Archive for 12/26/2012
by: Emily Collins
Everyone knows the saying “when in Rome”, but where in Rome? The Italiancapital is a big city, with many districts offering different sights and attractions appealing to different kinds of people. So where do you start? If you’re booked at the Worldhotel Ripa Roma, you start right outside your hotel!
Trastevere, the location of Worldhotel Ripa Roma, is one of those interesting places that appeal to many kinds of traveller. Whether you’re an artsy hipster, a historian, an academic or just someone who wants to enjoy ecclectic places that offer a rich, bustling night life filled with bars, pubs, restaurants and clubs – it’s the perfect place to enjoy the other side of Roma.
Here are a few places to see and things to do in Trastevere, practically on the doorstep of the Worldhotel Ripa Roma.
Look up Trastevere on the web, and almost any guide will tell you that you shouldn’t worry about getting lost- in fact, it’s highly recommended! Step away from the doors of your hotel and you’ll find yourself wandering down charming narrow streets that wind around the district, filled with hidden treasures of architecture, art and more.
In your exploration of the streets outside the Worldhotel Ripa Roma, chances are that you may end up somewhere around the Trastevere train station. Try to check out the Viale di Trastevere and make your way towards Ponte Garibaldi. Here, you’ll find stands selling fresh fruit and vegetables, flowers, clothing, accessories (such as knock-off designer purses and wallets) and many other things.
Still off Viale di Trastevere is the Piazza Santa Maria, a great place to hang out and watch people going by, as well as enjoy buskers offering free entertainment. Sitting by the fountain or having a drink or two at the restaurants around the area is a wonderful way to while away an afternoon.
If you’re there on a Sunday morning, Viale de Trastevere will also lead you to a huge flea market called Porta Portese. You’ll probably need to exercise a lot of self-control or you’ll find yourself artwork, bags and shoes back to your hotel.
If you still have some energy, try to find Via de San Francesco di Ripa- just off it is a little street where you will find Big Mama, Rome’s original jazz and blues house that has been featuring great music for more than 25 years.
The Worldhotel Ripa Roma is practically opposite the Ministry of Education- a hint that it’s a great place to indulge your scholarly side. Trastevere plays host to many academic institutions including The American University of Rome and John Cabot University, the American Academy in Rome, the Rome campus of the Thomas More College of Liberal Arts, as well as the Canadian University of Waterloo School of Architecture and the American Pratt Institute School of Architecture. It also has a wealth of libraries and bookshops, including Bibli and the Libreria del Cinema, Libreria Griot, the Biblioteca Archivia and more.
About The Author:
Looking for a great hotel in Rome? Roberta Stuart is the Travel Manager for Worldhotels, a company offering top class accommodation in the Worldhotel Ripa Roma in Rome and a selection of unique four and five star hotels around the world.
BUTTER BEEF MADRAS BHUNA
|Prep time||1 hour, 30 minutes|
|Cook time||1 hour|
|Total time||2 hours, 30 minutes|
|Meal type||Main Dish|
|Misc||Freezable, Pre-preparable, Serve Hot|
- 450g Stewing Beef (Cubed)
- 25g Butter
- 1 Large Onion (Finely Chopped)
- 55g Chopped Tomatoes (Tinned Tomatoes Can Be Used)
- 1 teaspoon Tomato Puree
- 1 teaspoon Salt
- 1 teaspoon Tumeric Powder
- 1 teaspoon Chilli Powder
- 2 tablespoons Madras Curry Powder (Normal Curry powder will work fine)
- 1 teaspoon Garlic Powder (1 teaspoon of crushed garlic can be used)
- 450ml Water
- 1 Beef Stock Cubes
|Melt the butter in a large pan and add the onion. Cook until golden brown, stirring continuously. |
Add the tomatoes, puree, salt, turmeric powder, chilli powder, madras curry powder, garlic powder and beef and mix well. Cook for 5 minutes stirring frequently.
Add the water, and the stock cubes, reduce the heat and simmer for about one hour stirring every 8 to 10 minutes until the beef is tender.
Transfer to a serving dish and garnish with the coriander.
By Richard Monk
Europe has been the center of much of Western Civilization throughout the history of mankind. Here are 20 interesting things about Europe you should know, but may not.
20 Interesting Things About Europe
With the amazing history of Europe, picking 20 things out can be a controversial effort to say the least, but here we go anyway.
1. Europe is the second smallest continent with roughly 4 million square miles.
2. Europe is designated as a continent for political reasons. There is no geographic basis for the claim.
3. Europe is home to more than 700 million people, but birth rates are stagnant.
4. Most scholars believe Europe was named after Europa, a Phoenician Princess in Greek mythology.
5. The smallest country in Europe is the Vatican, which is considered a separate country from Italy even though it is in the middle of Rome.
6. The largest city in Europe is Paris with a population of just under 10 million people.
7. La Sapienza University in Rome is the largest university in Europe with a whopping 184,000 students.
8. Europe produces just over 18 percent of all the oil in the world.
9. The European Union has 25 country members.
10. 80 to 90 percent of Europe was once covered in forest, but this has been reduced to 3 percent in Western Europe.
11. Europe has one of the lowest fertility rates in the world.
12. Europe has been racked with war throughout its history to the point where more than 70 former countries have been conquered and no longer appear on maps.
13. The great Roman inventions so often cited by scholars actually were created by Etruscans, a small empire in the south of present day Italy.
14. The Dark Ages in Europe lasted from 476 to 1,000 A.D. or twice as long as the United States has been a country.
15. The Renaissance followed this period and lasted roughly 200 years.
16. The first country to join the industrial revolution in Europe was Great Britain.
17. The First World War lasted from 1914 to 1918 and resulted in four empires radically changing or dissolving completely: the German, Austro-Hungarian, Ottoman and the Russian.
18. Adolf Hitler was not German. He was Austrian, born in the small town of Braunau am Inn.
19. It is estimated that 62 million people died in World War II, 2.5 percent of the world’s population at that time.
20. The 10 most generous countries in the world when it comes to charitable giving are all located in Europe.
To be honest, the 20 items mentioned about Europe cited above are just scratching the surface. If you have a hankering for history, Europe is a fascinating subject to study.
By: Brit Lee
1.Aquarium of the Lakes
Lake District is the perfect holiday destination to discover the secret world of the Lakes. You’ll love every moment here! See pike, otters, British sharks and mammals including harvested mice, bank voles and brown rats. Also, don’t miss out on the underwater tunnel featuring diving ducks.
2.Dove Cottage and Wordsworth Museum, Grasmere
Here, you’ll see a beautifully preserved home where the all-time favourite English poet William Wordsworth wrote his best-loved poetry. It’s just so beautiful!
3.K Village Outlet Centre, Kendal
Here you’ll grab the best deals on best brands. The riverside café, K Shoe Heritage Centre and free parking make this place all the more attractive for the first timers. Search for Kendal B&B and you’ll have hundreds of choices to make.
4.Windermere Lake Cruises, Windermere
Please remember that the main cruise here operates daily (throughout the year) between Ambleside, Bowness and Lakeside (except on Christmas Day).
Though, it usually takes three hours, you may get on and off the vessel to visit the steam railway, aquarium, Ambleside museum, the World of Beatrix Potter and the little villages around the lake. Yes, there is a lot to see and do when you’re holidaying in the Lake District. The 45-minute Islands Cruise from Bowness is popular. It passes beautiful islands and secluded bays. Also, a 40-minute trip from Ambleside offers travellers free entry to the Lake District Visitor Centre at Brockhole. So, just don’t miss out on this.
Ullswater steamers are here for almost 150 years. 150 years! And, they let your experience the beauty of the area in a great way. Ullswater is a fantastic location for walking the lakeside trails, enjoying the flora and fauna or just simply cruising and relaxing. So, if you’re not in a hurry, do go to Ullswater and make the most of your holidays. You’ll build a lot of beautiful memories here!
The Lake District, largest of England’s national parks, was even voted as the best walking destination in Britain because of its varied landscapes, rugged mountains, rocky crags, high fells and undulating hills; it is truly a heaven for the walkers. You’re going to love every single step of yours!
Of course, there are hundreds of attractions that haven’t been discussed here; well, we’ll bring them up in our upcoming articles. So, if you’re planning a solo holiday or even with family, Lake District is the place to go to.
In case, you feel like knowing more on Lake District, you can visit us at our web site. We’ve got a lot here on Lake District to make your stay memorable for years.
Spicy Minced Meat Rolls Cevapcici
|Serves||4 - 6|
|Prep time||3 hours|
|Cook time||15 minutes|
|Total time||3 hours, 15 minutes|
|Meal type||Appetizer, Main Dish, Starter|
|Misc||Freezable, Gourmet, Pre-preparable, Serve Cold, Serve Hot|
- 1.5lb ground beef
- 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
- 3 tablespoons chopped parsley
- 0.5lb pound ground lamb
- 1 tablespoon salt
- 1 teaspoon minced garlic or garlic powder
|Put all of the ingredients into a large mixing bowl and knead well to bind the meats and spices together.|
|Refrigerate for about 2 hours and then take out and knead well again.Shape into finger-length shapes (just like small sausages) and cook on a grill or in a broiler over a moderate temperature so that they stay juicy. Turn only once and do not pierce.|
|Serve in warmed or grilled Greek-style pita bread on a bed of onions. Also good with kajmak or sour cream, fresh peppers, ajvar and tomatoes.|
by: Linda Plummer
With over fifty million tourists visiting Spain each year, this popular West European country must have something special which attracts the visitor. What exactly is it …?
The main beauty of this lovely land can be summed up in just one word – variety – and, as you all well know, variety is the spice of life!
Whether you are referring to its climate, geography, history, culture or cuisine … there is something to appeal to all tastes, ages and pockets.
The tourist explosion which took place in the 60s was originally due to its marvelous beaches. And, with good reason, for the Foundation for Environmental Education states that “Spanish beaches are the most environmentally healthy in Europe” and has awarded the much-coveted Blue Flag to 450 of the country´s beaches – more than any other participating country.
But maybe lolling about on the beach all day is not your thing and you prefer more action … a touch of sophistication?
Should this be the case then Spain´s major cities are ideal for you … jam-packed full of history, and an art-lover´s dream. Yet, with their abundance of parks and wide open spaces, good shops and pulsating night-life, they are a joy for everyone – children included.
So … mooch around the truly marvelous museums and monuments of Madrid. Enjoy the bustle of stylish Barcelona bursting with vibrant Gaudí influence. Savor the delights of romantic Mediterranean cities such as Valencia and Alicante. Or journey further south to the exotic cities of Granada, Seville and Málaga. Immerse yourself in their haunting Islamic palaces, the brilliant colors and sounds of flamenco, and in the birth-place and works of Picasso.
Maybe you hunger for the peace and quiet of a hideaway hotel in an unspoiled village? Then rural Spain is for you: full of forgotten villages, bursting at the seams with medieval castles, and offering prolific flora and fauna, it is ideal for walking holidays, painting, photography or just plain “get away from it all” holidays. Not to mention ski-ing opportunities for the more active amongst Spain´s snow-capped peaks.
Should you fancy a mix of all three – beach, city and rural – then that is also easy to arrange. Although Spain is the largest country in Western Europe after France, it is certainly no problem to get around. Littered with airports – both national and international – it also offers a good train service, though the cheapest and most convenient method of internal travel is by using the national bus/coach system.
For those who are a little tired of the stereo-typed hotel chains, Spain has a unique alternative on offer in its state-established “paradores”. In these, you will find accommodation in converted castles, palaces, fortresses, monasteries, convents …
The aim of the “paradores” is to offer high standards at reasonable prices in a noteworthy building or location and to help preserve the traditions of regional cooking by serving the best of local cuisine in the “parador” restaurants.
Which brings us on to yet another delight that Spain has to offer – its rich and varied cuisine. Whichever region of Spain you decide to visit, you will surely encounter scrumptious Spanish food!
What´s more, the traditional Spanish diet, with the liquid gold of its olive oil, its rich supply of wine (in moderation!), its wide variety of fresh fruit and vegetables, plus an abundance of seafood, all mean that it is extremely good for the heart. On top of that, it is affordable!
Even their “caviar” of cured hams – “jamón Ibérico” – has fat unusually high in oleic acid which is known to lower cholesterol levels! Now I ask you, where else can you get something pleasurable, that is cheap, and also good for you?!
Even if you fancy picking between meals you can opt for their tempting “tapas” – much healthier for you than a packet of crisps or a donut!
Tapas originate from the large, southerly region of Andalucia and it is this region that we also have to thank for flamenco and the Spanish guitar. Which holiday would be complete without visiting an authentic flamenco show or dancing the night away to the beat of romantic Spanish music?
So … come visit this land where the warmth of its climate is only surpassed by the warmth of its people. You are bound to have a great time!
About The Author
After living in Spain for 20 years, Linda Plummer compiled http://www.top-tour-of-spain.com offering information on Spain for the traveler or expatriate.