destinations for Western travellers. With the railway running at around 5,700 miles, it is the longest railway in the world. This means that you are going to have to plan your trip carefully, to make sure that you are able to take in all of the sights that you wish to see.

  • Ulaanbaatar
  • Ural Mountains
  • Kazan
  • Krasnoyarsk
  • Lhasa

With so much to see and do on a Trans Siberian railway, you will need to pla...

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The North Is Calling And I Must Go: Experiencing Finnish Lapland This Winter

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This fall, while the nippy winds are previewing the travails of the coming cold season, your friends and family will likely be wistfully dreaming of a warm tropical beach. While this will cause them to plan their holidays in a very predictable manner, your plans are running counter to theirs, as you actually love the snow and cold that comes with the most maligned season of all.

You desire to experience the best spots to embrace winter in the world, and this year, your sights have been squarely set on the northerly reaches of Finnish Lapland. Located around the portion of Scandinavia that sits at and above the Arctic Circle, if there is one place that is winter, this place is it.

Those willing to take a chance on this region will be rewarded for their courage, as there are many aspects to...

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