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The last couple weeks I’ve been running through Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania and the standard of cooking here really has blown me away. Latvia is easily the best country I’ve run through so far in terms of food.
In fact if you’re a bit of a foodie and are looking for somewhere different to go for a weekend break I couldn’t recommend Latvia more – to be precise, Malpils Museum. It’s about a half hour drive from Riga into the countryside, very cheap and easy to fly into from the UK. I found the restaurant here by accident. There’s no advertising whatsoever, and Malpils is a very small town. It’s actually the only restaurant in town, and just so happens to have the winner of the best traditional-Latvian chef of 2012 as head chef!
The restaurant is on the ground floor of a museum set in a giant manor house with stunning grounds. Earlier in the day I’d run past chapels and caves carved into cliff sides in hill top villages.
Prices in certain parts of Europe are great compared to back home. In most places you can get a main course for well under a fiver, and it’s generally good. When I stumbled upon the restaurant I was just looking for something quick to eat. When I realised how smart the place was my heart sank at first, being a sweaty mess in my running kit. I definitely looked out of place and was worried I’d be turned away but my main concern was it looked like a very expensive place (ie. well out of budget for a guy running around the world).
I ordered the rabbit dish. When it arrived I was stunned to find the presentation was fine dining standard and it tasted as good as it looked. My waiter spoke very good English and was incredibly welcoming. It was chatting to him later when I learnt about their head chef having won the national award for best chef in the category traditional food. So, did this amazing meal cost my budget dearly? No it was equivalent to £7 for the main course!
Often I tend to camp but through this part of Europe I’ve found guest houses/hotels from £7-£15 on average, which is far more comfortable than camping illegally in someone’s field. As it was close to getting dark I asked if there was a guest house nearby. This is when I found out that the museum, as well as housing a restaurant, is also a guesthouse. There was no inkling of this from outside or inside, and later I brought it up with the waiter – “why are there no signs to say restaurant/hotel on the building or on the main road (which bypasses the town)?”. He said he had also wondered this when he started work there, but now knows all their custom is through word of mouth!
If you fancy a weekend away somewhere different then here you’ll have a fantastic room in a manor house for £40 (I took the ‘kids’ room for £15!) a night and a fantastic restaurant downstairs. It’s one of the first places I’ve stayed at along my route where I know I’ll definitely plan to return to one day on a mini break.
9 Reasons Why I Want to Return to Riga Latvia
Somewhat embarrassingly, Latvia wasn’t on my radar as a place I really wanted to visit. Instead, the impetus was born with an invitation to speak at the Women in Travel Summit, which was being held in Riga Latvia (Riga being the Latvian capital).
Who knew that after a week I’d love the place so much even – and especially – in the inclement month of November. Here are nine reasons why I want to return to Latvia again, for a longer visit. While this article isn’t an exhaustive list of things to do in Latvia, nor a cultural summation, it is a teaser just enough of both to entice you to learn more about this Baltic country – because in a sense a teaser is all I got as well.
Most of my time in Latvia was self-directed and on my own dime, save for a two day itinerary constructed for myself and some other conference attendees, courtesy of the Latvia Tourism Department (visit www.latvia.travel ).
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Latvia: Europe’s hidden culinary gem - Recipes
This beautiful little place was recommended by a tour guide, and after looking at the previous reviews and examining the menu & prices we decided to give it a go - and what a wonderful experience it was. Unlike other places that have more reviews on here this place seems to be more aimed at affluent locals rather than wealthy tourists, so for us it was rather inexpensive (and an utter bargain if you are used to London prices!).
The Valtera is slightly hidden in a side street of the dome square, and has a wonderful atmosphere. The service was excellent throughout the evening with a very friendly and attentive waitress. The range on the menu is slightly limited but caters for every taste. All products are locally sourced and seasonal. Each dish we sampled (mains & desserts) was absolutely divine and a culinary delight, and judging by the guest-book this view was shared by everybody who had left a comment.
Come here & you won't be disappointed - we will certainly come back for more.
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Skip the tourist places and head straight here. Everything is locally produced and the food is all the better for it. Also, the little things - a perfect rustic interior with little wild strawberry plants on each table. A place trying this hard, and succeeding, deserves what little they ask for in terms of prices..
A new restaurant which is trying hard - and succeeding. It's almost next door to the Dome Fish Restaurant - and ten times better, in our experience. A small menu but a great one. Sturgeon, for example, was fresh and delicious. Only problem is that they close at 10 on weekdays - and that's not 'last orders' at 10 - they actually close! Weekends it's 11, but that's still far too early in this night-loving city!
The Azores – A Hidden Gem in the Atlantic
Ever heard of The Azores? Christopher Columbus visited this hidden gem in the Atlantic. If you’re looking for a unique island destination, find out more about The Azores….where they are, what to do, how to get there below.
Where are The Azores? Situated in the middle of the Atlantic lies an archipelago of nine spectacular islands. Separated by a thousand miles of ocean from the western coast of Europe, the Azores Islands offer a truly unique and unforgettable destination for any type of traveler.
Even though the islands have a strong European influence (the Azores are part of Portugal), you’ll feel thousands of miles away from the hustle and bustle of continental Europe.
What to Do in The Azores? The unique landscape of the Azores features majestic beaches (many with Hawaii-like black volcanic sand), beautiful hills and mountains, lush greenery and breathtaking ocean views, all surrounded by brilliant blue waters of the Atlantic. Popular activities for visitors include whale watching and dipping in the islands’ many natural hot springs.
Ponta Delgada – the largest city in the Azores – is a lovely and quaint destination located on Sao Miguel Island. The local architecture is charming with many buildings featuring the islands’ signature black volcanic rock in the exterior design. In addition to the islands’ natural beauty, there are cultural sites to visit, such as historic churches and museums. The Azores’ history goes back many hundreds of years, including a visit from Christopher Columbus during his voyage to the Americas.
How to Get There? Travel to the Azores is easy. SATA Airlines (the airline of the Azores) offers travelers a high quality product with good service to North America and Europe from the Azores. SATA operates nonstop flights to Ponta Delgada from Boston as well as service to the Azores from major European cities. SATA also offers inter-island flights within the Azores, making trips between different islands very convenient.
These beautiful islands are certainly a must-see for any traveler wishing to check out one of Europe’s most unique island gems.
28 Most Beautiful Cities in Europe you might not know
1. Karlovy Vary &ndash Czech Republic
The Karlovy Vary region is the second smallest in the Czech Republic. It is filled with natural beauty, castles, chateaus and best of all its famous hot and cold mineral springs.
Beautiful Karlovy Vary
Karlovy Vary is the most famous spa town in the Czech Republic. The town has been treating visitors for more than 650 years.
However, it was in the 18th century that the town began to develop and become known across Europe. In addition to its famous Springs, Karlovy Vary Czech itself is very picturesque and also the home of one of the world&rsquos leading film festivals in July each year.
There are 79 different Karlovy Vary Hot Springs. Fourteen of these are currently used for drinking Czech republic mineral water. The hottest spring is 72 degrees.
Depending on your ailment/s your doctor will prescribe you to &ldquotake&rdquo the waters from different springs at different times. Each hot spring has its own unique properties.
The Karlovy Vary thermal water is unique in its physical and chemical properties. Essentially the waters here contain larger amounts of major and minor mineral elements than the water you drink at home.
Find out more about Karlovy Vary and the other towns in the Karlovy Vary region in my post on Czech Spa Towns.
2. Riga &ndash Latvia
Lovely Riga is the capital of Latvia and the biggest city in the Baltics. It is a wonderful mix of charming old Europe and modern innovations. The Riga Old Town is an extremely photogenic mix of art nouveau buildings and tiny cobblestone streets, all without traffic.
View from Hotel Le Chevalier of Riga old town
Unlike some other European cities, once you had outside of the old town the beauty of Riga continues. Riga has an art nouveau district filled with beautiful buildings and a fantastic art nouveau museum.
The Pardaugava district is full of colourful wooden houses. Kipsala is a small and exclusive island close to the old town of Riga that has some fantastic views.
View of Riga from St Peter&rsquos Church
And don&rsquot miss a canal tour around Riga&rsquos lovely city canal and Daugava River. It is a particularly nice way to see the Old Town and the beautiful wooden houses of Kipsala.
Find out more about Riga in my post on 23 Things to do in Riga.
3. Saint Antonin Noble Val &ndash France
If you are looking for the quintessential French countryside town Saint Antonin Noble Val is it. This beautiful town has been featured in several films including Charlotte Gray and The Hundred-Foot Journey.
Saint Antonin Noble Val is situated on the Aveyron river &ndash don&rsquot miss the beautiful bridge with its reflection in the river. Cate Blanchette rode across this in Charlotte Grey.
The centre of Saint Antonin Noble Val was the home of the town&rsquos most wealthy residents. In medieval times a town was the safest place to live &ndash and within it, the safest place was the centre as anyone who wanted to invade would start with those on the edges.
Therefore the tallest and most decadent houses are in the middle of the city &ndash and these are the streets where the famous St Antonin Sunday Market is held. This is a good place to start exploring Saint Antonin Noble Val.
Find out more about Saint Antonin Noble Val in my complete post and about the stunning region in which it is situated in my post on Tarn et Garonne.
4. Verbier &ndash Switzerland
From the insanely beautiful and green of the Swiss Alps to the flower baskets throughout the village to Swiss cows against stunning backdrops the Verbier summer is filled with fantastic and exciting things to do as well as great photo opportunities.
You&rsquoll hear the swiss cows!
Verbier is the height of fabulous skiing action in the winter &ndash but to me it is at its most beautiful in the height of summer. Plus this Swiss town offers a huge amount of fantastic things to do that are all about summer.
This includes seeing the sunrise from Mont Fort (a strictly summer activity), hiking up to the top of Pierre Avoi, visiting the Verbier 3D sculpture park and seeing the Swiss cows up high on the mountains.
The shot which went onto my Instagram Account
Two other fantastic activities that can be done whether it is sun or snow is paragliding over the Alps and to drinks some rather delicious Swiss wine.
Find out more about Verbier in my posts about how to experience the best of the Verbier Summer and the best things to do in Verbier.
5. Graz &ndash Austria
Who needs Vienna? Lovely Graz is the second biggest city in Austria and for me much cuter than its older sibling. It is easy to see why Graz Austria was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1999.
Add to that its 2011 nomination as a City of Design and you can see why it wasn&rsquot difficult to build a lengthy list of things to do in Graz.
However, the highlights don&rsquot stop in the lovely Graz old town. Within a 10-15 minute drive of Graz are several photo-friendly and fantastic places to visit.
View from the Frieblick Tagescafe
From the world&rsquos longest indoor slide to classic castles to rotating glass lifts to sculpture parks Graz and its surrounds will give you a holiday to remember.
Check out my 23 fantastic things to do in Graz and nearby as well as my Austria Itinerary.
6. Santiago de Compostela &ndash Spain
For centuries, thousands of pilgrims have travelled on St. James&rsquo Way every year, finally reaching the capital of Galicia and entering the iconic Cathedral. According to tradition, this is the burial place of the relics of James the Apostle, discovered in the 9th century.
But Santiago de Compostela is very much a living city, with other attractions for travellers, pilgrim or not: countless restaurants and bars where you can enjoy the delicious seafood of Galicia, a UNESCO World Heritage old town centre, daring contemporary art&hellip There&rsquos plenty to do in this city which combines history with a younger modern side.
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Enjoy the amazing local octopus and other seafood delights, head to the Sunday mass which pays special tribute to the pilgrims every week and you can even walk the last couple of kilometres of the Santiago de Compostela.
7. Baden Baden &ndash Germany
This gorgeous 2000-year-old town lies at the foothills of the wonderfully named Black Forest. Baden Baden Germany has a fantastic location for exploring the region as well as everything from, of course, spas to shopping to a palatial casino within Baden-Baden itself.
PC Baden-Baden Kur and Tourismus Gmbh
Before you head to Baden-Baden Germany do check what is on. The city is well known for the three international horse races it runs each year &ndash as it is for its Christmas markets.
But this German town is most famous for its spas. Indeed, Baden Baden Germany has 12 hot springs and has been welcoming those seeking to relax and reconnect for centuries.
Delicious cakes at Cafe Koenig
Today Baden Baden has managed to keep all of those wonderful historical elements but added in more modern spa facilities, fantastic food, modern art and much more.
Find out more about this beautiful German town in my Baden Baden Spa Guide and the best Baden Baden Tours.
8. Gaios &ndash Greece
Gaios is the very charming and insta friendly capital of Paxos. There is a super cute pink church on the harbour in the main square and loads of cute taverns. The main square of Gaios Paxos is the centre of town.
Ice cream shop in Gaois
It is then lovely to walk along the Gaios harbourfront &ndash home to more tavernas &ndash and my favourite shop Koo which features loads of lovely local Greek designers. Koo Paxos is particularly good for shoes &ndash and has super cute bathers for those on the slim side.
Gaios Paxos Greece also has cute backstreets for exploration. Bouganvillea is everywhere, colourful buildings &ndash all the cute things you want from a small Greek town.
Stunning Gaois Harbour
Plus if you are staying in one of the Paxos villas there are 2 butchers (shut most of the afternoon so come at lunchtime or early evening) and several good small supermarkets with all you need.
I also found a nice olive oil/wine shop on the Gaios harbour and bought some great Greek wine. Many of the boat tours depart from the new harbour which is easily walkable from Gaios.
Find out more about the lovely island of Paxos Greece, Paxos Restaurants, and Beaches in Paxos in my posts.
9. San Marino &ndash Italy (sort of)
San Marino is the oldest republic in the world and it has never been taken over by anyone. This small country of just 61 square kilometres sits on top of a hill and overlooks the Italian countryside. So it is in Italy but it isn&rsquot actually Italy &ndash it is a separate republic.
San Marino is home to just 30,000 people but has its own police, its own schools and it doesn&rsquot belong to the European Union.
A hilltop town in Europe is always going to be at least a base level of photogenic. San Marino then has multiple sculptures, is mostly pedestrianized with lovely paved streets, excellent use of flowers throughout the country and amazing views everywhere.
The highlight of San Marino is walking to the very top of the country and its famous three towers which date back to the 11th century.
Another way to get some fantastic views of the Italian countryside is to take the compact San Marino funicular. The funicular will bring you up into the main square of San Marino.
Read more about San Marino and nearby in my post on 14 Things to do in Rimini.
10. Valletta &ndash Malta
Lovely Valletta is the capital city of Malta. Many head straight to the beach areas of Malta and all-inclusive hotels and miss this absolutely charming city. And due to its location, it is likely to be a nice day &ndash indeed Malta is the sunniest city in Europe.
Valletta is best known for its fantastic grand harbour. In its small 55 hectares it has over 320 monuments, making it the most concentrated historic area in the world.
It is a grid town of small streets &ndash and some steep hills &ndash which are filled with beautiful old buildings, cute boutiques and some fantastic restaurants.
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11. Mostar &ndash Bosnia
Lovely Mostar is most famous for its beautiful old bridge, Stari Most, a UNESCO listed site. Mostar is located in Bosnia Herzegovina (it&rsquos the largest city in Herzegovina) but can also be visited as a day trip from Croatia.
The city&rsquos famous bridge was originally built in the 16th century and reaches over the Neretva River. However, the bridge was destroyed during the civil war in the area in 1993. It was rebuilt and declared a UNESCO site in 2005.
This town of light coloured stones is heavily Ottoman influenced and full of market stalls, shops and restaurants.
12. Stockholm &ndash Sweden
Okay you probably know Stockholm but is it top of mind when you think about beautiful cities in Europe? Most of us think of the cuter side of beauty when we think of beautiful cities in Europe. Stockholm is a cleaner more modern type of beauty.
Beautiful Stockholm consists of 14 islands and more than 50 bridges. Its old town is full of cobblestone streets and coloured buildings. And one a sunny day few cities in the world can match the beauty of Stockholm.
13. Seville &ndash Spain
Barcelona and Madrid tend to be top of mind when it comes to Spain. However, my personal opinion is that little Seville in the south of Spain is far more attractive than the two.
This atmospheric city is wonderfully relaxed yet buzzes with an undercurrent of energy. This could well be influenced by the flamenco dancing and music for which it is so well known.
The Plaza de Espana has some of the most beautiful tiling work you will ever see and don&rsquot miss the stunning and very photogenic Plaza de toros de la Real Maestranza de Caballería de Sevilla, home to one of the most famous bullfighting festivals in the world.
14. Kotor &ndash Montenegro
Kotor is a coastal town in Montenegro which is situated between the majest limestone cliffs of Mt Lovcen and the Adriatic coast. It is extremely scenic &ndash from its location to its small streets to the wonderful views over the city as you hike up the cliff.
The old city is a UNESCO world heritage site and was buit between the 12th and 14th centuries and its city walls have protected the 4 kms of Kotor since that time.
Wander through the old town, check out the many cats that call Kotor home, climb up to the castle of San Giovanni or take a tour of the bay of Kotor.
15. Munich &ndash Germany
One of Germany&rsquos most famous cities hosts historic sites and buildings, outstanding tourist activities, green parks, castles, and more. The Bavarian city is known for castles and amazing forested surroundings (the views in winter are spectacular).
There seems to be a museum on every street, where you can marvel at fine art, technology, and natural history! Spires from churches and older buildings dot the skyline, rising above new homes or classic German apartment roofs. In fact, most of the inner city is car-free, making this the ultimate walking city in Germany.
- The Residence Palace (especially the Antiquarium dining hall)
- Nymphenburg Palace
- Hofbräuhaus München
16. Venice &ndash Italy
Canals, waterways and bridges are a bit like good bone structure when it comes to making a city beautiful. And Venice has a lot of all three of those. Venice is actually 117 different islands that are linked by 150 canals and about 400 bridges or pieces of pavement.
Venice is literally built on water. The base of its buildings go deep into the ground. As the soil is so water logged there is no oxygen in it and thus no decay.
Venice and its delights are best explored on foot or by water. The Piazza San Marco is the centre of Venice and home to the magnificent Basilica San Marco &ndash which also has some fantastic views of Venice (it is where I took the photo below).
View of Venice
Don&rsquot miss the Rialto Bridge, the many Venetian Palaces, the Accademia Gallery and the Bridge of Sighs. Or a trip to the home of beautiful coloured glass Murano.
Doges Palazzo Venice
My personal favourite way to experience Venice is on Vaporetto Line 1. This water bus allows anyone to see Venice from the water (where it is often at its most beautiful), mingle with the locals, and really experience one of the world&rsquos most beautiful cities.
17. Nuremberg &ndash Germany
Nuremberg is the capital of a region called Franconia. It has a history dating all the way back to the Holy Roman Empire. Much of the old city is encircled by a wall built in those times.
Though the name is often historically associated with a darker time in German history &ndash the Nuremberg Trials &ndash it is known today as a city of immense historic architectural beauty. Here are a few of the main sites to visit:
- Albrecht Dürer&rsquos House
- City Walls
- Germanisches Nationalmuseum
- Schöner Brunnen
- St. Lorenz Church
- St. Sebaldus Church
18. Istanbul &ndash Turkey
Istanbul in Turkey is literally where east meets west. This beautiful city is the perfect place to get your feet wet so to speak if you&rsquore keen to explore the Middle East or Africa. This atmospheric city has all the magic of the Middle East and North Africa with a slightly more European feel.
The Blue Mosque in the late afternoon, a highlight of a week in Turkey
The Blue Mosque is possibly Istanbul&rsquos most famous attraction. The mosque has six minarets or towers and several domes. It isn&rsquot actually blue &ndash it was named the Blue Mosque because of its beautiful interior tiles &ndash but it is absolutely stunning.
The Fes Cafe in the Grand Bazaar
Two of top places to visit in Istanbul &ndash The Blue Mosque and Hagia or Aya Sofya &ndash are located on the same main square in the Istanbul neighborhood of Sultanahmet. Very convenient.
Hagia Sofya has had several lives. It began as an Orthodox Cathedral and was turned into a mosque. In 1935, Ataturk proclaimed it a museum &ndash although it is still considered by many to be the second biggest cathedral in the world.
30 million tiny gold mosaic tiles cover the interior of the church. Yes, 30 million &ndash that isn&rsquot a typo. Make sure you head up the stairs to the mezzanine as it provides one of the best views of this stunning museum/church.
Both the Blue Mosque and Hagia Sofya are particularly stunning at sunset. I suggest gaining access to one of Istanbul&rsquos many bars and restaurants with a terrace and a view and settling in for sunset.
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Topkapi Palace is one of my favourite Istanbul tourist attractions. This palace was used between the 15th and 19th centuries and apparently was a hot place to go during the Ottoman Empire.
Topkapi Palace Istanbul is stunning and filled with lots of fantastic Instagram opportunities &ndash particularly the colourful tiles.
The Grand Bazaar or Kapali Carsi is the largest covered market in Turkey with over 4,000 shops. This market contains everything you could ever imagine needing.
From, of course, carpets to jewelry to lanterns to pajamas. It can be quite overwhelming. The market is 30,700 square metres and has 60 streets and is a must in any Istanbul itinerary.
19. Stuttgart &ndash Germany
While car enthusiasts will have the Porsche and Mercedes-Benz factory tours top of their list, Stuttgart on the Neckar River is a truly beautiful old city bordering the Black Forest. Incidentally, this is also where the original cake recipe comes from.
There are dozens of castles to visit in and around the city as well.
- Ludwigsburg Residential Palace
- Solitude Palace
- Stuttgart Train Station
- Stuttgart&rsquos Municipal Library
- The Old Castle
20. St Petersburg &ndash Russia
Like Venice, St Petersburg is spread across a mix of big and small islands, setting it up for being one of the most beautiful cities in the world. The city itself also has several fairytale like ornate buildings and it is also considered the cultural capital of Russia.
Perhaps the attraction for which St Petersburg is best known is the Hermitage Museum. Not only does the Hermitage contain 3 million works of art, it is also in a beautiful confection of a building and filled with stunning rooms, arches, staircases and more architectural features.
The beautiful cathedral at the Peter and Paul fortress would also look happily at home on the top of an elaborate cake. However, this cathedral almost looks plain next to the amazing onion-domed Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood (also a great name &ndash Alexander 11 was assassinated on this spot).
The lovely River Neva and a series of canals are at the heart of St Petersburg and some of its most beautiful features. Stroll along the waterfronts as the sun sets and see this beautiful city from the water on a cruise.
21. Bergen &ndash Norway
Lovely Bergen is the gateway city to Norway&rsquos famous fjords. But it also has more than enough going on to warrant spending a couple of nights in this beautiful city.
Part of Bergen&rsquos beauty comes from its location. This Norwegian city is surrounded by mountains and fjords. Bergen is also known as the city of seven mountains based on the seven peaks around it.
Bergen is Norway&rsquos second-largest city with a population of 280,000 (Oslo is about twice that size). One of its most popular tourist destinations is the cute and colourful harbour known as Bryggen.
The colourful houses are now filled with arts and crafts stores, cafes and restaurants. And don&rsquot miss the cute backstreets of Bryggen.
To gain one of the best view in Bergen hop on the funicular up to Floyen. The funicular takes all of six minutes to get to the top and the views are stunning. Once you&rsquore finished go for a stoll through the super cute neighborhood of Sandviken.
22. Edinburgh &ndash Scotland
Edinburgh as a city used to be literally just the royal mile area or what is now the Old Town Edinburgh. The city is built on hills so when it began to fill up the only way to accommodate people was to go up and down.
Streets known as Closes began to be filled with houses literally on top of each other. And thus began the creation of a city under Edinburgh. This is just one of the many interesting things to do in Edinburgh.
There can be few castles in the world as magnificent as Edinburgh castle! It perches literally on the top of Edinburgh. Don&rsquot leave Edinburgh without visiting Edinburgh castle.
The Royal Mile is the central street in Edinburgh and is home to historic buildings, shops, several tourist attractions and lots of atmosphere &ndash particularly during August.
It takes about 15 minutes to walk from Holyrood Castle at one end to Edinburgh Castle at the other end.
Edinburgh Castle sits on the top of Edinburgh
Arthur&rsquos Seat is home to one of the best views over Edinburgh. It takes about 30 minutes to walk up to the top. Do be careful with the weather as boy is it windy on a windy day.
23. London &ndash United Kingdom
London must come first in this list as it is my hometown. London isn&rsquot known for having the best weather in the world but when the sun shines and you&rsquore on the Thames any city in the world would be hard pressed to beat beautiful London.
&ldquoWhen a man is tired of London, he is tired of life&rdquo is the famous quote from Samuel Johnson and I couldn&rsquot agree more. London is home to some of the world&rsquos most famous landmarks from Buckingham Palace to Big Ben to Westminster Abbey and well I could go on and on.
Love a London Bobbie!
There are 35 different bridges in London along the Thames &ndash from the beautiful pastel coloured Albert Bridge to world famous Tower Bridge. Experience some of the best art in the world at the Royal Academy, the Tate, Tate Modern, National Gallery and many more such institutions.
A key part of London&rsquos beauty is its lovely parks &ndash beloved by its residents. London has 3,000 parks and believe it or not 40% of the city is green. Hyde Park is the best known but don&rsquot miss stunning Richmond Park and its deers and views over London and gorgeous Holland Park.
Brick Lane street art
Head off the beaten path and explore London&rsquos street art scene in the East, take a rubbish tour and see lesser known green spots such as the Isle of Dogs, visit the coloured houses of Notting Hill or enjoy a gourmet meal on a London bus whilst experiencing fantastic views of the city.
Scotch Eggs made with Chorizo at Borough Market London
Whilst they don&rsquot add to the city&rsquos beauty there is also an amazing London food scene to enjoy inbetween iconic landmarks as well as some unbeatable shopping on Regent Street, at Selfridges, on the Kings Road and so many more.
24. Paris &ndash France
I don&rsquot think it is possible to put together a list of Euriope&rsquos most beautiful cities and not included Paris. The city of lights, the city of love, whichever name you want to call it, love it or hate it there is no doubt that Paris is absolutely beautiful.
Sunrise in Paris from the Trocadero Fountains
Paris, of course, is known for its famous landmarks like the Eiffel Tower, the Arc de Triomphe, Louvre etc. However, for me what makes Paris beautiful is the charm and detail in its 20 arrondissements. Cobblestone streets, beautiful buildings, atmospheric cafes with wicker outdoor chairs arranged just so &ndash it is the combination of these details that gives the average Paris street so much charm.
The Seine River and its beautiful bridges are critical elements of Paris&rsquo beauty. Indeed there are 37 bridges in Paris &ndash 2 more than the bridges in London &ndash and one of the best ways to enjoy Paris is a cruise under those bridges on the Seine.
Although only 10% of Paris is green, when it is green it is stunning. From the Jardin du Luxembourg to Jardin des Tuileries to the Interior Garden at the Petit Palais Paris does a garden well.
Paris is at its most beautiful first thing in the morning and heading into the evening as the light softens and changes and bathes this beautiful city in a glow. Sunrise in Paris, as well as the sunset in Paris, are not to be missed.
&rArr If you like beautiful European towns check out my posts on Saint Antonin Noble Val and Tarn et Garonne in France, 30 Famous Landmarks in France, 25 Famous Paris Monuments, 37 Fascinating Facts About Paris, 32 Most Beautiful Cities in France, 10 Beautiful Bridges in France, 10 Beautiful Lakes in France and the 6 Best Places to Watch the Sunrise in Paris
25. Rome &ndash Italy
With over 280 fountains and more than 900 churches alone Rome is fully equipped with enough architectural landmarks to earn a spot on this list. Then add the Colosseum, the Vatican and the Pantheon plus all the other significant buildings in this city and you have a shoe in for any list of the most beautiful cities in the world.
It often seems like Rome has enough spectacular buildings and tourist attractions in each block to support a separate city. However, like Paris much of the beauty of Rome is in the details
It is in the cobblestone streets, the beautiful Piazzas, a Vespa perfectly posed next to an ancient building and of course the beautiful inhabitants of Rome.
And don&rsquot miss some of Rome&rsquos beautiful neighborhoods like Trastavere and Parioli for quieter but just as atmospheric Roman experiences.
26. Montepulciano &ndash Italy
Montepulciano is quite frankly heaven for wine lovers. This stunning hilltop Tuscan town is ridiculously beautiful and it is just filled with wine. Wineries, red wine, white wine, wine cellars, oak casks, wine shops, wine bars &ndash it really is just wine-tastic! There are so many wineries in Montepulciano.
The stunning vineyards of Montepulciano under stormy skies
In addition to all that wine, Montepulciano is also a beautiful hilltop town. It is pedestrianised and full of small steep streets oozing with atmosphere &ndash and some amazing restaurants and wine bars.
Amazing views at Il Meuble Ricci
The main square of Montepulciano sits right at the top of the town and has a beautiful church and tower.
Read more in my post on the best 12 Best Wineries in Montepulciano and 7 Romantic Tuscany Boutique Hotels.
27. Lucca &ndash Italy
Lovely Lucca is the quintessentially beautiful Tuscan town. This walled city is filled with atmospheric back streets and cobblestones. It is known as the city of 100 churches so there are loads to visit if that&rsquos your thing.
Piazza San Martino is home to Lucca&rsquos very impressive Duomo. Piazza dell Anfiteatro was once a Roman ampitheatre. The Basilica San San Michele in Foro is another stunning church in Lucca.
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For me the highlight of Lucca was walking its medieval walls. The walls have been very well preserved and it is possible to walk the entire circumference of the city.
Torre delle Ore provides a fantastic view and photo opportunity of the rooftops of Lucca.
28. Bologna &ndash Italy
Bologna, Italy is popular as a holiday destination for a variety of reasons. The city has historical appeal, housing the oldest university in the western world.
It also features charming architecture, with over 20 towers dotted throughout the area. As well as numerous grand churches and cathedrals. And some of these historic buildings are home to the loveliest boutique hotels in Bologna.
Although Bologna has a well-preserved historical centre, it still exudes a trendy cosmopolitan character owing to its large student population. Its trendy atmosphere is perfectly complemented by its culinary reputation.
As the capital city of Emilia-Romagna, it forms part of a region with a food history just as old as its celebrated university.
Find out where to stay in my post on Bologna Boutique Hotels.
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Zemnieku Brokastis, Farmers' Breakfast
I love potatoes, give them to me baked, boiled or fried. I have inherited having a continuous healthy stash of them in my kitchen from my mum, they are a staple. It has only been in recent years, as I research more about Latvian culture and cuisine, that I am adamant that my love of potatoes is in my blood.
If you are like me, when you think of a potato munching country you automatically think of Ireland. It seems, for all the same reasons that potatoes were important to the Irish, they were just as important to Latvians.
Potatoes are sometimes referred to as &lsquothe other bread&rsquo by Latvians, and they feature heavily in the cuisine. The hardy spud was an important introduction to Latvia from North America in the 19 th Century. No longer would peasants go hungry when the grain stores ran low in Winter and Spring, there was food to eat.
Zemnieku Brokastis means Farmers Breakfast. It&rsquos simple and hearty, making use of what is on hand. Preserved meat in the form of smoked sausages, potatoes, butter, eggs and milk all from the farm. The dish is freshened up with a sprinkle of dill. I can&rsquot imagine Latvian cuisine without this herb.
Traditionally this dish would have been made in one large pan. I spread it out to fill three individual dishes, as we are a family of three. I did have to serve some mushrooms on the side to fill the boys up. I feel the quantities given in the recipe below would be adequate for a hearty breakfast for two.
I used a smoked sausage called Stuttgarter, sourced from Rudi&rsquos Continental Butchery and Smallgoods in Kirrawee. It is a heavily wood smoked sausage made with pork, coriander and garlic, and perfect for this dish. If you are in The Shire, make sure you visit Rudi&rsquos, they are specialists in German and European style meats and smallgoods. Plus the shop smells amazing.
If you can&rsquot make your way to Rudi&rsquos, I suggest a thick smoked sausage with a good fat ratio. I find thinner smoked sausages can be dried out from the smoking process. While being delicious in their own right, I don&rsquot feel they work as well for this dish. If all else fails you could substitute the spicier option of chorizo.
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Recipe: Cambodian Bai Sach Chrouk
While pork takes center stage in this recipe, rice has long been the backbone of the Cambodian economy and cuisine.
When you think of Cambodian cuisine, what comes to mind? Curries inspired by India? Perhaps. Or maybe beef prepared with lemongrass and chili peppers. While Cambodian cuisine seems simple in its ingredients and has hints of influence from other cultures, a closer look reveals that the country&rsquos turbulent history had a deep impact on its culinary landscape, most notably the rice industry&mdashwhich has been central to Cambodia&rsquos identity since the birth of the country.
Evidence of rice production in Cambodia dates back thousands of years. As Cambodia traded goods and ideas with India, new irrigation techniques arrived in the region, which motivated farmers to develop their own methods of rice farming along the Mekong and Tonlé Sap Rivers. It is believed that rice helped drive the economy in ancient Angkor.
During the French colonial era, the production of rice in Cambodia was increased to meet demand. Large rice plantations were developed. But the French imposed taxes on rice, which hit farmers in rural Cambodia the hardest.
In 1953, after gaining independence from France, Cambodia went through a golden age of rice production where farmers benefited greatly from the crop, but this period of economic success came to a halt with the Khmer Rouge regime. During this dark period, locals were overworked and suffered from starvation and disease. The new leaders sought to reinvigorate the rice industry&mdashbut with a team that knew little about modern agricultural techniques, the system failed. Famine plagued the country and rice production saw a new low.
After Cambodia&rsquos liberation in 1979, the rice industry slowly began to rebound. In 2017, Cambodia exported more than 700,000 tons of rice, making it one of world&rsquos top exporters. Today, rice is served alongside most beloved Cambodian dishes, including bai sach chrouk (pork and rice). As Cambodia&rsquos culture has shifted and changed, rice has remained&mdashand still does to this day&mdasha constant factor in its culinary identity.
Bai Sach Chrouk (Coconut-Marinated Pork with Rice)
- 2 small pickling cucumbers, diagonally cut into 1/4-inch-thick slices
- 1 small carrot, diagonally cut into 1/8-inch-thick slices (about 1/2 cup)
- 2 ounces daikon, diagonally cut into 1/8-inch-thick slices
- 1 1-inch piece peeled fresh ginger, diagonally cut into 1/8-inch-thick slices
- 1 cup water
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 cup rice vinegar
- 1/4 cup light coconut milk
- 3 tablespoons lower-sodium soy sauce
- 1 tablespoon oyster sauce or hoisin sauce
- 1 tablespoon honey
- 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
- 1/2 teaspoon five-spice powder
- 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
- 3 garlic cloves, crushed
- 1 pound boneless pork shoulder (Boston butt), trimmed and cut crosswise into 1-inch-thick steaks
- 1 tablespoon peanut oil or canola oil
- 1 cup chopped green onion tops, divided
- 2 cups fat-free, lower-sodium chicken broth
- 2 cups hot cooked white rice
- Combine the first four ingredients in a baking dish. Place a saucepan over high heat and mix together 1 cup water, sugar, and salt. Bring to a boil. Stir the mix and let cook until sugar and salt dissolve. Remove the saucepan from the heat and add in vinegar. Add the vinegar mixture to vegetables and stir the ingredients together. Cover the vegetables and let chill for at least 24-48 hours. Make sure the vegetables are covered in the vinegar mix and stir occasionally.
- In a large zip-top bag, combine coconut milk and the next seven ingredients (through garlic). Place pork slices in the bag and massage the coconut milk into the pork. Let the pork marinate in the refrigerator for 8 hours.
- Set your grill to high heat.
- Remove pork from bag, and save the leftover marinade. Place the pork on the grill and let cook for ten to twelve minutes on each side (slightly pink). Baste the pork occasionally with the leftover coconut milk mixture. Let the pork sit for 5 minutes.
- Put a small skillet over medium heat, add oil, and coat the pan. Add 3/4 cup onion and sauté for one minute. Remove the skillet from the heat.
- Add broth to a saucepan and place over medium heat. Add the heated broth to dipping bowls and add the remaining onion. Thinly slice the pork and serve over rice. Pour the onion and oil mix over the pork and rice. Finish your dish off with pickles and broth.
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Cravings, Courage and Culinary Discovery in Latvia
I’m known for my insatiable sweet tooth. I love a sticky caramel, would happily live inside a cheesecake and have never met a waffle I didn’t like. But on this cold, gloomy day in Riga, Latvia, something peculiar has come over me. I want fluorescent, fermented cabbage – I crave it with every fiber of my being, and nothing else will do.
Pickled cabbage at Riga Central Market
As I cross the lobby of the opulent five-star hotel where I am staying in the Latvian capital, I wonder if anyone else has ever smuggled plastic bag-fulls of every type of sauerkraut and coleslaw imaginable into their room.
Good thing I don’t have a roommate. But if I did, I would vigorously defend my newfound probiotic heaven, because this isn’t just any pickled cabbage. It has been treated with turmeric, beetroot and pomegranate marinades, creating both its distinctive bright colours and umami-bomb of flavours, while maintaining just the right amount of crunchy texture.
I found this treasure sold in bulk by the kilogram, along with pickled apples, mushrooms and entire heads of garlic, at the Riga Central Market. Spanning five massive pavilions that once housed Zeppelin airships during World War One, this is the largest market in Europe and a UNESCO World Heritage site that dates back to 1930.
Touring the market with Chef Arturs Trinkuns
More than 3,000 vendors hawk their wares here, both indoors and spilling outside for blocks. While mostly locals shop here for their groceries, it’s also the perfect place to pick up a non-perishable souvenir – say, a Latvian invention such as a pair of mittens or blue jeans.
Wandering through the aisles on a food tour led by local chef Artūrs Trinkūns, of the innovative Riga hotspot, 3 Pavāru, I spot several unfamiliar creatures. One of those creatures is a coveted Latvian delicacy called the lamprey. Its slippery eel-like features strike terror in my heart, and little do I know, I will face it head-on soon enough.
Lamprey on the BBQ at Sia Krupis
And when I say head-on, I mean it quite literally, as this jawless, boneless parasitic fish is barbecued on the grill, then consumed whole, starting from the tail and ending with the head.
A few days later, on a tour of the countryside, I meet my slimy nemesis at Sia Krupis, a family-run business located in the tiny coastal town of Carnikava – the lamprey capital of Latvia. I muster only enough courage for a few bites above the tail, though I also taste it jellied and in the form of sushi. It makes for a rather unorthodox breakfast, but thankfully the overflowing shot glasses of Latvian whisky offered by our hosts, Zigrīda Skaveneca and Eduards Skavenecs, help it go down more smoothly.
What comes next is much more my style, as we head to another family-owned business in the countryside called Gogelmogels. Here Jānis and Eva Joma craft small batches of ice cream using egg yolks from the more than 200 chickens they raise on their farm.
Janis Joma at Gogelmogels
Their unique brand name is a play on words on kogel mogel, an egg-based desert that originated in the 17th century from Jewish communities in central and Eastern Europe. We’re treated to bowls of ice cream flavoured with sea buckthorn, halvah, bee pollen, stracciatella, and vanilla, then given a tour of the adjacent hen house where eggs are laid tidily on shelves and collected for the next batch – part of a thoughtful system the owners designed so as not to disturb their chickens.
Over the next few days, I’m treated to an assortment of meals at restaurants that can be best defined by their farm-to-table culture. It strikes me that the intimacy of Latvians’ relationship with nature and their treasured customs of pickling, foraging, hunting and fishing that go back for centuries, is what really sets their cuisine apart.
While it’s known for its heartiness, a growing openness towards innovation and experimentation is putting Latvian gastronomy on the culinary map – still a largely undiscovered gem, but in a world hungering for authentic experiences, it may not remain undiscovered for long.
Chef Artūrs Trinkūns, of the innovative Riga hotspot, 3 Pavāru, shares his recipe for Wagtail Cake.
One of the most well-known secret menu items, this vulgarly named but tasty meat combo is a huge meal, giving you a lot of bang for your buck.
Just order a McDouble and a McChicken, both on the dollar menu, and put the McChicken between the beef patties to try it yourself.
Not quite as big as the behemoth Land, Sea, and Air Burger, this is a nice step down that allows a hearty eater to quench their appetite without immobilizing themselves. It’s a cost-effective way to get a burger that outsizes a Big Mac. To mimic the Big Mac, ask for some Mac sauce with your fries and you can spread it on the burger for the ultimate dining experience.
'Pioneer Recipes' gives a peek back in culinary time
Cooking techniques, gadgets and dietary standards have changed since the pioneers first came to the valley — and even since 1950 when the Deseret News published a collection of historical recipes in “Pioneer Recipes” as part of its centennial celebration.
“It is only fair to point out that few recipes are reprinted here as they were originally prepared by the pioneers, but many show a basic authenticity of pioneer flavor,” the book introduction states.
The recipes originate throughout Europe, including Scandinavian countries, England and Germany, along with those from Asia, Russia, and a few from those who served then-recent Mormon missions to South America.
It’s divided into a dozen sections, with at least a couple dozen recipes in each category — along with winners for each.
Advertisements were on the backs of the pages of the stand-up cookbook, and displayed jewelry, electric water heaters, sugar, butter, milk, among other wares.
The electric ovens ad proclaimed, “You get the exact cooking temperatures you want … when you cook electrically.”
So, it’s safe to say that there are probably appliances, like electric mixers and apparently electric ovens, that help make creating these easier and it’s also possible to make these with the simplest of kitchen tools.
Be prepared to keep a watchful eye on it. Every recipe tested that needed baking seemed to be done quicker than the suggested baking times. Also, these are generally the original recipes with a few formatting changes and notes where the testing suggested differently.
The contest and compilation of “Pioneer Recipes” was led by Jean Ward, the Woman’s Page and “Mid-Week” editor, and Winnifred Jardine, the long-time food editor.
PIONEER FRUIT CANDY
Second place, candies category
Makes: 24 bars
1 cup English walnuts, chopped or broken
Grind together the fruits and orange zest. Blend thoroughly with orange juice and walnuts. Shape into balls or into flat bars.
These goodies should be allowed to stand for 24 hours in order to ripen.
Descendants of the pioneers have found that dipping these fruit candies in milk chocolate makes them exceptionally tasty.
Testing note: I cut the fruit into small pieces and put it all in a plastic zip-seal bag and used a rolling pin to mash and combine it, as I don’t have a food processor. (And the pioneers didn’t have one, either.) The stores I went to were out of figs, so I substituted dried cherries and dried mangoes. Other fruits can be swapped, as I’m assuming the pioneers used what they had on hand.
— recipe by Marba C. Josephson, “Pioneer Recipes”
TWO-EGG SPONGE CAKE
First place, cakes category
1 cup cake flour (see note below)
1 teaspoon vanilla (or 1 teaspoon lemon extract and ½ teaspoon vanilla)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease and flour an 8-by-8 inch cake pan.
Beat egg whites until stiff. Beat egg yolks until thick and lemon colored and combine with egg whites. Gradually beat in sugar.
Sift together flour, baking powder and salt. Add alternately with cold water and vanilla to egg mixture. Stir well between additions.
Pour into prepared pan. The original recipe called for cooking for 25-30 minutes during the test, it was done in 15-20.
Cake is done when it springs back to the touch. Invert pan, allowing the cake to hang free until cool and remove gently from the pan.
Testing note: Cake flour will likely be with the muffin mixes or the flour, depending on the store’s layout. A substitution for cake flour is: 1 cup minus 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour plus 2 tablespoons cornstarch, sifted at least twice.
— Recipe by Mrs. Lorna Walker, “Pioneer Recipes”
History: This recipe came from a sister-in-law in Oklahoma who had it passed down to her from early pioneers in the Indian country. It is a wholesome recipe, as were most of those used by early settlers in the West. The graham flour she sued was made from wheat taken by each individual to a small mill for grinding.
1 ½ cup whole wheat or graham flour
3 teaspoons baking powder
Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Grease muffin or gem pans and set aside.
Mix dry ingredients. Add milk to beaten egg and combine with dry ingredients. Add melted shortening. Stir well, then place in heaping tablespoonfuls in the prepared pan. Original recipe called for cooking for 25 minutes during the test these were done in 12-15.
Serve with hot butter or jam. Makes 18 gems made in the muffin pans.
— Recipe by Mamie Thorne, “Pioneer Recipes”
DANISH BANANA BLACK WALNUT CAKE
History: When Grandmother and Grandfather Ole Nelson arrived from Copenhagen as converts to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, hidden away in their worldly possessions was the start of Grandmother’s walnut tree, brought from Denmark. Desperately poor, they somehow managed to purchase a small tract of land in Box Elder County, a plot that was rocky and full of gravel. With Grandma’s care, the tree flourished, and in later years bore the walnuts she used in the wonderful banana-nut cake her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren have all loved.
2/3 cup finely chopped black or English walnuts
2/3 cup mashed banana pulp
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F and grease layer cake pans.
Cream shortening thoroughly and add sugar gradually, creaming well. Add the beaten eggs and beat well. Stir flour with salt, soda and baking powder and mix with walnuts. Combine mashed banana and buttermilk and add alternately with the dry ingredients to the sugar mixture. Pour into greased pans. Original recipe called for baking for 45 minutes, but the test with two 8-by-8-inch pans took about 20 minutes to bake.
— Recipe by Mrs. Edward E. Meyer, “Pioneer Recipes”
History: This recipe was brought from England by my grandmother in about 1874. My mother learned it was an economical pudding to serve her large family, especially so — and just as delicious — by substituting the different fruits as they came in season.
2 teaspoons baking powder
Flour to make medium dough (during the test, it was about 1 ½ cups-2 cups)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Combine brown sugar, water and 1 tablespoon butter. Bring to a boil in saucepan on tope of stove, stirring occasionally.
Combine remaining ingredients, adding sifted flour, salt and baking powder last.
Add this mixture to boiling syrup (see Testing Note below). Bake until brown and dough does not stick to toothpick. Serve warm, with whipped cream, if desired.
Testing note: I poured the syrup in the bottom of a 9-by-13-inch pan and added the dough on top and spread it around the pan to that it was fairly even throughout.
It needed about 15-20 minutes to bake for the toothpick to come out clean. When I mixed the syrup mixture and the dough together fairly thoroughly and baked it, it took about 45 minutes and was like a soft custard or gooey brownie in texture.