Listening to Fado music in Lisbon, Portugal is an entry into the country’s raw emotions, the melancholy, wistful singing taking you on its own journey that explores the concept of fate. You need to see Fado live, and here is where and how to do it.
Tbilisi, Georgia, is known as the heartland of wine, and thus is a brilliant place in which to drink it. Here’s how to go about doing so, with panache and polish.
Not everyone likes L.A., but there’s one section where the people-watching makes it worth it: Venice Beach. The freak show on the pedestrian strip is worth the trip; you don’t need another reason to go. It’s where everyone loose in L.A. winds up.
Bangkok’s Metal Castle (Loha Prasat) is a unique (yes, really) sight in a city otherwise full of similar temples & few must-sees. You’ve never seen anything like it, and you might have the place to yourself.
The resort town of Taormina is Sicily’s most popular destination. Worthy of a visit? Even though it’s a resort town? I hit the town and the beach, spending way too much money, to find out.
In Palermo, Sicily, the Taverna Azzurra dive bar has a split personality. Go in the day and then in the evening and you’ll find very different places, both utterly worth it.
A walk in Mongkok, Hong Kong’s seriously intense district, will show you all sides of an urban experience. Markets, malls, food, and street life-all there for the taking.
Toronto, Canada is not a city known for its sights, or for much of anything. Its appeal comes from the varied multicultural neighborhoods. Let’s explore a few.
Mexico City usually doesn’t make people’s bucket lists, but it’s a vibrant city with devastating food. Discover some neighborhoods here for some serious hanging out.
How much is a cultural experience worth? A 2,000 yen cover charge challenged me to enjoy Tokyo’s Golden Gai, an area packed with tiny tiny bars, some exclusive, but all with atmosphere.
These types of cafés and watering holes get into the guidebooks and blog posts and visitors flock there, for reasons that we shall explore. So very often, I’ve seen a place described as hangout for intellectuals, the literati, or perhaps the counterculture, usually based on the famous people who used to hang out there. I always wonder why people go there now.
Bankgok shopping malls are the opposite of those in the West: fun, hip, up-to-date, and full of good food. Read more reasons you should hang out there.