Travel New York : 36 Hours in Brooklyn


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New York. Concrete jungle where dreams are made, the city that never sleeps, the big apple. Traversing New York City is like finding over 100 different countries fit into one small island, 13 miles long and two miles wide. Including all five boroughs, this city of 8.2 million people has such a wealth of diversity and opportunity that whatever you’re in the mood for you can find it 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

The neon lights and the billboards were everywhere and with people milling around and talking it was quite simply a sensory overload. Central park is another item on the ‘TO DO LIST’ and the size and scale of it all has to be seen to be believed. A park of that scale in a huge crowded city is a great way to get some relief and take a time out from all the hustle and bustle of the big city.

But New York still green space for your healthy I would like to suggest

36 Hours in Brooklyn

THE Brooklyn Cruise Terminal on the Buttermilk Channel has picturesque views even when the Queen Mary 2, which docks there regularly, is at sea. There is verdant Governor’s Island across the water and, behind it , the heaving, jagged rise of Manhattan. To the north are the great bridges of the East River. To the west, the Statue of Liberty. And to the east, beyond chain link and forbidding streets, there is Brooklyn itself, New York City’s most populous borough, a destination in its own right.


4 p.m.

The cobblestone streets under the Manhattan Bridge are home to small shops and shiny new condominium buildings, and to Saint Ann’s Warehouse, a theater that has been a mainstay of the Brooklyn arts scene for more than three decades. Located across from Fulton Ferry State Park, it is an excellent destination after a walk along the Promenade in Brooklyn Heights (parallel to Columbia Heights, a grand old street of towering brownstones, running from Remsen to Orange Streets). Check ahead to see what’s playing and then wander down to the box office to pick up your tickets.

5 p.m.


Alternatively, head inland, toward the leafy precincts of Fort Greene, for a show at the Brooklyn Academy of Music  or the Mark Morris Dance Group . Atlantic Avenue, which runs deep into the borough, will lead you most of the way, through a stretch of antiques shops and restaurants.

6 p.m.

Once you get strolling, it is difficult not to drift into other pretty residential neighborhoods: Cobble Hill and Carroll Gardens nearby and, slightly farther afield, Park Slope and Prospect Heights. There is excellent eating along the way. At the bottom of Court Street in Carroll Gardens: Prime Meats (465 Court Street at Luquer Street;), a chic Germanish steak and salad restaurant. A block or so farther south, on the corner of Huntington Street: Buttermilk Channel (524 Court Street;), where you can get local cheeses and pastas and a superlative duck meatloaf. Ten minutes before the end of your meal, have the host call for a car.

10 p.m.

Fort Greene abounds in bars suitable for a late-evening drink. A cocktail at the minimalist and homey No. 7, is no risk (7 Greene Avenue at Fulton Street). Those seeking rougher charms can venture to the Alibi (242 DeKalb Avenue between Clermont Avenue and Vanderbilt Avenue), where there are cheap drinks, a pool table and a crowd that runs equal parts artist and laborer.


9 a.m.

Tom’s Restaurant in Prospect Heights (782 Washington Avenue at Sterling Place; ) has been a crowded, friendly mainstay of this neighborhood for decades, and is a winning place to begin a day in Kings County. Eat pancakes and waffles in a room filled with tchotchkes and good cheer, and watch the marvelous parade.

10 a.m.

A Tom’s breakfast provides a strong foundation for a visit to the exhibitions of the nearby Brooklyn Museum (200 Eastern Parkway at Washington Avenue). It is also useful in advance of a walk through the Brooklyn Botanic Garden (900 Washington Avenue), a 19th-century ash dump that is now home to some of the best horticultural displays in the world. And of course there is Prospect Park ), Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux’s triumphant 1867 follow-up to Central Park in Manhattan. Those with children may wish to visit the zoo (450 Flatbush Avenue near Empire Boulevard), where the daily feedings of the sea lions are a popular attraction.

2 p.m.

Boutiques, coffee bars and restaurants continue to flourish in Williamsburg and Greenpoint, north Brooklyn’s youth-culture Marrakesh. Amid these, Brook Farm, a general store in south Williamsburg, offers an esthetic of farmhouse cosmopolitanism (75 South Sixth Street, between Berry Street and Wythe Avenue; ). Artists and Fleas is a weekend market where artists, designers, collectors and craftspeople showcase their work (70 North Seventh Street between Wythe Avenue and Kent Avenue; ). And Spoonbill and Sugartown, Booksellers offers an eclectic mix of art and design books and academic tracts (218 Bedford Avenue at North Fifth Street;). And for a pick-me-up or a new coffee machine for home, try Blue Bottle Coffee, an impossibly nerdy outpost of the original Oakland coffee bar. Siphon? French press? Cold drip? All available, along with all the crazy coffee talk you like. Get your geek on (160 Berry Street between North Fourth and North Fifth Streets;).

7:30 p.m.

Those enamored of the Williamsburg scene may stay in the neighborhood for a smoky dinner at Fatty ’Cue, Zak Pelaccio’s antic and awesome Southeast Asian barbecue joint (91 South Sixth Street between Berry Street and Bedford Avenue;). In Greenpoint, there is the excellent and slightly more adult-themed Anella, where the chef Joseph Ogrodnek works marvels with vegetables and duc (222 Franklin Street at Green Street). Parents with children might try the pizzas at Motorino (319 Graham Avenue at Devoe Street;) or scoot back to Park Slope, where the brothers Bromberg offer a welcoming family atmosphere with food to match at their Blue Ribbon Brooklyn (280 Fifth Avenue, between First Street and Garfield Street; )

10 p.m.

Brooklyn’s music scene continues to expand. Three places to hear bands are Union Pool in Williamsburg (484 Union Avenue at Meeker Avenue;); Brooklyn Bowl, also there (61 Wythe Avenue between North 11th and North 12th Streets;); and Southpaw, in Park Slope, (125 Fifth Avenue, between Sterling Place and St. Johns Place;). Jazz heads should make their way to Barbès in Park Slope (376 Ninth Street at Sixth Avenue;), where a rich calendar of readings and concerts can take a visitor from early Saturday evening well into Sunday morning.


10 a.m.

Brooklyn’s Chinatown, along Eighth Avenue in the Sunset Park neighborhood, is not as large as Manhattan’s. But it offers great pleasures. Arrive early for a dim sum meal at Pacificana (813 55th Street at Eighth Avenue;), and watch as the dining room fills into an approximation of a rush-hour subway car. Then stop in at Ba Xuyen (4222 Eighth Avenue, between 42nd and 43rd Streets) for a banh mi brunch sandwich and a Vietnamese coffee, or at the tiny Yun Nan Flavour Snack (775A 49th Street at Eighth Avenue) for a fiery sweet and sour soup with dumplings.

1 p.m.

Walk off all the food with a tour of Green-Wood Cemetery (500 25th Street at Fifth Avenue;), the hilly and beautiful parkland where generations of New Yorkers have moved after death. Admission is free, as are the maps available at the entrance. Look for Boss Tweed, for Jean-Michel Basquiat, for Leonard Bernstein and other once-boldfaced names, as parrots (really!) fly about and the wind ruffles the trees and that view of Manhattan opens up in the distance once more. It appears smaller from this vantage, as if placed in perspective.


Brooklyn is served by the Brooklyn Cruise Terminal and three area airports: Kennedy, La Guardia and Newark Liberty. From Kennedy to Brooklyn, the taxi fare is in the neighborhood of $50, plus tip. You can also take the AirTrain to Jamaica ($5 one way) and connect to the Long Island Rail Road or the New York City subway. From La Guardia, a taxi to Brooklyn costs roughly $30. From Newark, fuggedaboudit; take a bus to Manhattan and connect to the subway.

Once in the borough, use the subway, buses and car services to get around — the latter are more reliably found than yellow cabs.

There hasn’t been a grand hotel in Brooklyn since the St. George in Brooklyn Heights. But the Marriott New York at the Brooklyn Bridge (333 Adams Street; ) offers comfortable rooms and easy access to bus and subway. A deluxe room is $199.

In Williamsburg, Hotel Le Jolie (235 Meeker Avenue;  ) is a 54-room boutique hotel within easy walking distance of many shops and restaurants. A standard room with queen-sized bed is $149.

Hotel Le Bleu (370 Fourth Avenue; ), near Park Slope, is down the street from a Pep Boys auto-supply shop. But the views of the harbor are sublime, and there are two subway stations within blocks. A deluxe room with king bed and continental breakfast is $229.


Travel Trendy in Budapest


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Budapest is a energetic, cosmopolitan, trendy city. Fans of design, architecture, fashion and gourmet food will all find something to explore in this constantly changing city.
Retro is once again in. Whether you want to dress up in a mix of retro-grandma and electroboogie style or enjoy today’s food at a restaurant with an 80’s theme or want to buy some unique souvenirs to take home to your family, Budapest boasts it.
7th district, 46 Király street
Imagine a large beer hall filled with street art and sounds betraying a past as a motorcycle repair shop. Kuplung (clutch) is located in the former garage, and it still looks like one, or like a middle-sized hangar. There are few football tables, the bar, tables to sit at and free space to park your bike. The place is cheap and very popular among students and art types. The place might not be easy to spot, but look out for partying people disappearing behind the wooden gates.
7th district, 18 Dob street (Síp corner)
The “Boogeyman” is one of the most popular places in Budapest. The word “kert”, which means garden in Hungarian, describes it perfectly. What it really refers to is a new phenomenon, many new nightlife spots emerging sprinkled throughout the city center, particularly around the old Jewish neighborhood in the city’s 7th district. So this place is basically a run-down building/courtyard that has been converted into a sprawling lounge with funky decorations, a vibrant atmosphere, and a colorful palette of music.
6th district, 65/B Csengery street
The “spare key” is a bar, club and restaurant popular with the bohemian people and full of laid-back vibes. The place offers live music, home-cooked meals and a pleasant summer terrace that’s cozy, charming, and has just enough grass that isn’t covered by chairs and tables.
Szimpla Kert
Szimpla Kert (Simple Garden) is the pioneer of our ruinpubs. It is really a cult place giving new trends. Undoubtedly the best known ruinpub among the locals and the tourists, as well. It looks a little bit run down but that’s what gives it the special Szimpla Kert flair. The cinema plays alternative movies almost every night. A cool young crowd gathers here to chat, drink and smoke. Most people come to Szimpla Kert to have a cheap beer or wine and chill out. On summer nights, the courtyard fills up fast. Nowadays it became a little touristy due to its appearance in popular guide books, but it’s still a great place to hang out at.

Astonishing adventure under water Sunshine State of Queensland


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Queensland’s most famous attraction is the astounding aquatic wonderland of the Great Barrier Reef, which stretches for more than 2,000km along the coast.

The Sunshine State is also home to hundreds of islands, harbouring a remarkable variety of landscapes _ giant sand dunes, colourful fringing reefs and surreal forests growing right in the sand. You’ll find idyllic island getaways, remote ocean-fronting camp sites and family-friendly resorts.

Back on the mainland, bewitching national parks dot the landscape, with lush rainforests, soaring mountains, sparkling lakes and a staggering array of wildlife that rates from cute and cuddly (koalas) to downright fearsome (crocs).

Gateway to the state is the easy-going river city of Brisbane, whose urban charms (great dining, nightlife and the arts) meld seamlessly with the natural environment (riverside cliffs, parklands and botanic gardens). In the south, the glitz and high energy of the Gold Coast vies with the laid-back beach towns of the Sunshine Coast.


The great outdoors holds endless possibilities in Queensland. You can don a mask and fins and explore some of the most stunning underwater landscapes on Earth. There’s adrenaline-charged white-water rafting in the north, and smooth and scenic kayaking all along the coast. Bushwalking and hiking are first-rate, whether you opt for a challenging multi-day trek on one of the state’s scenic Great Walks, or hit a shorter trail through rainforests and gorges, up mountains or along bush-lined lakes and rivers.

You can go sailing through the turquoise waters of the Whitsundays, stopping at powdery white-sand beaches along the way; or take on a 4WD adventure, plying the ”beach highway” of Fraser Island, exploring the great open skies of the outback or jostling along the rutted Bloomfield Track en route to the Tip of Australia.


With a great cafe scene, sprawling food markets and riverside restaurants serving temptations from every corner of the globe, Brisbane is redefining itself as a foodie destination. The city’s alter ego arrives after sundown, when nightclubs, lounges and bars light up the capital.

Elsewhere in the state you’ll find culinary rewards great and small, from seafood feasts along the coast to sizzling steaks in the outback. Superb dining rooms are sprinkled all over Queensland, from Noosa (which also has a worthwhile food festival) to Port Douglas (with memorable waterside restaurants). Although little known abroad, the Granite Belt has been producing some superb wines in recent years, with dozens of vineyards open for tasting (plus orchards, berry farms and cheese-makers).