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With the Olympics approaching faster than Usain Bolt, the world is getting ready for one of the biggest sporting events of the year. Two weeks of athletics, cycling, swimming, wrestling and whatnot.
Way back when, things were a touch different. Who needs hockey when you have underwater planking? The 100m running deer sounds like a barrel of laughs…or how about some Indian Club Swinging? Oh, the good old days…
Sit back and relax while you enjoy this infographic about 50 Olympic events you won’t see in 2012.
We’ve cobbled together this infographic to give an overview of the tourism activity in Amsterdam. Bloody foreigners – where are you all coming from? What do you get up to? When will we see the back of you? The answers to these questions and more are all right here: Under the skirts of Amsterdam tourism.
With Gaudí’s colourful designs on almost every street corner, exploring Barcelona is like walking through a work of art. Although Gaudí is without doubt one of the most famous Spanish artists, there’s a lot more to discover and enjoy. I was lucky enough to visit Barcelona myself and I love to share amazing things – so join me on a short introductory trip around the city’s best museums.
Having covered Paris, Rome and Amsterdam in our ‘top blogs’ series, we’ve decided to keep up the momentum with one of Europe’s most fabulous cities: Berlin.
Berlin has so much to offer and teach; culturally and historically it’s one of our richest cities.
Around 80% of Berlin was destroyed during the Second World War. The separation of East and West didn’t do much to help reparation of the city, but more recently great buildings such as those on Museumsinsel have been restored to their former grandeur. That said, even two decades following the fall of the Berlin Wall, the dichotomy of the city is still apparent. Berlin has become a city full of secrets that draws tourists from over the world.
We previously gave you tips from our Berlin local, Lisa, as well as an alphabetical rundown in our Berlin A-Z. It’s now time to look beyond our knowledge and identify some expert Berlin bloggers. Besides English, we’ve also included German, Spanish, French, Dutch and Italian blogs, for a greater degree of variety.
So, without further ado, here’s our list of Top Berlin blogs:
Europe might be full of foreigners, small hotel rooms and questionable border security, but one thing it really does have going for it is the depth and breadth of history throughout the continent. Like tropical rainforest is for plant and animal species, Europe is an area of immense cultural richness.
What follows is an introduction to UNESCO-listed attractions in Europe. In this post I’ll concentrate on the most famous ones. However, it’s definitely worth looking beyond the obvious to uncover less well-known destinations.
Let’s move from west to east, so it will feel a bit like we’re travelling forward in time.
Following our Top Rome Blogs post we contacted some of the bloggers and asked a few questions to improve our knowledge of Rome and its spirit and to get some useful tips for all the travelers wishing to visit the Eternal City.
The bloggers that kindly participated in this project are the following:
- Amanda Ruggeri – www.revealedrome.com
- Martina – www.miglioraroma.com
- Ron – www.roninrome.com
- Céline – www.frenchinroma.com
Rome is one of the oldest cities in the world and I hope this small insiders guide will help you to find your way and to have a wonderful vacation!
One of the most relevant pieces of information about an hotel is, for sure, the star class. While searching for their hotel people often apply a filter in the search to receive only hotels with 3 stars or more. Some people, to find a cheap hotel, search for 0 star hotels and some people search only for 4 and 5 star hotels.
But what exactly does 2 stars – or 3 or 4 for that matter – mean? That’s a good question and also quite tricky! The hotel stars rating is something that is always in evolution and changes from country to country, but in recent years the “Hotelstars Union” managed to harmonise the hotel classification for establishments throughout Europe and the surrounding area. Several countries subscribed the Hotelstars Union criteria and in 2012 this criteria will be applied basically all over Europe.
We divided our Barcelona hotel on star class, to see which ones have had the best reviews in 2010. Below is an overview of how we came to the charts for this city.
We took into consideration all the Barcelona hotels with a direct contract with easytobook.com that have at least 10 reviews, to make the results more significant. On our website the reviews are based on a longer period, but we used the reviews written by guests in 2010 only, for more up to date results.
To make sure the comparison is more fair, we divided the hotels on star class. The grouping is as follows:
- 0 and 1 star hotels
- 2 star hotels
- 3 star hotels
- 4 and 5 star hotels
A romantic getaway is always nice to refresh your mind and escape from the sometimes boring daily reality. There are plenty of hotels around Europe where you can go with your partner in order to experience some romance and fully enjoy each other. Some hotels took it to the next level and designed a special room setting, or even their entire hotel, in order to attract couples that want to stay indoors and just be together all day long. After thorough research I came up with this list of the “Most Romantic Hotels in Europe”. These hotels are just mind-blowing! As soon as I get the chance, I will visit at least one of them with my partner.
166 Boulevard Berthier, 75017 Paris
All hotels with a direct contract with EasyToBook.com are taken into consideration with the exception of hotels with less than 10 reviews, to make sure the outcome is based on a significant number of guests’ opinions.
We only used reviews received in 2010. Therefore, the results may be slightly different than what you can find on the EasyToBook.com website. On our website scores are based on reviews from a longer period. In the future we plan to create new top lists to see if there are any changes.
We decided to categorize the hotels to their star class, to make the comparison fairer. We separated the hotels based on the following star class groups:
- 0 and 1 star hotels
- 2 star hotels
- 3 star hotels
- 4 and 5 star hotels
The 0 and 1 star hotels are combined because of very little differences between them.
The 4 and 5 star hotels are combined due to the low number of 5 star hotels in Amsterdam.
Differences between the classes can still be seen, as the star classes will be displayed in the charts.