Grand Theâtre and the Opéra de Dijon

Grand Theâtre - The Grand Opera Venue of the Opéra de Dijon: As the name implies, the Grand Theâtre de Dijon on Place Theâtre is a grand opera house in the historic centre of Dijon. Each season, the Opéra de Dijon and a variety of different companies perform an eclectic mixture of operas, from … [Read more...]

Libreria Acqua Alta – A Hidden Gem in Venice

Libreria Acqua Alta is a Unique Second-hand Bookshop with an Eccentric Owner: Wandering around Castello, we came across the Libreria Acqua Alta, a bookshop whose welcome sign says that it is "the most beautiful Bookshop in the World". To me, that was like waving a red flag to a bull as I thought … [Read more...]

Komische Oper Berlin – A High Profile Berlin Opera House

Komische Oper Berlin - One of the Highest-profile Opera Houses in the German-speaking World: The Komische Oper Berlin is one of the three opera houses in Berlin, the other two being the Staatsoper Unter den Linden and the Deutsche Oper Berlin.  Located in the heart of Berlin, near the famous … [Read more...]

Salle Pleyel – A Celebrated Concert Hall in Paris

Salle Pleyel - A Celebrated Concert Hall in the Most Fashionable Paris Street The Salle Pleyel is a performing arts centre on rue du Faubourg Saint-Honore, one of the most fashionable streets in Paris. The concert hall hosts some 200 concerts each year and the building is also home to the … [Read more...]

The Laeiszhalle – Home of Hamburg’s Classical Music Scene

Laeiszhalle - Home to Hamburg's Classical Music Scene: As far as concert halls go, Hamburg's Laeiszhalle (previously known as the Musikhalle Hamburg) is relatively young. Inaugurated in June 1908, it was the largest and most modern concert hall in Germany at that time. Laeiszhalle was made … [Read more...]

Teatro Sociale – The Centre of Como’s Cultural Life

Teatro Sociale - The Centre of Artistic Life in Como: Just behind Como's cathedral is the neo-classical structure of the Teatro Sociale, Como's opera theatre. Como prides itself as a city of the arts and Teatro Sociale is home to the city's operas and classical concerts and its busy calendar of … [Read more...]

Kölner Hafen-Weihnachtsmarkt: Cologne Harbour Christmas Market 2013

Kölner Hafen-Weihnachtsmarkt - Cologne's New Harbour Christmas Market: A relatively new Christmas market on the Cologne scene is the Kölner Hafen-Weihnachtsmarkt (Cologne Harbour Christmas Market) held at the delectable Cologne Chocolate Museum. As the name implies, the Cologne Harbour … [Read more...]

My Top 10 Free Things to Do in Paris

Paris resident Allison Lounes chooses ten of her favourite free activities in the City of Lights! Going to Paris can be expensive. Unfortunately, most of the popular tourist attractions like the Louvre and the Eiffel Tower are pricey too. While you certainly shouldn't neglect the most … [Read more...]

Sightseeing in Style and Comfort on the Vaporetto dell’Arte

The Vaporetto dell'Arte Connects Visitors to Art Galleries and Other Venice Attractions: It was thanks to a very persuasive ticket seller that I found myself buying tickets for the Vaporetto dell'Arte.  At the San Marco vaporetto stop, I had five minutes to buy our vaporetto tickets before our … [Read more...]