Lonely Planet Local Monica Suma recently moved back to her native Bucharest after 12 years abroad. Drawn by the urban revival and cultural effervescence, this former New Yorker enjoys strolling through the back alleys of interwar Bucharest, searching for the hidden haunts, delicious eats and ever-present festivals.
Hotel Epoque excels as a five-star retreat of savoir-faire and harmony. The deluxe boutique hotel strikes a chord on individuality and is an impeccable venue inside and out. Come here for the peaceful spa, fine dining indulgence and exclusive service that makes you feel right at home.
The biggest five-star hotel in Romania, Radisson Blu was reborn on the site of bygone Hotel Bucharest. Fêted since the days of the legendary Nestor pastry shop, which was once located here, it’s held onto its long-enduring standing for hospitality on Bucharest’s historically posh avenue
Wander the streets of Bucharest and you’ll notice Romania’s capital is buzzing with summer gardens. Ever since the interwar era of belle époque villas and stately Neo-Romanian mansions, the garden terrace came to exist as a natural extension of a house – its beating heart where people would eat, drink and be merry for hours on end in a Balkans-meets-Mediterranean euphoria.
KEFLAVIK - Icelandic LCC WOW air is a prominent newcomer to European aviation, which makes quite a wave not only because of the bright purple color in which its aircraft are painted. Travel writer Monica Suma reviewed the WOW air A330-300 product on behalf of PaxEx.com.
Halfway between Paris and Provence and in close proximity to Switzerland, Italy and the commanding Alps, Lyon sits at the perfect crossroads. But with one of the highest concentrations of restaurants per mile in Europe, Lyon lives up to its name of culinary capital of France.
‘At the end of every street, there’s a mountain,’ the writer Stendhal famously said about his hometown of Grenoble, France. Set amidst three glorious massifs and spliced by two glacial rivers, nature’s divinity is still on the city’s doorstep, but first-timers should start with its wonderful museums and distinct local cuisine.
Bucharest is an increasingly popular travel destination in Eastern Europe, with a definite hipster vibe for its bohemian outdoor drinking gardens. The city may be better known for its hearty Balkan fare and vigorous gut-reviving ţuica (Romanian plum brandy), but the traditional tastes have changed.
Norway’s landscapes are majestic. Tall mountains tipping the sky flank deep coastal fjords on a scale so vast the sheer force of nature is astounding. But along some of the country's roads, its natural wonders are enhanced by pioneering architecture and design.